All Tied Up {Curtain Tie Backs}

Why hello there!

If you remember, many many weeks ago, I added our bedroom curtains to our living room. There they hung, a bit forgotten and incomplete. I realized during this project that I only ever had four panels, not the six I expected. So, assuming I would quickly head back to IKEA for another set, I left them alone until today. As I was cleaning and rearranging my office, I stumbled upon the pretty tie backs that the curtain packages included. We’ve never used them because the curtains have been closed for most of their time with us. I decided that using tie backs would make them a bit more polished and at least remind me to get my behind moving in buying the other pair.

Before: Just hanging around.

Before: Just hanging around.

After: Ahhhh, it's almost like the windows frame our gorgeous greenery outside. Definitely a perk of the neighborhood.

After: Ahhhh, it’s almost like the windows frame our gorgeous greenery outside. Definitely a perk of the neighborhood.

So this project cost about $8 for the hooks and mounting materials (found them all at Bed Bath and Beyond). Now I just need to get moving and pick up that last pair of curtains! I’ll let you know when this little, never ending project, is finally complete!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Market Days and Fleas {Rummaging through MD and VA}

Hey all!

Just a quick post because I really should be getting back to my list of “to-do’s” for this week. I had a GREAT day on Saturday, full of searching and finding some gorgeous pieces that I wish I had the space for. I left a lot behind but got a lot of interesting ideas and my wish list continues to grow. We started our day at Chartreuse’s Market Days (you can find more pictures and information here). There were many tempting wares to feast our eyes on!

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My mom asked why I would consider buying a big boy like this. Answer? Because it would look AWESOME in my beachy office. I didn’t end up buying him this time around but I keep thinking about him.

 

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I’m a sucker for typography. This would be great on our fence for the backyard. I love the colors, the rust, and the font.

 

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I’m just now re-reading the price tag on these iron pieces. I am now regretting leaving them there. They would have been great, painted in a bright color to match one of our rooms or black and put onto the wall going up the stairwell. And a vintage, one-of-a-kind pair for $18? Man, kicking myself.

 

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I was immediately drawn to this large glass jar. The beauty of the color as well as the unusual size was AMAZING.

 

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My mother thought this might be a solution for her kitchen nook problems. She walked away without it, though I still think it’s photo worthy. I loved the glass doors.

 

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Hello, vintage! This guy was in the “project barn.” He’d be a great addition to a shelf collage or a birthday gift for the music aficionado.

 

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For what it is, it may have been a bit expensive ($29). But I absolutely adore the color and the storage. If this is there next time, I’m snatching it up. The problem is, what you see once may be gone by the next time. I really have to get better about just buying sometimes!

 

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MMM. Green glass. The little bubbles and the different shapes were super charming. Not quite the right green for our bedroom, though.

 

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Future project alert! My lovely friend reminded me that I could quite easily get this look done on my own. So look out for a future rope wrapping tutorial! And you know what is so great? Sometimes, the best things that come out of these trips are the ideas and inspirations, not just the goodies purchased.

 

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I’m a sucker for a good owl pun. This vendor hand paints all her window and glass pieces. They’re just fantastic. She also had several nautical versions, which may need to come home with me.

 

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I had no room for these but I just couldn’t help taking a picture. These would be GREAT for someone with a “man cave” or bar. I can just see them leaning behind a bar. It’s such a shame that someone painted over the original Old Export Beer ad.

 

But this was a busy weekend, full of not only Chartreuse and Co’s market days, but also The Old Lucketts Store’s Design House! Again, so many beautiful things, not enough space to put them in my house!

 

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The coral was just too beautiful to not sneak a picture. I can only hope to get a few pieces for my office or really anywhere in the house.

 

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DRIFTWOOD BASKET! The best.

 

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There was a much larger collection outside of Old Lucketts Store but I really liked this part of the group. The manicured bushes and cement planters are so classically beautiful, I just wish I had a larger yard.

 

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One- I love cubbies, especially ones with history. Two- the color of these cubbies is just divine. I need them. I must have them.

 

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I have an obsession with mirrors; this is something I cannot deny. But this cluster is great for a few reasons. One- each mirror is a different shape. Two- the odd number is pleasing to the eye (no really!). Three- don’t they remind you of…driftwood?

 

I did end up taking home two small candlesticks, but otherwise I left empty handed. I am now regretting that decision! So many beautiful options. Thanks Chartreuse and Co and Old Lucketts Store! You made a great Saturday search day!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS- What’s coming up next? A seashell wreath for our front door, rope wrapped home decor, and more framing projects. Stay tuned!

Tile Goes Practical {$2 Coasters}

Hey all,

I plan on posting tomorrow (hopefully) some awesome pictures and sights from a full day of rummaging. But for now, I give you a quick and dirty tutorial to make tile coasters.

I found these pack at our local Habitat for Humanity store. The idea of making ten, quick coasters for only two dollars was completely appealing. Plus, isn't that blue just divine?

I found these pack at our local Habitat for Humanity store. The idea of making ten, quick coasters for only two dollars was completely appealing. Plus, isn’t that blue just divine?

 

Dots or felt circles, you choose. Just whatever you choose, just make sure they're level and will keep your furniture scratch free!

Dots or felt circles, you choose. Just whatever you choose, just make sure they’re level and will keep your furniture scratch free!

 

Square tiles are an easy, almost already made option. All you need is a few felt circles (which I already had) or some clear bumper dots. You don’t want your new tiles to leave scratches on your beautiful furniture. Place four dots at each of the corners and marvel at your work. I love the color of my coasters, but I am considering adding a bit. This is a really easy project to take up a notch.  You could use mod podge and glue down different papers, fabric, etc. You could use paint and sealer to add a bit of a design or free form on top. I think I will eventually edge mine in gold paint, giving them a little flair. Because they are unused tiles, the edges are raw and could use a little extra pizazz. Why not make it a little gold? So you head on down to a big box store (or a salvage shop like me) and get to work! Everyone needs coasters!

 
XOXO,

Ashley

 

Shelling Out For a New Project {Wall Letters}

Hello everyone!

Last night, while watching some old Walking Dead episodes, I decided to continue my shell-crafting binge. I picked up one of these paper mache letters at our local JoAnn’s just the other day ($4.50 with a 40% off coupon). I still have lots of project ideas for my future beachy office, so I figured why not start another! What I didn’t realize is that my obsessive side would seek absolute perfection and not allow any paper mache to show under the shells. This project took me about two Walking Dead episodes, which means it took about two hours total.

 

First, start with your empty letter.

So this is how it started. Seems easy enough, very straight forward.

So this is how it started. Seems easy enough, very straight forward.

 

Then, put out all the shells you intend to use. It’s easiest to sort them by size or shape, helps keep it organized. This way, when you have a space to fill, you can just quickly pick a larger or smaller shell to use.

 

Here are just a few of the shells I used. I set them out first, then started organizing.

Here are just a few of the shells I used. I set them out first, then started organizing.

 

Once you’re all organized and ready to go, heat up that glue gun and get to work! This is probably the hardest and most tedious part. I wanted to make sure that my letter wasn’t just adequately covered, but completely covered (except for the back so that I had a flat surface to mount it to a wall). I used a TON of hot glue. I mean really, I used a TON. This letter ended up being pretty hefty with the weight of the shells and the weight of the glue. I didn’t want any shells to fall off, so I used both glue on the shell directly and for some shells that were larger, I glued around the sides once it was already placed. And, after a couple hours and many zombies, I had a finished F.

 

There's a joke in there somewhere, I'm just not sure where.

There’s a joke in there somewhere, I’m just not sure where.

 

I’m going to leave it natural for now, but I may decide to spray it all one color for uniformity. We’ll see, I’m still not sure! Next up, a summer wreath with….you guessed it…shells!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS- Because of the coupon, and the fact that I already had the shells and the glue, this project cost me under $3. Total score.