The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Sarah’s Treasures!

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Today marks the last post in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  The summer series featured guest posts from professionals in the interior design, estate sales, professional organizing and event industries.  My guests included Jennifer Burnham, Pure and Simple Organizing, and Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl.  You can view their “treasure hunting” tips here and here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

What makes something a treasure? It’s what ever accessory, piece of furniture, décor item that you value or that you like!  Often times you may see the value in something that someone else might not.

As a wedding and event planner, I’m always using different pieces to decorate and style an event. These pieces may also be part of my home décor.  I hit up garage sales, yard sales, Charlotte Market Place’s Vintage Charlotte Pop Up Flea Market, Metrolina ReStores, HomeGoods, Southern Marketplace, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and Catawba River Antique Mall to name a few.

Just like my two guests, Pure and Simple Organizing and Dwell by Cheryl, I enjoy a good deal and making that “treasure” fit my home or event décor.  It’s fun when I can kill two birds with one stone. Like these two bunnies I found at Catawba River Antique Mall for my Easter décor, which was featured in Easter Celebrations.

Easter Bunnies

My home décor is full of blue and white and I was thrilled to find these plates, tea pot, and containers, which have all found homes in my kitchen and living room, at a local yard sale.  I still can’t get over scoring all of the below finds for a total of $14.25!

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I had been looking for an arm chair for my mater bedroom during One Room Challenge last spring and of course found this beauty a few months later for a whopping 25 cents! The chair is currently in my family room and waiting for a little TLC reupholster make over. I would love to do something like this to it in the below right photo!

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I hung my blue and white plates from the yard with my three other plates I purchased from Lance Jackson with Parker Kennedy Living, on the kitchen wall.  It’s add the perfect dimension and depth I was looking for to complete the kitchen updates without breaking the bank.

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I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents at the yard sale! Yes, that’s right $0.25 for both, which could run you $40-$60.  It completes the vintage look in my front entryway and looks great styled with hydrangeas as seen below from my Front Entryway post.

Front Entray Way

Another favorite from my treasure hunts is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage’s booth at Vintage Charlotte! It’s currently in my kitchen and is a great place to display small flower arrangements or herbs like basil.  I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth! All three finds look great in my kitchen.

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Let’s not forget all the Lilly Pulitzer I found at the Metrolina ReStores in Charlotte!  So excited that one of my friends scored this white ottoman to store her shoe collection after one of my recent posts!

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I had a hard time walking away from these Lilly Pulizer elephant garden stools, especially since I already have one elephant stool in my home.

 

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My last major treasure from this summer was this campaign three drawer piece from Habitat Metrolina ReStores.  I’ve been slowly transforming the former dinning room into my office since we moving into our house a year and half ago.  We are in desperate need of storage, especially for our files and this piece is a perfect fit.  The cell phone photo is grainy, but you can see it has good bones.

The Thrill of the Hunt

I started spray painting this bad boy white and it just doesn’t look right.  Back to the drawing board and rethinking the color and paint.  Chalk paint might be interesting or going bold with coral to match with the color scheme of mint and coral with mainly white furniture and pops of green in my office.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed my summer series and have learned a thing or two about a long the way.  Who knows, maybe your next big score is just around the corner!

 

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Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

One Room Challenge Week 6 The Big Reveal: Master Bedroom

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It’s finally here, Week 6 in One Room Challenge (ORC), where I’m revealing my master  bedroom.

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It truly has been a challenge and pleasure to participate in this six week interior design challenge with so many talented people!  Many thanks to the talented Linda from Calling it Home for graciously hosting the ORC.   If you’re just joining in the fun you can begin at Week 1 to see the master bedroom transformation.  If you’re a regular, thank you for coming back and keeping me going!

I set out to finish our master bedroom in this around of ORC.  I had made huge strides in the first few weeks of moving into our home before our second daughter Charlotte arrived.  However, if you’ve had a newborn you know very little gets accomplished in those first six plus months.  ORC was the jump start I needed to fully transform our bedroom into the getaway retreat I had envisioned.  Moreover,  I have been inspired by all the participates in ORC, your comments, and feedback! You’re the reason I finished my master bedroom in record time!

The title of this design challenge is fitting, because there are so many unforeseen obstacles and hoops you have to jump through to finish a room in six weeks.  Just because you’re on timeline doesn’t mean everyone else is on the same page.  For instance, I’m still waiting to hear back from Design Services of Charlotte regarding my estimate for my nailhead and fabric trim FAIL! Then there’s Karsey Glass Company that has my grandparents antique mirror and delayed several weeks, which charged me twice, and still hasn’t reconciled or refunded me the charge. FAIL!

However, those wall scones that I bought last week were a little more complicated than I anticipated to install.  I called Ken with Kelly’s Painting last week in a panic. He’s booked solid and couldn’t come until last night for an estimate. He saved the day and was able to install the wall scones just in the nick of time!

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for… more pictures of the BIG REVEAL!

Before ORC and After ORC

 

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This Davidson College book was my grandfather’s with mementos of his days on yearbook.  I followed in his footsteps years later.

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I decided to keep the comfy blue arm chair and found white and grey toss pillows to even out all the blue and match the antique mirrored accent table.

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The green elephant I bought during a business trip to Taiwan when I worked for the US Senate. The shells I’ve been collecting with my daughters and remind me of our beach days in Sarasota.

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This bench is one of the best finds for this room!

One Room Challenge MasterLove how this white mirrored tray looks with the sand dollar place settings from our wedding (almost 5 years ago) in Sarasota.

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One Room Challenge MasterOne Room Challenge MasterThis silver monogramed tray was a wedding favor and has been put to great use in our master bedroom.

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 As you can see my DIY nailhead trim turned out OK GREAT! I went back and forth with the grey fabric trim, even my husband liked it one day and then thought it was too much the next. However, it is here to stay for now!

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One Room Challenge MasterLove this painting of Cannes that was passed down to me from my parents.

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There you have it, our master bedroom after 6 weeks! If you looking for details on the room check out my previous posts. I’ll have a full wrap up post soon. Don’t forget to check out all the other participants in ORC on Calling it Home! Thanks for joining me in this fun six week challenge!

One Room Challenge Week 5: Master Bedroom

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Welcome back to One Room Challenge Week 5! If you’re just joining in the fun, One Room Challenge (ORC), created by Linda from Calling it Home, is a 6 week challenge where 20 talented professional designers, and professional bloggers/interior designers at heart, like myself, redo a room in their home or a clients. I’m transforming our master bedroom.  To see the full transformation you can start at the beginning, Week 1.

Last week I gave you a sneak peak at all the fun accessories I’ve found for our master bedroom! I also had several outstanding items on my “punch/to do list”. Here’s a sneak peak of where I am today.

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This is the last shot of the room before the big reveal! I didn’t want to give away too much, but as you can see I made a decision on the toss pillows.

Gold tray

Gold Tray

Operation gold tray is complete! I found this beautiful silver Greek key mirrored tray at HomeGoods that matches perfectly with the gold Greek key picture frame.  A little antique gold spray paint and voila, I have myself a gold tray!

Wall Art

Wall Art

The blue hand painted patchwork tiles from Ballard Designs that I was waiting weeks for finally arrived yesterday! They look even better in person.

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 Antique family mirror or grey distressed wood mirror

After following up with at least 20 different mirror and glass companies, no one in Charlotte is able to cut beveled non straight edges.  Thus, I went back to the first mirror and glass shop and paid for my grandparents mirror to be replaced without beveled edges.  Down side, it will take a few weeks.  Upside, on my third trip to HomeGoods this week I found a beautiful grey distressed sunburst like mirror.  I absolutely love it! However, I’m not sold on it right above the dark wood dresser.

Of course it wouldn’t be a week without a major down side. If you recall, I have an upholstered headboard, Pottery Barn (Riley), and want to make it custom by adding nailhead and grey fabric trim similar to the photos below.

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A Thoughful Place Master Bedroom

A Thoughtful Place

I finally talked to someone at Design Services of Charlotte and followed up with an e-mail for an estimate. Despite my additional attempts to follow up, I have yet to receive any estimate, and at this point it’s not feasible in my timeline.  UGH! Back to the drawing board…

I headed over to Lowes and bought myself some nailhead trim, a heavy duty stapler, and staples. Yes, that’s right another DIY project is underway and I’m attempting to do nailhead and fabric trim on my own. Bonus to not having to pay a seamstress for nailhead and fabric trim detail on my headboard is being able to splurge on new sconces that will go well with the room’s fixtures.

Wall Sconce

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the other accessories I found.

Silver candle holder

Silver candle holder find in Sarasota

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White wired basket for magazines or blankets

Here is my initial punch/to do list and what is still outstanding:

  • Nailhead and fabric trim on upholstered headboard
  • Hang wall art above bed – In progress
  • Install new wall sconces
  • Replace broken antique mirror with beveled glass
  • Find grey or neutral arm chair/pillows for blue arm chair
  • Toss pillows for bed
  • Accent table
  • Bench for foot of bed
  • White inlay wall mirrors
  • Hang additional wall art and paintings
  • Buy new wall sconces
  • Gold tray for dark wood dresser
  • White mirrored tray
  • Purchase additional accessories for the room

One more week to go, let’s do this!

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 4: Master Bedroom

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I’m entering into week 4 of the One Room Challenge (ORC), where I am transforming my master bedroom.  If you’re just joining me, you can start at the beginning here http://wp.me/p1s2CI-nL If you’re coming back for more, thank you!

In full disclosure being gone 8 days for spring break has set me back.  I’m still trying to find a glass and mirror company in Charlotte that is able to cut beveled glass for non straight edges without shipping it out and a hefty price tag.  Additionally, I haven’t connected with the seamstress that I want to use for the fabric and nailhead trim on our upholstered headboard.

However, I’ve had success in finding accessories for both the white double dresser and dark wood dresser!

White Mirrored TrayMirrored white tray

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Starfish

I finally made a decision on the accent table.  I bought the unique upholstered nailhead trim piece from HomeGoods, but the height didn’t work with the arm chair.  I loved it so much I kept it for my office.  This piece below is a perfect fit for our bedroom!

Two Tier Round Mirrored Table

Two tiered mirror accent table

It’s hard to see from the picture, but it’s antique pewter which has gold and silver tones.  It’s a nice transition from the silver to the gold in the bedroom.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will see some of the places I have ventured, including furniture boutiques in Charlotte and Sarasota.  I found a grey trellis picture frame, a tall silver antique candle holder, and another gold picture frame for the room.

Additional framed wall art has been hung along with the three inlay mirrors and it really pulls the room together!

Remaining items on my punch “to do” list:

  • Replace beveled mirror
  • Grey fabric and nailhead trim on upholstered headboard
  • Gold tray for dark wood dresser
  • Replace wall sconces

It’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to it these remaining two weeks! Again, many thanks for all your comments and feedback! Be sure to check out all the participating rooms in ORC on Calling it Home.

 

 

One Room Challenege Week 3: Master Bedroom

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Welcome back to One Room Challenge (ORC)! I can’t believe it’s been three weeks already!?  I have really enjoyed all your comments and feedback, it’s what keeps me going! If you’re just joining me in this journey check out One Room Challenge Week 1 http://wp.me/p1s2CI-nL. and Week 2 http://wp.me/p1s2CI-oh.

To recap here is what our unfinished master bedroom looked like at the beginning of ORC.

ORC Master in Progress

Today I wanted to share the details of our master bedroom that we had completed before ORC and what I have accomplished on my punch list this week.

We’ve moved into our current home a year ago, 4 weeks before our 2nd daughter was born. Here’s what the room looked like before we moved.

ORC Before picAs you can see, it was very neutral and gave us a blank slate.  First order of business was to paint these wall! I hired a professional painter since I was due within weeks of moving into our new home.  I love blue and knew I wanted a blue grey paint color.  I narrowed down my choices to Sherwin William Tidewater, Sea Salt and Comfort Grey.  We ended up going with SW Tidewater.

 SW Tidewater Paint Color

We placed all our bedroom furniture from our old master bedroom into this master as well as a dark wood dresser from our previous guest bedroom.  I love our Riley Upholstered headboard from Pottery Barn that we’ve had for a few years.

riley-headboard-pottery-barn-remodelistaPottery Barn has a few slipcover options, but I just haven’t loved them over the years.  Thus, my desire to make the upholstered headboard custom by adding nailhead and fabric trim.

I love our double white dresser with the modern silver pulls, yet still has a vintage look.

dresser up close

When we moved to Charlotte three years ago I looked everywhere with all the great furniture stores nearby, but couldn’t find a double white dresser that I loved in our price point.  I found this one at Ashley’s furniture of all places. Notice how it’s missing a pull already, thanks to young children.

Bedroom table

I absolutely love our bedside tables we bought a few years ago! Originally I wanted Pottery Barn’s Lucia bedside table. However, the price point of $200 a piece and the small drawer space was limiting.  I scored two bedside tables for $200 from HomeGoods, which is the cost of one from Pottery Barn.  I had mix matched side tables in our previous homes, which I love, but wanted a more linear look.  The matching glass table lamps with blue shades were also a HomeGoods find, which would have cost close to $200 a piece from another retail store.

A few months ago I finally found silver vintage looking frames to display my prints from my favorite artist, Monet, that I purchased from Musse d’prsay in Paris!

Wall Art Master Bedroom Monet Prints

Pictured below is our darkwood dresser with gold pulls and an antique mirror I inherited from my grandparents.  The mirror was broken from our move to Charlotte. The edges were beveled, which I’m trying to replace.  However, finding a store that has the glass cutting capability to bevel non straight edges has been challenging.  I am hoping to find one in the next week, otherwise I will go ahead and replace the mirror without the beveled edge.  I also need to finish styling the dresser.  I have a few pieces picked out already. (see below photos for style inspiration)

Mirror and dresser

Fabric find Friday was a success! I purchased 2 yards (to be on the safe side) of grey fabric from Modern Fabric, a designer fabric discount store in Charlotte, to use as trim on our upholstered headboard.

Fabric Find Grey Trim

I was going to share DIY for customizing my upholstered headboard.  However, sourcing this out might be more efficient since the clock is ticking. I need to check availability and price point for a seamstress to assist with the trim and nailhead.  I was hoping to get this accomplished this week, but with it being spring break and visiting family in Florida, my punch list for as successful as I had planned. The look below, found on VT Interiors, is a possibility.

VT Interiors Nailhead

I’ve had fun shopping for accessories to finish the look for our white double dresser and darkwood dresser! If you haven’t seen my finds, follow me on Instragram and Twitter. Here are the styles that are inspiring me to complete the look in the master bedroom.

Dresser styling Dear Lillie Blog

Love Dear Lillie and her neautral, soft looks! This is what she is working on in her master bedroom. That dresser and mirror are georgous! Looking for a similar gold tray and antique looking picture frame to add to our darkwood dresser.

Decorating in Blue Better Homes and Garden

Love this look from Better Homes and Gardens. That detail in the dresser is beautiful! The arrangement is perfect for a smaller dresser.

I have hit another obstacle on my punch list, wall art for above our upholstered headboard.  Recall I wanted to arrange these small wall tiles from Ballard Designs.

Ballard Designs Patch Work print set

I purchased these tiles a few weeks ago and realized that they are on back order until May 8.  UGH! I’m on the hunt for a replacement but at this point my plan might not be accomplished in 6 week, yikes!

Again, many thanks for all our feedback and coming back each week to see my progress! Make sure you stop by Linda from Calling it Home and check out all the other great room make overs in ORC!