Fireworks and Flea Markets

Hollis and I headed to Kansas City to spend the July 4th weekend with my family. (Brian had to stay here and cut wheat). We usually get together and stuff our faces and then blow some things up.  The fourth has become one of my favorite holidays. It’s just so relaxing and stress-free. There’s no gift buying or wrapping or slaving away in the kitchen. Everyone is happy just grilling and eating pasta salad all day and homemade ice cream….can’t forget the homemade ice cream. Along with the food, there was also sun rays being soaked up, outdoor games being played, catching up with family, and Sangria!

This was Hollis’ first 4th of July and her first look at fireworks….she wasn’t a fan. Luckily her Uncle Tyler brought some glow sticks which she was a BIG fan of. She was also a big fan of everyone fawning over her (only grandchild on my side) and her furry cousins (my furry nieces) running around. The weather was beautiful and made the day extra enjoyable. Normally we don’t really venture out of the house until it gets late enough to cool down, but the whole day was sunny with a nice cool breeze. Perfection.

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The next day we had a relaxing morning (love it when the 4th falls on a Friday) and then my parents took us to Cockrell Mercantile. I’ve heard my mom talk about it forever, but I had never been…Now I’m going to want to go every time we visit. It’s made up of 4 or 5 buildings and each one is filled to the brim with kitchen goodies, housewares, accessories, and antiques. I fully intend on doing all of my Christmas shopping there, not just because I know I will find something for everyone, but because it gives me another excuse to go and oggle  look around. My mom and I got to leisurely stroll around and shop while my dad entertained the baby. (thanks dad!)

I walked away with this beauty…my kitchen was practically begging for it.

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And I couldn’t pass up this little dinosaur creamer. I mean who doesn’t need a dino creamer?

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On our last day (Sunday) we headed to church and then for some Chinese food. This is a big deal for me because I cannot get decent Chinese food out here in Central KS. Which is probably for the best as far as my waistline is concerned. Luckily I got to burn a lot of calories off by walking around a nearby flea market! Basically the best kind of exercise, ever. My mom had been there before and said that it’s kind of hit or miss. Of course it was a big hit for me because I had limited trunk space. If I had brought the truck and had plenty of room, I’m sure I wouldn’t have found anything.

Princess Ariel was there to greet me so I knew it was going to be a great trip…

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I was in the market for a bench for our entry way, I also told myself I could use a telephone (or gossip) bench instead if I found one. Well….I found both! So ended up getting the telephone bench AND a bench for the entry way. They were only $25 and in really great shape. So I decided I would take them both and see which works best for the entry way and find a home for the other.

I’ve been seeing these telephone benches all over Pinterest and it has given me ideas on redoing it, but for now I kind of like him as-is. So until I figure out where he’s going, I’m going to just clean him up.

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Here is the bench I also snagged for $25. I know, I know…it has hearts on it. It’s VERY early 90’s country-chic right now BUT I have some ideas on how to eliminate or at least disguise those hearts. I picked him up, not only for the price, but because he is solid wood and very sturdy. He’s also the perfect size for our somewhat narrow entry. I had to take him apart to fit in my trunk for my trip home, but I was able to easily screw him back together. (luckily!)

 

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This copper tray jumped out at me and made me bring him home too. And for $5 I obliged.

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This wire basket also grabbed my attention, he needs a new paint job, but for $3 I can handle it.

 

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I was keeping an eye out for frames, they’re something I always need and try to look for at flea markets and garage sales. My grandma caught me about to buy one and told me not to buy anymore until I look in her attic at some old frames she’s no longer using. She let me take a whole box full of frames I could use and would have shelled out money for at the store, for free! Hollis also approves of my new frames…

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My grandma also sent me home with this beautiful tapestry. Aren’t grandmas just the best?! Mine is. It’s so pretty and I love, love, love the colors. I don’t know for sure what I’m going to do with it, but I will find something. It’s enormous. It’s large enough that I could use it for a queen size bedspread…and maybe I will.

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Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

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Inspirado: Bathroom

I’m finally able to focus my attention on our first floor bathroom. I’ve started in there a little bit already, but we hit some plumbing snags and had a little trouble removing the old vanity while we had our floors done. (More on that later) So now that I’m able to really dive in, I’ve been collecting some much-needed inspiration.

This is our main bathroom, and it’s also right off the entry way, so guests use it frequently too. It’s tricky designing a bathroom that has to appeal to so many people. It houses our only shower, so this bathroom gets a lot of use. It needs to be gender neutral, kid friendly, adult friendly, guest friendly, as well as serving as our main area for getting ready in the mornings. I want it to feel clean and bright. I want it to be relaxing, but also a little whimsical for kiddos. I know, I know, I’m asking a lot of one bathroom.

Here’s a few ideas I’m throwing around:

1ed89d0c0091fb5cbe05c052f3ad028eI love this serene aqua and bright white together. It’s relaxing…spa-like, if you will. I like that it’s not too girly or masculine, or too grown up or childish.

e513c8b69ce9a47724980b79ac8d68f0LOVE these medium, horizontal stripes. Our bathroom is long and hallway-like, I feel an accent wall could add some interest and break up the monotony a little bit.

97d5d826ea65cfbc8f756d302cd3a916I’ve pretty much made up mind on using hooks instead of a towel bar. I think it looks nicer without being too fussy. It also accommodates more towels than a single towel bar would. (I love, love, love this wallpaper! I need to find a room for it.)

inspirado bath1. Threshold Bamboo Rattan Bath Mat, 2. Whale Soap Dish, 3. Blue Octopus Print, 4. Threshold Herringbone Bath Towel, 5. Sedona Hamper

Here are a few things I’m using/want to use. You can see there is a little bit of beach theme. I want to keep it sophisticated, but add some fun things in for kiddos, like the octopus pics and whale soap dish, without going overboard.

You Know That Saved By the Bell Episode…

tumblr_mkiivoW7ke1r0qrbeo1_400Where Jesse is SO excited and hopped up on caffeine pills?! Well that was me, minus the pill part, when we ripped out the carpet in the entry way, laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen!! I might have even done the running man and moon walked around a couple of times…just a couple though. It immediately felt cleaner…and smelled better. Putting carpet in a bathroom, around a toilet, is just the worst idea EVER.

We hired a neighbor of ours to do the job. Neither Brian or myself have really ever done any tiling, and we didn’t want a job this big (about 480 sq. ft.) to be our first experience with it. If we just had the bathroom or entry way to do, we may have attempted to do it ourselves. Also, it’s a really old house and the walls are not all perfectly straight. We learned that one wall in the kitchen is off about 3 inches, so we were glad we hired someone with a lot of experience to tackle the job.

So here is a bunch of before and after pictures of the rooms that got new tile. Basically the whole front of the house that was added on had the carpet replaced. The tile looks a little brown in these pics, but it’s really a taupe-y gray color. We used the same tile throughout to give it a nice cohesive look. You can see in some the pics that I’m in the process of painting the trim bright white. I loath painting trim, but somebody’s got to do it.

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097photo 4-001190photo 5-001180160177186185I’ve got big plans for the entry way and bathroom, I can’t wait to dive into them, but I’m trying to pace myself! I still have some work to finish up in the kitchen. That trim is not going to paint itself after all, as much as I really, really wish it would…like REALLY.