Thursday, March 11, 2010

Living Room Project #6

Oh this was such a fun and creative
week in the living room. Some of you
do these things regularly but I tend
to get too busy with friends, kids, name it.

You may remember that one of the goals
of this project was to include Warren.

Well, you'll be quite proud of me.
He and I went to Kirkland's this week.
We shopped well together...

While I looked he sat in one of their
comfy chairs and guarded my choices.

At one point he may have been sleeping,
I'm not sure.

Yes, I'm laughing.
But, you see,
he really just doesn't care.

He was glad that I was using a
gift card that Mom gave me for

So, now to show you what I got...
Most of these items came from the
"as is" final clearance.

Such as this canister
with a
missing lid.

It has this fun pedestal and is the
exact color I wanted.
Original price?
My cost?
Oh Yeah!
That's what I'm talking about!
This would make the perfect base
for a Spring bouquet.

The silk flowers were on sale for
$2.99 per stem. I got three of
each for a total of $27.

Remember, I'm using a gift card...
so it is all pre-paid.

You may remember the candle stick that
I previously had on the Entertainment
Center? Well, they had two more on the
clearance rack.

Initially I thought they were different
sizes than the one I already had.
However, after paying $4.oo each for
these I found that the shorter one is the
twin to mine. Then I wondered how I could
stagger the heights.

It came to me!

Different candle heights. Some of you
are just thinking it is weird that I had
to even think about it. But, you know,
if you don't use your decorating skills you
can actually lose them.
I've been so out of practice.

The candles were in the clearance
section at JC Penney.
I don't remember exactly
how much they were but the three of them
came to about $18.

My family could not believe that I was
buying candles. I mean we have more
candles in this house than you can believe
but...Sorry guys, pillars and
soy are not compatible.
It is just a fact.

Why was I at JC Penney?
To make an exchange, of course.
The window scarf that I could just never be
happy with had to go back.
Manuela whose advice I just had to listen
to had suggested panels on each side.
That sounded like a great option.
Aren't you glad Manuela decided to blog
again? I missed her while she took a
long break.

Sure enough panels were available in the same design
as the valances. So, gaining $21 in the process,
I have added them to the window.
I love how they soften the whole thing and help to
tone down the wood trim that was so very harsh.

At the beginning of the process:

Window wall last time:


It is getting softer.
I'm liking it!

The bad news?
I didn't get the Entertainment Center
emptied yet and while I did buy a new lampshade
it didn't fit. So, I'll be returning
that one and continue to look. Sad thing
is the one I found was just $5.
But, I would rather get what really works.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this
adventure with me. You are just the best!

I know the changes aren't dramatic...but
it is progress. And that is a good thing
with my busy schedule!

Have a great day!



Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It's looking very pretty Becky. Your cannister with the flowers is beautiful. What a great find. The panels look very nice too. Manuela has wonderful ideas, doesn't she?

Karen June Miller said...

Hi Becky! I think about you every time I burn your candles. One has been burned completely and the other is ready to glow!

Loved the inspiration on my visit here today!

Blessings, KJ

AkaPJTheGreat said...

I miss Kirklands, it was one of my favorite places to shop when I lived in Jacksonville, FL. Great Lakes, IL doesn't have one handy. Their clearance section is always a wealth of fabulous finds. Way to go!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Definitely loving the side panels of curtins. Also your finds from Kirkland's - those are great! I love that you now have 3 candle holders - the eye really likes 'Fibinacci' numbers - ask Rachel or Sarah about it!

Tracy said...

The fresher, lighter look is lovely, Becky! Those curtains are so dreamy & diaphanous... Those flowers are gorgeous and beautifully arranged! Wonderful inspiration & eye candy here. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Karen said...

Great finds! The canister works so well for your flowers. (Julianne will love it when she sees it-she's so into fleur de lis these days.)

I was cracking up when I read "At one point he may have been sleeping,
I'm not sure". Too hilarious!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Becky, It looks great...and I bow to the queen of the bargain shoppers. You have done an impressive job!
♥, Susan

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Becky, those flowers and candles are making me drool on my keyboard!!!!!!!! I LOVE those flowers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I say I love those flowers. Ha. ha.

Everything is delightful.

Barb ♥

Vee said...

Ohhhh, Manuela's suggestion was an excellent one...thanks for showing the before and afters...have I ever told you that that is one of my favorite-avorite things? Anyway, so nice and so flattering to your lovely window and scene. Great bargains and I enjoyed reading about how much Warren helped on this shopping excursion.

♥Cayden's Mommy♥ said...

It all looks great Becky!!! I love the plant canister!!Beautiful and what a price!! WOW!!

Terri and Bob said...

These days it would be ME curled up on the chair in the store!! I can't seem to get the sleep I need!

I love hearing about your work. Our homes are the ointment on our souls.

Elena said...

Oh wow! You did a fantastic job. I love the look and the bouquet is so pretty! Good job.

Manuela@TPOH said...

LOVE it! It looks so good! I'm glad you're happy with it.


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Ha, so funny about your hubby sleeping while you shopped. I love how you found a use for that canister! You are a clever lady. I know how hard it is to find time to decorate, you definitely have your priorities right! But I'm glad you are finding some time to make progress, it is looking great!!