Monday, December 31, 2012

ANTIQUECHASE: Recap of 2012 ~

Looking back at AntiqueChase posts over 2012 reminds me that I need to post more. There are so many projects I tackle, rooms I rearrange, and flea markets I shop that I don't show on this blog... why? I'm not sure. But I'm going to try to post more in 2013!

I wanted to do a monthly wrap up of my "Best" 2012 posts. I realized I took a summer hiatus, so there is a 4 month gap...ooops! But to make up for that, I am going to show some "Behind the Scenes" never before shown photos... grab some Ice Tea or some coffee, this post is too long!

JANUARY ~

In January, I decided to pair down the items above my kitchen cabinets. I was tired of my floral accessories and wanted more of a farmhouse feel. I struggled with what to put above the kitchen cabinets. I think others struggle with decorating above their cabinets too! It is my all time most viewed, most popular post...

Here is the before picture:


And here is the after shot:


I didn't purchase anything for this accessories redo.. just shopped my house.

So, a year later, I can tell you that I have not grown tired of the accessories above the cabinets. Everything up there is subtle in color. I don't miss the flowers, I don't miss the "fake" ivy. I am enjoying less color. I also, have not dusted up there... in a year.. not once. Is that bad?

See that post here





FEBRUARY ~

In February I showed you what I did with some unused Vintage Crates I had in my garage...


I turned them into a file system for my kitchen desk...


Since the New Year is a great time to get organized, this is a great post to re-check out... get yourself a vintage wood crate, some files and get organized! 

To read that post click here 


MARCH ~
I shared some treasures I purchased at the BEST garage sale....

 

You can see more of that post by clicking here 


I actually returned to that garage sale the same day and promised you I would show you what I got in round two... I didn't keep that promise (sorry)... but here are some never seen photos of what else I bought:

A fabulous antique dough bowl....


Currently resides in my living room full of dried hydrangeas...


And a vintage chippy wood school clock. It doesn't work :( but I have big plans to convert it from electricity to battery. I hear it's a pretty easy fix... I'm either going to get this project tackled or sell this clock at my next garage sale. Did I mention I have an entire garage of crap good stuff waiting for my next garage sale? I'm thinking of doing it again in February. Are you local to Southern California and want to come. Drop me an email and let me know!

APRIL ~

For those of you that follow me on Google Friend Connect, probably saw my "April Fools Day" post that was up for about an hour... 

It was HILARIOUS to everyone BUT my daughter who threw a fit asked me nicely to remove it. My daughter is like any other teenager and her room has crap everywhere could be cleaner. I posted some "real" shots of her room and mentioned that she was offering free decorating consultations. Okay, it was funny. But not to her. I never want to be intentionally hurtful, so I removed the post. I searched to find just one photo I took for that post and they are missing.. that's weird!

ALSO IN APRIL~

I made a Burlap Table Runner for my dining room table. Happy to say this tutorial is a NO SEW project! I still am enjoying my runner and it's been on my dining room table since I made it!


Check out my tutorial here:




I took a blog break over summer but here are some behind the scenes, never seen photos of projects or decorating I didn't share...

MAY ~

I purchased a new sofa for the family room. It is the PB Comfort Grand in white denim. I never shared it because it looks exactly the same as the old sofa, but without the springs poking in all the wrong places.  I didn't show pictures when it came because my slip covers came damaged. I waited weeks for a replacement, they needed ironing and well, by that point the sofa didn't feel post worthy..

This is the new sofa:



This was the old sofa:


I warned you.... they are almost the same sofa! It's almost embarrassing to show you. 

However, this new one is VERY soft and comfortable. My other sofa was 10 years old and just became uncomfortable. It needed new foam, the cushion pipping was ripping, and the springs where so uncomfortable when we sat down to watch TV. I gave it to a friend who plans on updating and fixing it.


In 2012, I also purchased a new coffee table (World Market), moved my chaise (IKEA) into the family room and updated my pillows and throws (Restoration Hardware)...

Especially LOVE this RH throw...

Not only is the linen weave beautiful, it protects the white chaise from dirty feet and shoes...


and, really, the fringe just looks good draped on the floor!

JUNE~

In June I decided I could no longer live with the dark taupe paint (I inherited) in my living room. The room faces North and doesn't get too much natural light... Below you can see the wall color is very tan when compared to the ceiling color. I know it looks bright in this photo, but every light was on, and the sun was just right in the afternoon....


It always felt so dark... So, I gathered samples of every shade of white paint and debated which color to use... Made numerous friends come over and debate with me. The winner was Benjamin Moore's White Dove. 

White Dove is beautiful but I actually wish I had gone whiter! I LOVE the white paint. It's very fresh! I do miss the contrast as my crown moulding doesn't "pop" like it did before!

I painted the entire living room, myself... Which led to the dining room needing painting too! Here is a photo of the mess I made! Everything from the dining room was in the living room! (and right before our summer vacation I might ad!)


Moving the dining room hutch turned into a project too... the leg almost split off...


Mr. AntiqueChase turned it upside down (here in my family room) and reinforced the buffet leg...


I'm really sorry I haven't posted the living room/dining room paint reveal. That post will come in 2013. I will say that the fresh paint made me have a sudden dislike to all my existing furniture want to redecorate. It all eventually led to a new couch and chairs and a new coffee table and.... (more later).... Okay in my defense, my living room couch was old and from my "Southwest" decorating faze, circa 1990's.

JULY~

Went on a much needed family vacation to Hawaii..


This was the adult pool at our hotel and it was glorious! Except for the creepy couple reading 50 Shades of Grey OUT LOUD to each other poolside. Ewww

July was also filled with football passing league games and the New England Elite football camp my son attended.. he's the blond 5th from the left...



We also made a few College/Football Visits...


My daughter made the JV Cheer team and attended her 2nd cheer camp....

She is the tall one in the center back row...




AUGUST~
In August, my dear grandmother celebrated her 96th birthday.... 



We had a wonderful day with her. I took some photos of her home decor to share with you.. her home decorated with mid century furniture and lots of photos and meaningful items from her trips and wonderful life... (This post is getting long and I decided I will share her home another day!)

Also in August~  
I showed you the Vintage Tool Tote I added to my dining room...



I asked my readers if they thought I had too much Ironstone in my collection... The answer was "NO" a person can never have too much!! Click here to read more


SEPTEMBER~

In September I showed you how I get many seasonal looks with just one big silver bowl....


I love silver punch bowls and I am always on the lookout for them at Thrift Stores and Estate sales! To read more about Vintage Silver Decorating, Click Here


OCTOBER ~

Sadly, October had no blog posts... But we were so BUSY!!!

We spent the month celebrating holidays and birthdays... watching my son play football, my daughter cheer BUT MOSTLY.... I spent the month stressing about my son's college applications which were due November 1st. (I never realized how stressful this was!)

NOVEMBER~

With most of the college applications in, I was back to decorating....


I shared my new (to me) kitchen table with it's wonderful history... It belonged to my good friend and was recently gifted to my family... You can read more about that post here 


DECEMBER~
Does this "recap post" count? 

December was spent waiting for December 15th to roll around!! 

Most people wait for December 25th... why was I waiting for the 15th????

That was the day we would find out if my son got accepted to his first choice college and would be playing football there for the next 4 years...

VERDICT is YES!!! 

We are excited, delighted, and oh so proud!!

And just for you decorators (like me) how awesome is the mascot at his college ???

They are the
STAGS 

Which of course prompted me to go out and buy this....


I saw this Stag on Melanie's Blog and immediately called my World Market to get one... You can see her blog post and dining room here:


Watch out my blogging friends... I now have a reason to add way too much  lots of Stag decor to my blog!

I want to thank all of you...my readers! Really, really thank you!! I appreciate everybody who continues to stop by and follow my blog. I especially appreciate your comments and always try to reply back to you. If you don't hear back from me, check your settings. I always feel sad when the comment comes back "Noreplyblogger"...

I also appreciate the bloggers who have me on their blog roll, side bar and/or just send readers my way. Thank you so very much! Just a quick shout out to the following...

Thank you to my four top referrers of 2012:


To you and yours, I hope that 2013 will be a wonderful year filled with PEACE, love, joy, happiness and good health!!!

Till next year :)

Marcy ~ 
xxoo

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Some Changes in the Kitchen ~

I wasn't looking for a new kitchen table....
and 
I wasn't looking for new kitchen chairs...

I swear!!

I was perfectly happy with my vintage 90's kitchen table from Ethan Allen. I purchased it on Craigslist 4 years ago when we bought our house. It was from the Farmhouse Pine Collection which has been discontinued. It was a round table with a gorgeous chunky pedestal. It opened to an oval with a table leaf. 

Here's a photo of my table that Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage snapped when she featured our home a few years ago at "Cottage of the Month".  Click here to view.


The table was a perfect fit for the space. The table top was planked pine and had lots of patina. It was easy to care for. My kids could put hot drinks or wet glasses down on the table top. Very easy to live with and I never worried about the finish. The only thing I really didn't care for was that crumbs would get stuck in between the planks and required a weekly vacuum. The Ethan Allen wagon wheel chairs were comfortable and sturdy for friends and teenagers... 



Here is a photo of my kitchen when I rearranged the display on top of my cabinets. Probably one of my more popular posts. If you missed it and want to see more of my kitchen 

and 

Would you like to see my new {to me} kitchen set...

This is what graces my kitchen now:


A huge trestle table and 6 creamy wicker chairs :)


So, here is the back story on this table and 6 wicker chairs.  It was a gift from very dear friends. It has wonderful meaning to both my husband and I.  It belonged to Lia, very good friend, that passed away 5 years ago. Lia's husband and my husband were college fraternity brothers and roommates. Lia's husband was the best man in my wedding and my husband, in turn, was the best man at hers.  Very close friends.

When Lia moved to Thousand Oaks 9 years ago, I'd like to think I "helped her" pick out this very table and chairs. I don't remember the table discussion as much as I remember discussing the chairs. Lia had such a great sense of style and she was a trendsetter. She really was!

She had this idea of pairing a large pine trestle table with wicker chairs. 

Nobody was doing this in a dining room back in 2003. 

Everything was a bit more match-y back then. We had plenty of discussions on how it would look... would it be too casual? Would it be comfortable? I thought it was a great idea! I'd like to think I helped sway her decision to go for it...

Ultimately, she went with her instinct and ordered the table and six Pottery Barn wicker chairs....

It looked gorgeous in her dining room. I sat at her table for dinners, coffee and craft projects. She was never fussy about her furniture and always put her guests at ease. There is a warmth and patina to the wood top that I just adore... Plenty of pot marks, water stains... some glue and some glitter too.. All remembrances of Lia.

My family was gifted this table and chairs last month. I really wanted to re-shoot these pictures because I don't think the camera lighting does the table justice... but I finally decided you would probably rather see a blog post than wait another 6 months for me to get the lighting just right and stage the shots... 



The chairs have stood up to years and years of adults, teens and children sitting at them. The cushions are a pretty yellow ticking fabric that matches the light butter yellow walls in my kitchen. 


The fabric was a bit soiled so I decided to wash them. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn did NOT put zippers in these cushions! Makes no sense if you have ever checked their prices. Really? Does PB not understand that people will want to wash these things?

I decided to wash them in the washer and see how they would turn out. Wish I would have taken a picture. Each foam cushion became a taco inside the fabric and the only way to correct the shape was to slice open the cushion at the back seam...


Now the cushions are clean but I have a new project to sew close the six covers.... It's been a month and I still have not tackled sewing them closed. I may get some new foam and replace the inside before I sew them.  I do believe that PB still sells these covers at $40 each... but they are perfectly usable and I am going to save myself the $240 by using the existing ones.


How pretty is this double trestle....
I feel so lucky and blessed to have this in my home!


I would like to use some sort of wax to seal the top, something that won't make the wood shiny or darker. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!! I am thinking a wax would be nice as long as it's not sticky.


My chicken coop plant stand which you have seen before... 

I purchased the old metal milk pail at a garage sale for $5.00. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in "Old White" on it and then distressed it. The white roses are from my garden.



I have been adding olive branches to my demi-johns. I like the Autumn look they bring into the kitchen and the branches are free from my back yard... love that!

I don't add any water for the branches and they last about 2 weeks.


These red roses now on my table were given to me by my son at "Senior Night".  A sweet remembrance of his football season. His football team made the playoffs in their division. So proud of those boys! 

Wish them luck going forward!


I'm really going to miss the Friday Night Lights... 
Hopefully, Saturday games will be in our future!

And here is something so coincidental... 

Back in the summer, I was at the dentist's office waiting for my daughter. Flipping through a magazine, I found a picture of a dining room I just loved. With my camera phone, I took a photo of the magazine page...


Notice anything????


The afternoon sun in our kitchen...


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Decorating with Vintage Silver Punch Bowls ~

One of the most versatile accessories in my home is a LARGE silver punch bowl. I actually own two vintage punch bowls and I am out looking for more!


Back in the day, every bride must have received a punch bowl for a wedding gift. I see the crystal versions everywhere.  However, today I want to talk about SILVER punch bowls and how pretty they are to decorate with!

If you have read my blog for some time, you know I find my tarnished silver at Thrift Stores and Flea Markets.  Be on the lookout at garage sales too! When you come across a large silver bowl, and the price is right, don't pass it up! What's a good price? I own two LARGE silver punch bowls and I have never paid more than $25. I think my first one set me back about $10.. maybe it was $20.

Over the summer, there was an estate/garage sale in my neighborhood. I wasn't early so I debated whether or not it was worth my time to park and go in. I had no cash on me and figured I would just look around. There was nothing left at the sale, and I mean nothing! Just as I was about to leave I saw a silver punch bowl on the counter. It was lonely and neglected as it sat next to unmatched Tupperware and old glass vases. Nobody wanted it? Tarnished but quite large it was marked $40... too much!  I offered $20 and we settled on $25. A bit more than I wanted to spend but I'm glad I took it home! Being local, they even took my check :)

Here's my most recent find...



This one came with a ladle...

Sometimes I debate whether or not to polish my vintage silver. If the patina is dark and time worn, I usually leave the finish alone. This bowl didn't have a great patina to it... it had lots of smudges and fingerprints and it just looked dirty. So I decided to clean it up...



I use Wright's Silver polish...easy to use and doesn't smell too bad. No hard rubbing and I usually forget to put gloves on. You can find this at the grocery store or click on the Amazon link:



So, 
what can you do with a punch bowl 
and why do you need one??

I'll show you 
the most versatile item 
in my decor!

This past 
SUMMER
I used the estate sale bowl 
to display my collected beach shells...


These sea shells have have all been purchased second hand at flea markets... We don't have shells like this on the beach here in California. I bought the green glass float this summer in Hawaii as a vacation reminder. Not sure if it's old or a reproduction. The small glass float with string on it was part of a vase filler set from Pottery Barn.



In 
AUTUMN,
you can display your collection of deer sheds...



Or how about dried hydrangeas...






Don't have dried hydrangeas?
You could also display mini white pumpkins 
from the grocery store in a silver punch bowl~

In 
WINTER,
you can display your beaded fruit collection...


If you want to read more about beaded fruit, 
check out my older post HERE

Don't have a beaded fruit collection (yet)?
How about displaying pine cones and greenery 
for the holidays....


I also like the idea of displaying 
{a collection} 
of old black and white photos 
piled high in a punch bowl..

or 
a small book collection
or pocket bibles...



In 
SPRING,
you can display a collection 
of vintage millinery flowers...


The possibilities are endless!

So, when you are out and about looking for treasures, don't pass up that old silver punch bowl. Don't worry if you don't have room to store it ... use it as your centerpiece and change out your displays with the seasons!

Better yet, call your grandma, your sister or your aunt... I bet they have a punch bowl and they would love to get it out of storage for you!

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