Don't you love it when you get something new? Well, over the past few weeks, there have been several new additions around here. They were either Christmas gifts from my family or little things I purchased myself and while none of the items are very large, they have made a giant difference around the house.
Would you like a peek?
A few years ago, I wrote an article for Parade Magazine about how swapping out just a few accessories can totally transform a room. A few months later, I wrote an article here on my site taking the premise even further, declaring that sometimes, you only need to swap out one item to achieve a new look.
And that's just what I did in my bedroom.
For far too many years, I had the same Battenburg lace euro sham on my bed. It was beautiful, but years of display and use was starting to show. It had yellowed and while I had wanted to swap it out for a long, long time, I never did.
Well last week, I found a gorgeous replacement at Overstock, a Laura Ashely matelasse sham with a crocheted border.
Of course, now my bolster pillow looks a little yellow in comparison, but that's ok, it's nothing a little OxiClean or borax can't fix.
For now, that one change is good enough for me.
Another singular change happened in the master bathroom (yes, that is my master bathroom...beach cottage, remember?). Winter has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods and boy oh boy, my bathroom floor was cold. I used to have a really nice rug in that room, but it somehow ended up in the laundry room and well, let's just say it's not that nice anymore.
I was already ordering from Overstock and I HATE paying for shipping, so I peeked around the site and found a really nice white, rubber backed bathroom rug for a decent price.
I'm totally keeping it, I love having snuggly toes, but I have a little issue with tags. It's coming off any day now.
Scouts honor. 😉
Moving on, the kitchen is where the majority of the changes have taken place. The farmhouse sign and the sock angel are recent DIYs, but the one true newbie here is the cake plate my hubby bought me for Christmas.
I love it!
It's very different from the ones he has given me in the past. This one is from Target. It's the Threshold Acadia Wood cake stand. The dome is plastic.
Can you believe it??
It's simple and rustic and blends perfectly with the pine pieces above and below it. I can't wait to put something inside of it. Yum.
The placemats are my new on the farmhouse island. I found them at Tuesday Morning and they were on sale. Less than ten bucks for four of them and a brand new look for winter in the kitchen.
I already had the checked valance. At first I thought it might be too much red...
...but then I came to my senses!
Too much red....as if there's such a thing.
Speaking of red, the last new item in the house was a very nice gift, again from the hubby, for Christmas. Our old red cotton throw in the family room was faded from the sun and beginning to pull. I had looked all over for a replacement, but was unable to find anything I liked for a price I was willing to pay. Then right before the holidays, I tracked down a beauty online at Dillard's.
There was no way around the dreaded shipping charges and since I just couldn't pull the trigger, I mentioned it in passing at dinner one night and then forgot about it.
On Christmas morning, it was under the tree. I unwrapped it and it was more beautiful than I had imagined it would be, fluffy, deep red and totally perfect. Not a stitch out of place.
I draped it over the back of my floral couch, smoothed out the wrinkles and announced to my family that no one was to use the blanket. They were not to touch it or crumple it and to be safe, they probably shouldn't even look it.
Of course, I was half joking, but still they got the message.
And now they tease me about almost every day.
Here is a picture my husband sent me last night. Mind you, I was in the kitchen, five feet away, when this image arrived via both email and text. You know, just in case I missed one.
This one arrived not long after.
Very funny mister. Now the blanket can only be used under supervision.
Did you get anything new lately?
~~~ Hey!!~~~ Before you go, I wanted to share one more new item with you. This gorgeous mug arrived yesterday from my super sweet and totally talented friend Kris at Junk Chic Cottage. She read that my word for the year is Begin, saw this mug and thought of me!! I just love it and I have already been drinking hot water from it all day.
And yes, I gave my family "the blanket speech". Stay away.
I expect pictures of everyone drinking from it any day now.
Thank you, Kris!! xoxo
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