Sunday, October 30, 2011

quick fix for generic looking binders

I hated the look of the binders that I had in my book crates and was going to buy some new ones until I came across some left over scrapbook paper in one of my drawers.

Why not just cover the spines and give them a whole new look?

All I needed was a ruler, pencil, scissors and a glue stick.  I measured the spine and then added 2 inches to each side and trimmed the paper accordingly.  Next, I ran a glue stick over the spine and centered the paper and then glued the edges down.  Problem solved and money saved!

Friday, October 21, 2011


My obsession this week is with terrarium.  As you know by now, I am unable to keep a plant alive in my home for more than a day, so besides those nifty little air plants I talked about a few posts ago, I have fallen in love with terrarium.

Check out this terrarium How-To from Sweet Peach

And as always, you can can find some on Etsy

Tiny Terrarium: Sweet Tiny Glass Jar Moss Terrarium  Set of Three Air Plant Globes

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

the vintage tea collection giveaway

Check out these amazing new items from Jennifer Rizzo and enter to win $400 worth of items from her shop plus a $100 gift certificate towards jewelry!  I hope I win!! 

Check out her Etsy shop as well.

  French inspired tea towel- Fenetre  Cotton tea towel- Westham bakery 

Monday, October 17, 2011

restoration hardware....drool

I decided that adding 615 pages of the Restoration Hardware Fall 2011 Sourcebook was a little overkill, so here are just a few of my favorites.....


inspired by ikea

The Ikea 2012 catalog has some great new stuff.  Can't wait to go there and use up my gift card!  Click on the pics for $ and info.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

slightly off topic

I know, I know --- this post has nothing to do with decorating, renovations or anything home related, but I was pretty proud of myself for being creative and crafty.  I had this necklace lying around forever with a broken clasp. Rather than searching for the exact clasp I needed to fix it and then having to deal with needle nose pliers, why not tie a think pink ribbon to it and give it a little more spunk?  Kinda cute don't ya think?

first fall-like saturday

What to do with my weekend now that its too chilly to be on the boat?  Why not drag my husband out of bed at 8:30 on a Saturday morning to go to some yards sales?

I can clearly see that my interpretation of the description on Craigslist versus the actual items at the yard sales were slightly off.  I honed in on certain words such as "multi-family" and "antiques" and seemed not to have noticed the mention of ample amounts of children's items.  Oh well, not our day for yards sales.

Our last stop was at antique store and we could not resist purchasing these 3 things...including what I just learned was the very first model of the Polaroid Camera, pretty cool if you ask me.

1948 - Instant photography goes on sale to the public for the first time with the Polaroid Model 95 camera and Type 40 film. The camera is so named due to its $95 suggested price. This is just over $850 today.
After selling out quickly, the Boston store that launched the first cameras begins taking backorders for up to $150, or about $1350!

Large Wooden Spool
Vintage Polaroid Camera
Vintage Chair

Friday, October 14, 2011

so long summer, renovations just around the corner

I have to face it, my bathing suit may not see the light of day until next year.  With the chillier weather comes the fairly long list of projects that we want to accomplish over the extended fall/winter/rain/slush/snow/cold weather of New England.

Although the table saw and chop saw have made a lovely addition to my hallway for the last few months, I am ready to move them back into storage! 

I've found that creating an overall list is just too overwhelming, so we are just going to take it room by room.  There are a few functional things that need to be done such as nailing in the baseboards in the office/guest room and laying the flooring in the master bedroom.

as well as a few fun projects such as building a tabletop for our antique sewing machine stand and antiqueing a mirror.

So needless to say we have a busy winter ahead of us, but what better way to spend a snowy Saturday than inside with our cats with the sound of a tablesaw?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

air plants, can i handle it?

How have I not discovered these before?  We have ZERO plants/flowers in our home because of many factors (1) We don't get a ton of direct sunlight (2) I clearly don't how or when to properly water them (3) If left at a height that is accessible to the will get eaten, layed on or walked through within seconds. 

My interest was sparked by this vase that was on the home page of Etsy this morning from tohold (Los Angeles, CA)

Green Glass Air Plant Vase // Airplant in Small Blown Glass

I'll have to track down some of these babies and do something fun with them around the house. Let me know if you've got any air plants in your home and how you display them.

Hey, they even have their own website

"These truly are a perfect gift for plant lovers and for people who can't grow anything."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

back into the swing of things

Alright, so I redesigned my blog - gave myself a logo (Thanks Jonah!), deleted a lot of clutter and made it cleaner and easier to navigate - enjoy! Now I get to go through my piles of saved blogs, images and wesbites and share them with all of you - stay tuned for tons of inspiring ideas!

drum pendants

I'm loving the look of all the drum pendant lights I've been seeing everywhere. 

Like this linen shade from West Elm

 Short Drum Pendant

or these custom made shades from jessedirk on Etsy

Custom drum pendant lights made to order