Monday, May 7, 2012

"Look for Less" & my winner

I always look forward to sharing

our " Look for Less " projects

when Mr. Dior & I team up...

This past week I really

was striving for spring/summer

 change while stretching

that dollar as far as I could.

This project had Mr. Dior really stumped for

a few minutes. We stumbled upon an old broken

canvas folding chair lying near a

 trash can in the neighborhood.

When I asked him to put it in the back of our truck

he gave me quite the puzzled look.

I knew right away that I was going

to marry it with a piece of glass

that I salvaged from an old coffee

table I picked up at a yard sale for 4.00

Mr. Dior removed the arms

and the torn canvas.

I sanded the frame and added

the dry brushed white/ gray

The glass was heavy enough

so I placed it directly

on top of the chair frame

{old director's chair}

It was perfect and then for

a quick end table I grabbed

an old water bottle stand that

I found for 5.00

and added the round glass table top

that you can purchase at Anna's Linens for 7.99

Just enough to add a lamp and

a piece of coral...

I wanted a lighter area rug

for the spring/summer season

and was over the moon when I

found this one at the Goodwill

for less than 40.00

Our local Goodwill sells return stock from

our local Target stores.

This rug retails at Target for 179.99

It was new still in the plastic and I love

the jute woven blend that was

the perfect texture for this room...

Everything in this room is almost

ready for the new season

Just a few finishing touches

here and there for the Dior home...

What I truly love about

working with a neutral palette

is how accessories can be interchanged

from room to room.

With the exception of the coral

each item was found at a yard sale or

our local Goodwills...

Coral from my friend Loretta

I would like to congratulate

the very talented Stacey Steimle

who won my giveway by random draw

Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday #151

 My friend Joy's Thriftn on Thursday # 19

At the picket fence Inspiration Friday # 64

Darling Donna's Sat Nite Special #134

Much love to each of you



Vintage Market Place said...

wonderful upcycling tips Kate.
Looks amazing, your ability to see something out of discarded goods is something special.
Enjoy your new spring look

becky said...

I love what you did. Did you just set the glass on the chair bottom? Is the glass heavy enough to be steady or did you secure it somehow. Loooove it.

AntiqueChase said...

Fantastic! I love your room and the entire vibe!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Kate!! I need you to come over to my house and help me decorate!! I am stumped and you are always so inspirational to me!
Congrats to the winner!
Have a lovely week!

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful coffee table! Isn't it so much fun to find something like that and then have a revelation of what to do with it?

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Wow! This looks great! It is so true you can make something with nothing! I love it.

Have a fabulous day!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I love a good Target find at GW looks great! Great idea for the tables too~Cheers Kim

Annie Louise said...

Looks stunning--thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing your wonderful decorating style with us. I truly love it!!
Blessings to you and your family,

Anne said...

Congrats to the winner :-)
Love this idea.So simple and elegant.I love that rug too.Our goodwill store also receives allot of target donations.

fiwa said...

That is such a fantastic idea! Well done!

Congratulations to the pillow winner - I'm sure it will be well loved. :)

Tami Michel said...

Beautiful and classy!

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

LOVE your table! Congrats to the winner!! xo

middle child said...

You are good!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi are so clever and always seem to be in the right place and the right time to find some of your incredible finds! It all looks so put together...just right and for a song! Congrats to the winner! Take care, laura

CURIOUS said...

KATE . . . You and The MR. make a great team, I guess you better keep him!! Love Everything ! TAKE CARE, JOE & GLENN

aarond said...

Very clever I must say. I hope you are feeling well.

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

Hi Kate! All I can say is WOW!! Love it! And... congratulations to Stacey {LUHHKY}! :)

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

You have the best and most creative ideas and I bow to your cleverness. I'm so glad you share your brilliance with me!!!! Oh, and pick me up one of those rugs!!!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Congrats to Stacey! And Kate, your living area looks so comforting and peaceful. That's what I love about neutral's too.. they go well wherever they land. And the fact that you snagged your treasures for a song makes the final display even sweeter, yes?
Blessings & hugs,

Michele said...

Hi Kate ~ Isn't it so much fun finding something that someone does not want and feeling like you just found a treasure. Nice transformation! I feel blessed this weekend as I found a free shabby chic chippy window frame with glass panes, except for one that is missing. I posted it on my blog if you wanted to see it.

God Bless You,

Full Bloom Cottage said...

Kate: as usual your place looks fabulous! Take care!
Your friend:

Catie @ Catie's Corner said...

Wow, I love this!! What a great idea. I find you through Kristin, from Simply Klassic Home's, FB post. I'll be following along with you on FB. : )

~ Catie

BTW - Your living room is gorgeous!

Catie @ Catie's Corner said...

Oh no, you're not on FB! I'm following you through GFC. : )

Deserae said...

Your new treasures look are so talented and creative!!!Beautiful living it all :o)

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful - serene - chic - and just stunning, Kate! Fabulous job with the upcycling, sweetie! :) xoox laurie

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Very clever! Your room looks sensational!

Cam said...

As usual, you can transform anything! Just beautiful!

June said...

Your living room is so serene and lovely Kate. I love your new to you table!

Anne Lorys said...

There you go again, making me all crazy jealous with that fantasy Goodwill you have in your hood! ;-)

I love the calm, relaxing feel of your home. It seems like it would be very much like the lady of the house herself.

Love you bunches,

Vintage Street Designs said...

Genius ~ love the coffee table! Awesome job!
~ Judy

Irma@CosasBellas said...

What a beautiful, fresh look Lady Kate!
I just feel it needs more "stuff". lol

Luv Ya,

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

LOVE anything you design....such a beautiful, serene look.
Love love love your new header...could you look any more adorable????
Giant hugs from Jersey xoxo

Anonymous said...

Love the table. I don't have vision so I steal. Can you tell me how you made that bookshelf? Love the wood look. So clean.

NanaDiana said...

Hi Kate~

I found you through the Romantic Homes magazine and love your blog. I am your newest follower. I am also doing a little promo for you tomorrow on my blog with a link to you. Hope you don't mind. Have a wonderful day- Hugs- Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You are a master of the "look for less". I love that table.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Kate...only you would think of doing it!!! Nice rug too...x0x0x

Southern Bella said...

Oh Kate, I love it all!! Isn't it fun to take something that someone would just throw away and make some fabulous with it?!

I just loved seeing your sweet comment during such a busy week for me!

Blessings to you sweetie!
Robin ~ Southern Bella

Anonymous said...

you are SOOOO clever, what a great looking table. On another note, I am thrilled to have won your give away!!! I am looking forward to my pillow from Loretta!! Thanks, Stacey

Small Bedroom said...

Amazing article! I’m pleased I stumbled upon it for useful information. I appreciate the effort here.

Rose Carey said...

I love love that table and I have a base in the garage that I could use it to do something similar. Thank you for the great idea!
Cheryl and I hit the Goodwills today and found some goodies!

Have a great weekend.


Karen said...

Wow Kate, I'm loving that coffee table and side table. That rug was a great find! my local Goodwill sells Target items too. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for one of those rugs.

sheerserendipity said...

Wow! What great vision you have? I love the way your livingroom is decorated, it looks so cmfortable and beautiful. I found you while I was blog hopping and I am your newest follower.

"Create Beauty" said...

What a beautiful room you have created!!! Isn't it a joy to create beauty from items others have discarded?!? And you do it sith such FLAIR!!!

I wanted to tell you how touched I was by a post you did a while back where you talked about your health issues, and the blessings you have known through them, as difficult as it is to live with chronic illness. You wrote as someone who has eternal perspective and who so obviously has been touched by God's grace. I shared your post with my daughter who as a young mom, struggles with several health issues that affect her daily living.

Your faith has been an encouragement to many. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart.

~ Violet

"Create Beauty" said...

P.S. Kate, you are so gorgeous, it would be so easy to be intimidated by you and your beauty...
but your beautiful spirit shines even brighter, and draws everyone in as you share the deep things in your life, along with your pretty decorating finds and treasures.

Thank you for SHINING your lovely light!!!
~ Violet

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Kate :)

So surprising that you too are featuring Target :)
They often have pieces I can not refuse :)

Love your decor it truly is a peaceful setting of calm, I could move right in on it.

Thank you for your beautiful comment and mothers day greeting, and yes I did get your email did not have time yet to respond to it, it was touching, I am holding onto every word you wrote at the edges of my heart soulfully.

You my sweet dear friend have a Happy Mothers Day as well.

Blessings to you and yours.

Burlap Luxe said...

PS. Congrats to the beautiful winner !!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely charming!! I love it- what a great idea!! :)

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

Those are all stunning pieces. I like how your home is coming together. I'm also a fan of your color scheme (I have the same one going). I look forward to seeing more of your finds.

Tutti Chic said...

People would pay hundreds for what you created for dollars! Love it all...:) chris

wimpy said...

You know, I'm not usually moved by much on these kind of blogs, but I think you did a fantastic job here. Good work.

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

Beautiful! It's so calm and relaxing. I love that you achieved high style on a low budget!

Sherry Hicks said...

Love all that you have done, what a steal on that Jute rug!!!!! what a beautiful home!

Noble Vintage said...

just beautiful Kate!! Love how you transformed both pieces. Looks AWESOME! :) Our GW sells overstock of Target too- I got a wicker outdoor loveseat (still sold in stores) for half the price. gotta love that.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

I am stunned! It looks like a magazine. Truly thrifting at it's VERY BEST!
Such a talent!

Sherry said...

Kate this is stunning! I kept thinking I was glancing at pics from a magazine. Everything is gorgeous!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I hope that you are feelin ok and having a good week, just thinking about you!

regan said...

This room is so beautiful.....I'm in love with it! I can't believe you found so much of it as castaways! Amazing! You're fabulous!

Francy (So Beautiful Things) said...

Very nice idea!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

This is seriously fantastic! I love it so much that we will be featuring it tomorrow at our Inspiration Friday party. :-) Be sure to stop by!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I am new to your blog, you have fantastic style. I have enjoyed looking around. Great tables and so creative. I love them both. Hugs, Marty

Amy said...

wow! Your living room looks so upscale, I never would have thought you spent so little. Great job. I am a new follower.

Homeroad said...

Love those shelves did you make them or buy them?! Great idea for a table base too... I had one a bit smaller and threw a crate over the top... made a great little side table.

Highpoint Circle said...

This is an inspiring idea for a coffee table and it looks expensive! Great job. Your room is gentle and soothing.

Michele said...

Love the way you utilized the chair frame, but really, your whole room looks wonderful, cool and inviting for the summer months ahead.

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