I know many of you are waiting to see my progress in the powder room I am making over. It is coming along nicely, but doing the work myself and then writing about it in as close to real time as possible takes time. I will show you how far I have gotten in my next post.
Today I want to share some new decorating items that I have gotten recently. You know how I love to transform the forlorn, aged, and side of the road goodies that I find. I love the thrill of the hunt for these items. I also love the thrill of getting something brand new. Perfect without any DIY intervention needed.
I haven’t had any truly new decor in a while, but back in December I bought something big that I found on Overstock.com for a great price. We truly needed it… I bought it…
…a 9 x 12 seagrass rug for my family room. I have had bare wood here since the summer when we trashed the old and gross rug that we had for years.
I love this style of rug – it goes with everything. Since it is an area rug, if we end up moving – we can take it with us. I haven’t mentioned the word “moving” in a while, but it will most likely happen.
The white and glass square tray on the table is new, too. I bought it at Target.
I also bought a lamp at Home Goods for my bedroom.
I am going to be painting this dresser, but wanted to find a lamp first.
I have a thing for lamps. When Ed and I bought our first house after we were married, we furnished the house with hand-me-downs. Most were not my taste, but I was happy to have them until I could afford to buy something I loved.
The first brand new piece I bought for that first house was a blue lamp. I searched high and low for this lamp. It had to be only so high and just right for my vision of how I wanted the room to look. When I brought it home, I was elated. I dusted the table it was going to go on and carefully placed it on. I plugged it in and was so happy to see something I liked and that was of my own choosing in the room. I think I might have even danced a little jig, I was so happy. I went to get some books and decorative accessories to add to the table and then heard a loud crash!
I raced back to see what the noise was…it was my brand new lamp in pieces on the hardwood floor. If you have a cat then you know how it happened.
I cried and then cried even more. I was elated one minute and in shock the next. Ed saw how happy the lamp made me and insisted I go buy a new one. The lamp was like a badge of honor – a newlywed and all grown up and able to make my own choice kind of honor.
We had the blue lamp for many years. Since then I have had quite a few more lamps – most found at a thrift store or that were given to me.
I have been searching the aisles at HomeGoods for quite sometime now, knowing eventually the lamp I envisioned for my bedroom would show up on the shelves. It finally did.
The cat we have now thankfully does not go up on this dresser, so this new blue lamp hopefully will be hanging out for a while. The lamp is still so new that I have not even taken the price sticker off the bottom. Now that I have the lamp, I can choose the new color for the dresser. More on this project coming soon.
When Better Homes and Gardens came in January to photograph my house, they asked if I could get a large mirror to place on a wall to disguise the big TV. I searched everywhere and found one I liked at the third Home Goods I went to.
I don’t need it to hide the TV now, so I moved the mirror up to my bedroom to replace an old and pitted mirror that makes me look sick and wavy when I look in it.
I have had this old mirror for years and got used to the dark reflection. What an amazing change to see the new bright and clear reflection looking back at me. Since it is across the room from two windows, the room looks 10 times brighter now, too. It is hard to see the difference in the photo, but the original mirror has lots of what one would call an “aged patina”. A wonderful look in the right setting, but not for this room.
I few weeks ago I posted a photo of all the plants and greenery that the stylist bought for the photo shoot of my Christmas decor. Since then, the paper whites have faded but the cyclamen are thriving in the sunny window behind the banquette and these Goldcrest or Lemon Monterey Cypress seem pretty happy around the sunny area by the kitchen sink.
I love the color of this type of Cypress. They also have a distinct smell. One that you would recognize immediately. They smell like Lemon Pledge when you rub your fingers over them. On the “How to Care for the Plant” card it said that they could be kept small and in the cone shape if you trim them regularly. So far, so good. I do not have a green thumb, but the fact that they are by the sink is in their favor – a little nudge to remind me to water them.
So a little “new-ness” in my abode. The only thing negative about bringing in new items – you have to figure out what to do with the old. I think a yard sale is happening in my driveway this spring or many drop-offs at the thrift store will be in order.
I will always enjoy my trash-to-treasure finds, but getting something brand new does make my heart go pitter-patter, too.
Now it is back to sawing wood and painting the powder room for me. I have to run to Walmart to get my favorite caulk. I have my painting clothes on and have not taken a shower, plus no make-up or earrings. I feel naked without earrings! I hope I don’t run into anyone I know… of course I will…. If I looked my best – I would not run into anyone. Does this scenario happen to you, too?
Have a fabulous day!