August 25, 2014

Decorating with Vintage Trophies


I love vintage trophies.
 
I love their patina.
 
I love their shapes.
 
I love their engravings.
 
I don't love their price tags.
 
So I don't own any vintage trophies.
 
But I do have a vintage champagne bucket that will do just fine.


I got it at a thrift store for less than $10.00.

 It was even red-marked down if I remember correctly.

I couldn't believe it! I mean, how did this beauty manage to stay on the shelf?


I love filling mine with hydrangeas from the yard.


Or lovely spring bouquets like this one.

I also scored a small double-handled silver cup a few years ago that I love to use in vignettes around the house.



This one goes great with vintage books.



And it made the cut for my recent dining room cabinet reveal.

But vintage trophies can be used for so much more.


In the kitchen to corral utensils like I found over at Heather Bullard.
.
 
Or filled with pumpkins and feathers for fall décor like these at Must Love Junk.
 
Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration
 
Boxwood balls look beautiful in this equestrian vignette from Atta Girl Says.

Vintage Trophies planted with moss

Via

And this combination of patinated silver and chartreuse is a winning one, and so easy to accomplish.



I'm not yet sure where I'm going to put my vintage "trophy."

But you can see some of the ideas I've collected on my Trophies Pinterest Board.

Which idea do you like best?

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August 20, 2014

Fall is in the Air ~ Salted Caramel Cupcakes {and a surprise!}




I don't know about you but when I hear the word caramel I think of fall. 
 
As in caramel apples.
 
As in salted caramel cupcakes!

The summer is rapidly dwindling and I still have some of my Pinterest Fun Foods recipes to share with you.

For those of you who missed them, the first two were real hits.

I mean, who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?
 

This recipe was so easy it was almost like stealing candy from a baby (pardon the pun).
 
And then there's my infamous Whoopie Pies.



Today I want to share with you some fantabulous salted caramel cupcakes
{as well as a surprise at the bottom of this post!}
 
You can find them here on my Fun Foods Pinterest Board.

These were actually the first of the Fun Foods to be created, so I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to post about them!


Don't they look yummy?
 
And no, the white rocks you see on the plate aren't really white rocks.

They're sea salt! (That's fleur de sel for you francophiles!)

 
 


I got my recipe from The Tidy Mom
 
  I followed it with two modifications:

ONE: It appears that Duncan Heinz no longer makes their Signature Caramel Cake Mix.
 I substituted a box of Betty Crocker Super Moist French Vanilla cake mix instead.

TWO: I could not find the Nestle caramel for the frosting, so I substituted Smucker's Sundae Syrup Caramel instead.

Otherwise I thought the recipe was pretty straightforward and they were definitely worth making.
 

 
 
I can't believe that school has started for our oldest (high school!) and the middle kiddo starts next week.
 
Then I start homeschooling Chickadee number 3 after Labor Day.
 
I still haven't finished my French Wire Hamper project.
 
Why not, you ask?
 
Well, it might have something to do with this.
 


Yes, we got a puppy.

Looks like our
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
is a keeper. 

What do you think?

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August 11, 2014

French Wire Laundry Hamper For Less

Ever since we put the house up for sale, my posts have been sporadic at best. I mean, who wants to start a major painting/décor/DIY project when you know the house has to remain "show ready" all the time? Well, due to unforeseen circumstances (like a horrible real estate market where we live) we've taken the house off the market for the time being. It just seemed like the right thing to do, what with the kids about to start school and all. So hopefully I can start a few projects that I've put on the back burner after all these months. 
 
Today I want to share with you a major-brand look-alike that I picked up a while back

at,

yes,

Wal-Mart.
 
You may remember when I shared my joy at finally becoming a proud owner

of this faux "olive bucket" from Wal-Mart's

Better Homes and Gardens Collection.

        
I was beside myself happy!
 
Well, enter another Better Homes and Gardens version of another one of my long-coveted home decor items:
 
The French Wire Laundry Hamper.





My pictures really don't do it justice. It's sturdy and quite large and I love it!
 
Of course Pottery Barn certainly has their version. I do love it, but not the price.
 
$159.99
 
French Wire Hamper & Ticking Stripe Liner
 


They also had a real look-alike version a few years ago.  Again, I like it. Just not the price.

$89.00
 
Look familiar?


(Sorry, the only source I can find for this picture is now on Pinterest, without any authentication. But I know when I originally found it it was on an old Pottery Barn page. I think it was 2010.)
 
Seems like Pottery Barn's not the only place that carries wire laundry hampers.

  I came across this in my local World Market the other day.  

The Ellie Rolling Hamper.

(Also look familiar?)



Original price: $99.00 (on sale for $79.99)
 
They also carried the Claudette Wire Hamper.
 
This one really spoke to me in all it's Frenchi-ness.



Original price: $81.99 (sale price $71.99).
 
Crate and Barrel also has a similar one for $59.95.

So let's recap:
 
Theirs: $89.00.  Mine: $19.89.



As much as I love my Wal-Mart version,
I just couldn't seem to leave well enough alone (surprise).

Stay tuned to see how I personalized it!

Oh, and run, don't walk to your local Wal-Mart if you want to get one of these for yourself. I don't imagine they'll last for long.

WAIT! Guess what I just found on Wal-Mart online?

 

This just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?

 
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August 4, 2014

Pottery Barn Faux Fur Score



I'm just as perplexed as the next person when I walk into a Michael's or a Hobby Lobby and see pumpkins and Christmas decorations on the shelves in July. You think I'd be used to it by now, but it still shocks me a little each year when it happens. How about you?

I don't think this qualifies as being quite as egregious as all THAT, but I did recently pick up something at Goodwill that has me itching for fall. It just happens to be one of my favorite home decor items: a pillow cover. But not just ANY pillow cover.
 
A Pottery Barn pillow cover.



The (faux) fur kind. 

Here's their $39.50 version (and that's the cost without the pillow).


Faux Fur Pillow Cover - Caramel Ombre

Here's a screenshot of the same sale page online.


And here's my $2.99 version (pre-pillow insert).



I'll admit that my photo skills are nowhere near as good as Pottery Barn's.
But I can say that in person it looks really soft, fluffy and brand new.
And while I couldn't believe my good luck in finding it tucked away amongst all the other Goodwill textiles for sale,

 I still felt somewhat funny about bringing it home on a hot July day. 

But after I filled it with an Ikea down pillow insert I already had (crazy inexpensive), I no longer felt funny at all.


The kids are already fighting over it (not to mention the blankets).


What do you think? A match made in heaven or what?

Not to rush the seasons or anything,
but it almost makes me pine for a nice, cozy fire
and a cup of Earl Grey.

(Sorry that the color's a little off. I just can't seem to get a decent picture in this room. Ever.)

Oh, and one more confession. The other night I found myself lighting a candle.

But not just any candle.
 
 
The flavor was Salted Caramel. And to me, that's a quintessentially fall flavor for sure.
 
Uh oh.
 
Maybe I do have more in common with those craft stores than I thought.
 
Fall.
 
Bring it on.

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