Leaf Season

09/17/2009

Everytime hubby and I are looking for mid-century modern treasures we’re hoping an older couple in our neighborhood — you know, the ones who have been living there for 40 or 50 years and keep everything in pristine condition — will be having a yard sale. Last weekend we struck gold at a 1960’s split level. Jason is pretty excited about this leaf eater that we got for $5:

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Who would want a leaf blower when you could have a leaf sucker?

I’m pleased with this Corningware blue flower coffee percolator I got for $2. I’m going to see if it will work with loose leaf tea.

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And I also got a cookie press with lots of accessories and an egg slicer for $1. I’m looking forward to making my own spritz cookies this Christmas!

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Wise Words

09/16/2009

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“Find out what you love to do and you will never have to work another day in your life.” – James Huxlely(?)

For my birthday-guy who has never given up on following his dreams and has continuously encouraged me to find a way to make a living doing what I love. (This is one of his favorite quotes.)


¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

09/16/2009

My Mexican-food-loving husband turns 27 today! Words cannot express how much I love this man. He is hard-working, creative, thoughtful, discerning, smart, talented, funny… Maybe more than anything else Jason is passionate. Passionate about music, passionate about God, passionate about art, passionate about loving people, passionate about living life to the fullest. He is an all-around great guy and I consider myself very honored to be his wife.

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We started the birthday celebration last night with dinner at Cinco de Mayo where Jason gracefully endured wearing the giant sombrero and getting whipped cream smeared on his face while the waiters sang happy birthday – all for the sake of a free dessert. I think it was worth it.

Happy Birthday baby! I love you!


“Hey, where do you keep your coffee, sugar and flour?”

09/15/2009

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That’s a running joke in this house thanks to our funny friend Matt.

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This is not a new MCM find but I don’t think I’ve blogged about it before. Jasey and I found this canister set at a yard sale earlier this summer marked for $3.

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The owners offered to sell it to us for $2. I would have been thrilled to pay full price!


Clothes Line Pole

09/14/2009

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We have two rusty  “T” shaped sculptures in our backyard. They used to hold a clothes line I assume. They’re very securely concreted into the ground. They’re probably 50 ft. apart.

What should I do with them?? I need suggestions. Plant hanger? Hammock stand? Sculpture? Yank the ugly things out?


Phone Photo Friday

09/11/2009

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Have you ever noticed that the “press here to open” tab on the side of the macaroni & cheese box NEVER works?


Five Times the Fun

09/10/2009

Friday afternoon while I was enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte with my friend Rachel (after getting dismissed from work early!), I got this picture text from my hubby:

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I called back immediately and said, “Where are you? Where did you see those chairs?” A couple hours and 6 antique stores later we had these 2 turquoise chairs and 3 similar white ones puzzled into the back of our little Ford Focus. Here are the blue ones after my awesome husband spent hours scrubbing off mildew stains, washing, sealing, and painting the very rusty legs:

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(Yes, the color really did become more intense once they were clean!) It’s hard to tell from a distance but these two actually have a very retro concentric circle pattern.

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We have 4 wood and chrome Gilbert chairs from IKEA around our dining room table but we’ve been thinking it would be nice to add 2 more unique chairs at the heads of the table. I love how these match our color palette.

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We purchased 3 identical white chairs. All 5 of the chairs had been stored outside and were horribly dirty. I really didn’t think these could come clean. Thank God I’m married to a goal-oriented, super hard-working perfectionist because he got this white chair looking like new! (Two more to go.)

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mid-century modern style of these chairs. They’re just plastic, not fiberglass like an Eames or Herman Miller (or a Modernica replica) but the were only $9 average and they’ll suite us just fine.

We did see a black Herman Miller chair at an antique store in Nolensville for $85 if anyone is interested…


Paulding Lamp {mcm thrift store find}

09/09/2009

Our newest mid-century modern find: this unique lamp. If we hadn’t just come from browsing at Wonders on Woodland* and selling them a 1970’s lamp, hubby and I might have passed this one up at the thrift store.

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I find the pattern on it quite interesting.

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And, I love how it matches all the blues and greens in our living room.

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The best part: the lamp only cost $5.99 (plus a $24.99 shade from Target). I’m so happy that my husband enjoys the hunt as much as I do. Last weekend we went to no less than 4 thrift stores, 8 antique stores and 1 yard sale. We didn’t find anything we were looking for but in addition to the lamp, we found 5 great chairs — I’ll show you tomorrow!

*We happen to have Nashville’s coolest MCM antique store—Wonders on Woodland—in our neighborhood. Tell me that’s not the sweetest thing!

Blue Heron

09/08/2009

My brother was visiting last weekend and my parents took us all on a Blue Heron boat cruise on the Cumberland River.

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It was very relaxing. Most of the time the view looked like this:

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We didn’t see any heron but we did see a lot of turtles.

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The hour cruise includes free sodas and snacks.

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Above: my big brother and my hubby. Below: my parents

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It got pretty hot in the sun but there were some pretty umbrellas to use for shade.(My husband is so cute!)

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Drive-By Shooting (MCM Architecture)

09/07/2009

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Location: NW Nashville/Bordeaux