Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More shopping

Today I wanted to show you one more find from my shopping trip to the antique mall. I didn't even notice this piece the first time I walked through the shop. On my second time through it jumped out at me. I've been looking for something to put our flat screen tv on in the great room and I think this would really fit the bill. The tag was marked neoclassical buffet with screened doors. I don't know enough about furniture to know if this is an old piece or a newer reproduction. That part doesn't matter that much to me. I just want to make sure I don't pay too much for it. The price is $750.
So tell me what you think. Is this a good price for this piece?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mission Road Antiques

Today I spent the day at one of my favorite shops, Mission Road Antiques. Now it's only an hour drive from my house but I try to limit my trips to special occasions. Usually when I go it results in a day long trip and I always find something I have to have. Since I'm returning to work in a week or so I decided to make today a special occasion. As expected I stayed longer than planned and found lots of goodies.

I thought this foot stool was just too cute!

I can hardly resist anything gilded.

This piece was about the size of a small dinner plate. It was marked door knocker but you would have to have a massive door. I think this would be a really cool towel holder in a powder room.

I want these antlers so bad I can't stand it!! They would be perfect over my fireplace! If only I could decide if I want to be modern or traditional!

Loved this coffee table! And it was only $500. Oh if I only had an extra stash of cash laying around all of this stuff would be at my house right now!!

I found this brass lamp and at $50 I just couldn't resist! It works and it has a dimmer switch. What more could a girl ask for.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Powder Rooms

Powder rooms... Oh how I love a good powder room. This is my powder room. I'm actually quite proud of it but when you stand it up against all of the other beautiful powder rooms it doesn't look as good. I so wish I would have had these sonces lowered. It was very hard to get a good picture without the toilet being the focal point.

I'm very drawn to this wallpaper and the mirror, sconces and table for that matter.

From Cote de Texas

From Things That Inspire

Grant K. Gibson

Amy Morris

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dining room inspiration

The following pictures are of my eating area as it looks today. My Notting Hill recently did a post on her dining room and her post inspired me to do a post on my eating area. The biggest challenges with my eating area are:

1. It's a must walk-thru room to get from the garage and mud room into the house.

2. When building I didn't have the electrician wire for a ceiling fixture. My reasoning for this was that I didn't want to have to worry about centering the table under the light. I wanted to be able to position the table where ever it looked the best. I did ask my electrician to wire for a light just in case I changed my mind down the road but that didn't happen.

3. The french doors swing in which limits the amount of space for the table. This was another struggle while building. I really wanted the doors to swing out to eliminate this problem and my framer looked at me like I was crazy.

The same two dining rooms that have been an inspiration for My Notting Hill have also been two of my favorites as well. The first image is from the November issue of Canadian House and Home. The wallpaper panels immediately caught my eye. Canadian House and Home has a DIY video on there website that shows you how to make these and it looks like they would be pretty easy and inexpensive to do.

The second image is from designer Victoria Neale. I immediately saved this image to my inspiration file when My Notting Hill originally posted it. I have seen a lot of dining rooms using bench seating lately and I love it.

One option that has caught my eye is the Louis VI bench from ballard designs. Although not cheap it is a reasonably affordable option.

If I don't go with wallpaper panels I love the idea of using vintage bus signs like the one below I saw featured on Elements of Style. I think two of these behind the ballard bench would look pretty awesome.

I purchased this rug from Wisteria. It turns out that I really love this rug. I really didn't want to get a rug because I have an 8 and 10 year old. Typical meals include at least one big spill. My husband really wanted one to protect the hardwood floors. So far this rug has been covered in Nutella (a chocolate peanut butter substance), grape juice (ugh!) and a fully loaded ketchup, mustard, relish hot dog. And you can't even tell. After a little spot cleaning it still looks brand new. I highly recommend this rug!!

I also have an old round table in my basement that I've thought about bringing upstairs and covering with a floor length table cloth. The round table would give more room for the french doors to swing open. To finish things off I would like to have flirty slip covers made for the chairs.

I would love to hear what you think of my ideas.