Bookshelf Refresh

Do you ever get in a mid season decor slump? I know I do. Then I begin to over complicate things.. Next thing I know I want to 100% change EVERYTHING in the house. This results in me becoming discouraged because; who can really actually change everything in a house? Absolutely defeated.

Honestly, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated.

A few weeks ago I wanted to change up these shelves as a little mid-end Summer refresh. I actually kept it simple this time and enjoyed the process!

I started off by clearing the shelves. Less is more was the goal for me. Reason – because now’s my chance.. Fall then Christmas decor will take over the house for the rest of the year before I know it, so I wanted a simple change.

Next, I gathered some plants, books and planting pots. When styling shelves, I like to “think in groups”. Group your books, group your lavender, group your pots. I threw in a small crock and short wooden box for interest sake.

This lavender, book and pots combo provides good interest and texture. I left the bottom two shelves empty (for now) just to simplify.

Buddies, remember to not get carried away when decorating. That’s when I personally begin to over complicate and begin spending too much. Thanks so much for reading my post today!!

Our Beach Vacation Recap

Feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take on the WORLD! Ha, it’s amazing what a little R&R can do. Aaron and I really enjoyed our trip to Orange Beach, Al.

Some people have asked what we did while we were there and the answer is sit by the water with books and shades. (Thank the Lord I married someone who loves to read while on vacation) I read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and it was a good beach read( (if you like phycological thrillers).

 

Aaron and I visit the same vacation towns over and over and we also eat at the same places in those towns over and over. I’m serious.. we hit our favorite pizza place on highway 59 every day for lunch. We adventured out and tried a “new to us” place called Cosmo’s in Orange Beach. (Thanks to an Instagram buddy for the suggestion) It was so good that we ate there two nights in a row.. told ya, we eat at the same places over and over.

All in all, it was a wonderful mini vacation. Surrounded by books, water, my bff and food. What more can a girl ask for?! Always remember taking time off is good for the soul!!

My Vintage Booths in July

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already in August. Kids are already going back to school and Summer feels like it’s slowing down. Despite customers being on vacation and buying school supplies, July was a good month for Classic Cottage Co. Let me give you a little recap on the whole month!

Side Tables Sold

Possibly because we live in a college town and students are gathering dorm items, side tables/nightstands didn’t last longer than a day after dropping them off. Woohoo!! I was glad to see them go!

Chandelier Shock

Total shocker. I found two BEAUTIFUL chandeliers (priced low enough) while picking this month. Woah! This never happens. Like seriously never. Chandeliers are among the hardest items for me to find while picking. Finding two within 30 days has never happened to me before. July was the month of chandeliers.

Favorite Item of the Month

My favorite item of the month had to be these black metal lockers. I’ve had many metal lockers come and go but these were really something. For starters they were huge!!! The doors were mega! Also, after purchasing these (note – without properly seeing them) Aaron noticed they were actually old military lockers from a military base a few hours away. Cooooool!! Needless to say, these didn’t last longer than the weekend.

Now we’re on to August! We’ve already taken a quick vacation and we’re ready so bring on the sales!

4 Items I’m Already Hunting for Fall Decor

Yep, I’m already thinking Fall.  A few weeks ago we planted pumpkin seeds. Fingers are crossed that they’ll grow to be beautiful plump pumpkins. We planted the seeds in hopes of saving $$ on pumpkins since I decorate with so many during the Fall.

Anyways, here’s four items I’m hunting for NOW while browsing shops, antique stores and thrift stores for Fall.

1 – Copper Tones

Copper is one of Aaron’s favorites so I try to use it throughout our home. I think copper is especially nice for Fall. I’ve already collected a few items I plan to use in the upcoming months.

2- Cute Little White Faux Pumpkins

While I’m browsing stores, I’m already tuning my eyes for little white pumpkins that can go “here or there” throughout our main living spaces.

Around late August last year I bought several faux white pumpkins from our local antique store. The prices beat Hobby Lobby and Kirklands!

3 – Interesting Items that can hold a Pumpkin

Ha, that sounds a little weird. But it’s true. I’m looking for cool old planters, bowls and warm toned cake plates.

Last year, I started looking for these items early. This is why I got serious about collecting crocks (Pumpkins are adorable sitting on crocks). I also found a really large galvanized bucket.

4 – Fresh Throw Pillows

Spring and Fall, I like to freshen up the throw pillows around the house. I look for light linens in the Spring and cozy textures in the Fall.

Okay, hope you enjoyed this post. I’m enjoying Summer but that doesn’t mean Fall isn’t on the brain.

Beautiful Antique Set

Does anyone else love gorgeous antiques with stunning detail? This. Girl. Does.

I found the most beautiful dresser and chest set. I bought this set for my vintage Business Classic Cottage Co. It was one of the most challenging Classic Cottage projects yet but totally worth it.

This set was gorgeous when we found it but needed a little TLC to make it usable again. Aaron spent hours fixing drawers and other little details on each piece. I bought this set in such excitement I didn’t even realize some of the drawers didn’t work properly. Yikes!! Thank goodness Aaron knows a little woodworking!

Time for the big transformation. The white paint!! I went with a clean crisp bright white paint to make this set pop. Since it has a lighter color, you can see each little detail. Sometimes I feel bad about painting antiques but this was a good decision.

Before I wrap this up, let’s talk about the mirror. It’s amazing! In fact, I believe the mirror makes the entire set. It’s a large three panel mirror with original glass. Sweet detail is all around the glass itself. Beautiful! (You can tell this piece totally excites me)

Aaron and I both agreed this set deserved the very best. We spent extra time and you can totally see that it was time well spent. I’m so glad I went into a thrift store and spotted it a few weeks ago. Hope this post inspires you!!

PS – This set is located in Classic Cottage Co. at The French Flamingo in Opelika. 

Sweet Little Furry Surprise

She’s sweet, cute and altogether a little energy ball. It’s been a month since we found our new little furry surprise. I can’t believe I’m just now writing about it.

Her name is Priscilla Lemon Bowman. Also known as WeeWee.

It was late one evening and I opened the back door to our deck. That’s when I spotted her. Within 5 minutes Aaron had captured her. She made a really sad kitty cry so we gave her a small bowl of milk. This is the night Priscilla become part of our family.

Since then she has adjusted well to Rhett, Ellen and Oscar and thankfully they have adjusted well to her. (Ellen thinks she’s the mother)  She absolutely loves attention and odd enough – cuddles!

We weren’t expecting a fur baby! But we’re so glad Priscilla Lemon found us!

Note – since then that night we have found/captured 2 more kittens. They will soon have a new home!!

Target Sale One-Day Sale 2018

There have been so many awesome sales this week! Amazon Prime Day, Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and now Target One-Day Sale!! This type of week can really keep a blogger busy. I’m sitting here sipping my morning coffee and have gathered some good deals for you to shop our affiliate link. Happy shopping, buddies!

Cozy Home

Plush Body Pillow – Click Here

4-Cube Organizer – Click Here

Wire Crate – Click Here

Welcome Mat – Click Here

Faux Plant – Click Here

Wall Lamp – Click Here

Textured Pillow – Click Here

Metal Chair Set – Click Here

Tufted Pillow – Click Here

Ruffled Bedskirt – Click Here

Gold Chandelier –  Click Here

Floor Mat – Click Here

Black Diamond Throw Pillow – Click Here

Mini Moss Wreath –Click Here / Full Size – Click Here

Herb Markers – Click Here

Kitchen 

Spatula – Click Here

Paper Towel Holder – Click Here

Set of 4 Tumblers – Click Here

Prime Day Deals 2018

Happy Prime Day! I’m not sure what Aaron and I would do without Amazon Prime. This sale began today 3pm ET today and it will last 36 hours. This afternoon I sat down with my chipotle taco and found some cool deals! Here’s a few of our picks with affiliate links. Happy Shopping!

Amazon Fire TV Stick $19.99 – Click HERE

Diffusers for Essential Oils -$15.99 – Click HERE

Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Skillet – Click Here

Ducky bath $10 – Click HERE

FRYE Slip-On Sneakers (Extra 30% off) – Click HERE

Echo Dot $29.99 – Click HERE

Straw Hat $10.80 – Click Here

Yoga Mat $11.46 – Click Here

Flour Sack Kitchen Towel 15pk $10.79 – Click Here

…More to come! Stay tuned!

Week Vibes

Yesterday we spent all morning and early afternoon picking for Classic Cottage Co. then I took a MUCH needed LONG nap. Meanwhile Aaron worked on recording some new tunes. Btw, can’t wait for y’all to hear what he’s about to release!!

Other Highlights

• I finished one of the most beautiful dresser & chest sets.

• One of my most favorite brands reached out to partner together.. more on that coming soon!

• I got behind on laundry (Yep, it happens even for those of us without children) and chose to not feel guilty about it.

• Just learned spaghetti sq

4 More Things You Can Often Find at Thrift Stores

Spring of 2017 I published a post called 4 Farmhouse Finds from the Thrift Store and many of you seemed to enjoy it! I figured I would post another article with tips on what to look for at Goodwill and Salvation Army!!

Baskets

Every house needs baskets! They’re functional yet cute. Baskets are a easy cheap way to add texture to a room. Look for these at the thrift stores! You can find all sizes – large & small.

Terra Cotta Pots

Give me a used old planter over a new one any day! Especially if the previous owner (or their children) painted it and thus paint is chipping away! Also, I love the way nature ages the pots. (We’ve talked about this before) Anyways, try looking for these at your local thrift store. If the price is right, snag ’em!

Wood Rolling Pins

Of course, wood rolling pins!! Maybe it’s just my area but nearly every time I go to the thrift store I see these. Vintage or not – the wood ones look cool displayed in a kitchen.

Lamps

Lamps are an awesome item to watch for at thrift stores. I’ve bought several. In fact, I’ve bought two gold retro style floor lamps for my sister recently on two different occasions. I’ve even seen nice matching pairs. Keep in mind you can always replace the lampshade to freshen the look!!

So there you have a few secrets from a “picker” on what to look for at the thrift store. Thanks so much for stopping by my website today!!