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September 19, 2014

Exciting Things

There’s something very exciting coming up for the House on Penny Lane. Are you excited? No? Not yet? Well, I can be excited for the rest of us.

At the end of this year, we’re getting a new sofa! A sectional to be exact…

Our IKEA sofa has served us well during the last seven years. It was our first big purchase together and, for each of us, our first real grown up sofa. But lately, we have begun to outgrow it. We’re hosting more and more get-togethers at our house while also spending more and more time stretched out/cuddled up just the two of us. And we just need more room.

And lucky for us, our living room can handle it. It’s kind of huge. Check out my sweet rendering. It’s like looking at my house through a Simpson’s episode.


And I never miss a chance for a mood board. This thing makes me giddy. Especially because the majority of the items pictured are ones I already own. This, by the way, is an update to a mood board from way back in 2010. We were just young chicks then, so it’s interesting to see how our tastes have grown in the last few years.



1.     Our wonderful wood floors. I still dig the high contrast between them and our walls.

2.     With the addition of a larger sofa, we will also need a larger area rug. Our current rug is a $170 8’x10′ shag rug we found at Home Depot. Such a steal and hides stains amazingly well. The new rug is actually made up of carpet tiles, so if one gets stained, I can just remove and replace it with a fresh tile. I’ve also heard the tiles are way easier to clean than a regular rug, so let’s hope any stains that do pop up can be taken care of quickly.

3.     My $30 a piece Craigslist chairs. I recovered them just last year, so they’re not going anywhere any time soon.

4.     Our 70s coffee table. Another awesome Craigslist find.

5.     THE SOFA. I am so excited by this. Pretend this picture is of a sectional with a chaise instead of an ‘L’ shaped sofa. I chose a fitted back to avoid the inevitable slouchy back cushions. The fabric will be a microfiber velvet in a very dark, almost black, charcoal.

6.     Our sofa table. It came from CB2, but is unfortunately no longer available.

7.     Our favorite IKEA Besta media cabinet.

8.     Our vintage walnut lamps. I am so glad these are not glass or ceramic. They would have been broken a long time ago. *Cough* cats *cough*

9.    My Valentine’s Day Fiddle Leaf Fig.

10.   Our current accent pillows, throw, and our Franco Albini Ottoman.

11.    With the new sofa, I should be receiving some throw pillows in the fabric of my choosing. So here’s my choosing! Kind of an Ikat print with cream, charcoal, linen, plum, and cranberry colors. It’s super pretty and this pic doesn’t do it justice.

12.   Think I can talk Rob into some light colored faux fur throw pillows? I hope so. We’ve got a lot of sofa to cover.

13.   I think a nicely colored Persian style rug would be beautiful layered over our future area rug. This will take some obsessing, hunting, and deliberation, so don’t expect to see this placeholder filled for some time.


So what’s been a recent exciting addition to your home? Tell me about it in the comments below!

August 6, 2012

Antiquing, etc.

Long time no post! I really don’t know what has happened. I suppose I’ve just been mentally busy. Luckily, there has been an occasional thrifting/antiquing session for stress relief. Because of that, I have a ton of finds to post about!

Let’s start with the latest and greatest. This weekend, I had a very strong urge to go thrifting. And not just my regular thrifting. I wanted to thrift in new locations. I tend to revisit the same shops out of familiarity, but knew my last visit had been far too recent for any good finds. So I started searching for new haunts.

Now notice that I’m talking about thrifting when this post is titled antiquing. Well, as I was driving to a “new” thrift store, I realized I was just around the corner from my favorite antique mall. So I stopped in. In what was a combination of running out of time for the day, needing to use the rest room (but not their restroom) and knowing I shouldn’t spend any money, I breezed through the shop noting some beautiful items before I was on my way.

They were:

Beautiful glazed pottery.


Full-sized cow hide.


Large Oil Painting.


More gorgeous pottery.

After leaving, I couldn’t help but think about one item in particular. It took some convincing, but by the next morning, Rob had agreed that I could go nab it.

I promptly hung it in the guest bedroom.

Love. it.

June 24, 2012

Thrifting, etc.

I went antiquing with my Mom this weekend. We decided to check out some places we had never visited before. All had interesting collections, but all knew their collections’ worth.

When neither of us managed to splurge on anything, I decided to swing by my favorite thrift store. It had been a few months since I last stopped in, so I knew their inventory would be fresh. I was surprised to find some full sets of china and some genuine vintage silver-plated baskets. I talked my mom into a $4 basket and I grabbed a small handmade ceramic pot and a few lotus bowls to complete my collection.

When I got home, I started thinking about where to place my new lone ceramic pot and realized I had amassed a small collection. I pulled a few together and placed them on my recently bare entry table.


Someday, I’d like to have a collection resembling this one.

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July 24, 2011

Antiquing, etc.

Back in November, I posted about my latest trip to River City Trading Post in Jenks, Oklahoma. I had forgotten that I had given myself a restriction date of the next time I could make a visit. Lucky for me, I said May.

This time, the trip included two newbies, my sister-in-law Sarah and my step-mom Deb; and two converts, my Mom and my cousin Bethany. I was told not to go crazy, so my purchases were slim.

First, here are the photo-worthy items that were not quite worthy of my budget.

A very handsome (shout out to Jessica H.) and beautifully aged chest of drawers.

A Frankoma vase that looks to be the big brother to a bud vase gifted to me by my step-mom Ali. I posted about it here.

A very pretty brass wall candelabra. I would have purchased this if Rob’s words of caution weren’t ringing in my ears. See, Rob. I do listen to you.

Another cool vase that is similar in style to one I picked up in Oklahoma City recently. I don’t think I’ve posted about it, but for those who are interested, it’s on the console table behind the sofa in the living room in recent pictures.

A very cool Martini set that seemed to include the two shakers behind it. I would have purchased this for our bar if I had known what the majority of those tools are for. Bartender fail.

And for the items that slipped past Rob’s nagging song.

A set of lotus serving bowls. Okay, not so vintage/antiquey, but definitely needed. I am contemplating giving the largest blue bowl to sis-in-law Sarah since I don’t see cobalt blue being an accent color for me.

And the find I am most excited about.

I do believe I found a Franco Albini ottoman to rival my two pier one knock-offs. It’s not in great shape (severely sun bleached, a couple broken rattan pieces and a few ties missing), but it’s beautiful and apparently comfy.

See? She likes it. Its current home is in Rob’s office. He had been wanting a little spot for the cats to hang out while he’s working (other than his lap).

February 24, 2011


Rob and I made a weekend trip to visit my dad in Dallas. We had a great time. There was good shopping, good Vietnamese food, good Mediterranean food and good conversations.

I came away with a bunch of great stuff for the house, which I will milk for all its worth by discussing them in installments. First, books.

Rob loves Half-Priced Books. Especially the giant one in Dallas. Saturday night after dinner, we spent the rest of the evening shopping for books. We all found something we wanted. Mine was “decorative” books.

If there is one thing I have learned to decorate with, it is books, even if it is just horizontally. As you all should know by now, I love this living room.

living room of Derek and Michelle Sanders

Well here’s another angle that shows off their use of books in decoration.

living room of Derek and Michelle Sanders

Stacking books? I think I can do that.

Now, let me start out by saying that so many people can argue with the use of books as decoration because they are being chosen purely for aesthetic reasons rather than their content. That’s where my interests come in handy: art, design and gardening. All good looking things… if done right at least.

With Half-Priced books pricing, it was hard to leave with just two. That Swiss furniture book is still calling my name. But I certainly don’t regret the books I did purchase.

“Vincent Van Gogh” by Marc Edo Tralbaut

“Vincent Van Gogh” by Marc Edo Tralbaut

“The Orchid” by Mark Griffiths

“The Orchid” by Mark Griffiths

“Artfully” stacked.

November 14, 2010

Antiquing, etc.

Last weekend, my mom and I went back to River City Trading Post in Jenks, OK. On the drive there (about 2 hours), I asked her what she might be looking for when we got there and I could tell she was seriously underestimating what she was about to experience. And yes, it is an experience.

I went in thinking I would just pick up that mirrored tray I had regretted leaving last time and maybe a few small items, but of course I went and spent my entire budget. Here’s what I went away with.

Sea Fan

I’ve been wanting one of these things for a while. I had only seen them online and was thrilled to see it out of the corner of my eye at River City.

This vase was a no question pick-up at $3. The finish on it is a bit shimmery, but nothing at all over the top. Too bad it doesn’t read in the photo.


Vintage Red Wing Fluted Bowl


Vintage Toy Bus

Another nursery decor item for my expecting friend. I’ll probably have to put a clear coat of polyurethane over this and the blocks just in case they ever get chewed on.

Highball glass with cork-lined silver sleeve

Remember these? You should. I passed these up on my previous visit, but this time we piled them into the cart and now they live in my bar.


Silverplate wire basket

Another item I’ve been in search of.

Despite me missing out on the mirrored tray I had gone back in search of, we had a pretty great visit. I thought, while Rob hoped, that my antiquing/thrifting sprees were over, but fortunately, my mom discovered a local antique store this weekend and suggested I check it out with her. She had found several mirrored trays that could be a replacement for the River City tray. The Feathered Nest isn’t quite as exspansive as River City, nor does it have as diverse of a selection, but it does have a few gems here and there.

First, the mirrored tray.

The detailing along the frame has an Art Nouveau quality to it, which I love. And last but not least, my early Christmas gift.

A set of mid-century modern walnut table lamps. Thanks for the early Christmas gift, Mom!


I think I’ve spent all of this decade’s antiquing budget. Somebody slap me if I post anymore of these before May 2011. I know Rob will.

November 1, 2010

Be a Good Host

I’m nowhere close to being a good host. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very hospitable. Yes, come inside my house! Take a seat! But after that, you’re on your own. You’re lucky if I remember to offer you a drink.

So of course these quick tips for easy entertaining over at quickly caught my eye. The idea of setting out multiple votives sparked my interest the most, especially after hosting a sparkless dinner for my sister-in-law while my brother was out of the country. I vowed to go votive crazy the next chance I got, and I knew just the place.

On my recent thrifting excursion, I noticed miles of shelves exclusively stocked with small glasses, handfuls of which could be used as votives. And handfuls there were. Here is just the beginning of my future collection.


Unlit votives


Lit votives

October 19, 2010

Antiquing, etc.

Rob and I spent a very gluttonous weekend with some old high school friends of mine.

We had a great time – we were fed well and taken to a great antique mall that we literally spent hours in. I was told of a trick to shopping at this mall – only carry items that you can’t leave behind, take pictures of the items you’d like to return to. I took way too many pictures. Here’s just a few.

This was a tall piece, maybe 5 feet tall, carved out of wood and labeled “tribal art”. It would be great in the center of a long dining table or hanging on the wall, either vertically or horizontally. It was a steal at $45, but I had to leave it behind.

A ceramic gravy boat and a wood box. Both great items. The gravy boat was priced a bit high for being such a specific item (speaking in terms of decor, since a gravy boat can really only be displayed in a kitchen or dining room).

These glasses were so neat. They were glass with a metal sleeve lined with cork. After examining them, we determined that the metal and cork probably worked to keep the contents cold. This collection was one of my favorite items at $2 each (8 for $16), but alas, we already have a gazillion glasses back home.

This mirror, which would work even better as a tray in a bedroom or bathroom, was an item I kicked myself for not grabbing while I was there. I nixed it at the store thinking it would only have a home in our Master Bedroom, but upon arriving home, I realized I had the perfect spot for it in our Guest Bathroom. Any chance it will still be there the next time I’m in town? Maybe I should just take off work tomorrow and go grab it. If only.

This light fixture was really cool, but with our experiences with electricity lately and the undecipherable light patterns it might create caused us to leave it at the mall.

I actually really, really want an old table fan like this for our Guest Bedroom. We saw several there and even had one in our cart most of the time. Too bad it sparked at me and grossed Rob out a bit with its rustiness.

These wood buoys were super cool, but, sadly, were categorized with the carved wood art piece and were left behind.

Rob is modeling for us a handy-dandy handmade level. One of the windows even had a perfect spider-shaped crack in it. This is another item I should have taken home. At least I will always have this photo.

This cute little mirror barely missed the cut. I just didn’t have much practical use for it, especially since (spoiler)  I already had a mirror in my cart.

This picture is full of items that almost went home with me and one item that actually did – the deceptively large, white metal basket. It is currently holding our shoes in the laundry room. I’m not 100% happy with its location, but it may just be the peach wall paint and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad lighting.

So what actually went home with me? Read on.

This Frankoma vase matches my Kitchen accent color perfectly and was only $2. This was an instant cart item, no question.

I think this is some kind of spool or spool accessory. It had friends that I had to leave behind for budgeting reasons. I love its shape, texture and worn finish. It looks great paired with one of the ceramic vases I purchased last week and an air plant my mom gifted me.

I bought these alphabet blocks for a good friend who has recently revealed that she is with child and wanting a vintage themed nursery. I’m hoping to find more variously sized blocks before she pops.

I saw this metal grenade, picked it up, felt its heft, saw the price tag and immediately put it in my cart. Too cool to leave behind.

This teak bowl came in a set of 4 for $6. They also went straight into my cart. One is currently in the Guest Bedroom and another in the Guest Bathroom awaiting jewelry and odds-and-ends from visitors.

This mirror also went straight into my cart, mostly because I spotted a lady eyeing it as I grabbed it for a closer look. I don’t regret it. The wood is perfectly patina’d and its pattern would fit in with any of the decor items I already own, vintage, IKEA or otherwise.

A grand time was had by all, especially Taylor between 1pm and 4pm Saturday afternoon.

October 12, 2010

Thrifting, etc.

I recently went thrifting for the first time in my adult life and I’m hooked. I spent less than $3 and came away with a handful of interesting decor items that none can have too much of.

I found a couple of ceramic vases, a glass vase and 3 glass tapered candle holders. I can’t wait to go back and it just so happens that most of the thrift stores in my quadrant of the city are on my way home from work. I’m definitly organizing  a shopping route.