Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Haute Look Ghost Chair Sale!

Today HauteLook.com (a timed sale site, similar to One Kings Lane) is having a sale on the Modern Classics line. They have a ghost chair for $135.00!!!! I'm sure this will go fast so if you want one, sign up now for free at this link and grab one. Shipping is only $24.95 which seems very reasonable for an item of this size.

The actual Philip Starck Louis ghost chair retails for $410 here. The HauteLook chair appears to be a very good reproduction...the color seems slightly different, but I think that's just the picture I copied.
I won't inundate you with pictures of the ghost chair in different settings, but I love the ethereal quality it brings to a room and how it works well in small spaces- lessing visual clutter. What are your thoughts on the ghost chair? Love them or hate them?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nightstand Do It Yourself

I had been on the lookout for nightstands for a while. While there were many styles out there that I liked, none fit my budget criteria. Since I wasn't willing to pay $100 per nightstand, I started stalking craigslist for some cheap ones needing a facelift. It wasn't too long before I found them.....$40 for two dark purple extremely ugly nightstands.

First they had to be sanded to remove all the latex paint. This was the most time consuming part of the process. I recruited my husband for this, who used a sander, sand paper, and a dremel tool over the course of many hours to finally get all the paint off.
Then we were ready to prime and paint.

After one coat of primer and a couple coats of paint, they were ready for new hardware. Here is the finished product.

I also lined the drawers with some fabric left over from my chair upholstery project. Now I wish we had painted the inside of the drawers too because this brown bugs me. Not bad overall for only $40, paint & supplies we already had, and labor. Here's the finished product in the bedroom.
Please ignore the glowing-eyed cat in the photo. Since this was taken the window trim has been painted white and I got the matching shams for the bed. I have plans to raise the headboard and paint it white. The walls are going to be grey. The lampshades will also be changed out. Still a work in progress! Comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wish List

Some beautiful things currently on my wishlist that may interest you as well!

This perfect, gorgeous Maharajah Stripe Tile that I desperately want for my kitchen. The fact that the price isn't listed is not a good sign. The website doesn't list retailers, so I'm not sure how to find it locally....
This adorable Blacklight Blouse from Anthropologie. Dots, Ribbon, detailed top...enough said.

Adorable forget me knot ring from Fred Flare....
Sea Urchin Bud vases that are out of stock here...boo!
These preserved boxwood topiaries for the house. I would actually like one minus the vase to put under a glass cloche I have that looks sadly empty.
These beautiful gold earrings
and I am DYING for this orange cashmere throw from One Kings Lane, on sale today, but sadly for $999



Happy shopping to anyone who may be purchasing some of these lovely items, but FYI if you get the cashmere throw you are required to lease it to me every other weekend. It may be returned with pet fur and champagne spills- fair warning.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Halloween

Ideas for fall decorating.....the problems I find with these photos are 1) I don't have a mantel or fireplace 2) I don't have a barn to display 20 pumpkins in 3) if I put glass lanterns on my front porch my husband would definitely kick and break them 4) I don't have a picture of a creepy old man and 5) I don't have thousands to spend at Pottery Barn.
This is very sad indeed. Thanks for inspiring me Martha....then quickly deflating my hopes Pottery Barn.

What are you doing to decorate for the season??

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wish List- Bar Cart

So I have been on the hunt lately for a bar cart. I have the perfect place for one in the dining room. The problem is finding something suitable and not paying an arm and a leg for it. For example, here is my ultimate bar cart from Restoration Hardware. It says sold out on their website, but I can't imagine how that could be when it was over $800!!!!



I have scoured craigslist and ebay, thinking that even if I could find an old brass one, I could fix it up. No such luck.

Here is a cute option for between two chairs, but not practical for the space I'm wanting to use it in.
This bar car above is pretty much exactly what I want also. Two shelves, glass, metal, although I can do without the waitress statue.
Maybe my best bet is antique stores/yard sales.

Any suggestions for bar cart sources out there??

Meanwhile here are a few more gorgeous ways to display your liquor! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Summer's End

via this is glamorous



What a lovely place to spend the last few hot days of summer!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

High Street Market Sale Finds!

High Street Market, one of my favorite Etsy stores, is having a great sale today! Buy one get one 50% off! Click on the title to this post to check it out. Here's what I scored:
Mad Men Style bar glasses and ice bucket

Antique Agate Coasters