Monday, August 24, 2009

Bye, Bye Martha

For those of you who still have K-mart in your area you may have noticed that they are putting all of their Martha Stewart on clearance. It seems her contract with them is ending and they are phasing her merchandise out while phasing a new line from Country Living (have you seen the furniture with nailhead AMAZING. And Jaclyn Smith has some really pretty home stuff as well, but that is another post). Anyway..... I bought a few things this weekend, that I thought were a really good deal.

I bought a pair of these mirrored lamps they were on clearance for $18, and the shade was included.

I also picked up these sconces and bookends.

I'm waiting for the pots and pans prices to go down a little more. I will definitely be making many a trip to K-Mart in the next few weeks.

Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

There is a area in Dallas called Harry Hines (since it happens to be along the Harry Hines road) where you can find wholesale jewelry, handbags and other miscellaneous items.It is also where the infamous Sam Moon is located. Harry Hines is very similar to Harwin in Houston (another area named after the street it runs along). When I lived in Dallas and now when I go back to visit I always make a trip to Harry Hines to shop at Ohm an accessory store and to go to the discount fabric stores.
It was at one of these fabric stores that I found the fabric below, which I used for my bedroom. This pattern was $4 a yard, for something that would probably be $25 at Hancock's or JoAnn's. I liked it soo much I went back to buy the rest of the bolt.

An up close shot of the pattern.

This summer, on a visit to Dallas I did my usual drive by of the stores on Harry Hines. This time I was on the lookout for some fabric to recover a couch and chair I had recently purchased at an antique store in Harlingen, TX (before and after pics to come soon).

I didn't find any fabric for my couch, but I did find some remnants that were too cheap to pass up.

Each of these pieces were on $2 a yard!

This pink and green had 9 yards left (not qite enough for my couch :(

This toile actually has a pale yellow background. For a brief moment was going to do the chair in the toile and the couch in the pink and green above, but alas not enough yardage for either.
And finally the piece de resistance. My favorite buy of the weekend, I would do an entire living room in this pattern! But they only had 5 yards @ $2/yard. I did do some investigating on the web and found it for $10/yard on a few sites, it is just soooo hard to pay $10 when you just paid $2, Don't ya think?

Monday, August 17, 2009


Over the past few months I have accumulated several really interesting pieces of furniture and chotchkes (sp?), that I had yet to incorporate into my home. So finally after a great shopping trip to Dallas and Canton, I forced myself to find a place for everything. This of course snowballed into a little re-design of my dining room and living room. (See previous post "My Apartment" for before pics).

I bought this bamboo looking table at the St. Vincent DePaul store in Dallas for $5.00!!!
It was originally a bright shiny ugly gold. I painted it silver using Rustoleum Aluminum, and then took it to a glass place to have a mirror fitted for the top.

New pink and orange chinese toile accents pillow, purchased for 1/2 off at world market.

I then decided to paint this table silver as well. It was really beat up and I think the silver camouflages some of the imperfections. I then added my new head, bought at Canton from the "Funky Junk" ladies, who were having a 1/2 off sale.

I had bought this shelf at Round Top in the spring, and painted it this turquoise color to give a little pop of color to the room, and fill up the odd corner space. The paint color is Mediterranean by Valspar.

The Dining Room.

I found this awesome mirror at TJ Maxx, there was only wall it would fit on so I had to rearrange my dining room just a little.

Blue/Gray panels $5 each at K-Mart. Please don't judge! I know they are wrinkled, I keep telling myself to dig out my steamer.....Someday.
I added my Round Top tables (still have a ways to go on their rehabilitation) to either side of the window, and place of few of my treasures on top to hide the imperfections.

Now I just need to work on my bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and patio..........