Major Furniture Score

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I consider myself pretty unlucky. I never win raffles, trips or even BINGO. I’m always this close to walking away with the big prize. Then a few weekends ago, my status in the lucky department changed via a major furniture score. I was at my aunt (my godmother) and uncle’s house picking up tables and chairs for a party and spotted a piece of furniture in the garage. I asked / stammered if I could have it. They said yes – an old lady had given it to them wanting it out of her house. Have I mentioned how great my aunt and uncle are?

I thought it was just a 3-drawer mid century dresser. It is not. It is a Lane cedar chest. It even has its original papers with a serial number, revealing it was built on April 15, 1955 by the Lane Furniture Company in Virginia.

Here is the cedar chest on that lucky day.

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To further sweeten the deal, it turns out this little piece of furniture is all over the design books and the interweb. Here is one I found via gwynnemurphy.com:

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And here it is featured in a 1955 Christmas ad, with a price of $49.95. It reads, “This Christmas make her dreams come true with a gift that starts the home.” I’m not sure if this will start my home but I will tell you it certainly pluses things up a bit.

I plan to spend some time with the chest in the next coming weekends and make it as good as new. I’m not sure if it’s sacrilegious to paint the thing but I know it would look awesome with white or gray paint. The chartreuse color in the photo above is very fun as well. The current color is not too bad (verrrry 1950’s) and I like the hardware. It’s definitely going in the white room to replace the “TV stand” a.k.a. another old dresser that I found in my landlord’s garbage pile in college. Both dressers are nice and sturdy, but the Lane chest takes the cake. I recently purchased drawer pulls from Anthropologie (on sale for $2.95/each) for the old dresser, but I’m sure I can find another place for those!

– emily

Wrap It Up

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Aaron and I (and several other friends and co-workers) are headed to Batesville this weekend for a wedding. It’s been awhile (I counted 3 weeks) since Aaron and I have spent a weekend together so I’m looking forward to spending time with both him and friends and drinks. We’re even excited the hotel has a pool – can you tell we need a break? Moving on…

Weddings mean presents and registries. And if the couple is cute and creative (which they are) it makes buying and wrapping the gift that much more enjoyable. I’m big on gift wrapping and wanted to make it special for the big event.

Here’s a look at some of my supplies (apologies for the over-styled shot, there is a new-to-us camera in da haus that we’re playing around on)

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My wrapping paper is women’s vintage clothing patterns.

My ribbon is hemp.

My bow is tissue paper poufs.

Let’s explain via more photos because I promise it looks a lot cuter than it sounds.

I had some clothing patterns laying around, which I purchased off eBay a few months ago for a paper flower project (which I’ve since abandoned). The first part was easy – I just wrapped the gift box like I normally would.

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I used two layers of pattern paper as it’s very thin – more tissue than paper.

Next came the hemp for the ribbon. I layered this as well, so there would be two strands of “ribbon” rather than just one going around the package.

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Next, I added my poufs. I chose to do three smallish ones, using tissue paper and bead wire I had on hand. I have previously used a Martha Stewart kit for poufs so I was able to use the same directions with my own materials. I’m sure Martha hates that. I also got a healthy dose of pouf-making at Alicia’s bachelorette party, of which paper poufs were a major part of the decor at her party.

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Once the two blue poufs were added to the package (using the attached hemp as an anchor) I added a bright green pouf. That’s it! A super cute and crafty (and almost free) gift wrapping solution.

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I used my lot of clothing patterns in another project – these gift favors for that same bachelorette party I mentioned above.

My dress is washed and Aaron even got a hair cut. We’re ready for the weekend!

– emily

OPP: “Casual Color” Bedroom Ideas

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A friend of mine is moving to Indianapolis, to a fancy new apartment she’s sharing with her sister. This is exciting for two reasons 1.) I’m decorating her bedroom and guest bathroom and 2.) We’re working from a totally clean slate (with the exception of a vintage dresser, which is hard to complain about because it’s way cute).

I did three idea boards (that’s the fancy name bloggers use, which I’m using now that I’m a fancy blogger. Har har). The process of an idea board is pretty straightforward and includes lots of time on the computer, playing with different items from stores and keeping track of everything in a “room sources” document to make sure budgets are being met and sales are being enjoyed. When I’m doing idea boards for someone specific, I often do three boards within the realm of their taste and color preference versus doing a few options that are totally out there. I guess I could have done a black-on-black room with faux taxidermy everywhere but I can confidently tell you that’s not what Andrea likes. Andrea likes something I like to call “casual color” and while her past places have typically included dark wood and dark reds / purples this time she wanted to do something a little lighter and fun.

I also had some guidelines to work against:

 

  • Affordable (think $500 or less).
  • Update-able (everyone likes a good duvet change or pillow change every now and then).
  • Apartment-friendly (which means no wall painting or wallpapering – booooo).
  • Move-able (in case moving a year or so later is in Andrea’s future).

Let’s get it started! Here is the first concept – green and teal.

Emily SnufferA few quick things to say about this green and teal board:

  • Let your curtains / rug / duvet make the statement – in this case it’s the rug!
  • Find pendant lights that don’t need to be hard-wired a.k.a. just plug ’em right in (thanks CB2!).
  • Removable wall decals (like the headboard above) are always a great apartment solution.
  • Try to include something living! Ferns, succulents, flowers, whatever.

And number two:

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  • Gold!! And a Moroccan pouf! I currently have a Moroccan pouf but it stinks so bad it’s been banished to the basement. The gold one above is from the new Calypso Target line which equals stink free.
  • Ikea has been rolling out their new items. This dresser happens to be one of them.
  • Anthropologie is having a killer sale on their bedding right now. Featured above are the Honeycomb sheets from the sale.
  • Using fabric (like the blue above) to act as “paint” versus actual apartment-not-friendly paint.
  • The ever popular Keep Calm and Carry On print.

And then finally, here’s the last one. I’m listing full sources here because this one is the WINNER! I am so excited to do this room. It is my favorite as well.

Emily SnufferAnd now, the sources. I’ve added handy numbers to help you follow along:

  1. Eden Pendant – $50 – CB2
  2. Deconstructed Cuckoo Clock – $12.99 – ModCloth.com (a smidge bigger than a tennis ball)
  3. Faux Ghost Chair – $150 – eBay
  4. Striped Wool Rug 8′ x 10′ – $173 – PBTeen (if I had somewhere to put this I would snatch it right up because that price is a steal!)
  5. Fabric – $5.99/yd (we’ll need about 16 yards) – Ikea
  6. Ribba 45″ Picture Ledges – $14.99/ea – Ikea
  7. Keep Calm and Carry On Print 8″ x 10″ – $15 – Keep Calm Shop (Etsy)
  8. Ofelia Voss Duvet Cover, King – $59.99 – Ikea
  9. Textured Teal Pillow – $24.99/each – Home Goods
  10. Green Pillow – TBD – Home Goods (I think) and Pink Ikat Pillow – $30 – MiCasaBella (Etsy)

Stay tuned for lots of “before” and “after” pics as well as some bathroom idea boards. I wanted to see the direction she approved prior to moving on to the next design (so account manager of me). It’s always good to have “flow” between two rooms which is so gross to say when describing a bathroom, but you catch my drift.

I am so excited about this it is kind of silly.

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