Some people may say that oil and vinegar don't mix. In some cases that may be true. However, when it came to refinishing this antique vintage table that Charles and I purchased for the upcoming wedding, oil and vinegar was a great combination.
Happy Friday! After purchasing this set of old doors last July, we are one step closer to adding some character and charm to our home. Sometimes our projects move at a snail's pace. I am learning creating a home that you love is a slow, slow, slow process. However, I am learning patience along the way.
Happy Wednesday! I am popping in for a few minutes for a Why I Love It Wednesday feature. It has been sometime since I have shared one of these Wednesday features that I almost forgot how fun they are. I am thinking about adding a few glass cloches to my home decor. We have a sofa table that acts as a divider between our open living room and dining room. I have struggled with how to accessories the sofa table as long as we have had it. I want something decorative that won't obstruct the view and the site line into our kitchen. I am looking at glass options and I am considering a few cloches for our space.
I love finding inexpensive finds for our home. It is proof that you can have a beautiful home without spending a lot of money. I purchased these galvanized containers from Factory Direct Craft for $10 (excluding shipping). I hung these containers in my kitchen temporarily until I could find a permanent place for them in our home. After living with them for a few weeks, they began to grow on me. However, I felt like something was missing and the wall needed something more.
Happy Saturday! If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen the picture of the galvanized clock for our living room that I posted yesterday. I came across this clock originally when Jenny from Finishing Touch Decor By Jenny posted it on Instagram. She found the clock in Target's garden section. What??
I am all about easy projects these days. I want simple and quick and creating this DIY wooden bead vase filler fit that criteria. A few months ago, Charles and I were shopping in Pottery Barn when I noticed these beautiful beads wrapped around the top of a vase. I loved that these decorative beads added a touch of texture and color to an ordinary vase. What I didn't love was their price tag. The prices ranged from $24.50 to $34.50.
With everything that has been going on and all the changes, I didn’t invest a lot of time into my spring décor. I changed jobs. I changed our living room paint color while making a few more small changes around our home. Apparently, 2015 is the year of change for us. I shared earlier that the majority of my spring décor consisted of moss, robin eggs and nests. I will have to say that I have enjoyed those small touches of spring.
Here we are again at the start of another new week. This weekend has brought lots of sunshine which has put me in the mood to add a little spring decor around the house. I decided to keep my spring decor simple and inexpensive. If you are an avid blog follower like I am, you will begin to see the spring home tours popping up in blogland soon. I love seeing how fellow bloggers decorate their homes for the seasons. It is a great way to find inspiration and ideas for your home. However, for some, it is not always feasible change your decor with the changing of the seasons.
Happy Friday! I have thoroughly enjoyed having fresh flowers in our house over the past week. I purchased these tulips for the home that I photographed last week. These flowers have brought a little life to our home while adding a little touch of spring.
It seems as if we are all looking forward to the changing seasons. In a few more days we will bid farewell to Old Man Winter while we say "Hello" to Peter Cotton Tail. As spring approaches, we become excited about warmer weather and longer days. We will start to see new life beginning to break through hard soil after a cold and dormant winter. There will be new buds on the trees and flowers starting to bloom. The changing of seasons are exciting and we look forward to the change and something new.
Last week, I was privileged with the opportunity to photograph this beautiful home constructed by Old Oak Construction located in Wendell, NC. I came across Old Oak Construction a few weeks ago while scrolling through our Facebook news feed. After visiting their Facebook page, I learned more about the owner Ben and his passion for using salvaged and reclaimed items in his construction projects. I contacted Ben and asked if I could do a feature on his newly constructed home and he graciously accepted.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks Why I love It feature is thrift store books. Up until a last year, I never used books in my decor especially since I am not an avid book reader. However, over the past year thrift store books have become a common staple that I use in my home decor. Here are a few reasons why I love them.
I love typography signs. They have become very popular over the past few years and are fun way to add art to your home. More importantly, typography signs are a great way to express yourself in your home whether it is sharing a favorite quote or scripture. Other popular signs are favorite vacation spots or song lyrics. The possibilities are endless.
Two weeks ago we had a storm system that came through our area that left us with about ¼ inch of ice. We have experienced some of these storms in the past few years and they can be a nuisance. Fallen power lines, black ice and car wrecks are just a few of the things that can happen during one of these ice storms. Not to mention, the craziness that comes from running to the grocery store for milk and bread. HA!
Happy Monday! I had the opportunity to do a little thrift store shopping during the past week. I am trying to control what I bring into our house now. I purged a lot of items over the holiday break and want to continue to simplify our home. I made a rule that for each item that is brought into our home that one or two items will have to leave. Hopefully, this will help reduce the clutter and allow me to think about my purchases before making them. I will keep you posted on how this works.
Happy Friday friends!!! I know I have missed another Why I Love It Wednesday post. I am still trying to slow down but it is hard with life and our commitments. Thank you for bearing with me. I hope to have one ready for you next week. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you probably have seen where I posted a picture of our dining room and our new rug.
Charles and I unloaded our inventory into one of our smaller bedrooms upstairs where it sat for a few months. Fortunately, we had some family members who were sympathetic and took some of our inventory off of our hands. We had discussed selling our items at markets and knew the amount of work involved with transporting and setting up. However, we were still trying to make our business work. We scheduled markets in March, April and May.
I remember back in August 2012 when Charles and I decided to start The Refined Relic. We had discovered our passion for refinishing and re-purposing old things while working on a few small pieces of furniture and my grandmother’s sewing cabinet. We loved transforming something old into something new. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment by taking something that had been discarded and giving it a purpose once again.
Happy Wednesday! I am trying get back on track with my posting and my "Why I Love It Wednesday" feature, I thought what a better time to start this series back again than after the premier of Fixer Upper last night on HGTV.
I have been fortunate to have the past 2 weeks off from work. I always look forward to spending this time of year off especially the week after Christmas. It allows me to slow down and focus on a new year with new goals.
After living with unnecessary clutter and stuff over the past 2 years, I have realized the amount of unnecessary stress that this has caused me and Charles. I have created stress and frustration by looking for something that I can’t find or remember where I put it because I was in a rush when I put it away. We live in a time of constant stress and chaos with our jobs and events that are occurring in the world daily. I have added to that stress with some of my bad habits. There is an old saying that goes “A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind!”.
I have shared with you a few of the homes that we toured in Historic Edenton in previous post (Part 1 and Part 2). The annual Candlelight Christmas tour featured approximately 15 homes in addition to the annual Christmas parade and Christmas caroling in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Our time spent in Edenton was filled with daily Christmas activities and enjoying the beauty that Edenton has to offer.