Summer Project #2 Completed: The $5 Table.

LR with Updated Side Table #thissarahloves

So remember that $5 table we found at the thrift store at the beginning of summer? (I’ll wait a moment if you want to catch up… It’s okay I barely remember it either.)  It had good lines, but had seen better days when we found it at the 50% off furniture sale at Goodwill.

Summer Projects - Five Dollar Goodwill Table

I decided to paint it white, but add some interest by painting the bottom round shelf and the interior circle on the top a dark gray.  These colors happen to match the colors we used on our dresser-turned-TV-stand (its white on the outside, with white shelves, and dark grey on the inside).

While I was painting it, I swore I would never paint anything white again.  Why is white such a difficult color to work with?  BUT the results are so worth it!  I love how it turned out.  Even if it took 3 to 5 coats!

LR with Updated Side Table and ElephantA strange thing happened when I switched out the 3 tier table we had in that spot for this $5 table.  I liked the living room significantly more!  I was contemplating replacing my thrift store find glass lamp but it totally works on the shorter table. Imagine that – scale actually matters!  Here’s a side view of the table.  I just love those gorgeous lines. (Please ignore the cords.  Turns out you have to plug lamps in to get them to provide light.)

LR Updated Side Table - Side ViewI didn’t manage to take pictures from exactly the same angles, but look at the difference between the old (too tall) table and the new (correct height) table.  What a happy accident that we found this table for such a steal!

LR Before and After Updated Side Table #thissarahlovesHave you made any small changes that changed how you felt about other furniture / the room as a whole?

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P.S. Have a happy Labor Day weekend!  And be sure to stop by on Tuesday at 9am Eastern.  I’ve teamed up with

Corey from TinySidekick, Katie from Upcycled Treasures, Jamie from So Much Better With Age, and Katie from My DIY Habits to bring your 5 different Fall Tables!

Group Series - Promotion Collage for Fall Tables with Dates


Ikea Obsessions

Did your Ikea catalog come in the mail yet? We got ours just before we left for California. Luckily, my parents had also received theirs, so I’ve been able to browse through it multiple times. Did you fall in love with any new items? I fell head over heels for the new Stockholm collection.

Favorite Finds - Ikea 2014
I like the tall cabinets, although I’m not loving the color options (off-white or yellow). At $399 it packs a lot of design punch for the dollar though. I’m looking forward to seeing the quality in store.

I like the new flat-woven Moroccan-esque rugs. I do wish it came in colors other than brown or yellow. What about a burnt orange? Or dark navy blue? Those would go well with the design on the rug. (It’s $199 for an almost 5’7 x 7’10.)

While I have color complaints about the first two products I’m positively drooling over that camel leather sofa! Oh that color! I can just imagine how gorgeous two of them would look in my living room … BUT they are $1799 each. Yikes! That’s SO not happening around here any time soon. {I also haven’t seen it in person yet, so I’m secretly hoping that I hate something about it when I see it in person… Is that wrong?)

Did you have any favorites in the new catalog? I was really hoping to see some new patterned curtains, but no such luck! Hopefully they’ll get some in later in the year.

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August Design Collaboration: Lavender Hues

We’re back with another round of mood boards all inspired by the same photo.  This month Jessica from Home with Baxter picked a gorgeous nature print to inspire us!

Lavender Hues - Inspiration

While I love the picture, the colors also presented a challenge.  If you’ve ever looked around my home you will notice that there is nothing purple in it.  Not a thing.  The closest I come to designing with purple is wearing purple clothes and accessories.  And while it started out as a challenge, turns out I really love the mood board that I came up with.  And I might even love the other ladies’ boards even more.


{Sarah from ThisSarahLoves} Here’s my Lavender Hues Spa Bathroom.

Lavender Hues - Spa Bathroom - ThisSarahLoves

The soothing colors in this month’s inspiration picture immediately had me thinking of a spa bathroom. I would paint the walls a soft blue, add lavender and sage touches in the art and bath linens, and bring in some wood and stone to play off all the muted tones. And now I’m obsessed with that free-standing tub…

* Behr Glass Bead on the walls * White Subway Tile * Pearl Embroidered Shower Curtain in Lilac * Lavender Photo Print * Asbury Triple Sconce * Stoneware Bath Accessories * Natural Wood Parsons Mirror * Marble Herringbone Tile on the floor * Freestanding modern tub * Waverly Merry Go Round Violet Fabric * Natural Tree Stump Side Table * Gram Turkish Towel Lilac Collection * AM Dolce Vita’s Bathroom Vanity in Grey * Marlo Bath Rug in Sage *

As always, you can find all the sources at my Lavender Hues Mood Board on Pinterest.

Now check out the rest of the ladies’ inspiring designs!

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Taking a Break

As you’ve probably noticed by the lack of blogging, we’re on vacation! You can follow along on Instagram (thissarahloves) but unfortunately there won’t be any pictures of Penelope until Monday. She’s having her own little vacation at her grandparents house!

This is where we’ll be for the next couple of days! Ahh, wine country.

What are you up to?