This one is for the girls

Life is a juggling act.

Be empowered today.

Enjoy the gifts of life today and celebrate. Make your life and your home beautiful.

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Vintage bar stools


You can’t go wrong with 4 swivel vintage chrome bar stools at cheap $. Made in New Jersey.

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Does this not bring you back into a place in time of being young and free spirited….

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Vintage chairs


These are very vintage retro chairs. Could be used for a patio. Imagine covering with outdoor navy blue fabric. Price is right at this antique shop.

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Antique Trunk

Another great antique trunk listed at Chic Home & Antiques. This one left with more rustic charm would make a great coffee table.

It’s flat top,  wood trim and iron hardware has aged wonderfully. There is no comparison to something that has aged naturally as opposed to something that has been manufactured to look old-none!

The inside has been freshly painted for storage with an easy removable tray.

Weekend is here let’s go shopping this great trunk is located over at my favorite place Acushnet River Antiques. You never know what you will find.

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Fireplace Mantel

We moved into our new home a few years ago and I remember walking through our home for the first time and instantly fell in love.

 There was only one problem I had to tackle a dated brick fireplace. Our home was built in the late 60’s and the brick showed its dated age.

The bright red brick and dark deep gray cement was reminiscence of 60’s style.  The fireplace was in need of some updating.  I loved the brick and texture and the sweet curve  of opening.  I did not want to paint because if you paint you tend to lose the character of the brick. The solution lots and lots of grout.  I could regrout the brick but, the trick was not to cover and smother all of the brick.  Two large buckets needed, one for water with a big grout sponge the other for the grout mixture. Grout mixture needed to be a sanded texture not smooth. The color of grout I choose for this project was a light sand color.

I tackled this project in one whole entire day and I am talking literally 12 straight  hours of regrouting until my arms were ready to fall off. My new neighbor came by and I think he thought I was nuts!

 The existing  mantel was once a dated solid piece of oak. I had removed this and placed a thin marble mantel but, this was not the look I was going for either. I was lucky enough to have presented to me for $20 a thick old beam that had aged nicely and had great character.

I love the big old knot and cracks in the wood.

 My mantle is deep enough now to hold some beautiful local artist paintings, clean unscented white candles because I am fragrance free girl and smooth ocean rocks collected from my husband’s days of surfing. Antique English andirons add a little extra something special.

I love my fireplace.

If you have a dated fireplace don’t cover it up see if you can work with it. Take your time to really think what you want.  I may live near Cape Cod but it doesn’t mean I have to cover up beautiful brick with white beadboard.

Choose a different path and embrace it!

You never know what you may find!

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Happy Sunday

It’s happy Sunday one because we turned the clocks back last night and two because I have completed my project that was originally my first project of the year. Oh well better late than never.

Remember my tired and dated French bureau?

Well my project has finally been completed and I am loving the final outcome.

Santa had brought me a new tool that I was able to use for this particular piece in order to reach those hard to reach places.

It wasn’t really  first on my wish list for Santa but, it did come in handy.

Prep prep prep…Although looks like I need some prepping too..

As you can see from this angle the inside of this piece is made with all real wood. Not held together by particular board. Do you know what the inside of your bureau is made of? Chances are if it was made today there is particular board in there…just don’t make them like they use to.

Darling French style legs needed to be brought to life.

  A little help from my Benjamin.

Now the legs are accented with distressed gold highlightlights.

I left the finished look with two different tones for a more aged look.

Original hardware now shines after a little sanding and buffing.

She is elegantly and waiting at Acushnet River Antiques.

Come find me!

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Robin’s Egg Blue

Robin’s egg blue is what these beautiful butterfly prints remind me of.

I saw these black framed prints the other day. They  would look adorable in a little girls room.

Possibly with a sisal rug, an antique wooden chest, and or  an antique  bed.

Possiblities could be endless to add some charm for a little girl. There is no need to shop big  department stores when you can find plenty of treasures at your local antique shop.

Let’s go shopping and see what we can find!

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My love of urns continues..

I could not resist this small treasure that I came across the other day on my shopping expedition.

 This lovely antique cast iron urn now has a proper resting place.

Just the right size.  The urn is filled with real soft green moss.

Sits upon a long antique white antique marble coffee table. I had to embelish some of the great detail with gentle distressing and  gold accents.

You never know what you may find on a hunt for just that something special.  What are you hunting for?

Let me know if you need any assistance from Chic Home & Antiques!

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Office Space

I have been spending a lot of time in my office these days as well as some other small visitors to remain nameless.

So considering that I have to share my space with these little people I decided to enlist a little help from them as well, might as well start them early and teach them while they are young.

The previous color of my office space was called Italiante from my favorite paint of course Benjamin Moore.  The space was mix of chocolate-brown and terracotta.  I wanted some calmness in this space and decided it was time for a change.

Prep work always takes the longest. Necessities blue painters tape, spackle compound and 150 grit sand sponge.

With the holes filled and sanded it was time to paint.  Remember the prep work will pay off in the end.  Poor prep work = poor outcome.   Good prep work = great outcome.

I am loving the new color of a soft gray non other than a matte finish in  Grey Owl from Benjamin Moore. Antique art work that I picked up from one of my favorite local antique shops and of course an antique chandelier from Spain always adds an air of elegance and old world.

My classic antique chair that I found on Craigslist 3 years ago and paid $60.00,  works as my desk chair. The seat is wide enough for 2 of my small people to rest upon.

A recovered vintage tufted slipper chair sits in the corner of my shared office space.

Love tufting.  I feel in love with this fabric a few years ago which was actually a duvet cover for a king size bed.  I thought why not? Let’s use the fabric.

 My previous curtains were a bit too heavy and too formal for my office space.  Have you been to JC Penny lately?  Well I know I know I have not walked into a JC Penny for about 15 years but, I was on the hunt for a not too expensive curtain. Not mention I love JC Penny’s new comercials with Ellen- hilarious!  These curtains were at the right price and the fabric was just what I was looking for.

You can always be creative with office space. Always keep thinking and always remain creative. Look at what you have in your home. Ask yourself what can I use this for? Can I reuse this? Where can I use this?  Move things around and keep it fresh.  Make it your own space.  What are the things you love and wish for?

Fill you life with the things you love.

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