Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jack’s Room

I’ve been working on the guest room again.  There was a possibility that we were going to have guests in early November, which didn’t happen but any excuse will do.  I bought new bedding actually a couple of months ago.  I am so fickle when it comes to textiles!  It seems like I love a pattern for about a day and then I’m ready for something else. 


I found this set at T.J. Maxx and then made the burlap pillow.  I don’t just love it but it’s very “guestish” if you know what I mean.  I should maybe just stick with neutrals and forget it. 

That actually is what I did with the curtains.

I can’t say these won’t go with everything!  And I actually love the way they turned out.  To save money ( since this is such a HUGE sliding glass door) the top half is drop cloth and the ruffle is burlap.  That way I didn’t need nearly as much fabric for the bottom.

Since I didn’t line them, I left the sheers up.  Also, this is on the South side of the house.  So the sun really heats things up.

So since things were looking all nice and spiffy Jack the cat decided this was his favorite room.

He has such a hard life. 

So Jack suggested a dog and cat theme……

I was happy to have a new place to hang one of my all time favorite pictures.

I moved my little doggie collection in here for now.  The green glittered tree…..that’s the closest thing I have to Christmas decorations so far.

Doggie on the bed side table.

And here’s the rest of the room.


and I had just painted this gray…….I keep telling myself it looks just fine…

I’m all ready for guests!  As long as you don’t mind sleeping with a cat.


Monday, November 21, 2011


Finally……two years and nearly three months later, we have my Mother’s house on the market!   So here it is.  All staged and ready. 


Such a cute house.  My mother always had pretty flowers planted in her flower beds.  There is a brick sidewalk going up to the front door and also brick around the flower bed in front of the house that you can’t see.


Entry.  Brick throughout high traffic areas.  That’s the front door directly to the right and the utility room to the far right.  On past that you walk into the living room on the left.


Here’s the living room.  New carpet.  Heather and I painted the book cases on either side of the fireplace.


Here’s another view from the dining room.  The ENTIRE and I do mean ENTIRE house is repainted.  From every ceiling to every base board!!


Here’s the dining room.  Look at that shiny shiny brick!  I mopped and resealed every bit of it.  Good exercise I tell ya!   We put in a new chandelier.  And a cute ceiling medallion painted to match the chandelier that you can’t see in this pic.  And notice the sky light above the kitchen sink.


Galley kitchen.  My mother tore out the original kitchen and remodeled.  All new cabinets and that is real butcher block on either side of the stove.  We’re leaving the refrigerator with the house. 


Looking to the back of the house from the dining area.  This is the HUGE den that she added on.  You can barely see a door in the right corner.  That’s a giant craft closet that runs the entire length of this room. 


Standing in front of that door, this is what you see.  The French doors lead to this……..


I know!  Cute isn’t it!


Here’s the back yard.  My mother was quite the gardener.  Even though the yard has barely been tended in over two years, it has great bones and is just waiting for someone to love it.  There’s even a little pond.



Master bedroom.  We painted the bathroom cabinets black and put in new tiles.  There’s a toilet and shower area to the left and a walk in closet to the right.



Hall bath.  Vanity repainted the same color as the living room book cases.


Middle bedroom.  Built in book cases. 


Front bedroom.  Don’t you love that cute bed Heather painted?  Both of these bedrooms also have walk in closets.  Also the hall which leads to the bedrooms has a coat closet and nice built-ins.

Our pictures could be a little better, it was a dark dreary day today and even with the flash, they were a little dark.  I tried lightening them in Photo Shop but only had limited luck.  Our main paint color is Ralph Lauren Canvas Natural VM15.  I was going to link back to the color swatch online but it looked a little fleshy to me.  It is such a GREAT color and seems to just play off of any other color that you put with it.  I used an egg shell finish to that the walls would be easy to keep clean for the new owner. 

So this is it.  Keeping in mind that everything we brought in for staging had to go back out, we kept furniture and accessories to a minimum.  Hopefully just enough so that buyers can visualize how nice their furnishings will look.

We want to SELL this house so it’s priced right.  1900 SF   $124,500.00 !! 

Hope you enjoyed your tour and if you know of anyone who is looking for a cute move-in ready house in the OKC area, contact our realtor, Debra O’Toole 405-641-7745

Have a wonderful week and a great Thanksgiving.  I know this is quite a weight off of my family’s shoulders to have the house on the market.


Friday, November 18, 2011

At The Rink

We have begun stocking our booth for the Holidays!  We should be adding new items a couple of times a week from now thru Christmas.

Lots of chippy rusty goodness.  Vintage tins and cute dog signs.

Pretty neutrals for Christmas decorating.

Love these cute doggie ornaments with crowns.  They’re glittered too!

We love our new paper flowers.  I think I made four sizes.  We were going to glitter these today before we added them to our display.  However, the wind was blowing about a bazillion miles an hour so that didn’t happen.  Each one has a scrim rosette in the center.  I think I may have to make some of these for my house!


I just added a few new items of jewelry this week.  I have some cute inexpensive vintage pieces to take  the first of next week.

I had my lousy camera today, but this end table is glam. cute! Two tone silver glitter paint!

Lots of pretty brights for little girls rooms.

Cute silver chest with hot pink birds and chandelier.

We even have the perfect lamp for the same room!

Come visit us at The Rink in OKC! 

Lots going on here… looks like I will actually be getting my Mother’s house on the market Monday!!  I’ll have Heather take some pics. with her better camera so we can show you all of our hard work.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Cold weather cozy!

When cold weather approaches, I tend to gravitate more and more toward cozy homey rooms.  I found one of my all time favorites on Better Home and Gardens web site this week.


I am totally in love!  White upholstery, chocolate brown walls, and the perfect touches of color.

Here’s another shot.


So I thought, hummmm…….what would it take to REALLY recreate this room?  So lets say we’re starting with an unlimited budget.  Might as well, since I can MAYBE afford a couple yards of fabric and not much else!   HAHA

I think I’ll just order some burlap drapes from Ballard's……


Then……how about a couple of chairs, also from Ballard's


Perfect!  Of course we’ll have to repaint and reupholster, but what the heck!  We do have that unlimited budget!

And that Kilim rug……YUMMY!


That’s pretty close.  And it’s ONLY $2200.00!  So if we don’t love it….no biggie.  Maybe the dog can sleep on it!  HA

The white chair and sofa…Ikea, of course.  We’ll just pick up a chair and loveseat/chaise



Oh oh….we’ll probably order the ottoman too, even though we’re going to reupholster it  with that yummy Hounds Tooth fabric.

How are we doing so far?

LOVE the mirrors on either side of the window.   But I may want an antiqued gold frame on mine, so I think I’ll shop around town for those.  They do look perfect though, don’t you think?  The way that they reflect light with the dark walls.

We’ll paint our favorite drop leaf table with chalk paint, Paris Gray.  And order this lamp from Restoration Hardware.


Love that Zinc base, how about you?  I think it retails for around $300.00.

The coffee table is just cute as can be with those little French style legs.  We’ll shop the local antique malls for the perfect one and then paint it our favorite turquoise.

Same with the chandie.  We might even pretend to be thrifty and paint an old brass chandelier.

The only hounds tooth fabric that I could find was this one.


Love the texture, but it’s not a dark enough chocolate.  And we DO need the perfect color so that we can have our paint color matched.  I think the Damask and the Hounds Tooth must have come from the same fabric group.  I REALLY did search and search for them.  If anyone out there has seen them, let me know.  I seriously would love a yard or two of each.

Accessories…..I can work on those later.   Right now I’m just exhausted from all of this hard  work shopping!

I can see changing those burnt orange pillows to maybe red at Christmas and hot pink for Spring/Summer.  How about you?

I had great fun shopping with all of you girls this evening!  Have a happy weekend.



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