Thursday, February 15, 2018

Friday's Favorite Things

There's a great place in Frisco, Texas (just a little north of Dallas) called The Frisco Mercantile

Here's a few of my favorite things I saw there when I was out and about last week.

 Isn't this huge mirror fantastic? I don't have room for it, even with 12 foot ceilings, but I'd love to do a smaller version of this around our bathroom mirror. 

And then down a side isle, this cute little shelf was hiding on a wall out of the way. It wasn't for sale, just display. 

Come closer...

I love this rustic thing! I was so busy admiring the shelf, I didn't even notice the cute things on it until I was looking at the photo just now.

I think this shelf looks pretty easy to put together...what do you think? 

Here's a view of just a few of the rows of vendor's shops. Their Facebook page says they have over 200 vendors inside the Mercantile. 

Frisco Mercantile

I never have enough time to see them all so every visit I start at a different isle so eventually I cover the whole place.

I bought this vintage library table at the Mercantile recently. It's narrow at 35 inches, but it's not the long harvest table I've been hoping for.

I'm in the painting process and for me it always takes a while. You know the old "put the paint on then sand it off and start again" process? Yup...that's me! 

My Work In Progress Table

Here's a table that's used for display at the vendor where I bought my recent table purchase... 

I'm starting to think I do have a "type" and it's old, white and flaky, but sturdy even though it has seen better days...seems my husband and my favorite tables have a lot in common!

I'm very fond of this larger display table, especially the white chippy paint on those legs, but it's way too large for our dining area and it's not for sale anyway.

 The Frisco Mercantile

I don't do paid endorsements on this blog and all opinions are my own. Just sharing a favorite shopping place with you in case you're in the area. 

The Frisco Mercantile's address and phone information can be found here. You can also find them on Facebook. It's a great place to shop for new things, as well as vintage and antiques.

Joining the Amaze Me Monday party at Dwellings and the Vintage Charm party over at My Thrift Store Addiction here. Hope you'll join me at both.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

That Narrow Long Table

On Saturday afternoon we went back to Pier One to buy two more counter stools while they were still in stock. This is not a sponsored post, and no one ever pays me to share their goods. Just sharing what catches my eye here...

Not gonna lie...their Easter stuff was really cute, and I was tempted! 

But I had counter stools to buy so just took a few photos for you and passed them up!

Luckily there was a girl at the door handing out "15% off your whole purchase" coupons so we got a good deal on the two counter stools we went to buy.

They had a few big bunnies....

And some small ones with tails...

A nice wooden hutch...

With jeweled glasses sitting on it...

Look here!  Pier One also had a version of a long, narrow Harvest Table kind of like I've been looking for...

Pier One's version is by Magnolia Home, Joanna and Chip Gaines' furniture company. Leave it to the Fixer Upper people to want to fix me up!

Sadly, I already bought a used table last week that I've been working on to make do. 

But I have to tell you, I was tempted by this pretty lady...

The Magnolia Home table is very narrow. Like 30 inches narrow! And long too, like 84 inches (7 foot) long. 

The problem would be that it doesn't overhang on the end, so only a very narrow chair would fit between the legs of the table at the end. 

So despite all the pretties, we came home with just the two counter stools that we actually went after. Probably a record for me.

Hope you'll join me at Let's Add Sprinkles' Keep-In-Touch Party

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Counter Stools

Stopped in at Pier One the other day to check out their rug selections and came home with a counter stool. 

Isn't that always the way? When you stop looking for something, you find it!

They had so many wonderful stools and chairs at reasonable prices. I think I drooled all over most of them! 

Remember my inspiration piece for the kitchen I showed recently? This dish towel I've been hoarding for a few years...

Because of the dish towel, I knew I wanted to add more black and white to the kitchen to tone down all the gold-ish brown of the cabinets. 

This black stool with a creamy white top seemed like it would be just perfect for the counter. Most important...It's really comfortable!

We need three stools, but I bought just one to try out since I was debating between these with white tops or ones that were all black. Buying one meant I'd only have to lug one home and back to the store if it wasn't a good fit or the colors were wrong. 

I learned my lesson when I ordered three Restoration Hardware counter stools back in 2013. It would've been a much cheaper lesson if I had only ordered just one to try out instead of the three. 

They looked wonderful, but they were not comfortable. In fact, sitting on them for more than a few minutes was impossible. And let's just say the metal legs weren't good for our wood floors either!

It took me 3 years to finally call it quits with those stools, even though I knew when I unpacked the first one they weren't right for us. In 2016, I wrote about it here.

So back then a young woman on Craigslist got a real bargain on three Restoration Hardware counter stools, and I learned a lesson about buying just one of something to try out. 

Now we'll be going back to confidently buy two more stools real soon. Hope you'll join me at Amaze Me Monday over at Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Perilous Adventures

Sometimes life's adventures can become perilous. 

Two recent pictures from Youngest Daughter brought that word to mind tonight. See if you agree:

When The Ride At Zoo Is Not As Fun As You Expected

  1. full of danger or risk.

    "a perilous journey south"
    synonyms:dangerous, fraught with danger, hazardousriskyunsafetreacherousMore
    • exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin.

      "the economy is in a perilous state"

When You Just Gotta Have Some Of That Darn Cat's Food

Hope you have a great weekend. Do something perilous just to break the monotony of the dog days of winter.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

A Yank Attempts To Understand

My ancestors came from England on my paternal grandfather's side. 

That's the only reason I can give for my obsession of British blog's and lifestyle.

Bubble and Squeak has been cooked on two blogs recently, Mamas Mercantile and Going Gently, so finally I went to Wikipedia to understand it. Turns out it's their version of hash, but always with cabbage thrown in it! 

According to Wikipedia, it's called Bubble and Squeak because that's the sound cabbage makes when it cooks. 

I hope someone British leaves a comment and let's us know if that's true or not. Frankly, I usually add cabbage to my hash and I've not heard any sounds at all.

Of course I had a slight inkling it was a dish made somehow with cabbage and potatoes as we use to adore watching Two Fat Ladies Can Cook, and they always seemed to be mulling over making Bubble and Squeak. 

You can still watch Two Fat Ladies Can Cook episodes on youtube if you have a good sense of humor.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bower Power Post On Paint Colors

Just when I was loving all things white walls, I happened upon this Bower Power post about which colors sell homes for a higher price.

Bower Power

According to a Zillow study, if you plan to sell your home any time soon, painting certain rooms shades of blue, beige and gray will bring a higher price and sell your house faster.

One thing that surprised me was the recommendation to paint a kitchen gray for the highest return on investment. I would never think to paint a kitchen gray until I read this post.

After I read the Bower Power post, I went to Zillow and found homes in our neighborhood and looked at the pictures of their rooms. 

I immediately compared the color of the rooms on the Zillow site with the recommended colors from the blog post, and I could see right away how much better the rooms would look if they were painted in the recommended colors.

You can find out the particulars here Three Paint Colors That Sold Our Home. Even if you're not planning to sell your home, I promise the rooms will help if you have Paint Trauma Disorder like I have. 

If you start thinking her rooms were probably great to start, go see her "before" pictures in this post. I think these two posts will make you start thinking differently about paint colors and maybe make it a little easier to make decisions about which color goes in which room.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Gray And Pink At Pottery Barn

All Pottery Barn stores seem to have their own "in-store" display designers. 

It's my experience each Pottery Barn seems a whole lot different from the other ones because of this, even though they carry the same merchandise.

Dining Display At Pottery Barn, On Knox St, Dallas TX

My favorite Pottery Barn store is just a little north of downtown Dallas on Knox Street, just west of Highway 75.

The whole area is lovely and old with well-kept, tree-lined streets and beautiful homes built before World War II. 

This store's entry opens into the dining area section of the store, and it was love at first sight for me and their dusty-gray-and-pale-pink dining room display here!

They also had a front room display set up next to the dining room display, which carried on the pinks and dusty grays.

I was in the area to buy a long planned for couch at a Weir's Furniture store across the street, but I never miss an opportunity to stroll through this Pottery Barn store and soak in the lovely displays. 

I once took a vow to never ever again use the term "Pops Of___" but I'm breaking my vow here because there's no other way to say it except the pops of dark pink in just a few areas really made the displays come to life!

It's still Low-Spend January for me, so I didn't buy anything here. 

But I will say I longed for, lusted after, and (hang my head in shame) even "felt up" every soft throw and pillow in the place!

How about you? Do you like the dusty grays and pale wood that seems to be coming out this year? 

I saw a pretty bed painted in a medium dusty gray that actually made me want to go home and paint something gray instead of my usual white.

Hope you'll join me at the Amaze Me Monday Party over at Dwellings, The Heart Of Your Home.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Painting The Kitchen Wall Section

Our kitchen cabinets have a distressed finish that was done by the builder 7 years ago. 

Paint Finish Appears More Yellow Over Time

I'm a big fan of the distressed look on furniture and cabinets, but over the years our cabinets have yellowed with some sections worst than others.

To take away the yellowish hue, I decided to start with a small section of wall below these glass cabinets. 

This wall section was originally painted with the same finish as the cabinets and is one of the yellowest parts of the kitchen. 

With the under-counter lights turned on, the wall finish looked really ugly yellow next to the brown granite countertop.

Several Shades of White For Comparison

I've planned for over a year to add some bead-board and corbels to the wall area like shown in this picture from a 2016 issue of Cottage magazine...

Plan: Add Wood Like This 2016 Issue Cottage Magazine

2016 Issue Is The Best Ever Of Cottage Magazine!

I chose the creamier white shade from my samples and painted two coats on the wall section. I used a bright-white bread box to show the creamier white on the wall compared to a really true white color.

Photo Filtered To Show How The Cabinets Would Look With Less Yellow

I put some white dish items and a black chalkboard next to the wall section to see how the cream color on the wall looked against black and white. 

I didn't really like the creamy white compared to the bright white and black. The creamy white just kind of faded away...

Looking at all the white dishes with the black chalkboard made me realize the gingery brown color of the cabinets looks better contrasted with bright white and black like the dish towel laying on the counter.

I actually bought this dish towel a few years ago to use as an inspiration piece for the kitchen.  

I guess I got lost in my disease called "Paint Decision Trauma" and forgot about my inspiration piece! 

I'm scratching the creamy-white paint color and sticking with the colors in the dish towel as I think this is a better option. Maybe.

Dish Towel Will Be My Inspiration Piece

I'll be painting more samples on the wall section...first some white paint, then some black paint...before adding bead-board.  

I want to know exactly what color I want to paint the bead-board before we put it up as I only want to paint the bead-board once!

Won't you join me at the Keep-In-Touch party at Let's Add Sprinkles, the Feathered Nest Friday party at French Country Cottage and Best of the Weekend at Ms Toody Goo Shoes

I sure hope I don't get any more paint color ideas over at these parties.

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