Vintage Flower Pots

Each year I travel to northern Wisconsin to spend some time with my mom’s side of the family.  We all rent trailors and hunker down in a campground for a week.  Our daily excitement is going out to breakfast daily, paging through old magazines, fishing on the lake, finding ways to outsmart the chipmunks and the occasional outing to the antique store or flea market.  Each year I seem to become obsessed with purchasing one item throughout our antique experience.  Last year was glass bottles and this year was flower pots with attached saucers.  I was obsessed!  I think I ended up with four flower pots at the end of four days – each one a little different, but as a whole, they make a wonderful collection.   A popular brand is the Mccoy, but there are others as well.  You know a quality pot when there is a small hole near the bottom of the pot where water can drain directly into the saucer.  Take a look at a few I found online and keep your eyes peeled as you go on our your own antique adventure!

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Easy and Affordable Party Decorations

All you need are some glass bottles, rope, flowers, and an aparatus to hang items from.  How perfect would this be for an outdoor wedding reception, graduation party, or even an indoor event?!  I love the look, and the fact that you can change-up the appearance based on the flowers and foliage you use.  You could even hang some bottles from an umbrella and make it a year-round piece.  It is simple and beautiful, and inspired by a post on 100 Layer Cake Blog.

Marvelous Makeover Tool

I get daily emails from Real Simple (Which I would highly recommend for everyone!  They are so great!)  Yesterday’s email was about their new Makeover Tool.  I have tried several other tools in the past, but this one is spot on!  It takes a little bit to find a good photo and create the settings, but once you do that, the possibilities are endless!  The Makeover Tool helps you try new hairstyles, makeup colors, and hair colors.  Would you buy a car before test driving it?  No.  So why not test drive your new look before making that expensive salon appointment.  Plus, it is fun!  I spent a good hour yesterday exploring numerous possibilities.  I haven’t found a perfect option yet, but I always have been one to avoid change.  Check it out at http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/makeover/index.html?xid=weeklynews-07-14-2010.

Cheap Trunk Transformed

I’m loving this idea – take a cheap piece of furniture that has a  hideous design and transform it into a beautifully unique discussion piece.  When I look at the trunk below, all I can think of is the furniture at TJ Maxx Home.  They always have affordable furniture with horrible designs.  Next time I see one with a shape I like, I think I’ll have to do this project.  My new bedroom is grey, black and white, so this would be a fun touch.  Then I can buy some fun knobs from Anthropologie and I’m all set! 

Love This Couch

I’m in love with the color and shape of this couch.  The buttons are super adorable.  It is absolutely beautiful!  Custom Sofa Design is company that sells this couch, as well as hundreds of other designs, styles and colors.  I was very impressed.  Even though I wont be buying another couch soon, I will keep this website in mind in the future.  Love it.

 

Curbly

I was reading the Star Tribune at lunch and there was an article about a St. Paul gentleman that started a blog about Do It Yourself projects.  He created the website as  him and his wife were updating their Twin Cities home.  It is fun to read a decorating/home improvement blog written by a male – a nice change of pace!  The website is called Curbly – check it out!  My personal favorite is the removable fabric wallpaper.  It is perfect for renting!  I need to spice up my bedroom, so this could be my solution!!  See below for instructions.

Are you living in a leased space and your landlord forbids painting, wallpapering, and hammering into his precious walls and blank walls are driving you nuts?  Here’s a simple, easily reversible way to wallpaper your wall with fabric and strip it right off when you move. It’s so simple, Readymade tells you to soak a lightweight cotton fabric in a bucket of liquid starch. Then, with a brayer or straightedge, smooth the fabric onto the wall. A semi gloss painted wall works best for easy peel down. But what if you want to cover a wall wider than 45″ (width of most lightweight cotton fabric). There are two ways to do it.

1. Find a fabric you can live with and stitch panels together to cover a wider wall

2. Buy coordinating flat bed sheets on sale, cut and stitch sections together to make big enough piece to cover the wall or do a “collage” or patchwork effect by mixing it up

3. Cut strips of fabrics and measure across a wall and adhere stripes of fabric

4. Just do one long strip, vertically down a wall as a backdrop, or horizontally above a desk or bed

When you cut the fabric, you may have fraying of the fabric, you can stop that with FrayCheck, available at the fabric store.

When you’re ready to skedaddle, strip off the fabric, give the walls a good washing with soapy water and be ready to get your deposit back.