There is very little to do where I live. When people ask what I do in my spare time, I answer honestly. I watch Netflix and I rearrange my furniture a lot.
Last night I couldn’t wind down enough to go to sleep so I stayed up and completely flipped my room. I don’t have a before photo, but my bed was where the sofa is, the shelves were on each side of the sliding glass doors to the left of the chair, and the sofa was in front of the sliding glass doors. My bed is now in a corner on the other side of the room with my desk as my bedside table.
I LOVE this arrangement and it gives me so much more space and better light.
Pinckney loves being able to look out of the sliding glass door and go out on the balcony. The balcony was just fixed so now we can actually enjoy it!
My next organizational project is my upstairs bathroom. I have set my plans and I am one shopping trip to Ikea away from really fixing that space up. Stay tuned!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been helping my brother pull together his first apartment on a shoestring budget and it has been going really well!
After buying a few basics for his kitchen and doing some basic rearranging, I went shopping! We have TJ Maxx to thank for the Kilim pillows. They were only $16.99 each! The tan Ralph Lauren pillow in the middle was something like $25.00.
Brother really needed a TV stand and additional storage for DVDs, games and knickknacks and I hit the jackpot at Ikea. The shelves are just shy of 6′. They just look small in the photo because my brother is a giant human being.
Bookcases: Finnby $29.99 | TV Stand: Lack $14.99 | Lighting: Maglehult $14.99
I picked up a couple little tables (Lack $7.99) and a neat lamp (Hektar $54.99) at Ikea also.
Brother’s apartment is finally beginning to feel like a home!
My little brother just moved into his first apartment and in true boy fashion, it was decorated like a dorm room… Big sister to the rescue!
The first thing I did was rearrange his furniture. His sofa was facing the windows and there is a street light that points inward so if he ever fell asleep on the sofa or had a guest, they would be staring into a light. He also had a small flag on a large wall and was going to hang his American flag over the windows. I made him hang the flag on the larger wall since he didn’t have anything else that was large to place there. His bed was facing a wall where the light from the street lamp appears at night and he was having trouble sleeping. I rotated his bed so that he wouldn’t be staring at the light. We also hung some other things that required two people. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a pretty good start towards a man cave.
Because he is the baby in the family, he gets everyone’s sloppy seconds. The sofa came from our grandmother, the chairs came from… who knows where and everything else was just leftovers from home redecorating projects. New lamps are going to be a high priority as right now he has outdoor solar lights stuck into candle stick holders…. That’s got to go! The kid has bare bones supplies so I’m helping him stock up.
To get things started, I ordered him some super basic dishes from Amazon ($27.50) and silverware from Ikea through Amazon ($27.79). I then ordered a bunch of kitchen basics from Ikea (the grater is for me) and spent less than $60 on a bunch of mess he needed for the kitchen. All in all I spent less than $115.00 setting up his kitchen.
There is a lot of mess that he needs and I’m working through a pretty solid list: Sofa pillows, floor lamp, table lamps, wall mirror, entertainment center or tv stand and set of shelves, baskets for entry shelves, bed risers, and a chair for the bedroom. I’ll be sure to share any other good deals I come across in this process.
A couple of weekends ago, I took a short trip to the little mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC. The town hasn’t changed much as a whole, but the shops have improved significantly and I really enjoyed sticking my head in every one of them. The air is cool there, which makes the flowers last so much longer and beautifully arranged planters and flower beds are everywhere.
I fell in love with a tiny store called Take Heart that happens to be in one of the oldest buildings in the town. They sell flowy tunics, night gowns and little rememberances. I purchased a super cute top ($29.50/could only find the yellow version online), white bon bon ($17.50/not pictured) earrings and a Lulie Wallace lunch pale ($17.50).
Down the way, I popped in Finley House Couture and fell in love with these Susan Shaw earrings. Because I work at a resort built around Equestrian Sport, I had to have them.
I also stopped in a quirky store called Mrs. Brumbles. It was full to the brim with victorian lamps, jeweled figurines and positively littered with funky jewelry. What really caught my eye were the small selection of shawls. They looked just like the cashmere poncho/shawls you would find in a really fine boutique, but they were acrylic and only $30! Of course I bought two… one pale green and one red. I don’t have photographs of them so I will have to post about them when I wear them next.
Blowing Rock is a super cute place with fun restaurants and the scent of fresh fudge billowing rom their centrally located Kilwins can be smelled all over town. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer and a very pleasant place to take a stroll. I’m going to be spending more time there in the summers now that I know how easy it is to get to!
I hoaned in on one item to purchase during Amazon’s Prime Day this year.
I have a lot of friends who have Bose bluetooth speakers and the sound is fantastic. I have a set of speakers that I love, but they must be plugged into the wall and I have been looking to buy a nice portable speaker for some time now.
Originally $199.00, this speaker was reduced to $179.00 and then an additional $50.00 off for Amazon Prime Day. With tax and free shipping, I only paid $137.71. That’s a pretty good deal! I can’t wait to begin using it!
Here’s another easy kitchen update for you.
Now that I have new burner pans, I want to protect them!
These burner covers are only $6.67 and they make an obvious difference.
They keep my new burner pans clean from splashing when I am cooking and they can be popped in the dishwasher when they become dirty.
I have always been a fan of TJ Maxx but over the past year or so I have not had much luck there. I visited a TJ Maxx yesterday afternoon on a whim and found a couple of things that I know I am going to enjoy.
First I found this Lauren Ralph Lauren Chartree Sleveless Top in Atmosphere Blue. It is very soft and feels wonderful on. This is going to be a go to work top during the dog days of summer. It almost feels like a Susana Monaco piece. I don’t have a link to this top because I cannot find it online in the United States, which it a little weird, but if you find this in a TJ Maxx or Marshalls, try it on and see how great it feels. I’m not sure what it went for retail, but I picked it up for only $19.99.
On my way to the checkout line I passed by a summer themed table and found this great hammock!
I have been looking at La Siesta hammocks on Amazon for a while now and was stunned to see on in TJ Maxx for only $29.99! They are usually around $60+ each! I’m hoping this hammock works for my space and if it doesn’t, I’ll just return it.
I bought a few other odds and ends like gift bags and tissue paper, but those were my two main purchases. You never know what you will find in places like those and I enjoy the hunt!