January 23, 2011

Fabulous Finds

Sometimes I wonder if Cyn and I are not a little nutty??? After all who is crazy enough to stand in line outside in this bitter, cold Midwest winter just to scrounge for treasures at a local estate sale.  Although growing up, I had always wondered what the inside of this Georgian home looked like.  We endured the cold and three hours digging inside the house produced many thrifty chic purchases.  Needless to say, we were not disappointed. 



January 9, 2011

Grandma's Pumpkin Torte

When we think of pumpkin, we think of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving.  I have had this dessert at a bridal shower (Cyn's shower in fact) and it is to die for.  A dessert so yummy you can serve it anytime of the year.  Enjoy!

Fabulous Finds



Cyn and I never did make it to Ikea this past weekend.  We will save that trip for another day.  Cyn and I have become so thrifty we have a hard time justifying each and every purchase these days.  We blame it on all the fabulous finds we score at our local thrift stores.  Such treasures to be had just waiting for us to find them.  The chandelier by far was the highlight of the day.  Not only did I grab that baby fast, I had not only Cyn but another shopper loathing my fabulous find.  

Looking forward to the next fabulous find......Jules



Much love for Jules

So I cannot tell you all what an inspiration my SIL, Jules, is to me.  Her house is PHENOMENAL.  Seriously, It is worthy of publication.  Anyhow.  I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of much advice and guidance on turning our house into a home.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am.  She has been kind enough to drive up here several weekends in a row to help me hang pictures, rearrange furniture and donate several treasures to my house beautifying.  I am falling in love with our house all over again!  I can see her potential again!  The icing on the cake is that my sweet hubby installed a chandelier I have had sitting in a box for five years, yup you read that right, five years.  So here are a few before and after pics of our work in progress.  Enjoy!

Dinning Room
BEFORE:
ALMOST COMPLETE:
I say ALMOST completed because I am still searching for more artwork and drapery.  Also the door frame to the kitchen needs to be painted and quarter round installation completed.  Oh and I am planning to have hubby install crown moulding in the Spring.

Family Room
 BEFORE:
ALMOST COMPLETE:
Drapery coming soon!  Hoping to get a sofa, have our chairs reupholstered and build a mantel in the Spring.





January 4, 2011

New Years Day Finds

So New Years day I did a little solo antiquing.  Hitting up my local thrift stores.  My favorite find was this little birdie salt and pepper set.  It has fantastic patina and looks great nestled on my dinning room sideboard. 
 I also snagged this great china dinner plate to add to my growing collection of mixed match china.  Sorry Jules there was only one!  But I did find a few cute little prizes for Jules.  Can't wait to share them with her this weekend!  Oh and speaking of this weekend, I am looking forward to my very first trip to Ikea!!!!