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There Is A Cure for the Summertime Blues

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Hubby and I have managed to get away twice this summer and hit the road for some treasures. And let me tell you, these trips did not disappoint!

A few weeks after buying our awesome atomic sectional, we stumbled upon this coffee table. A perfect tile-top beauty that matches the sofa in shape and color. It has gold metal legs and edging. I think it looks good with the gold framed shadow box on the wall.

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We have also been looking for an appropriate front door to replace the 1990’s upgrade that was here. This beauty was in the same mid-century shop as the coffee table. It is new old stock and never been hung! And only cost $75!

Now….do we paint it or stain it? Hubby and I are discussing this.

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You know how crazy we are for old record albums. These were all 50 cents each at the ReStore. They were put out by Firestone and I am now looking for one to complete the set.

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Who remembers watching Rudolph and singing along to Silver and Gold?

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We change-up our framed albums throughout the year and I thought these would look great for summer:

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Note the Pan Am jet on this one!

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I managed to pick up some Pyrex and an Elvis for my hoard:

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A few things for my Etsy shop:

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Of course there are always the things you have to leave behind no matter how much of a bargain they are 😦

This set of dishes were an awesome mix of Atomic & Rustic. The whole set was less than $30. I love the groovy shaped snack plates and big platter/ bowl.

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Lamps anyone? These were all under $30 each. I just don’t need any.

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Chalk ware ballerinas still in the package. Swoon….

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Love this clock; but nowhere to hang it. Same thing with the pink/ gray speckled planter.

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This pink sink with Huddee ring and the matching toilet were in the ReStore. I hope someone snatches them up to save their pink bathroom!

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How about your summertime thrifting?

Do you find things that are a great deal but you just don’t need them?

Do you buy them and put them away for a rainy day or leave them behind? I am always torn.

Stay tuned for updates on the exterior here; the cement trucks will be here next week!

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Outdoor Spaces, Thrifted Finds and a Mid-Century Sectional

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I hope you like photos because this post has lots of them!

Updates on the interior of our home have been pretty minimal lately. We have been focusing on the exterior after the long cold winter. Here was our front yard in January:

100_8914It finally warmed up in May, so we headed outside. A few plantings and small trees died but most of the roses did come back after a merciless cut back from me:

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As you know, we are on a tight budget, so for the outdoors we have worked with what was here. This spring we splurged and purchased 2 Pom Pom Spruces for the front and side landscape. We shopped all over our area for the best deal and found 2 perfect ones at a local home improvement store and waited for them to go on sale. Aren’t they just so cool?

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We also had 4 yards of dark mulch delivered. It is from a family owned nursery nearby and they delivered it for free. I just love the way it tidies things up.

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We have also purchased a shed for the fenced in portion of our yard.  It will go where the old fish pond was, in the corner here:

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The garden is coming along great:

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My atomic hairpin leg plant stand came with its original pots and made its debut outside this year. I planted it with tiny petunias and think it looks great with my retro turquoise hoop chairs from Big Lots:

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Here is my pretty granddaughter sunning herself in one. Her dress has all of my favorite colors!

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This vintage bird bath top was found in an old shed. It was missing the base so I used it for a planter on the front porch. It is a pretty aqua green.

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I just love colorful coleus. It gives a little tropical feel to our Midwest landscapes:

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Here is a new addition to the patio. For those who have read my past posts, you may remember Nash as dear Woody’s friend who occasionally came for a sleepover. She is ALL business and would rather herd you than play. I try to keep my mooing to a minimum so she will leave me alone.

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Even with all that is going on outside, I have squeezed in a little thrifting. Here are some recent finds:

This adorable winking snowman tree skirt was $1. The groovy flowered case is full of Barbie and Dawn dolls and accessories. The Gurley Thanksgiving candles and light up Christmas candles will go in my Etsy shop.

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This Pyrex was purchased from a friend who is always on the lookout for items I am interested in. It all matches the tablecloth, which was a gift from another friend. It had belonged to her grandmother. Oh, and these are my first black snowflake and pink Gooseberry Pyrex!

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Another great tablecloth from her grandmother:

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This pretty pink and blue pitcher was $3 at a local indoor flea market. Swoon….
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This lid was a mystery find. It is unmarked and fits a Pyrex 403 bowl. I cannot find another one like it online. Does anyone recognize this piece?

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I saved the BEST for last. The elusive mid-century sectional of my dreams has finally been found! It is a wonderful champagne color with sparkly silver threads. AND….it was kept in its original plastic furniture covers until just a few weeks ago. It is pristine. All I have to do is add some pillows!

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My son messaged me with a photo of this beauty, which was listed on a personal FB page for sale. It was a leftover from a garage sale so the price had been lowered. We got it for $200. I about fainted.

Here is a closeup of the great Frieze fabric:

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Now we need a boomerang, guitar pick or round coffee table. The hunt is on.

Well folks, what have you been doing outside now that summer has arrived?

Did your plantings survive the crazy winter?

Have you been finding any great vintage bargains?

Please share!

 

 

 

The Start of the Basement

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Well this past Saturday was a busy one here on Croydon Place, especially in the basement.

Until now this area has just been used as a catch-all, office, work room, storage area and tornado warning destination. The fact that you  have to get to it from the garage is kind of strange (although I guess not so unusual in our area) so we just kind of forget about it. We have planned all along to make it Hubbys domain, but have been so busy upstairs and outside that this project just got moved to the bottom of the list. You know, that list that never gets completed and just keeps getting added to.

Not this day.

It was very hot outside and Hubby gave up wire brushing the rust off of our vintage patio set.  This is the one we picked up last week  (the cool black and white umbrella has been scrubbed clean and is in the garage waiting for its premier).

Instead He decided to head down the basement (where it was cooler) and I went with him.

We moved, pushed, pulled, heaved, turned and shoved our way through an entire wall of Christmas decorations, 2 Christmas trees, a 1950’s sectional, the heaviest coffee table EVER, 2 blond end tables, a green chrome dinette set, a 40’s fringe trimmed chair, the blond china cabinet that matches our dining table, a stereo, television, desk, record cabinet, 2 magazine racks, a microwave and other assorted items that have found their way down there since the big move 18 months ago.

Not to say that we are anywhere near DONE; we have just started. But we have all of the Christmas decor labeled and moved into the storage area. I am so ready to start sewing the curtains.

But first things first.  Since there are only a few outlets in the entire basement, we have to have an electrician come to add more.  (You know how I love lamps).  I am sure we have created a fire hazard with all the extension cords down there. The new outlets will have to be mounted on the surface of the walls since 3 of the walls in this big room are block. We will also shampoo the carpet.

These photos are the beginnings of Hubbys domain: The walls are painted a goldish mustard. Probably not my choice (I would have went lighter for a basement) but it was freshly painted when we moved in and it will do for now.

This area shows the door to the HUGE storage room. My plan is to have a snack area/wet bar on the left. Those Monaco Gran Prix posters will be hung.

This chair came from the lobby of the long gone Woodruff Hotel in Joliet, IL . I have been told that postcards from this hotel showing these chairs exist. So far they have eluded me.

How about this green tartan plaid carpet? I know plaids are shown in lots of mid-century advertising, but not on the floor. When I think mid-century tartan plaid I see a big thermos, coolers and picnic blankets. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it? It will stay for now.

The 2 piece sectional is placed end to end along the long wall. If we find another blond  corner table we may put them in an  “L”.

Which fabric for curtains/pillows? 60’s botanical, atomic boomerangs or the star burst one?  I don’t care if it is only 1 small window in the basement. It must have a cool curtain!

The view up the stairs. Yes that is the garage up there.

The heaviest coffee table on the planet. Note the vintage table tennis set, still in the original box!

This end of the room will be for overflow eating or game/card playing:

The only window in this big room. How exactly am I going to hide that pipe? Long curtains?

No Scarface was not my choice. But that huge wall hanging is hiding the entrance to the crawl space:

So what do you think? Does it have possibilities?

What about the fabrics for curtains/pillows?

What about that carpet? Do we hate it or should I be happy with it?