Creating A Mood

Hello and happy fall, Vixens!!!

I have been stuck for a while on how to decorate my place.  It seems the more choices I have, the worse it is.  And since I have so much saved on Pinterest, I decided to go through my pins and create a mood board to help me narrow down my choices.

I started with the living room.  I asked myself what is important for me to have in there. Comfortable seating for me and guests when I entertain, good lighting for when I curl up with a good book, a comfy pillow and throw for when I want to get extra cozy, color, texture and a few things that I love.

Here is what I came up with:

 

Mood board

What do you think?

Let’s break it down.

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The focal point of any living room is the sofa, so that was my first pick.   I never had one with a chaise, but the thought of having one has always been in the back of my mind. This sectional from Arhaus really spoke to me, from the overstuffed cushions to the rolled arms to the gorgeous color (Theater Cream).  So pretty.  They have a wide variety of sectional couches to choose from.

 

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Next I moved to lighting.  I adore the feminine charms a chandelier gives to a room, but in a living room, I prefer lamps.  This industrial style floor lamp embraced my love of old & worn while bringing in a masculine touch.

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books

 

A floor lamp eliminates the need for an end table on one side of the sofa, but on the other side I envisioned a place to stack a pile of old family books that I like to have around.  I thought the white metal chair from Target would serve that purpose beautifully while providing some balance to the metal lamp on the other side.

 

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More texture and comfort are provided courtesy of the cable knit throw and  pillow, and the velvet pillow provides a subtle pop of color while keeping the neutral pallet of the room alive.

 

coffee table

 

And those items store away easily when not needed in an antique tool chest which serves as a coffee table.  Look at that beautiful hardware!!!!!  Sa-wooooon!!!!!

 

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My sofa will be up against a wall because the room is not big enough for me to float it. That means the big blank wall behind the couch needs some visual interest.  Instead of doing a straight line of prints which will only follow the line of the sofa, I prefer one large picture.  I adore black and white photography, and the grittier the better.  This one satisfies all of the above.

 

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I finished up the room the way I finish every room-with fresh flowers.  Pink roses are gorgeous, but especially in my heart’s desire, white Ironstone.  Just imagine those beautiful blooms in that pitcher on top of that tool trunk………..too beautiful for words.

 

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And the final touch?  Music, what else?  My favorite song of all time-“Jungleland“-from Bruce Springsteen’s life altering “Born To Run” album is always in my CD player – yes, I still LOVE my CD’s!!!!   🙂  And happy birthday, Bossman!!!

The best part of this mood board?  It can be created on any budget.  I may have taken some of the pictures from expensive websites or stores, but that does not mean when I am ready to bring my dream living room to life I will not be able to find any of the items at flea markets, tag sales or on Craigslist.  I find the key is to be patient and go after one piece at a time.  Start with the focal point and go from there.  Before you know it, everything comes together & you did not have to empty your bank account to do it.

What does your mood board look like???  Let me know in the comments below.

None of the images in this post belong to me.  All resources are provided in the links.

This post was not sponsored.  All opinions, ideas and swoons are mine 🙂

Until next time, fellow Vixens, keep digging!!!

 

 

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Flea Market Fun

Hello, Vixens!!!  Long time, right???  Hope you have all been fine, enjoying the spring season and the Easter or Passover holidays.

Sorry for the unplanned break, but between a very busy spurt at work, two book clubs with 500 plus page books each and several personal things to attend to, I just did not have the energy to open my laptop at the end of the day.  But that period is over so let’s get back to the treasures!!!

Two weeks ago I went to my first estate sale of the year on my lunch break after seeing the sign for it on my way to work.  It was definitely worth forgoing my usual soup and sandwich fare.  I do not recall seeing the sign the day before but it worked out better because I went on the final day of the sale when everything was 50% off.  So I got one Ironstone platter, three Ironstone plates and two New England Baking Company pie tins for $10.00.  Say it with me…….SCORE!!!

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This past Sunday, four of my wonderful cousins and I took our first trip together to the Elephant’s Trunk Sale, which opened for 2017 at the beginning of April.  We had a perfect day for it-sunny with a nice cool breeze.  Fantastic weather to shop in!!!

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We were having such a great time together that I did not even think to pick up my camera to photograph all the treasures we saw as we strolled up and down the aisles.  But anything and everything you could want or need is at this market.  Plus, it seemed to me there were a lot more vendors selling plants, flowers and fresh produce than last year.  And if you are a foodie-this place does not disappoint!!!  The smells of hot dogs, popcorn, grilled veggies and fresh baked goods were everywhere we turned.  Two of my cousins, Sharon and Gina, were swooning over the cupcakes.  And three of us made out with some great finds.

My cousin, Laura Ann, found an adorable pillow featuring one of the best breeds out there-and she would know, as she and her husband, Joe, currently have one of these cuties at home:

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My cousin, Sharon, found this fabulous rustic gift.  I think both chickens and stainless steel  farmhouse decor rule!!!

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And I did not even make it all the way down the first aisle I was in without spotting these two shabby chic delights:

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I have gone to this flea market so often by myself since I moved to the area and enjoy it each time.  But, it is so much more fun to shop, laugh, talk and buy with a group of great people around!

So, have any of you started attending any sales or flea markets yet?  Have you found anything swoon-worthy?  If not, don’t worry.  The season to shop has just begun!!!

Till next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Tag Sale Treasures (Sale #2 for 2015)

Well Vixens, after striking out at every garage/yard/tag sale I went to over the last couple of weeks, I finally struck gold!!!  The home of a 50+ year collector opened to the public this weekend, and it was like walking through the perfect antiques store!!!

Everything in the house, and I do mean EVERYTHING (including the house itself) was for sale.  And there was stuff EVERYWHERE!!!  I was in my digging glory as I searched through all three stories of the house.

There were over 50 pictures posted on line to preview the sale, so I knew ahead of time there were certain items I was definitely interested in which led me to go on the first day of the two day sale.  It was very crowded but worth the effort since I was lucky enough to purchase one of the items I wanted.

The vintage typewriter stand (below left) is a treasure I found hiding in the dining room buried under a ton of linens for only $10.00.  I have wanted one of these carts forever so this was a great surprise find and it is in excellent condition.  I am going to spray paint it white and use it for several things:  as a desk, a make up table and a bar cart.  Cool, right?

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The bookcase on the right is one of the gems I was after and a steal for only $15.00.  It is real wood and in pretty good condition except for some heat damage on the bottom (it was right next to a wood burning stove for many years and the heat took its toll on it),

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I plan to clean it up, apply a few coats of crisp white paint and maybe use it to display my camera collection.

The next three items were purchased for $5.00 each.  The first one is a miniature sugar bowl, perhaps from a child’s tea set.  I love the sweet little flowers on it!!!  I plan on displaying it with my Ironstone sugar bowls to add a tender touch of color to the all white display.

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I almost passed on this lovely piece because when I first looked at it, I saw this side of it:

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Although I thought it was cute, it was not my style.  Then another buyer picked it up and mentioned that the piece had two different display sides.  When she put it down and walked away, I snatched it right up!!!  I learned a valuable lesson about thoroughly examining an item before passing on it in the future.

I found a new piece of Ironstone to add to my collection.  Even though it has a few embossments on it (I prefer the plainer pieces), I love how unique it is from any other piece I own.

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It has some great character to it (read:  brown aged spots) and it also came with an insert (below right) with even more signs of wear on it.  I am not quite sure what the piece is intended for…a soap dish perhaps?  If any of you know, please leave a comment below.

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But my favorite find of the sale is this sweet lovely bowl.  From the second my eyes spotted it…..SAAAAAA-WOON!!!

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It is such a solid piece.  There is nothing on the bottom to indicate who the manufacturer is, but it is as heavy as Ironstone.  And the character on this piece……you can tell it has been very well loved in its previous lives!!!

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I am over the moon for this bowl!!!  Talk about perfectly shabby chic!!!  Look at those crackles!!!  I am not sure where this gorgeous piece will go…..maybe as a pop of color in my Ironstone collection…..but I really feel this beauty needs a place of honor all on its own.  I will let you know as soon as I make up my mind!!!

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Please forgive the quality and angles of these pictures.  My SLR camera has not been working so while it is being repaired I am taking pictures on my iPhone 5C.

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Motherload…….

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My first estate sale of the season was a rousing success!!! Ten pieces of B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L White Ironstone (that’s right-10!!!) were just sitting in a box waiting for me!!! What a find!!!

Now for you purists out there-no, the pieces are not flawless. But then again, I am not a flawless kind of girl. I consider my collection “the island of misfit Ironstone”. I LOVE when there are visible brown crackled spots and other obvious signs of age. I adore the fact that these pieces had a life before me, one that did not consist of them sitting in a cupboard for display only. Items like these are too beautiful not to be used every day!!!

If this haul does not make you stop at the next yard sale/garage sale/ estate sale you see, YOU ARE CRAZY!!! LOL