New Guest Room Addition

Happy Sunday.
Hope the week end is going great for all of you.

I was at my friend Janet's shop LUCKY JUNK this week and I found two cute garden tables and thought I would use them at the end of my guest room bed.

Before I show you those I want you to see another friends shop.  Mark that owns Room 363 in Naperville has this beautiful bedroom set up when you walk in the front door of his shop.

My pictures are not  great with using my cell phone but trust me the things he has in this beautiful room are fabulous.

The beautiful chandeliers were so impressive and the pillows ahhhhh...

The awesome things he finds are sooooo cool. I am not into hanging dead animal heads on my walls, no offense to those of you that do but I did love this cool antelope.  Look at that antelope!!! To fun.

Mark found these awesome large Madonna's.  Mark finds the best treasures to re sell in his shop.

Lots of great pillows.  That crown header and chandelier over the headboard.  Ahhhh so beautiful.

Yep look at this awesome sofa at the end of this bed.  Sooo so pretty.

Ok now onto my not so bling guest room addition!!!!  These are the little garden tables I got at Luck Junk.  I have been looking for a cute bench for the end of this bed and have not found one yet.  So I thought these would make for a cute seating area at the end of the bed.

For now I added a throw and pillow etc. but I have been looking at these and thinking I might have Terry get his trusty tools out and give these a little character.  Stay tuned for that!!!!

So my cream and white and neutral guest room has a new addition.  If you look closely you can see a little color added in this room.  The coverlet for summer at the end of the bed has blue, white, taupe in the print.

I have a big thank you hug to Jo from Anne's Attic Design.  Jo sent me these beautiful thank you gifts.  Jo you are so talented and so sweet.  Thank you so very much.  I cannot say this enough bloggers are the best.

Jo made this cute set of pillows.  Loved the tag.

Jo sent me these sweet flowers and angel wings.  Soooo pretty.  I put them on my tiered lamp on my desk.

Look at the cute attention to detail.  Love the buttons and lace on the flowers and the angel wings are gorgeous with old vintage pieces of lace and doilies.

The flowers and angel wings arrived in this cute 5 days in Paris gift bag.  Looooove this.

I hung the sweet angel wings by my favorite Angel my granddaughter Abby's pic.
Thank you Jo you really are the sweetest.  I will think of you daily when I look at all my cute treasures from you.
Have a great week everyone.

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Happy Saturday.  I have Lori from Thirfty Decor Mom blog this week in the Spotlight.
I found Lori's blog not too long ago and love her style and beautiful home.
Please take some time to read about Lori and then hop over to her blog and say Hi.

Lori also has a wonderful Etsy Site where she makes personalized keep sake books for birthday cards, Christmas cards, School pics etc.  They are adorable and make great gifts.

Hi! My name is Lori and I blog at Thrifty Decor Mom. I'm so excited to be a guest for the Saturday Spotlight here at Junk Chic Cottage! Thank you Kris for asking me to participate!

I started my blog in 2010 and usually post about our home improvement and decorating projects.

My husband Eric and I live with our 2 daughters in Lewis Center, OH. We have a 5 lb Maltese dog named Benny that we love to spoil!

We've lived in this house since 
it was built in 1997 and have made quite a few changes over the years.

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Here are a some interesting facts about me ...

•I love the colors turquoise and aqua! You can check out my Pinterest Board "Turquoise Love" here.

•Hydrangeas (especially the blue ones!) are my favorite flower.

•I have 2 younger sisters - yep, I'm the oldest (and wisest!)

•I just recently started a part-time job for a videographer. I was a stay-at-home mom for almost 20 years! It's been a BIG change for me!

•Back in January we decided to start eating healthy and joined a gym. So far I've lost 30 pounds! I feel so much better and definitely have more energy. 

 I have an Etsy Shop called Turquoise & Trine. I love to make card keepsake books. Here is one that I recently made for a Bridal Shower.

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My Handyman Hubby built this shelf for me and I love to change it out for the holidays/seasons! 

 4th of July ...

Valentine's Day ...

Decorated for Spring ...

Thanks so much for reading! I'd love
for you to come visit me at my BlogInstagram and Etsy.

Thank you again Kris for inviting me to be a part of Saturday Spotlight!

Thank you Lori for doing Spotlight this week.  It was fun to get to know you better.
Happy Saturday everyone.  Enjoy the week end.

Simply Shabbilicious Magazine

I was so honored to be asked by Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique to be in her creative living space magazine that she just published.
There are so many wonderful bloggers in this magazine with beautiful creative spaces.  Enjoy reading about  these wonderful creative people and their pretty spaces.  Thank you Kerryanne for including me in your line up for creative spaces.

New Chair Pad for Vintage Chaise

I wanted to show you what I made for a chair pad for this Vintage Chaise.



Here's How I Did It.

Terry was getting new tires put on our car and he had some time to kill before they would be done.  So right across the parking lot of the tire place was a Menards.  As he walked around the Menards he found this great chair pad on clearance for $15.  Gotta love that man he has tools and knows how to use them and can seek out a great bargain!

I cut off the outer fabric to find a wonderful white chair pad underneath.

I used some of the ruffle from the table cloth on this chair.  Used my glue gun so I can pull this ruffle off in the future for a change up if need be.

I only glued the ruffle to the end and the lower sides of this chaise.  I did not want to cover up her cute scroll design or tires.

I took this Ikea Duvet cover that matched my drapes and dining room chairs to make into the new pad.
It was pretty easy to do.  Just put it in the opening of the duvet and pulled it over the to sewn side of the duvet.  This way I only had to cut and sew one straight line on the other side and at the top and bottom of the pad. 

So now my cute little chaise lounge matches the other dining room chairs in the room.
Here she is with her ruffle and chair pad.  I am glad I left the scroll design and wheels showing.  

So now I have my lounge chair to relax and read inside and my outdoor chaise as well.
So happy to have an outside lounger and now an inside lounger.

So as you can see a lot of things are being skirted in my dining room area.  I am getting a lot of re love DIY's out of that ruffled table cloth.
I think I am done skirting things in this dining room space.  Have a great week.  Enjoy all that the new week brings.
Amaze Me Monday
Show and Share
Vintage Inspiration Party
Your Inspired Design Party


Good Sunday to all of you.

I wanted to show you how I was able to use more the the ruffle from my table cloth to skirt some more things in my dining room.

This is my potting table and little chippy stool that I got a few weeks ago.

I decided to recycle the ruffle from the old table cloth on to this table.  Then I was looking at the bench and she seemed like she needed some bling too.

So I gave her a little skirt too.

I will have a post up tomorrow on what happened to this little sweet chaise lounge.  It required some sewing on my old  Sears Kenmore sewing machine that I have had for over 30 years!
Have a great rest of the week end.
Thanks always for your visits.

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Milena from Path to Junkin Treasure 

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

This Saturday it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to a blogger I met in person and did not know she was a fellow blogger or follower of my blog.  

Terry and I were out one day junkin and we came across this cute antique place.   Carriage House Antiques in Crystal Lake Illinois.   I walked in the door and there was Milena behind the counter and right away she recognized me from my blog.  We struck up a conversation and when I got home I found her blog and knew she would be a wonderful blogger to get to know here on Spotlight. 

 How great is this to meet up with a fellow blogger before we knew we were fellow bloggers lol!  Love it!

Enjoy getting to know Milena and then hop over to her great blog and say Hi.

Thank you Kris for including me in the Saturday Spotlight.  I am touched and extremely excited to be a part of this.  When you and Terry walked through the door of The Carriage House Antiques the day I was there, I never imagined how wonderful being a part of a blog could be.

Hi, my name is Milena and I am fairly new to writing a blog.  I am still figuring it all out.  My blog, started out as a way to let everyone know how much fun and inexpensive it could be to buy treasures (as I call them) at garage sales, rummage sales, thrift stores, flea markets and even salvaging someone else's throw outs.  I am out almost daily looking for those finds.  I like to list how much I paid for an item and when the sales are happening.  I also like to blog about stores that I have found on my travels.  It is my path to junk and treasure.  Hence, the name for my blog.

I am sitting in "my room" where I spend a lot of time creating.
And so my story begins.....I was born in New Jersey and moved to Illinois around 22 years ago when my husband went to work in the family business.  (August marks our 20th wedding anniversary)   I am still a Jersey girl at heart and get homesick at times, especially in the summer.  I spent so much time at the Jersey shore that I miss the ocean when things heat up.  I make sure to get back there every summer so my sons know the joy that I experienced while growing up.  Speaking of sons, I have 2 wonderful teenage boys that I drag around on my treasure hunts. 

Atlantic City New Jersey                                                                        

Before my sons were born, I worked in haircare/skincare sales in the salon industry and traveled the East Coast and then in the Midwest when I moved to Illinois.  I traveled a lot and really enjoyed it, but when the boys came along, I decided to spend my time with them.  I substituted at different school districts for the past 13 years so that I could be around when they were out of school.  Eight years ago, I became a McHenry County Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Extension.  I love it and enjoy teaching others about gardening.  It has been very rewarding and fulfilling. 

Here we are in New Glarus Wisconsin.

Almost 1 year ago, this September, I began selling my treasures at The Carriage House Antiques and Good Stuff shop in Crystal Lake Illinois.  Karen and Di have been in business for over 10 years now and I shopped there often.  I am so glad that they asked me to be a part of their business.  I am loving every minute of it!  I can now shop for others instead of only for myself. 

My whole family loves antiques.  It must be in our genes.  My grandfather had worked in the coal mines in Pennsylvania and loved to "shop" at the local dump for bottles.  He had a large collection.  In the summer when we would visit, he would always show us his collection in the shed.  It was huge to my little eyes.    He gave me an Indian syrup bottle at one time and I treasured it.  My mom would let us bring home treasures that we would find on throw out days in town.  She repurposed items before it was the thing to do.  My brothers were also bitten by the antique bug and most recently my father has become addicted to treasure hunting. 
There are a few collections that I am obsessed about.  My mother gave me a hammered aluminum piece years ago that her father had given to her.  That was all it took for me to want to know everything about hammered aluminum.   At one time, I had over 300 pieces.  I have since reduced the size, but still get excited about a new piece.  I also love milk glass, vintage jewelry, vintage Christmas and vintage linens.  Especially vintage tablecloths and hand embroidered pieces.  My guest room closet is full!  In my spare time, I like to knit and sew, especially pillows.  I enjoy quilting where I can use my vast collection of fabric, another obsession of mine. 
Thank you so much for opening up your home to me.  I have enjoyed sharing my life with all of you and hope you will visit my blog to see where my next pathtojunkentreasure will lead.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Milena today.  Milena is a sweet and down to earth as her story shows today.  Please take some time and visit her great blog.

Have a great Saturday.

Ordinary Day... Treasure Box Arrival!!!!

I know I have said this so many times but it is so true.  Bloggers are the best and I have become friends with so many of you sweet loving peeps.

Today was an ordinary day for me.  My Mailman,  you know the one that I flirt with and my hubby calls my "boyfriend"!  Well he came to the door today and told me I was special and was getting a package.

I was so excited.  I wasn't expecting anything in the mail so this was a nice surprise.

Milena from Path to Junken Treasures blog is going to be my upcoming Spotlight this week and she sent me a lovely thank you gift for having her in the feature. 

Oh my I should be sending all of you that do the spotlight feature for me each week a gift.  It is such an honor when you guys say yes to share yourselves with all of us.

Inside the special treasure chest was these lovely gifts.

This absolutely gorgeous beaded scarf and a little garden box with a cute garden pin and Milena knows how much I love garden hats and sent me this adorable one.

Such a sweet little flower pin.

I added the pretty new garden hat to my collection by the door going out to the back garden and deck.

Thank you Milena for my special surprise treasure chest filled with beautiful gifts.
Thank you for doing Spotlight this week.  I cannot wait for everyone to get to know you and your lovely blog.

Have a wonderful day.