Monday, August 29, 2016

A tour of my Sista's new Beach Condo.

Welcome to my Sista, Kim's new beach condo. And yes, she really is that tanned!!!

The long awaited post on my Sista's Beach Condo is here!!! Just purchased in July, the bare bones of the condo have quickly morphed into a cozy beach get-away.   So, now she will just be five minutes away from me and will be here more often.  Makes me so happy!

My Sister, Kim had a vision of just how she wanted her new place to look, so when she asked for my input, I was immediately on-board! She was going for a combination beach with a farm house vibe. If you think this sounds impossible, just wait and see! Her accent colors are Annie Sloan chalk paint in duck egg blue with creams and grays and touches of coral in the Master.  So, with her inspiration and ideas we were off to scour the fleas, the thrifts, and the small local shops. As a result she managed to get the entire condo done on a budget.  And here are the results of our efforts...
As we go along here I'll try and give you information on some of the items.  The little table was a thrift store find and was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint.   The wooden sign is from Home Goods.

Okay, let's step into the living space.  The living area is a living room, dining room combination.  If you are worried about the blank wall above the sofa, don't, because it's patiently awaiting a commissioned art piece.  The artwork will be created by her son's artist girlfriend.  Can't wait to show it to you.
The sofa is from Rooms to Go.  If you haven't been to this store, then head on over.  I think you'll be impressed with the styles and the quality.  I don't think she'll mind me telling you that it was under $700.  The coffee table with baskets and the side tables were found at a consignment store. The wicker chair came from her home. The wire lamp was a sale priced deal from Pier1.  She has since changed out this lamp to a larger one.  I'll show you later.
The Chair was found at Joss&Main and most of the artwork and accessories were purchased at Home Goods, TJ Maxx and small local shops.
The table and wrought iron chairs were found at a local shop and were move in ready.  You're not going to believe the price on the chandelier.....wait for it....under $40.!!!!  All she did was add some of those magnetic crystals found at Hobby Lobby!!!  Looks like a million bucks...don't ya think????

Would you believe that our junkin, pickin Brother found this pretty side table for $20.!!!  All she did was add the pretty knobs.  
The old window and the tobacco basket are perfect! These pieces were found at small local shops.  The Happy Place sign on reclaimed barnwood is her creation.  Just a reminder that we should all shop local and help out small business.

Let's take a look on the other side of the room.  This gorgeous tv console/dresser was found already painted and stenciled in a nearby local shop. It is beautifully repurposed and was affordable!  The clock and script print were found at HobLob and other accessories found at various local shops. 

The reclaimed wooden bench she brought with her.  The beach basket was found at a local store and created by a local artist.  The embroidered blue burlap pillow is another creation by a local crafter specializing in monograms.  Fish pillow and throw found at local shops.

The barnwood hanger was created by Mr. Kim.  It's perfect for hanging beach towels and coats.  The straw hat is Jeanne d'Arc, the straw bag from a thrift store and the sign from HobLob

I must say that this gorgeous mirror is the P'iece de Re'sistance!!
A very fortunate Home Goods find.

Painted suitcases stacked in the corner add a nice contrast and touch of vintage to the living area.
Stepping into the master bedroom you will see a change in the accent color.  She chose coral that definitely adds to the beach vibe.
Wicker and wooden headboard found at Habitat, $35. (Score!)  Bedding from Home Goods and TJ Maxx and local stores.  Kim is a floral designer so flowers are everywhere!  Don't you love the flower basket above the bed....she is also on the lookout for something amazing for over the bed.  Any suggestions???
Thrifted side table, painted suitcase and beach decor.  Touches of coral in the master bath.
She continued with the duck egg blue in the guest bedroom and bath with lovely bedding, artwork and accessories...
Don't you just love the pretty linens hanging from the tobacco stick ladder and the cozy throws on a wicker ottoman.
I hope you've enjoyed the tour of Kim's lovely condo.  I gotta tell you that we were both so in our creative mode and I loved helping to make her vision a reality. But with all the decorating and fun aside, the best part of all is that she is just five minutes away from me, instead of 8 hours!  She plans to be here as often as she can, and that's alright with me!   I'm one happy Sista!!!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sista's New Beach Condo and Some Changes to my Home Decor!!!

It's been an exciting week here at Sissie's Shabby Cottage and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  My Sister Kim and her husband bought a condo here at the Beach!!!!!  I can hardly contain my excitement!!!!  It's not their permanent home but it means she will be here more often.  Her condo is just five minutes from my home and that sure beats eight hours away.  

Needless to say, we have been very busy shopping and decorating on a budget!  We've scoured the thrifts, the antique shops and of course, our favorite stores.
Here's a little peek...
Her sofa arrives next week so I'll be sure and take photos for a new blog post.  I'm excited to show and tell how we did it all on a budget!  You won't want to miss it.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....  I've been busy adding to this corner again.  This time with a lace covered mannequin that I discovered at Home Goods.  Just had to have understand...

Sister and I found these great script signs and of course, what one sister wants, so does the other...
The same thing goes for side chairs.  She accidentally ordered two of these from Joss & Main, so I naturally had to take one off her hands.
I also added a few things to this entryway table.  It all started with the cute bunny picture from Home Goods and yet another touch of corral with some silk flowers.
So there you have it.    Be sure and check back soon to see my Sista's new beach are going to love it!!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Creating a few things, and Angry Beavers!

Hi everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  It's a little hot and humid here at the beach but that's pretty much the norm. 

But, it's never too hot to create something new.  A few months ago I found this bicycle wheel at a nearby thrift store.  I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I painted it white and added some "instant ancestor" cards and white glittered clothes pins....for a funky memo holder.
 I hung it on the laundry room wall rack to get a better photo.
It's not for everyone, but never-the-less, fun.

The next project is a metal mailbox container filled with faux lavender and embellished with two birds and a rosette.

 My blogging friend Linda (A la Carte), whom I've known since I first started blogging over 8 years ago, sent me all of these pretty vintage gloves.  They belonged to her Mother and Grandmother and she didn't want to throw them out.  Instead she sent them to me!!!!  I just can't thank her enough.  I had a few in my shop space on display, so the ones she sent me helped to fill up this vintage lace lingerie/jewelry bag.  Thank you Linda!!!

 I showed this canvas painting before, but I can't resist showing it again.  Everytime I walk into the entryway and see this entire vignette, I can't help but smile.  Love it!
The basket holding the faux flowers was a great find at HobbyLobby.  When the faux flowers go on sale I just buy a few more of the little roses and prop them in the basket.  Hopefully before long, I'll fill it up!

Now I have a little story to tell you.  We have been in our new home about three years now and as you know, new construction means lots of landscaping that can be very pricey.  We planted two trees the first year we moved in and just this last month, we ordered a third tree to be planted in the center.  While waiting on the landscaper to arrive, I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the porch and this is what I saw !!!#$%^&#
This is what was left of our maple tree!!!

A beaver family decided to use it for their house.  Can you believe it!  So as the landscaper was putting in the new tree, we had to order another.  We now have all the tree trunks encased with wire to deter the little varmints!!!  I can't believe I used to think they were cute little things!
Well, sorry for the long post and sorry for not posting more often, but you know how it goes.  I'm off to check out what you've got on your blog.  Happy 4th Everyone!


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup