Tuesday, February 27, 2007


And from above:

Usually the new doesn't speak to me, but this tealight holder was so heavy and sweet that I picked it up, turned it over and saw the original Pottery Barn price tag on its underside: $19.00. Knowing I would never go into a Pottery Barn and pay $19 for this, I thought I should have it for $2. It's in great shape. Nice and clean. If the Goodwill employees didn't write their price with black marker over the Pottery Barn tags, I would have considered giving it as a gift! But truth be told, I sort of fell in love with it. So it's mine!

Sunday, February 25, 2007


For the mom's collection...all made in the USA.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


I happen to love paint-by-numbers and still lifes. I found this one last week - isn't it great? The colors are wonderful and I love that I can vaguely see the number guides poking through the paint.

Friday, February 23, 2007


It is hard to see photos like this in thrift stores because I can't imagine how they ever get there...so I rescue them.


Just one look at this foo-foo lamp and I had to have it.

'Twas made in Holland (that matters to me).

As you can see, it works well in the daylight and with a 40 watt bulb, it throws off some sweet light in the evening.

*Note to Lauren: the curtain in the background? Tablecloth!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


...Oh, the potential.

For now, it's black:

I love to spray paint metals! Instant upgrade.

I say the guest bathroom is black and white, but it's black and creamy as you can see. I love black and white. Love. Love. Love. I have white tapers that look smashing in black candlesticks.

Friday, February 16, 2007


The found frog now has some hair.
I think he looks hawt.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


One of the many found planters I finally got around to filling...
Had to drill holes in the bottom for drainage:


P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 11, 2007


The back of this 5x7 oil painting is just as charming as the front - it still has the original price artist Doryce paid for the canvas back in the day: 16¢. And if that weren't enough, it was a gift from my mom, who also left the Goodwill tag on the back of the canvas.


I say this cost $0, but in truth, the Baby Jade plant cost around $3 and the soil was a few bucks too. But the real beauty - the sink - was salvaged from a home in West Palm Beach. Steve was going to use it in his darkroom, but then he ended up building his own sink (by the by, I totally live with + love a genius). So we turned this into wall art/planter. Umm, schwing.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


I went to a Goodwill Boutique today. You ask (or you don't and I tell you), "What is a Goodwill Boutique?" It's just a plain old Goodwill with ridiculously higher prices. Scammers! I usually never go to them. But I couldn't not buy a few things on today's impromptu visit. This is a box for 2 decks of cards, so if I ever figure out how to play bridge, I'll be able to keep my cards someplace cute. Or my crack. You know.


My first thrifted pillow! I couldn't resist its colors and its vintage chenille glam.

Bonus: Even though it looks nursing home, it sure doesn't smell like it.

Friday, February 9, 2007


Those were the books for decoration I picked up last weekend at Salvation Army; they were .25 each. And I picked up that espresso cup and saucer ($1.99) in Portland over the holidays - I love the color combination (it reminds me of Crayola's original Sea Green and Olive, no?)! It's restaurant china, so it's really sturdy and you know me, I love me some restaurant china. However, I'm not familiar with the establishment logo...which is very sassy, I might add.

Thursday, February 8, 2007


And...for the bigger picture:

Remember these? Well, they look pretty awesome hanging in a pair of windows we salvaged for free earlier this year from a home in distress. It's nice to have that big wall in our living room finally filled up with something (pretty, to boot).

Monday, February 5, 2007


When Steve and I moved into our current residence, we had a lot of work ahead of us - the house was filthy and dated. Because of the swell deal we got in rent, the landlord gave us the go-ahead to do whatever we wanted with the place. As you can imagine, we have done a lot and our efforts have harvested some strange treasures. Meet the following picture - one of many vintage plastic ornaments we've found around the home:

We found three of these plastic ornaments, or wall hangings, rather, and I thought they might look neat spray painted. So, months later, I've finally come around to painting them shiny bright white. They aren't hanging just yet, but I'm eager to share.

All three of them:

And solo:

Saturday, February 3, 2007


I buy a lot of books at thrift stores and I never post them here because I just don't for some reason. There's a Salvation Army store that sells hardcovers for a quarter and paperbacks for a dime - awesome prices! Used books should be that cheap everywhere! Anyway, today I bought 4 hardcover books and all of them are really more for decoration than for reading...all of them have copyright dates 1947 or previous. When they're looking righteous (did I just use that word?) I will post them.

Until then, enjoy this pulpy romance novel. Poor, poor Barbara.

Also, on the back of this book are other titles from the same publisher (Triangle Books, ca. 1943). In a hot, steamy voice kind of way, let me share them with you:
  • Airman's Wife
  • Cabin Fever
  • District Nurse
  • The Foolish Virgin
  • Impatient Virgin
  • Private Duty
  • Professional Lover
  • Secret Marriage
  • Student Nurse
  • Younger Sister
One can only imagine the hits I'll get!