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    Five down, five to go. Taking a break because digging through rocks is a bitch. But yay for greenery!! Added a few potted plants to the porch. Hellooooo spring! Excited to add plants throughout the property. This kid and his red pants (a birthday request) brighten my days. He loves those pants so much he sneaks them out of the dirty laundry to change.

The Rachael

Nope, not referring to the popular 90′s Jennifer Aniston hair style that took the country by storm.  Meet our new sofa, Rachael by Flexsteel.  She’s slim, clean lined, and slightly vintage styled to play nicely with the MCM bench.

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We sold the old three-piece sectional and put that money toward the new girl.  With nine button tufts along the back, there’s just enough interest on the tight back.

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The fabric color, Earth, leans more beige in bright light, but gray in overcast conditions.

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Ben really wanted leather, but I think this tweed like textured fabric adds a lot of comfort and warmth.  I paired with a faux cow hide pillow for a dash of Western flare.

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Flexsteel offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, springs, and cushions, which should hold up to the four Y chromosome people in this house.

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Now to find chairs to place perpendicular to the couch.  I’d love to add something leather here, assuming we find something we agree on.  Much easier said than done.

While we were at the furniture store, we noticed another Flexsteel brand sofa, the Dana, in the clearance section.  Priced at $600, we took Frank from American Picker’s trick and bundled to save over three hundred dollars, including a fabric warranty plan on the Rachael.

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The fabric is slightly darker and more on the gray side, but a real upgrade from our old couch.

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Slightly rolled arms are more traditional in style than I usually like, but still small enough to fit the space.

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Taller legs on both couches make vacuuming under a breeze, too.  So far, we’re thrilled with the new additions.  Fingers crossed we can say that years from now.

Winner & Etsy Favs: January

Say goodbye to January 2014, because we’re nearing the end.  But, we’ve got some good news for two lucky giveaway winners.

Myssie and Sarah Z, you get to choose your favorite print from The Smitten Collection and one text bubble cut out from me.  Congrats on the new art!  For all you other Etsy lovers, take a look at these great pieces I found this month:

Navy Geo print by Brittany Bass

Hand Stitched Note Card from Sarah K. Benning

Iceberg in Water photograph print at Eye Poetry Photography

Mountain Blossom Furoshiki from The Link Collective

Triangle Throw Pillow Cover by Adidit

Geometric Air Plant Cube from Sea and Asters

Laurel Wreath Necklace at Almanac for June

Leaded Glass Hanging Vase by BeeJayKay

Ampersand Screen Print from Shop Ampersand

Silk Wings Scarf by Shovava

Rose Gold Initial Pendant at Olive Yew Jewels

Black and Copper Large Cylinder Vase from The Object Enthusiast

Trifox Print by Twamies

Orb Shaped Black and White Planter from Half Light Honey Studio

Wishing everyone a happy (and warm) last day of January!

Top Twelve: Thanksgiving Goodies

Happy Halloween!  I’m headed out the door to help with festivities at the school.  Should be fun to see all the little kiddos in costume.  You know what else is fun, planning a Thanksgiving feast.  Here are my favorite Thanksgiving essentials:

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1.  Storage Cutting Board from West Elm

2.  Threshold Double Old Fashioned Cheers Tumbler from Target

3.  Hammered Glassware from World Market

4.  Barsk Wine Glasses from Ikea

5.  Happy Chic Gold Wine Decanter at JCP

6.  Hand Painted Dotted Dinnerware from West Elm

7.  Leather Cord Cuffs for Napkins

8.  Pavillion Dove Napkins at Crate and Barrel

9.  Rose Gold Flatware Set at West Elm

10.  Wood Bark Pedestal from World Market

11.  DIY a similar Painted Metallic Runner

12.  Maybe use the holiday as an excuse to get new head chairs like the Baxton Studio MCM Shell Chairs on Amazon

Have fun trick or treating tonight and we’ll see you back here tomorrow with a fun giveaway.

Gimme a Giveaway Winner & Top Twelve Etsy Fall

Holy cow, September went by in a flash!  The temps here are dropping and I even pulled out my fall coat yesterday.  Who’s excited for cool weather, warm fires, and apple cider?  I have a feeling lucky commenter number 5, Shavonda, will cozy up her house with some Michelle Dwight goods.  Congrats, lovely lady!  If you’re looking to add warmth to your home, check out these top twelve Etsy fall finds:

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1.  Wall Mount Flower Vase by The Agrarian:  Natural elements are always in style, and this cute wall vase has character and charm.

2.  Yellow Leaf Shaped Pillow from Mikabarr:  Soften and brighten any room with a poppy leaf pillow.

3.  Drip Coffee Stand at Meriwether of Montana:  A manly coffee station addition.

4.  Studded Natural Linen Pillow Cover from Jillian Rene Decor:  Natural linen and gold studs.  Need I say more?

5.  Rose Gold Fox Ring at Petit Formal:  Be foxy with this cutie rose gold adjustable ring.

6.  Gray and Tan Chevron Ikat Pillow Cover by Pillow Fight:  There we go again with neutrals to add warmth.

7.  Rough Top Metallic Concrete Candle Holders from Reconsider It:  Gold and copper metallic + cool concrete = beautiful.

8.  American Bison Pillow at Wilderness Romance:  Cuddle up with this little buffalo.  Isn’t he adorable?

9.  Charcoal Plus Coasters by Cotton & Flax:  Pretty wool coasters to rest a hot (or cold) drink on.

10.  Big Addition Architectural Abstract Pillow Cover from Back to Basics Pillows:  This fun pattern can work well beyond the fall season.

11.  Gold Wishbone Art by Gilded Mint:  Wishing for beautiful art?  Here’s a great, hand painted piece to add to a collection.

12.  Vintage Turkish Kilim Rug at SofArt:  Jazzy colors and a fun pattern collide on this vintage kilim beauty.

Of course we’ve got a few wonderful Etsy sponsors for you to check out, too.

Stop in Vol. 25 to load up on beautiful art prints and science posters.

Juneberry Stitches has you covered if you need a handmade purse or clutch.

Load up on natural scenery prints from MT Photo Journal.  You don’t have to leave the house to enjoy a fantastic fall view.

Wishing everyone a fun-filled fall weekend!

Make a Wish

Woo hoo, it’s Friday!  How about a little wishful thinking today?  Well, I saw an awesome gold wishbone in Kristin’s living room, but couldn’t justify the near $50 price tag.  Even if it is dipped in 24 karat gold.

But it is such a fun piece, so I figured I’d give it the ol’ DIY try using polymer clay and gold spray paint.  Guess what?  I got close on the second try.

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If you want to make your own, get a package of polymer clay.  I used half of the block.  Knead until soft, then split into two even balls.

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Roll those balls into long hot dogs, as Ev called them.

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Pinch the ends, making a rounded, flat end.  Then squish the two together, smoothing and rounding the pinched areas.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet and adjust the shape until you like it.  On my first try, I quit there and baked it at 275 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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One of the ends flopped down during baking.  Stupidly, I tried to bend it back and it snapped off.  Lesson learned.  The second time I placed two clay balls under to keep the shape.

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After baking, I gave it two coats of Rustoleum’s gold paint and here she is, living it up on the coffee table.

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I know the real version is better, but this two dollar knock off isn’t too bad in my book.

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And it’s a super cute start to my fall decorating.

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What do you think of the DIY version?  While we’re talking wishes, I’ve got a favor to ask all of you lovelies.  Can you please ‘favorite’ our guest room over at Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest?  To thank you for your help and support, this post is also a giveaway.  Win or lose, one lucky reader will get a prize.  If we lose, a pair of custom Sit and Stay pillows will head over to a new home.

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But if we win, the $200 Sherwin Williams gift card (a winner prize provided by Apartment Therapy) will go to one of our readers.  I know we’re a long shot as there are so many great rooms, but we really appreciate your encouragement and support.  So, if you want in on the prize, here’s what you need to do.

If you’ve already ‘favorited’ our room, leave a comment that you did so.  If you haven’t, head over to Apartment Therapy, sign in or create an account, and favorite our Butter Yellow room.  Come back here and leave another comment to get yourself in the running.  That’s it.  Thanks again!!  Oh, selecting favorites ends next Friday, September 27th, so the giveaway will end then, too.

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