Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lets Get Sculptural

...and speaking of craiglist, I also found 3 Russel Woodard Sculptura chairs looking for a home for the deal of the century. It's been a good summer for finds. They need some love, but all welds and wires are still firmly in place. Currently they are brownish black but I think I'll spay them white or maybe check into powder coating. One of the trio is headed to Detroit to grace my bestie's porch, while the other 2 will remain in Chicago and hopefully be the crown jewels in a newly landscaped back summer.

Saarinin Wannabe

Last month while trolling craigslist I spotted an ugly wood coffee table with a gorgeous round slab of Italian carrera marble sitting on top. I measured my crappy ikea docksta table, then measured the trunk opening of my tiny hatchback, and emailed the seller. The rest is history, look at those striations so lovely. The only down side is that with the weight of the marble it's a bit wobbly, I've had my eyes peeled for a cast aluminum tulip base, and I'm kicking myself for selling the one that I had a year ago...thinking "I'll never find a perfect marble top for this, why am I storing it"

..ahh craiglist can be so fickle.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Loafers

While I love a good ballet flat, I think I need a pair of black loafers for fall, something a little more sophisticated. The top right pair are Madewell and while I love the patent leather, I'm leaning towards calf hair or velvet, like the second pair by Dolce Vita.  Which reminds me, I still need to get the soles fixed on the Bottega Veneta wannabes that I scored last year.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Projects

With Summer fading I've been pinning more DIY ideas than usual, maybe I subconsciously want to keep myself busy all fall/winter. 
Top Row: Tassel Necklace, Another great Architectural Print DIY and this one even shows you how to DIY a cheap custom frame, this fruit basket is so lovely I'd love to find a wire basket at the thrift that I could hang up like this, I haven't forgotten about my lace cover up plans.
Bottom Row: Love this side table care of Emily Henderson, and this cactus watercolor, I'm inspired to paint something similar. I saw these pillows in the last House Beautiful and think they look like a super easy DIY...just pom poms and embroidery thread, and lastly this little nautical inspired bracelet, currently at JCrew for $$$ however all the supplies to make this little guy are at Joann Fabrics.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Le Stripe

I think the this little stripey dress is just about the best $10 I've spent in a long time.  On sale at Old Navy right now, it seems more well made than their regular stuff  and a heavier weight fabric perfect for this suddenly chilly summer which will ease into fall I'm sure.  I also snagged a basic black bikini for $8.

Aside from this I think I'll take a little spending hiatus.
I've been stocking up with all the summer sales, and I should be set for a long time

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sur la Table

Currently we're in the process of making a table!!!
The boards are all picked out, and it's just waiting to make a trip to the planer to trim it down to size.

I've been trolling pinterest for finishing inspiration for our maple boards.

We went with maple due to cost (much cheaper than black walnut, and while I know it's all the rage due to the rich dark tones, I don't love the contrast between the heart wood and outer I'm learning more than I ever wanted to about trees, and wood) but we're planning on staining it a bit darker (similar to the pic on the right)

We may even attempt some of these fancy butterfly joints, so stay tuned.

On the traditional list of anniversary presents the 5th year is wood, so this is our big anniversary present to ourselves, 5 years have flown! Hopefully we'll have this sweet table for another 55 years.

More pics of the process to come!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Have A Seat

Last weekend we picked up the wood for our new live edge table and once that giant project is crossed off our list (more on that to come) I think it will be time to upgrade the dining room chairs.

We've been using the same mint green fiberglass stacking chairs that we found at a church rummage sale for years...and I love them, but I think a show stopper table calls for some sophisticated yet understated chairs.

While I love the top two designs they need to be CHEAP since the table is where the bulk of the budget is going. I'm trolling craigslist for bentwoods or any wood chairs with interesting lines really that could be sprayed black.

Wish me luck!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fire Pit Upgrade

I've been pricing out atomic fireplaces on craigslist all day and of course Pinterest has no shortage of inspiration.  Currently we have a fire dish, and meh...I never loved it but it got the job done (kind of). Since Chicago can be windy at times, I think ditching the dish in favor of something that has a back and sides will be a huge improvement.