you can find cool stuff anywhere!

I was in my husband's hometown, Altoona, Pa, over Easter weekend. I was driving through my in-law's neighborhood when I came upon what appeared to be a yard sale. I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES! should be a bumper sticker on my suv. It mortifies my kids but they should be used to it by now.  Anyway, I looked at the few items this man was selling against his chain-linked fence.  He had made these drum shaped coffee tables out of wood.  I asked how much and he said $25. I rarely have cash in my wallet and told him I would be back. A few hours later, I saw he was putting everything away and it looked like he hadn't sold a single table. He was so happy I had returned and liked his tables... he gave me two for one!
Very West Elm-like
The small one is 18" diameter and large one is 26" diameter. I think both made of hickory.

Elm Wood Coffee Table

 I love a good find!!!!!!!

eclectic style

Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space  with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it's you, curated. Try to redecorate a room using your favorite objects -- pillows, lamps, art, etc. Avoid symmetry.

I began this inspiration board with my painting "woodsy girl" and worked around her. The painting of the seated woman is mine too.

another footstool makeover

I bought this footstool for $11.50 a few days ago. Lovely isn't it? What you need is a great upholstery fabric ( I bought this remnant at the fabric store for a remarkable $10.00, normally $75 per yard). I have plenty left for another project. You will also need a good staple gun and plenty of staples.

I started by removing tassel fridge. Next, I cut fabric so there was 1 inch over hang. I put one staple on all sides and each corner. Continue all the way around and end with overlapping corners. 

This is a little tricky but evenly fold each corner side and staple 3 times to secure.

Trash to Treasure - rehab a chair

Okay, if I see a cool-looking chair in someone's trash on trash day, yes, I will throw it in the back of my truck. I saved this mid-century chair, in fairly good condition except for the old vinyl seat cover, from death.

I disassembled the chair back and legs and removed vinyl covering. Next, I stapled new fabric onto wood seat. Spray-painted all wood parts of the chair, let dry and reassembled. It looks great and has been given a new life.
super adorable! what do you think?

Love this beach house

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Must be summer....... but i'm back on track.

My family will soon be leaving for our annual week long beach trip. A nice place in Ocean Isle, NC but this house is adorable. What do you think?

A Warm, Natural, and Modern Beach House

Creating a home on Shelter Island, New York for his family, architect Cary Tamarkin paired back design ideas to the essentials. He simplified the house by using concrete floors, built-in furniture, and lots of wood. The interior decorating is by their neighbor, designer Suzanne Shaker.

House Beautiful

Thanks Mimosa Lane blog

Good Morning! Today I am reposting a post from Thanks Albertina and Julie.


I'm in love with this painting by Sabrina Cabada.  It is mesmerizing.  I love the complementary colors- red and green.  They make a powerful statement in a non-christmassy kind of way. Aside from the outfit, I'm insisting on reading a lot of classics this summer (maybe its because I'm feeling guilty for having read Fifty Shades of Grey?) and with those cute designs who wouldn't want to have those cute books adorning your bookcases when you are done?  
So back to the outfit- Adorable espadrilles, check, cute necklace, check, cool shorts and top, check, reading treasures, check, blanket, check, refreshing watermelon, of course!  

I hope you have a great one!

a look at my livingroom

I think it was the lamps that inspired the red accent throughout my living room.

Noguchi table in walnut at allmodern $1,539, I made the pillow but they sell them on etsy $28, coffee table book- Life is Paradise portraits by Francesco Clemente at amazon , Mongolian lamb pillow cover at westelm $59, acrylic red ball lamp at lightinthebox $70, Reese sofa in Tatum by Room and Board $1,500. 

 My Noguchi table is a knock off and Mongolian pillows and lamps I bought at Marshalls.

Can you find Bear in one of the photos above?