Happy late Mothers’ Day! I hope y’all had as spectacular a weekend as I did, which I’m going to dive right into. This Saturday was my 27th birthday, and as my 17 year-old students like to put it, I’m officially old. (Yeah, sure, I’m ancient.) I have to admit though, considering the way I celebrated my big day, I think it’s proof that my nightclubbin’ days are over. So I guess my always-know-everything high schoolers are right (but don’t tell them that).
My dad offered to babysit Olivia for the day since Robert had to be out of town, so my mom and I explored some of the gorgeous houses in the Charlotte Parade of Homes. (I party hard, baby.)
Just to give you a little teaser for the week ahead (since this will definitely take more than one post), here are some of the ideas that I’m hoping to use somewhere in our own house for now (and maybe the decor from the grander scheme of things will come later).
Decorate and Organize with Vintage Suitcases
Up until seeing this, I was sort of drawing a blank on ways to incorporate some display-worthy storage into our “new” console table (which by the way I’ll have to share that Craigslist find a bit later this week). Then, I remembered that I had an old suitcase that my grandmother had given me that she carried on her honeymoon 63 years ago! So not only is it cute storage, but it has a great story behind it that is sentimental to my family. I can’t wait to brush the dust off of it and display it.
Spray Paint Old Books
Between my mom being a librarian and I being an English teacher, the collection of old hardback books between the two of us is pretty ridiculous. But they aren’t leatherbound, so they look really mis-matchy when put together on shelves. But this idea that I saw on our tour completely solved that problem. All it takes is a few metallic cans of spray paint and they’re ready for display on shelves, mantles, tables, wherever a little something is needed.
DIY Hall Bench for Pretty but Functional Storage
I know this idea has been done time and time again, and I have seen it before on lots of other blogs. But since I’ve been drawing a blank on what to do with our narrow downstairs hallway, this was one of those “ah-ha!” moments for me. I’m sensing some 2x4s and beadboard paneling in our future. (Hubby doesn’t know about this project yet, but it’s happening!) P.S. Please excuse this poor photo quality. I had to make do with my cell phone camera on this thanks to the blonde moment I had when forgetting my big mamma-jamma at home.
Old Tractor Bar Seats
I actually saw a bar stool exactly like these in Kirklands one day for get this…$30!!! If it had a match, it would have been mine, but since it was the very last one and had been discontinued, alas, it was not meant to be. So when I came across this set on our tour, I was extremely jealous, but ready to embark on a search for more of these bad boys. The house where I saw these was chock-full of so many gorgeous elements, I couldn’t snap enough pictures. You’re going to see a lot more of this one tomorrow.
Tie Back Burlap Curtains with Twine
I wish I could take credit for this one, but how adorable is this? The designer of this master bedroom did a great job of mixing rustic with glam, which is what I’ve been striving for in our master too. See that little strip of embroidered seafoam fabric to extend the drapes? I’m very tempted to steal that idea too.
Mix Glam and Rustic
I have had my eye on a pair of mirrored nightstands from Pier One for several months now (and can’t bring myself to spend the mulah on them…I’m
a tightwad frugal), and before embarking on this tour, I had convinced myself that glam mirrored nightstands wouldn’t make sense in the rustic decor I had been envisioning for the master. I’ve wanted to put a more feminine spin on the rugged but wasn’t sure if I could pull it together so that it made sense. I stand corrected (hardy har, get it? Nightstand…okay that was bad). Again…please ignore the bad photo-taking skills. My little iPhone did its best.
Use Wood Floor Laminant for an Accent Wall
Before seeing this, I had juggled between wanting to do a white-washed panel wall and a stone accent wall behind our bed in the master bedroom. The white-wash seemed too plain for what I was envisioning and the stone seemed a bit too busy and labor-intensive (not to mention pricey). This idea is the perfect happy medium of a rustic but simple accent. Honestly, I could go super cheap with pallet wood, but since there could be creepy crawlies (yes, that’s a technical term in my book) and chemicals in the wood, it still scares me to use it. I’d much rather keep my peace of mind and pay the little price tag for it. This laminant at Lumber Liquidators is only 49 cents per square foot! Our wall could be done for less than $75.
Use Real Taxidermy on Guest Beds…NOT!
…Unless you purposely want to give your guests a heart attack. I don’t even know what to say about this one except, I guess not all designs can be loved by everyone. When I walked in the door of the guest bedroom at the second house we visited, I screamed when I saw this little guy on the bed. I’m all for rustic decor, but this is taking it a little too far don’t you think? Paddle faster…I hear banjo music!
I have four different houses to show you guys later this week, so check back. Cramming all of them into one post wouldn’t have done them justice. I promise, I’ll leave Ringo the Racoon out of those. 🙂
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