Yes, I love change. I've tried to come up with the deep reasons I love re-arranging furniture so much. I think a lot of it stems from my memories as a child. I grew up living in the same house my entire childhood until marriage at 20. I had a favorite cousin that would move a lot. It seemed like every year or so, her family would move into a different house or apartment. I have to admit, I remember being jealous of her because it always seemed so exciting to me to see her new bedroom and their new house. As I grew up, I realized that their moving was actually based on job changes and sometimes difficult financial circumstances. I admired her parents for trying to make the difficult transitions into new apartments and homes seem like an exciting adventure.
Fast forward to my own adventures in moving. I love moving, (remember, I love change) each time I was pregnant, I had this incredible urge to move. So, my patient husband let me find new places to live. I loved the fun of setting up the new apartment or home, unpacking the boxes, arranging the furniture in new ways. The last time we moved was 3 weeks after the birth of my now 14 year old son.
So, every time I feel that familiar urge to move, I re-arrange furniture or re-decorate a room. All of my re-decorating involves very little cost. I buy most of my decor at yard sales or thrift stores.
Saturday night, I re-decorated the master bedroom. The inspiration piece for the room was a picture I found at Ikea of a beach. The picture reminded me of Rob and my cruise to the Caribbean for or 25th anniversary last year. We spent some time on a private beach and the picture at Ikea looked a lot like the beach. So I decided to decorate the bedroom as a reminder of our fantastic trip to the Caribbean.
Thanks Rob, for being patient with my re-arranging and re-decorating. This one is for you...enjoy.
See the pillow? Notice the Est. Date? 1983, our anniversary!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
As a yard sale and thrift store treasure hunter, it becomes necessary to host a yard sale every year. I have friends and family that look forward to my yard sale every year, because they know they will always find something fun and cheap to beautify their homes.
Each year I have something in mind on which to spend the money from the yard sale. This year I wanted a dining room table. Not just any dining room table, I wanted something "vintage" that was either black, white or a combination of the two. I wanted to continue with the "Shabby Chic" look that I have been incorporating into the living room and dining room.
So after the yard sale, I went on the hunt for the perfect table. In American Fork on Main Street is a fabulous shop called "Finder's Keeper's". I love this shop. The owner finds second hand furniture and then carefully refinishes, repaints, and gives each piece a wonderful "vintage" flair. The minute I walked in the door, my eye rested upon the dining room table and four chairs. Voila! The perfect table. She had it marked for $450 and because I paid cash, I received another 10% off. I took the perfect dining room table home!
So over the past several weeks, I have been tweaking the dining room decor and have finally been satisfied to a point to post some pics.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I received this beautiful "vintage look" picture of the Salt Lake Temple for my birthday from my awesome hubby Rob. I love it. When I hung it up, I loved the black frame contrasting with the white slip-covered furniture. So, in generally keeping with the Shabby Chic idea, I have been slowly changing accessories to mostly black and white.
This is a work in progress, I am trying to decide what color to paint the living room and dining room. Shabby Chic rooms normally have all white walls, which I would love, but maybe a nice contrasting taupe, or mink gray (one of the colors I chose for my office remodel) would be nice.