Eclectic Seating Area

As you all may know – I’ve been fiending over the Mad Men series.. loving the mid-century designs.  I’m a 60’s child and growing up around some of those items I didn’t pay too much attention but I clearly remember seeing them.  Now that I’m much older I realize the beauty of those pieces.  Makes me want to re-design my home, and since I want to stay alive (the hubby would kill me – lol) .. I’ll just create a dream board.. (until I finally make up  my mind – that is).  I don’t have an full office so I decided to start with a seating area.  I imagine having this space with floor to ceiling windows and a great view.

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Everything you see here is from a website called Chairish.  I love this site because it offers so many different items to choose from.  It’s truly their motto – “Where Design Lovers Buy & Sell”   I had so much fun putting this look together that I believe I’ll be doing more.  I love playing around with different looks, textures, styles and designs.  With the plethora of items Chairish offers, you could really go design-happy-crazy.  I even incorporated a couple of items sold through our Pieces of Time Shop.  To view more of their items, click here to their Mid-Century Modern Collection.  This collection features clean design, beautiful woods like teak, and graphic patterns all combine to make Mid-Century Modern pieces forever classics. With iconic makers such as Adrian Pearsall, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman, fans of this style can easily find vintage couches, used lounge chairs and pre-loved artwork to enhance their interiors.

Let’s look at the items I chose..   I chose this chair because I love the shape and two-tone fabric.  It looks so comfy, makes me want to plop down in them and cross a leg.

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Who doesn’t remember the tension rod lighting… Isn’t this a sweetie with bit of a bohemian flair.  This item is currently listed in Pieces of Time through Chairish.

 

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Next is the credenza.. The sleekness of this piece has a timeless style of appeal.  Perfect for a flat stand TV or

 

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Hang a vintage painting, like this hand painted bridge, over it. Also, sold by Pieces of Time through Chairish

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What home seating area  wouldn’t be complete without a bar area.  I truly like how this can double as space for your bar set and yet you can hide either books, papers (or the good stuff – lol), etc… in the other compartment

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And of course you have to have a complete bar set.. !

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A stylish space also has to have a stylish clock.. And these are making a great comeback (I clearly remember my parents had one of these in their bedroom.. ugggghhhh where is it!!???)

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A sleek coffee table with a few accessories

 

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So with all these simple pieces – I created an eclectic seating area for myself.

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I hope you enjoyed my imaginary design I created through Chairish.  Hop over to the site, create one and share it with me.. I’d love to see what you create.  Have fun, go forth and create.. Smooches!

 

Baked Salmon w/Honey Mustard Cream Sauce

Hey Lovies!!  I have a very delicious recipe for the salmon lovers. trust me.. this dish is sure to please.  The best part is – it’s so easy..  I have to give kudos to a dear friend of ours, Larry.  After tasting it –  I knew I had to share it with you – his was very delicious, but I made a just a couple of simple changes  (added the “TLC” touch)

Ingredients:

1 slab of fresh salmon

1 cup of heavy cream

2 tblspn dijon  mustard

3 tblspn honey

Zatarains blackened seasoning (Larry used cayenne pepper)

Garlic powder

Rinse salmon and pat dry.  Place in the baking dish and generously coat the salmon with the blackened seasoning on both sides and rub in.   Sprinkle lightly with the garlic powder on both sides and rub in.

 

In a small sauce pan, bring heavy cream to a bubble, reduce heat and add Dijon mustard and honey.  Reduce flame and let simmer approximately 10 mins.   Taste a little dab to be sure you taste the honey and mustard, making sure it’s not overpowering.

Pour cream over the salmon, cover and bake approximately 20 mins (or until salmon is done)

See how simple that was!!   As always – It’s “T.L.C”  TwinsLuvCooking!

We’d like to say thanks to Larry.   I hope you make it and if so..holla at your girls!

 

 

Deer Me

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One of the hottest trendy items is the deer antlers.  Their shapes are like art sculptures and not to mention they’ve come a long way in decor.  I was never one to like a deer head poking out of the wall (kinda creepy to me – being a city girl and all) but I always did like the shape of the antlers.  The shapes, sizes, color actually gives them quite a decor sex appeal.  They’ve become so versatile with decorating your home, and I’ve been wanting some.  I’ve been eyeing them for a while, but those trendy items come with large price tag.  Here are some examples how you can incorporate them in your decor.

Here, they are used as tie-backs which is fantastic break from the norm!

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Take a mirror to another step higher and enhance the frame

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If you have 3 antlers, you can create this exquisite light fixture

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Or if you like shabby chic, give them a white-wash to create this look.

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Grouped together with a touch of metallic paint makes these antlers appear to be hands cradling a candle

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Or how about make a beautiful art statement

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I absolutely love the garden chandelier created using the antlers here:

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And lastly, you can simply have them around for that pop of color (like Moi)

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I’ve heard people say “if it’s free – it’s probably not worth having”.  Well – that’s not how I see it and it definitely is not a true statement.  I got  phone call from someone who told me they just cleaned out a house and there was  dresser I might like (thanks Maria!).  The house had been fire damaged and they were taking all the items out.  When I rode up to it, at first glance I didn’t see anything I’d want, but I figured let me get out the car and poke around..low and behold.. BAMBI on a mount was sticking straight up.  Perfect timing.. She was stained from the black smoke.  But after spending two weeks on the back of the hubby’s truck, the rain washed that away.  Bambi  didn’t stand a chance..  I want those antlers! My son got a saw and went to town.

 

I figure they’d make a nice prop piece in my outdoor space.

 

They were so black I had to give them three coats to cover.  But it’s all good..   It’s funny how in this position it looks like a finger snap on two thumbs up!  I’ll take a freebie ANYDAY!

You can view more of my Deer Me inspiration board here.  Remember you can follow me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook!

 

 

 

Moms Are So Special

Today and Everyday Moms Are Special People!!  I want to wish all my Special Moms a very Happy Mother’s!!!

My mother, whom I put on a pedestal for her unconditional, undying love and support she continues to have for her children and grandchildren, God could not have blessed our family with a more precious woman. We love her so very much.  Through her I learned how to become the best mom for my children.

Today is the calendar day that we are acknowledged for all we do.. but Everyday is Mothers Day and I thank God for blessing me with that privilege.  Enjoy Celebrating Your Special Day

The Making of a Chair

I have to laugh at myself because here I am thinking “Oh gee- it would be wonderful to learn how to     re-upholster- then I could do this as a side gig and create beautiful things -UHHH – YEA RIGHT!!   HELLO!!  and BABY BYE!!  LOL   This is one lesson learned and it only took one class to learn it – “SHYT AIN’T EASY!”… ..  Ok..now that I got that off my chest.. moving right along..  Let me refresh your memory of my forever project…

Looks simple right… (boy did this fool me)..  but..Ok.. I finally had a spare weekend to sand the base of the chair.. the wood was so scarred and needed some  attention.   My goal was to make it look like this

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Dream on….dreamer…   Alarm clock went off and Time to wake up….

I sanded the best I could (I’ve got bad hands..)

This is a closer view of the wood

could you believe all these bangs and bruises. on this beautiful wood…  smh.. HOW???

Re-staining was my intent then I realized.. I’d have to do a lot more sanding… so I opted for a new look..

Why not go GLAM!

It was a bold move to do that, but after seeing it with the fabric.. I think it was the best choice.  I really like the new color and it’s going to give this chair a sleeker look and will enhance the fabric.  It’s almost done.. I promise it’ll be finished before Christmas.. chuckles.. sike… no it’s going to be finished next week.. Yayyyyy!!  So.. stay tuned….

Tah-tah everyone…

Garden Diva Chic

It’s been almost two years ago she became a Diva Chic.. It’s time to redress her.. but here’s a Tuesday throwback from her original look..   She’ll be getting a fresher look this summer.. Enjoy reading about her past

Today I finally decided to go to the nursery with this wire bodice I’ve had for few years.  She sat in my flower bed naked but nice.  I just had a good idea to cover her up with some plants.

I went to Wingard’s Nursey in Lexington because they had a complete potting area and very friendly staff to help with any questions I may have.   The first step was to put coconut fiber all around to hold the dirt.  I added the cordyline plant as the head topper

Next was time to be creative with plants.  I chose succulents and mostly hens&chicks plants because they’re easy to grow and require the least maintenance.

Once the plants were all in, I covered the fiber with spanish moss to complete the look.

This is the finished product of my Diva Chic (named from the hens&chic plants she’s filled with)

Can’t wait to see how she really looks when all the plants begin to really grow..let’s hope her hips don’t spread too much  :-)

Ugly April Challenge

Spring has sprung – yayyyy!  Getting the yard together is almost finished then I can sit back and relax and enjoy chilling in my Rest Haven.  I began to clean out my garage for two reasons: 1 – to find something that needed a makeover and 2- the 2nd annual 49-mile Yard Sale is coming.  Everyone is getting excited about.  You can learn more about the sale by visiting the website here.  When Serena at Thrift Diving announced the Ugly April Challenge I was determined to find something to make over (without buying).  If you live in the south -I believe you’ll find one of these on lots of porches or lurking around in backyards.  Well I found mine and dug it out..talk about a much needed makeover.. Yikes.. this chair is totally yucky :-/

 

Yea pretty bad!!  I also found this retro ashtray too!  Completely rusted just like the chair.

These two pieces will come in handy, because when I’m out working in the yard, I like having a couple of squatting zones. instead of walking back to the gazebo for a quick rest.  After sanding and sanding and sanding.. I got the surface as smooth as I can.. especially the seat part.  I decided to use some colors that will brighten up the space.  I used Rustoleum Pistacchio on the chair and Rustoleum Coral on the ashtray.   They look so much better now!  Retro Back To Life!!

Don’t you agree??

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OooLaLa.. so refreshing with their new look!  The metallic gold handle gave it a glamour touch

Glad Serena did the Ugly April Challenge, because these may have sat out another year…

On to the next!!   Tah Tah Lovies!

Thrifty Thursday

Hello,hello,hello… I know – it’s not thursday.. (but that’s the day I found my project) .. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.. I had to take to hiatus from blogging.  Even though time changed and our days got longer, it stills seems like they’re going too quick – Feels like I’m running out of time..  Work, home,cook, projects, exercise…etc..etc..etc..next thing I know it’s after midnight and time to go to bed to start all over again.. (where does the day go????) …  My cyber-friend Miss K over at Pure&Complex already gave me my frowny face.. Where have I been scolding… chuckles.. thanks “K” for missing me.. My brother came for a surprise visit and it was wonderful time spent with my little darlings.. Ava and Laylah.. I even played hooky from work to escape to the zoo with them.. A trip well worth my time off

Karriem met a new friend.. who he was hoping wouldn’t lick him in the face..lol..

Needless to say I miss them already….   after that.. I had yard work to do.. uggghhhh… I truly regret not getting the leaves up sooner.. but – oh well.. no need in crying over spilled milk..  That alone took a few hours after work to get done.    My chair project is almost done.. Yipppeeeee…I’m the one holding up the last part.. I have to refinish the wood frame.. so that’s my next step. I can’t wait to show you the finished product.  In the meantime.. I did come across this cute vintage lamp while thrifting at Goodwill.

      

Not bad for $8.75.. I think it’ll be great for a new spring look.   My only dilemna was the shade.. I’m not big on the shape or pleats…   I found another one in my storage area.. and decided to to use it instead.   It had seen better days, but I figured – it’s worth a try..  I didn’t do too bad on my kitchen lamp shade (if you missed it you can see it here) so I decided to give this one a whirl..

I’ve been leaning towards toile fabric- so I decided to give it a try.  First I laid the fabric out and placed the shade on top and rolled it across the fabric, marking as I roll it..

I used a hot glue gun to adhere the fabric to the shade.. Be very careful with that glue gun, because it’s easy to wind up with this…  Yeeeouuuuuchh!!!!!!

Luckily I leave a bottle of AloeVera gel in the fridge to help with burns. If you haven’t tried it..trust me, it works great on burns.  It took me all of an hour to complete the new shade  and I must say.. Not bad!

I think the toile fabric did better justice with this lamp..(I just hope toile is not out of style – lol)

The painting was a another Goodwill find for $4.00.  A quick coat of white paint gives the boring frame a fresher look (as you see the wood frame did nothing for this painting)

 

For under $15.00 I created a quick inexpensive new look for the console table.  Next up – I’m also doing a 30-day makeover challenge with other bloggers..which will be another quick update of a chair that sorely needs some attention.  I’m late in the game to start but I’ll have it finished (fingers crossed) ..lol… well that’s what your thrifty girl has been up to.. and what about you..?  What are your upcoming projects.. Do share..I’d love to hear about them..

Tah-tah..As always… Your thrifty Gal

 

Cute Little Cabby

It’s a ThrowBackThursday and I thought I’d share one of my favorite makeovers with my new readers and a “remember this” with my “ride or die chicks” that’s been with me from day one ;-)  thanks for hanging in there with me.  Hope you enjoy reading it :

Saturday was such a beautiful day.  The weather was absolutely wonderful and I decided to finally work on this little cabinet I got for free back in November.  My sister was doing a house sale and it was an item that no one wanted..so she decided to bring it home, well she had no place for it and was going to dump it. Luckily I saved it just in time..I brought the cabinet home with me and kept it in the garage to air out.. It had the dreaded “OLD” smell… chuckles..   Let’s see.. of course I have to have music for my listening pleasure, so I popped in my Joe Simon and Lou Rawls cds along with a few other classics and began my project.   The cabinet was still sturdy but the scraping and sanding was harder than I thought.  I managed to get the surface somewhat smooth.  This is the cabinet before:

       

I’m done sanding and scraping, so next comes the primer

Ooops,,, Almost forgot to tape the glass.. so I had to take care of that before I continue.. ..

Next  comes the spray paint.  I used the metallic silver as my selection.

   

Next – its LUNCH TIME,.. gotta take a break and lunch was ” Salmon burger w/monterey jack cheese and chips.. Yuuummmy :-)

Back to work and I sprayed another coat of metallic paint ….  this cabinet is turning out pretty good –      

It’s dry and time to put it to use…I figure in the bathroom for towels and toiletries would be perfect for now

      

The  crystal candy dish makes a good powder puff dish  – don’t cha think so too?

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All done!! Another job done and all for less that $15.00…   I just love great finds…

 

Stripe it Out

Hey Y’all!  Real quick question—  Have you noticed how much stripe taper candles cost..  Geez louise… look here and here..  and  World Market  has them on sale for $3.00 but that’s for a pair.  Well, remember the yard sale I went to a couple weeks ago .. I also found 3 boxes of tapered evening candles for $0.50 a box with 5 candles in each box.

You know I snagged all of them.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do .. Stripe them out!!   It was so quick and easy and I love how it gave them a bit more elegance.

 

All I did was tape them up and gave a quick spray of metallic gold.  Let dry and now I have a pair of striped gold candles.  I saved a few dollars by getting vintage candles from the yard sale and doing it myself.  The best part is I’ve got several candles to make different colors and styles with at a fraction of the cost.

So the next time you’re at a yard sale, a thrift store or even Goodwill.. get those candles!  Every little bit savings counts.

 

Another thrifty idea by your Urvintage Girl!  Tah-tah!!

 

 

Inspired by “LindaG”

In this blogging world we all come across others who inspire us to try a project.  Such is that with Linda over at LindaGLovingHome.  Linda is so talented with creating beautiful things for the home and she has really blown me away with her many table runner designs.  When I saw her Fall Harvest runner, I became instantly inspired to try to make one.  She was kind to send me a pattern so I gave it a whirl.  This is the inspiration design I absolutely adored.

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Simply gorgeous, and I love how she mixes pattern designs while adding a few detailed touches.  You can see all her other beautiful designs here.  It’s worth taking a visit to her blog.  After I finished my dining room makeover, I realized this table could use a new runner.  I’ve had this runner for years and think it’s time to give it a rest.

Now -I’m by far- no means a seamstress,just at the beginner stages when I made this table runner

I finally had the opportunity to go fabric shopping – (I was a kid in the candy store – wanting everything)

This is my new runner:

I made it a bit longer just in case I want to use it for the dining table.  I really love the color and pattern which brightened up this area

 

I goofed big time on the scalloped end.. (don’t ask how mine came out in this totally different shape..lol)

But all in all – I’m pretty happy about the outcome.

Instead of using regular lining, I used the back of the fabric so I have the option for another look when I flip it over.

Ok guys.. I’ve tried my luck at this, next up is a bed runner..- she makes fabulous ones.. so I have to give that a try..   Thanks Linda for the inspiration!   Fingers crossed.

 

 

Texas Red Wings

Is your stomach growling or mouth watering..?? Good, because that what I had hoped..  – Mission Accomplished.  Ok now.. Who doesn’t like wings??? duhhhh   Nobody!!

This is the most simplest recipe that has so much flavor.. the kind that makes you lick you lips and say mmmmm..smack,smack, mmmmm..

4 Ingredients:  Vegetable Oil  (2 tblspn)    Wings    Garlic Powder     Sea Salt                               Victoria Seasonings Texas Red Seasoning  (click here to order)

Preheat oven to 375.  Wash and clean wings.  Season wings generously with garlic powder, sea salt and Texas Red Seasoning.  Pour vegetable oil on top of wings.  Here’s where it gets messy (but it’s worth it)  Rub each wing with the oil and seasoning, massaging thoroughly making sure they’re nicely coated.

Place in lightly greased baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 mins (or until done).  Then broil on for browning, the last 15 mins.  Turn and brown the other side.  The skin will become slightly crisp.

 

Remove and serve hot..