Sunday, November 30, 2014

HOLLAday Shopping -

Hi friends -

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent the week celebrating life's blessings with our dearest friends and family. It was such a great week - I am NOT ready to go back to work tomorrow.

Did you get any shopping done over the holiday? I used to be a BIG black Friday shopper... but the older I get, the less likely you are to see me fighting over a $5 toaster... I mean, who has time for toast anyway?

I'd rather do my shopping in my yoga pants with a chai tea in my hand and a pup by my side. Yep, I'm a internet shopper.  I will be scouring all the sites tomorrow (during my lunch break of course) for those perfect gifts... for the perfect price.

I may/may not be planning on purchasing a few things for myself this year as well. I'll be hunting for a pair of brown Frye boots (hit me up if you know of any good deals) and for some art prints for the house. The walls seem so bare still. 

Have you guys seen the new stuff over on Y'all I'm dying over all the pretty art pieces over there. I will totally be adding these gorgeous items to my wish list. 

I've been swooning over all the gold foil art. Check out this map of Atlanta. I NEED it. NEED. They also have really pretty frames you can add on.

I also really love this map of America. I'm sure you already knew that though. 

We took some Christmas photos today. My sister snapped this one quickly of me and the pups. It's quickly become my favorite photo. I'm thinking of having it printed with these pretty foil polka dots. So fun, ammirite? 

They also have tons of beautiful art. I have a deep love for water colors.  This piece, Meander, would work perfectly in our master bedroom.

And I'm 100% positive this stunning piece needs to come live at my house. How beautiful is this? I think it would look perfect with a big chunky gold frame? 
They just have SO many choices. From photo projects, to Typography, to stunning art prints - THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. I can spend HOURS (and I have) on their site... mentally covering every wall in Project Stoneywood. I plan on leaving LOTS of obvious hints (ahem, this blog post) for all who may have me on their list. And maybe, just maybe, I might score a couple of pretties tomorrow during Cyber Monday.

What are you shopping for this year? Happy Hunting!

** My good friends at Minted did contact me in hopes that I would blog about their awesome products. Let's just say they didn't have to twist my arm. They have GORGEOUS things on their site... and don't get me started on the holiday cards!! That being said, the opinions I've shared here are MY OWN. You totally should go check out their stuff.**

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chandelier Success

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! I just got back from a FABULOUS estate sale. And look what made its way home with me. 

Yep, the chandelier I've been searching for. Woooot!

We also found some gorgeous antique sconces that will eventually go in our master bathroom. 

And because we were there for the final hour of the estate sale, we got some crazy good deals. 

Here is a glimpse at all of our finds. 

Yep, it was a good day. What did you do on this beautiful Saturday? Talk so, friends!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stoneywood Sitting Room

Hi friends -

I know it's been a while since I've given you an update on the house. Currently we are having a sewage backup situation in our garage... YUCK. I've decided to take my mind off of the smelly situation and blog about fun (and not so stinky) stuff :)

We've kicked off renovations on the basement and I cannot wait until all of the sawdust, drywall dust, and construction debris is gone. I'm so looking forward to movie dates in our new (and not so dingy) basement!

While Hubs has been working his carpentry skills downstairs, I've been working on some decor projects on the main floor. My sitting room has definitely been a fun space to fill. I've been scouring antique stores, estate sales, Facebook sites, and thrift stores to find the perfect pieces for this room.

You may remember seeing this image from an earlier post.

We bought this sofa off of a Facebook yard sale site. I LOVE it, but decided it didn't really work in this space. Hubs was definitely crushing on the MidCentury Modern look of it, so it has been moved downstairs to the basement.

And guys, you won't believe it. Brace yourselves. We bought something NEW... Like BRAND SPANKIN' NEW (only the 2nd piece of new furniture we have bought for this house)! We were able to find the perfect sofa for the sitting room.


I love the simple lines and the neutral color. That nail head trim made my heart happy. AND BONUS, it's super comfortable. We found it at Woodstock Furniture Outlet. They have the BEST selection of unique and beautiful pieces. 

You guys may remember this pretty settee the former owner let me purchase. I knew it needed to go in this room. It was the inspiration for the blue elements scattered throughout.

These two chairs were an early Christmas gift from my Mom (Hi, Mom!). She found them at an Estate Sale. I knew they had to be mine when I saw a photo. The fabric is light blue silk and the wood is in perfect condition.

The two tiered table was purchased at a thrift store for a STEAL. The mirror was another Facebook Yard sale site find.

Do you remember my post Second Hand Bran? I mentioned how I had been on the hunt for an antique secretary for a while. Well, guess what I found...

EEEK! I LOVE IT - and boy, did I get a deal on it. WOO HOO for Facebook Yard Sale scores! I've filled it with a few pieces of blue and white porcelain to tie in with the rest of the room. Sorry this photo is so grainy.

All together, these unique pieces make our sitting room. I love all the blue with the very light blue walls.

See that silver handled piece? YEP! Found that vintage golf trophy at GOODWILL. HOLLA!

You may recognize the blue, leopard tassel pillows and deer pillow I picked up at TJMaxx a while back ago from my Instagram feed. I still LOVE these.

I also found this brass horse at TJMaxx and instantly knew it needed to live in this room. The little blue porcelain dish was a find at a flea market.

For weeks I've been trying to figure out what to put over the sofa. That large, empty wall just keeps staring back at me. After hours of browsing Pinterest, I finally decided to do a botanical grid wall similar to these two images.

I've ordered a set of prints via Etsy and just need to find the right frames and hang them. I am so looking forward to seeing how it all looks together. Accessories are my favorite part!

We are also planning on planking the ceiling (I don't like the textured stuff) in this room - much like we did in the foyer. 

Once the new ceiling is installed, we want to add a light fixture. I've been drooling over these french style brass and glass antique chandeliers. Don't you think one of these babies would be an excellent addition to this room? I just don't agree with the $400 - $1200 price tags on these things.

The hunt to find the perfect one at the perfect price will keep me busy for a while.

Finally, I plan on adding some cornice boards above those windows. I just need to find the right shape and fabric. 

I've really enjoyed decorating this room. It's so feminine and traditional... quite different from the basement project we are currently working on. And you know what I really love, the fact that I didn't break the bank to furnish it. I love each and every piece and we didn't have to pay HUGE prices. That is a HUGE blessing.

Thanks for letting me share! I'll be sure to blog about the botanical grid wall soon. Hopefully our smelly sewage situation will be remedied soon! Have a great week, y'all! Talk soon, friends!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Redeem Their Ground - Jungle Edition

I've tried to write this post several times. I'll start typing something, look at what I've written, and then realize the words are inadequate. I erase the words and start all over. Mostly, I've been staring a blank screen.

You see, something amazing happened this past weekend (If you follow me on Instagram - you were bombarded with picture after picture). 

On Saturday a large group of our dear friends decided to sacrifice their precious weekend time - 
and overhaul our jungle of a yard.

Redeem Their Ground ... Barn Raising - Redeem Your Ground |

It was a long day, full of life and love. Everywhere I turned, there was another person - working along side of us - with a JOYFUL heart.

People generally believe weekends are for sleeping in, binge watching TV and football... ME TIME. So why would these friends do this selfless for me and the Hubs? 

Again, I find myself struggling to put it in to words (which we all know is pretty dang rare). 

Thankfully, our dear friends Doug and Brittany WERE able to write about the adventure (quite eloquently, I might add) over on their inspirational blog,

Hop on over to read the beautiful story behind our amazing day together - and see an awesome collection of before and after images from the transformation.

These dear friends understand what community truly is. They not only talk about it - they live it out. And it's truly awesome to see how these types of loving and selfless acts are overflowing to others. 

Redeem Their Ground ... Barn Raising - Redeem Your Ground |

After the manual labor, we all celebrated with Kev's famous BBQ - and lots of laughter. Our house was bursting at the seams with people... it felt like a home.

We are eternally grateful for a "new yard" - but more so for the growth that happened among friends. Our hearts are bursting over with gratitude... for these friends, and especially to the One that placed them in our life. There's no doubt about it, we are surely blessed.

Talk soon, friends!

** Side Note: Doug and Brittany have a family business - Redeem Your Ground.  They 'create outdoor spaces that reflect who you are and how you desire to live. Simply put, their aim is to bring life to you and your family in your own yard – extending your home beyond its walls in a way that inspires you to live more fully.' - RYG Website

They are truly gifted. If you need a visionary landscape designer and expert in the Atlanta area - they should be your first choice. They are also good for laughter, teasing, and the BEST hugs (Britt, I'm looking at you). They are my kind of people.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Second Hand Bran

If you have followed our blog (or my Instagram) for any period of time - you know I that am a BIG SECOND HAND furniture buyer. I have a soft spot for antiques. It's almost like a game to me now. Hmmmm... What unique piece can I find for an awesome price next?

As I have mentioned before, since moving to the new (older) house, we have needed three times the furniture. I'm sure Hubs (or our bank account) wouldn't appreciate it if I went out and bought all new stuff... so I keep buying new OLD stuff. You can just call me Second Hand Bran.
My rules for second hand shopping are simple:
  1.  Be specific about what you are looking for. Use keywords in Craigslist. If you like a designer or style use that in your keywords (Ballard, Restoration Hardware). Keep checking back every few days. 
  2. I sometimes key in words spelled incorrectly on purpose (Chester Drawers, Chest of Draws, Dinning Table). Trust me it works...
  3.  If you want something specific (I've been looking for an antique secretary for months), KEEP looking for it. It will eventually pop up for the right price. Don't give up or buy something else. Stay focused.
  4.  Don't be afraid to put a little elbow grease into something if you like the bones of it. Stain and/or paint will really transform a piece.
  5. Don't buy something JUST to buy something. Only buy something if you absolutely love it.
  6.  Have a plan for what you are buying... you can easily cross over into hoarder territory if you aren't careful.
  7. Don't be afraid to haggle. That's the fun part. 
  8. If on Craigslist, look at the date they posted the item. The longer it's been on the site, the more willing they are to bargain with you. 
  9. Visit thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, and estate sales - And make sure to HAVE FUN!!

And just for fun, I finally did a round up of my favorite thrifty finds.

 Welcome to our family room. Almost everything you see here is second hand. 
We actually negotiated the sectional and this rug into the purchase of the house. The coffee table was cherry and I antiqued it with Annie Sloan's Old White.

 I've been wanting a Tobacco Basket for a while 
(after seeing them in a few of my fave ladies' houses).
 I found this beauty at an antique shop for a great price.

I found this side table on one of those Facebook yard sale sites. I'm still toying around with painting the body and staining the top. I just can't decide.

We scored this antique cabinet when a random Craigslist woman let us rummage through her storage barn. Yes, you read that correctly - this gorgeous girl was in a barn... a flippin' barn!!

We also found this amazing 1800's handmade French Bistro table (SWOON!) in that same barn. We've since seen some similar ones in online antique auctions. Let's just say we made a good decision at an awesome price. 


 This 1920s Art Deco armoire was left behind by the previous owner. Hubs shined it up and retrofitted the inside to accommodate our TV and more
 (I have a weird thing about wanting to hide electronics).

I decorated the mantel with antique books once owned by Kev's
 great aunt and uncle.
 I 've got a thing old books. 

Many of you have spotted this claw ball table in our foyer area. This is another piece that I HAD to have from the previous owner. It's definitely one of my favorite pieces in the house.

This dining table and chairs were a major find on another 
Facebook Yard Sale site. I love those legs.

This gorgeous midcentury modern styled sofa had me swooning from the moment I saw it on Craigslist. Hubs seriously loves the lines of it. It now lives in his man cave basement.
 I secretly think he likes to pretend he is on Mad Men while sitting on it.

This settee was also negotiated into the sale of the home. I just had to have it. 
She now lives in my sitting room

 This coffee table also lives in the sitting room. I found it at a thrift shop.

Side Note: We DID buy a brand spankin' new sofa for the sitting room. I'm looking forward to showing you this room as it comes together.

This awesome outdoor settee and chairs were a Craigslist find. I stained them gray as soon as we brought them home. I just need a coffee table out there to finish off the area.

You guys have seen the dresser in our bedroom we just overhauled.

We bought this armoire for our bedroom last weekend from a sweet family off of Craigslist. I'll be dedicating a whole post to it pretty soon. 
It was WITCH to get upstairs in our master.

This sweet little french provincial side table and it's twin sister were yet another 
Facebook Yard Sale find. Hubs cleaned them up and now they
 live in our guest bedroom.

There are a few more items that I forgot to photograph - and I'm sure you are tired of scrolling through pics... But you get the gist of it. We are slowly amassing the furniture we need to call this house a home. 

I really do enjoy the hunt of buying second hand. It's kind of a thrill when you find that perfect piece you have been looking for for so long. And the story behind the piece is so much more fun than "I found it at Rooms To Go."

Now, I need to get back to searching for that antique secretary. I know the perfect one is out there. :)

What's been your favorite second hand find?

Hope you guys are having a great week. Talk soon, friends!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Our New, Old Dresser!

I don't think it's any secret that I love to go furniture thrifting. I love scouring the Facebook yardsale sites and I may have a mild obsession with browsing all of Craigslist (okay - not the gross "encounters" parts). Hubs and I have found a couple of really good thrift and estate sale stores of which we have had some major success. I'll be blogging about many of our finds next week. Today, I'll be telling the story of Our New, Old Dresser.

A few weeks ago, we were at our favorite furniture thrift store when this beauty caught my eye.

I loved the structure of it. It had nice legs. You could tell that it used to have some design painted on the front of it (maybe flowers?). It was missing all of it's hardware - we had to pry it open with a screwdriver.

But we loved the amount of storage it had. It was just the right size. This was going to be the perfect dresser for our master bedroom.

We hadn't planned on buying such a large piece that day. Luckily, we were able to load it up (with the help of the nice guys at the store) awkwardly in the back of Hubs' Wrangler. 

You may also notice the smaller table... I'll be sharing that little beauty with y'all next week too.

Yes, we realize we looked like the Clampetts. 

After getting it home (and almost breaking our backs to get it out of the Jeep), we began studying to decide what we wanted to do it.

We removed the drawers and filled in the old hardware holes with 
some wood putty. 

I knew I wanted to keep the wood top unpainted. We lightly sanded the top and added some new gel stain. We applied two coats.

It turned out so beautiful. I love the warmth of the brown. I'm so glad we decided to leave the top unpainted. 

We decided to chalk paint the body with Annie Sloan Old White. Again, I can't stress how much I love this product. There is virtually no prep. It goes on very easily and only requires about 20 minutes between coats. 

(Please excuse the stain prints all over the can... ha!)

I like Old White better than Annie Sloan's Pure White. I find it much warmer than Pure White. This is pretty much my go to color for paint these days.

We gave the body two coats of Old White.

I am in LOVE the details on the legs.

Once the body was complete, we got to work painting the drawers.

Once the body and drawers were completed - we stepped back to look at it and decided it needed a bit more "age." We decided to mix our dark and clear waxes for just the right amount of "age."


We use a wax brush to "paint" on the soft wax. We then buff it off with a cloth.

This image shows how we literally just paint on the soft wax. 

We let that sit for literally five seconds and immediately rub it off.  The wax needs to cure for 24 hours.

Once the wax had cured, we moved this puppy upstairs and added hardware.

 All of the hardware came from Hobby Lobby! Love me some Hob Lob.


 Just a reminder of what it looked like before...

 And now...

I wish the lighting was better in these photos.

Best part? The dresser was only $75!! 
I had all of the paint and wax on hand.
The hardware was around $25

So we got this beauty for $100! 
I'd call that a good find. 

I also painted this cross with a layering effect with Duck Egg Blue and Old White. It was wood and brass before. It reminds me of lace now.

The "It Is Well" print is one of my new favorite things. My friend, Terri, from Ella Lou Boutique hand drew it for me. She does lots of beautiful, custom work. Be sure to check her out!

I'm hoping to find an old mirror to go on top of the dresser as well. I guess I'll have to add that to my thrift store hunting list. 

Hope you guys have a great rest of the week. WOO HOO! Football season begins! GO EAGLES!

Talk soon, friends!

*** This post is made up of my OWN opinions. It is not a sponsored post by Annie Sloan or Hobby Lobby. BUT - if they DO decide to read this - I would consider that to be kick awesome.