Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My "New" Furniture--One Woman's Junk...

You know it's true:  "One woman's junk is another woman's treasure."
I accumulate a lot of treasures.  

And I have a husband who is an enabler.

 This little beauty was hanging out by the curb over in Druid Hills.

My darling hubby threw on the brakes and backed up.

"What do ya think?"
"Should we pick it up?"

She stayed in the basement stinking to high heaven for a number of months
before being lovingly cleaned and shipped off to the upholsterers.
(I know my limits--I do crappy upholstery.)

We just got her back and love her.  Don't exactly know where she'll end up, but what the heck.



Partying at:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Chic On a Shoe String

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Totally Retro Ford Thunderbird Dresser

Back in the early 1960s my mother bought this dresser.  It was part of a "blonde" bedroom suite. It spent some time at my grandmother's house in the front bedroom before being passed on to me.  At some point it had been painted white so was passable in our guest room.  We stored junk in it plus coloring books and old books from the kid's piano lessons.

I decided to jazz it up a little.

Hence:  The Totally Retro 1964 Ford Thunderbird Dresser


Silver Mink 1964 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop
Auction Results $23,000 March, 2007 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, Florida Lot #75.
390cid/300hp V8 with an automatic, power steering, brakes and windows. Second owner in the same family, restored in '96 with documentation. Matching numbers, power windows, in excess of $103,000.00 restored 1999. Original Bill of Sale, build sheet retail installment contract, it has 400 photos of restoration. Detailed invoices from restoration. A new radio is installed, original is in trunk.

I don't have as much documentation.

But it has been in the same family since it was new.

Is this sexy or what?


The color is Sherwin Williams  "Raindrop" topped with Minwax finishing past wax "for dark woods."
Its still "curing" so it's too early to decorate.


 Let's Party

Friday, January 20, 2012

Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

Don't try this at home!

BHG Bedroom Storage Solutions:
bedroom with storage headboard and white wainscoting
'via Blog this'

Those of us born in the middle of the last century might remember headboards of the time.

You know the ones that had that handy dandy book shelf built in to the headboard.
Monterey Storage Headboard
You know that bookshelf that your banged your head on each and every night after switching out the light;
the one that you would pile books and other flotsam on top of that would occasionally come tumbling down after you banged your head on the shelf after switching out the light.

Believe me folks, it just isn't worth the extra storage.

My apologies to the nice people at Better Homes and Gardens--but this built in bed just doesn't work for me.

If you slept under one of these and have anything to say about it, please leave a comment.


Monday, January 16, 2012

A Collection of Pretty Old Houses

Today I have a treat:
A Collection of Pretty Old Houses.
courtesy of the FMLS--enjoy 

To search for a Pretty Old House in Georgia click here

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Plantation Shutters for the Bathrooms

The home improvements just keep on coming.

Finally, we have Plantation Shutters in our bathrooms.
They were ordered back before Christmas, during a real crunch, but they're here!!

I'm so excited to replace that white sheet over the tub...
But I think we might need a little color in the master.

 What'd ya think?


Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Update--awnings over the back doors

Hello Everybody,
I'm back from my extended Holiday Hiatus.
The Real Estate business is picking up here at the beginning of the year so I've been a little distracted from blogland.

I do want to fill you in on a few VERY BIG things that are going on around here:

We're working on the outside of our house. We had roofs built over the back doors--now I'll be under cover from the rain when I'm digging around in my purse for the door key. In this picture they haven't been stained or the house painted--it still hasn't been--please bear with us.

We don't exactly know what to call these things--are they roofs or awnings or something else entirely?
The carpenters reused some of the tin roof from the sorry excuse of a garage we have.  
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Next, the garage will be TORN DOWN!! Are those strains of the Hallelujah  Chorus I hear? 
And a new carport will be built in its place.
This is going to be the mother of all carports (well not really but to me it is).
 It's going to have a basement for storing the yard tools and lawn mower. Yippee!!!

And we're getting a terrace with a stone sitting wall around it.  Remember this dream terrace from the garden tour?

It's our inspiration.

We're using granite instead of flagstone,

and plain ole ce-ment. (You do know how that's pronounced?) for the flat area with a tasteful granite border.

Now, I realize that most people don't get very excited about a new driveway. But I know plenty of folks who do. Those of us who have really crumbly, cracked ancient relics that drain water into our basements get real excited about new driveways. I would show you a picture of our driveway now, but I'm too embarrassed.

So ladies and gents, stay tuned for some serious outdoor improvements.