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GBTHS Thrift Makeover

GBTHS Thrift Makeover

How often does a girl get to shop using someone else’s money? In my case, not often. But this month, I did!! I was invited to participate in a thrift makeover competition (or Upcycle Challenge, as they’re calling it) for the Great Big Texas Home Show at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The guidelines were simple....
Bright Winter

Bright Winter

Boy, oh boy, oh boy… It’s been a while since I’ve let an entire week float by without a blog post. What can I say? A lot has been happening!! But enough of that. You’ll hear more from me on “the secret subject” later. Right now, I’m focusing on positivity, confidence, and a bright, cheerful...
Autumnal Ambers

Autumnal Ambers

Golden turning leaves, smoldering camp fires, the warm glow of late afternoon light… it’s all part of the seasonal tide from Summer to Fall. Recently, our seasonal “tides” have been ebbing and flowing back and forth especially quickly. If I’m being honest, it’s kind of a nuisance. One day you’re in wool knits and cozy leggings...
Style Story... of Stephanie Casey

Style Story… of Stephanie Casey

Stephanie Casey has a smile that would brighten any room but it’s not necessarily because of  her flawless complexion, salsa red lips, or pearly white teeth as you would think. No, it’s deeper than that. Thegenuine joy of spirit that she obviously applies to all areas of her life flows easily from the inside out....
Green Glasses... TAKE TWO

Green Glasses… TAKE TWO

  It’s been a while since I published a “TAKE TWO” post. I’m not even really sure why… I certainly haven’t stopped thrifting!! Regardless, here I am with a brand new episode. And a couple cool sidenotes about the pieces I found. I picked up these green footed glasses at (you guessed it) Berry Good...
Thrift Treasure

Thrift Treasure

Yesterday I made a long overdue return to my favorite Fort Worth thrift store, Berry Good Buys. I’ve experienced a few work related losses and was in need of some cheering up. Nothing does the job quite like thrifting! So, I grabbed my coat, purse, and camera (it’s always with me) and headed out the...
New Pillows - Quick Tip

New Pillows – Quick Tip

I tout the virtues of second-hand shopping more than enough on this blog but I’m afraid you’ll have to endure my praises still. Last week, while scouting for an exciting patio project (keep your eyes open for that one in May), I came across these mustard, camel, and navy velvet pillows. At $1 a pop,...
Folding Screen... TAKE TWO

Folding Screen… TAKE TWO

Today’s TAKE TWO post isn’t make believe. It actually happened… to me!! I walked into Berry Good Buys last week and beheld this dusty, aged, tattered old gem. I knew immediately where I wanted to place it in my home and made no hesitation in snatching it up. Our dining table is in a dark...
For the Menfolk #2... Wait for the Fit

For the Menfolk #2… Wait for the Fit

Friends often ask me about how and where I shop. The answer is undoubtedly vintage and thrift. So, let’s chat for a moment about second hand shopping… specifically about a guideline that I think is of the utmost importance (and far too often neglected by moi). FIT! Yes, it’s all about the fit when shopping...
Twin Poster Bed... TAKE TWO

Twin Poster Bed… TAKE TWO

I came across this tall, twin-sized poster bed a few weeks ago and immediately thought of the charming country guest bedroom from the home of fashion designer Emerson Fry of EmersonMade (i love her designs, it’s no wonder i love her house too!). How often do you even see twin poster beds? Not much anymore,...
More Than Just a Scarf

More Than Just a Scarf

I want to discuss for a moment the plight of the silk scarf. First of all, what happened to it? Sometime between the bohemian styles of the seventies and the bold patterns of the eighties, they were eclipsed by a trendier set of pashmina and wool shawls. You know what piece I’m referring to… We’ve...
Pedestal Entry Table... TAKE TWO

Pedestal Entry Table… TAKE TWO

This series has been so much fun for me! Who doesn’t love an excuse to shop the local thrifts and fleas each weekend? Those that know me understand my obsession. Today’s post features a beautiful table I spotted at Berry Good Buys in Fort Worth. This particular table was really impressive – the details were...
Cuff & Collar

Cuff & Collar

Today’s post description is very short. Not only am I terribly busy but I think I’ve already caught the holiday itch… it’s time for Thanksgiving, no doubt about it! On Sunday, I wore this favorite vintage shift dress. I love the simplicity of it and the way it makes me feel sort of modern. I...
Two by Two

Two by Two

Several months ago I purchased these darling vintage prints at my local thrift store but only recently hung them on the wall. (My life is crazy right now… in a good way). I love the fact that one on it’s own is OK but two together is so much better!! They have a little dialogue...
Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

…Or was. Alas it’s warmed up a bit since we took these photos. But for several days there, we had cool weather here in Texas. In fact, cool enough that we even turned on the heat… in late October… imagine that! Even though we’ve relapsed slightly, I feel certain that change is in the air...
A Night at the Thrift Studio

A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am –...
Old Dress, Old Chair... Old Soul

Old Dress, Old Chair… Old Soul

Since  I first started taking notice of clothing and decor as a young girl, I have been drawn to old things… clothing from a different era, patterns with a sense of heritage, decor telling a piece of history. I thinks it’s kind of odd considering that I am now such a fan of the modern...

Mixed Metals

Now that I have come clean about my avid affection for second hand treasures, I think it would be a mistake not to share an example of my hodgepodge collection in action. My theory of “matching” is pretty loose…proportion, texture, and color guide most of my decisions. And in regards to jewelry, I love to...
Confessions of a Thrifter

Confessions of a Thrifter

By now, most of you know that I have a keen appreciation for hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough. My favorite pastime is vintage, antique, and thrift shopping. After my “This to That” series, which I am taking a short break from, and other second-hand inspired posts, I thought a brief summary of my...

No Time to Waste

Yes…I have finally returned from my relocation vacation (well, “vacation” may not be exactly the right word). Although I missed sharing my daily snippet of style and design inspiration, I have to be honest…the time away gave me a wonderful opportunity to consider and reflect on my work here…past, present, and future. If I took...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 9

Last episode of “Thrifting Thursday’s: From THIS to THAT“, I highlighted the transformative power of a shiny coat of black paint. This week, I am featuring the work of a tremendously talented DIY-er and new found design blog acquaintance, Holly from Life in the Fun Lane who has a distinctively stylish eye for white paint. In her time at...

From This to That…with studio bon

Today I would like to take a short detour from our regular Thrifting Thursday posting to share some exciting news. After many hours and tedious editing, the studio bon blog (that I participated in the collaborative design of) has officially launched and I would love to invite you over for a visit! In celebration of...

Thrifting Thursdays: Episode 8

It’s a simple equation. Take an old, discarded table…coat in generous layers of jet black paint…add an immediate element of drama and sophistication to any room. In today’s episode, the office is learning to become more exciting…and I am studiously taking notes. I have a desk very similar to the second example that badly needs...

Thrifting Thursdays: Episode 7

Ok, Texas Winter…I think we’ve had enough! I am definitely ready for sunshine, warmer weather, and brighter colors. My gray and black wardrobe is beginning to depress me! As a result, this week’s Thrifting Thursday episode is intended to offer a bright spot in the gloomy winter day of all DIY-ers. (Or, maybe just those...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 6

Yet another dose of thrifting DIY inspiration! There is always so much that can be done…now, if only there was enough time to work on all these cool projects! From THIS to THAT: Episode 6 Photo Credits: Snapshots – Hilary Walker, Image 1 – Living Etc, Image 2 – Apartment Therapy Hope you enjoyed and...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 5

Whew! It’s been a while. The holiday season kinda threw me for a loop when it came to this series. And now the New Year has begun, so it’s back to it! I love collecting photos of local treasures and searching my archives for relevant applications of each piece. Today’s post features two DIY inspired...

Thrifting Thursdays: Episode 4

Hello again weekly thrifters! (My spell check is going crazy with all these made up thrift words). This week’s scavenge uncovered some real beauties in the world of second hand furniture. I wish I could have taken them all home with me, but aside from that little thing called a budget I would have had...