Thrifting Finds

Today I needed to get away from the disaster zone that is our kitchen and get my thrift store fix. So far there hasn’t been much progress besides removing the backsplash on one side.



We are moving along slowly but surely.

Back to my thrift finds, here’s what I managed to snag today from Goodwill and a vintage shop in the downtown area.



First, I found these cute Churchill blue willow china cups at Goodwill. I don’t think I really got them for a steal ($2.88 a cup) but I love having a matching set of cups for my coffee bar.

Next, I stopped at my favorite vintage shop in my little downtown area. It’s called Ella’s What Not Shop and Ella just happens to be the cutest little puppy that hangs out in the shop.

Their facebook page:



I bought the TEA cup ($5) that is now up on my coffee bar, as well as this cool little vintage looking frame ($3). I had been looking for a small oval frame for a while so this fit the bill perfectly. Still need to figure out where it’s new home will be.


Finally, I snagged a gorgeous vintage looking globe with a wooden base ($20). It now sits on top of the library along with my mini globe from homegoods and my light up globe from Goodwill.



My goal it to fill the top of the library with globes, similar to this picture I found on Pinterest, although it looks like it’s from an IKEA catalog.



Another inspiration pic:



Okay, I need to stop procrastinating and start tackling the monster that is our kitchen renovation. Hopefully we will have more progress to share soon!




Hours 41-51: Playing Catch Up

Some major updates to share! 

The second guest room is now sporting the new laminate floors and they look great! Pictures will be up shortly. 

During Presidents Day weekend I had planned on using the extra day off to get some work done in the guest rooms, however, I ended up doing nothing of the sort. 🙂

I found myself at HomeGoods, Ikea, and several antique shops in the downtown area. I really didn’t have anything in particular to shop for, but I quickly found myself drawn to several plates with pretty blue and white patterns. At the end of it all I found myself with this amazing assortment of dishes:


I couldn’t wait to hang them up above the new dining room table. After a quick trip to Home Depot for some plate hangers, I was ready to go.

Check out my plates in their new home:



I think they look especially pretty with my Valentine’s Day Tulips! You may have noticed the new chairs and chandeliers as well. I think the dining room is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to add to my plate collection as well as replace the table runner with something more neutral. 

Besides the dining area, we also made some changes to the sitting area. I moved the piano to where the bookshelves were and we gave away the fish tank. This left me with a glorious new space to decorate and furnish and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

We ended up at IKEA and four bookcases, two glassdoors, and a dresser later, my car looked like this:


We may have been a little overambitious in our shopping and even had to tie down the trunk in order to make it home with everything in tact. I definitely had a panic attack on the drive home as I imagined all my precious boxes strewn across the highway. Thankfully, we made it back OK and the next day we got the work assembling our loot.

We put together all four of the bookcases and arranged them and rearranged them until we had them where we liked them. Here is our final product:



I think I am in love! 

Hoping to finally make progress in the guest rooms this weekend. Let’s see if that actually happens. My deadline for the guest rooms is the end of March so I need to get started pretty soon! Can’t wait to share progress as we go!

Cheers to the upcoming weekend!