Monday, April 25, 2011

Finding your soul Kate & my giveaway

remember my new twill "goodwill" sofa that I scored for 42.07

I am pairing her up with some other fabulous makeover

projects that I have completed

over the past week...

this discarded table I picked up at a yard sale for a few

dollars and gave her a good scrubbing along with

some black stain wash and topped her with clear coat

for a rustic finish

I found some shutters that were put out curb side

so they got a gray white wash from me

that adds a bit of color to the corner spot

the lamp sitting on my "frenchie"

was a 2.00 goodwill find that I gray washed as well

and topped with a new 7.00 clearance linen

shade from the local Marshalls store

I love how this vintage lamp has such a modern feel

now with a coat of paint and new shade

I picked up a stack of very old algebra books for a few

dollars at a yard sale and they are so unique

remember that vintage headboard from my space at

I brought her home and sanded most of that gold paint

she was wearing and gave her a more subtle dress

then I placed her with a distressed coffee table to give her

a new look as she returned to the STORE

I hung another old shutter for depth above her

and added some dried branches for texture

I have a thing for dried branches

and twigs along with rust...

and for the finale

one lucky reader who leaves me a comment will

receive a 50.00 dollar gift certificate to use at

for the Memorial Day sale

and for my out of state readers

you will receive a 50.00 gift certificate

to the store of YOUR CHOICE

Good luck to all of you!!!

if you send over someone make sure they
reference your blog in my comment section
and I will include another entry for you

linking up to sweet Kathleen's White Wednesday


Molly ( said...

Everything about your decor is fabulous! I adore your color palette and rustic chic flavor. Funny...I have the same headboard that I use as a fireplace screen....Love it as a bench.
:) Molly @ (togtherwithlove)

Kari said...

Hi Kate,

Loved this post! I think what you did to your living room is fabulous! I have that same lamp, also from GW but I paid $16. I have been looking for a shade just like that. It looks like an Aidan Gray lamp! Love it. You are amazing at what you do, keep up the great inspiring work.


It's me said...

Hi you also send a ticket ?? so i can see your beautiful shop ??? hahahahah!!...what a great livingroom you have !! so nice decorated i love it all !!..have a nice week love

Missy @ Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Hello Kate! I haven't been up on my blogging and visiting as much lately - busy with the kids and stuff. So glad I came by, I always enjoy catching up with you. Believe it or not, I do pray for you often. What a beautiful story you shared about your son. What a warrior he is.
I also love all the pics. I visited the STORE a couple of weeks ago and your space looked great like always. I picked up one of your adorable little chubby birds - so cute!
Well, I hope you have a great week.
Blessings to you,

Judy said...

I've been loving your blog ever since I discovered it! I'd love to win your giveaway....


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Kate! Don't enter me. Just dropping by to say hi! Love that couch and all the accents in your living room. Just beautiful. Best wishes for the rest of the week. Tammy

Julie Maloney Handmade said...

Hi Kate. I love what you have created. Julie M xxoo

Polly said...

You are so stylish Kate! I always love seeing what you're up to! I LOVE the frenchie table!! I was at our local Salvation Army last week and there was a cream twill brand new loveseat for $39.99!! I thought of you!! I would have bought it but they won't help load and I was all alone that day!

Hope you had a happy Easter! I have been busy with some family stuff and other things so not doing much blogging anymore. Not sure I'll have my blog much longer, but one of the gifts of blogging has been meeting you!! We'll have to keep in touch when I hit the delete button! :-)

Karen said...

Hi Kate~Love the look of your room. The twill sofa is fabulous! But I really love all the great prices you paid for everything.
Thanks for the giveaway!

The Auction Queen said...

I love alll the great things you found for pennies on the You are great at pairing the most unique items together and they always work!!! Check out my new blog also... Thanks!!!

Unknown said...

Kate, you have such a great eye for decor, everything looks lovely...


stefanie said...

wow!!!! everything is gorgeous!!! and what a steal!!! I love the shutters, I have been searching, but you know when you want something, you never find it!

Vintage Market Place said...

Kate your style is so elegant, it screams Cali
I love the settings in your living room but whoa, a couch for 40 bucks at goodwill, dang!!!
I can't wait until we can have a coffee table again.
Someone is still a little to small to understand what one is used for. LOL
Have a great week, definitely throw my name in for your very generous giveaway.

Unknown said...

Wholly Toledo Kate, I wanna visit YOUR Goodwill. What amazing finds. I'm esp. loving the lamp. I also like the idea of adding twigs with the burlap. I'm thinking that I might to make something similar this Halloween maybe spray painted (would look great on the front door). Thank you for your great inspiration

: )
~ Deanna
Btw, How's the training with Christopher going?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Kate,
I can't believe you scored that fabulous sofa for $42.00!! Which one do you go to? The one by my house never has beauties like that!
Your home looks spectacular!!! I love it all, you have a wonderful eye for decorating!
Wishing you a beautiful day!

Sue said...

As always everything looks really good! Thanks for all the promotion of Country Roads. It is sincerely appreciated!

Take care, Sue

Faded Charm said...

Oh Kate....this makeover looks simply gorgeous. Everything looks like it was meant to be together.....don't ya love when that happens? I wish I could find goodies curbside.

Thanks for the generous giveaway. If I won id have to come down for some shopping, wouldn't I??


Ps.....I'll mention your giveaway on my WW post today:)

Ido said...

Hi Kate,
Love that headboard, if I lived closer I would go get it right now. I like decorating with books too. Thank you for the giveaway, you're awesome!

Ido said...

And I created a button for your giveaway and posted it on my sidebar.

melifaif said...

You are amazing!!! Your finds and your creations are just mind blowingly beautiful!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

I love the way you decorate. I look forward to seeing your blogs every time I see a new one posted. Thank you for making my day better!

XOXO Denise

Curtains in My Tree said...

All of your make overs are fabulous. I am loving your Frenchie little chest by the shutters the best.

I want to know about what you are calling a wash is that watered down paint?love it

I want to be entered in the drawing please

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You always have the most glorious whites! Love your sofa and the use of twigs!! I also spy a sweet concrete statuette that I LOVE on the right back corner of a bench!! :0)

Happy White Wednesday!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Irma@CosasBellas said...

Aaah! I love it! I have shutters just like that in a corner in my living room. I painted them in my favorite aqua, a coat of antique glaze, distressed them and they look gorgeous! I also have a vintage lamp that I topped with a linen drum-shade. I admire your style so much, so I feel that I must be doing something right!
You know, the more I see how beautiful that headboard looks the less I want to sell mine. You're killing me! lol
Both your home and your booth look absolutely KATE-ALICIOUS! If I win this giveaway I'll be shopping in YOUR space!


the old white house said...

Hi Kate! Everything is just beautiful! I can't believe that you found that couch for 42.00... crazy! Your room looks like it must have cost a fortune and yet you make silk from a sows ear. (that is actually a gross saying) I always love it when you show your makeovers, they inspire me to go change a room around and hang a twig somewhere! Please put my name in the hat for your giveaway! t. xoxo

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Hi Kate! Your makeover's are so fascinating. Your rooms look like you spent thousands and thousands on them and just LOVE discovering how many of your finds were so thrifty, just needing a little touch of magic from you. Well Done!!! I would be honored to be entered into your giveaway. I'm also hosting one to celebrate reaching 100 followers (my first giveaway)
Blessings & Hugs,


Sounds great! Please count me in. I can't believe the finds you have come up with. Your room literally looks like a million bucks, give or take a couple! High 5!!!!


Ron and Jamie said...

love the little table you stained and put the books on. i have my gpa's boy scout book and a 1900's bible set out. so cool!! love you girlfriend xoxo

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I'm telling GW needs to step it up! I can never find such treasures like that!

Your living room looks so inviting and cozy, great job!

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for your giveaway!

Sibele Saraiva said...

Ah querida Kate, como eu adoraria visitar a sua loja. Mas com certeza um dia eu irei aí... Becitos!!!

Carol DeGraeve said...

My girlfriend Lorrie Witt just shared your blog with me, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Signing up today :)

Sandy said...

I just love the rustic look of your room.. I'm in love with white also.. thanks so much for the giveaway... pick
Stopping by from White Wednesday.

Heaven's Walk said...

Kate ~ you are such an inspiration to all of us! I adore the way you repurpose and bring new life to furniture that has seen better days! :) Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!

xoxo laurie

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh Miss Kate~It all looks simply rad! I love your style and would so buy from you if I were close.Darn! I don't think I can enter your giveaway unless you would shop for me and ship it.~Cheers Kim xox

Wanda said...

I LOVE your decor, specially the $$$ you saved. Great ideas on a budget. Your post should be included in this month Country Living where they have wonderful ideas like yours on how to decorate on a budget!!!
best regards,

Anonymous said...

Love your blog Kate, your whites are gorgeous, white just never gets old does it?

Cheryl said...

Love your decor, Kate. You have such a knack for puttn it all together. Love your blog inspiration!
Cheryl (Mr. Dior's BFF)

Anji Johnston said...

Why can't I be your neighbour?! I want to be inspired by you every day and then go shop with you at Goodwill. I call my local Good Will Bad Will as the prices are so high. You sure know how to dress up a bargain! Wonderful job all round!

Anonymous said...

I'm so kicking myself in the pants now after seeing your gorgeous room. I am painting another guest room. Went to the basement to all my many gallons of oops paint and wondered "tan or robin egg blue for walls?" I tossed a mental coin and went for the blue but am thinking I should have dossed again. Oh well, it's only paint and 5.00 gallon Behr paint at that so I can change if I get tired of it which is not going to happen unless I get the stuff on the walls pretty soon.. oops enough of my digressing- love the room!

Oh my I would love to shop your lovely shop too- so wish I was closer to all the great places in blogland!

Does Good will have gift certificates!?

bee blessed

vikki said...

Love what you have done to your living room. So many of you out there can find such great stuff at Goodwill, here there is nothing or if it is there they think it is an antique store. Anyway I do love looking at what you have done. I especially love all the gray. I have always loved gray, it is such a soothing color.

All That Jazz said...

Love the black stain and clear kote on that table, Kate! Always drool over your CR display photos!! You are so talented girl.
Would love to be entered in your fabulous giveaway!! ;-)
Have a happy week!

Bluebirds and Roses said...

Great finds and whites..I have dark walls and try to add as much white as possible ..lots of decor ideas here..Thank you for sharing..beautiful post and blog..

Laura said...

Just found you! Wow so beautiful the treasures you put together! Hmmmm...I must look where are you??

Anonymous said...

Kate, I love it all! I want white sofas in the family room so bad but he is resisting..:( He usually does not care what and how I decorate but he thinks white will be a bad mistake. I love that wire basket on the wall with the branches. And your return to the store with the updated piece is fabulous. Bet that won't last long. I hope you have a fabulous fabulous day. Love your blog! xo

Annie Louise said...

Oh Kate, thanks for sharing your wonderful style with all of us. I have some old shutters that I just may have to distress. Thanks for the great inspiration!!! and what a terrific giveaway. Blessings to you and your family,

Georgia said...

Kate.....I love your style. We'll be moving into a new home soon and I LOVE your color palette...great inspiration for me!!

Country Roads is my favorite store in Old Towne!!

Grandma G's

Anonymous said...

Love your decorating. I'm your newest follower.

Beth said...

I discovered your blog a few months ago and enjoy visiting and seeing your beautiful and creative style. I also appreciate your faith, courage and candor as you battle a difficult illness. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. My contact info is bwrawling at

May God bless you,

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

I LOVE your living room!!;) I wish you lived closer too~ we could go thrifting together!!! HUGS, Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Deborah said...

Kate, I found you from Kathleen at Faded Charm. Oh how I wish I lived near you. I would be at the store at least once a week or more. And how fun would it be to go junkin together! Your photos have inspired me to get cracking!
A Mississippi Southernlady

Becka JoNez said...

I have found 50 shutters that have been patiently waiting for a use. Thanks for the great ideas

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Very creative and well-pulled together! Entering the giveaway.


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hi Kate, What Beautiful Treasures, Love that Sofa.... I also LOVE that end table with the door under that Sweet Lamp.... I think you should have a Tutu, What Color? you'd have to promise to take a Photo of You wearing it, what about Your Little Sweetie? I finally got back to a faster DSL connection, so this girl is On Top of the world....
Cheryl said...

Wow Kate! Everything looks soooo beautiful. Your inspiration is never ending. Love to stop by to say hello and see what you are up too and I am never dissapointed:)Have a great weekend! Oh and I am having a giveaway on my blog too!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Unknown said...

Love, love, love!!! Toss my name in the hat, rusty box or on the pile of fun vintage goodies you so magically put together!

Burlap Luxe said...

Soulfully rich in euro chic style!
we have the same passion for design with natural aged tones!

Count me in girl!Love the giveaway!

Rustic and White said...

I came over from Faded Charm Country. I love your blog and am making myself your newest follower:o) Just wondering what the paint colour is on your livingroom walls?

Bohemian said...

You are so very creative Kate! I love the organic look to your vignettes and the soothing color palette.

What a generous giveaway... count me in! *winks*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Kate...your room looks like its out of a design magazine..and the fact you did it on such little money..WOW!!! Hope this finds you well,thanks for your nice note about Meg..15 days till she goes now! Your giveaway will make someone very happy!!!! x0x0

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my gosh Kate ~
You are so very talented girl !!
I LOVE everything that you do ~



I would love to come to your store for a visit.


middle child said...

I love the discarded table you got at a yard sale. It is beautiful now that you've givn it your magic touch! I live in Illinois. Goodwill gift cert. would be awesome. Just sayin'.....

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for the opportunity to win that gift certificate! And I MUST mention that your style just rocks, girl! LUV IT! ♥

xoxo laurie

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Kate,
Wow I seriously cannot get over how beautiful your style is!!!!! It just leaves me speechless! You just have an amazing talent :)

Oh yes, and I would love the opportunity to win as well!! of course! ;)


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Know I'm too late for the giveaway, but just wanted to let you know that I love, love, LOVE your style! You are so incredibly talented!!!

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.