Finds With a Friend

I got my kids into a 4-day camp this week so I could get a little break.  Of course I had to use some of that time to get out and about.  But this week was extra special ‘cuz I got to take along my buddy, Bee.  See, I somehow convinced her to let me invade on her room redo, which thus far has been her study.  Except, we’ve now found ourselves chatting up ideas for her kitchen/breakast room.  So, with all of that on our mind I took her to a couple of my favorite spots for inspiration. It took a lot of restraint for both of us to walk out empty-handed.  We did leave with plenty of ideas though.

First up is this awesome koi fish mirror.  I think it could stand to have a spray tan of some high gloss paint (white, red???).  But, it’s only $38 and it would look amazing on a buffet, mantle, console table, etc.  And you know those koi fish represent courage, right?  Love it…

I love a pretty canister set on the kitchen counters.  They can hold all kinds of goodies.  Most of these sets are fairly pricey, so I thought $35 for this robin’s egg blue set was a good deal.  It would look great in Bee’s kitchen…

Speaking of Bee, she fell in love with this vase set.  The colors are spot on for everything she’s got going on so far.  $20 for the set tells me she’ll be back…

See this antique rug?  I fell in love with it last week and brought Bee to see it.  It’s like it was made for her entry way.  Isn’t it great?  $85…

And, now that you see that rug, can’t you see this $12 stoneware bowl filled with red apples on her kitchen table?  Are you catchin’ my drift?…

Not everything I saw was for Bee.  This was actually a dry sink, but I could see it used as a changing table.  You could make a little cushion to fit in the top–perfect so the bambino doesn’t roll out.  It has storage and it’s solid wood.  New paint and hardware would go a long way on this piece for $125.

Perhaps the most difficult thing for me to pass up was, of all things, this copper entertaining set.  That’s a chafing dish, fondu set, and mini fondu set.  It’s so beautiful and I want it to be mine.  $39 is so totally worth it, but I’m broke as a joke today.  So, it stayed…

And, for sentimental reasons, I have to post these.  I’m not 100% sure, but I believe they are the same glasses that belonged to my great grandmother.  I have a set of 12 that are a different shape, but they have the same etched detail.  I will say mine feel a little heavier, but seeing this set with a pitcher stopped me in my tracks…

This vintage smoker’s set caught my eye.  I don’t smoke, but this set is so pretty that I feel like it’s my duty to come up with some other use for it.  Maybe as a desk set???  It’s made from what looks/feels like real turquoise.  It’s absolutely beautiful in person and would make an excellent conversation piece.  $69.95 (and the lighter actually sparks!)

This dresser was an option for a buffet for Bee’s breakfast room.  At $99 it’s a great deal.  A new coat of paint would definitely bring it up to date, but we decided to wait since we’ve only just started looking…

This little primitive hutch was so cute.  It’s only $44!  I think it would be so cute in an entry, mudroom, bathroom.  Wherever.

I don’t know how I passed this bench up.  It’s only $15 and I can totally tackle that upholstery myself…

This round mid-century wooden serving tray would be amazing in almost any room, in any decor.  $11.  Are you kidding me?  How did I keep passing up these deals?…

This red coffee table wasn’t doing much for me, as far as the finish goes.  But, I can work with anything and for only $40 it had to make the post.  It has beautiful ball and claw feet that would add sophistication to a living room…

Again, in the interest of a good deal, I thought this console table would be awesome in an entry or behind a sofa.  I would probably work on the finish a bit, but it’s $90 for a solid piece of furniture…

Well, that’s it folks.  I told you we were inspired.  Isn’t it always that way, though?  When you don’t have a dime to spend you come across all kinds of stuff you feel like you have to have, but it’s not usually the other way around.  Oh well.  I figure if it’s there when I’ve got the money it was meant to be mine.  Otherwise, there’s always next time.

Peace,

C

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