Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Hydrangea Obsession

Hey there friends.
Long time.
Summer is flying and suddenly it is August!
I find myself wanting to dig my heels into the grass and grab hold of time to slow her down.
Things around Frippery Farmhouse have been crazy busy and I am trying to keep up while still savoring the moments of extraordinary beauty the season brings.
There will be lots of changes coming but for now I just want to bask in lazy summer days.
Back to Hydrangeas.
I have many.
They all bloom at different times.
I would say I cannot choose a favorite but if pressed Limelight just might edge out all the others.
Don't tell Annabelle, or the Lacecaps, or Everlasting Summer.
Words really can't describe the perfection that this hydrangea brings to midsummer.

Can you believe the amount of blooms on theses shrubs?
There are only 3 shrubs, planted 3 years ago!

Limelight definitely puts on a show.

Snow white fades to vintage pink as the blossoms age.
Vintage colors for the late summer garden.

The flowers go from green to white to pink and faded paper ecru as the season progresses.

Cannot get enough of this gorgeousness.

White purity.

These flowers are totally swoon worthy.

Have you planted hydrangeas in your yard?
What is your favorite summer flower?

Yours in the garden, P.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Mixing Vintage and New(ish)

Vintage camping stools + clearance pillows = awesome extra seating. 
Two unrelated pieces can turn into something fabulous if you think outside of the box.

These camp stools were purchased for $5 each at the flea.

I thought they were kind of retro cool for a summer camp display at my Ohio Valley space.

You know how hard it is for me to part with junk. 
I could not let them go.
What's a girl to do when she is in love?

So I married these cuties to two black and white shaggy tee shirt pillows from Tuesday Morning.
In the clearance section of course.
I had these on my wing chairs but had replaced them with different pillows already.

So now I have two amazing stylish stools for $10! 
Even if I had to purchase these pillows for the project it would have come in under $30.

So now I am kicking myself for passing up another camp stool yesterday at the Tristate Antique show.
$8 and the bad boy would have been mine.
What was I thinking?

Never pass up good junk people!
Yours in the one that got away, P.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

30 Day Master Bath-DONE!

30 days and $200 was the goal.
Thanks to Serena at Thrift Diving I was inspired to get my rear in gear
and complete my much neglected Master Bath.
Click here for some photos of the embarrassing before...

 No you are not developing cataracts.
The photo quality stinks, no natural light at all in the vanity section of the room. 
Also no way to get a photo of the entire room. Let me tell you I tried everything.
I contorted my body, sat on the toilet, laid in the tub...
Just cannot get enough distance for a full shot.
I even took the doors off the hinges to get a bit more sunlight!
You may not get the entire picture but
this room has a double vanity with matching mirrors.
My theme was Urbane Rustic.
A bit of sophistication and some outdoors and industrial.

I found these mirrors at the Christmas Tree Shop after searching high and low for just the right ones.

Board and batten back wall with hooks and a rustic basket.

One of my favorite parts is the shelving in the niche above the toilet.
Again, I can only shoot bits because I cannot get far enough away.
Lots of rustic and some silver and mercury glass for some shine.
I oiled the wood for these shelves instead of staining and hope that they darken with age. 
I may add an edge with some reclaimed wood later.
Everything I decorated with was already in our home.
Hoard much?

 Balancing on the back edge of the bathtub edge does not make for a steady camera.

Confession time.
Of the many tasks I took on during this project, pulling out the toilet was the scariest.
Once it was out I could not stand the thought of putting that 20 year old water guzzler back.
So, lovely new Kohler toilet you doubled my budget. 
Worth every penny.
If loving a toilet is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
Best part? My baby girl Sadie took on the installation.
Skills people.
Learning opportunities at every turn in life.
Or is that flush with opportunity?

Sadie also sprayed the shiny brass hardware Pewter.
We did replace the rusty hinges and door latch with brushed chrome.

My free art from my stash of papers and frames.
I really need to do some decluttering in my art room.

A rustic crate holds books and candles.

Awkward attempt to get the detail on the mirrors.
Even replaced the outlets.
They were not GFS, which I believe is illegal or against code or something.
Taking our lives in our hands every time we plugged in an appliance!
You can get some sleep now, we are safe.

Some twigs in a basket I bought on clearance years ago.
See, that is why I have a problem parting with junk.
As soon as its gone I will probably find a use for it.

 More of my found art, probably another of my favorite parts of this make over.
I will show some of the details and the sources in another post.
Two eleven hour days finishing this space have my brain fried.

Serena is hosting another challenge in August.
She will also be spotlighting the June participants on her blog.
Visit Thrift Diving for some great inspiration.
As for me, I think I will go sit on my toilet and take in the view.

Yours in new challenges, P.

I am also linking this post to these inspiring sites...
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