Wednesday, November 12, 2014

making a house a home: things I bought that I love

* title shamelessly stolen from Mindy Kaling's blog that I read when I didn't really know what a blog was.

So moving is expensive, especially if you have to buy a bunch of new stuff to fill your said house. I want all my new things to pull double duty and not only be great and useful in my house, but serve as blog fodder, too. So here are things I bought that I love.



My living room, to the right of the fireplace, is pretty much my favorite corner of the house. I'm in love with this stained glass piece (wrote about making it mine here) because I feel like it fits into my colorful, collected eclectic decor scheme I  have going on. I always knew I wanted to put it here, and it seems right at home.

While we were packing, Andrew came across old records he bought in high school that still looked to be in great shape. He said we should buy a record player and I thought that was the best idea ever. I knew that we would have to put our TV stand next to the fireplace, so I wanted to get a neat looking record player to put on top of it. We looked into vintage record players, but restored ones were too expensive and older ones came with potential issues, so we got this one at Target. It was honestly not one of our best researched purchases (we saw it in the store, it was pretty, we had a coupon, and so we bought it) and it does have some issues, but it normally works itself out and we're in love. Going to Half Price Books and looking for new (to me) records is my new favorite activity and once I realized they have $1 clearance records (!!!!) I have to stop myself from visiting every few days. The sound the record makes before it hits that first note and just the way the music sounds are so much better than I ever realized. We've also bought a few more current records, but the old (and cheap) ones are my favorite. Seriously, Thriller for $1? You can't beat it.

Our old house had one eating area; the new one has a formal dining room and a breakfast nook. Our "old" (less than a year old) table works perfectly in the formal, so we needed a smaller table we could use every day. I knew it needed to be small and round, and I kept seeing mismatched chairs and loved that look. I thought I might be able to DIY something, so I started looking on craigslist and found Reluvd. It's owned by a couple who finds and refinishes furniture to sell and rent. Seriously, their warehouse is like a beautiful pinterest project explosion. They already had a table ready to go that was exactly what I was looking for, so I was able to look through their chair selection (literally hundreds) and choose what I wanted them to refinish for me to match the table. I was hoping to have at least two chairs with cushions to add color to the space and then two more conventional chairs. I love the ones I ended up with - the padded ones (that I recovered myself with $20 worth of fabric from Joann) are cheapies that were made in China and the others are Ethan Allen that Reluvd sold me for a steal. I hate that our new house is so far away from their warehouse but that won't stop me from continuing to stalk their facebook in case they have anything else I might want...

Then there was a mirror that was just meant to be. I knew that our sofa table was going to become an entry table in the new house. I knew I wanted a mirror to prop up on it, and for some reason, a window pane mirror seemed like the perfect thing. All the ones I found at Kirklands and Home Goods and those places weren't quite right or were too expensive. When I went to the antique mall the second time to get my beloved stained glass mirror, I saw the perfect mirror in the next booth. Andrew wasn't with me (I do like to get his approval, since he lives in the house, too) and I didn't have enough cash to get it that day, so I took a picture and left it behind. I kept online shopping all week, realized it was a fantastic price, and went back the next weekend (with plenty of cash) to see if it was there... and it was. And it was marked down. I claimed that thing immediately and it's perfect.

Honorable mentions: Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather candle, pumpkin in our front yard, ridiculously soft Target bath mats, beehive cream pitcher.

This candle is a favorite in our house | No idea why I love this pitcher so much

I take forever to make decisions. I shop around I read a lot of reviews. But I want my house to tell a story, and I love that my favorite things aren't just the little things I've grabbed at Target (believe me though, there is A LOT of that). They're things with a story, that I searched for an had to have. It isn't the best or easiest way to decorate, but it's been fun for me so far. What are some of your favorite things in your house?


16 comments:

  1. i'd say one of my favorites is a lazy boy chair we bought when kayla was a baby. it served as our rocking chair in her room and since she's grown up, we moved that down to our tv room and i love sitting in that while crocheting!

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  2. That record player is too cool. Much better way to listen to music. I love the most the things I have made since it was a labor of love. Though pictures of my family are a close second.

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  3. You make me want a record player. I love that sound when the needle hits.

    I also adore your round table and want a breakfast nook specifically so I can purchase one.

    I wouldn't say I search for things, but I do buy things eclectically. I only research some things. In decor especially I'm mostly an impulse buyer.

    Furniture wise my best purchases have been fully washable couches. I also love the half moon entry table I have. Decor, too much to choose from! I fully adore most decor things I own because they are all part of the story we're telling.

    Great post!

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  4. I love that mirror! I am the same, in that it takes me forever to make a decision and I have to research everything to death before I make a purchase. But usually that works out in the end.

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  5. Ahh a record player? I'm jealous! My old one died a few years back so I currently have records with no player! The Footloose soundtrack is one of my favs... Then I've got some Joan Jett, Rick Springfield, Madonna (and other great 80's pop music!) Oooh I can see why you love Reluvd! Such pretty pieces!! Lovethat table, and I never thought of mismatched chairs before! Why is this a new concept to me?! Love it!! Your house is looking awesome! The things I've bought lately all need re-finishing and that takes time so I haven't had a lot of fun with the new stuff just yet. It'll come though! I actually want another reclaimed bookshelf, but I got it in Houston and I'm trying to figure out how to get another! :)

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  6. My house is so bare. SO BARE. I absolutely love all your little details and how home-y your house looks! I guess when you can get the "you're moving" call on a moments notice, you stop worrying about making a house a home. I'm hoping wherever we go next we'll know that we can stay for a while. I'd really like to decorate. I might have to fly you out to wherever that is though because girl, you've got an eye!

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  7. love that your home is coming together and the record player is a great idea!

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  8. I saw records at Books A Million the other day and thought of you. They had some pretty good stuff including Fleetwood Mac.

    I miss records, maybe I should get a record player. I know my mom still has several albums I could borrow to start with!

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  9. I love all the details you shared today! You have such unique areas that really suit you guys and I love that! I hate walking in to a house that looks like every other house. I want to see the personality and character of the people that live there. Unlike walking in to my house, and see bare walls everywhere. I really need to get on that! It is the project of 2015!

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  10. The moving part SUCKS but this is the fun part!! And it's okay to take your time. That way you find just the right things and don't break your wallet. I love the idea of a record player. I haven't seen one in so long.

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  11. I want so many things for the new house. I still am hoping for a vintage/modern/rustic feel (ahem with a bitchin' record player, please)...but it's been a lot to do.

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  12. The record player and the mirror are my favorite. I bought a record player that also played cds and cassettes (!) a few years ago from Guitar Center and it's great. I love eclectic pieces- they really do tell a story!

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  13. Everything is so cute!! I love the bee pitcher...so cute! Your house seem very you. The record player is cool!

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  14. I love all of this!! I bet that candle smells amazzzinnggg

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  15. I am so impressed you have filled and decorated your new house and have put so much thought into it! If you think you take forever to make decisions, times that by 10 for me. It took me at least a year to find a painting I liked well enough to hang in the living room. Let's see... I love my little "Home is wherever I'm with you" sign that is printed on an old dictionary page (I think I posted it on my IG a year or so ago), I also love that my wedding gift to David is hung on the wall (has a couple engagement photos and our wedding invitation and programs, and I like the mason jars that I randomly decided to paint one day and fill with fake flowers (they have moved from the kitchen to the dining room and now they are in the living room).

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