• Before and After: Vintage Tea Cart

    A quick before and after for you, because we all love them.  I found this wooden tea cart on Craigslist within 5-10 minutes after it was listed. I was big and pregnant but loaded up the family and I was able to scour this baby for $20. It sat on my porch for months before it got any special attention. I wasn't even sure what color I was going to paint it. With the recent happenings of this new venture I got a chance to showcase this lovely piece off. Mandy is the one that picked the bold teal color and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I love the idea of doing accent pieces in fun, bright colors, but have a hard time implementing that idea. You can see this lovely piece being used as a candy bar station. How lovely! I just love it when old, beautiful items can be used as functional pieces and not just for display.  

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    I've told you before how some pieces are feminine and some are masculine. Originally, I thought it was feminine but then after studying it more I realized it was masculine.  Don't you see it?  The straight lines, the coloring, and sharp edges. Ok, maybe you don't see it but just pretend like you do.  :) And with that information this lovey cart has a name. Find out more about what venture this tea cart is involved in

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    I'm feeling very inspired so come back soon for more before and after posts. To see past before and after posts check here. Do you like the way the tea cart turned out?  Leave your comments.  

  • A Busy Year Ahead

    Wow! I can't believe I might squeeze in a little time to write this blog post. Technically, I'm writing this while also putting together a website project proposal.  Whew! I scare my own self sometimes.  Guys, I've been so busy lately it's insane. Let's just start with the biggest things that has transpired...we had a baby boy in September.  I was pregnant for most of 2013, with a difficult pregnancy.  But in the end, we had a healthy little boy, who is loved by many.  

    I love my son, but am so glad that the pregnancy is over. From the day I went into labor until now, things have never slowed down. I was literally emailing clients from the hospital bed. Crazy, I know! When you work for yourself there are no auto responses. Nonetheless, we have been enjoying life with 2 kids. As my Dad would say, "I wouldn't have it any other way." 

    In other news, during my pregnancy, I had resolved to do something with my love of painting furniture and hunting for old furniture.  I originally thought maybe I would setup a booth somewhere or start an Etsy shop to sell some things. I know what I love doing and was hoping to monetize it in some way or another. Oddly enough, just a few weeks after I had the baby, a good friend of mine asked me to accompany her to lunch. She was currently doing exactly what I would have loved to do, so I was excited about what she wanted to discuss. Maybe she would be opening a storefront and was looking for vendors? That's not what she said but it was still exciting news. She had gotten an offer to style a vintage wedding with her furniture and wanted to know if I would assist.  And so I did and we had a great time along the way.  

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    And from that one meeting and a vague idea, a business was born. Welcome...

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    The Vintage Company is a vintage styling and furniture rental business, serving Houma, La and surrounding areas. Our goal is to bring "vintage flair" to weddings, anniversary parties, baby showers and similar events. We endeavor to connect with the area's best wedding vendors to help them meet the demand of the vintage/rustic bride. We have handpicked every item that is in our inventory and hope to share our special items with others.  This business is a true combination of things that both Mandy and I love so I can't wait to see where it takes us.  Stay tuned for future updates on this new venture! 

    And just to change up the conversation one more time, has anyone got great goals planned for the new year (aka new years resolutions)...organize your house, exercise more, maybe loose weight, or start a new business? Well, I don't make new years resolutions per say, but the new year is definitely time for a fresh start.  It is a great time to put new systems into place and adopt new ways of doing things. With all the extra madness around here, a new baby and another business, I'm trying to organize and clean every inch of my home. And I'm not just cleaning and putting everything back on the shelf.  Marian at Miss Mustard Seed recently wrote about living with what you love and that really resonated with me. She talks about surrounding yourself with things that inspire you and only keeping those items that you really love. I'm really trying to hold true to that idea.  Since I'll be involved in a creative business, it's important that I not get complacent with my surroundings. So, that's my plans for the next few weeks, clean, organize, only keep what I love. 

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    What are you goals for the year? Start a business, organize your home, exercise more?  Do share your comments. Come back soon to see how things are coming along. 

  • Be Inspired By Gold

    It's the start of a new day...a new week is in store. Mondays are the start of something new and I'm looking forward to what will transpire this week. Though it's technically been fall for several weeks, it's just starting to feel cooler here in South Louisiana. The beautiful weather makes it easier to get up and get the day started. It's definitely inspiring in itself! In case you're looking for some extra inspiration then hang around for some DIY ideas.  

    When looking for home inspiration it's easy to start with a color or a pattern.  Today I started with a color-gold. Gold can serve as a great accent color in your home. It's very "in" right now, so you will find it everywhere. It's a nice metallic color that will add a pop of color, without the boldness. At least that's my take on it. Of course, I like to go the do-it-yourself route so I've rounded up some projects to inspire you.  

    DIY Gold Painted Pillow 


    Gold-Dipped Barstools

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    Gold Mirror Frame

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    Gold Striped Vases


    Gold Confetti Dish


    Gold Corner Frames

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    Have you used gold around your home as an accent color? What DIY projects have you recently completed? Thanks for stopping by.  

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