Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eleven Things Volume 19

I realized it's been a while since an 'Eleven Things' post and I'm feeling random so here goes :)


1.  I'm obsessed lately with large-scale blue bottles/jars/vases whatever you want to call them.  I keep spotting them on Pinterest but can't seem to find any affordable sources.  I found a close match at HomeGoods (I mean how can you not love that store).  Going to keep searching though, Terrain has one but their price is a little out of control.  


My find from HGs:


My current collection:



Pinterest inspiration (I'd share the sources but they don't seem to be actual websites so we'll just go with the photos):




I love Heather Bullard's collection above




Terrain:





2.  I'm going to NYC for the day in less than two weeks.  I'm trying to map out a few places I'd like to go.  I'm hoping the weather cooperates!  

3.  I just realized I never shared my finds from Hawaii!



Aren't these little embroidered whale towels so cute??


Absolutely love this shell bracelet I picked up for a few dollars at a souvenir shop - looks almost as good as the expensive shell jewelry you find on Kauai for hundreds to thousands of dollars


I love this map giclee/print of Hawaii.  The color is amazing and I love how the custom framing turned out.  You probably can't tell from this photo but it has a bit of an aqua tone to it like the map.






4.  I decided to take a trip to OC, MD a while back and it was so much fun.  I had been dreaming about a burger from my favorite place on Coastal Hwy and I even sat on the (not Hawaiian) beach for a few minutes and stopped at a few antique places along the way.  Here's what I brought back (in addition to a giant bucket of Fisher's popcorn)









This book is perfect for me - Gems (not really) and a lovely blue cover



I also picked up this cute little terrarium, cloche, glass dome- whatever you want to call it :)

5.  I've been making homemade ice cream since I bought a fancy new machine.  In one of my cookbooks I saw this cool antique ice cream scoop (it's actually from the 20s like my house) - I finally found one in semi-decent shape online.  Hopefully it lasts another million years




6.  If you read my last blog post you know that I challenged myself to give away 100 things by the end of the year.  Part of my donations were some of my plates - I've had black square plates for a while and decided I wanted to change it up for a classic white plate (the pantry line by Williams Sonoma).  



Well of course this led to me also buying chargers - I found these silver chargers at World Market and they were a great price.  I thought they were actually glass but they're plastic...so I'm not sure how I feel about that since I'm trying to get plastic out of my house...but we'll see.  They are really pretty!




The blue plates are from Ikea a million years ago and the B&W patterned plates I also had from HGs.  Getting excited to set the table for the holidays!


7.  I decided I wanted my own cheese board and wanted to practice my photo styling...turns out my eyes were bigger than my stomach - this was a lot of food!  I love the board though - I got it on sale at Sur la Table.






8.  Random styling shots around the house with some of the finds from above.











I decided to organize my spices and bought these cute spice jars from Target.  The shelf is from HGs (it's actually one expandable shelf that I separated into two).  Only problem is they don't hold the same as a standard bottle and they fall over on the shelf causing an avalanche of glass spice bottles...sometimes I should learn to leave well enough alone :)






How cute is this macaron print taken by yours truly?  I just love how colorful and graphic it is.  I had a mat custom cut at Hobby Lobby and the frame I had from Michael's.  The little metal tin is actually a lunch box from World Market.  So adorable, can't wait to pack little snacks in it :)








9.  I'm realizing a lot of my random posts here are all about stuff I've bought...I'm the first to admit I'm a shopaholic but this is also me catching up (don't want ya thinking I bought all of this stuff in 1 weekend ;) )



10.  I decided to change the knobs on my dining room console table/buffet.  There was of course nothing wrong with the original ones but you know I can't leave well enough alone.  I combined some antique chandelier parts with some glass knobs from Hobby Lobby that I had in my knob stash (don't judge)






11.  I'm excited about Thanksgiving this year even if we're doing something different than what we usually do.  Time to make new traditions I say...


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
-Alisa

Geode Prints and the domino effect...

I found these geode prints a while back on Fulcrum's site.  I thought about shelling out major dough to have them custom framed (they of course came in a non-standard square size 24x24 and 36x36) but then I realized I went to Hawaii twice this year so I stuck with Hobby Lobby frames :)  

On sale!

The pink one replaced my mirror collage I had in my 'vanity room' (basically I turned the walk-in in my master (if you can call it that) into a little room where I put on makeup and keep most of my costume jewelry.  I love the colors and it's such a departure from the deep navy and gray tones in my bedroom.  


Andddd I just realized it matches my Anthro knobs on my jewelry armoire...love happy accidents like that ;)




Here's a few shots of my vanity styling.  Do you read the House Beautiful articles - I think it's called what's on my vanity or something like that?  I always find those so interesting to see what people keep in such a personal place that you sit at almost every day.

Anyway, here's mine :)






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The smaller blue print I put in my kitchen over my antique armoire/wardrobe.  This is my first white frame I've ever bought.  Usually white isn't my thing but I love how it looks and it really brightens the space...


Now about that domino effect...I decided the brown shiny fabric I had for the curtains since I moved in SEVEN years ago (can you believe it?) was just too much brown-on-brown-on-brown (brown cabinets, beige tile, brown patterned granite - none of which I would have picked myself).  

I found these great silver/gray graphic patterned curtains at HomeGoods and I'm attempting to do the hemming myself.  I say attempting because sewing is not my super power.  I just don't have the hand-eye-coordination or something y'all.  Before you think I'm crazy the curtains above are how they came out of the package - I didn't hem them all short like that.  I'm thinking about either letting the original hem out or hemming them to be shorter to the bottom of the window like we had them before.






Also, I need to change out the curtain rod.  This one is super thin and also you can still see where my beloved Lucy pulled them off the wall into her crate when she was a puppy and chewed them up and bent the rod.  

I was thinking about her today.  I just miss her so much.  You think eventually losing your best friend like that will hurt less.  It really doesn't. 

-Alisa