Spring Décor - 2012

April 11, 2012 02:06 by ehouston

Since I’m not big on lugging boxes of décor around for each and every holiday, simply because storage space does not permit it and I just don’t have it in me to go all out for every thing, I thought I would share the couple of things we did add to brighten the house over the holiday weekend.  Of course I wanted to have a door greeting for our Easter Egg Hunt guests and anyone else that happened by over the next few weeks.  So, I dug up this little thrift store find from last year.


It was a cone shaped basket lined with a galvanized container that only cost $1.99.  I used a piece of brown grosgrain ribbon with white polka dots that was left over from a sewing project I shared over here to make a hanger.  I just slipped it through those holes along the top of the backside and tied the ends into a large bow.  A $10.00 bouquet of spring flowers later and wholla!


Happy spring door décor!

Don’t you just love purple and yellow together in the spring time?  Ahhh, fresh!

Okay, so I have to chuckle a little now because we really did not do a lot of decorating around here at all.  Aside from the flowers on the door and the fun treats that I mentioned last week for the egg hunt, the only other thing I managed to do was add some cute cut-outs to the dining room table.  I was not sure if our group would end up congregating in the dining area or just in the kitchen at our smaller table, so I wanted to put something slightly festive in there as well.  I found these really sweet free downloads over at The Handmade Home.  She puts these out monthly and they are meant for framing, or I guess whatever you want to do with them for your own decorating needs.  We, yes the Little Guy helped pull them off the printer, printed out the lambs and bunnies along with the latest creation, these chickadees, pictured below. 

Photo via The Handmade Home

I carefully cut around each lamb and bunny, then from the area I cut away, I removed a long slightly curved piece keeping only the colored section and discarding the white edge of the paper.  I made two slits in the bottom of each animal and two slits along the middle of the strip of paper and slid the two together at those cut lines.  (I hope this makes sense!) 

Ta-Da!  Cute spring animal cut-outs, stand-ups, whatever you want to call them.


I just placed them around our usual candlestick display along the center of the table.  I had meant to send each child home with one, but we never really ended up using this space that morning.  Oh well, I guess I will have some cute little animals for next spring too!


We had intended to drape a piece of crepe paper along the opening between our family room and the kitchen for fun.  Then we were going to add sized down cut-outs of the chickadees along the strip, but our first guests arrived before we could even get the tape out.  Wuh-wah!  Oh well, like I said things were simple and to the point around here for the holiday.  ;o)  Hope you guys did something fun to get in the mood for spring and Easter!

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Once Upon A Time, There Were Gorgeous Interiors!

November 16, 2011 08:24 by ehouston

Are any of you hooked on that new show, Once Upon A Time?  I admit I saw the trailers, but had no intention of actually watching.  And, even though I have yet to randomly come across the hype (once I searched, I found a lot!) I decided to watch the first episode through On Demand.  Okay, I’m a total sucker and I was in like Flynn from the very beginning.  The basis of the story is that Storybrooke, a modern day town is actually inhabited by all the storybook characters we grew up with.  However, they are unaware of who they really are due to a curse enacted by who else, but the Evil Queen.  The plan now is to undo the curse by somehow getting all these people to realize who they are and to get their “happily ever after” back.  It’s a cute idea, but done in a very gothic, Grimm’s fairytale kind of way.  I think that’s the appeal.  Oh, that, and the fact that the writers of Lost are involved.  We all know those chumps can keep a half-cocked story line going for YEARS!  I swear if this ends up being one of those type of shows I will lose my mind!

But, back to the reason for this post.  I am only 2.5 episodes in and have really enjoyed the sideline to the story game of figuring out who each modern day character was in fairytale land.  But the real fun has been in discovering the subtle and not so subtle nods to every character’s storybook past by way of their interiors.  After a ton of searching I only found a couple of articles about Mark Lane, the set designer who created this whimsical land.  I can’t wait until ABC lets out more then just cast photos for us to peep.  Here is one of the photos I found from an article about the set designer, Mark Lane.

Article from, The Vancouver Sun

The rest of these photos were pulled from video off of  In the shot above we see sections of the set for the Evil Queen/Major’s home.  Below, I captured a couple from the episode, which gives a better feel for the overall space as a “home”.


I love how everything is black and white with shades of gray.  Very dramatic and then the pop of the red apples plays well with the rest of the muted tones.


I am in love with the birch forest wallpaper and wish I had a place for it in my own home.  I was thinking fabric for curtains like that would be nice because you could switch them out if you got tired of the busy pattern.  All said, I would certainly feel cozy in this living room.


Next up is Emma Swan’s rented room in Granny’s diner/hotel.  It is very sweet with cottage accents in pale green and pinks.


The same pink and green cottage feel shows up in the fireplace vignette downstairs in Granny’s Diner.


Another angle of the diner shows more forest wallpaper in muted tones.  I love how every space seems to have pops of almost Technicolor among the hush of monotones.


This was the item that first caught my eye and made me want to investigate the story of the interiors further.  The seats of Granny’s diner have a basket weave design.  So, quaint!


One space that may be a little less obvious (at lease so far) is Mr. Hopper’s office, but it still has several references to the storybook past of Mr. Jiminy Cricket.  Of course there is the forest scene in the wallpaper border along the ceiling and the wall colors definitely remind me of his outfit from past cartoons and illustrations.


I have a feeling more will be revealed in his office as time goes on, but one really obvious reference is the shadow box of pipes on his wall.  Again, how quaint and fun!


This last image is of Snow White’s home and I’m not really sure what to make of it.  The third episode is revealing a darker, more vulnerable side to her, so maybe the worn and crumbling textures of her space reference that.  I had thought all the brickwork may liken to her time in the castle, but it’s more industrial looking, so I am not sure what feel they are going for with this one.  Then there is all the cottage style furniture.  Even though I am unsure of what direction they mean to go with Snow’s home, I still see some pretty cool décor in there, like those cool rubbed down columns.  And, who doesn’t love some exposed brick?

I can’t wait to see how this show plays out and I pray it does not turn into the fiasco of Lost.  Although, I think more of my interest will be in studying the spaces all these characters inhabit.

What do you guys think?  Are these rooms with themes to cutesy for you, or just enough to help your mind drift off to fantastical places?

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Wednesday At The Thrift Store

July 27, 2011 07:13 by ehouston

Today is half price day over at the local Salvation Army and word really must be out because we had to loop all the way around the back to park.  Not that it’s a huge parking lot or anything.  The store just never seems to be that busy.  Today was the exception and I thought we might get run over while looking for cool furniture pieces by the heavy-lifters taking things out to packed cars.  Everything I had been dreaming of owning was gone, but as I learned before I really need to “buy when I spy” or it will be gone.  Since the place was getting a good clean-out this morning I decided I should probably just see what books were still available for the Little Guy and then skedaddle.  We will have to start arriving right at opening time on Half Price Wednesday, I guess. 

Today was not a total loss, though.  I did score another cute wall basket that I think I will pair with the round one I got a few weeks ago and put both up by our garden tub in the master bath. 


The Little Guy only managed to find one book of interest and I think his interest was only piqued because there is an alligator head at the top, and it snaps when you push down on a lever.  Whoa- high tech!  He played with it the whole time we walked around and stood in line, which means he was happy for $.25.  Yeah!  I did grab a Little Golden Books Treasury because the images are great.  Our experience so far with the Little Golden Books is mixed reviews.  He has two books with three classic stories each, but only wants to read one of them.  The other regularly gets thrown in the toy box and buried.  I guess I just don’t remember the stories being so sappy and lame.  Every time I read one I think, “Man, this is bad.  Really bad.”  So, I guess I can’t blame him.  Maybe I just bought the wrong ones so far.?  I plan to let him look through the colossal treasury to find out if he wants to get to the reading part.  We will just have to see.

Have you guys scored any good thrift store buys lately?  Are you finding your local haunts are all cleaned out before you even get a chance to take a peek?  If you are a local Richmonder, please share your favorite place to find the “good stuff”….you know, so we can all try to find it at one time.  ;o)

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So Cheap!

July 1, 2011 01:21 by ehouston

As you know from recent posts I have fallen back in love with the local library.  It’s not that we really had a falling out or anything, I just got busy with life and kind of forgot about him.  We are hanging out regularly again and he reintroduced me to the thrift store.  Yeah, I was still visiting with thrift store from time to time, but our usual weekly meetings were few and far between.  Again, life, and the tiny budget, took over.

You may be saying, well if you have a tiny budget than the thrift store is where you should be!  Let’s just say that I can make a wreck of my bank account even at a thrift store.  It’s great to have an eye for the potential in so many of the discarded things in a junk shop, but the inability to bring just some pieces home with me and leave the rest for others has been a problem for years.  I have written before about how I frequently have to wean myself off the “junk” because it’s taking over my time, closet and garage space life.  Well, since getting back on the library kick and introducing the Little Guy to this world of books, I noticed he is becoming very attached to some of what we borrow.  I have been allowing a couple of movies that we typically watch just in the car while running errands and as many books as he wants.  Our haul from two weeks ago was so good that I decided we would take the movies back, but keep the books for a second week.  That way he could continue to enjoy all the fun stories he picked out.  I am afraid of the meltdown that is coming this Saturday when we go back and drop off the current stack.  I plan to let him take his books up to the counter so that the process sets in and hopefully he makes it through without any trauma.

But, opening up my heart again to the library and now seeing the same thing happen with my son brought me to the decision to allow more frequent visits to the thrift store so he can get more reads.  I learned that the local Salvation Army has a 50% off discount on all items each Wednesday, well…except the furniture, unless it’s been there for 30 days.  Which is probably for the best because we would most likely be on our third armoire/dining set/side chair/couch…oh you get it.  I have an illness.

So, Wednesday we made the trip over to the Sal Army and picked up quite the load in just under 15 minutes.  I will admit to ulterior motives initially.  A week ago I spotted the cutest little blue upholstered chair that I thought would be perfect for our upstairs landing.  Being the frugal lady that I am, I passed it up because it was just a week shy of 30 days in the store.  I was convinced that no one else would think it was cute and I could get my score on Wednesday for a whopping $14.99.  Yeah, that’s right, I was too cheap to shell out for a $29.00 chair!  The thing is, I don’t need it at all.  It would just look nice, make the whole upstairs flow better and give us a good spot to read or chat on the phone…but, I didn’t truly need it.  So, I could really only justify pulling from my nearly non-existent budget if it was super cheap.  Wah-wah….it was gone when we got there.

BUT, the Little Guy did score 9 new books for his own growing personal library. 


I got a wall basket to use in our master bathroom,


and I also picked up a chrome set for the guest bathroom consisting of a towel ring, towel bar, toilet paper holder and door hook. 


The best part about this haul was that it totaled $6.49 for everything.  I have a ton of plants needing a home right now, so I figured I will put that basket to use.  And, the plastic towel bar that was in the guest bath has been making me crazy since we moved in, so this set will be a nice addition.  Books for a quarter!  Yeah, I can spare the change for the Little Guy to have an enormous library of books if he wants.

What have you guys been finding this summer during your thrift shop trips?

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