January 31, 2010

our cottage {guest bedroom}

This post begins a slow tour of our house. I say slow, because I am not going to post a new room each day. I have to get everything clean for photo shoots! Anyway, this is our guest bedroom. It used to be our room, but now the girls like to hang and look out the windows.
I still need new lamps, so please pardon the mismatched dinky ones.
We didn't have closet doors in this room, so I hung mattelasse curtains from Target. The walls are Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue. I spray painted the furniture a cream color from Home Depot.

The pillows are my favorite part of the room. I made the middle one from a $1 fabric swatch from American Mills outlet here in Griffin. I also bought the natural rope trim there. The two faux bois pillows are also from American Mills, but I didn't make them.
That concludes the tour of our little guest room. More to come....
Don't forget to enter my first giveaway for a cute tote bag by Wednesday!!

January 29, 2010

1st blog giveaway!!!!

This is the very first giveaway for real estate style!! I have been wondering what to do. It finally hit me, Kay's bags!! My friend, Kay, shares the booth with me at the Antique Griffin. I am so thankful for her asking me to join. To celebrate our moving to a larger booth tomorrow, I am giving away two of the cute shopping bags that Kay sells. If you visit the Antique Griffin be sure to look for our booth. Her tags say "Taffy's" & mine say "s. lane interiors." {Kay has more colors & sizes in the booth!}

For the giveaway, I am giving away two of the bags. The first one is the large black and white floral bag.

For the second winner, a small blue and brown greek key bag.

These bags are great for grocery bags, or just cute tote bags!

The rules to enter the giveaway are:
1. leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, February 3rd {leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!}
2. to enter the drawing twice, become a follower of this blog {click "Follow" on the right} if you are already a follower, and you leave a comment, you will be entered twice
Thanks for your support of real estate style blog, and good luck!!!

January 27, 2010

griffin fashion deal alert!!!

If you live in Griffin, go to Roses. Great deals on white jeans. Yes, I know it's a little early, but look at these cute $10 jeans!!!!

Also, Simply Vera by Vera Wang. $7.50 {Don't you love the black marker scratch out?}
Of course neither pair fits me, or are long enough. I still wanted to pass these great finds along before they are sold out!!

Happy shopping :)

January 26, 2010

{antique auctions} my new obsession

Saturday was my very first antique auction. It was so much fun!! I thought we'd go early, get bored, and be home early afternoon. Well, we stayed til the bitter end. I couldn't leave. Might miss a deal. There were some great deals to be had. Honestly, I was amazed.

These first few pics are from my phone~sorry for the poor quality!
Rug city...
Lots of large pieces. Dressers, secretary's, hutches, sideboards. you name it.
One of my purchases. A chippendale mirror. To paint or not to paint, that is my question??

Super excited about my Shield dining chair~I have been wanting one of these!

Early Empire Game Table. I loved the beaded edge and the wood.

Just needs a little work, then off to the booth to be sold!

Love the base too.

You would die if I told you what I bought this chair for. So I won't :) Just needs a little paint, and new fabric.

I'm not sure if this puppy is going to the booth, or staying with us.

Last, but definitely not least, the wood grain bucket.

There were only 2 like this. I lost the first one, went too high. This one made it home with me. Def not going to the booth. Might be a good toy box for Savannah.

It's really amazing how your heart races when you start bidding. It goes so fast.

If you live in Georgia, and hear of any good antique auctions, let me know. I'm in!

January 25, 2010

camera test

I'm testing out a new camera. Well, it's used, but new to me. Here are some of my subjects. They are much obliged.

cheap pillows

I just ran across this website the other night. They have really affordable pillows.

How cute is this green one?

tangier $24.95

madera $44.95

January 24, 2010

good blog reads!

Tricia over at the Morning T* was so nice to pass the Sunshine Award along to real estate style recently. Thank you Tricia, and congrats on hitting 100 followers this weekend!

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspire others in the blog world. Here are the rules for accepting this award:

put the logo on your blog or within your post

pass the award on to 12 bloggers

link the nominees in your post

let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog

share the love and link to the person who sent you this award

This is going to be tough to choose 12 blogs. I read so many!

Be sure to check them out of you don't already!

January 21, 2010

master bedroom transformation in progress!

You can see the before stage of our bedroom here. We are really making some progress. Found a new headboard at the Pottery Barn outlet on Monday. That was a complete score!! Will post that when the slipcover comes in. Today is the painting of the bedroom. We are using Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue HC-144. I think I mentioned in my other post that I am doing the half formula so it's lighter. I got the idea from a room in Coastal Living. I couldn't find that pic online, so when we get it all finished, I will scan the picture. It has been almost a year since our master bath and closet renovation, so I am proud to finally get the painting done!!
{Just realized I never posted pics of the bath and closet, I will post them once the painting is done!}

January 20, 2010


I am trying to get on the twitter train! Just added a link on the sidebar. Check it out!

January 17, 2010

if you can't afford new art, make your own!

I think it was Christmas '06, Charles gave me a starter kit for acrylic painting, and 6 lessons. Sadly, I never booked the lessons, so I still have no idea how to paint with acrylics. I figure the teacher might not appreciate my calling her some 3 years later....

This is the kit. It's been sitting in my office closet. I pulled it out a few weeks ago. Working up the nerve to test it out.

I took art in high school, but that was awhile ago....

My first step was to mix my colors. Much harder than I thought to get them the way I wanted.

Oh yeah, I finally found a use for drycleaning bags. They make great drop cloths.

Hobby Lobby recently had all their art canvas on sale. I grabbed 2 of these. I think for $7 each.
Not to bad an investment.

I did a post on art that I like. Decided to use some of my favorites for inspiration. I wanted colors to blend with the living room. {And I just love aquas and greens}

The one on the right was the first one. Still working on the second.
Here are the finished products. I am happy with them.

I need to paint a gloss on them. Didn't have any on hand.

As of now, they are on the tv wall. We'll see if they stay there. It was fun painting, will do it again soon!

Have you painted your own art? I'd love to hear about it!

January 16, 2010

some blog business

I have a few things to cover today. First, I learned about a new blog via simply seleta. Her friend, Jennifer, has a new blog. Simply Seleta is one of my daily reads, so I thought I'd check it out. Here is Jennifer's blog, modGIRL.

Through modGIRL, I learned about this fabulous cashmere pillow give away. They are custom pillows, and I want one! Vist this blog to enter the give away. You can also find the pillows here, at the Queen of Cashmere.
Next, I would like to introduce another new blog. Sarah Beth is a fellow Griffinite, and I am so happy she started a blog! Check her out here. I am adding her to my blog list now!

Have a great weekend!

January 15, 2010

stella & dot give-a-way!

Check out the new spring line of Stella & Dot. There are some great new pieces, and seems like lower prices too! For a chance to win a $50 Stella & Dot gift certificate, visit Janell's blog and leave a comment by January 20th. Good Luck!
{These are some of my favorites!}
cortez cuff
signature clover cuff

signature clover bangle

vintage link bracelet in gold

January 14, 2010

bring it spring!

It's been strangely cold this past week in Georgia. After receiving Boden's new catalog yesterday, I am now officially ready for spring. This dress would really be a great start!


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