giveaway winner & some finishing touches

Red Pearl Designs $25 Design Credit

And the winner is.....
Ashley from A Forty Year Old Ranch!
Congratulations!!
Please contact me to claim your awesome prize.
I can't wait to see what Megan will create for you!

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I thought today would be a good time to show you a few little updates around the house.  It's not a lot, just those finishing touches that make the house feel like home. 

I've been striving to mix in some antiques, and I'm really liking how it's feeling.  I had some pretty neat antique pieces before we downsized, but, well- we downsized!  No more of that until now.

I also tend to do a little here and a little there, which means lots of little stuff here there and everywhere.  My  next plan on the decorating agenda is to get some BIGGER statement pieces. 
So here's the mini tour of updates:

A few posts ago, after I'd finished rearranging the living room, I mentioned that I wanted to get another Ikea trunk like the one on the bottom.  While I was out at a thrift shop a couple weeks ago, I found this vintage picnic basket! I really liked the pattern on the side.  It adds the height I was looking for in this spot. 

I also picked up the larger of the two wooden boxes at another thrift shop.  I didn't intend for these to get stacked here- they were actually going to go in a window sill and have some wheat grass planted in them, but I happened to set these here just to move them temporarily....I think they'll stay.

I also found a 'filler' for this corner next to the dresser in our bedroom. 
I got this extra large vase at TJMaxx and put some faux grass in it. 

This pitcher was $1 at the same thrift shop that I got the picnic basket at.  I liked the similar metals in the tray and the pitcher.  I also like that it rounds out the top of the bookcase in the living room.



Lastly, I'm still working on the bathroom, but it will be slow going for awhile.  Most of the changes I'm wanting to do are pretty big, so you probably won't see much for a bit. 
Here's another step towards 'classic vintage master bathroom' that still ties into the beachy feel.
Before:

After:

I like the nubby texture; there's two of them! ; and they can easily be thrown into the wash- no rubber backing or special trims that require dry cleaning or spot cleaning only.  :)

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Also, a couple weeks ago I showed you this beautiful plate set I purchased at the Aurora Anitque District. 
I picked it up because the price was too good to pass up, and I really liked the pattern on it.  I thought it would go great with my Lenox set, or maybe I'd resell it. 
I never looked at the pattern maker.

As I was pricing items over the weekend for the Holiday Heritage Faire, I thought maybe I'd put them in with some of my items to sell.  I flipped over one of the plates and saw this:

The stamp looked intriguing, so I did a little internet research.....
Turns out, this is a somewhat rare pattern, and it was made in the 1940's.  The set of numbers on the bottom are the year and month they were made.  September 1942!
I only found two pieces on Ebay, and the price I paid for the 12 pieces is the equivalent of the cost of two of my plates!!!!

So now the big question is, do I keep it or sell it?? 
 I've decided I won't be putting it in the sale this weekend.  But do I hold on to it (I did buy it because I liked it, even though the intention was to turn around and sell them...)
or sell them on Ebay to get some seed money for my newly hatched business going?
I'd love your thoughts.

Happy Monday to you!

I'm thankful for good friends. 
 I feel so fortunate to have a great support group of girlfriends who love me just as I am, who I can laugh with, cry with, keep my secrets, and make great memories with.
And I'm thankful for so many of you who have become friends!

Linking to:
Market Yourself Monday
Metamorphosis Mondays

5 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, thank you! I am so excited! This is the first time I have won anything in blogland! I love the little pitcher you found. That china is beautiful, and if you love it, I say keep it!

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  2. Love all your finds! Those baskets are beautiful!
    The rugs look like they would massage your feet too! :) I would hold on to the plates for a while and then if they don't feel right or don't fit into you home then maybe you can sell. Or just hold on to them and pass them down. They are really pretty!

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  3. If you love it, keep it.. Otherwise, sell. What a great find! I like the little things you have done around your house. It does make a difference!

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  4. Those dishes are gorgeous Denise...you can mix those with a lot and they will be fantastic!

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