Am I the only one that gets excited when back to school time hits? Even though I’ve been out of school for a long, long time, I just love when the school supplies, school bags, locker accessories and all cute clothes hit the racks and shelves of stores. You see, I have reason why I love back to school time so much. My mom was a teacher for 27 years and every year I’d spend time helping her cut designs out of construction paper and then we’d decorate her classroom bulletin boards and get her books ready.
I received the new Pottery Barn Teen catalog in the mail the other day and boy was I surprised to see so many stylish pieces that are not only great for teen spaces but would be great for decorating adult spaces too. Here are my favorite finds, along with why I think each item is great and how I’d use each piece when decorating. Enjoy!
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So, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
The hubby and I headed to Alabama last week and spent a few days visiting family. In addition to eating lots of barbecue and playing with the horses and rabbits, I spent a lot of time 4-wheeling. My brother-in-law lives in the country and I love visiting and riding the 4-wheeler all along the country roads.
I also did a little woodworking for a DIY clock project that I’m working on and hope to show you later this week. My brother-in-law has every power tool known to man so the hubs and I were able to do lots of cutting, sanding and building.
I also managed to squeeze in visits to 4 flea market/antique stores near by. Here’s a look at a few great things I spotted…
If you’re in the Montgomery, Alabama area here is a list of the flea markets I visited and what I thought of each:
Eastbrook Flea Market–425 Coliseum Blvd., Montgomery, Al–This is a really large store with a wonderful selection of vintage and antique furniture, glassware and decorative objects. The prices were pretty good too. I really loved this side table and almost pulled the trigger but decided to pass on it at the last minute.
Memories Flea Antique Market, 1724 E. Main St., Prattville, Al (about 13 mins. outside Montgomery)–This was not my favorite store mostly because of the pricing. I felt that most items were very overpriced and I didn’t like the fact that there were several booths of new and cheap import items in the store. I did spot these picnic baskets but after doing a little research on Etsy and Ebay the price wasn’t good enough for me buy and try to resell in my Etsy shop.
J & G Antique Market, 742 E. Main St., Prattville, AL–This is another fairly large store with a pretty good selection of items but again I thought the prices were a bit high. If you love vintage glass, this is the place to check out but again be warned that the prices were high. Most of the milk glass pieces below were anywhere from $5.00 to $25.00 more than what I pay at Scott Antique Market or some of my local thrifting spots.
Prattville Pickers, 616 County Road, Prattville, AL–This was probably my favorite shop and the one with the most unique mix of goods. The shop itself is massive at over 10,000 square feet and has vintage, antique and mid-century modern pieces. The prices were more reasonable and in-line with shops here in Atlanta. There were lots of people in the store so it was obvious that it is a popular spot.
One of the things I liked most about this shop was there selection of original oil paintings. This piece below was $35.
They also had lots of really nice accent chairs.
In between all the shopping, eating and riding, I also took a spin on the golf cart, sat outside and watched the lighting bugs at night and stopped by the local Walmart (people watching at its best)—all things you do when you vacation in the country!
Most of the time when we leave the house, we make sure to present ourselves in a way that just in case we run into someone or meet someone new, we make a good first impression. That same thinking should go into the design of your home, especially your entrance area. The space doesn’t have to be big to make an impact, it just has to have a point of view and a personality.
Design tip: Paint the piece of furniture you place in your foyer to create energy and set the tone for what the rest of the house feels like. Add a natural element to give the space a personal touch and a starburst mirror is always good because the spokes draw your eye around the space and into the connecting rooms.
As I continue to unwind from the Haven conference and get back into my routine, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite inspiration Pinterest pins. Just like most of you, I look to Pinterest for creative and DIY inspiration, design ideas and lots of other things. Pinterest always delivers and always inspires a project idea or two. I hope you’re inspired by these pins.
Have you noticed that I have a tray obsession? Well I do but I can’t help myself. Trays are such a fun accent for a table top, vanity, desk or bar cart and are the perfect accessory to help keep smaller items organized.
Recently I stumbled upon the image of this $65 tray in a magazine and knew immediately that I wanted to created my own version…for a lot less!
I picked up this unfinished wood tray at Walmart for $8.00 and grabbed a few paint chips from Home Depot.
Once home I pulled out my Fiskars Hexagon Punch and punched a variety of paint chip colors.
Next I spray painted the tray using Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Aged Copper making sure to cover the entire tray.
I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the inside bottom of the tray and arranged my hexagons, randomly placing the colors.
Once all the pieces were in place I applied Mod Podge over the hexagons and all the sides and edge of the tray.
I love how my tray turned out. I placed it in several places in my home and finally decided to keep it on my bar cart as a fun summer accent.
I’m in a creative mood so look for more fun and easy projects to come.
In addition to attending the Haven conference last week, I also squeezed in a couple of days at the Atlanta Gift & Furniture show. The Atlanta show is one of the largest industry trade shows where the focus in home decor, furnishings and gift items. If you’ve read any of my previous post on the show you know that there are three massive buildings with hundreds and hundreds and showrooms featuring the latest and greatest design and product trends for home and gifts.
I always attend the shows looking for new resources to use in my design business but also as a way to stay on top of the newest design, color and styling trends in home decor. While I won’t say that I say any totally new trends at this market, I did see lots of trends that have been building over the last couple of years becoming even stronger. Want to know what’s hot, check out the trends I spotted (s0rry in advance for the not so stellar iPhone photos)…
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I won this cute Have pillow at the conference
Hi all. I’m back today to share a bit about the Haven Conference I attended over the weekend and my biggest takeaways from the event. If you are not familiar with Haven, it is a conference for Home and DIY bloggers. The conference brings together bloggers from all over the country as well as top brands in the home and DIY industry for 3 days for learning, networking and some pretty serious partying too!
my blogging pals Tina from Encore Creations / me / Talana from Music Street Designs
Since the Haven conference takes place right here in Atlanta I couldn’t miss out of the opportunity to attend and boy am I glad I went. Yes I learned a lot of great things that will help me grow and evolve my blog but most importantly I connected with lots of fabulous ladies who I know will enrich life in so many ways going forward. Here are my biggest takeaways from the conference.