Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hannah's House - Before Photos of Thrift Store Finds

Tomorrow, I'll drive to Lubbock to see my daughter and to take her another batch of furniture and decorative items for her new house! Thankfully, we share a similar aesthetic, so I can shop for things I think she will like, and most of the time, she does.

Hannah's house is a 1940's wood frame cottage with red shutters and a porch swing. She and her roommates have recently moved to this unfurnished house from a furnished apartment, so we've been "shopping" for a few months now. (This is what began my blogging!)

The first purchase was 2 tablecloths from World Market. The oblong tablecloths that fit very long tables make great curtains by simply sewing a simple casing for a rod. Hannah's curtains dictated the color scheme for the living room and dining room. They're a lovely rich chartreuse green with an over sized floral print in rich red, deep hot pink, deep teal, dusty turquoise, cream and brown.

Here are a few decorative Items I found for the living room and dining room:

See the cool bubbled glass in the turquoise vase? I was tempted to keep this one for myself!

I found two matching lamps, similar to the ones in this post. She has two adorable patterned drum shades from World Market for them. They sit on a dresser turned sideboard she painted white and antiqued. We'll see about painting them - they might look good in oil rubbed bronze.

Her bedroom is painted a with Walmart flat wall paint in Earthy Mushroom Taupe. It's a lovely deep warm grey-taupe. Her bedding and furniture is all whites and creams.  She's trying to decide whether to use metallics with the whites or add a color - like turquoise. We'll shop for curtains tomorrow, and that should settle the point. Meanwhile she pinned a photo she liked on Pinterest from

Aren't they wonderful? Do you recognize them? It's just embroidery hoops with fabric stretched in them! So adorably graphic, aren't they! So, I found these today for 25c each. Some are round and some are oval.

I'm not sure if these would go in the living room or the bedroom, but they can go somewhere!

When I visited the first of August, she had about half the wall above her bed (where the headboard will be) paved in empty frames after being inspired by Anthropologie.  Since then I have been shopping for interestingly shaped frames and small mirrors to complete her wall. Once again, the curtains will be the deciding factor whether they're a mix of white and metals, or color is incorporated.

Here are some frames I'm taking for her to use. These are early to mid 20th century brass frames. (BRASS is back, people!):

These are ugly little frames now, but they have nice details that will be cute painted.

These can be used as they are now - 
they're creamy white and gold leaf.

These were a splurge at $4.95 for the pair - they had "art" in them, and they're wood, not plastic. I bought them at a mission thrift store, so it was for a worthy cause! The little porcelain cameo box is a bit of a stretch, but Hannah may like it...the color is a lovely soft, dusty turquoise, and it was only $1.17.

This piece is a little wall shelf that was given to me by our favorite aunt June. It will be nice to have something of hers in Hannah's house. 

Now that you've seen the before photos, we'll have to be sure and send you some after photos! 

Word for the day:

Matthew 7:9-11

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Blessings this Labor Day weekend!



Elegant Economies said...

Hi Revi,
Love that you are helping your daughter [and she will allow you]. Your blog is lovely.
Blessings Audrey

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Oh! What a great idea to use tablecloths as drapes! Such pretty fabric too!

Revi said...

Thanks, Audrey!
I'm so glad you stopped in. I just got back home, and as usual, we didn't make it all the way through our list of "to-do" tasks. All in all, it was a lovely time together. It's great to be able to help!
Have a blessed Tuesday,

Revi said...

Hi Carrie,
Thanks for stopping by! We've actually used the long tablecloths for curtains a few times - the good thing is that they're too long for most people's tables, so they end up getting marked down! It's a wonderful source of nice machine-washable fabric. I'll be sewing some more for my house before long.
See you soon!

farmhouse-story said...

hannah is a lucky girl! love the frame, hoops and table cloth as curtains idea, revi:) have a great evening!

Town and Country Gals said...

It's so fun to get to shop and help our kids set up house! That tablecloth fabric is wonderful, gives you so many color options! Back in Jan I did the same thing for my son, he's in the AF and had just gotten back from 18 mos in England and got his 1st apt. Is now stationed in NC. it was a lot of fun, but now is leaving Oct 2nd for Afganistan and will be bringing all his stuff home! People are going to think I'm a horder when I open my garage!
P.S. your daughter is adorable!

Revi said...

Hi Rebecca,

It IS fun! It's a little different for sons than daughters; a couple of Christmases back, I bought kitchen items for my sons. Hannah and I enjoyed shopping together. She bought them a set of pots and pans, I bought a stainless microwave, and lots of baking pans, mixing bowls, utensils, etc. I even got a rug, potholders, dishtowels and a trash can.

Their apartment was neutral taupes and creams, so we found black, white, stainless and tan colored things that all worked together to make a nice masculine kitchen.

Mason thanked me for the kitchen stuff. (I think he'd rather have had a video game or something!)

I said, "We picked out all black, stainless and stuff so it would look masculine."

Mason, one of those people who is funny though he doesn't try to be, replied, "The only thing that is NOT masculine is that we HAVE everything!"

Now, it's all in my garage, too. I'll be a hoarder with you! :)

Thanks for your lovely note. And thank your son and your family for your sacrifice for all of us. May the Lord keep him safe and bring him home to you as soon as possible! Psalm 91

Look forward to seeing you soon at your blog!


Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Hi Revi! Love, love, love the tablecloth fabric. Anyhoo, thanks for your visit and your sweet comment. I would have popped over sooner, but I've been swamped this week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Revi said...

Hi Kathryn!
Thanks so much for coming over! I hope your week was swamped with lots of wonderful activities you enjoyed! I love the tablecloths, too! (Now they're curtains, and Hannah promises to send photos!) They were a wonderful bargain at $8 each on sale. I think they're gone now, or I might buy one for myself. World Market has lovely textiles. See you over at your place!