Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Tree For Me

To my surprise, my guys have completely embraced my pink and green living room. They like it so much that we've been spending a lot more time in there and decided to put our live christmas tree that room. 
So, I thought I'd push the envelope a little more in the girly direction and this year I got a slim tinsel tree from Target which I've decorated with lots of purple and white bird ornaments complete with feather tails (Michael's $1 bin). I also draped it in pearl garland as any jewelry designer is apt to do :) 
The stand that came with the tree wouldn't fit in the urn I wanted to use for the stand. 
So, I stuffed the urn with newspaper to get it to stand then covered it with that good ole white burlap I use for everything. 

Remember my ikat pillows I recently added to the sunroom?  The birds go perfectly -- it's all coming together people! :) 

This sparkly girly tree for me is in the corner of the sunroom where we also spend a lot of time -- we HAD to have another tree right?

I'm still in the process of decorating the house, so I'll be back with more later. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Vintage Sunday Breakfast

Matt and I have an ongoing discussion about which meal is better to host. I prefer a nice dinner with candle light and a glass of wine. He likes having friends over for breakfast. 

In his words, "it's very relaxed and the the perfect amount of time to spend with friends."

Sure, he would say that--He's not the one getting up at the break of dawn to crack 20 eggs, slice pineapple, bagels and flip pancakes. :)

(He does run out to buy fresh bagels though.) 

I went with a vintage table setting.
Retro table cloth, thrift store china and roses in milk glass. 

I usually forget to get pictures of our guests. This time I remembered to get a picture of a few people at the table as our visit was winding down.

I used to enjoy "coffee talk" every morning at work with these two guys when I had an office job. 
Although we've all moved on to different jobs we manage to get together, with our equally wonderful spouses, a few times a year and it's always a lot of laughs.

Whether it's breakfast or dinner I do like to enjoy a meal at home with friends.

Best boss ever and all around great friend- appropriately named Bud.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thrift Store Brawl

It never really turned into a brawl, but there were some crazy ladies looking for deals in the thrift store last week. 

I asked the manager if she could give me a better price on a set of china marked $75. 

 She said," $30". 
I said, "sold!" 
and a voice from behind us said, "Wait! I wanted that! 
I just asked her (pointing to another staff person) about it." 
There was a bit of a heated discussion between the three of us, but the manager was with me and I had my hand on the goods. So I walked out with a basket of these.  

And I'll be setting a table something like this on Sunday for breakfast with friends. 

I didn't really need another set of china. But I just love that it's such a happy design 
and for $30 I can use it everyday. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Whimsy or WTF?

Not a day goes by, where something isn't moved from one place to another here at Monkey Grass Hill.
It really is never the same place twice.

All of the pieces in this photo have shown up in posts over the past two years, but never together. 

The cabinet was originally purchased at Goodwill for my powder room redo. 
When I realized it wasn't going to work I didn't know what do with it. 
It spent some time in the living room in it's original brown open door state. 
I can't find any before photos though. One day I painted it and lined the doors with tracing paper. (Eventually I'll put mirror on the doors.)

While working on the living room it got bumped into the dining room where I think it makes sense and it doesn't take up much room.  

Then I decided to pull my zebra prints together. 

I got the mask at the flea market for Drew's bedroom when he was 2 years old and in his animal loving phase. Once his passion changed to super heros the mask had to go. 

I've been trying to find a place for it ever since, but it just seemed kind of silly. I had it loaded up for a Goodwill donation and at the last minute pulled it out. 
You've seen this bench that I recovered a while back in a few different places.  I pulled it up to the head of the table because Drew likes to sit in the dining room and the bench is easier for him to jump on and off. I think it adds a little interest and whimsy.  

You've also see that pear painting in the butler's pantry.

and living room. Oh, and there are those same lamps with different shades

What do you think of zebra masks and benches--Whimsical or weird?
Or more importantly, what do you think about furniture moving as a hobby? :)