Tuesday, August 18, 2009

3rd Times a Charm!!

Sorry it's been awhile folks! But I have some glorious news! Keegan and I bought our first house! Our offer was accepted tonight and we close on it September 30. I was hoping we could close on my birthday (September 25) but the seller can't get into her new house until the 30th. We are so so excited and I can't wait to get in there and start decorating!

It was built in the 1950s and has a lot of character. It is a red brick ranch, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. We were hoping for a 3 bedroom but we couldn't go wrong for the price and the neighborhood. It has some arched doorways, which I have always wanted. It needs some updating, but nothing we can't handle. New flooring and paint mainly. We believe there are some lovely hardwoods under the cobalt blue and peach carpeting! Oh, and did I mention it has a huge backyard complete with a covered deck!?

Get ready for lots of before and after pictures in the coming months! Above is a sneak peek!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My First Before and After!

I have to admit.....sometimes I have a little problem with organization. Especially with the things I use everyday. I can't seem to put them back where they belong. When I finally figure out what clothes I am going to wear in the morning then I take forever trying to decide what jewelry I should wear. Partially because I can't find what I am looking for and because things are always tangled together.
So I took some inspiration from Christy over at Simply Dwell and made my own jewelry organizer.
Wood Framed Cork Board
Fabric of your choice
Thumb tacks
Small hooks
Hot glue
That's it!
The best part is I had everything at home already except for the thumb tacks and hooks! Hopefully I will have this hanging in my very own dressing room once we move into our house! So what do you think? Do any of you have any good jewelry organizing tips? Let me know!

Weekend Steals and Deals!

My Mom and I went to St. Joe today to check out their antique stores. I had heard from several people that they had a good selection. I was on the hunt for a antique buffet table for under $200. I didn't find a buffet table, instead I did found this adorable little china cabinet! Best of all it was only $125!! A STEAL! It is painted black which is fine because I want to paint it a lime green or white to go in our new kitchen. I think my kate spade china with look fab in it!

My second find is this cute light aqua peonie flower tea light holder. I think I am going to put it in one of our bathrooms in the new house. I love the color. It was $21 from a store in Champaign called Checkered Moon. It isn't antique however.

My third find is this super cute mini Lola dog! It's a ceramic little schnauzer and it just happened to be grey. I had to buy it! It was too perfect, plus it was only $8. It makes me smile just like Lola.

And last but not least I found this antique yellow vase that goes perfectly with my yellow fiesta ware! It was only $7 and I love it!
My plan is to put these vintage finds with modern decor. I love how unique each of these pieces are. You know how I don't like the "norm"! I can't wait to move into our new house so I can find a home for everything and show you the finished project!