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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Vignette

Orange front door.  Would you do it?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Let's Go, Land's End!

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).

You can't go wrong with navy, stripes, and orange.  I typically think of that combo as a Spring look, but they have used the right materials to make it perfect for Fall.

I think I need this parka.  And the chambray shirtdress.

A down vest is a Fall wardrobe staple.  It looks so cute with skinny jeans, over a fitted oxford shirt, paired with tall boots.  This version is a re-issue of the 1979 Lands End vest.

Colorful skinny cords for $60?  Yes, please!

What do you think?  Is J.Crew shaking in their (ankle) boots?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch!

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. 

Here are  a few favorites:

To set your pretty Fall table...

For the fox hunters...

For the beach lovers...

Check out these listings and more on MoS Marketplace!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekend Find!

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!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Vignette

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Real-Deal Breakfast Room Pics!

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!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Client Sneak Peek!

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!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch

We have some fabulous new listings this week on MoS Marketplace!

Feather your nest with a set of vintage peacock feather glasses!

Add some glamour with shiny brass!

Elevate your bookshelves with a copy (we have two!) of I Married Adventure.

A vintage zebra is always chic.

Add glitz and glamour with a gold leaf tree.

Check out these listings and more on MoS Marketplace!

And don't forget about our larger objects, here.  If you are interested and do not live in Charlotte, contact me for freight quotes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Is In The Air

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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Are you ready for Fall?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bigger is Better

I have some large pieces for sale in addition to the listings on MoS Marketplace.  They are located in Charlotte, but if you aren't, you may email me at for freight rates!
Faux Bamboo Dining Set:  Includes 40-inch round table plus 20-inch leaf and 4 chairs. 
Condition:  Very sturdy; leaf has a chip in veneer; needs to be painted.
Manufacturer:  Drexel
Price:  $499

Retro Chrome and Enamel Bar Cart:  Measures 27.5-long by 16-wide by 33-high.
Condition:  excellent with very minor wear to enamel
Price:  $200

Double Rams Coffee Table:  Wood ram bases with beveled glass top
Condition:  Excellent with minor wear
Price:  $599

Brass and Coral Dining Chairs:  Set of 4, new professional upholstery
Condition:  Excellent
Price:  Email for details

Green Turkish Tulu Rug:  8'2" by 5'9"
Hand-knotted, Mid-century, slightly striated, adorned with 10 figural bird images down the edges
Price: $399 

Chinoiserie Brass Tray Coffee Table
Excellent Condition, 30-inch diameter by 18-inches wide
Price:  $399

If you are interested in any of these items, email me at and I can send you more pictures and give you more details.  Thanks!

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