Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finally Loving MY Home

One of my most loved jobs of the past was when I was a Merchandise Manager for Burdine's, in Miami. My sole task was to simply merchandise (and re-merchandise) different sections of the store. To say the least, I loved it. I would spend hours on a display and the time would just fly. This was many many moons ago...

Today, one of the things that I really enjoy about doing outdoor markets, is just that - the merchandising. Playing with every little piece to find the right home for each.

I often get the same comment while selling at markets - it goes something like this..."Wow. I'll bet Your home just looks amazing". Each time I smile graciously while thinking, "Couldn't be farther from the truth!".

I spend so much time on the little details of my business (I'm not complaining - I love every minute of it) that the house just gets the basics. Some cleaning, some organizing, but nothing fancy.

I have a bazillion home decor projects that sit and wait for me to get to them, and they just get dusted off now and then.

A few days ago, I decided to pull a major home project out of the cobwebs (literally out of the cobwebs...) and actually get it done. It's going to take some time, but I think we will be using it well by Thanksgiving. It's a new dining set for my kitchen!

I remember drooling over this cover page from Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion (April/May 2008) and have kept it in my Idea Notebook ever since. It's the inspiration for my new dining area, although I do have to tone the colors down a bit to match some pieces that I already have.

Dreamy, isn't it?

So, here's what I've started working on...

This table. I found it on Craigslist!

And primed. Color coming soon!

Comfy arm chairs Before. (also found on Craigslist!)

Comfy arm chairs primed. Color to come soon!

This is another set of smaller dining chairs that I brought back from Germany. They will be a part of this new group and they join the paint party tomorrow when I'm finished sanding them.

(Ok, so this pic may be a little too honest...can you tell that I may have a chair fetish???)

So that's what's in the works!

I'm really praying for this beautiful weather here in Colorado to hold on a little bit longer...painting in freezing temps is not my thing!

I'll keep you posted...literally!

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LouLou said...

I can't wait to see them with color... They're gonna be fabulous!

MomWaldsPlace said...

Love the idea, love the table, love, love, love! It's a "paint thing"some people just don't get it.

Unknown said...

Love your inspiration. Good luck with the rest of the project. (A six legged table - Wow, great find!)

Rettabug said...

You are SO creative, Diane! I can't wait to see the final colors & the entire effect of this dining room reveal. I hope your nice weather holds out. We've been told this is our final week here in Ohio of dry, mild temps. Snow is on the way!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Diane, I can't wait to see this project all finished. I love that photo from ME (how I miss that publication). You have a great start, and I know when you get it all done, it will be wonderful! (My husband says I have a chair fetish, and he's probably right). laurie

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