My New Saarinen.

One of my most amazing furniture acquisitions while we were in Tucson was this beautiful farm table.

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When I found it on Craigslist it was in rough shape. After my own refinishing attempts, sweet Natalie from Natty by Design got her hands on it and brought it back to life. It’s magnificent in every way…one solid piece, thick chunky legs, hand-crafted, two drawers, heavy as all get-out…it’s a real gem.

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Unfortunately, it just doesn’t fit our current dining space well like it did in our Arizona home. It’s just a tad too big. Instead of using it as a dining table it’s mostly a collection table for homework, backpacks, bills, etc.

The other day I was browsing a local antique furniture store and came across this vintage Saarinen table. I’ve wanted a real-deal tulip table for years.  It’s a modern classic.  Despite the fact that the base and table top had been sprayed with a primer only and it was in rough shape it was love at first sight.

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The edges of the table are hammered which is fine because it’s a tad too big anyway.

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I need to find someone who can shave a few inches off without hacking it up.  If I had my druthers I would have the metal base powder coated and find a white Calacatta marble top.  By the time I’m done with it I may have ended up investing the same amount of money it would cost to buy an actual Knoll Saarinen table.  However, there’s something deeply satisfying about putting your own signature on a piece.  It’s the knowing that yours is totally unique and something no one else has because you put your own sweat and tears into making it beautiful.
(That’s what I tell myself at least when I add up the receipts in the end).

In the meantime, it’s sitting on our back patio while I research the best way to refinish it.
Oh, and our farm house table is for sale.
Dimensions: 7 feet long x 40 inches wide x 31 inches tall
Price: $550.
Located in Sandy, Utah.
email: smhinckley(at)yahoo(dot)com
Please buy it so I can get to work on the Saarinen.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

On this day of feasting I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to my wonderful online friends who keep coming back and supporting me through this creative endeavor I so love called blogging. The responsibility to be a good mommy, wife, house cleaner, chef, small business owner, etc. often fill my days beyond belief but blogging recharges my batteries and brings me great joy. So thank you for being audience to my passion.

I also want to thank a few of my wonderful sponsors who make it possible for me to continue to blog. Without them I couldn’t indulge in hording thrift store chairs, make pretty crafts and experiment with interior design in my house.

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Thanks Cricut for making all my crafting dreams come true.  See my latest endeavors here.
In celebration of Black Friday and the Christmas season they are offering some awesome specials on the Explore machine.  If you’ve been considering one of these fab machines…now is the best time to buy.

Regular price is $365.99.
Black Friday Holiday Special: $214.99 + Free Shipping!

Use these codes:
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Prices good until Monday.  Get your Cricut here.

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Big thanks to Designer Blogs who continues to knock it out of the ball park with their amazingly designed blogs.  They do websites, Esty pages, Facebook pages, Websites, Etc.  They can also do ala carte items such adding a signature to the bottom of your posts or adding social media buttons.  Check Designer Blogs out for an update or a full blown re-design here.

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When you find a good cabinet maker you’ve got to hold on to them.  Ryan Reeder saved our 3 year old cabinets from their original paint mess destruction (slight over-exaggeration) this past summer and re-finish job has held up marvelously.  (read more about that here).

He amazed me again when he did my friend’s kitchen this past month.

Check out the “C” family kitchen makeover…

Before:

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After:

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Please excuse my camera phone pic. The color is so rich. She just went to the paint store, picked a swatch she liked and went with it.
I wish I could pick out colors that easily and have it turn out that great. It’s called Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams.
Check out Ryan Reeder’s website.

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Attention ocean lovers…Art by Jesse Miller is that perfect gift to give someone this year.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Check out more of his work on his site: Jesse Miller Ocean Art.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

You can’t buy a rug without a rug pad.

Have you ever bought a rug without a rug pad?
It’s awful…your rug ends up sliding, bunching and shifting.  I can’t tell you how many sliding accidents we’ve had on sliding rugs over a slippery wood floor.
I’ve even tried those inexpensive rug pads that look like manilla fish net from a big box store and those are just as bad as having nothing under a rug sometimes.
If you don’t have a quality rug pad your rug is pretty much useless.

You may remember I’ve talked about this spot being command central in our home.

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The space that cooking, talking on the phone, homework, family talks all happen.   Because I spend the majority of my day here I needed a cushy place for me feet to shuffle on.  I got a beautiful rug for this spot over a year ago but it slipped and slided all over.  I took it out, put it back, took it out, put it back over the year and finally realized what I needed was a rug pad under it.  Duh. But who wants to shell out money for something you don’t even see after you’ve spent a small fortune on a beautiful new rug?

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The Rug Pad Corner reached out and asked if I’d like to review one of their rug pads.  I chose the Ultra Premium which is best recommended for over hardwood or tile.  Besides the fact that our rug would stay put, the thing that was the biggest selling feature was that it had a “GRI green label, had no chemicals and didn’t off-gas or smell.”  Love that.

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Plus it was just the right thickness to offer some cushion under foot.

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They custom cut their pads so it will fit your rug perfectly no matter what the dimension.

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My old rug feels brand new not that it’s got a pad underneath.  Now I have cushion for my feet-sies, plus it doesn’t slide and there’s no chemical off gassing.

Click on Rug Pad Corner to learn about all the rug pad options they have.

I received a rug pad to review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.