This week my fabulous friend Lindsey emailed me a link to a site new to the Charlotte area. If you love vintage or thrifty furniture as much as I do, allow me to enlighten your life: MOVELOOT. It is an online furniture consignment business. GENIUS. This site started in California and is now open for business in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas. Best part about it, they deliver for FREE on orders over $99. I haven't bought or sold anything yet but a purchase is in the works. As soon as I have a full experience, I will share. For now, here are some of my favorite pieces (at great prices). Tip: Make sure you read the description fully for disclosure about any damage to the pieces.
1. Plan out the room first. Make a list of all the things you will need to complete your project. You can even use a site like Olioboard to play around with the room you're planning.
2. Go through your list and think of items you own that could be repurposed or moved to complete your project.
3. Give yourself a budget for each item you need to purchase. This helps you to decide where you will splurge and where you will save. Each person is different about where they want to splurge. It goes almost without saying, if you're going to splurge, make sure you LOVE the item enough to keep it forever.
-Tip: Accessories can be expensive but if you look for them at antique malls, thrift stores, Homegoods, and even Tarjay, they won't cost you an arm and a leg.
4. If you're looking to save on furniture pieces, wait for a sale or a Craig's List find. Some of my favorite places to find inexpensive accent pieces are World Market (adorable side chairs), Homegoods (great side tables, mirrors, rugs, and chairs), Ikea (affordable floor length drapes that are good quality), West Elm, and One Kings Lane. A great rug source is Overstock and reading the reviews is super helpful.
5. Finally, stick to your budget. If an item doesn't fit your budget, don't buy it. Seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how much of a difference this can make.
Recently, thrifty projects and great deals seem like all I've posted about, like here and here. In reality, I do splurge on certain things. Handbags and shoes are my weakness and I rarely skimp on them. As far as household items, I will dish out the dough for designer fabrics and sofas. Used couches just aren't for me and I love how certain fabrics can elevate a room. I won't pay an extreme amount for rugs because our furry babies little paws can wreak havoc on looping and easily stain them. When working on a home project, I use these guidelines to save some moo-lah.
Finding the perfect paint color that speaks to you can be exciting and anxiety-inducing all at once. It can make for a tough decision if you're an over-analyzer like myself. When we were going through the process of making over our 70's colonial we had to choose exterior paint colors (in a week due to the contractor's timeline!!!). You may look at the house and think, 'Why would you paint a pretty brick colonial?', at least that's what my dad thought. He had to be painted due to the remodeling process. We added some window cut outs and bricked in a couple other windows that were going to end up looking oddly placed after the floorplan overhaul. Matching brick from the 70's is not the easiest. Here are some tips we learned along the way that really helped us through the paint picking process.
1. Find a few inspiration ideas from homes in your area, pins on Pinterest, and sites like houzz.com. I found it was best to find as many inspiration ideas as possible. After collecting (and by collecting I mean creeping around, photographing other colonial style homes in some of my favorite Charlotte 'hoods) I looked for commonalities in my inspiration. If you tend to be indecisive or a nervous Nelly about making permanent choices, this will help you to see trends in what speaks to you. Here were my top trends in inspiration photos. It's easy to see I like a creamy white brick tone.
2. Get a second opinion from someone you trust. Choose your second opinion wisely. With house choices I've learned it isn't necessary to get a 853rd opinion by asking every person you know what they think of what you like. Who cares what they all think? This just makes it even harder to make a decision because about half of the people you may ask won't pick your favorite choice. That said, choose your second opinion wisely by looking for someone with experience. It can be a trusted friend who renovated their home or a designer you know. For our second opinion we asked our contractor who chooses exterior paint colors frequently. I wouldn't always recommend a contractor's opinion, but ours happens to be a super thoughtful guy who does beautiful work with color and exterior choices and I trusted his opinion.
3. Invest in samples! Head over to your local paint store with your inspiration photos in tow and the names of any paint colors you have seen mentioned on Pinterest. Invest in a few samples for main house color, trim, and shutters. It will pay off in the long run when you don't want to repaint because the color of your house is not what you really wanted. I would suggest three main color samples, two trim samples, and up to four shutter samples. Any more than that and you've spent a fortune on samples and you just might confuse yourself. Paint the samples right on your house to compare.
4. View the samples at different times during the day. Paint colors can skew differently depending on the angle and amount of sunlight. Be sure to view your choices in the morning and afternoon light. One of our top choices ended up skewing really yellow during afternoon light and that, my friends, is NOT what I was going for (creamy yellow house just makes banjos music play in my head).
5. Consider contrast. Exterior paint does look best with a good amount of contrast or difference between light and dark tones. Keep in mind the scale of your casa when considering contrast. If you have many details on the exterior of your home (tons of windows, trim pieces that are oversized or close together), keep in mind that high contrast will make each and every detail stand out. If you like a more uniform look, (check out your inspiration photos to know for sure) go for less contrast in your choices. If your home is pretty simple with few details, pack a punch with higher contrast between your main, trim and shutter colors.
6. Be confident in your choice. After you make your final decision, be confident that you did all of your homework and be proud of your choice.
In the end, we went with a cream tone for the main color choice that skewed a little gray, a light trim to blend with our white windows (they're vinyl so no painting those!), and an off-black shutter tone. All colors are mixes of a couple colors found at Sherwin Williams. Sidenote: I love their paint and how they give you the option of modifying colors on their palette. They can take a percentage of a color or mix colors to get what you really want. Just find a patient, friendly associate at your local store. They also store your paint mix combination in their computer system so if you ever run out or need to repaint it is a quick and easy reference. SW also has paint sales (up to 40% off!) regularly so getting on the e-mail list isn't a bad idea.
Oh and I'd love to hear your thoughts...a bright color for the front door or should we paint it the same off-black color as the shutters? Decisions, decisions.
First blog post jitters... yikes! Will they like me?? Is this post dumb??? What if my pictures are way amateur? Ok, had to get that out, on to the good stuff.
Yesterday I ventured over to one of my favorite spots in Charlotte, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, in search of a couple items for the evolving nursery (posts to come). I have been known to stay at this mecca of all things old and some things junky for upwards of two hours, much to the dismay of my husband. Needless to say, he doesn't appreciate the thrifting browse and constant head swivel necessary to find treasures.
These brass chinoiserie curtain tie backs were two for $10! Two sets were just waiting to be snatched up and paired with some brightly colored silk draperies. I'm thinking kelly green or an orange and magenta print. Sadly, every place I could think of using them would require three sets. Love them, but had to leave them.