Did I really need to start another collection? The answer is no, I did not, but here I am with two lovely crystal decanters and the strong desire for more.
Last week we were in Connecticut car shopping (yipee!) and of course, before I left the area I had to make a stop at the local thrift store.
I swear to you, I walked past those decanters about five times, staring at them before I even picked one up. As I tried to talk myself out of buying the decanters all I could think of is how they would add a beautiful sparkly element to my dining room. So I caved. I purchased the two for $4.99 each. I wasn't sure about the price, but now that I've looked for additional pieces on Ebay, I think I got a great deal!
I have this odd little list written down in my blogging journal of things I want to find someday at thrift stores, estate sales etc.
One of my most wanted items was a telephone/gossip chair. And it just so happens that I was able to cross that off my list a couple of Saturdays ago when I found this piece at Savers for $4.99.
The finish was horrible, but I felt it really could be pretty awesome. Immediately, I thought it needed to go in a totally different direction than it's mid-tone stain and would be prefect painted a bright color.
Here are some things I am absolutely loving this week:
Craigslist (I scored this old piece of glass from a former store front for FREE! I have no immediate plans for it, but how could I pass this one up? I just love the hand painted lettering and the history it holds.)
Or, What I did while my boys had a friend over and were busy trading Pokemon cards and LEGO pieces for a couple of hours and left me alone.
With a successful play date going on upstairs, I took the opportunity to finish hanging some things in my nearly updated dining room.
If you are newly following me, I thank you so much for your support of my blog and confidence in my design ideas and projects! In case you've missed what other objects I've hung on my dining room walls, here is a quick recap.
I love, love, love decorating with nature. Branches, plants, shells, rocks and sometimes even sweet little birds nests, included.
So, while summer might be on the downswing, I'm just not ready for fall yet. I squeezed in a couple more summer decorating ideas to showcase my favorite natural finds.
I started with a medium-sized cloche from a local country decor shop, a thrifted silver tray and a cardinal's nest (complete with an unhatched egg and some other shell remnants) removed from my Mom's yard long after the little family was done with it.
Should the weather ever cooperate - (read: not be 95 degrees, with high humidity and no rain) I will definitely be spending more time on my back porch.
I plan to: 1. Watch my boys fight play.
2. Drink iced coffee and iced tea.
3. Read decorating magazines and books.
4. Watch the birds that frequent our backyard.
5. Sit and talk decorating with my Mom.
Our porch is tiny, but I've made the most of it with a small budget and some smart thrifting. I love how it looks like a little extension of our home and I tried to include accessories that you would typically have inside. Most everything that needs to be is protected is under the roof, so I'm not worried about damage of any sort.
This week I have found wonderful inspiration in nature. I truly am not an outdoorsy person, but even with the extreme heat and lack of rain we have had this summer our yard is filled with color and life and I can't help but be inspired.
I love this blue jay family. We've watched the hardworking mama show her babies around the yard and stopping at the best places to find food and water. Pictures do not do justice to their gorgeous shades of grays and blues.
Hi, I'm Angela and I am the creator of the blog Number Fifty-Three. I am super passionate about things like decorating on a budget and repurposing found items. In addition to blogging, I, along with my boyfriend, also paint, refinish and bring vintage and antique pieces back to life for a wide base of clients in the New England and New York state areas. We absolutely love taking an old, discarded piece of furniture and making it new again and it’s such an amazing feeling to know that many of these end up as focal points in our client’s homes. Welcome!
Thank you so much for visiting Number Fifty-Three! Unless otherwise noted, I have taken all the pictures on this blog and have come up with all the decorating ideas and tutorials myself. One of the fantastic things about blogging is that you can reach so many people! I welcome you to share what you love from this blog, but please remember to link back and/or give me credit.