Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pretty In Pink

 Today while the house was actually totally and completely cleaned (with three kids I imagine this won't last more than a day if I am lucky) I decided to get some pictures of my new (new to me, but used from Craigslist) pink curtains.

 And while I was at it I decided to get some different angles so you can actually get an idea of how my dining room and living room are connected.

 Ignore the large black box in the corner! I am on the hunt for an armoire but as usual I am hoping for something perfect to fall into my lap (or at least free or crazy cheap if it is something I am going to have to paint) This is the first time I have had a TV in my living room in years. The kids got a WII for Christmas from pappaw, so they had to have some place to play it. (Ok, I admit, the adults have had some fun with the WII too!)

 The sofa was a free find on Craigslist. I do ♥ Craigslist! But I am going to have to tackle reupholstering it at some point. Plus, I still haven't exactly decided if I want this sofa or the French Provincial one I have in my garage. I play musical sofa's.....a LOT.  

The china cabinet was a garage sale find last summer. $50....more than I usually like to spend on one item, but it is in near mint with glass shelves and a light inside. It totally had my name on it!

 My favorite dress form. Yeahhhh I play musical dress forms too. Long story, but I will make it short...I bought a huge lot of dress forms for $200, kept two, sold the rest and made close to $500. I'll tell you the whole story sometime!

 See the chandelier at the front here.....let me be's plastic. No, really, I swear! But don't tell anyone!

 This is the current mantel. Finally FINALLY gone is all the Christmas gobbledeegook.
 My favorite chairs in the whole house. I searched and searched for months for chairs like these. Then one day at the Outlet they were in a corner...screaming "Hey, take us home!! We are only $8 each. The ones you liked online were $500 each. You can't pass that up! Shove us in your car and take us home NOW!"

The table in the center is marble, made in Italy. I bought it along with a smaller one from Craigslist $20 for both! Then I went back and bought an entire garage full for $200 from the same person because he had such great things. Of course I resold most of it and kept a few pieces.

I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out especially considering it is almost all thrift store/yard sale/trash finds so I didn't spend a fortune. Now all I need to do is I want to take the Frenchy Blue/Grey into the living room too, try a different color (and if so which one?) or just leave it alone??

Linking to:

A Stroll Thru life for Table Top Tuesday
Coastal Charm  for Nifty Thrifty tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  for Tuesdays Treasures
A Diamond in the Stuff  for Time to Shine
Type A  for Anything Goes
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Pink Postcard  for Transformations and Treasures
Beach Cottage  for Good Life Wednesdays
Tales from Bloggeritaville  for Thrifty Thursday
Brambleberry Cottage  for Time Travel Thursday
Common Ground  for Vintage Inspiration Friday
A Little Knick Knack  for Everything but the Kitchen Sink
French Country Cottage  for Feathered Nest Friday
Chic on a Shoestring  for Flaunt it Friday
The Shabby Nest  for Frugal Friday
Crazy Domestic  for All Things Domestic
The DIY Show Off


  1. Looks wonderful!
    Cozy and very welcoming!

    Ok I have to admit my jaw hit the floor a few times reading what you found and paid for your furniture! Can I shop with you? :-)
    I play musical furniture all the time! Hubby says that is why he has to always turn lights on before he enters a room! lol

    Enjoyed my visit,

  2. I only thought I found great deals!!!! I am shocked!!!! I love all your pieces they are wonderful!!!! I love everything it's all beautiful. I'm sincerely wishing I lived next door....I need lessons!!!

  3. Before I even read your post, I saw the sofa and was going to say, I want it! Then I read you got free on Craigslist! Get out of town! I've never seen anything that marvelous on our Craigslist, much less for free! All of your decor is gorgeous.

  4. hI Nicki, wow I just love your furniture and thought it must be so expensive, till I read what your got it for! YOu are one bargain hunter! I just love your armoire and those 2 blue chairs.. 2die4! I would have jumped on them too! It is all coming along so nicely! take care, Maryann

  5. @Tammy@beatrice banks
    Craigslist has been amazingly good to me!
    Thanks for the comment Tammy!

  6. The curtains are adorable...great find! I also love the dress form. You've made a very pretty space. You should link up to my Fridays Unfolded next Friday.

    New follower here too!


    Stuff and Nonsense

  7. @Crystal
    I think I should write (type) a tutorial on how to find deals! I have a couple of local thrift stores that know me by name and when I go in I ask them what they have in back for me. They cut me pretty good deals. It's good to get on a first name basis with your local thrifts!!
    Thank you Crystal!!

  8. @Dolly
    If you ever make your way to Indiana drop me a line! I am more than happy to take people out to my local thrift haunts and share the best places!

  9. @Alison
    The curtains are Shabby Chic brand from Target. I drooled on them when I saw them there but couldn't afford them. Shortly after I was lucky enough to find them on Craigslist. I had to make a few sales to come up with the cash but it was still sooo much cheaper than buying them new. I was hugging them on the ride home after i bought them!
    Thanks for following Alison!!

  10. wowzers your home is stunning!!! Book marking you now so I cane can back asap!!

  11. YOur home is so shabbily frenchy delightful! I am in love with your blue chairs! Amazing what comes to you. You have such a cute place, I would paint the living room the same color as the dining room!

  12. I really need to cruise around Craig's List. Wow what finds, very lucky you!!!

  13. Love these two rooms and how they flow so beautifully together! So many scrumptious details...going back to take another peek!

    Have a great week!

  14. Such a pretty home! Have you visited Des at Peeking Thru the Sunflowers? Your living room/dining room configuration reminds me of hers.

    I think you would enjoy seeing her home.

  15. Gorgeous. Everything is just lovely. I like your style and your furniture finds are wonderful. Everything looks amazing. Thanks so much for linking to TTT and I am happy to meet you. Just followed. Hugs, Marty

  16. I love all of your french furniture! You have some amazing finds! The chandy is my favorite! Gorgeous!

  17. Everything is beautiful. Love the style, and the great finds you have. Plastic chandy! I would never believe it. It is beautiful. You did a great job decorating. Thanks for sharing.

  18. @Pat
    I'd never seen her blog before but thank you for the recommendation!

  19. Many new great comments since I had last checked in. Just wanted to let you all know I have read them and thank you sooo much for showing some love!

  20. Your curtains are very pretty! Your entire living/dining room are so lovely! I can't believe you got that Frenchy sofa for free! Your chairs are pretty too - $8! Man, you really know how to find bargains.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. Your dining and living room are so perfectly pretty! I love all your furniture, accessories and chandeliers (even the plastic one)! Your blue chairs are gorgeous and I cannot believe they were only $8/each!

  22. How beautiful and what great finds! Your rooms look so serene and relaxing.

  23. Beautiful rooms and put together with thrify finds...very nice indeed!

  24. Simply your touches of pink too! I can't believe your chandy is plastic????? It looks like a million bucks......seriously gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog to chat. It is always fun to make new friends :o)

  25. You certainly have a gift for finding bargains! I've always believed given enough time and effort, a person could furnish a whole house inexpensivly from garage sales, craig's list, flea markets, etc. and you are proof of that theory. Everything is beautiful and I'm your newest follower.

  26. Hi there~ Absolutely charming home you have!! I love your space and LOVE your chairs! What a complete steal!! I would paint the living the same gorgeous blue as the dining room- it is so pretty! :)

  27. Such a beautiful home you have,love this room!
    Thanks for linking!

  28. Hello....

    Your home is gorgeous, my friend! You have some really beautiful pieces and got such great deals on them! That makes them even it! I really do like the bluish gray walls in your dining room...that's a lovely color! I think it would look superb to carry that same color into your living room! It would really make the dining room and living room seem more like one...really large room...I would like that. Not sure if that is the look that you are going for though! Best wishes with your decision and thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  29. Please tell me more about that tiered skirt table thingy (technical term?). It's amazing! Thanks for linking up @ Time to Shine!!!

  30. i love corner piece in your living room, with china in it? it's gorgeous, and i heart chairs too! what is this outlet place and where is it? lol beautiful stuff.

  31. Your place is just beautiful. I'm stopping by from Kathleen's blog. Happy Wednesday, Theresa

  32. Hi Nicki, your home is gorgeous! SO pretty and I love that you got a chance to show us! I know how that goes with kids. :) I usually have one day that the house is clean! :) Saw you at Pink Postcards!

  33. really beautiful Nicki!! Your dressform deal sounds amazing! You could make a career for yourself being a hunter for hard to find items on the cheap (which it sounds like you kind of are!)
    Stunning room- love everything about it. Thanks for linking this to my party!

  34. You did such a fantastic job furnishing these rooms with all your bargain finds. It's so easy to go out and spend a fortune in a store, but it takes time and imagination to do it this way. Great job!!

  35. Such beautiful rooms of more beautiful furniture and stuff. And the price... well, lets just say I've not been so blessed -- so Good For You!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.


  36. This is my first visit to your blog I am coming over from Tales from Bloggeritaville. I love your living/dining room. Thanks for the inspiration. We got a wii for Christmas to and it is a lot of fun. My armoire was my best craigslist find. $100 in perfect no work needed condition.

    :) Michelle

  37. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your lovely home tonight. So very pretty! And what bargains! I LOVE a bargain, especially on furniture. I don't often think of Craigslist though I did buy my Ethan Allen dining room table and chairs off it. I'm inspired to check it more often now! I'm your newest follower and I'm looking forward to reading more. I hope you'll visit me too :) Happy White Wednesday!
    ~ Lynn at

  38. Beautiful post. What a bargain on the sofa and the china cabinet. ~~Sherry~~

  39., so pretty!!
    ~ simply adore the ruffles and chandies everywhere!!

    xo, Rosemary

  40. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Love all your furnishings and all the detailed touches, so glad you came to the party!

  41. Everything is so pretty in your home! i popped over from Common Ground to peek around!

  42. Your home is just beautiful... and I love your couch and those French chairs, love the white walls too! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Blessings~~ Daphne

  43. Oh my you are my kind of girl with all your fantastic finds for your gorgeous home!! What a beauty it is and I love the little price tag price!!

    You had me chuckling when you were talking about the kind of cheap/free armoire you were wanting for you black box- so like me!
    bee blessed

  44. whoa, that curved couch is so great, and seriously that chandelier is plastic? wow! what a sweet space!

  45. Oooh so pretty! I love taking good long looks at décors that are "girly". My manly-man won't go for such things. Your living room and dining room are lovely. And I won't tell a soul about the chandy! ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  46. By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    And I can't wait to hear the story about the dress forms. Keep me posted. Better yet. When you post the story, link it to my party for all to enjoy. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  47. Hi there - Drooling all over again!!!! :) Just stopping back by to say thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  48. Ur home is cute...........truely ur a girl after my own heart. I think uve got me beat with ur thrifyness, lol....


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