Have you looked through the Lands End catalog lately? I recently flipped through a copy at my parents' house and was impressed with some really cute offerings for Fall, especially in their Canvas line. I think it really competes with J.Crew, but the price point is lower. I'm sure it's made in China just like 90% of what you find at J.Crew. But you can't beat the style for the price.
This camel cape would be perfect for 90% of Fall/ Winter here in Charlotte, where it doesn't get too super cold. Everywhere else, it would be perfect for Fall. It looks fab with skinny jeans, and it's reversible, too (although I'm not as wild about the plaid).
I am so excited about this week's new offerings on MoS Marketplace! We have added some fabulous vintage fashion accessories (bags and jewelry). These pieces come from amazing estates and were well cared for and loved by stylish ladies.
As I was dropping off a carload at Goodwill on Saturday, I decided to run inside and see if there was anything good on the floor. When I first spotted this ming-style console table, my heart skipped a beat.
But the finish was hideous, and the price wasn't too cheap by Goodwill standards ($50). After racking my brain of who might need it, I talked to my sister, and she mentioned that she was looking for a tv console. After taking some quick measurements, I decided this table could be just what she needed for her tv. The shelf on the bottom could hold her cable boxes, and the center wooden section of the top (excluding the glass panels) was just the right size to hold the base of her tv.
So I grabbed it and brought it home for her! Of course, the oak-ish finish had to go. I decided to paint it a glossy black, so the first step was to remove the glass panels and sand it.
Next, I got out the spray paint. I used Rusto-leum High Gloss Black Enamel.
I lightly applied the first coat. (The trees are reflected in the paint).
After letting the first coat completely dry, I applied a second coat.
Done (before putting the glass panels back in).
It's just the right size!
After some very quick styling...
It's so much more stylish than typical media consoles I've seen, and for a fraction of the cost. Can't wait to share more of this project with you! And with my sister- this blog post is the first time she has seen it!
I finally got around to having some professional pictures taken of my breakfast room. My good friend Katharine Fuchs is a great photographer- if you are in the Charlotte area, check her out! Thanks, Katharine!
The breakfast room started with a settee. I found it for $40, and it was in perfect condition with brightly colored upholstery. I wish I knew the name of the fabric- it has lovely faux bois detailing. I am thinking it is maybe an older Brunschwig pattern.
The settee set the color palette for the room- blues, greens, and corals. The chairs were originally a not-very-pretty natural bamboo color. I painted them glossy black and covered the seats in outdoor blue and green quatrefoil fabric. Everything that spills on them just rolls right off. I love using outdoor fabric in a kitchen.
Next came the breakfast room table. In order to easily access the settee, a pedestal table was a necessity. I've always loved the clean lines of the Saarinen tulip table, so after a lot of research and saving pennies, I splurged on one. It is the perfect size for our family, and the laminate top is SO easy to keep clean.
The tole chandelier was a Craigslist find- I painted it color to match the coral in the settee. It really pops against the light blue walls.
Lastly came the roman shades. I ordered them from The Shade Store, which has fantastic semi-custom options. The edges are trimmed in the same blue found in the seat cushions.
I can honestly say that we never ate in our breakfast room before, and now we eat nearly every meal there. There is something cozy and inviting about a settee, and the table is so practical (no coasters needed!). Life really does happen around the dinner table- my little guy says the blessing before dinner and talks about preschool and climbing trees and my little girl giggles in admiration of her big brother.
Thanks for letting me share this little piece of our home with you!
I am SO excited about this custom sofa we just had made for a client! The workroom just sent me pictures, so I had to share them with you! It is upholstered in (super durable, family and pet friendly) gray velvet with (super durable, family and pet friendly) ivory velvet inset trim.
I can't wait to share more of this exciting project with you!
It finally feels like Fall. There is a slight (albeit humid) chill in the air, school is back in full swing, football season is underway (Go Panthers!), and the apples in the grocery store are grown locally.
I get more excited about images of Fall than any other season. Here are some of my favorites.
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