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Go Antique-ing

Antique stores have exactly what you are looking for-you just have to open your eyes and your mind. Do you ever have something in mind you want to do to a room, or area..and you just search and search for the perfect decor? You’re not always going to find that custom, personal, unique look at just any common store. I have found bits and pieces along the way that reflect my personality that add to the collective, traditional and eclectic style in my home…at antique stores and yard sales. (Yes, I do have a bit of each style throughout the house, ha!)

Here are a few of my finds.

(from top to bottom: 4 drawer wooden unit $5 @Goodwill (I bought 2), Lamp (I painted white) $7 @yard sale, 2 antique mirrors $6 @Sheffield Antique Store, Doll clothes cabinet (which I converted into a jewelry holder) $5 @yard sale, Used flower vases $1-3 ea. @Bojo’s Antique store (that I put wine corks in), Ball mason jar $1/Recipe box $2 @Bojo’s, Stand $3 @Bojo’s (I use as a candle stand)

So. About $35 for all this stuff-I would have spent that on 1 item at a retail store.

Happy hunting. -Lindsay

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Harmonzied Focal Points.

I love my condo. Its my own little piece of East Memphis. It is also currently a blank slate waiting for personal style to unfold. The problem is that my personal style is currently having an identity crisis. It seems that every time I commit to a style, piece of furniture, or paint color… it is not long after that I begin having a love affair with another style, piece, or color. I am currently ready to get rid of the blank wall space in my living room. First on the list is the blank space over my sofa ( which I still love ). I originally thought I would like to hang an old piece of iron with a mirror behind it. Needless to say, that idea is out. I have recently been drawn to the clean lines of symmetrical art or mirrors. I feel like it is not too overpowering, yet allows for personal style to blend well into any room. What are your thoughts??

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Find Treasure in Old Books.

On one of Rachel and I’s adventures to Bojo’s Antique store on Summer Ave. here in Memphis, we found a diamond in the rough…

I immediatley fell in love with this book. Not only do I love animal print, but this is a beautiful book with a vintage, stunning cloth cover. The name of it is Four years in Paradise, by Osa Johnson, published in 1941. Being someone who hardly reads non-fiction novels, I never buy books to read them…I buy to decorate with them! But, something intrigued me about this book. I went home and did some research about the book online. Rachel wanted to get one for her house too..Rachel is more interested in the actual books and their history than I am, so she had me look up more information about our gorgeous find. I purchased this book for a quarter……and we were finding this original hardback copy selling for $300.00-$450.00. Ok, SO NOW WE’RE TALKING! Bojo’s sells thousands of antiques, but I mainly go for their book section. We were finding great, beautiful books for $0.10 each!

As we continued to research, we saw it was a part of the set. Now it’s like my mission to complete my set, without paying full price. Rachel found on Ebay one of the other books in the series called- I Married Adventure. Rachel bought both books on Ebay for, $100.00. We can’t wait to own the whole set.

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Here is how I decorated with my $0.10 books in my house.

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See what other’s have done with their book finds:

Ever seen these floating bookshelves?…

Enjoy, and happy hunting!

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Spotlight : Jessica McManus Canvas Paintings.

On colormesouthern we are going to highlight our friends artistic abilities too! Rachel and I have a friend, Jessica McManus, who is extremely talented at painting and has a wonderful creative mind that just flows out onto paper/canvas. I wanted to highlight some of her work. Find her on facebook where she showcases all of her recent work and I have highlighted some of my favorite pieces!

While working on the post, she inspired me to paint a canvas myself. I love to paint too, but hardly do. This is what I came up with…a rooster. Not as captivating as her work, but I think it is so important to consistently be creative.

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Sweet Summer Time Blues.


With this tease of warm weather, I feel I am more than ready for Spring and Summer to get here. Or, at least I would like to go back to the way Memphis winters used to be…. a cool 50 – 60 degree day with an occasional chilly breeze. I hate to say it, but I have had just about enough of this snow and cold. I am Southern to the core and I am ready for Honeysuckle in the breeze and fireflies at dusk.

I was at my local craft store this weekend and I stumbled across Mason Jars on sale. I love mason jars. I feel they bring a certain nostalgia of sweet tea and fireflies on a summer night. What a perfect way to incorporate that summertime feel into any room! I got home and started looking up ways to add accents with these glass jars. Here are some of the ideas I came across. Enjoy ~

Most all of these ideas are ones that you can create on your own.  Mason Jars can be purchased by the case for very inexpensively. Are you can organization nut?? Try organizing your craft room or kitchen pantry with these. The uniform jars will bring clean lines and a classic feel. Are these a little to plain for you? Personalize your jars with tags, ribbons, or labels on the lids.

~Rachel

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Vintage Shutter Headboard.

These old painted shutters make perfect home accents, but I think they look best as a headboard. There are STACKS upon STACKS of these at antique stores for very cheap.

A plain shutter..

A little paint and some glazing…

Whoop whooppp…

I even bought a few small ones for my house to just use as display…

 

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Suitcase Style.

Hey guys, I am sure you all have seen these and know the craze about them.. I run across these everywhere. They are perfect for decorating a home and adding a vintage feel. Old suitcases are not only stylish, but each one is so different and unique..They all seem to have such a history behind them.

You can find these at most any antique store and they can be used for just about any type of decor. They are also great for storage. I plan on putting mine in my empty fireplace…Check out what others have done with theirs!

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