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Friday Find: Faux Bamboo Lamp

Sorry for the radio silence this week.  I've been knee deep in projects around the house.  I'm convinced that I attempt to cram way too much into 24 hours.   Between repainting my  office, working on the patio and gardening, it's been a pretty crazy week. 
I did have a chance to run out during lunch on Wednesday to one of the local thrift stores.  Every last Wednesday of the month they have 50% off the entire store, so it was worth it to stop by.  I'm so glad I did, because today I have the Friday Find to end all Friday Finds.
After spending about 20 minutes or so scoping out the home goods section I ended up with two floral picture frames an awesome pharmacy floor lamp and a pretty cool faux bamboo ceramic lamp.  Best of all, I only spent $13.00!
One of my favorite things to do after thrifting is to research the cool finds on the web.  There's something thrilling about knowing you've purchased something worth more than you paid for it.  Imagine my surprise when a Google search yielded this...
Say what?  I almost choked on my lunch.  It was my lamp!!

Yep, the lamp I'd just paid $4.00 for was selling for $1125 on 1st Dibbs.  UNREAL!   Now I know, some of you would immediately try to sell it, but I think it's way more fun to keep some of the good stuff for yourself.  

Not to mention the faux bamboo pairs so well with my wall stencil.  I couldn't get home fast enough to ditch my quite lovely Pottery Barn gourd lamp for this valuable vintage stunner. 

It makes me smile every time I pass it.

 Isn't she lovely?  Now that's what I call a FRIDAY FIND!  Happy Hunting....

Friday Find: Birch Lane

Happy Friday all, and a holiday weekend at that!  Today I'm sharing a new source for furniture and home décor called Birch Lane.  A few months ago, there was quite a buzz about the launch of a new Pottery Barnesque company offering casual yet classic furnishing and home décor at fairly reasonable prices.  I picked up on the buzz and immediately followed them on social media.  I also requested a catalog and it arrived this week.  I have to say, I was pretty impressed. 

Birch Lane
Birch Lane
According to their website, Birch Lane is, "a fresh destination for classic design, Birch Lane offers quality furniture and inspired décor for every room. From traditionally styled beds and headboards to dining sets, media storage, coffee tables and more, these selections are made to layer with your own collected finds for a look you'll love year after year.

From the looks of it, the core of the offerings really is the furniture, but I was immediately drawn to the accessories. 
Birch Lane
As a budget decorator, I look to accessories and the details added to the design to really make an impact, so having reasonably priced options, like this $29 ikat pillow cover, is key.  Here are a few of my other favorites.

I'm considering these super cute monogrammed jar drinking glasses.
Birch Lane
What can I say, I'm a sucker for a monogram. 

Be sure to check them out online at www.birchlane.com, and if you do social media, hook up with them there too!

Instagram: http://instagram.com/birchlane
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/birchlane/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/birchlane?fref=ts
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/birchlane

Home Office/Studio Update

Hi there! Hopefully some of you are back on the blog after circumventing a not-so little technical glitch. If so, welcome back!

I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into the innerworkings of my creative process today. It seems like I've been talking about my office makeover FOREVER, but I promise this weekend I'm getting started with a fresh coat of paint. No, seriously. I haven't decided what color white I'm going with, but I'll likely make the final decision at the paint store. I'm thinking a white with a hint of gray. I've been collecting little pieces slowly but surely and I've put together an ideaboard to give you a sense of where I'm heading.


Yes, I know it doesn't look like much now, but you'll understand it better by and by. : ) Sorry, a little hymnal humor. I digress.

So, it all started with an awesome crystal chandelier a previous client gave me after we replaced it with a more modern fixture. Needless to say, I was glad to take it off her hands.
Then I stumbled upon an awesome deal on a mahogany desk top at the Habitat ReStore in Hickory.  I scored it for only $25.00 and it's beautiful.  I'm planning to add trestles for the legs similar to the ones pictured above. 
I picked up a faux bamboo chair at another Habitat ReStore and I've been holding on to it for quite some time.  I knew the perfect use would come along.  I'm planning to have it reupholstered but I have to decide the fabric.  I figure I'll know it when I see it, but I'm planning to make a decision this weekend. 
I purchased a blue velvet ottoman while at the Habitat ReStore in Hickory for the ReStore ReStyle event. It was a sample piece from a very popular NC furniture company.  On that same day I also scored a boat load of fabric, including both gray and white upholstery grade.  I had my workroom create striped panels alternating the two fabrics.  Very excited to be picking them up later this week. 
Rugs USA
The rug was a Rugs USA sale find.  I love it.  It's one I've been wanting to use for a while. 
A mid-week stop at the Pottery Barn Outlet yielded this cool and colorful "Hello Beauty Full" print.  It was less than $20 and I just couldn't leave it.  It just made me happy, even if it was from PB Teen.  Hey, I'm a kid a heart. 
PB Tean Peyton Pin-It Pinboard

I also picked up two of these bulletin boards.  One is the exact same as the one pictured above, but the other is a black and white dot.  I wasn't very concerned about the fabric, since I plan to recover them anyway. 

With the exception of a Chinoiserie lamp, that about sums it up for what I currently have for the project.  The biggest element missing is the storage I desperately need to incorporate.  I'm thinking floor to ceiling shelving to accommodate fabric samples, accessories, etc.  This one literally makes me drool. 

Jute Design Studio
I know, it probably makes no sense to you at all, but trust me, I can see it already.  I can't wait to get started. 

Friday Find: "Chiang Mai Dragon"

If you follow interior design, then you're well aware of the very popular Schumacher print Chiang Mai Dragon.  It's pretty iconic.  If you don't, allow me to introduce you to this fun, floral, Chinoiserie fabric.  

According to Schumacher, "Chiang Mai Dragon is one of our best-loved designs--since its introduction in 2006, the fabric has become iconic among our patterns. The modern Chinoiserie motif, which is screened onto rich linen and is also available as a wallcovering, originally came from an exuberant Art Deco block print that was created in the 1920s."

Why so popular you ask? Well, my guess is that it lends itself well to being used in so many spaces. Simply put, it's verstile. It doesn't lock you into a particular color scheme like so many prints do, since the pattern includes so much color. It can also easily be incorporated into an existing space. Not to mention, it immediatly adds high impact color even in a small dose. 

Plum Interiors by Kartra Designs

Let's be clear though, this is not just a fabric. It's also a wallcovering...

Jane Feldman via Chinoiserie Chic

and stationery...
Dempsey & Carroll via COCO COZY
....and likely has a few other applications. I told you it was iconic.
Oh, did I mention it comes in 13 color ways?  Thereby making it that much more versatile of a print.  I have to admit, I've resisted the urge to jump on the bandwagon.....until now.

Chiang Mai Dragon (Jade)

Earlier this week I was introduced to the newest color way, jade, and I may have to give into this one.  I mean it's pink and green after all.  If I decide to add it to my home it will likely be in a small amount (it's pretty $$$).  Plus, I think too much of a good thing can be very BAD.  I love how my friend Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles uses it in her dining room. 
See how a little goes a long way?  I'll keep you posted. 
What do you think?  You either love it or you hate it and everyone is entitled to their preference. 

Guest Post: "ReStore ReStyle Recap"


I'm recapping last week's ReStore ReStyle event.  Don't miss this post, it includes some unbelievable spaces created exclusively with Habitat ReStore inventory.  One of my favorites was Courtney's (of The Southern Nest) blue and white dining room. 
Love it!  Click HERE to see more including the winning space.

"Technical Difficulty"

Good morning and happy Monday!  Hope all of you mothers had an awesome Mother's Day weekend!

Several of you have reached out to me recently to let me know that you've been having issues receiving the blog post via email.  I'm not sure what the issue is, but it's likely a problem with the delivery service I use, Feedburner. 

Here's what I'd suggest:

1.  Sign up to receive blog post via Google Friend Connect.  It may require that you sign up for a Goggle account, but in the end, the delivery reliability will be there. 

2.  For you tech savvy folk, I'd recommend following my blog (and other's) via Bloglovin'.  I actually blogged about Bloglovin' HERE.   It' basically a seamless way to follow blogs.  You just download the app and add the blogs you want to follow and you'll get all of their new posts in a feed on the Bloglovin' app (or via email). And yes, you can add any blog.

3.  Lastly, if you prefer (or you're a new subscriber), you can certainly try to sign up for the blog via email again but I've been told that you may be prompted with a messages that indicates you've already subscribed.

I apologize for any issues.  I certainly hope you continue to follow along.  I love having you here. 
Plus, there are some great things on the horizon that you won't want to miss.  Make it a great one!

Habitat ReStore: "ReStore ReStyle"

I'm so very excited to be a judge at this awesome event on Thursday evening.  It seems like just yesterday, I was attending with my blogging buddies as a newly selected Habitat ReStore blogger. 

Jennifer (Pure and Simple Organizing), me and Donna (Mod Bettie)
Photographed by Wendy Yang Photography

I blogged about the 2013 ReStore Restyle Event HERE.  The evening includes creativity and inspiration as 8 DIY designers showcase rooms created from repurposed ReStore donations.  There will be shopping, hors d'ouevres, drinks and music!  However, best of all, proceeds from the ReStore ReStyle will help the Women Build program to build a home for a local Habitat family.

I caught this story earlier this week and I'm totally amped up for the event.

I can't wait to share the creative spaces the designers put together. In the Charlotte area?  Join us for the event.  I'd love to see you there!  Register: http://ourtownsrestore.org/restore-restyle-2014/purchase-restyle-tickets

"Instead of Drawing"

Sorry about the radio silence for the past week and a half.  I've been literally buried beneath my final project for school, but I'm happy to report that...

I'm DONE!!! Yay! I don't know that I've ever worked harder on a project for school.  Hand drafting an entire set of residential drawings was a BEAST.  Now all I need is an "A". 

It's funny because I hardly know what to do with myself.  Last night, I came home threw on my gardening books, grabbed my gloves and heading out to dig in the dirt.  I've been itching to get out there.  So today, in celebration of my new found free time, I'm sharing...

 "The Top 5 Things I'm Doing INSTEAD of Drawing"

5.  Exercising
I have to be honest.  Lately, I've been feeling a little like a Roly Poly. It's time to get in gear and get moving.  Swimsuit season is upon us. 

4.  Working on my Home Office Makeover

It's been a wreck for months now, but I'm dying to get started.  I know, I know, I've be talking about it for months.  Remembers when I blogged about it HERE?  First order of business is painting the walls white.  I haven't had a chance to select a color, but there are so many great resources other bloggers have put together.  I love this one.

Thistlewood Farms

3.  Getting in the Garden

While I was able to start the process a few weeks ago.  I still have a ways to go before I'm satisfied with my yard.  I picked up a wrought iron window box last summer at a garage sale and I can't wait to put it up.  Stay tuned...

2.  Getting Away

I'm counting down the days until my little getaway next month.  I wanted to go somewhere I could totally decompress.  I think I found it.


1.  Spending Time with Friends

I'm determined to host a small garden party this Summer. 

Venue Magazine

Oh the decor ideas....

So glad to be back in the land of the living.  Make it a great day!

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