Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday Trip

About an hour away from Chattanooga is a tiny town in Monroe county called Tellico.  There's not much going on in Tellico itself- it's a tiny town.  But there is a beautiful river, and there are the Smoky Mountains, so it's definitely worth the trip.

Grant, Callie, and I made the trip Sunday afternoon to hike and enjoy the fall weather.  It was a perfect way to spend the day.

I love Bald River Falls.

And fall colors!!!

Messy hair, don't care.

He's so crazy.

Callie wasn't fond of getting on the rocks beside the falls, but she warmed up to it eventually...

That's one happy dog...and human.

She was mesmerized by the water.

We'll have to go back on a Saturday- I saw lots of good antique and junk stores to pick through.
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Decor Stealing

Every few days, I see what's on Decor Steals, which is a flash deal site that sells rustic/farmhouse/classic home items.

I have previously purchased a baguette board...

...and the map on our built-ins..

This week, two items I ordered arrived- a rug and several bunches of lavender.

I bought this bamboo rug to cover the institutional floor tile in the downstairs half-bath...

I also like having something softer than tile underfoot.

Three bundles of lavender went on sale shortly after I purchased the rug. Yes, please!

I tied twine around each bundle and found each one a home.   The shortest bunch was added to a small dough bowl.

I put the second bundle in a pitcher on the buffet in the dining room...

It like the height it adds between the topiaries.

The last bunch went in the chicken wire basket that lives on the dresser in the master bedroom.

The color is nice and subtle, and the smell is fantastic.

I love that these will last a long time without being silk. 


Decor Steals has a sister website that I like to frequent as well for accessories.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fuzzy Yard Sale Find

At a yard sale in our neighborhood, we found two, matching fuzzy things...

For $14, we brought home a pair of tall topiaries that I thought would be perfect to adorn the buffet in the dining room...

They balance the arrangement out and bridge the blank wall between the plates and the buffet.

They're a spin on a typical boxwood topiary, and the pot is neutral enough that I could shuffle them around to several places in our house.

But for now, I'm liking the splash of green in our blue-on-blue-blue dining room.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

King Size

A few weeks ago, Grant surprised me with a king-size mattress.  The purchase catalyzed a master bedroom re-vamping. 

Little by little we've been putting the master back together.  We found bedside tables...

...and a king-size matelasse coverlet similar to the queen-size one we had before...

...as well as a larger blanket...

As I've mentioned before, antique king beds do not exist, so we searched Craigslist for an early American reproduction four-poster bed.  After just a week, we found one nearby listed for $500.  We really liked the lines of it and managed to negotiate the price down to $400.  Now, it's ours.

I still need to move the windows further apart and do a new plate arrangement, but I'm happy with the feel the bed adds to the room.

Many early American reproduction pieces have chunky posts, but this one has nice dainty finials.

What sold me was the Jenny Lind-like detail on the footboard:

(That's Callie's tail happily wagging on the right.)
The carving on the posts is great too...

We're pretty thrilled with the bed: the wood tone is great, and it lends to a more colonial feel than our old headboard did.

We also hung curtains in the bay window: one large panel on each of the side windows of the bay and two narrower panels on the center one.

We went with a pinch pleat for a more structured, traditional look, but they also have a back-tab for easy hanging.  They are barely off-white, which goes nicely with our wall color, and have a linen-like texture. Thumbs way up for these lined panels.

I think this iteration of the master will be finished soon. More pictures to come with the progress!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


I have been meaning to grab a few pumpkins over the last few weeks to fall-ify the front porch.  I found a variety at Redbriar Antiques for $5 each.  I ended up buying three because odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye, and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on something so temporary.  

I love that these first two are a little unexpected.

I spread them over the stairs below my mums, which are also doing well...

Now our porch looks ready for fall!

Happy Sunday!