Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! Welcome to a new tradition... Friday Favorites! Below are some combinations of some home goods that I am completely in love with and some fashion styles I wish were in my closet. Links are below as well so check them out! And for friends and family.. now you know my early early Santa list :) 

Hope everyone had a fabulous labor day weekend! 

- Hailey 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Hump Day Post

It's chair time!! SO excited these are finally done. In case you didn't see the chair covering contest post I bought these wonderfully structured chairs off craigslist with the intent of immediately covering their awfully bland and boring seats. Also I just don't like microfiber - Chuck says it's "too warm" of a material to eat upon. I agree. So after the quest of finding 6 fabrics choices, yall help me narrow it down to three and here we are! With 6 beautiful newly covered chairs. Here's the how to...

All you need: 

Step 1: Take out screws that connect seat to chair

Step 2: Lay seat upside down on fabric 

Step 3: Pull fabric tight around all edges smoothing out fabric, and staple all edges really firmly

Step 4: Flip over and screw back on your chair! Then Walla!! You have pretty chairs!! 



I just love the color that it adds to the room! And now we have happy humps :) 

Happy Wednesday Yall! 

- Hailey 

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Little Couch and a Lot of DVR

"Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, 
a good book, and a man" 

We really like TV. I mean like maybe an obsessive amount. So clearly our living room is the most important room in our house. We spend a lot of evenings watching a few of our faves: Scandal, Rizolli and Isles, Parks and Rec, Pretty Little Liars (Chuck won't claim this but secretly he loves it), Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Bones, Castle, Royal Pains, anything on the Travel, Food or HGTV channels, and the list goes on and on. OH and we got Netflix this summer. Dangerous people, very dangerous. 

Let us welcome you to our living room! We tried to make it cute and cozy, in the pursuit of having guests join us. So come on in and take a seat! 

Again, floors make all the difference huh? Love our big sliding doors for all that light! 

Love me some over sized clocks and letters. The R was a recent find at one of my favorite Lubbock stores where they have metal letters and numbers in all sized and colors.. this isn't even the biggest! The suitcases were an amazingly antique free find in an old apartment we were cleaning out for a charity, I really want to have them appraised one day, and the teal vase was a goodwill grab for $5! 

Meet my brass little deer baby. This guy was an accident, my accident I mean I apparently bid on his .99 cent price tag on ebay and ended up winning him. So he went to live in this wonderful Pottery Barn lantern vase for now. Anyone else loving brass animals right now?

This trunk is possibly one of my favorite items in my house. Both this fan and trunk came from the same antique mall hunt one day and they just look so precious together. The all original trunk was a steal at $45 and the fan at $10. The books are vintage painting books that were a free find at a retirement home garage sale we ran! 

This dresser is my love. I bought it my sophomore year in college for $50 bucks off a Siggie sister and have loved it ever since. It held my clothes for 2 years and now our TV for over a year. I usually paint furniture, and I've considered it for years but I love it so much as is I can't touch it yet. Isn't the hardware amazing? You can't buy that stuff. Also please please ignore those ugly black boxes. Can't think of a way to hide them yet, if anyone has suggestions send them my way!!

Ladder: Homegoods find 
Blankets: Brookstone NAP blankets - only the softest and most amazing things in the whole wide world. They are a constant hug. Gross fact: the cream one I've had since I was 17 and I've never washed it in fear of it not being soft anymore. I'd rather be comfy and germy that clean and not comfy apparently. Don't judge, just go buy one. 

Couch: A wedding gift from Chuck's parents from Weir's in Southlake. It's a bed too! Yay! 
Rug: Registry blessing from Target
Ottoman: Pottery Barn Outlet find for $100 - score! 
Pillows: Coral from Dillards and Ikat from Homegoods 

Love this little mag basket for $15 at World Market

Chair: My fav, Chuck's least fav. But a steal at my favorite thrift store in NRH for $50 brand new during my sophomore year of college. 
Pillow: $8 during spring clearance at Hobby Lobby! 

On our coffee table: Our Pic albums and The Knot Texas one of our wedding pictures is featured in! Usually at least 5 water battles and lipton green tea bottles are gracing this table as well... aren't I sweet for cleaning up for you? :) 

Welcome to the Rotenberry shrine. You have free reign to judge here but ya know I paid a butt-ton for these pictures and I just think they should be shown somewhere. So ya. Here they are! I told my photographer (she took all these) that this was the "Erin Shrine" so shout-out to the amazing Erin Woosley for capturing the Rotenberry family thus far! 

So now that you've seen the living room the invitation is out, come on over anytime, we have plenty on our DVR :) 

 Happy weekend! 

- Hailey 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Craigslist Lusts and Fails: Take One

 Charles and I love Craigslist. We've made friends through Craigslist. We've never been raped or robbed because of Craigslist. 

Craigslist is one of the greatest internet inventions because you can literally thrift shop online. Yes I do buy a lot of furniture pieces off craigslist, and sell as well, but my favorite is just looking at random cities around the US for fun and random pieces. It's like window shopping at every thrift store across America! 

One of the hardest things about moving to Lubbock from the Metroplex was the tremendous downsizing of my craigslist shopping radius. Yes I miss my family, but I miss my craigslist pretty bad as well. Lubbock is smaller for sure but I have realized recently that it definitely doesn't lack in interesting finds. Fact: Lubbock has one of the most eclectic and random craigslist I've ever seen. SO here's the new game: find the coolest things on the Lubbock Craigslist and maybe some of the worst, and share them for other's imagination and inspiration! 

Craigslist Find #1 - Vintage Mailboxes

I am OBSESSED with these vintage post office mail boxes. This one is a little too high in price for me but I know one day I'll find the perfect one! You can use these for storage, a side table, office decor, or just an awesome statement piece!

Inspirational photo: 

Craigslist Find #2: Vintage Mint and Cream Stove

Isn't this thing precious??? Oh how I wish I had the space even for a cute storage piece. The colors are so amazing and it looks like it's in pretty great condition! 

Inspirational Photo:

 Craigslist Find #3: Vintage Carousel Horse

Although on first thought this piece would be amazing at a carnival party or decor for a playroom or little girls room how cool would it be as this??... 

Now that's thinking outside the box!! 

 Craigslist Find #4 - Bamboo and Rattan Bench 

THIS BENCH WAS ONLY $20. Oh my goodness I begged for it so bad but sadly no place in our home (although I would have found something glorious to do with it!) These benches are so hard to find in this condition and would look amazing as-is or spray painted a bright fun color. 

Look! I even found one on Pinterest that looks almost exactly the same! 

Ok now for some random Lubbock craigslist fails! 

Fail #1

Caption: $10 each, (5) yellow chairs. (4) green chairs with Fuzzy Taco tabletops. (2) Long table tops, $150 each. (2) Short table tops, $100 each. Need to sell quickly. Open to bulk offer. Modeling chiweenie dog is not included. (Lol)

Fail #2

Caption: 1960s RARE Pink cast iron tub (4x3.6) and sink(20x18). In great shape and a rare size. $800 OBO

*Please note the word "rare" - "rare" meaning that it's hard to find these because when they are taken out of a home they are THROWN AWAY. 

Fail #3

Caption: Great Comfy couch, can deliver! Taking $60 or best offer.

I love when people really want to show us how great their item is buy offering to pose in the picture. It says "hey look I've sat on this couch outside with my feet up for hours now - come buy it and put it in your home!"

Welp hope that was fun. If you have any craigslist lusts or fails send them my way I'd love to share them! And good luck with your own craigslist adventures!

 Till next time, 

- Hailey 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Around the Table

"You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows     all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Psalm 23:5-6

Welcome to our Dining Room! This is probably my favorite space in the entire house. Every piece in here I am absolutely in love with and hold a special memory or story. So come on in and I'll show you around!

 See what a difference wood floors and a little paint can do??

This table is my absolute favorite thing. We knew we wanted a farmhouse so we could have lots of people over for dinner, so we searched and searched and couldn't find one less that $1,000 anywhere.  Can I please tell you how much we got this fabulously handmade one for? $200. Two words people: Canton, Texas. The chairs were a craigslist find for $150 and are soon going to be recovered! Want to know who won the contest??

Congrats Anna! Thank you everyone for participating!! I loved all the choices so much it was hard to decide but you all made it easier for sure. Anna if will message me on Facebook your address I will send you your scrap banner! Look forward to seeing the chairs recovered soon :) 

This beauty of a hutch we snagged at our favorite Antique Mall in NRH, also a handmade lovely. The doors are covered in chicken wire and I realized after I had all my lovely junk inside that you could see right through it so it is now covered with some gold polka dot printed burlap! 

Welcome to my china :) These are my babies. Maybe I love them more than I probably should. They are designed by a fellow ACU Alum Darbie Angell, the collection is called Lauderdale by CRU Dinnerware. They took me 9 months to get all 8 sets from my registry and then another year to be able to put them on display! Needless to say I stare at them a lot! 

Isn't the color and the cute little polka dots just perfect?? The salt and pepper shakers below were given to me by Darbie with we met in person at ACU! 

If you read my very first post about finding our little house this was one of the reasons I fell in love with first sight. You walked in and saw this precious little bookshelf and cabinet built it and it said to me "fill me with pretty things!" As you know shelves take a long time to come into their own and are constantly changing so don't get too attached. My vision is one day to be filled with blue and turquoise shaded books with an ombre look cascading down the shelves. SO if you see any old books in these colors send them my way! 

So if you are ever in our neck of the woods please stop by for dinner, we have plenty of room at the table, you just have to like to eat! 

With dining room love, 

- Hailey 

Friday, August 2, 2013

This Will Floor You!

Our floors are done! Our floors are done! (Insert happy dance here.) Such an exciting phrase I thought would never be uttered! When we found our house we walk in and see cream carpet, cream walls, white cabinets, white baseboards, white fireplace... basically a boring blank slate. This was a good thing, but we definitely had to make some changes! So weeks before we moved in we decided that we wanted to replace the carpet and put in laminate flooring. We also decided that we were going to do it ourselves. Awesome decision right? Well, it um, saved some money!

We got to Lubbock May 27th, I started work May 28th, Chuck and his wonderful mother started the floors May 28th. It was an eventful week! They worked so hard for 3 days/nights strait and got them all installed while sleeping on blow up mattresses and with a broken air conditioner. Well then the baseboards were slanted, another project for another day. Oh and the tile was broken, another project for another day. Happy to say two months later we are all done and it looks SOO good!! Here's some documentation of this finally successful project which made our house feel like a home (and was a lifesaver for a certain potty training puppy!)

New but bland carpet that was all over the house... (PS if you ever replace your carpet donate it to your local Habitat for Humanity Re-store!)

Found this beautiful laminate tile underneath the carpet :) Also please note how tiny and cute Ranger is.

Chuck putting in the final piece!!! 

They made a great team! 

These two projects made such an incredible difference. I would have never thought about replacing that baseboards but they look amazing and really make the room feel nicer and the ceilings taller - All for about $100. Fixing the tile was so much easier that I would have imagined and makes our kitchen look so much bigger! It's all about the little things people :) 

Happy Friday to all and remember to please vote for your favorite fabrics to recover our chairs with so I can post my new dining room photos and you can WIN a scrap banner! Go here to vote on the post, winners will be announced Monday! 

- Hailey