This is amahzing. (You better watch Happy Endings.) $12.00 is ridonkulous. I’d pay $12.00 to stand around and giggle with the man. My mother met him on a flight years ago. Though she travels the majority of her time and has met many people, she says he was the nicest. He talked about his love of dalmations.
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While visiting this week, I’ll be sure to stop by IKEA as the Atlanta store is the closest to Nashville. While I was in Pittsburg a few weeks ago I purchased a 5’7 x 7’10 Stockholm Rand rug for $199. It also comes in 8’2″ x 11′ 6″ for $299. Currently, I’m using mine under our West Elm jute rug. This is what that looks like.
I’m on the fence. I like the subtle stripe, yet I’d like more stripe. Therefore, I’m on the fence on whether to return it or not. Unfortunately, the jute rug is too rough to use on our hardwoods without a heavy mat. Hence the Stockhold Rand being underneath it. Here are some photos of Stockholm Rand in a natural habitat.
This past weekend The Mister and I went to Southeastern Salvage. We have purchased three rugs (including this one) from them in the past. It had been a long time since we’d been and visiting was surprisingly The Mister’s idea. We quickly said that we needed to visit more often. Here are some things we found.
Did you notice of The Mister pretending to be a snake charmer?
Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes! A fellow blogger I follow, Emily Jones of Jones Design Company, had her birthday on October 5th. Yesterday, she stated that October 5th is the most popular birthday in America. She further states that if you go back 274 days (the average length of pregnancy) and you will get New Years Eve. My grandmother’s birthday was on the 3rd and my aunt’s was on the 5th. Lots of lovin’ for lots of people.
Speaking of births my sister-in-law, Amanda, is due this month. I’m still working on my sewing skills and am making burb cloths for her. Here are the tutorials/inspiration I am taking from:
I’ll let you know how they go, when I get to them.
While at TJMaxx I noticed some very colorful, wool rugs. Then, I noticed that the rugs were $9.99 a piece. They immediately went into my basket. I brought them home and quickly threw them in the hall. I was easily able to overlap them, due to their stripes, but they would not stay in place. I used a sheet of rug grip and they still moved. I decided use tape rug grip and if this didn’t work they would become rugs for the porch. However, it worked wonderfully.
A couple layers of tape
and we’re good to go.
Now, I have to find the right white frames for the walls.
I’m a nerd. So, imagine my excitment when I saw the John James Audubon State Park just 15 minutes from the client I was visiting last week. Of course, I stopped on my way home.
The John James Audubon State Park is in Henderson, Kentucky where John James Audubon studied and painted birds from 1810-1819. Their grounds and cottages are open all year. I missed the Audubon Bicentennial Celebration which was on July 3rd.
This is the building containing the gift shop and museum. I climbed to the top, which is not that high, but let’s pretend that it is.
I was slightly let down that Audubon did not live or set foot in any of the buildings, nor did he live on the park land. However, the museum was nicer than expected and the people were very friendly. The museum opened in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Project Administration. There is a golf course, boat dock and five cabins that can be rented.
Here is the photo I took to remind myself of their facilities.
This photo reminds me that they have some pavillions (it is a state park) and a statue of a man. It would be a good place for a family reunion, which we don’t have, so I can only assume this.
The museum is only $5.00 and you should go if nearby. Plus, it has a gift shop!
So, I really like this chandelier.
Overstock: Weathered Beige 6-Light Chandelier
My mother likes it too. I know this because she bought it after we saw it at Lowes. However, I feel a little nervous about it. I’m afraid it’s too much. Too contemporary with the jewel flowers. Overstock calling it “weathered” bothers me too. Hmmmm….what about a different one?
It’s $248.99 at Overstock and looks similar to Pottery Barn’s Camilla 6-Arm Chandelier which is $399.00. However, the Overstock version has some reviews that make me say “WhaaWhaaWhaaaaa” in my head. They consistently say that having to put the thing together takes quite a few hours and they have to spray paint some of it. But, the Pottery Barn still requires assembly too. Here it is:
Then, I go back to Shades of Light Gold Wheat Chandelier.
and get these Foo dogs at Target (and/or the Saint) if you need some large impact. They were all quite large but the Foo were on clearance and $42.99 a piece.
I did not purchase them.
Dwellers Without Decorators and Arianna Belle recently had posts regarding laundry hampers. I took the pleasure of choosing my favorite from each.
Wicker frog from Home Decorators Collection
This adorable thing is only $39.00.
Dwellers Without Decorators post can be found here
Yellow stripe laundry bag from FlauraDesign
The one featured was actually the black and white stripped laundry bag, but I have an obsession with yellow lately.
Arianna Belle’s Post can be found here. She has follow-up posts regarding laundry room organization and products as well.
If you follow shelter/design blogs, you may have noticed the #nateday posts. These posts are in support of his new show starting September 13th and I’m sure they vary from what they talk about, to the inspirational photos they share, to how much Oprah loves him. However, I am sharing my favorites pieces from his HSN collection and a personal reason to like him as a person.
In my eyes, this does not qualify as a “sofa.” However, it is a lovely loveseat or settee. I would like having it in mushroom and should hurry as it is almost sold out. It’s a little tempting to use it as a “bench” for our dining room. However, there are no options for outdoor fabric through HSN. Still, I will be measuring this week.
If you are into chinoiserie then this table is for you. Plus, there is another version that comes with a mirrored top instead of plain glass. We all know how much I love mirrored furniture.
It’s a silk, ploy and cotton mix. Therefore, this throw should hold up well. If you enjoy it, good news for you as it is on clearance.
The Mister and I have a jute rug from Nate’s HSN collection. The natural weave holds onto The Colonel’s hair like it needs it to survive. Occasionally, while vacuuming, the weave would come undone and we were left with a few random strays. This left me to vacuuming the 8′x10′ rug with the attachment. Therefore, we removed this rug from our master bedroom as I don’t have what it takes to keep that rug clean. currently, it is folded and sitting in our side room. It held up fairly well, but it does make me question the quality of his HSN collection. It could be the loose weave of the rug was no match to The Colonel and our traffic. I do know that we love our West Elm jute rugs and we don’t have similar issues with it.
Though the quality of his rug bothered me, the quality of his spirit does not. I will never forget hearing him explain how he lost his partner, Fernado Bengoechea, in the 2004 tsunami. Though many horrific stories had been shared and so much loss to fathom, his story really touched me. I appreciated his transparancy, as he could be considered a “celebrity” by many. You could tell that he shared his story not to be dramatic or to simply tell it, he believed that his story could reach and touch others. It had a bigger purpose.
Also, a lover of animals, I was deeply touched by the piece he did with Lisa Ling regarding Hurricane Katrina.
I’ll be turning in on September 13th and hope it impresses me more than this season of Design Star.
UPDATE: High-Heeled Foot in the Door has a better description, and love of Nate story, than I. So, if you want a more detailed explanation of #nateday look here.