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Dining Room Dilema

Today we will sign the papers for our Dutch colonial foreclosure.  Let’s have another look-see, shall we?

Dutch Colonial "before".

Dutch Colonial “before”.

Of course, it’s homely now . . . that horrid white siding, the ill-conceived enclosed porch, those naughty overgrown shrubs in front.

 What I envision, instead, will be something like this:

Must haves: 2nd story switch of siding color + charming porch like this.

Must haves: 2nd story switch of siding color + charming porch like this. Wish we could spring for the contrasting window sashes, but $$$.

My choice of siding colors will be a medium gray with a darker gray 2nd story, with lots of white trim.  YUM!

In fact, I’ve sketched out said-same for your perusal:

Medium gray + darker gray + white trim + red window sashes.

Seriously. Gray houses ‘call’ for red window sashes, am I right?

I don’t know about you, but to me, contrasting window sashes ‘make’ a home’s curb appeal.

They pop + they look very vintage, methinks.  We’ve comparison shopped already, + here are the sad facts:

white replacement windows @ $200 each

red replacement windows @ $400 each.

No can do, unless I start sewing pillows 24 hours a day!

www.redbirdvintagehome.etsy.com/shop

^^ Here’s my source of income, if you don’t count G.O. ^^

More of the 2nd story change of siding + color.

More of the 2nd story change of siding + color.

What's prettier than a Dutch colonial done right?

What’s prettier than a Dutch colonial done right?

Of course, I’d love it if our first chore would be sprucing up that exterior — so that all the passersby can see.

Sadly, however,  G.O. has already told me the exterior is not a priority + might not be tackled this summer!

What the WHAT?!  People will think we LIKE it this way?!?

Okay, then.  No problem.  I’ve already redone the interior in my head.

Let’s have a look-see at one of my favorites for our dining room.  Since I love catalog shopping, today’s happiness comes from West Elm:

Seriously.  Gray felt drum shade light fixture.

Seriously. Gray felt drum shade light fixture! Beautiful! Unique! No longer available!

Major hubba hubba on the gray felt drumshade for over our dining room table — no?  Well, actually, it IS no.

 West Elm doesn’t carry their products for very long — + this one’s sold out!

Listen + learn from my tragedy:  if you see something that you like, get it NOW.

Anyway, after my gray felt heartbreak, my 2nd choice might be this linen one . . .

Love it but not getting it.  Too bland.

Love it but not getting it. Too bland. $149.

. . . or not.

SO.  Here’s the West Elm dining room light fixture that I really wanted, all along:

Mercury glass.  $395.

Mercury glass. $395.

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big light

No one loves the mercury glass more than I do.  No one.

That means it’s a must-buy in my little world.  Today.  Immediately after we sign the papers + get those keys!

And one more thing — please view my large, gray sorter, for which I paid a mere $50, circa 1990:

Purchased for $50, circa 1990.

It’s that groovy gray sorter that’s against the wall. I originally bought it for my then-store, Heart-in-Hand in Oregon, Illinois.

It currently is residing inside a cool store here:  www.livinglolastyle.com.

This is the sorter that I could not decide to sell or to put in our new dining room.  Is it too weird?  I asked myself!

Well, NO, it’s NOT — I concluded, just after  I gazed upon Ellen DeGeneres’ sorter in the current issue of Elle Decor magazine.  Check it out:

I love the way this has been staged + hope to do something equally wonderful with my sorter.

I love the way this has been staged + hope to do something equally wonderful with my sorter.

I blogged about this just yesterday: https://redbirdv.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/my-new-bff-ellen-degeneres/

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Thanks for viewing + stay tuned!


My New BFF, Ellen DeGeneres

It’s always a good day (for me) when a magazine lands inside my mailbox!

This week’s happiness is the May issue of Elle Decor, with Ellen DeGeneres + Portia de Rossi’s property . . .

. . . 26-acres + 8 cabins north of Los Angeles.

PEOPLE!  I WANT ELLEN TO BE MY NEW BFF!

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What a cute couple! Portia de Rossi + my new BFF, Ellen DeGeneres!

It wouldn't be too stalker-ish of me to send Ellen one of my BFF pillows . . . would it?

It wouldn’t be too stalker-ish of me to send Ellen one of my BFF pillows . . . would it? I ‘keed’!

It’s crazy!  We have so much in common — spontaneous dancing, trying to be funny —

and, most importantly, we both love the serial re-doing + the constant moving!

“I can only change the furniture so much and I get bored,” said Ellen . . .

AND ME, constantly.

Isn't it obvious that we both shop at the 10-Year-Old Boy Boutique?

And . . . isn’t it obvious that we both shop at the 10-Year-Old Boy Boutique?

   But I digress.   Back to the important stuff!

 Of course, she + I like the same decor style.

 The rustic, the modern, the industrial.  I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it!

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Leather Chesterfield sofa, white plank walls, interesting light fixtures, faded vintage rug, metal coffee table, striped throw — check!

I love all the cool artwork that Ellen + Portia have hanging in their rooms:

Okay, so who's on board with the deconstructed chair?

Okay, so who’s on board with the deconstructed chair, a la Restoration Hardware? Sorry, Ellen, I’m not a huge fan . . .

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But she + I display artwork on a vintage easel!

. . . but I’m a total fan of displaying art on the vintage easel . . .

. . . look!  I had the same idea!

. . . and look! Here’s my vintage easel! Group hug!

Now let’s talk about how a simple magazine issue can change one’s life . . .

  . . . not only do I have a new BFF (yay!) . . .

. . . but the magazine has changed my mind about my beloved postal sorter . . .

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. . . it’s awesome, no?  Well, believe it or not, I was on the fence about whether or not it would be in our next house!

Then, this happened.  2 words:   Ellen’s.  Sorter.

Lots of vintage furniture, some from Sweden.

Look at that hanging chalkboard! The ironstone! The glass canisters!

Now you can see why that postal sorter HAS to be in our next house!

And speaking of that photo’s ability to alter our decor, I saw these beauties + knew I had to find industrial bar stools!

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Okay, so I’d already been shopping for industrial stools.

Here are a few examples one can find in Robert Redford’s groovy Sundance catalog:

Here’s my favorite . . . the Texas spinning stool, in color!  I’ll take mine in red, please!

$225 -- still over my budget, unfortunately.

$225 — still over my budget, unfortunately.

Wow, my eyes are spinning from all these bar stools!

. . . but I could add dozens more that I’d consider.  That will just have to be another post for another day!

Stay tuned!


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