In September my dad was in KC for some business and a golf tournament and my mom sent with him some fabric she had that she knew I liked.
I was ready to change out my kitchen cafe curtains, so I took the fabric back to Florida with me when we visited earlier this month and had mom sew up some new ones. (See kids, when someone gives you something for free, you repay them by asking them to make you something out of it, also for free.)
I’m enjoying the change. The print is more sophisticated than the previous curtains and the colors are warmer – great for fall. And I’m saving the old curtains (also courtesy of mom) in case I want to lighten things back up again.
Speaking of my parents, you may remember this picture of carpet samples I was considering for our stairway.
My mom really liked the black sample, so I stuck it in my dad’s carry-on when he went back to Florida after his trip to KC. (My dad is like a drug mule for home decor items.)
I liked the black sample too, but I knew almost from the beginning that I would be going with one of the herringbone patterns, and I ended up choosing this dark grey one.
“Funny” story: when they came to do the install we discovered they had brought the wrong carpeting. We discovered that after the old carpeting had been ripped out, so we lived with just the pad for a couple of weeks while the correct carpeting was (re)ordered.
Definitely a first world problem, and it was a fun conversation piece for a while, but we were happy to get the new stuff in. Having no exposed tacks is definitely a plus when going up and down stairs.
And then there’s this champagne bucket.
I ran across it at an estate sale this week and turned it around to find that, not only was it monogrammed (love!), but that it was monogrammed with the first initial of our last name. I really had no choice at that point.
I used the super easy/lazy silver polishing method on it when I got it home and snapped this pic midway through because it’s always such fun to see this at work.
Now it’s almost too shiny. I’ll enjoy watching it get a little bit tarnished.
Finally, here are some things I found interesting and inspiring on the web. I bookmarked them to share with you here.
- I thought these ten thoughts on hosting Thanksgiving were great tips and reminders.
- Don’t you love Steve Martin? He’s such a wonderfully multi-talented and multi-layered guy. Case in point: he recently held a tag sale at One Kings Lane of things he’s collected over the years. Everything was way, way out of my price range, but I enjoyed looking through the sale and reading the descriptions/captions that he wrote.
- A food editor followed her mom through Costco and the result was this fun post with pictures. I loved this lady and learned a lot.
- Have I already shared these ten tried-and-true decorating rules from a former Southern Living magazine editor? I feel like I have but decided they were worth a re-share anyway.
Have a great weekend!
P.S. In between posts you’ll find me on Instagram.