Thursday, September 20, 2012

Distant Cousins

I once did a spend/save comparison post (here), but I don't actively search for things in that way, so I haven't done another one...until randomly browsing 2 favorite sites (sample sales and craigslist) unearthed these oddly similarly shaped end tables.

This is from RueLaLa's "Pattern Play" sale:

Orbital Side Table, $549.90, RueLaLa

And this is from a craigslist seller I don't know or endorse, but they're selling 2 of these little tables and a chair for $90 (link is here).

Hmmm. Still don't think I'll be adding either to my home, but by combining the metallic from the Orbital side table and the bamboo of the craigslist offering you end up with something that would be related to this chair:

...which I saw in Traditional Home and deserved a folded page. Now here's hoping that some chairs like this one appear on craigslist. Doesn't hurt to dream!

Thought I'd add a photo of one of these in action that I came across on Remodelista:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Arranging Around a New Addition

I expressed my uncertainty with potential placement of my new rolling bar in this post and I still haven't figured it out. Here's a montage of options.

1) Leave the room as is.

Sorry, an old photo is all I had since I had to start experimenting with arrangements immediately instead of taking "before" photos.

2) Add the bar in without altering the other parts of the room.

3) Add the bar and move the armoire.

Don't mind the cord, I put the speakers that were perpetually cluttering the side of the armoire inside the bar. Since the cabinet doors open on both sides, I can leave the back cabinet door ajar and run the cord out that way. If it stays I'll have to think of a camouflaging option.

And a chair might be fine as that camouflage. And offer a bonus seat for larger dinners.

The chair is from craigslist, of course (complete with lining that is falling down under the seat--that should be an easy fix). When I got it I intended to take a stab at reupholstering it--then I got busy/scared and never did it.  The pillow is one of a few I got for $5 at Urban Outfitters--which is a deal that has yet to be replicated even though I consistently stop in to see if I can get some other sweet home goods deals.

If I leave the bar and move the armoire, I could look at getting another chair for the other side of the bar. Or I could put casters on a stump that I have in my garage (it's sibling got used in the loft here). But even with the armoire moved away, the room still seems pretty dark and really I might move that chairs and be on the lookout for a pair of not-dark-wood chairs to flank the bar.

Well, thoughts? The bar is already growing on me. But the armoire was one of my earliest Craigslist purchases!

Aww. Maybe I can move this buddy into the garage to see if I can take the separation before I decide if we part ways.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Branching Out

Look what I picked up off the street... 

Ok, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. I wish I could say the possibilities are endless, but I'm kind of at a loss for a purpose for it at this point. Hung horizontally over my bed? Maybe over the dresser in my room with some hook capabilities? Maybe I'm better off buying from craigslist than dumpster diving...
Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pillow Potential

I love discount fabric shopping, especially when I see pricey pillows and realize I can have similar-looking ones for much, much less. These are the beginnings of more pillows for the great room and loft. 

I'm really liking the suzani-esque fabric on the top, but to stretch that fabric into 2 pillows I'll need to use a solid color for the back of the pillow. 

I've moved a lot of the artsy, projecty stuff up to the loft which is now equipped with shelving in the closet (I'll have to show a photo of that at some point, although I think it's mostly just exciting to me). Other "lofty" observations:  you'll notice that I'm still loving the kilim rug and the white stone slab is centered on my refinished stump and is providing a great table in the center of the space. When I purchased the glass bowl that's on the table at Goodwill I had never seen anything like it before, but I've seen a few similarly designed bowls since! It used to be a fruit bowl in the KT before it was replaced in favor of a bowl with some perforations that provide some airflow.

Hopefully I can employ my Mom's talents (and sewing machine) to get these pillows wrapped up sooner rather than later. I already made the trip to IKEA to get these pillow forms and these pillow forms. We'll see how long those hang out on the sofa before the cases are completed!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Addition

I'm excited but don't want to get too excited about my new craigslist purchase (at this point I could just say "furniture purchase" and you could accurately infer that I bought it off craigslist). It's so fresh that it hasn't even made it into the house yet--so I don't know if it will be ideal in the dining room space that I had in mind. Here are the craigslist photos of the new addition:

Look at those casters! And the sweet hinged table top! And the swanky door pulls!

I've been looking for a long console table for space on the dining table wall for awhile (see my Pinterest "Console Table" category for evidence) and even though this isn't along the lines of the slim metal, glass-shelved options I've been pinning, I'm hoping this will do the trick without weighing the space down. 

Here are some old photos of the dining room space:

I'm a little nervous about how this will look under the mirror, but I'm excited about the functionality for storing and displaying servingware, another surface for drinks and more space for wine and bottles for cocktails (evidently the space in this bar isn't enough). 

Any thrifty finds recently? Any decor dilemmas that resolved themselves or still need a little adjustment to work for you?