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The GNOME SHACK!

It is a pick storage unit, a craft in action, a never-ending evolving gallery…

BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS OUR HOME FOR NOW!

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WELCOME!

Something that many do not know…

Is when we move, we move with just a limited amount of stuff.

So I pick, thrift, yard sale, flea market, estate sale & auction to make a new place our home.

Photo Details:
1) Picked the pallet the The Hub never took apart…so went through scattered pickings and ended up with the idea of the tar sap cups flower pockets!
2) Picked the galvanized gas can which holds the locally made wood Sweet Vidalia Onion!

Since we have not gone in yet…
Let’s check out my now Beloved Southern Front Porch…
Gnome Shack Style!

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Inviting, eh?
And we are not even inside!

Photo Details:
1) Retro Orange Pretzel Tin Can…it travels with us…for now!
2) Got the awesome never been used 1970 hammock at an Estate Sale in Savannah!

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The Porch Conversation Area!

Photo Details:
1) Got the Porch Swing at the Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale and then painted it!
2) I bought 4 ladder back chairs with very damaged seats and came up with this design for what I love to call my “Porch Lounger”.
3) A 75 Cent Table that I decoupaged and painted!

Now, Let’s Go Inside!

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The Front Siting Room, Which Doubles as a Guest Room!

Our place is small!

Photo Details:
1) Couch was bought at a Savannah Estate Sale.
2) Retro Folding Chairs Travel with us as well as vintage wood/metal boxes
3) My painted framed photography also travels with us…for now.
4) Most on mantel is for sale, except Gnomes!

We do not have an official entry way/foyer, so I had to make one!

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And here it is!

Photo Details:
1) Coat Rack I made from pallet board and thrift knobs.
2) Thrift store Mid Century Shelf turned Shoe Rack.
3) A Men’s valet for keys and extra coats recently bought at a flea market.
4) Sandal bin is vintage enamel pan recently bought at a yard sale.

Two More Views of the Front Sitting Room!

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Vignette Areas…
Or More like Picking Storage Spots!

Photo Details:
1) Vintage suitcase Valet turned side table with painted glass frame turned tray!
2) Picked Very Rustic Wood stool, Thrifted Mid Century Clock & Junk Store found Antique Chimney Screen!

To the Left of this Sitting Room is our Bedroom.

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And there it is!

Okay, it is also a bike, craft, arts and tool supply storage area!

Photo Details:
1) Suitcase night stands and stairs for old cat to get into bed are also used for storage.
2) I recently bought the missing drawer dresser on the cheap, repainted and such, and there you have it.
3) Mid Century Shadow Box / Bar Mirror for my pretty up area.
4) Lights over dresser are yard sale found trouble/mechanic lights.
5) Circle Art are  Yard sale found Needlepoint hoops with some material scrapes and some material I personally designed!
6) Tool, Arts & Crafts Supply Shelf bought at a Yard Sale.
7) I made the Hat Rack out of Pallet Board and Thrift store Knobs

Now Back into the Front Sitting Room! You can go straight through it to get to the Dining area of the very large Kitchen.

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I’m realizing it is very mid-century in there!

Photo Details: 

1) Table we brought, but will probably sell before we leave.
2) Tension Pole Light in corner is very much for sale.
3) Shelves on both sides are filled with picked decor pieces, photos, kitchen supplies and a bar supplies.
4) Beloved Step Stool was picked in a junk shop.
5) Art on wall was picked recently and for sale!

Through the dinning area is the kitchen!

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The Kitchen Side of the Huge Room.

Photo Details:
1) Yes I have vintage hand strainers as wall decor and canvas carpenter bags as recycle bins!

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The Main Kitchen Corner!

Photo Details:

1) I made a light out of a dog chain, a vintage soda shop glass crate, a colander and an Ikea light fixture.
2) The decor on top of the fridge is part of my picked galvanized metal collection.
3) And counter storage is in vintage tin colanders!

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The Other Side of the Huge Kitchen is the Laundry Room!

Photo Details:
1) Old gas stove burner grates for wall decor!

Through the middle of the Large Eat In Kitchen is the Family Room!

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View from the Door…this is where we spend most of our time at home!

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View from the side with Wall of Windows.

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Big Overstuffed Chair The Hub has had for, maybe, 15 or more years!

Still Comfy!

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The Rest of the Family Room!

Photo Details:
1) Wall Decor Over Couch is a piece of old factory life. It states the days that has gone by without any accidents. The numbers can be changed on the back. Picked this as a gift for The Hub…who is a safety freak.
2) Other Wall Art is My Photography.
3) Cat Throne is vintage blue suitcases, an old moving blanket stuffed into the top one and a vintage piece of chenille bedspread covering to make it pretty! And yes, that is our 18-year-old cat asleep, wheezing, snoring away on it!
4) The desk is an old chrome and Formica table yard sale pick!
5) Round Table picked at a Junk shop.
6) Side table are part of my old wood food box collection!
7) Wood piece in corner is the bottom of a mid-century coffee table!

Almost Done Touring The Gnome Shack!

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The Tiny White Bath!

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And the very stained sink!

But this little room holds some of my favorite pieces!

Photo Details:
1) To left of toilet is a vintage galvanized metal miners milk can recently picked
2) To the Right is vintage adult and child’s enamel chamber pots.
3) Under the sink is an antique maple sapping bucket with a recently picked stool and metal box that I have had for maybe 20 years.
4) There are curtains on the wall close to the sink, not because there is a window, but a door.  In renovating, I guess they forgot to take the door out!

That is the Gnome Shack!

It is home for now.

I used to say, “Home is where my Backpack is”
But now Home is where The Hub and His 18 Year Old Cat is.

All the things…
Are just ships passing us in the night.

We help it all find it’s forever home…
If we did not adopt it ourselves!

If you are interested in buying anything you have seen in this post or are interested to see what I do have for sale,
Please Visit My Online Shop…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you can not find an item in the photos that you are interested in buying, please comment below and I will get back to as fast as I can.

Thank you for visiting OUR OWN BIG WORLD…

We Hope You Like it Here!

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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

From MyHomeDecor

Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

From Unusual Decor

(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

From Craft Ideas From PR!

This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

From Unusual Decor

Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

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How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

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Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

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How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

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How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

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Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

From Unusual Decor

Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

From Craigslist Ads

And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

From Craigslist Ads

Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

From Craigslist Ads

A 1800’s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
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Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

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So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

From Craigslist Ads

Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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That’s my Motto…

From Market Day

Even on My First Ever Market Selling Day!

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It was a fun experience, even though I have to shed product for a move we will be making.

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Like Our Creel Mailbox!

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And These Cool Things!

We do not know where we will be moving to yet…

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But as always, we follow the husband’s work!

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Always exciting, always interesting, always an adventure….

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NEVER BORING!

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No, The Husband Was Not Bored!

Neither Was this Piece, as it Was the Favorite Piece of the Day…

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It Got so Much Attention, and It Is Still Available!

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As Are These Weigh Cool Scales!

It Was a Beautiful Day…

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And the Colors are Just Starting to Change!

Beautiful, Just Like Our…

Favorite Customer of the Day!

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93.5 year old reading up on how to make empanadas!

As the Day Wound Down, I Took a Break From Yelling,

“FREE GIFT WITH EVERY PURCHASE!”

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And Put My Feet Up On a Cool Little Stool for Sale!

We Shed Some Product…

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And Enjoyed a Nice Day Outside and Together!

Good Day!

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And Good Night Everyone!

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IF YOU DO NOT FIND IT THERE, PLEASE COMMENT HERE…

As it may not be up on the site yet!

THANKS FOR VISITING…

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Our bed is now…

That is!

This project has history and of course, chatty me has to tell you about it!

But I will make it fun…

I swear!

It All Started with This:

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Oh, Yes It Did!

The huge white shelves on the right in the garage came with the house when we bought it.

For some reason, the husband, had to tear them down and they were monsters!

Mind you, there now are metal shelves exactly where these used to be? Don’t ask me!

Anyway, they were monsters because each section is at least 7.5″ long and made of at least 1.5″ thick plywood, with little pieces of woods attached to both sides (to place shelves)!

Can you say super heavy and awkward?

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What is worse, the husband would not let the contractor take them away!

So my mind went to work!

What could I do with these???

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Aha! We did not have a bed frame!

So, I decided I could use the Monsters for a Platform Bed Frame!

The husband nixed this idea for almost a year!

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But I finally went forward with my design vision!

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Yes, we are in our 40’s and our bed is now sitting on cement blocks, or should I say…

Cool Industrial style legs!

After cleaning…

I sprayed painted!

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And kept on painting! Those suckers are big, even if I did not have to paint the full sides!

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After painting, had to transport the monsters to the bedroom.

Huff Puff, Ouch, Oooh, Wait, Okay, Got It!

For some reason these monster garage shelves had trim on them, who puts trim on a garage shelf?

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I had to take some trim off (or shall I say, “The husband had to take the trim off), to use it for the end to make for a more finished look.

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I thought those funky little pieces of wood that stick out (which I like to call “nobbies”) would make the Monsters look cool as a Platform Bed Frame.

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And I was right! It does look cool!

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But I have to admit…

The vision of this whole bed was kind of like this:

What I forgot is that we have a box spring!

Which makes ours just, ha, a tad bit higher!

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But I still like it!

There needs to be some tweaking on the end part that sticks out at the end.  Tweaking,  not to be confused with twerking (which by the way that area is perfect for dancing on top of, you know).

In my design mind’s eye, it was supposed to be a seating area, but now we lovingly refer to it as “The Diving Board!”

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Picture this…running through the house, sliding around the corner into the bedroom trying not to lose speed, continuing toward the bed stepping up with one foot up on that end part, giving just the right thrust to DIVE into the bed!

Yes, we really are in our 40s!  And ahem, we have both tested the diving board and my platform bed frame is that strong!

But no, I am thinking a long thin bench style cushion for that area in complimentary colors would make for that nice low seating area I had in mind.

Do you have any other ideas I could do with that area (maybe steps for our aging cat)??

If so send me some suggestions in the comment area please!
I can’t wait to read them!

Okay, I should have made sure the bed looked a bit better for these photos, but you get the point!

PS…Even though the husband was not into this particular design idea, even with the nay saying, he kept on helping out! I now thank him for the trim removal, trim adding, monster lugging and block carrying help he did provide! We are kind of getting good at The GnoMAD PAD team projects! Click here to see our House Number Team Project: PROJECT FOR TWO!

I make other things besides bed frames. If you want to check them out, please visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Our Sunshiny Mid-Century Modern House!

There will be some before and after photos, but to get the full view of the before house please go to:  HenderBalz Blog: Adventures at Home !

As always if you want to see the full photo album, click on any of the photos!

Welcome to the Living Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We may just leave this oh-so-not mid-century couch in this room as both the room and the couch are big and they fit each other!

94% of everything else in the living and dining rooms is from the Mid-Century!

Matter of fact, most of the house is furnished with mid-century items…down to the set of Sears flatware my Mom gave me as a teen probably for my hope chest!

New Living & Dining Above…
Old Below!

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You get the point…new paint, furniture and personal touches!

The Foyer…

Could not pass up the light fixture that Jim rebuilt and the Sears star burst clock that my Step Father fixed!

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From House House Lovely House!

A corner here…

The Above Corner has my Mid-Century Belt Chair and a bunch of drift wood in the corner!

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From House House Lovely House!

And a corner there!

The above Corner has our somewhat collection of international stools…two are old, one is from Honduras!

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The Dining Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We love our new OLD dining room lamp that Jim rebuilt!

And now our bedroom!

From House House Lovely House!

Oh so cool, airy and grey with a splash of color!

New Above….
Before Below:

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The other side (plus a tri-pod, an air filter and Chloe):

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The Master Bath!

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And Before!

No more carpet, stripped wall paper or dressing room lights!

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Now…

THE FAMILY ROOM!

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And what it used to look like!

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The Whole Picture!

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We want a cool low profile mid-century couch in this room, probably where the table and chairs are…but have not found one we like enough yet!

And Introducing…

THE KITCHEN!

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And a similar view from before!

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Bright and Happy!

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Similar shot from before:

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Personal Touches!

In the Kitchen:

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And in a Hall!

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TaaDaaa…

Jim’s new Office/Den/Man Cave!

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And the old Dark Den!

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Personal Touches in the Den!

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And…

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The guest room / Dawn’s Making Things Room!

Cozy Area!

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And Work Area! (The table enlarges!)

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The Pink Jack & Jill Bath just needed some love and a spit shine!

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Half Bath is just a “happy” as before…

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But updated!

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And with personal touches!

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The new front!

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The old front!

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Not sure you can tell the changes…

All the cranky 50-year-old bushes were removed and more tropical plants were put in AND the entire outside was painted!

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Love our new mid-century style shutters and the pop of flower in front!

The new Landscaped Corner Island!

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The old corner:

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New side yard “Island” landscaping!

From House House Lovely House!

And if you ever visit (And you know YOU ALL are invited) the Garage Door Entrance Welcome Area!

From House House Lovely House!

WE Love our new place and had fun and some fights getting it to this point, but it is not still 100% done!

And 10 pieces in these photos, I created!  Can you guess which 10?

Look forward to finishing it completely!

And to buy Mid Century Modern Items for you Home…Visit Our Online Shop!

Click:  OurOwnBigWorld

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THE NEW HOME!

Although the house is not blog ready yet…

HERE IS A PEAK AT SOME OF THE STUFF GOING INSIDE IT!

From More Mid Century Finds!

THE BAR!

From More Mid Century Finds!

AND WHAT IS A BAR…

From More Mid Century Finds!

WITHOUT A 3 TIERED SERVING CART!

From More Mid Century Finds!

WHAT?  YOU NEED TO MAKE A CALL?

SIT HERE ON THIS COOL METAL STOOL AND USE THIS EVEN COOLER PHONE AND PHONE BOOK STAND!

From More Mid Century Finds!

THE WORLD ON A DREXEL!

Vintage Globe sits atop a perfect Kip Stewart’s Declaration Line Drexel End Tables!

From More Mid Century Finds!

WHICH GO  SWELL WITH THIS…

Kip Stewart Drexel Coffee Table!

From More Mid Century Finds!

FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS ONE OF A KIND STAR BURST MIRROR!

From More Mid Century Finds!

AND WHO COULD SAY, “NO” TO THESE BEAUTIES?

“NOT I!” SAID THE MID CENTURY VINTAGE BUYING FOOL!

From More Mid Century Finds!

TO FINISH THIS UP…

WE HAVE ONE OF A PAIR OF FUN CIRCLE GLASS TOP OCCASIONAL TABLES!

I HAVE AN OCCASION FOR THESE…DO YOU?

The above items were bought at Antique Fairs in Acadia and West Palm, Florida, and at an Auction in Sarasota Florida.

Everything we buy we get for relatively cheap…the Drexel pieces and the 3 tiered wood cart were a bit higher…but still way under value!

We hope to have the house 90% done by Christmas…photos in the new year!

Matter of fact…I should be packing right now so we can move our stuff on over! Shhhhh!

UPDATE….OH WE BOUGHT SO MUCH THAT WE OPENED OUR OWN ONLINE STORE!

Please visit and shop, if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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It’s official now…

WE ARE MAD FOR MID-CENTURY PIECES!

Here are some of our most recent finds.

Mind you, most of these photos are taken after I rubbed, shined, & scrubbed!

To get’em cheap, you gotta get dirty!

From Mid-Century Finds

Oh, yes we did!

Although I love the colors of the material on the stool, I am thinking we just may have to change it! And folks, the pillow is Jim’s pick. That is his favorite color after all!   The book rack and snack trays make everything all the better!

From Mid-Century Finds

I am not sure if this is a stool or a table, but how can you not love those curves and swirls?

From Mid-Century Finds

Poker anyone?

From Mid-Century Finds

No poker could be had without hip turquoise cocktail glasses and bowls for chips and snacks!

From Mid-Century Finds

And we could use this octagonal beauty for a card game or two!

The above has not yet been spit shined, as I have do not own my secret spit shining sauce in that color…yet!

Okay, it is not a secret, I will shout it out! I love Howard’s Restor-A-Finish !

Here’s a cutie to look at in the meanwhile!

From Mid-Century Finds

Need some light and a place to put your cocktail while you lay out a flush? Use this handy lamp / triangle table!

For those non-card playing party goers, we have this nice conversation area full of lovelies!

From Mid-Century Finds

We prefer wood, but could not pass up these chrome numbers for the price offered!

Already shined up, but with some new material, they will soon be everyone’s favorite!

And anything looks better next too a black metal magazine rack and a “I dream of Jeanie” table lamp!

In love with our new Mid-Century Danish Modern chair…look at those lines on that baby!

From Mid-Century Finds

One of my favorite finds…the lamp shade!

Ooh, the chicken scratch of it all just makes me smile.

From Mid-Century Finds

 I got the lamp with a different shade…

But I had to bring the couple together and now they will live happily ever after!

From Mid-Century Finds

Old kitchen chairs and a vintage doctor stool, with new colors, may make great seating at our low kitchen peninsula!

I could not pass this one up for only $2.00!

From Mid-Century Finds

If I do not use it as is, I have a gold-fish scale wall art project in mind for that frame and maybe a couple of smaller pieces from the art!

But this little cutie will fit in nicely.

From Mid-Century Finds

My husband is a sap for water / boat scenes!

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From Mid-Century Finds

Although we have the nice turquoise ones above, these small handfuls of color will fit nicely in that mid-century bar…uh…when we finally find it!

Speaking of glass…

From Mid-Century Finds

My husband being sensible, found some ceiling light fixtures, that just may fit in!

As a gift, I found this beauty for my Jim!

From Mid-Century Finds

No Picasso’s in our finds, but we like them!

So…”Where do we find them?” You ask.

We found most of these pieces in a great little town in the middle of nowhere, Florida. Arcadia has a cute little downtown that consists of 4 blocks and a million antique stores. Once a month they have an Antique Sidewalk Sale!

We found some smalls for great deals on the sidewalks, but hit the mother lode when we walked into the The Opera House!

If you are into history, antiques from any era or style, or even ghosts, Arcadia and The Opera House are must see!

We will be back for sure! Okay, we need to pick up a bigger piece…but since a full day there did not get us through all the stores, I think more shopping will happen.

Some of those pieces are from thrift stores! Thrift stores are my heart and soul! Most antique stores are too dear for my pockets, so I hunt thrifts often. And don’t forget to find the Goodwill Clearance stores! Chairs for $3.00…what the what?

HAPPY HUNTING TO YOU!

Our next adventure is a couple of mid-century auctions!

Wish us luck!

UPDATE:  WE BOUGHT SO MUCH WE OPENED AN ONLINE STORE!

Please Visit and Shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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I will go back to my Upcycle Arts & Crafts projects…

But these days I am spending time to get stuff ready for a new home!

A Mid Century Beauty!

I thought I would to strip and refinish some of my old finds…but found something that I is my secret love.

Howard’s Restor-A-Finish

Some Before Photos…

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

One of two End Tables!

Warn and dull!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

One done and one not!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

On the way to looking good!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

There you have it!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

While I was at it, I worked on this little pretty!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

Okay, the top is made of Formica, but did refinish the wood legs!

Is is bad that I am falling for Formica?

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

Speaking of Formica…

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

This little cutie has a wood pedestal which I shined up to make into a nicey nice!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

It is happy in our now non-mid-century place!

Shining these guys on…so made my happy today!

Easy Peasy and such good looks!

Don’t be afraid of nicks & stains…all they are saying is “We have been loved, now love us again!”

UPDATE!  WE OPENED OUR OWN ONLINE STORE!  

Please visit and shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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Although, I have always liked the funkiness or smooth lines of mid century stuff, my usual genre of antique is older, rusty and usually made of metal!

But since we started to look at homes to buy in Florida, we realized the one we will buy will most likely be one from the Mid Century.  The location we wanted was developed at that time period, so we decided we want to decorate it appropriately!  We finally found the perfect untouched beauty for us!

So now we are in love with all that is Mid Century Matter!

While things get worked on (and in an un-updated home built in 1964 there will be work needed)…

WE GO SHOPPING!

We love a good deal…and will take the time to search for it, most likely at thrift stores, flea markets, antique stores, auctions, yard sales, estate sales and antique fairs!

Here are some of our recent finds!

From My Finds!

Right now these are in my loft area sitting just like this, and I get tickled every time I walk up the stairs!

From My Finds!

For the Silver Band Chip & Dip, Atomic Star Coffee Decanter & Wood Handle 2 Tiered Dessert Tray I gathered the lowest prices I found on the exact or similar items online (without shipping costs).

Online Cost  = $45.00.
Our Cost = $7.00!

Every respectable Mid Century Home needs a Sunburst Clock!

From My Finds!

Similar ones online = $75.00.
Our Cost = $16.00 (which I got down from$ 20.00 because I will need to fix it a bit)!

Even though we do not have records anymore…we fell in love with this number!

From My Finds!

Look in other photos, to see the cute little Sunburst on the sides better!

Similar ones online = $65.00.
Our Cost = $8.00!

Jim has shown interest in a Vintage Travel Bar for quite a while now.

From My Finds!

So we had to pick up this one, that allowed for the morning after as well.

From My Finds!

We thought The Executair 720C was a Bar and Coffee Travel Case, but in my research the original piece was mostly just coffee. We happen to like it as is…drinkies for the evening and coffee for the morning after!

Similar online = $25.00.
Our Cost = $5.00!

And for the Bar at Home!

From My Finds!

The Penguin Hot or Cold Bucket…we like to call it our new Ice Bucket! This particular piece is all over the internet!

The lowest price online = $20.00.
Our Cost = $4.00!

Another time piece…

From My Finds!

Could not pass up the bigness (Oh, okay…or the price) of this industrial most likely mid century clock!

Similar ones Online = $90.00
Our Cost = $7.00 (but ours has hand written additions to the face that may take off some of the value…but for 7 bucks…who cares!)

A Couple more morsels…

From My Finds!

1960’s Wharfedale W20D Speakers for Jim’s more modern stereo!

And everyone needs a Kromex 2 Tier Dessert Tray!

Prices Online = $92.00
Our Cost: $9.00 (Mind you, Jim bought both of these!)

And now comes the Funky Fun Find!

From My Finds!

Who knew there was something called “Popcorn Art?”

Well, I do now and I own 2 pieces…love them!

Similar items Online = $62.00
Our Cost = $7.00 (talked down from $10.00)!

Now on to my current Fav…Mid Century Lamps!

From My Finds!

This one is our newest and most expensive addition! It is  hard to find the same exact ones I have online, as there are so many cool similar designs though!  They varied so much in price, for ones in pairs, ones without shades, and ones outrageously overpriced…so I just took an average online price.

Similar Ones Online = $50.00
Our Cost = $16.50 (1/2 off original antique store price sale)!

Okay the following is not a new one, but I had to add it in this post!

From My Finds!

This is my baby…love her! A spontaneous buy at an auction in Townsend, Vermont!

Similar Ones Online = $50.00
Our Cost = $6.00

And now our Mad Men ensemble!

From My Finds!

No ciggies for Jim, but he does enjoy a cigar now and then (uh, outside).

Jim bought the 1998 Lammhult Cinema Chair at a tag sale (New England’s way of saying Yard or Garage sale) last year in posh Manchester, VT.

The LARGE lamp and end tables are newbies!

The chair is not mid century, but it fits in!
Current Price new = $1500.00!
Recently Sold at Auction = $600.00!
Our Price = $5.00 (but I must say the leather has a some damage…can be fixed though)!

The lamp was one of my recent finds here in Fort Pierce, FL!
Similar ones online = $50.00
Our Price = $10.00

We bought this pair of end tables at a Vero Beach Auction!
Similar online prices = $100.00
Our Cost = $20.00 (They do need some love).

And soon to be ours!

Recently Sold at Vero Beach Location = $550.00
Our Cost = $100.00 (plus $35.00 for deliver & thanks for our Realtor for it for us until we really do own the place, but 100.00 off original price because I am buying it on 1/2 Off Monday)!

So far we spent =$216.00 (minus the Lammhult Cinema Chair) for what would have at least cost $1174.00 retail!

We still have a couch, 2 chairs, 2 coffee tables to go and a lot of light fixtures…not sure if I can stay within our very low-budget as these items are definitely higher priced!   Of course, dessert trays, coffee decanters, ice buckets and traveling bars were not originally included in that budget!

In hopes of saving some money, I am already making art/decor and 2 hanging lamps for the house!  Check my future posts to see how I made them…and if they even came out decent enough to use!

Ha, after this recent experience of our Mid Century Hunt, both Jim and I feel I can buy extras as I find them (and maybe make extras), and start my own Mid Century Shopito!

We will See….

UPDATE….WE DID OPEN AN ONLINE STORE!  

YOU CAN FIND MID-CENTURY MATTER AND SO MUCH MORE AT:  Our Own Big World!

 

(*Note to those who are wondering…this will not be our permanent home.)

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