Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Questions and Answers and More Close Up Pics

I've gotten quite a few emails after I posted my Family Room TourKitchen Tour, and Bathroom Tour Y'all are so sweet with all your kind emails! I kept getting the same questions from readers and friends who came to visit, so I decided to do a post and show some requested close up shots and info. on where I purchased things. 

These candle sticks came from Kirklands years ago. They've been through a lot...one of my sons was jumping on the couch one day and knocked them off and they broke into about 100 pieces. My talented hubby was able to glue them all back together. They were originally a green color, and I painted them with white acrylic paint, then put a "wash" on them. And by "wash," I just mean I poured some brown acrylic paint into a plastic cup, added some water, and applied it with a paper towel. :)

Here's a closer look at the mantle.

I got the "Home Sweet Home" sign at Hobby Lobby.

Everyone asks about this pillow too. I got it at Walmart. I was just there a few weeks ago and they still had it. Let's hope your kids don't put an orange Cheetos stain on it immediately after you buy it like mine did. :) 

Some of you asked if this was a "collapsing" table, and you're right! Man, y'all have a good eye! 

Here's what it looks like when the sides are down. It's from The Bombay Company. I really miss that store.

This is the dough bowl that is on the coffee table in the den. It's not a real antique dough bowl, but it was just the right size for this table. Both dough bowls were gifts, so I can't tell you where they were purchased.

red dough bowl
Some of you asked if this dough bowl in the kitchen was really red, or if it was the lighting. Yes, it's really red. (although, my photography skills ARE lacking lately) :) It's not a real antique either. Just a reproduction. 

As I mentioned, I got these prints from my grandmother. She had them in her house for years, then my brother had them in his house, and now I'm the proud owner. We kind of play "musical decor" in my family. 

Here's a close up. Unfortunately I have no idea where my grandmother got them, but I sure do like them.

This flower arrangement came from Ross two years ago. 
This clock in the master bath is from Hobby Lobby (purchased with a coupon, of course!)

This wire basket was only $5 at Walmart a couple of years ago. It was part of their Better Homes and Gardens line. The little boxwood was purchased at Michael's in the wedding section. My Michael's still has them. The little birdcage was also purchased at Michael's in the dollar section. It used to be red and I spray painted it almond.

These prints in the guest bath are from Kirkland's. They were $15.99 each. I don't think they still have these exact ones, but I've seen similar ones online.

Probably the most asked question was "what the heck is that in the tray behind the toilet in the guest bath?" Hee! Y'all are right...I totally should have taken more close up shots! :) I just have some cinnamon scented pine cones and a pretty candle that my aunt made. 

I bought the tray on clearance at World Market. I think I paid $2 for it. I cut some scrap paper to fit in the bottom and just plopped some pine cones and a candle in it. The ribbon was from JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby, I can't remember which. On the spool, it says "Offray Ribbon" and it also says "French Block BRNB" if that tells you anything. :)

This little basket holds some paper napkins for our guests to dry their hands with. It was purchased at Linen's and Things. Another store I miss. Here's a tip...did y'all know Party City sells these "guest napkins" in packs of 16 for $2.99? They have all kinds of cute prints too.

Here's another pic of the napkin basket. 

I talked about this little embellishment I added to the middle drawer in the guest bath. I bought it at Lowe's for around $4. It was unfinished when I bought it and I spray painted it Heirloom White and just attached it with hot glue. So far, it's stayed up fine.

This lavender wreath in the entry came from JoAnn's. I think it was $40. They still have these in my store.

That cloche is from Hobby Lobby. It was originally an off white color and I spray painted it Heirloom White. The votive candle holder is from the dollar section at Michael's a couple of months ago. 
The planter is from Michael's too. I added the square boxwood greenery. Also from Michael's.

The votive candle is from Kirkland's (last year) and the birdcage is from Michael's. It was also a darker color when I bought it, and I spray painted it Heirloom White so it would stand out a little more on the dark walls.

Here's a close up pic.
This "Family" sign is above the valance in the kitchen. It's a quote from Marcel Proust. It says "Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." I just typed it up on my computer, put it on a flash drive, and took it to a local copy shop to have them print it out. I added the little scrapbook paper cut outs in the corners. I've actually seen signs just like this at Hobby Lobby. 

Here's a close up.

kitchen buffet
I got this buffet at World Market.

This little birdcage was purchased in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby for $2! The little pagoda next to it was purchased at the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco.

Speaking of San Francisco, people always want to know where the heck this pic was taken. It was my one attempt at being "artsy." :) I took this pic of my boys at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I like the angle it was taken from, and let's just pretend that was done on purpose. :) 

One of my friends just asked me about this the other day. We call it a "bread box." Not because it's a bread box, but because it sits in the same spot where we used to have a bread box for years. Weird, huh? It's a little two drawer thingy with apples on the front, but when you glance at it, they look like little lemons. I got it at Target almost 10 years ago, so I'm sure they don't carry it anymore. We keep mints in the left drawer and coffee filters and a coffee scoop in the right. 

Back to San Francisco...I bought these prints at a little shop right by the Golden Gate Bridge. The frames are from Kirkland's.

Here's a close up of the prints. 

I posted this on Instagram (chels70) but thought I'd share it here too. This is what was on the floor when I woke up the other morning. Ah, the life with a household of boys. Actually, it's not that unusual here to find things like a fake bloody hand just lying around. :)

One more quick thing...in my Favorite Things Post I talked about my favorite lip liner. It's Wet N Wild brand and it's only .99 cents and there was a $1 off coupon in the paper Sunday, so you could try it for free!

Well, I hope that helped answer some questions. Please always feel free to email me or leave a comment with any questions you have and I'll do my best to answer them. Hope y'all have a great week!


  1. You are really good at finding great accessories for good prices. I really like your signs and want to get some for our house too. I kind of giggled about the Cheetos...I made that mistake when my son was little. Cheetos are hard to clean up!

  2. Thanks for the update! I really love how you embellish some of the things you buy, very creative! I have to look for the bathroom paper hand towels...my kids have a habit of throwing the clean hand towel on the floor or in the wet sink. Grrrrr...


  3. I love the dough bowl. My mom has one that is huge. Yours looks more reasonable in size.

    1. Thank you, Jordan! I've seen those huge dough bowls too. I like them, but I just don't know where I could possibly fit one. :)

  4. You have some very pretty accessories. Thanks for sharing where they came from. I have that same little pillow that you found at Walmart too! The bloody looking fake hand on the floor is hilarious. I live with all boys in my house too so I can relate! LOL!


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