Let’s Just Chat – 2

Hi!

So… I haven’t done much in the last few weeks.  I guess that I’ve been too busy loading up my Chairish shop to really sink my teeth into a new project.  I’ve gotten this goal into my head now, that I’d like to have 200 items in my little on-line shop.  Only 75 more to go!  Should be easy?!

Ha!

Anyway, I thought maybe we’d just chat a bit.  Or rather, I’ll talk and you read…

Just because I haven’t officially started anything new doesn’t mean my wheels haven’t been turning.  I recently ordered a sample from this shop of this Chinoiserie wallpaper.

I have always, ALWAYS loved Chinoiserie and Asian decor.  I’ve dreamt of hand-painted wallpaper since we purchased our home over 12 years ago… but it’s so dang expensive!  Luckily, today there seems to be a lot more options out there for a fanatic like me, who doesn’t want to spend a fortune.  This shop will adjust colors for you and makes the wallpaper custom to your room.  It’s still more expensive than regular wallpaper, but it’s not crazy town.

Have y’all ever shopped the Last Act on Macy’s?  Omg.  It’s SO much fun.  I figured I’d show you some of the things that are in my cart or that I’ve purchased.  Every piece of clothing that I picked here is under $20, and most are seriously less than $15.  Heck, I think the shirts are like $7 bucks or something crazy like that!  It’s insane.

Sanctuary Linen Shorts, Lucky Denim Shorts, Levi’s Palm Tree Romper, Style & Co. Layered Waffle,  Material Girl Jumpsuit, American Rag Flyaway Pants

Project 28 Flannel, Flirt Black Sweatshirt, Flirt Tunic PlaidLevi’s Ankle Snap Skinny, Flirt Cut Out Tee, Hippie Moto Legging

Rebel Boots – $29.33, Pony Sneakers – $20.98,  Ideology Mule Sneakers – $27.93, Baretraps Booties – $29.93

I actually bought the Baretrap shoes and Ideology mules about 2 weeks ago.  The mules are cozy on the feet but there’s not any arch support, so I’m still deciding on those.  The booties run a bit small, but they are so freaking cute!  Gah!  The ones I ordered are actually navy blue and I think would be so great with skinny jeans.  Baretraps for less than $30!!

You’re welcome.

I’ve also recently discovered skin care at TJMaxx… Am I just preaching to a shop savvy group?  Maybe you all already knew this, but they carry some AMAZING brands for waaaaayyy cheap.  I happen to be such a fan of Algenist serums, especially the Genius line.  I recently snagged this for $40, which retails for about $118!!

What I normally do is that when I drop off a package at UPS, I just stop into TJMaxx, check the skin aisle and then leave.  You can get so trapped there!!  The problem is, that you just don’t know when they’ll have what you want – but when they do, man it’s GOOOOOOD!  I’ve also enjoyed this color correcting primer for $10 and this luminizing stuff for $7.   I don’t use them everyday, but hey, for a few bucks you can treat yourself!

What else?!?

Oh ya!

I recently purchased this silk Fortuny Chandelier from an estate sale for $12!

I could NOT believe it when I saw it lying on a dirty old table, under a tree, covered in leaves.  Are you gasping?!  I WAS TOO!  So I snagged it, even though it has a stain on it that’s about 1″x2″.  I’ve really zoomed in on it here.

Any thoughts on how I might be able to get it out?  I contacted Fortuny directly and I have to tell you their customer service is awesome!  They got right back to me and said that there is nothing to be done.  They offered me 20% off a new lamp… which retails for over 2k, so thank you but no thank you!

I’d love to hear any secret silk cleaning tips you may have and I’ll let you know if I’m able to do anything with this gorgeous chandelier!

Making The Old Vanity Pulls New

Hi!

Hope you’ve all had excellent weekends!  You know I’m currently loving the peace in the house on my Monday morning 😉  It looks like a freaking hurricane went through, but at least it’s quiet… amiright?!

Anyhoo, I wanted to show you a few updates in the powder bath and one that I’m particularly happy with- The new pulls on the vanity!  Well, actually they’re not totally new… here I’ll show ya.

Here was my plan showing the vanity with it’s original finish and hardware.  The pulls are actually two pieces, with a flower detail and hanging/swinging part that gets pulled.

I really loved the look of the little brass flowers!!  But how could I keep those…????

My thought was to get an acrylic rod cut to size and use the flowers to hold it in place.  I contacted this Etsy seller, 4CloverInc, who was super nice and cut the pieces down to size for me!  Then I gathered these supplies…

The secret sauce are the tension pins.  I searched high and low for the perfect size and ended up spending some $$ on these because they were literally MY ONLY OPTION!  I use Gorilla Epoxy for lots of stuff, so that’s just a great adhesive to have on hand.

To make the holes for the tension pins, I used three different drill bit sizes.  I started with a bit that has a sharp tip because it really made a great first hole.  (That’s what she said.)

Then I used increasing sizes to get the perfect sized hole for the tension pin.

Aren’t these pictures awesome?  Not.  They didn’t look so badly on my phone, but now, yikes.  At least you know this stuff will work – I promise you that!  Once you’ve gotten the hole drilled, add some epoxy and the pin, and then let it dry.

The only negative was that the existing holes in the vanity were much too high.  I drilled in new holes as far down as I could so that the patch would still be pretty hidden from view.  I HATE when you can see patches… and then people act like you can’t, but you TOTALLY can.  It’s awkward.

Yay!!  But you can’t see the previous holes here… Phew!

There’s one little snag on these pulls, and that’s the clearance between the rod and drawer.  There is not enough room to put my fingers through!  I thought about adding in spacers, but then the flowers would float off the drawer front, and I wasn’t loving the idea.  Honestly, these aren’t used very much (if at all) since they’re in a powder room, so I’m ok with it.  They DO work, which is really all that matters… Oh, and they look cute as hell.

Slowly, (at snail’s pace) I’m making a few additions here and there to the bathroom.  I tried to put in the wrought iron shelving that was in the original plan, but alas, it’s way too tight in the corner.

I do feel like something is missing there, but it will have to be A LOT more narrow.  And the room is certainly in desperate need of art.  It’s just that I’m scared to put stuff up and then I’ll find the perfect narrow piece and have holes in my gorgeous wallpaper!

The fear is REAL.

It’s kinda fun to see how the room turned out from the original plan.  I can’t believe how close it is!

Any ideas for my narrow corner area?  Have you done anything new and fun in a bathroom?

I Hit the 100 Mark!

Hey there!

It’s Monday and I’m totally recuperating from the weekend.  Sometimes I just let out a huge sigh of relief when I drop the kids off at school – I can’t be the only one!  Then I can actually straighten up without having someone mess it all up 10 seconds later.  But this Monday I’ve got a little something extra… I’ve got a sniffle.  A FREAKING sniffy.  How dare that germ!!

So, I’m going to take it a bit easy on this Monday and tell you about something great!  Last week I (drum roll please) hit the 100th sale mark on Chairish!  And I all I can say is YASS QUEEN!  Go me, with my bad self!

It all started out as a fun little experiment, a way for me to be able to buy the treasures that I couldn’t buy before (since I didn’t really need them).  I thought to myself, “This is like therapy for me.  I’ll sleep better knowing that I didn’t let that amazing whatever get away.”  And you know what?  It’s totally worked.

I’m having a lot of fun.

Yes, my garage is crazy full and yes, I store things all over the house in the weirdest of spots, but I’m happy and I’m enjoying it and I don’t think I’m going to stop anytime soon.

I thought it might be fun to count down my favorite 10 pieces that I’ve sold.  It’s SO hard to decide, since I seriously LOVE everything that I buy, but here it goes!!

10.  Asian Lanterns

I actually bought these for myself about 5 years ago and just couldn’t find the right spot to hang them in.  I adore these.

9.  Brass Floral Chandelier

Why can’t I keep everything?!  Never seen another one like this and probably never will.  Although if you watch The Handmaid’s Tale, they totally have something similar in their formal room – it’s much bigger, but wow, it’s sooooo pretty.

8.  White Ming Side Chairs

Another piece that I had and enjoyed for years!  You really can’t go wrong adding some Ming Chairs to a room.

7.  Mid-Century Dresser on Tapered Legs

This was such a find!  But it did need a lot of cleaning and polishing and a coat of white on the top.  In the end, she was gorgeous!  And she sold so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to change my mind!!

6.  Americana Baker Cane Coffee Table

I almost got into a brawl over this beauty, but I’m so happy that I stuck to my guns!!  It’s really large and would be perfection in massive living room.  Gah, those brass wheels are all kinds of goodness!  And the colonial vibe of this makes me want to sip on a Singapore Sling!

5.  20th Century Japanese Coat Rack

This was HARD to let go.  I just didn’t have the right spot for it… but looking at it now, I’m totally sad and regretting that decision.  It did spark a bit of a bid war, and ultimately a woman who kept emailing me about it, just straight out bought it.  I guess it called out to her too.

4.  1970’s Highboy Dresser

‘Cummon this one is just so wonderful!  That wood grain and the almost brutalist look of the handles is such a striking combination.  Needless to say, this old lady went quickly and for full price.

3.  Faux Bamboo Settee

Oh boy, this list is kinda filling me with all kinds of emotions.  When I sold this one, my husband said that I should have kept it.  The nerve of him making me all panicked because he loved it too… which is pretty rare considering all the stuff I buy.  And I’ll admit, this would be AMAZING in front of a bed, reupholstered in a rich velvet.  Oh well.

2.  Solid Wood Custom Kitchen Island

If you’re a reader, then you knew this piece was coming!!  I wrote an entire post about her and literally screamed in the car when I brought her home.  Never, never again will there be another.  If I were redoing my kitchen I would have happily made it the centerpiece of the room.  Amazing piece and one-of-a-kind.

1.  1960’s Cane and Bamboo Bookcase

And my favorite piece… at least for today she is!  This was one that I wanted to keep in the family room with the big blue sofa, but alas she went to a wonderful home in the Hollywood Hills.  I even got to see the place and meet the new owner, which is the only reason I’m not bawling right now – the home was WONDERFUL and the bookcase really looked perfect there.

Runners up… of course I’m going to go there, ’cause these were too good not to be on this post somewhere!

If I lived in Palm Springs, the Chinoiserie Cabinet would be perfection!  A little girl’s room would be extra lovely with that embroidered art piece and how could you even resist an antique carved footstool if you owned a Colonial gem?  Happily, each of them also went to fabulous new owners who loved them.

I have done my job.

And yet, I have so many new goodies to add!  I can’t wait to reach the next 100 and I’ll be shopping like it’s my job in the meantime.  Wurk, wurk, wurk!  Fun, fun, fun!!