Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keeping the Home Fires Burning


Hi Everyone!

I can't believe it has been several weeks since my last post - time has just flown by.  Our daughter was home for about a week, so Mr. Bluebird and I really enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her while she was here.  She has been gone with her job since mid-July.  I am now looking forward to her next visit at Thanksgiving and getting out to do some serious Black Friday shopping with her.  We always have a great time!  I also suffered a fall (as in, I wasn't paying attention to where I was going and fell over a concrete barrier in - of all places - my doctor's parking lot.)  Thank goodness they had an urgent care!  No serious injuries - a big goose egg above my eye, which morphed into a big black eye and a bruised lip, along with some minor aches and pains.  Good heavens!! But I'm alright (except for the persistent black eye) and ready to get back into the swing of things.....carefully, very carefully lol!

I am pretty excited about an addition I made to our front foyer.  A few years ago, I added beadboard wallpaper and molding with coat hooks to the space.  You can read about that here.  I  really enjoyed like addition, but I think it now looks even better!

I purchased this electric fireplace from QVC awhile back in a cranberry color - they called it cinnamon, but it is definitely cranberry, which is good for me.


I placed it in the entry and while cute, I just felt it needed something "more."  So.......time to put Mr. Bluebird to work!  He helped me (meaning he did all of the work) install a stove pipe and elbow on the stove and wall to give it a more authentic look.


 He made a black sheet metal box to affix to the wall and then inserted the elbow into that.


Of course, he had to do a little trimming and refining.  After he had all the parts assembled and ready to install, I gave them two coats of Rustoleum Flat Black spray paint.  All told, this "project" took about 30 minutes, not including the paint drying time....short and sweet.





I just love how it turned out!  We don't really need additional heat in this area which makes the "flame" only feature extra nice.  The unit also has a remote control where not only can you control the heat, but you can choose from several different flame levels - from raging inferno all the way to just a flicker.    Mr. Bluebird likes it because while he is sitting at his desk in the den, he can have a "fire" burning. I think it really ups the cozy factor in both the entry and the den.....money and time well spent!

What fall projects are you cooking up?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Twenty-Something's Bedroom Ideas

Hi Everyone,

I have a super fun post today!  I am using  Modani Modern Furniture to design a room for a fictional college graduate using their products, along with other products I like at retail. What I like about this furniture and home decor retailer is that you can buy online and they also have several brick and mortar modern furniture stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. I was excited to learn they have a showroom in Chicago - a short day trip from my home!

This was a fun proposition for me as my daughter graduated from college just this past May.  I took my design cues from her tastes and style, and had a blast coming up with a dream bedroom for her.  I would LOVE to put it into "real life" here at home.  It is not my style, but it is very young and hip!  I know I would have flipped for a room like this in my first apartment - instead of the cast offs and the make do's that every one seemed to have had back then.  I am also so impressed with how easy it is to design a room these days compared to "the back then" of it all.  Big box stores, thrift stores, and smart shopping has really transformed decorating.

The color scheme I chose was turquoise, black, with a pop of coral to keep it from getting too flat.  I am madly in love with the upholstered bed by Modani Modern Furniturewith the leatherette backing - very clean and sophisticated.  I would love to use repurposed pallet wood for the wall behind the bed to bring a bit of vintage texture to the room to keep things interesting. A patterned broadloom carpet adds warmth underfoot and grounds the furniture.

I chose shiny silver end tables to flank each side of the bed, along with two chandliers in lieu of lamps.  I think this would give the bed wall a very streamlined look, keeping the tables clear for a book, laptop, glass of water, etc. Three shimmery storage cubes would line the end of the bed for seating and much needed storage.  A young professional has tons of shoes, bags, and accessories to store!

Modani Modern Furniture has a gorgeous side table that would make a terrific vanity, paired with an oval mirror, a pair of sleek lamps, and a French style chair upholstered in silver.  A large leaning mirror would come in handy for checking out the many outfits that get tried on in a day! Throw in a cozy, yet modern upholstered and tufted chair and black pouf for lounging, and the bones of the room are complete! 

The turqoise bedding is from Pottery Barn and I just love the ruching.  As for accessories, I chose Modani's black "Love"  and silver throw pillows. Other pillows came from Overstock.com and Pottery Barn.  Pottery Barn also offers the wall art.  

Lastly, since I had my daughter in mind, I know this room would not be complete without some sort of wall decal or framed art showcasing her sorority letters - ZTA!  A custom, oversized wall decal with the letters and emblem would be amazing somewhere in the room.



And that is my rendition of a "just graduated from college, first apartment" bedroom featuring Modani Modern Furniture.  It was great fun!  Please check out their website to see what all they offer  - from dining to outdoor to kids rooms, they have a wide selection.

*all furniture, mirrors, and lighting are available from Modani

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flea Fallin'

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend.  It certainly was spectacular around here - just the perfect fall day.  Mr. Bluebird and I headed out early Sunday morning to the Elkhorn Flea Market - my favorite.  It is only four or five Sundays a year and this one was the last one of the season.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

One of the things I bought today was a $7.00 bundle of bittersweet.  This particular vendor had the best looking bundles and at a really terrific price.  Look at the vibrant colors - they just glow!!  I laid my bundle across my old scale in our front entry. 



One of the first vendors we came upon had this yelloware Purina Mink Chow dish sitting all by itself on a table and he was asking $10.00 - tried to dicker him down, but he wouldn't budge.  Ten dollars was a fabulous price, so I couldn't walk away.  He told me he had a few more in a box underneath the table.  Be still my heart!!!  I wanted them all, but settled for this burgundy one along with a square burgundy dish.  Deal of the day. In fact, I had laid them out on the table to decide which ones I wanted and another lady almost absconded with them!!!  There would have been punches thrown if I did not get my two dishes!!!

The round one looks quite charming under my lamp on the sideboard.



 For now, I just plopped my wax melter on the square one, but I know it will  find a different home soon. I am madly in love with the shape of this dish.


I have to share with you the story of how I came to even know these "mink chow" plates existed.  Last week I was looking through EBay at Purina feed sacks. I wanted to pick a couple up for a project I've been wanting to do.  I didn't find any I liked or at a price I wanted to pay, but I did find the green Purina dish you see in the picture below.


There were only two or three for sale on this particular day and I knew I had to have it.  Something about it just spoke to me and I had never seen these before. Well, with shipping, this dish made it to my doorstep for the paltry (cough, cough) sum of $58.00!!! I thought I had gotten a deal.

And then of course, today at the flea market, the first thing I see are six of these things for $10.00 a piece!!! Oh well, I was happy with the price I paid before I got to the flea market so that's the way it is.  I am pretty darned thrilled to have found two more - especially the square dish, at such a great price.  I just love them.  Three's my limit, though.  The collection is officially closed!!  I think they will be turning up in numerous spots around the house as time goes on, lots of creative things to do with them.  And if Mr. Bluebird decides to start mink ranching, well - we have three dishes already bought and paid for. Lol!

I also had the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger who I knew lived close by to my house, Karen from My Colonial Home.  From the distance, I could see a vendor who had lots of fabrics at their booth and there was a familiar face, that I recognized from her profile pic, holding up a piece of wool.  I knew it had to be Karen since I know of her love for wool for all her beautiful crafting! So I scooted on over there and introduced myself.  It was so nice to finally meet her.  Be sure to check out her wonderful blog - she has a fabulous home and often writes about her travels, too.

We had to keep our flea marketing short as Mr. Bluebird had a golf game and I wanted to be home to get the house ready for our daughter who is flying in tomorrow.  She has been gone since July and is home for a week or so until she flies off again to parts unknown for her job as a leadership consultant for her sorority.  We are so excited to have her back home again, even it is for just a few days.

Hope you are enjoying these fall days....we'll be talking Thanksgiving and Christmas before you know it!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Aged Wal-Mart Olive Bucket Reveal - At Last!

Hi Everyone!

Happy first full day of fall!  I don't know how those calendars keep ticking off so fast, but they surely do!!! It is a fabulous, sunny fall day here in my part of the world - definitely a keeper.

Today I am finally going to show my Wal-Mart olive bucket that started out looking like this:


I told you about my find here.  After applying a bleach and vinegar solution that I found on the internet to help age my bucket, I wasn't overly impressed with my results.  I then used Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach and boy oh boy - that is the ticket folks! 



This is what it looked like a few days after the Lysol treatment.  A month or so later........




And here it is all decked out for fall in a little corner of my kitchen.




See the rust and the crusty, chippy finish? Just what I was looking for! (Mr. Bluebird is still shaking his head over that. But hey? Again, I say, is this our first date or something? This should not be a surprise!)



For the picture, I grabbed the quilt I bought when we were in Branson this past spring and just draped it on my hutch, tied it with some fabric and added a little pumpkin basket.  I also added a little sunflower sweatered teddy bear just for fun.  Remember when decorating with teddy bears every where was all the rage?  I add a gazillion of those things.  Now I think this is the only one I have left and he just comes out to strut his stuff in the fall. Times change.


I am not sure where this olive bucket is going to turn up next in my house, but I really do love it a bunch.  With only an investment of a little toilet cleaner and about a month or so of waiting for it to weather outside, I think it looks great.

Wishing you wonderful first week of fall!

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Power of Words

Hi everyone,

Just dropping in with a super quick post about a really terrific quote my niece shared on Facebook.

Being empty nesters, this quote just seemed so powerful to me and I wanted to share it with you!  I do not know the author, and I did shorten it up just a bit to fit on my chalk board at home. This hangs in our foyer and is visible from our living room. I usually have something seasonal, or a birthday greeting, etc.  This one just really struck me.


Have a great weekend everyone!!
Jane

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fellow Bloggers: Can You Help a Girl Out?

Hi everyone,

I have a blogging question and I know someone out there has the answer!

Edited 9/22/14:  Thanks everyone for all your great tips and patience!!! From your great advice, I was able to get my replies on track and know my answers/responses are going to my sweet readers.  Thanks so very much to all!!!!! J

It is about replying to comments on a post:

If I  reply to a comment on one of my posts, using the reply button - does the person who left the comment receive that in an email or would they actually have to come back to my post to see if there was any kind of response?

I have been replying this way and I am worried that my readers are not seeing my reply.  I don't want my readers to feel I don't value their visits - because I do!!!! So much.

Any one out there know the answer?  How do you reply to comments on your blog?

Many thanks,
Jane

Monday, September 15, 2014

Early Fall Mantel

Hi Everyone!

I've been adding a little fall here and there. My approach to fall decor has toned down dramatically the past few years - just taking a simpler approach.  At least simpler to me! I still like lots of "stuff."  But, I don't enjoy taking it all down and I also really like to showcase some of my favorite fall things, which can get lost in the crowd if you do too much seasonal decor.

The fall mantel, 2014:


Just a woven and metal basket filled up with pumpkins and fall picks. I also added two roosters, lifting them up on vintage scales for a little height and movement in the arrangement.



I also used two large floral sprigs on each side of the basket, and used those cool, tiny, battery-operated light sets - one for each side.  I picked those up for just $2.99 each at Menards - and they even have a timer! Super deal.  I pulled some of the light set away in the picture below to show you just how thin the wire is and how small the lights are.  They tuck right in and the wires cannot be seen.  They give off great light, too.  Can't wait to pick some up for Christmas time - I can think of a jillion places to use them.

*Look to the right and forefront of the picture to see the wires.



There you have it! Simple and sweet - it looks so pretty at night.

I will be adding more fall decor as the season goes on, and of course, filling in with some jack o lanterns and hauntingly fun pieces once October arrives.  Then, it will be the turkeys and Thanksgiving things.  Just love this time of year and all the coziness it adds to the house.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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