Friday, July 18, 2008

my rotary sale finds

This is the hefty bamboo mirror that I snagged for $17 at Bainbridge Island's Rotary sale, a few weeks ago. I am guessing it hadn't been the focal point of any room since sometime in the mid-eighties. Unfortunately, I do not have eighties themed decor in my home. So, this gold metallic and brown sponge-painted bad boy, got several coats of paint, in a color I created myself which I like to call Black Coffee.

It now has a new home on top of my white buffet in the dining room. I like the striking contrast between the two pieces. The brownish black color of the mirror brings in a softer element, as compared to other, more dramatic jet black accents in the room.

I also picked up this pretty, but very solid end table for just $5. The fiendish painter in me envisioned it in bright persimmon. Once I got it in the house however, I decided it was just fine as is (for now anyways).

And, although I hate to repeat pictures, here is a photo of the light blue runner that created a cool foil to my bedroom's earthy red and butter yellow color story, for only $5.

All great additions to my home, and for under $30 total. Honestly, make sure you plan on attending the BI rotary rummage sale next summer. There is always something for someone!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

fall already?

Yep. The season of early fall decor has started sprouting up everywhere: magazines, catalogs, online. Good thing that fall is my favorite season, otherwise I might be a little miffed. After all, isn't summer still in full swing? Of course it is. In my mind, however, its never too early to start contemplating those small changes or projects that you'll want to do to make your home more cozy for fall. To get inspired, but not overwhelmed, here are some highlights that I found noteworthy.

Ikea's new lamp Jusas Ysby.

Pottery Barn has a fabulous new offering of fall fabrics for furniture and pillows alike.

World Market's Karbala ottoman adds instant pattern and warmth.

No need to make cookies, just light one of Pier One's Freshly Baked pillars.

West Elm's new color block dhurrie rugs have a cozy modern feel.

An upside to the introduction of the new fall designs, is the price slashing and liquidation of summer themed items. Almost every home decor store is in this mode right now, so catch those great last-of-summer deals while they can be had!