Kitchen Renovation ~ Part 1

Andrew and I have been talking about doing a few updates to our kitchen for a while.  After months of discussing options and pulling together ideas, we’ve finally started the project!  We decided to do it now, so that it will be completed before July – when baby boy Green arrives! Here are a few ‘before’ pictures of our kitchen and dining room:

oven wall

wall to be removed

Our main reason for doing the project is to make the space feel more open by removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room:

dining room wall to be removed

Here is a bird’s eye view of the 3-D computer rendering I did in order to help us visualize the two rooms once the project is completed.

kitchen and dining top view

Another view of the model – looking into the kitchen:

kitchen 3D model

Our project list includes:

-Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen.

-Removing and replacing the ceiling, including adding recessed lighting.

-Painting the cabinets white.  Our cabinets are in pretty good shape, so we decided to keep the ones we have and add a few new ones.  To complete the space, we are adding a peninsula, tall cabinets to the left of the refrigerator, and another upper and lower cabinet to the left of the sink.

-Replacing the laminate countertops with granite.

-Tiling the floor.

-Changing the backsplash.

-Miscellaneous: new cabinet hardware, a light fixture over the sink, counter stools, new window treatments, etc.

So, now that I’ve shared our plans, I’ll also share a progress picture.  Andrew and our contractor have been working tirelessly over the past week (in between juggling their full-time jobs), to take the rooms from this:

dining room wall to be removed

To this:

kitchen progress

The wall has been torn down and the chairs are there to keep the dogs off of the newly tiled kitchen floor.  The tile is down, but it has not been grouted yet – that is on the ‘to-do’ list for tonight!

The past week has been a little hectic (and we even had company in town this weekend!), but we are excited about the progress and can visualize what it will look like once completed.

I’ll be back later in the week with more pictures and details of the process so far – and a ‘surprise’ that we’re glad we found now and not a few years from now!

º Have you tackled a kitchen renovation?

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Our Nursery

If you follow me on Pinterest, or if we’re friends on Facebook, then you probably know that I’m pregnant!  Yes, Andrew and I are expecting a little boy in July. baby boy items

(What we brought home from our first trip to Babies ‘R Us ;)! )

I’ve been gathering ideas for the nursery, and I plan to use a navy, green, and white color scheme.  I have wanted to bring navy into our home since I wrote my two navy posts (part 1 & part 2) a year ago, and we decided this was the perfect opportunity.

Here are a few rooms I pinned for inspiration.

navy owl nursery

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navy and white nursery

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navy and white nautical nursery

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Carousel Designs has great nursery bedding options, and we've been looking through all of the navy choices.  There are so many fun patterns to choose from, but here are two that we like.

navy nursery fabrics

For the window treatments, I wanted to find a fun fabric that would incorporate both the navy and the green.  This geometric pattern of random blocks in a variety of colors I think will be perfect.

scion blocks fabric

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We have a ceiling fan in the room that I’d love to replace with a fun light fixture.  Our ceilings are 8’ and Andrew is 6’5”, so any new light fixture can’t hang too low.  I've found three choices that I really like.  What do you think?

nursery light fixtures

atom chandelier / metal pendant / navy & white pendant

I didn't want to have too much of a theme in the room, but we do like these whale and nautical sheets.  They'll be a cute addition to the room, and something that will be easy to change out as he grows older.

whale nursery sheets

blue whale sheet / nautical sheet / blue & green whale sheet / blue & gray whale sheet

I also found these artic animal prints on Etsy that are really adorable.  A penguin, a narwhal, a whale, and a polar bear, and you can choose the colors you want!

artic animals prints

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Those are the ideas I've gathered for Baby Boy Green’s nursery so far.  I’m still working on finding a rug, and we also want to find a dresser that we can paint and turn into a changing table.  The nursery has been fun to plan and I can’t wait to see it start to come together.

º What is your favorite go-to source for nursery and baby items?

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Basement Bathroom Renovation

In our house, we have a small half bathroom in the basement.  Since we moved into the house five years ago, we've had plans to re-do this bathroom…let me show you why: sink before

It was definitely a design plan gone astray – black and white with a beige tile floor and marble sink.

mirror before

Black trim can have its place in certain spaces.  This was not one of them!  Let’s just go ahead and move on to the during portion of the project.

The plan was to rip out the vanity and replace it with a pedestal sink, remove and replace the floor, paint, and voila!  Of course, no reno project, even a small one, is ever that simple.

sink duringThe vanity would not come out without removing the chair rails and baseboard.  Once Andrew had all of that removed, he found drywall damage behind the vanity :(.

Andrew worked to replace and patch areas of the drywall and then reattach all of the molding.  He also chiseled up the tile floor and removed the toilet.  It was not an easy process!

side wall during

Once all of the repair work was done, he was able to lay the new floor.  A few years ago, we replaced the old carpet in our basement with laminate flooring, so we continued that into the bathroom.  Next, he painted the walls, reattached all of the molding, and painted that as well.  We returned the toilet and installed the new pedestal sink.  All that was left to do was add a few new accessories.

A reminder of the before:

bathroom sink before

And the after:

sink after

To keep the small space bright and cheerful, we chose Benjamin Moore Forget Me Not (2049-60) for the walls.  We found the pedestal sink at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $50, and added a new brushed nickel faucet (from Lowe’s, $35).  I brought in a little navy with a striped hand towel from Target.

side wall after

We kept the same mirror we had in there, but spray painted it to change it from black to peacock blue.  We also were able to reuse the wall sconces and towel ring.  In one of our guest bedrooms we had two framed pictures my sister took on a trip to Greece.  I brought them down to this bathroom and they work perfectly with all of the shades of blue in the room.

back wall after

The basket on the back of the toilet holds extra toilet paper and a scented candle.

sink after

Andrew worked hard to complete this project and it turned out great!  Even though it’s a small space in our home, the renovation has made it feel fresh and clean.  I love the new space and am so glad to be rid of that tile floor and old vanity!

º Do you have any small spaces in your home that need a facelift?

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Blogoversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Cathy Green Interiors blog! birthday cake

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Over the past year, I have shared ideas, inspiration, crafts, DIY projects, and much more.  To celebrate the blogoversary, I wanted to recap my 10 favorite posts from the past year.

1.  My first post ~ Sweet Frog Mood Board

Dessert was the inspiration for my first blog post!  I created a mood board for a welcoming blue and yellow foyer.  With a giveaway to Sweet Frog, I hoped to bribe readers into following my blog ;)!

2.  Merry Mantel

I participated in my first link party with our red and silver mantel.  Leading up to this post, I also gave tutorials for the three wreaths (here, here, and here) and for the Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

3.  Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Another mood board and another giveaway!  I had so much fun searching for all of the Moroccan themed items for this bedroom.

cous cous inspired bedroom4.  Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, and I worked hard to reupholster her antique store find.  I have received numerous comments on this post asking me about her fabric and where to find it (we purchased at Williams & Sherrill); we must have made a good choice!

reupholstered chair

5. My First Guest Post ~ for Saffron Marigold

I was excited to write a guest post for another blog!  Saffron Marigold has so many beautiful hand printed linens, and their Chasing Butterflies bedspread was the jumping off point for this bohemian girl’s chic bedroom.

Bohemian Butteflies Bedroom mood board6.  Dining Room Reveal

Andrew and I spent about 12 hours stenciling our dining room.  Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love how it turned out!

Blue stenciled dining room7.  Style Trend ~ Neon

Neon isn’t just for the 1980s!  It is back in fashion and in home décor.  From pillows and lighting to artwork and accessories, there are so many ways to bring a fun pop of color into your home.

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8.  Filing Cabinet Makeover

I made organizing fun by turning a regular filing cabinet into an attractive accent piece of furniture.  This project was also featured on the blog Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod Podged filing cabinet

9.  Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray is the new beige, and it is a wonderfully versatile neutral.  It was fun to search for pictures of gray rooms paired with mint green, purple, coral, and yellow.

gray and purple living room

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10.  Chippenham Playroom Project ~ Voting & Dedication Ceremony

Working with A Small Comfort to redo the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center was an honor.   There were so many dedicated people that helped make the room transform into a special place for the children and their families.

playroom art wall

Thank you to everyone who has read, and continues to read my blog.  My transition from teaching high school into the design world has been exciting and I am thankful for all of the support that I have received along the way.

Here’s to another great year!

º  Which was your favorite post? º  Any requests for year two of the blog?

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Project Updates

I shared our family room and dining room makeovers a few months ago.  We’ve slowly been making progress on a few of the items on the to-do list as we work to complete the rooms. In the family room, we added blue pillows to the couch.

family room pillows

The blue compliments the green pillows nicely and ties into the other pieces in the room - like the chair:

Family room chair, Tree of Life, peacock

the rug:

indoor / outdoor rug

and the lamps:

spray painted lamp

Piping the blue pillows in a blue and green zigzag fabric is a small detail, but one that really helps coordinate all of the pieces in the room.

family room pillows

I’ve also been working on the mantel in the family room.  I love to collect vases and pitchers, and I look for them whenever I’m in a consignment or antique store.  For now, I’ve arranged an assortment of them, along with a few other special items on the mantel.

family room mantel

Andrew’s family has two cottages on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Many of the glass vases I have collected are from our favorite shop on the Shore, The Blue Crow Antique Mall.  You know it has to be awesome when they are the “second largest antique mall in Virginia”!

family room mantel

I love the little stone owl :).  He was a Christmas present from my mom.  And, yes, I took this picture today – that is a fresh hydrangea bloom from our yard!

family room mantel

Our list for the family room:

- Change up and/or add artwork to the photos over the sofa - Replace our old pillows with blue pillows - Add crown molding - Bring in a few other accessories for the mantle and bookshelves - Find Remember to look for baskets for the console table

In the dining room, there is only one update, but it’s a big one: we added window treatments!

white valance

We really wanted to keep our plantation shutters – we have them in both the dining room and the family room – so I worked around them for the window treatments.  Because the stencil is so bold, I kept the window treatments simple with a white fabric that has a subtle texture to it.  I chose a scallop shape for the valance to reflect the pattern of the stencil.

white valance

They add softness to the room and help to balance out the pattern that is on the walls.

Before:

blue stenciled dining room

After:

white valance

I also want to share a quick update on the Chippenham playroom project.  The room is being prepped and painted this week!

playroom progress

A big thank you to Duane Wallace of Wallace & Sons for donating his time to help work on the project this week!

playroom progress

I’ll continue to share progress photos of the room with you all.  I can’t wait to see this room come together!

º What projects have you been working on lately?

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Favorite Things {part 1}

When you walk into your house, aside from the lovely people or pets you share it with, is there one thing that is your favorite?  Throughout the summer I’m going to run a series of ‘Favorite Things’ to showcase various people’s favorite items in their homes.  Today, I’m starting with my own favorite thing, and I’ve asked my family to share their favorite things as well. favorite things

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Me:

My favorite thing in our house is our dining room chandelier.  When we moved into our house four years ago, it was the first DIY project I tackled.  The chandelier was a traditional brass chandelier, but I wanted to freshen it up and make it feel more like us.  With a few coats of white spray paint and just enough dangling crystals to add sparkle without being over the top, I was able to create a one-of-a-kind piece for our dining room.  I love how the white fixture pops off of our new blue walls.

dining room chandelier

dining room chandelier

My husband, Andrew:

My favorite thing about our house is the view of our front porch during the summer.  In particular, I like the left corner of the porch looking towards the dining room window as you walk up the front steps.  There is great contrast between the red rose bush and the white columns of the porch along with the festive colors of the hanging basket and window box full of geraniums.

front porch

front porch flowers

My mom:

When Cathy asked me to pick my “favorite thing”, I thought about choosing the two small rocks I brought back from my trip to Ireland in ’03 which sit on my dresser.  But I assumed they were probably not the type of decorative item that she was looking for.  So, I decided on my collection of glass and china items.  I have plates, tea cups, bowls, vases, pitchers and tea sets that have been either passed down through our families or I have collected myself.  When I go into a store, these are always what I am drawn to first.  I love the intricate patterns and the vibrant colors.  I love both antique and contemporary styles.  I display as much as I can to add charm and interest to a room, but confess that I have too many items to put out.  Most are inexpensive, but all are special treasures to me.  If I had to narrow it down to just one favorite, I would probably choose the Japanese tea cup that came from my mother-in-law’s home.  The tiny painted figures are all wearing exquisitely beautiful kimonos.  The craftsmanship is incredible and the china is so paper-thin you can almost see through it.  I don’t know the history of this piece – I wish I did!  I should learn to ask more questions.  This piece sits on the table next to the chair where I usually sit to read, so I can enjoy it often.

Japanese china

Japanese china

My dad:

My favorite things are the two corner cupboards that came from my family.  The larger one is cherry and came from my grandparents’ home in Richmond.  The smaller one is pine and was purchased by my parents at an antique store in Richmond when they were first married.  Both of them are stately pieces that have served my family with grace and style for many years.  They display items that are both decorative and sentimental, and carry with them cherished memories of their own.  I hope they will continue to provide faithful service for many generations to come.

corner cabinet

corner cabinet

My sister:

This chair was an antique store find, in a small town in Southwest Virginia where my husband's grandmother lives.  As you can see it was beautiful, but was in need of some new fabric.  I've never recovered anything before, but with my creative sister encouraging me, we decided to take on the project.  I just love how the fabric really updated the chair, and I love repurposing! (reupholstered side chair step-by-step)

reupholstered chair

My brother-in-law:

The deck has always been my favorite spot in the house, but I have a much greater appreciation for it after several recent projects to “improve” it.  I finally cleaned and stained the deck after four years of living in our house.  With the help of my handy neighbor I also installed latticework that could withstand a hurricane.  We recently added a storage box to provide more seating and a hiding place for our son’s outdoor toys.  The awning we installed a few years ago makes it a comfortable sitting area in most any weather, which hopefully will buy me some time for that screened in porch my wife keeps talking about.

deck & awning

deck lattice work

My nephew:

These trains have been Brycen's favorite ever since his grandparents gave them to him over 2 years ago.  There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't play with them.  The train table is also a repurposed piece of furniture.  It was an old 'honey' colored coffee table of ours that almost went to Goodwill.  We decided to keep it and repaint it, and now we have the perfect use for it!

train play table

train play table

It is always interesting to see and hear about other people's favorite things.  I love how we all picked different types of items - some old, some new, some indoor, some outdoor, some repurposed, and some with family history.

º What is your favorite thing?  

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Filing Cabinet Makeover

Today, I’m going to show you how to transform a plain old filing cabinet from this: filing cabinet before

To this!

mod podged filing cabinet

I needed a filing cabinet for my office and found this silver one at Staples.  It was feeling a little too boring for me though, so I decided to spruce it up.

The first step of the project was to spray paint the filing cabinet.  I used Rust-Oleum’s metal primer, and Valspar’s ‘Purple Fury’.

spray painting supplies

Before I began painting though, I wanted to block the four holes for the handles so that spray paint would not clog the holes or get inside of the filing cabinet.  To do this, I rolled up a small piece of aluminum foil and placed one inside each hole.  I also taped over the lock to protect that as well.

filing cabinet before

To paint the filing cabinet, I applied one coat of primer and three thin and even coats of the purple.  (For more spray painting tips, see here or here.)

filing cabinet painting steps

Once I was done painting the filing cabinet, I thought long and hard if I should do a next step, and if so, what would the next step be?  Should I leave it alone, stencil it, or Mod Podge it?

I felt that the plain purple was a little too plain for me, and I was still recovering from our dining room stencil project ;), so I decided that Mod Podging (a glue and sealer in one product) was the way to go.

I already had this fabric that I originally bought a few months ago to make a runner for our dining room, but with the new color scheme it no longer coordinates with the room.  It was, however, perfect for this project.

Braemore Radiance fabric

To start the Mod Podging process, I measured the drawers and found a piece of paper to use as a template that was almost the same size as the drawers.

measuring fabric

I picked the two flowers I liked the best and used the paper as a guide to cut around them.  The drawers on the filing cabinet are 13” x 10 ½”, and I knew I would need at least an inch of extra fabric to wrap around the drawers.  I cut the fabric about 18” x 15” just to be sure I would have enough.

fabric squares

Once the squares were cut, it was time to start Mod Podging.  Since I’ve only done one other Mod Podge project (here), I checked out a few websites for tips and tutorials.  I found these two sites to be the most helpful:  Mod Podge Rocks & Cottage at the Crossroads.

My first step was to paint a thin and even layer of Mod Podge onto the fabric.

mod podging fabric

Once that layer of Mod Podge was completely dry, I was ready to apply it to the filing cabinet.  I propped open the doors of the filing cabinet with pieces of wood and positioned the fabric on the drawers.

fabric placement

Next, I folded back half of the fabric and applied Mod Podge to that side of the drawer.  For this step, I was sure to use plenty of Mod Podge to provide a strong and even seal of the fabric to the drawer.  It is important not to let the Mod Podge dry before you adhere the fabric to it.  In order to ensure that the Mod Podge did not dry, I worked on half of each drawer at a time.  Here you can see how I folded back the fabric and how much Mod Podge I applied to part of this drawer.

mod podging filing cabinet

Once I applied the Mod Podge to half of the drawer, I folded back the fabric and pressed it firmly to the drawer.  In order to avoid having bubbles in a Mod Podge project, it is important to completely and firmly smooth out the fabric during this step.

The next step was to trim the fabric.  I also cut a slit in each corner so that the fabric would easily wrap around the corners

slit fabric corners

The last step of the process was to apply the top coats of Mod Podge.  I applied three thin and even coats to the top of the fabric to provide a strong seal and protective coating.  For the sides, I wrapped the fabric around the drawer and followed the same steps – one coat under to glue it down and three coats over to protect it.

When the last coat was dry, I was excited to see the finished product.  I removed the wood from the drawers, flipped it upright, and wow!

mod podged filing cabinet

With a spruced up finished, I thought the filing cabinet needed prettier drawer pulls than the ones that came with it.  I found these online and am waiting for them to arrive.

polished nickle drawer pull

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I am so happy with how the filing cabinet turned out.  The layers of Mod Podge make the fabric feel durable and protected.  I actually look forward to filing papers now!

mod podged filing cabinet***Update, the handles have arrived!

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º How do you make organizing and filing fun?

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Family Room Updates

Last week, I took a pair of old brass lamps that were my parents and updated them with spray paint.  Today, I want to show you where we put them and share a few other updates to our family room. console table / sofa table

When we ordered a new sofa (the Davis sectional from Crate & Barrel), we decided to get rid of our coffee table and instead use a console table behind the sofa.  The new console table still provides a place for magazines and drinks, while also giving us added storage.  We were inspired by the Young House Love console table, and used their table as a model for ours.

Andrew custom built the console in order to provide us with storage both inside:

console table storage

console table inside storage

And on the end for books and photo albums:

console table bookshelf

Our family room is not that big and by removing the coffee table, the space feels much more open.

family room

Another addition to the space is our new rug.  I found this indoor/outdoor rug from One Kings Lane (free to sign up + daily deals = a great website!).

indoor / outdoor rugIt is the perfect balance of blue, brown, and green, and the busy pattern helps to hide dog hair (as much as that is possible anyway ;) ).

The description read: “This rug is durable enough for the outdoors but chic enough to earn a spot inside, making it well suited for heavy-traffic areas like mudrooms and dens.” I knew it would be a good fit for us and the room we use the most.

You may have also spied two new pillows on the couch.

Crate & Barrel Davis sectional

I purchased the green lattice pillows from Simple Southern Charm on Etsy.

green lattice pillow

They remind me of the stencil we chose for the dining room.  I love the view when you come down our stairs and can see into the dining room.

family room

Here is the view of the fireplace from the sofa.  I enjoy collecting vases, and I’m still working on the arrangement, but my new Kluk Kluk decanter (blue vase on the right), from our antiquing trip in Virginia Beach, fits right in.

fireplace & mantel

There are still a few things we would like to do:

- Change up and/or add artwork to the photos over the sofa - Replace our old pillows with blue pillows - Add crown molding - Bring in a few other accessories for the mantle and bookshelves - Find baskets for the console table

For now though, we are enjoying the fresh coat of paint and all of our new pieces.  I think our dog Charlie likes it too!

family room

º What springtime change-ups have you been working on in your house?

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Spray Painted Lamps

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As part of our family room make-over, I’ve been on the hunt for new lamps.  I was particularly searching for these lamps from Target: blue & green Target lamps

They are not sold online however, and after calling several stores in the area with no luck finding either color, I was feeling discouraged.

I decided I needed backup and sent an email to my mom and sister requesting a quick check for me any time they happened to be driving by a Target.

My mom’s response was just as good as if she had found them:  “If you spray painted the brass lamps I have in the living room, they would be almost identical.  You may have them if you like.”

Yes, please!

brass lamps - beforeivory lamp shade

Andrew and I picked them up this weekend, and went in search of the perfect color of spray paint.  We eventually found exactly what we were looking for at Wal-Mart: Rust-Oleum’s ‘Nite Tide’.

rustoleum nite tide

To start the project, I removed the lamp shades, covered the sockets for the light bulbs, and covered part of the cord.  My plan was to: 1. Prime   2. Spray paint   3. Cover with a Lacquer for an extra-glossy finish.

brass lamps prepped for painting

After two coats of primer, the lamps were already looking more modern.

brass lamps primed

Once the primer was dry, I was ready to start adding the ‘Nite Tide’.  The key to spray painting is to use several light and even coats.

First coat:

brass lamps with 1 coat of paint

Second coat:

brass lamps with 2 coats of paint

Third coat:

brass lamps with 3 coats of paint

After three coats, the lamps were looking fantastic!  I gave them a few hours to dry and then attempted to add the lacquer.  I say ‘attempted’ because we did not have much luck with this step of the process.  Once I had added two coats of the lacquer finish, the lamps were not glossy at all; in fact they were rough and looked dusty.  I’m not sure if the Richmond humidity did not agree with the product, or if I had applied it incorrectly, either way, it was not a pretty appearance.

We were lucky that with a wet washcloth, the rough and dusty finish wiped away – without taking away any of the color.

Even without the extra-glossy finish, they are still beautiful, so we were ready to bring them inside.

Just to refresh your memories of these brass beauties from the 80’s:

brass lamps - before

And the after:

spray painted lamp

It really is amazing how different they look with a new paint color and an updated shade!

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share where we’ve put the lamps and other updates to the family room!

º What pieces have found a new life in your home recently?

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Antiquing in Virginia Beach

This weekend, my sister and I enjoyed time at Virginia Beach with our mom.  Beth and I wanted to treat our mom to some sun, sand, and girl time. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate – chilly, drizzly, and very windy does not make for a good beach day :/.

me at the beach

What do the Burgess women do when we can’t sit on the beach?  Shop!

We were already planning on stopping at the Williamsburg outlets on our way home, so we headed to the Barrett Street Antique Mall.

barrett street antique mall

(picture from their website)

With their website describing the mall as “a 28,000 square foot, indoor climate controlled building with a large outside lot with garden, patio, and outdoor decorations,” we knew it would be the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon!

They had quite a few unique items and interesting pieces.  One of the first things we noticed were the bikes hanging from the ceiling.  Now that’s not something you see at any old antique store!

Barrett Street Antique Mall bikes

At approximately 3’ tall, this pirate ship would be a true treasure for any young boy and his friends to play with.

model pirate ship

These distressed tin panels were difficult to get a good picture of because they were displayed high on the wall.  We liked them though, and I can see them arranged on a mantel or in a gallery style collection over a sofa.

tin panels

Being a photographer, Beth is always drawn to old cameras.  She also loved this vintage radio.

vintage camera and radio

While we were shopping, we discovered many unique chairs and chaises.  I wanted to bring them all home, give them a makeover, and find the perfect spot for them!  Unfortunately, we were limited in our space for the trip home.

One of the first pieces we saw in the mall was this pair of ornate wooden chairs that reminded me of the chair Beth and I reupholstered a few months ago.

tutor chairs

They could be used as extra seating in a dining room or to flank an entry console table.

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We also saw this Mid-Century modern hoop chair.

mid-century modern hoop chair

I love Mid-Century modern pieces, and this one reminded me of a Bertoia chair.

bertoia chairs

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The hoop chair would be cute used on a sun porch or outdoor patio.

hoop chairs on patio

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My favorite things we saw were a few different chaise lounges.

purple chaise

blue chaise

Chaise lounges have a very feminine and proper feel to them.  I like the idea of refreshing the piece by painting the wood a fun color and reupholstering it with a fun fabric.

They had this one that had already been redone with distressed white trim and a blue floral fabric.

blue & white chaise

Here are a few other inspirational ideas I found online.

What girl wouldn't want to read and lounge on this colorful, floral chaise?

hoop chairs on patio

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Another bold statement would be a patchwork pattern.  Any little girl would be the envy of the neighborhood with one of these hip pieces in her bedroom.

patchwork chaise

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patchwork chaise

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If bright and bold is not for you, softer patterns and neutral colors would also make a beautiful piece.  The detail of the skirt on this chaise softens the piece without making it feel heavy.

grey chaise

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For a preppy or beachy feel, wide stripes and patterned pillows are the perfect combination.

Lilly Pulitzer striped chaise

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While I was inspired by all of these chairs and chaises, none of them made it home with me.

I did manage to bring home one item though.  This beautiful glass decanter immediately caught my eye as it is the perfect shade of peacock blue to coordinate with our new dining room and living room colors.

holmegaard decanter

It is a Holmegaard glass (a Danish company established in 1825) Kluk Kluk decanter.  In an eBay search, I found the same decanter selling for anywhere from $35 up to $100.  I paid $40 for mine, so I feel like I found a pretty good deal!

It looks great both in the family room on the mantel:

holmegaard decanter

And in the dining room:

holmegaard decanter

I’m not sure where it’s permanent home will be, but we do love it!

Despite the weather, we had a great weekend relaxing, eating good food, and shopping!

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