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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!!

Week Vibes

Happy Sunday! The Summer is flying by. In fact, Aaron and I just booked a quick Summer getaway a few hours ago!! Yesssssss!!

June was good to us. After my sister left town last Sunday, I had the Monday blues. So I threw myself into work and reading books as hard as I could to get my mind off missing my sisters. I was determined to end June with a big bang business wise & it paid off. Classic Cottage ended June strong.

Other Highlights

• Aaron made good progress on our powder room downstairs.

• I finished one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. It’s called Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The story captivated me and I 100% recommend it. & Click here to order your copy.

World Market is having an awesome 4th of July Sale.

• We tried an awesome new hash brown breakfast casserole. Click here to check it out.

• Been loving this comfy crop top around the house.

• Aaron wrote a new song.

•We’re addicted to the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

• Click here to see what else I’ve been reading.

Another Chippy Cabinet – Vintage Find

Last month I found another white chippy primitive style cabinet & I haven’t shared it with you guys yet! You know my love for old cabinets.. we’ve talked about this obsession before.

I found the old cabinet at a nearby antique mall… again.. same as the last chippy white cabinet I recently bought. Could it be I hit a goldmine??😱Tip – always always shop your local antique malls!  Even though I’m a “picker” I still shop/buy/support local vendors.

So, here’s the deets on the cabinet..

It was a steal! I believe it was under $55. Tip – Yep, you don’t have to be full-time “picker” to find awesome deals. However, you do have to Snag it QUICK while the deal is good!! 

I mentioned it’s white. However, it has hints of brown (what seems to be a really dark wood stain at one time) popping through. Over the years the paint has crackled but it’s not really actively chipping off – Yay, for no messy! The cabinet has two doors – Yay, for storage! One of my favorite parts is probably the back because it has vertical panels of dark aged wood.

Time to stage it! We have a white old metal dresser behind our couch and I thought the two would look good together so I sat the cabinet on to the dresser. The front of the cabinet faces the kitchen and the back faces the living room so I get to enjoy that awesome aged panels of dark wood. In fact, I’m looking for the perfect art to hang on the back!

So there’s another chippy cabinet find! Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading!!

My Recent Reads

Heyyy! One of my many passions is reading. I love books. I also enjoy discussing books. I also ALSO love seeing what other people are reading. (That way I don’t walk into Books-A-Million or browse Amazon aimlessly when needing a new read)

So, I want to share what I’m currently reading.

OUTLANDER 

Last night I finished The Fiery Cross. It’s the 5th book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Each book in this series has been amazing and I can’t wait to to begin A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal is nearly always a current read for me because I read it cover to cover each season. So many great tips for enjoying family, food and life.

Sometimes I Lie

Just finished this thriller called Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney a few days ago. It was really good with some interesting plot twists!!

Something in the Water

Within the next day or two, I’ll finish Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I’m ver intrigued by this couple. So far it’s been really great and I can’t wait to see how it ends… I’ve been guessing..

Okay, so those are my current reads. I so hope all the readers enjoyed this post. Comment below if you’ve read any of these! I would love to know what you think!