The Reason I Bought My House

When I first saw my house I fell in love with the sun-room.
Mind you it took
to see past the wood paneling, shag rug and drop ceiling.
All that registered in my mind was the enormous 3 pane windows, french doors and thick molding.
It was 
It's the room I feel most connected to and that's why I chose to share it with you all first.
Everything is a work in progress but I humbly submit these photos of the place in my home I feel most at 

The Sun Room
One of my favorite auction purchases,  it's an antique 
embroidered "sampler" with a distressed gold vintage frame.
A recent find was the vintage picnic basket.
$4.00 at Selden Thrift!!!
I found my vintage strawberry tole lamp on one of my thrifty adventures.
I'm pleased with the way it compliments the strawberry curtains inside the armoire.
I found those at a yard sale.
I just love Vintage Strawberries!   

This armoire was 10 years in the making!
That's how long it has been since I bought it at the 
Salvation Army.
I was pregnant at the time and just knew I was having a girl.  
I had envisioned something similar to the picture above.
As it turned out, I had
So for years this was a dark yellow/gold color with rustic gold handles and lattice work.
Needless to say, having twin boys didn't leave me much time for refurbishing furniture.
I'm tickled PINK at the final result.
Some day I hope to replace this black table with a larger marble top table.
My books need more room to breathe!
I'm hoping for an Eastlake Table with a Carrera Marble top.
I've been trolling Craigslist but haven't hit upon anything just yet.
Do you have one for sale?
This is my little reading nook.  I love to cozy up with some tea and spread my books out and look them over.  The banquette came from Ballard Designs as I couldn't find this one "thrifting".
My pillows are from here, there and everywhere, vintage, new and handmade.....



My collection of plates.
They are mainly Limoge and Bavarian porcelain pieces.
I love them ALL but the greatest SCORE was the Limoge platter at top.
That one was an awesome 
I found it in some one's GARBAGE in pristine condition!

This old wash stand I purchased at a garage sale in my neighborhood.
OK, I have to say it
It's super distressed but has the GREATEST original hardware!
It was filthy dirty when I got it home so I scrubbed it down.
Beneath the grime and some white paint was that floral spray in the center of the top drawer.
You would think I had hit GOLD by my reaction when I saw that coming through!
This is my desk/vanity.  It's still an area that I am working on completing to my specifications. 
I'm trying to find some more wall art or a plate to compliment what already exists.   
Keeping it pretty yet functional has been a challenge for me.

On the computer screen is one of my favorite blogs,
If you haven't been there it's a must see!
It's both beautiful and inspirational!
A couple of old hat boxes
 vintage aprons.
I can't pass up a VINTAGE APRON when I'm out

This side table was a dark brown wood when I picked it up at the 
thrift store.
It holds some of my favorite pieces
A pink vanity mirror, my parents crystal lamp 
and that 
fabulous WEDGEWOOD vase.
Now that you have toured my 
won't you sit down,
put your feet up,
and join me for some tea?
Will that be one lump or two?


Thrift Store Bench Re-do

I recently visited one of my favorite thrift stores here on Long Island,
Selden Thrift 
is located in Selden, New York. It's part of a local chain along with 3 others stores. They have sale days where they will sell furniture for 50% off. They also have sale days according to the price tag color. Sometimes they ask astronomical prices for the items and other times you can get a great bargain.


I think I did fairly well on this particular day! It wasn't on sale but I did manage to picked up this
diamond in the rough for  


OK, so it's not so pretty in it's original form but I had a vision. I knew I needed a bench for my sun room desk/vanity. It's where I sit each day to check my email, drink my tea and blog.
The old chair looked well enough but I was wanting something different.


BTW, this chair is so
"vintage awesome"!

My friend graciously and generously shared it with me from her grandmother's estate.
I was going to refurbish it a little however, once cleaned, it was aged to perfection and the fabric on the chair matched my room exactly.
So I did nothing more than clean her up!


I had found a wonderful piece of fabric several years back at an estate sale that I had been waiting to use in just the right space. This is vintage fabric by Waverly in the "Millerton" pattern.
I just love the color combination!
I'm pleased with how it compliments my desk/vanity.


So, with a little help from antique white spray paint, I was set out on a mission to transform this lackluster bench into a vision of loveliness.
Here is the finished project......


If you are curious about where I found my vanity, stop off at
Not Too Shabby NJ
Not too Shabby Blog

Liz was such a doll! She actually allowed me to come and pick up my vanity on EASTER DAY as I was in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey visiting relatives. If you live close by and can visit Not Too Shabby, you won't be disappointed!


What is one of your favorite thrift store purchases? 

I'd love to hear about it.
Leave me a comment and give me the details!


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