Bedroom Retreat Reveal

 

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When Bernadine retired and decide to move south, it was wonderful news to hear. When she commissioned me to help her decorate her home,  I jumped at the opportunity.  Not only was I excited about working with her, but also because it gave me another reason to shop.  The room started with basically a clean slate. The home had been vacant for a couple of years and was left unattended.   No color on the walls and there were some antique pieces left behind.  This Duncan-Phyfe loveseat was purchased from the home’s estate sale and she wanted to have it reupholstered to use in her bedroom retreat.   Lavender was her favorite color and it became the color of choice for the walls and the rest is history.

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This was the room at the time of her purchasing the home

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I can’t tell you how exciting this project was.  I love working with fabrics and new designs so this provided the opportunity to be creative.  Bernadine loves antiques  but also wanted something new, so we scoured the antique shops, thrift stores and furniture outlets to find the right pieces to blend together.  Her desire was to have an elegant, yet, functional bedroom – one fit for a “retired queen”.  Not only was the desired look accomplished, but she is completely happy and satisfied with her new bedroom.  Step into Bernadine’s retired new suite!

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New bedroom furniture was purchased from Merinos Home Furnishing Outlet.  For fabrics, I chose a brocade paisley print along with a green & lavender stripe fabric to accent the wall color.  The custom made bedspread and cornice boards were trimmed with the striped fabric that was used to reupholster the loveseat.

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To give the loveseat a richer look, it was given a darker stain. The artwork above the sofa (originally hers) is a signed serigraph by artist Alonzo Adams.  It is one of her most treasured pieces because it reminds her of her beloved mother who was a quilter.

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The richness of these two fabrics together blended perfectly

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She loves crystal, so some thrifted crystal dishes and lamps were used in the room

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The antique crystal lamps flanking the mirror were scored at one of the Metrolina antique sale dealers.

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They originally had a hunter green faux marble base (but a bit of silver spray paint gave them a new look)

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After retiring from working in an office the last thing she didn’t want in her home was the word “office”..but wanted a computer station.  To solve that dilemna and to keep with the elegance of the room, an antique Duncan-Phyfe drop leaf table (scored at the Metrolina) paired with a ghost chair gave her the perfect look.

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Above the chest of drawers is her set of decorative art plates and her Daddy’s Long Legs Angel doll

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One more close look at the gorgeous brocade fabric.

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The room is a true example of how mixing old and new, blending different patterns (paisley and stripes) you can create a beautiful look without breaking the bank.    The owner  couldn’t be more pleased with her elegant new budoir – perfect fit for a retired “queen”

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I hope you enjoy the new look and if you’re ready for a makeover, let me help you create it..and until next time – always remember – it’s not how much it costs but how you style it.  Happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!

Jamala

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Light Up My Life

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Hey! Hey!!  I know it’s been a while but I’ve been trying to catch up with myself.. The heat is on and the thrifting scene is HOT!!!!  I’ve been on the go and I still found time and energy to hit a few thrift stores.  I hope you’ve been staying cool.  What I first like to say is Atlanta is one big thrifter’s paradise…Oh my goodness!!!! I can’t wait to go back and hit the scene.  I thought Charlotte was booming —- but chile, let me tell you– Charlotte ain’t got sugardity on Atlanta.  I want to recap with you all the wonderful items I found in the past few weeks from going to Atlanta, to Charlotte and then Jersey.  My lamp fettish has gotten off the chain.. Lamps galore.. and the best thing about lamps is- there’s a ba-zillion out there in thrift stores. In this post I’m going to feature a round-up of the favorite lamps I came across.  All didn’t make it home with me, but I snagged a couple.  Look at these beauties I found…This pair of classic ginger jar chinoiserie lamps would look awesome in a living room and at $17.00 ea.. they were a steal

I found these beauties – perfect for a garden inspired sunroom (or if you love birds).. they are an excellent accent.    I love the iridescent sheen and soft glow on the glass

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and here’s another pair that I came across – do you see that price.. $20.00 ea.  My brain was on lamp overload – I kept wishing I had a place to put them (I’ll regret leaving them later).  They’ll look excellent with your Fall decor.. the rich earthy tones will accentuate the rooms’s accessories.

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This brass beauty was only $10.00 at Goodwill in Atlanta – perfect behind a reading chair

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I simply adored the pineapple leaf inspired top

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I came across this pair of mint green & brass beauties at Palmetto Thrift Store in Columbia, SC.  They were marked $15.00 for the pair and the store was having a 20% off  sale so that made them $12.00 for the pair (yes – these came home with me)

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Retro cool!

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This modern mother of pearl lamp was  a mere $28.00

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A little brass table lamp for $6.00 was another bargain.  I loved the black/gold lamp shade.

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I got this modern wood/pewter lamp for $2.99 at Goodwill in Maryland. It’ll be perfect for my son’s new place (and he liked it -wooohoooo!).   It didn’t have a shade – but I’m not worried about that.. One will turn up.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know recently introduced my son’s brick cottage house he bought. He took a step towards freedom from rent to owning his home.  It’s a fixer-upper but it’s most definitely worth it.  You can follow along with us and the new hashtag for his home #brickcottageproject in which we’ll be showing the re-hab journey.

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And last but not least…. I snagged this retro chandelier for $25.00 for his new place as well – (he wasn’t too much a fan of this but I assured him once he gets it hung in his kitchen – it’ll look fantastic)

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One thing for sure.. it won’t go to waste… !  I hope you enjoyed my luscious lamp finds.  It’s so much fun when the thrifting scene is good.  At prices like these – you can play switcheroo anytime and not feel the pinch in your purse.  Remember as always- Happy Hunting and enjoy Thrifting Your House into a Home!!

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

Charlotte Tastemaker Summit

 

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On July 27th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a topnotch premier event, The Charlotte Tastemaker Summit, hosted by Black Southern Belle.  It was a panel of creative professional women ranging from interior decorators/designers, event planners, publishers, entrepreneurs, DIY crafters, stylists and bloggers who  joined forces for an inspiring display of influential women.   Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective was founded by Editor in Chief, Michiel Perry, who noticed while she was planning her wedding and decorating her home, women of color were not represented enough in the media, so she decided to create a platform to showcase the collective group of African-American women who are achieving their goals in this field.

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I was so excited as I took the drive up to Charlotte, (aka Queen City) ready to meet the Belle behind the brand Black Southern Belle. The event took place in one of Charlotte’s upscale design showrooms called TUFT.  Upon walking into Danielle’s beautifully eclectic designed boutique we were greeted with warm hugs, smiles and sweet treats and swag bags.

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This was definitely my kind of welcoming station!  Michiel and her staff not only planned one of the best events, but left no stone unturned as for creating style and grace.  The simple mere use of all vintage glassware was the complete pièce de ré·sis·tance for me.  The delectable sweet treats were the baked goods of Grey Ghost Bakery

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The buffet table was equally appeasing with catered dishes from Gravy Waltz Catering Services

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The bar cart was refreshingly stocked with Pure Leaf iced tea (looking just as sweet as she could be)

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To start the program, Michiel presented her opening remarks on how she started BSB, her goals, objectives and along with her future vision.

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Next were guest speakers talking to the attendees about their businesses, blogs, and designs.  We all listened attentively as they spoke of testimonies on starting their businesses, the ups&downs, highs&lows and gratifications of being an entrepreneur and how it affects their lives and livelihoods.

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All of the ladies were graciously answering any and all questions that were posed.

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In addition, we also were shown demonstrations on tablescaping and along with how to create flower arrangements

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And this lovely belle (along with some of the other photos) was photographed by Michelle Flowers

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No classy event is complete without a swag gift bag…

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Michiel and her staff created the most tasteful, elegant, and informative affair and I look forward to attending more.  Learn more about Black Southern Belle/Black Southern Belle Collective and their chica-power upcoming Atlanta and Charleston events by clicking here.

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Thanks to Michiel for creating this hub for women to connect and inspire one another.  As always… until next time…happy hunting and continue thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardenia-Lime Sugar Scrub

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To keep the momentum going, Dixie Crystals decided to give-away 3 tickets to next year Bloggers University 2017 and to enter you had to create your own sugar scrub.  So..  I decided to give it a try.  I love gardenia and wanted to use that in my creation.

It was so simple – and here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops of White Gardenia essential oil
  • zest of 1 lime grated

Mix all the ingredients and find yourself a nice bowl to keep in the bathroom ready to use

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I used an antique silver miniature coal scuttle sugar bucket.  These are normally used for sugar cubes but I think it’s perfect for the scrub

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The buckets usually come with a scoop but unfortunately mine didnt’, which is why I got it for $3.00.  I lucked up and had a baby spoon and it makes a good scooper.

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This scrub has  the right blend of floral/citrusy smell and after you use it… the gardenia scent lingers on your fingers without being overpowering.

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It’s a great alternative to liquid soap and leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth

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So, go ahead, give it a try…you’ll have skin so-soft.

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Scuttle buckets are  found at several estate sales and yard sales, but you can also find them here.

Until next time, happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!

Jamala

 

When Bloggers Bond

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Good morning everyone!  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me, but I must say well worth the hustle.  Remember I entered a contest for a chance to go to the Blog Life University Conference in Atlanta, well I must say it was worth every effort of creating my dessert.  Not only did I get to bond with other bloggers, but the conference was such a rewarding event.  It was my first time attending one and the theme was “How to Monetize Your Blog”.  Melissa, who blogs at Serendipity and Spice started the conference as a way for bloggers and social media influencers to connect, learn, and prosper with each other.  She and her staff did a fantastic job at bringing in many inspirational and motivational speakers who taught you how to grow your blog, connect with brands, and earn an income all while having fun blogging.  When I started my blog three years ago, it was just to have an outlet to share my DIY and decorating ideas.  I didn’t realize it would turn into a passion (and a fun passion at that), but who knew you could make money (and lots of it).  I learned so much and became motivated to kick things up a notch on my blog.  It was also a pleasure to finally meet a few of my blog-buddies who I’ve become so familiar with .  I connected with Marsha Jones through her blog MJonesStyle.com (above) and Shelly, through her blog Confetti Style.  If you’re not a follower of their blogs, I urge you to and if you are, then you’re quite aware how wonderful they are.

Some of the bullet points I learned at the conference were:

  • How to establish affiliate links
  • The benefit of E-books & Newsletters
  • The importance of good photography
  • What brands are looking for to establish a sponsored post
  • How beneficial Pinterest can be to your blog
  • How to grow your blog and attract new readers
  • Adding travel to your blog
  • Working with brands
  • Time Management

There are many obstacles I need to overcome to begin this process and I’m going to start by taking “babysteps” .  In the words of Robert Culler:  Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.   This week I finally made up my mind to learn how to create my first YouTube video.  Since I became motivated from the conference, I decided to use my Fruity BreadPudding recipe as the premier video for my YouTube channel:

 

I hope you liked it – if so – how about clicking that “thumbs up” button for me🙂 and don’t forget to follow to see more of my upcoming videos.

Below is the line-up of speakers and each of them were well versed and very knowledgeable about their topic.  They shared a plethora of information and answered all our questions whole-heartedly.

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After the session, Chateau Elan provided a wine tasting

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and the Dixie Crystal ladies were giving away prizes

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I was one of the lucky winners of a silicone baking mat.. it’s definitely going to come in handy while baking

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Afterwards – we all engaged in plenty conversation and idle chat and later gathered for dinner at Pappasito’s Cantina.  It was   “THEEEE FREAKING BEST” mexican food I’ve ever eaten

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Dixie Crystals supplied treats and the opportunity to make our own sugar scrubs.

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There were several supplies left over so the wonderful ladies at Dixie Crystal allowed a couple of us to take them home to donate to our local foodbanks.

Overall, the conference was a big success and I look forward to going again.  One important tip I got out of the entire conference was: Don’t get stuck in a black hole.. follow what you enjoy and write about what you love…therefore, it won’t feel so much like work.  Your blog is a business and you must treat it that way.  Blogging is the new business model and if you enjoy it, you can actually earn an income.  They provide you the tools and information needed to grow your business and it’s up to you to decide how to make it work for you.  You can learn more about Blog Life University here.    Again, I’d like to thank Blog Life University, Dixie Crystals, Chatteau Elan, the other sponsors and speakers for a rewarding event and the DoubleTree Hotel for their exquisite accommodations.   Next up.. You know I had to take on a bit of thrifting while in Hotlanta.. The thrift stores were the bomb-diggity – I can’t wait to show you all what goodies we got.  So until next time.. Happy hunting while thrifting your house into a home!

Smooches!

Jamala

 

Zenfully Yours

Cheers to a wonderful new week ahead of us.  I’m excited for two reasons, one – I’m headed to my first bloggers’ conference and two- I’m looking forward to meeting many of my blog-buddies and enjoying all there is to offer and learn.  Before I head off, I wanted to share one of the most fabulous make-overs by a FBF.  Last week while I was in the midst of perusing my Facebook newsfeed I stumbled on a picture of her outdoor zen-spot.  You know me – I’m always enthused to see beautiful Rest-Havens and when I spotted Keisha’s outdoor creation I had to share it with you.. Thank you Keisha for allowing me to share your haven.  Grab you coffee, tea and vittles because you’re gonna want to see all what’s in store and see how she created it.  Let’s look at where she began.

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I know you’re probably excited, like me, to see how she did it all on a budget of $500.00 – Let’s begin where she started.  Keisha cultivated a personal vision for her garden and began to think of ways to incorporate her style while maintaining natural elements for a zen-oasis.  The space was no where near easy to work with, and having a tree in the center was even more challenging, so she decided to make that her focal point and build around it.

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Her desire was to have a warm, welcoming area to enjoy entertaining her family and friends for outdoor festivities.  We all know that pallets are free and there are many, many, many projects you can use them for.  Keisha took full advantage of the freebies and that laid the ground work for her oasis to be created.

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With some help from her father and a friend,  they dis-assembled them and made the floor for her raised deck.

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Lots of sawing, cutting, measuring and patience went into this project, but as you see, it was well worth it.  Here you can get a visual of the framework and how the pallets became the wall around her space

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More pallets are assembled and laid to encompass the tree

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Bricks are lined to design a pattern

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She added flagstone for another natural element in the space

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Filled the area in with small stones and gravel

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This bench was a roadside special.  Luckily she found it and gave it a new life (keyword – BUDGET)

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Old bowling balls spray painted silver are being used as garden art

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She used red mulch around the tree for a pop of color

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She stained the pallets to weatherproof and give them color

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Next up was adding the plants.  She found an old ladder to use as a plant stand and the boarder pallets were used as as planters

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Nestled between these two sunshine yellow adirondack chairs is a table she made from a tree trunk

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Isn’t it gorgeous!!  I love the redwood color and blended with the jewel tone vase was pefect

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What a warm, welcoming environment she created.  By being creative, resourceful, diligent and patient, she was able to achieve her goal and accomplish a zenful retreat for her after work and weekend entertaining.

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Using pallets as the gateway separated the haven area from the garden, while still balancing the artful flow into the  haven.

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Last but not least – it was time to add the cushions and pillows for the seating area.  She covered foam and added an array of brightly colored pillow to finish the space.

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A piece of driftwood is another artistic element added to the area.

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I hope you all stand with me and give Keisha a round of applause for creating such a restful retreat – all on a budget of $500.00!!!

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Meet the beauty behind the brains of this creative garden Zen Oasis..

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And she did it her way…..

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Do you have a project that you’re working on and would like to share with my other readers?  If so, email me and you’ll be my next featured guest.  Also be sure to follow me on the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

Until next time lovies!!  Remember – it’s not what it costs but it’s how you style it.. Create your own style and design on a dime

Smooches!!

Jamala

Fruit Cocktail Bread Pudding

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Fruit Cocktail Bread Pudding w/Frangelico Carmel Glaze

I am excited to share with you that in two weeks I’ll be headed to Atlanta, Ga connecting with other bloggers who share the same passion as me at the Bloggers University Conference.

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This is my first bloggers conference and I’m skipping happy about it.  I started blogging for fun and now it’s turned into my passion.  I’m headed there on a volunteer ticket – but that’s cool because I get to share in on the fun and learn even more about this thing we call “Blog” world.   For my ticket I had to enter the Dixie Crystals Sweet & Southern Recipe Contest (talk about under the gun – I had to do this within 24 hrs – YIKES!!!)   but I’m happy to say I accomplished that goal.. – A girl on a mission..

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I’m sharing my version of one of the oldest southern classic recipes that will satisfy the after dinner sweet tooth for everyone.  Thanks to Dixie Crystal for having this contest where I’ll be competing nationwide with other bloggers submitting their Sweet & Southern Desserts.

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For the recipe of this delicious bread pudding you’ll need:

  • 1 loaf of white bread (I used Sunbeam giant loaf)
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large can of fruit cocktail (in heavy syrup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4  cup Dixie Crystal pure sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon flavor
  • 1 1/2 stick of butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   In a 9×13 glass baking dish melt butter (do not let it burn).  Tear bread apart and put in large bowl

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Pour both milks on top of bread and let it soak in.   Stir in fruit cocktail (with the syrup), egg, sugar, extracts and cinnamon.  Give a good stir.. I know.. (looks like lumpy oatmeal.. )

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Add melted butter and give a good stir.  Pour batter into dish (you melted the butter in) sprinkle top with a little cinnamon

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Bake for 30-40 minutes..     Let rest approximately 10 mins before cutting.  Drizzle with Frangelico Carmel Glaze (optional)

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Frangelico liqueur is a is a pale gold colored liqueur made of Tonda Gentile hazelnuts. It is distilled in the Piedmont region of northern Italy from an alcohol and water infusion of the nuts. Natural flavoring extracts such as cocoa and vanilla are added before blending with alcohol, sugar and water to meet the bottle strength.

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The glaze adds a bit of a nutty flavor to blend with the fruity flavor without having something crunchy in the pudding.  But for those who prefer your pudding plain, its just as yummy.

 

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For the glaze:

  • 4 tblspns butter
  • 1 cup light Dixie Crystal light brown sugar
  • 3 tblspn Frangelico liqueur
  • 3/4 cups half&half

In a small saucepan melt butter, add brown sugar, liquer and half&half.  Whisk until smooth  – drizzle warm glaze over warm bread pudding and enjoy

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As always – cooking is easy with “TLC”  Enjoy!!

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Thrifty Thursday

Forgive me guys, I know I’m suppose to continue the Victorian Charm home tour, but I wanted to interrupt it with a quick post of thrifty Thursday.. I have to say one thing for sure …. it’s been a freaking thrifters’ paradise out here.   I can envision us (fellow thrifters) sitting in the anonymous cyber circle and admitting to our guilty pleasure of being a “thrifterholic”, meanwhile showcasing our fancy finds,  giving the reason behind the addiction.  So with that being said.. My name is Jamala and I’m a “thrifterholic”.   Anyone else ready to step inside the cyberbox and confess with me?  Don’t be afraid..there’s a lot of love in this group… chuckles…. we’re birds of a feather that flock together…🙂

Okay.. now that’s over and done with.. let’s jump to all the goodies that were found!

I heard about a new Goodwill that opened in Lancaster and decided to take a visit.  Glad I did, because I found this loveseat for $50.00.  Excellent condition – no stains, smells or damages.  So this came home with me for my son’s house.  He just purchased his first “starter” home and he’s pretty excited.  Woohooo to him!!  This will be perfect for his living room.

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I’m no wine specialist or sommelier but when we popped into another off the beaten path thrift store, I stumbled upon what looked like swizzle stick with a cork thingy..and did a quick research and found out it was a Winecicle.  They sell for in the range from $8.00 (without an Aerator) to $50.00 (with an Aerator).  If you’re like me and hadn’t heard of them, you simply freeze it approximately one hour before using your wine.  Once frozen, place the icicle in the bottle to keep your wine perfectly chilled  Wait for 10 mins and it is ready to pour at right temp.  They’re easy to wash and clean and it’s dishwasher safe.

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The one I found has an Aerator and it was $4.00.  A perfect accessory for the bar cart

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If you’re following me on Instagram, I posted this gorgeous crystal cut pitcher that was another thrifted find for $2.00  –  They make my fresh cut hydrangeas look so beautiful

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another look… because they’re just so darn beautiful… (I loooooves me some hydrangeas!!!)

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I got an email from the Goodwill Blog letting us know of another Goodwill grand-opening in West Columbia. Me and my musketeers got up early and headed there and boy are we glad we did.  I found this set of Threshold gold flatware for $10.50.  They had 6 boxes  – so needless to say… you know what I used my contest giftcards on (yippppeeeee !!)

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A thrifting diva Toni found this snazzy club chair for $12.46.  I can’t wait to see what she does with it.. High-5 Toni!

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and fellow Instagrammer Marla found this fabulous pair of metal & lucite lamps at a local thrift store.. (She really peeped these bad-boys out!!) she spent a whopping $6.00 on them..lol..  High-5 and a hip bump to you girlfriend!)

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and last but not least – Up next – is one of the grandest mirrors found by another thrifting diva Shelly and it was “THEEEE best” $45.00 spent.  You know my mouth dropped open and eyes got big as pool balls.. lol… She gets 2 high-5’s, a hip bump and a heel kick on this score.

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She’s using it in her boutique and as you see, it adds the perfect chic-ness for her decor- WAY TO GO Shelly!!!

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Now you see why I was soooooo excited to post a Thrifty Thursday???  It’s really fantastic seeing all the gorgeous finds out here and how everyone is thrifting their house into a home.  As always, it’s not what it costs, but how you style it.   Happy Hunting and have a wonderful weekend!  (up next is the Victorian Charm home tour continuation🙂

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

 

Victorian Charm

 

I’ve always been smitten with Victorian Homes and their grandeur.  From the high ceilings, wide verandas, to the ornate details, these homes always seem to capture my attention.  It was after watching Gone with the Wind for the first time, is when I encountered my first fantasy of living in an old Victorian home.  South Carolina has many quaint towns and  in them is where you’ll find some of the Victorian-era homes nestled in the neighborhoods.  As you travel through them, you tend to get mesmerized by the charming looks of these southern comfort homes.  Such is the historic town of Chester.  Chester is where my dear friend Elizabeth, Inn Keeper of the Inn Upon Moon River Bed&Breakfast resides and it is through Elizabeth that I was fortunate enough to meet another wonderful new friend name Jan, and she and her husband Terry are added to my list of the sweetest people I’ve met since living in the south.  Their friendly personalities blended with their zest for life really makes being in their presence so pleasurable. They welcomed me into their lovely Victorian home with open arms and a glass of Prosecco.  After having a few glasses, talking and laughing – it was like we were long time friends.  After several visits to their lovely home, I decided to ask “can I share your home with my readers” and when she said “Sure” I got excited, grabbed my camera and began my story.  So, grab your tea and croissant, and come join me because I’d like to invite you into their exquisite “painted Lady” Victorian Home.

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As you enter through the grand foyer you’re stunned with this beautifully designed Living Room

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Jan is the master-crafter behind the lovely decor and she reupholstered every item in this room and created all the custom draperies

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Each piece she placed in the home adds to the victorian charm of the beautiful home

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The border trimming the walls was all hand-painted using a stencil.  Adorning the fireplace is her collection of USA Roseville Pottery and the most gorgeous tiffany firescreen

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As your eyes wander the room you’ll find all the details and everything is meticulously place.

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The antique light fixture is another attention grabber.

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Opposite the Living Room is where you enter the grand Dining Room with vibrant cherry red walls.

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The first stunning  sight is the most beautiful crystal laden chandelier mounted against her metallic gold ceiling.  This is her crown jewel of the home – which has been with her in every home she’s lived (and I see why!!!)

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The way it glistens in the light and the faceted colors that are reflected makes it so glamorous.  Reminds me of something you’d see in “Gone With the Wind”

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The custom gold drapery adds to the charm of the room blending the gold, red and blue decor

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And here again – is her hand painted stencil.  (it’s all in the details)

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Victorian brass wall sconces adorn the fireplace

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while crystal lanterns and decanter drink set adorns the buffet

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As you see, this lovely home was decorated to reflect the natural charm and keeping with the grandeur of the home.  I’m sure this is making you want to see more, and there is plenty more to see.

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So to give you an eye candy break from this overdose of sweetness, I’ll be sharing the rest of the tour in three different posts.  I can’t wait to show you more of the details and love they put into restoring and decorating their home.   They scoured several thrift stores, antique shops, estate sales and auctions to find the right pieces to accent the home.   Looking at all the beautiful furniture, art work, collectibles and accent pieces, one would think it’s been handed down to them in the family.

Next up will be the kitchen, parlor and study… so tune in for the next episode of the charming Victorian treat.

Until next time – enjoy thrifting your house into a home.

Jamala

 

Like New Again

Every Spring I get excited about sitting in my “She-Rest Haven” and love finding little items to decorate with.  I try to change a few items every year just for a bit of a new look.  This year instead of focusing on the small items to place around – I became inspired by a shower curtain I picked up from HomeGoods a few months back.  It was in the clearance aisle marked down to $10.00.  The beautiful bold print caught my eye and I thought it would be great in the gazebo with the nice subtle tones of the greens and blues.

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I figured the bold paisley fabric would make perfect pillow cushions for the Better Homes & Garden outdoor set I purchased a few years ago on sale at Walmart.  The set is still in great condition, however, the seat cushions show wear and are not firm anymore, not to mention the fabric has seen better days.  Two years ago I recovered the back cushions made some floral throw pillows from scrap fabric.

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It held up pretty well, but the seat cushions just bothered me.  I saw how another blogger buddy, Brandi, painted  her cushions because the color had faded and they looked really good.  I thought about doing the same, but mine were just a bit too flimsy and needed stiffening.

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So I bit the bullet and made the decision that it was time to really kick it up and get the cushions reupholstered professionally.   I found the perfect outdoor fabric that complimented the shower curtain fabric and headed to the upholsterer’s home to get started.  A few days later I was picking them up and they look fantastic!

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In fact – I think they look even better than when I first purchased them (especially as for the color scheme of them), here’s the original fabric (booooooring)

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I know…..not that exciting… but hey – I got the set at a fantastic price and it was sturdy.

You feel me?..  besides…. the fun part is always changing it to reflect your style.

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The two colors were blended perfect and I love the new look.   It actually looks and feel like I have a new set.  Ta-daaaahhhhh!!!

 

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So much prettier …..  I wanted to add another twist of color and saw a delicious orange/pink fabic (with these little fish pattern) and thought that would be a fun pop of color.  A bit of tropical blue mixed with some orange crush made a nice contrast for the pillows and kinda reminds me of rainbow sherbert.

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I’m so thrilled about the new look.

Found these dainty tealight chandys at Ross’s Dress for Less for &6.99 ea

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I couldn’t resist the yoga cat I found at AtHome store

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This flower pot was a thrifted item for $1.50

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The little vintage tin I picked up from Goodwill for $1.00 holds decorative napkins.  Mixing old and new items gives a space a bit more character

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I kinda have a secret fettish for collecting these type tins.  They’re so useful in so many different ways and they add a decorative touch around your space.   Here are more of my At Home goodies… (I think I’m about to get hooked on that store)

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and at night it looks even more enchanting..

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Recovering the cushions saved money and I’ll have this set a few more years.  I can’t wait to hang out in here with my besties – just us girls listening to some music, having some sips and dips and simply “chillaxing”.  How’s your  “get ready for Summer” going?  You’ll see me post more about my “Rest Haven” this summer, but in the meantime – as always – “Happy hunting while Thrifting your house into a home!”

Smooches!!

Jamala

 

 

 

YardSale Fun

This past weekend was our town’s big I2I Yard Sale.  I must say planning it is very time consuming, but I have to admit, it’s also very rewarding.  Not just because I sell to make a few bucks for my pockets, but because I love meeting new people who share the same love of yard-saleing.  My twin, Amina and my aunt Pookie came down early so we could get a jump start to set things up. Thank God they did.  We had been busy moving, lifting, cleaning, organizing and styling for the sale and every night we pooped ourselves out.    My idea was to share our wonderful time with you, but we stayed so busy, it was hardly enough time to take pictures.  I did manage to take a few to share.  We started setting up a day in advance – and it was a blessing we did.. (not to mention we made quite a few sales that day- so we were off to a good start)

Here were are getting things all set up.

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We had lots of salvage “shabby chic” items

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Cooper galore!  Glassware, vases, figurines..

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lamps, candle holders, wicker baskets

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we utilized the dog cage as our art gallery

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a couple of steamer trunks..

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are you wishing you had come yet??? heeeheee….. i know.. lots of goodies right!!!

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as you see we had lots of great items..  This antique wash stand was a major hit with folks looking for antique items.

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carved african statues

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We received lots of compliments about our items and we even had returning customers (that’s a good feeling because they were completely satisfied with previous purchases)

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we had several beautiful lamps

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I contemplated hard about selling these brass beauties, but when this couple saw them, they were telling me how they just purchased new living room furniture and how these lamps were perfect for their set.  So seeing how happy they were made me feel better that they were going to a nice home (and it was her birthday gift which was all the better  :-)..

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and this lady was tickled pink about her lamp purchase ..  Our lamps were major hits this year

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We had people from all across the state of SC and folks from Michigan, Tennessee,Virginia, and No. Carolina come to the sale.  I was even excited to learn my family from Florida, NJ and NY were coming as well.  They came to join in the fun to shop and sell!  This is my aunt from Florida looking cool as a cucumber  :-)

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and these are my cousins – it was great seeing them and hanging out again.  I only wish they could have stayed longer…I  miss them already..

 

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After the third year of participating in this event I thought I’d also share some of my yard sale tips of the trade with you-

If you’re selling:

  1. It’s always best to plan ahead
  2. Make sure your items are well organized
  3. Clean glassware and dishes
  4. Check electrical appliances to see if they’re functional
  5. Have ample change available
  6. Have a great sense of humor
  7. Always greet your shoppers (a friendly smile and simple hello goes a long way)
  8. Tag your items – (although we failed royally with this – we pretty much knew what we wanted to get for most of the items and was able to get by without having a milion tags everywhere)
  9. If you can, stage furniture pieces (to help shoppers imagine it in their homes)
  10. Be patient with your shoppers
  11. Try to have a little bit of everything
  12. Have some music playing in the background.. (if you notice stores do that too – it’s for a good reason)
  13. Have a “Free” pile – you’d be surprise how much attention that draws

If you’re new (or even an avid shopper) to the game of buying at yard sales- here’s what I found to be the most annoying:

  1. Over-haggling (generally a seller will go a bit lower – but to keep asking for a lower price is quite annoying)
  2. Haggling over $1.00 items.  (me personally- I refuse to work with coins)
  3.  Being rude (no need to have an attitude if you’re approaching someone’s table – it’s a yard sale- be nice)
  4. Don’t ask the seller to hold an item without leaving a deposit
  5. Keep an eye on your children (so nothing gets broken)
  6. Handle items carefully
  7. Don’t put the seller through an inconvenience and then decide not to make a purchase (be mindful of the time wasted)
  8. If there is a crowd, be mindful of the length of the conversation with the seller
  9. Try not to use a $50.00 bill to pay for a $1.00 item.  Most times it’s hard to make change
  10. Slick talkers – often times people try to make conversation in hopes you forget how much you told them an item costs or their total.  It’s the oldest trick in the book.

In midst of the all my tips that I shared, the most important on both sides is to “HAVE FUN”!  We had “Elvis” impersonator come give us a show.  In fact, he bought one of the sparkly belts to wear with his costume, then we had another gentleman come (he heard the music and wanted to dance a bit.. chuckles… how cute) and then we had the couple who told us their story of how much they love going to yard sales together.  All this is why I love doing the yard sale.  I hope you enjoyed my yard sale fun post and perhaps I’ll see you at next year’s event.

As always,  happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your house into a home

Smooches!

Jamala

 

 

 

 

Freshened Foyer

I’m on my minimizing kick and next up was the foyer.  I’m taking my time going room by room and completing this task.  I had hoped to have it completed by the time the i2i YardSale happened, but I couldn’t accomplish it.  One thing for sure is I’m happy that I’ve at least began making every attempt to do this.  Letting go is always the hardest part and I’m realizing  that once I’ve gone through a space redecorate, starting with a clean slate was easier for me to weed out what I no longer wanted.  Such is the case with the foyer, living room and dining room.  I wanted the color of the foyer to flow into both those rooms so I chose Sherwin Williams “Morning Fog”.  It’s a bit of a grayish/bluish/lavenderish color..

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When I saw it in this picture, I thought it was a bit too gray,

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Contrare to my thought, it was actually what I was looking for.  I finished painting the rococco console table/mirror and it looks a thousand times better.  If you recall it was shabby black which did nothing for it.

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Initially I thought about metallic gold, but then I loved the Rose Gold I used for the living room mirror, and decided to go with that color again because the console table has a mauve marble top.

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This mirror was a royal pain in the toosh to paint.  All the swirly edges made the task of painting it was even harder.  (as much as I papered and taped, I still got overspray on it, but nail polish remover took it right off.

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This is a closer view of the details that were on the console legs.  Here is how it looks inside with the new wall color

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Major difference right!  Looks a lot more elegant!  I also changed the light fixture and decided on the Jamee chandelier at Joss & Main

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I loved the chandelier, but I didn’t care for the crystals it came with because – 1) I had to assemble them and 2) they weren’t real crystal.  I had a bag of antique crystal prisms I had been saving and decided to switch them.  The longer crystals did a bit more justice to the beauty of the fixture.

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This small space has 5 doorways, and i felt it’s best not to put a bunch of items in here.  I’m satisfied (for now)

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I haven’t decided on an area rug yet, and I’m not rushing it either.. I’ll take my time and enjoy looking at the openness of the space.  By not having a lot of items the area actually feels bigger.

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I’m so glad I chose to keep it because now I’m forced to not keep a bunch of “stuff” that was filled in the drawers of the table.

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I styled it simple with a set of Ikea Blomster candleholders that I picked up at Goodwill for $3.00, another one of my favorite female busts (which was a yardsale find $1.00), a bit of greenery and my favorite pic of hubby and I.

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When the chandelier is on at night, there’s a soft glow of the reflection

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and the rose gold changes the hue

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On the other side of the wall, I brought in the bench from the bedroom.  I needed a space to drop my handbag and workbag and thought that would be great place for it.  I finally hung the birthday painting.

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Another vintage swan (which I use as a planter) is perched right next to it

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I’m definitely sure I appreciate the new space.

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Although the sale of the console didn’t go through, sometimes things happen for a reason, because I truly am happy I have it and I love the new look.  The foyer has been freshened up and I’m patting myself on the back because I was able downsize a few items.

To take the look of the foyer from this …

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to this look

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It’s a winner for me.  The total cost of my new look was $150.00 ( with the bulk of it being the cost of the chandelier).
As always, it’s not how much it costs, but its’s how you style it.  Happy hunting while you thrift your house into a home.

Smooches!!

Jamala