I’ve been dreaming of redoing our bathroom since we moved in to the house file years ago. I’ve got Pinterest boards dedicated to it. Currently our bathroom is what I’d call a glorified attic, meaning it has no walls, no ceiling, no floors, no electrical and some random plumbing thrown in. As time continues to pass as we save up to conquer our bathroom remodel, I’m always picking up on different bathroom ideas and trends. I’m on the hunt to figure out what I want out of the bathroom, the style I’d like, and what would be cool to incorporate into the space. Recently, I’ve noticed an influx of the use of decorative patterned tile, which I’m totally loving. Check out below for some of my favorite patterned bathroom floor tile designs.
I have a huge love of brass figurines and I’ve been collecting them over the last 6-8 years. It started with a little brass pig found at an antique mall that we lovingly named “Mr. Pig”. Now it has spiraled to a large brass menagerie of 30 or more animals ranging from lions, deer, owls and even a griffin (Tim’s favorite). I fell in love the weight of the metal and their vintage and distinct nature. Plus, I think the animals are just plain cute. The collection really started getting into full gear when I was wedding planning. I wanted to bring a piece of something I loved to the table, literally. On each of the reception tables we featured 1 or 2 brass animals to tie in with our woodland themed wedding. I had acquired so many animals leading up to the wedding, I had put a stop on the brass collection, that is, until I came across the cutest brass owl figurine that I’m sharing with you today.
In a previous post: Grey Tufted Headboard Roundup for under $500, I mentioned that before Tim and I got married, we promised ourselves that after our wedding our first priority would be updating our master bedroom. As a newly married couple we wanted our master bedroom to be a reflection of our current style and have a look that felt more put together then what we were currently living with. After the wedding and honeymoon were over, I set out to develop a direction for the bedroom. Today I’ll be sharing the current bedroom design and layout. Check out where we are starting, what we’re working with and get ready to follow along as we launch into our bedroom makeover.
Before Tim and I got married, we promised ourselves that after our wedding our first priority would be updating our master bedroom. We felt as a newly married couple, we really wanted a bedroom that better represented our personal style, with a more finished and put together look. Now that we’re in our 30’s and in a home that we LOVE and own, we feel like we can invest in better pieces (even though I’m still pretty frugal). We want items that represent our current style, my vintage, collected aesthetic, and pieces that will better suit this home’s space. Of course, once we made the decision to launch a bedroom redo, I instantly started a Pinterest board to house all of the inspiration for the room design. One of the biggest items that was reoccurring on my Pinterest board was a grey tufted headboard. I love the softness and elegance it adds to every room that I find them pictured in. They always look so cozy and classic and I imagine it working great in my space. Today I’m sharing a grey tufted headboard roundup featuring my favorite options for under $500 that I found during my hunt for the perfect headboard.
I’ve made my share of bad Jadeite purchases. When I began collecting it, I really had no clue what to look for when I was buying. I would get so excited to actually find a piece of it, I didn’t do a thorough check to make sure it was in good shape. It was pretty, I bought it, and then I’d sadly find out later that it had a chip, a flaw or (dun dun dun) a crack. As I have now learned, if you are looking into buying a piece of Jadeite or Jade-ite glassware, it is always important to check the quality before you make your purchase. Any damage and/or wear can play a major part in the value and collectablity of the item, not to mention how it looks on your shelf. Vintage Jadeite was originally meant to be an inexpensive, every day glassware, so the quality can really vary between pieces. Also, because it is an older style glassware, there could be signs of wear from use over time. Making sure to avoid certain types of damage, wear or flaws will always give you more bang for your buck and make sure you’re investing in a quality piece of glass and not some sad buyers remorse. Today I’m sharing the 6 things to avoid when buying jadeite glass, complete with some examples from my own collection.
I’m a sucker for jadeite green. Initially it was just the color that appealed to me, the perfect mint green in my opinion, but now, it has made its way as a personal collection of the actual glassware. Jadeite or Jade-ite is a type of glass made of jade-green opaque milk glass. It made its first appearance in the 1930’s, with its hay day in the 1940’s and 1950’s. There is some reproduction glass still being made today as this type of glass was made popular again by Martha Stewart in the late 1990’s. My personal collection has grown over the last two years, starting with a reproduction bowl I found at Home Goods. Now it consists of a variety of pieces, both reproduction and original by a mix of makers. As of today, it also includes a new-to-me set of jadeite saucers.
I was out at one of my favorite antique malls the other day, Montecello Antiques. On this trip I was by myself, spending a rainy Sunday afternoon rummaging the aisles, looking for anything that might catch my eye. Because I was alone, I made a few loops through. I find it’s hard to catch everything on one pass. On my second or third trip down one of the aisles, a cute little piece of stoneware pottery caught my eye. It was a grayish tone, primitive stoneware pitcher with a shiny glaze and 2 hand-painted navy blue stripes around the belly. For only $8, I decided I could make it a home.