Black Trim, ya dig?

Do you ever get a cockamamie idea into your head?  AND then you want to see if anyone else has actually done it?  Like… hey, maybe I should make a sofa out of stuffed animals.  Surprisingly yes, someone has beaten you to the punch, it looks as fug as it sounds and you can happily move on from your wild impulse, you know, to do more normal shiz.

Well, I have this thought about my hallway.  Here’s how it started –

Black doors.  They are fabulous and I love them.

This one here is SO good.  With that trim, it just makes the hallway.


I’ve seen a lot of black door, white trim combos.  It’s gorgeous… well, if your doors have architectural interest.  The doors have to be great to begin with, if you ask me!

Does it really get better than this from Alice Lane?!  Her portfolio is crazy.  I love it all.

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And this?  Don’t even get me started.


Obviously the whole world is seriously infatuated with black doors.  And truth be told, I want them in my house.  The problem is that my doors are plain jane.  They don’t have any details and I think the black will just look blah.

So follow me here… what about black trim with white doors??

Is that just absurd?

And you know what I found on-line as inspiration?  Black trim with well, black doors.


Like here, here and here.



But black trim with white doors, proved to be something that I couldn’t find in any on-line searches.  Have you seen this look anywhere?  Maybe it’s not around because it’s no bueno?!?!


This is fairly close, and pretty cute.  But ya, the door’s not white.  Hmmm…

traditional house-white and black-brick-wood door

Totally off topic, in my research (I can call it research, dammit!!) I spotted this super white bathroom.  And I LOVE this idea.  It’s like a swipe of mascara…. which I never wear, cause it sucks to take off.  I guess I only like trim mascara.

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So what’s your feeling?  Would black trim with a white door combo look really weird?

Maybe I can just paint one and see how it goes…?!?

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Thrift Store Finds – Spring 2016

Just when y’all thought baseball season would be ruining my thrifting game, well it hasn’t… not entirely at least.

An addict will find a way.  Amiright?!

So, here are some cool things I’ve spotted in my last few jaunts around town at thrift stores…. Anything fun, you’ve picked up lately??

Oh blue velvet chaise, do you have a twin on One King Lane? Only you are perfectly priced at $75!
Oh blue velvet chaise, do you have a twin on One King Lane? But only you are perfectly priced at $60!
I KNOW these are designer, but who?! Still, so gorgeous for $370 for the 4 pieces... I love the stainless and wood details!
I KNOW these are designer, but who?! Still, so gorgeous for $370 for the 4 pieces… I love the stainless and wood details!
Cute little bamboo chair - $40! But that cushion has. to. go.
Cute little bamboo chair – $40! But that cushion has. to. go. Yuck!
Glass table with metal bamboo legs, pretty sexy at $45
Glass table with metal bamboo-esque legs, pretty sexy at $30.
Brand new barstools for $25
Brand new barstools for $25
A table for 12 y'all! With wood inlaid details, that I couldn't capture but were beautiful!! $395
A table for 12 peeps! With wood inlaid details, that I couldn’t capture but were beautiful!! $395
Yes, those are bow details. Someone could rock this for sure! $35
Yes, those are bow details. Someone could rock this for sure! $35
Asian style table with 4 redwood chairs - AWESOME!! $125
Asian style table with 4 redwood chairs – AWESOME!! $125
I'm still SO crushing on these! Such a steal at $25 each.
I’m still SO crushing on these! Such a steal at $25 each.
A little purple velvet footrest? Why yes please! $15
A little purple velvet footrest? Why yes please! $15
A fancy schmancy crystal chandelier $90, would anyone's meatloaf taste better!
A fancy schmancy crystal chandelier $90, would make anyone’s meatloaf taste better!
Who could resist brass bullet inspired table legs? $100 for the glass table
Who could resist brass bullet inspired table legs? $100

But you know what?!  I’ve been soooo good.  I’ve been trying to actually clean out my stash so that I can get new stuff that I actually need and love.

I hope you’ve scored some fun stuff!!

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Use Brasso if you’re not an asso


Almost weekly I try new products.  Usually, the stuff gets the job done, but it’s pretty lack-luster;  meaning, I’m not all that impressed.  Not so with this stuff.  THIS STUFF IS AWESOME.  This stuff is the opposite of lack-luster… It’s luster inducing.  (Please don’t stop reading, I know that was totally lame.)

In fact, where the ef has Brasso been hiding?  Apparently in the cleaning aisle at Lowes.  Go figure.


Brasso, you are only $2.98 but you are worth at least a dollar more.  Brasso, I really like you.  Like, I like you A LOT.

Yes, you may kill a good percentage of your brain cells using this stuff (it stinks like a mutha) but who needs smarts them anywayz.  (Shit)  BUT you do want your brassy treasures shiny, doncha?!  It’s like beauty – there are prices to be paid.

Okay, check out my dope evidence.


The hardware on the campaign dresser originally looked like this.


(Insert a George Lopez stank face.)

Fast forward…



It wasn’t fun.  And, yes, it took foooreeevverr.  But shoot, Girl be lookin’ good.

Finding Brasso came at the perfect time. My mom had just given me this piggy bank that she found at an estate sale.  She got it for $5, which was an amazing score!  The thing weighs about 10 pounds.  But this little piggy wasn’t feeling very good about itself.


Poor little thing, had a complex about it’s multiple personalities – the two different patinas weren’t doing it any favors.  Who was going to want to feed this piggy lots of money?

After about an hour, seriously AN HOUR, later, this bank is now something Kanye would would put hundies into.


It’s so purdy.

Anyway.  What’s all this got to do with you?  Well, all I’m trying to say is that maybe you shouldn’t pass up on a dirty brass piece…maybe, just maybe, you will find a treasure.  And then you can brag to all your friends on what great vision you have and how you can spot a diamond in the rough.  Oh wait, that’s their line.

Anyway.  Brass is having a big moment.  And as my twins like to tell me, it has a bad word in it.  Can you even believe the intelligence going on here?!  I mean they’re only 4.  I’m so lucky.

Anyway.  Add this little bottle to your stash of tricks.  It’s muy good.

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Side Yard Update …

Hi there peeps!

Things are happening in the backyard.  I’m not sure if I’m making any progress with the gophers, but I know for a FACT that I have made their lives just a tad bit harder.

I’m hoping that they are getting the hint that the grass is greener on the other side.

Remember this?


While at Lowe’s, one of the salespeople said that I should try 311, the city’s phone number.  I called them.  Frustrating to say the least.  And I searched their website like a mutha.  What did I learn?  Well, this was kinda interesting…

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Uhmm, okay.

But nothing about gophers.  Drats!!

So, after much pulling of hair and (gasp) poison and bombs, I just lost it and had it dug up.  I couldn’t look at those snarky little mounds a moment longer.  That 400 sqft patch looks like this now,


You can see that it was such a pain in the ass, that we never even bothered to pick up the rake.

Actually, it’s kinda funny… why is that even there?!  Obviously, you’d never use a rake to do this.

Well, I asked my gardner (or if I’m feeling fancy, landscaper) to dig out 2-3 feet down and lay a landscaping wire mesh.  I bought mine from Amazon, 1/4″ x 1/4″, and it ended up costing about $250, just for the mesh.


Wanna see something freaky?

Of course you do.


This is the gigantic gopher hole going UNDER the backyard fire pit and stone.

I can’t even imagine the kind of damage these critters have done.  (Me, shaking my head.)  The good news is that we will make this area a lot more drought tolerant and at least here, there won’t be any holes.  As for the rest of the yard, well, that’s another saga.

In the last week, I have seen holes popping up on the hillside.  It’s bad, you guys.  Really, really, really bad.

What else could I do?  I called a pro and they are coming on Monday.  I don’t want to hurt the little guys, but I’m scared they will destroy everything.

Lots of stuff happening in the backyard and certainly more to come.  Wish me luck on my gopher woes.

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Swing Arm Lamps by the Bed


I want some new reading lamps.

Boom.  I just put it out there into the universe and I’m hoping that my prayers are answered.  Soon.

Cause you know what?  My current reading lamp situation is pretty depressing.  And embarrassing and so. not. functioning. at. all.  It’s bad.  You savvy?

Of course, just wanting and actually buying are two very different things.  It’s possible that what I want doesn’t really exist… well, not for $300 bucks or less!!

Some lamp candy?  Oh, why not!?!


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These two I found on Lonny.  But my favorite?  These.


Like, they are so beautiful I just want to give Amber the big middle finger.

Dammit she’s so good.

But back to my dilemma…. Swinging arm lamps.  Geesh, it can get mighty expensive, especially if you want two, like I do.

Of course, here are a few that I checked out… these are in the maybe category…

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Hancock – $125


Jonathan Adler – $289

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Kenroy Swing – $99


Aiden Retro Lamp – $32.99 – Can I tell you guys that I actually took a chance on this one here?  I won it in an auction for $19.99, free shipping – too good to pass up, right?  The lamp itself looked really nice.  Surprisingly.  But it did not swing left to right.  Problem.  AND there was no on-off switch.  Buzz kill.

I sent it back.  And am still waiting for my two-cent refund.

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Arc Dome – $345


Tolomeo Mini – $335


George Kovacs – $165.90

Which one do you guys like the best???

I want something modern but classic.  Oh, and I want a great deal.  That goes without saying.

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