Monday, March 30, 2015

Pretty in pink...

Have I mentioned how much I love pink?? I've been using it in all different shades for the past few years and could not be happier seeing it this season in my favorite magazine, Veranda, and from some of my favorite designers. It must be hot this spring -- and I, for one, could not be happier about it. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Pink pillows and a modern print

My "pink for spring" theme is certainly coming along in the house. I love how simply changing a few things can make a big difference. I mentioned wanting to use the antique Chinese silk I inherited this spring again, but I wanted to play up the bold pink color instead of going with the softer shades I have in the past. I decided to add a modern/retro print in a large floral pattern, and oh how I love it:-)

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Choosing a carpet on a budget

I rarely have the opportunities others get to work with sponsors and companies, and with my ridiculously low budget, it means that I *really* have to pound the pavement and do lots of research to find a good deal that is also good quality. Y'all know how I love my Turkish rugs, and you also know how expensive a real one can be, so finding the right one has been a bear -- to say the least. Let me say, if I had the budget, I would message my friend Gokay at Yellowstar Carpets in Adana, Turkey where I purchased my two Yahyali rugs, and be done with it, but we are in ministry now, and we don't work for Joel Osteen:-) All kidding aside, Gokay has supplied gorgeous handmade carpets to the highest ranking U.S. dignitaries, defense personnel, celebrities and designers for years, and if you have the budget for the real thing, there is no better.

But back to my reality, I was really excited when I found ecarpetgallery on ebay. They have gorgeous handmade rugs and had some unbelievable deals on their ebay site that were not listed on their regular website. 

As for ebay, the way I shop there, generally, is to "watch" what I like, but not purchase until the price goes down, which it invariably does. Not so at ecarpetgallery. After buying one rug from them, then missing out on another one I wanted, I messaged them about relisting that rug, but when they relisted it, the price, which had originally been $278 marked down to $180, suddenly jumped to $363. They did reduce it to $235, but it's hard to buy something that you could have gotten for $55 less. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vintage feed sacks become cafe curtains

I am always looking for something to do with vintage feed sacks my grandfather saved, so I decided they would make great cafe curtains.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springing into pink...

...well, I will be in a couple weeks:-) We are still two months away from green trees, but spring is definitely in the air here in the NC mountains. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015