February 7, 2014

The Study

I was able to get the house nice and clean so I thought I'd try to take some pictures before the light was gone. These were taken yesterday later in the afternoon so it definitely was NOT the best lighting.  However, I didn't want them to go to waste so here they are.

Chalkboard-Sign, Driftwood Ball, Antique Metal Chair

Chalkboard Sign, Vintage Decor, Tulip Urn, Trumpet Shell

I wanted to make sure I took with and without lights comparison shots.

The chalkboard sign is on a rolling easel that I purchased from Restoration Hardware at one of those year end sales they have.  It was marked at something like more than 60% off and an extra 10% off so of course I snagged it.

The chalk board was a $6 and something cent thrifty find that used to be an ugly cardboard picture in a somewhat decent wood frame. The backing is still the really heavy cardboard, I didn't bother to change it as it seemed heavy enough and now it works fine.  First it served in my cousin's wedding and then I brought it home and scribbled out some places we visited on our trips to Europe.  It could definitely look better but haven't fixed it yet.  As you can see my youngest daughter likes to run her fingers through the letters so its a bit smudged.

The old white metal medical chair with adjustable seat came from a dealer at the 2013 Farm Chicks Show.  Speaking of the Farm Chicks show... I can't wait for this year's show! So excited!  You can click here to learn more about The Farm Chicks Antiques Show.

Pottery Barn, Mercury Glass Candle Holders, Beachcomber

West Elm, Weathered Wood, Barn Wood, Restoration Hardware, Zinc Urn

I love old with new and new old items all mixed together.  I admire so many decor styles that sometimes I make myself crazy.  I move things around ALOT and keep fiddling with things until it feels right, like its suppose to be there.  There has to be a certain flow.  When I like something in a certain place, its obvious because it will literally never move.

Guess what, the columns (there are two matching columns) came from a dealer at The Farm Chicks Show as well.  If you haven't gone before you should give it a try, bring a truck! 

I have been picking up these mercury glass votive holders here are there.  I love how they glow and glitter with tea lights in them!  Some are from Ravenna Gardens (at University Village in Seattle) and also a boutique in Astoria, Oregon which I can seem to remember the name of.  I also picked up a couple from Pottery Barn and Target.

We found the smaller glass bottle (the one with the keys on it) while exploring between two of the many ghost towns we have in Washington, Weston and Lester.  My husband dug up a bunch of information about old Weston, went out and found it and then wrote the wiki entry for it.  He's very fascinated by ghost towns and railroad history.  Anyway, the bottle was half buried along an old raised overgrown rail bed.  It was corked, tho a bit rotted and had a "mystery liquid" inside.  The "mystery liquid" is a running joke and because of that, the bottle sat outside with said mystery liquid for quite while until I was brave enough to wash it out.  Rest assured, upon washing it out, we decided it was just muddy water that had soaked in through the rotted cork.

See the tray hiding there?  That's the one I purchased while thrifting that I posted about here.

See that chunky strand of wood beads around the bigger bottle?  Those are new from pottery barn and I just couldn't resist!  I also had a $10 coupon that I needed to use so voila!  

I purchased the old matching keys from an antique store.

antler on a mantle, haberdashery lamps, beachcomber, glass float

The study.  
We purchased that hutch at an antique store in Issaquah, Washington.   The piece had been marked far too high for what I wanted to pay for it, but of course I still wanted it.  After eyeballing it for sometime I decided to go and try to make an offer.  It absolutely never hurts to make and offer!  Am I right?  I walked back to see if it was still there and it was, just like it had been for a while.  Except this time I noticed the price had been marked down! And I mean WAY DOWN! The dealer was actually standing right there working in her booth and said something like, "hey, I just marked that down." I thought, uh YEAH!  I told her right there that I came in hoping to buy it and that I definitely would be buying it.  I brought it home and the poor thing sat in the garage until I could put it in the perfect place.  The perfect place turned out to be my bead shop!  So we used it in the bead shop to hold all the trays of loose findings until, sadly, I closed the store to spend more time with my little ones.  So now we use it to hold collections and smalls that I don't want to dust. The top has holes and notches where something attached to it at one time but I like it just how it is. It has "128.4   11" punched into the top. I didn't get a pic of that and I'll add it later.

hollow metal letters, antique desk, industrial chic chair, world market

Simon Pierce, industrial chic, target candle holder, pottery barn clock, rolled lip candle holder

Yes, our wall above the gas stove says "ooh la la" in hollow metal letters!  It should probably say it with one "o" but two just looked better.  I used small 3M command hooks to hang them.

The stag on the wall is from Fred Meyer in Vancouver, Washington.  I purchased after thanksgiving for 50% or 60% off.  My mom bought one first and after I hung it on her wall I had to run back and grab one for me too!  That dark silhouette, love it.

vintage wood trunk coffee table, cloche, pottery barn, simon pierce, flameless candles

trumpet shell, haberdashery shoe stands, glass float, antler, steam punk, coastal decor

The lamps are from an ETSY shop that only ever posted these lamps and never anything else.  They are footed and have telescoping height adjustment.  I love them so much that I had to find out what they were originally.  I found out they were antique haberdashery counter top shoe displays. I have acquired two more of these stands in original form and one more with the only bottom section.  The old style cloth lamp cord is a neat touch.

terrarium box, glass box, sea glass, rabbit fur, coastal decor, pottery barn

If you look closely, we have our found sea glass collection in these glass boxes.  Yes, there are fingerprints!  The girls love to paw through them almost daily.  When I was little I'd paw through my grandma's buttons.  Whenever I see them digging through the little glass pebbles, I think of that.

antique kidney shaped leather top writing desk

kidney shaped writing desk

This desk was given to us by family and I really REALLY enjoy it.  Isn't it gorgeous?  It has a small opening for a chair and so it wont fit just any chair.  I liked this chair that I purchased at World Market with one of those coupons you get in your email.  

Oriental glass keepsake box, terrarium, canning jars, white coral specimen, starfish, crown

In case you didnt notice, I'm a sucker for glass boxes. 

magnifier, vintage, antique, bird skull, hutch, bird talon, clawfoot, pawfoot

Restoration Hardware, Antique Pickle Jars, Canning Jars, candle holder, river rock, display case, pottery barn

I was standing in that doorway to get those first shots of the study.

The old display cabinet stacked on top of the white cabinet houses our white coral collection among other things. The drift wood balls are from West Elm.

Restoration Hardware, candle holders, LORRAINE ARCHITECTURAL RAILING SCONCE

Thanks for stopping by! I know I'm a newbie to this blogging thing and I'd love some feedback.  What do you think?


  1. Love this space. The French country fresh feel mixed with the nautical vibe is brilliant.