Where to Invest

Have you ever wondered which pieces in your home you should save on, and which you should splurge on?  In fashion, they always say to invest in the basics…a little black dress, work staples, black pumps, etc…and avoid splurging too much on the trendy stuff.  So is it the same when it comes to home decor?

In this post, designer Alexandra answers that question.  She suggests you splurge on your sofa in the living room, window treatments in the bedroom, and chairs in the dining room.


So far, our biggest decor splurges are (or will be) the wallpaper in the dining room, our window treatments, a new basket chandelier in the foyer, and our master bathroom.

Are there pieces you splurged on invested in in your home?  Where did you really try to cut corners?

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Moving is Messy!

On Saturday, we moved a lot of our things over to the Park Avenue house.  No, we have not officially moved in yet, but we’re getting close.  We are waiting until the second guest bathroom is finished, which should be Tuesday or Wednesday.  Charles and I are determined to spend Valentine’s Day in our new house!  Wouldn’t that be perfect?!

The move was very very exciting, but also overwhelming.  Now the house looks like this…





I kind of had a “where do I start” deer-in-headlights look on Saturday.  How did we ever accumulate so much stuff?  There were several items, mostly wedding gifts, that I had completely forgot we had.  It’s like Christmas all over again! :)

I’ve decided to work room by room to get things unpacked.  Because they will still be working on finishing the master bathroom once we move in, we’ve decided to make one of the guest rooms our temporary home.  It’s looking like this…




Obviously it’s nothing fancy, but it will do for now.  I need to find all of my comforters and duvet covers so I can start making beds!

We also had a tasty gourmet first meal at the dining room table….Mickey D’s!!


So We Bought a Fridge

That’s right! We’re the proud new owners of an Electrolux French door counter depth refrigerator.


Because of the placement of the fridge, we needed it to be counter depth, which limited our options greatly.  Most counter depth refrigerators run an average of about $1,000 more than their standard depth counterparts, meaning the ones we were looking at were usually in the $2,500 range.  That’s a no go for us!

After lots and lots of browsing, we found this one on sale (HALF PRICE!) at the Sears Outlet online.  It’s in great condition, with only a scratch on the side, which will be covered up by cabinetry.  For anyone looking for a bargain, I’d highly recommend giving the Sears Outlet a shot.  You can even make an offer instead of paying the full asking price, which saved us about another $50.  Just be sure to read the full description and condition details so you know what you’re getting!

spin_prod_718371901 spin_prod_718371701Delivery is scheduled for next Wednesday, February 12.  I can’t wait to meet our newest member of the house!!

And speaking of new members, our new washer and dryer are officially in the house!  They are being stored in the mud room while the laundry room is painted, but they should be making the move to their permanent home soon.  It’s all coming together!! :)


How to Paint an Iron Clawfoot Tub

It’s actually way easier than I thought!

tub diy

When we decided to install a “baby” clawfoot tub in the upstairs guest bathroom, we found an old, very dirty, rusty tub that fit the bill.  We discussed several colors, but ultimately decided to keep it simple and go with black.  We figured it’s easier to change out shower curtains and bath linens than to repaint a tub!




Step 1: Clean out the inside, then flip the tub over to paint.  We used the shop vac to vacuum out all the dirt and dust, then Comet to clean.

IMG_4683{My pretty mama hard at work.}

Step 2: Scrape all the paint, rust, etc. that you can off the outside of the tub.  We used a wall scraper and sanding blocks, but you could also use a pumice stone.



Fun fact- the tub was made in August 1924.


Step 3: After the tub feels as smooth and even as possible, paint on a coat of Rustoleum primer.  We went with brown since we were painting a dark color.




Step 4: Once the primer has dried completely, paint with Rustoleum in your color choice.  We went with interior/exterior gloss black.  Add more coats as necessary.



See, I told you it was easy!

Next up, the master bathroom tub.  We’re going with a high-gloss white for this one.


A big thanks to my mom and mom-in-law for all your help with this project! :)

The Craigslist Hunt

Sometimes I find myself trolling Craigslist just to be entertained.  You can find some pretty interesting posts out there.  My proudest Craigslist purchase was our authentic 1926 pedestal sink that I scored for $100 when we first got the house.  I was a little eager, since we hadn’t even closed, but that’s ok!

Yesterday, instead of looking at some of the bigger cities, like Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte, where I know I can usually find a few good pieces, I trolled over to Eastern NC.  That’s right.  Down east has it’s own Craigslist.

Anyway, here are a few items I found, along with ideas of what I think you could do with them.

1Brocade and cherry accent chairs – $150 for the pair


I think these chairs would look super chic painted white and reupholstered with a fun fabric, like animal print or stripes.  The price would be right if you could use them as is, but the print isn’t really for me.  And let me tell you–reupholstering is ‘spensive!

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2. King size brass bed– $350


If I had any money or any place to store this, I would take it!  The bed looks great on its own (you know how much I love brass!), but I think painting it could take it a step further.

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3. Hoosier cupboard – $425


It’s overpriced, but I really like this for sentimental reasons…it brings back memories of an old red, white, and blue one we had growing up.  All this guy needs is a good coat of paint and maybe some new hardware!

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4. Brass & enamel mid-century lamps – $95 for the pair


I admit, these are some ugly lamps.  But they aren’t a total lost cause!  You could easily turn these around with some paint and new shades.  (Mary has a good tutorial for sprucing up boring lamps here.)  You could even to all funky with some teal and red if you wanted to!  But at $95, I think they’re too expensive for the work you’d have to put in them.

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5.  Antique sofa – $125


This sofa has good bones, but needs to be reupholstered.  Luckily, the reupholstering wouldn’t be as difficult as if it was tufted, but it’s still going to cost you.  The finished product could be just gorgeous enough to convince me though (if I need another sofa!). Are you as in love with that green and gold as I am?!?!

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What are your thoughts?  Would you buy any of these?  What’s your best ever Craigslist score?

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