Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Thrift Store Hunting Files

It's no secret that I love to shop thrift stores, consignment shops, and flea markets. I really really get the urge to go on the hunt. And it's a very budget savvy activity for anyone looking to decorate a home (although I must say I have friends that despise going to such stores so I know this isn't for everyone but I know a lot of you know where I'm coming from here). I've even started doing a little Craig's List hunting, even though that's still probably my last go-to unless it literally pops out at me on a quick search like this small vintage stool I picked up a month ago.

I love to find new spots (such as the St. Thomas barn sale) but I also love my old favorites too. One of my favorites is Impact Thrift. It's like a toy store of fun and I wish one of these days all of you will be able to come with me sometime.

Here is my loot that I picked up the other day...all for under $10.00.


I guess I have a thing for baskets and wicker these days because I picked up another basket a few weeks ago as well (I'll show that on another post). 

There was an entire 3 or 4 shelves dedicated to baskets, but these two caught my eye. The fish was quirky and of course textural, and the octagonal shaped plate of sorts I thought could be used on a mantle or coffee table at some point.


I always go over to the book section first when I walk into the store (the store is huge). This book, Furniture and Decoration - Period and Modern by James Aronson, caught my eye. Design basics never go out of style and this book is full of the fundamentals of design. For $1.75 I couldn't pass it up both to read and to use as a prop at some point.

The cups and saucers (I bought 2 sets for $2.75 each) were the real pretty finds for the day.


They are a discontinued Fitz & Floyd china pattern (Pareille) and I love the Hollywood Regency glam look that they have not to mention entirely functional for morning coffee. It was funny because quite a few women were glancing over the pieces as I was standing there as well.

I have a lot more items to show you that I've been accumulating - remember to follow me on Instagram for more updates.

Are there certain items that you keep an eye out for when you are out at flea markets?

**Local Friends - the St. Thomas barn sale is being held on a special night - tonight! From 5-8pm. I'll be there - let me know if you will.

***This post is not sponsored. I will always let you know if I have a sponsored post. I just really love going to Impact and find it to have great price points.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Framed Photos in Our Living Room

Today we celebrate my youngest little loves birthday. Hard to believe she is a year old already. I feel like we just brought her home from the hospital.



Maybe it's just me but I feel like when we just had one child it was hard to do anything, but now that we have 2 kids I find that I want to do everything (and try to do more with the girls). I don't know if that makes sense at all, but one specific thing I've been trying to be better with is photos. I wasn't great about getting family photos done when Sheila was an infant, but I really want to make a point to have family photos taken at least once a year.

We had some photos taken this past spring and I was so happy with them. My friend Jill did a really great job and I knew I didn't want to waste any time getting these printed, framed, and hung up on the wall. My prints showed up last week and I went out to AC Moore to get my frames.


(For any local friends, Jill is doing mini-sessions in the fall. They are a half hour long and perfect if you have little ones. Jill is awesome!!)

I'm SO happy with how this turned out. I've used these specific frames from AC Moore a few times and was really pleased with them. They are so easy to use - the glass just pops out of the frame and pops back in and they are only $8.00 (and I didn't even have a coupon - shame on me). Plus, I really love the slim line of black with the white matted photos.

Not only am I thrilled to have these on the wall but the girls love to look up at the photos as well. We still haven't really done much to this room but it's slowly coming along.

Here is another shot for transparency purposes of this wall - there are toys everywhere!


Our goal eventually is to have built-in shelves installed on either side of the fireplace. Oh and that pile of coloring supplies that you can see to the far left has been rectified for the time being. 

I've been on an organizing rampage with a first birthday celebration coming up. I'll share some photos next week.

How are you with printing and framing photos? I'd love to know any photo organizing strategies.