Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mantle Makeover

\My cousin, Katie, is an incredible decorator. She is always blogging about a current home project. Last week she posted her mantle makeover and it inspired me, although mine is not as beautiful and elaborate as hers.

Here's the mantle before:

The globe was discovered in my basement and left by our landlord...maybe there's a reason why it was left behind to collect dust! I acquired the window from an old friend. The flowers were from my college days and will now find a new home at Goodwill!

And the reveal:
Thanks to a trip to Goodwill and Arc on 50% off Saturday, I now have an Anthropologie-style mantle! The large "crystal" candlesticks were $7.50 ea., glass bottles $1.00 ea., and "Nest" sign $2.50! So this project totaled just over $20! With a little elbow grease, I removed the flowers from the window, giving it more of an antique feel.

I want to find flowers to go in the vase, but not quite sure what to go with yet. Any suggestions? I really like daisies, but don't know if they'll go with the look.

In case you were wondering about the history of this beautiful fireplace, the house a.k.a. Club Curtis (funny story behind the nickname!) was built in the late 1890s. The fireplace, tiling, and mantle are original to the house! It's a coal-burning fireplace....which is not able to be used...legally. I LOVE the exposed brick walls. When I came to look at the house for the first time, it was the first thing I noticed.

Now I need another project...thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 23 is FREE pastry day at Starbucks!!! Of course there's a small catch, you must purchase a beverage and offer ends at 10:30 am.

It will be crazy, so be prepared to wait! And as always, TIP YOUR BARISTAS!!!! Thanks!

I applied for an in-patient physical therapy tech position at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). Prayers please!

So Denver weather is ridiculous! Yesterday it was 70 degrees, sunny, and absolutely beautiful. Today it is 27 degrees, snowy, and beautiful! We're supposed to get 2 feet of snow today and tomorrow. Crazy, yet awesome!

I'm off for now. Watching J Murf do yoga is entertaining :-)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I am now a blogger....eek!

Hello fellow bloggers!

I am really bad with phone and e-mail communication, so this is an attempt to keep up with y'all through the world of html. I'll write more as soon as I figure this thing out. Have a wonderful day!