Asian Black Buffet

asian black buffet

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Craigslist was very kind today and hooked me up with a local ex home stager (my best resource since the houseing bubble burst) who needs to unload a house full of wonderful before he moves to India.

Snaged this lovely buffet for $350. It has a much better scale with the room and allowed me to purge my midcentury modern furniture. I tried it…but I just cannot get on the midcentury bandwagon. movin’ on…


girls bedroom

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Funny thing happens when you let kids decorate their own room…it looks awesome. i got her a bunch of paint chips and left it completely up to her. I was not really loving the shade of purple she chose and was trying to get her to pick a warmer version…but this one totally works!

Got a smaller bed that takes up less space. Found a cane Thomasville dresser at a thrift store for $35.

Framed map for $9 and hanging globe mobile from another room in the house.

Curtains are really shower curtains from Target.

I smile every time I walk past this room.

Framed Children’s Art

Framed Children’s Art

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I have had these empty RIBBA ikea frames for months sitting in storage. My husband wanted some art in his office but we could never settle on what would be appropriate and interest related.

Then, I started pilling up the kids artwork from school, and I realized we have what we need already! Nothing is more meaningful to a parent then their children’s product and…lets face it…kids art is, for the most part, better then professional works. At least, certainly better then motivational posters.

RIBBA frames are $10. The only annoying element is that they have plexiglass fronts. So you need to make sure you pull off the plastic on both sides of the plexiglass…and you need to screw the backing to the frames or it will warp. The hardware is provided, as well as the mounts and wire needed to hang.

Goodwill Bench $30

Goodwill Bench $30

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See that $30 bench? I am so happy I ran accross in. I was in the market for something to sit on as we take on and off our shoes. We are one of those take off your shoes at the door kind of home….is that annoying?

Anyway it causes a lot of shoes in the foyer (family of five) and requires a sitting area for some.

I was just about to pull the trigger on this puppy: http://www.ballarddesigns.com/dorchester-benches/42913

But, like most times consider retail…I am so glad I waited. Resale just FEELS better. And the chocolate velvet seat is cute.

Spray Painting Metal

Wall Art in Livingroom $10

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I got a little crazy here. I little “out of the box” (I have been enjoying quotes lately)

I have been looking for some 3-d wall art for this space above the sofa for some time now. I thought I would remove the painting and spray paint some cheesy 70s metal wall art navy blue….have I lost you yet? At least you can be happy I did not do THAT.

Instead I happened upon these little….outdoor lighting fixtures? I think that is what they are. Not sure why they look and open like medieval bird cages…

Anyway they were a bit rusty and discolored so I spray painted them with a Rustolium product in brushed gold. It was a very simply process and they dried outside in a few hours.

I really like the color and the balance it gives to the room.


It is also my “new thing”

Here is a close up of my new buffet. LOVE. But the scale is a bit off for the LARGE livingroom. Not sure about this purchase but I can live with it until I something else catches my eye.

Scooped this up for $15 at a church thrift store

I am all about the floating shelf, hung flat screen and buffet (or hutch) look. Now I need to work on a solution for all those wires….

Try to ignore the wires under the buffet…..I cannot, but I ask anyway.

I have finally found a midcentury “set” that I like in the living room. After taking a few photos of the living room and noticed I had TOO MUCH going on. I went and purchased all the things I fellin love with…without any thought to if they loved eachother.

I decided to focus on a period for the woodwork and I decided that I like midcentury for this space. It goes with the house and the wood color looks good (contrast…but not too much) with the floors and sofa.

Found mathcing side tables for $20 awhile back and just found this $30 buffet at a church thrift store to match. I can enough hidden storage and I like the look.