Archive for ‘Furniture Finds’

December 29, 2011

An Unexpected Find

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Each year, Ethan and I split the holidays between our families – each side either gets Thanksgiving or Christmas, then we flip it for the next year. Surprisingly, we’re on our fifth year with this system (I wasn’t sure how long it would last), but one day our little brothers will get married/have families and we’ll have kids. At that point, I’m sure our little arrangement will go out the window, but for now, we’re all quite happy with it!

Anyway, this year was Shinogle Christmas so we made our way to Dallas/Ft. Worth to spend time with Ethan’s parents. I can’t tell you how nice it was to get away – especially considering the current state of our laundry room! We didn’t watch TV or pick up a paint brush for five whole days! Just relaxing, catching up, lots of eating, and a night at the Meyerson to hear Canadian Brass.

If you ever get a chance to see them, I’d highly recommend it. Not only are they amazing musicians, but their shows are funny. Have you ever seen a tuba player perform while lying down on a stage? If not, you really must. It’s hilarious. But I digress…

The one thing I didn’t really expect to do on our DFW trip was furniture shopping. But leave it to us to find something we need 300 miles from home. The last couple of times we’d been in town, Ethan and I stopped in Weir’s Furniture and have been quite impressed. They have good looking, quality pieces at amazing prices (which is a big deal if you know how particular I am about furniture). Just a great Christian company, doing business the right way. And this trip didn’t disappoint, because we found something we just couldn’t leave behind.

{Futura Furniture leather recliner via Baer’s Furniture}

Ethan has been on the lookout for leather club chairs for a couple of years now. He was absolutely nuts about Restoration Hardware’s Buster Chair (now discontinued), but they were a little too proud of it (around $2400 – each!)

{via in the tweeds}

And I’d recently come across these beauties when browsing a house tour on Little Green Notebook.

{via Pinterest}

So these chairs at Weir’s were the perfect mix. Great lines, nailhead detailing, and actual leather that will wear beautifully. Plus they recline. And they were only $600 a pop. Only one problem…we’re 300 miles from home in a Honda Accord. Enter my generous in-laws and their truck to save the day!


The pickup process was super easy. We drove across town to Weir’s warehouse and had the opportunity to inspect the pieces before they were packaged back up and loaded into the truck. (Seriously, I loved this company!) And Abby’s ride home was a little snug, but she didn’t seem to mind.

We got the chairs home and assembled, but since the Christmas tree was in the way (and I still had no idea how we would arrange the living room furniture), we popped them in front of the TV and watched a movie. I felt like Joey and Chandler from Friends in their Barcaloungers (which is a real company btw…who knew).

They’re super comfy and we couldn’t be happier. As soon as I can get the living room looking presentable again, I’ll fill you in on our adventures in furniture arranging!

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September 23, 2011

A Decision At Last

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Well, I finally did it. I bought a rug for the living room. For the last year (plus), I have been a complete indecisive mess about what I wanted. And in the meantime, we’ve had a mess of a make-shift rug – 12 commercial carpet squares (in the same general color family) that I snagged from an old elementary school project at my last job. I’m not even sharing a picture. Why? Because it’s actually that hideous.

But this week I reached my breaking point and just ordered one. A nice 8×10 traditional wool rug from Pottery Barn. I have to say the 15% off sale they’re having right now (along with an additional 10% designer discount AND a $25 gift card) pretty much sealed the deal. It should be on my doorstep sometime next week. What do you think??

pottery barn alexandra persian-style rug

To fully appreciate the importance of this decision, I think we need to revisit the last rug purchase I made for our living room. This was months ago, and I probably should have written about it then (bad blogger), but I was completely defeated by the experience and couldn’t bear to write about. Now that I’m past the drama, it’s really rather amusing. So here it goes…

I’d just recently attended an event at the Houston Design Center with my friend Marie. We listened to interior designer extraordinaire, Mary McDonald, speak about some of her recent projects. She was such a riot – if you ever get a chance to hear her speak, it was actually quite fun!

One thing I specifically remember her saying, was something about putting a contemporary rug with grandma’s furniture…how it could instantly update your whole space. Granted, she’s talking about multi-million dollar homes with million dollar decorating budgets, which doesn’t exactly describe me. But since we’re definitely living with grandma-esque hand-me-down furniture, I filed that tidbit in the back of my mind.

A few weeks later when I was perusing Joss and Main, another one of those daily deals websites, I ran across this Angela Adams rug and just knew I’d struck gold. It was just the colors I was envisioning for our living room (greys, teals, greens)…contemporary, but not too contemporary…not to stuffy and just a little bit fun. In my little head, it was just perfect. So I started designing the entire living room around it. This bad boy was just the inspiration I needed.

Then the rug arrived at our door. (You’ll want to pause here for dramatic effect…) After I did a little happy dance because the perfect rug had finally arrived, Ethan helped me lug it into the house. Did I mention it was 9×12? I’ve now come to realize is slightly large for our living room…even if you’re trying to make a statement. But apparently I was distracted by this amazing deal.

Once we got it inside, I took a closer look and could see the edges of the rug through the protective plastic. That’s when I started to get that “oh no what did you just buy??” sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. The edges of this rug were most definitely brown – not the beautiful grey/blue/green combination I was expecting. And here’s what the grand unveiling produced.

There were so many things wrong it.
#1 – The field color was brown, not grey.
#2 – The blues and greens were a little too “neon” for my liking.
#3 – The berries were MASSIVE!
#4 – Do you see the zebra-esque striping across the entire thing? Ethan has a strong dislike for anything that even remotely suggests an animal print…that may have been the breaking point.

After unrolling this thing, Ethan and I stood in silence for probably 30 seconds before I started jabbering, trying to make it work. I thought if maybe, just maybe, there was furniture on top of it, the rug wouldn’t be quite so obnoxious. But before I got too far, Ethan, aka The Voice of Reason, put his two sense in – “Melissa…it’s just ugly!” I knew he was right. And boy, do I hate being wrong!!

So what did this resourceful girl do? I craigslisted it. (Is that a verb? If not, I just made it one.) Joss and Main wouldn’t accept returns on this particular item (which I knew when I bought it), but since I’d purchased it for considerably less than it retailed online, I started thinking I could make a profit. All I needed was one interested buyer…just one.

I re-listed that rug on craigslist every two to three days for a couple of weeks, just to make sure it didn’t get buried in everyone else’s junk. And finally, I got a bite. A lady who lives just a few miles from us who was redecorating her house. AND her husband was out of town (so as she saw it, he had no say in the purchase). This time I’d really struck gold. She came by, paid just under my asking price, and hauled that awful looking mess of berries away from my house. And the best part? We made $100 of pure profit!

We’re on another craigslist-selling adventure this weekend, that’s been just as amusing…if not more. I’ll definitely have to share the high points. But for now, this girl needs to get her beauty rest – we have a garage sale in the morning!

July 12, 2011

This Weekend’s Craigslist Find

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Our master bedroom has been in desperate need of a dresser, and I’ve been performing daily craigslist searches for months. Sure, I could have bought a new one and moved our stuff out of plastic tubs a long time ago, but where’s the fun in that? Long story short, my search efforts were finally rewarded this weekend with a $285 find! I just love a good deal.

The dresser had been sitting in this lady’s garage for quite a while (she said it was “like a hundred years old”), so it had just hint of that musty old furniture smell. Since clothes are going inside, I decided to be proactive and air it out immediately. Ethan and I pulled out all the drawers and sunned them in the side yard. Sunlight = mother nature’s disinfectant.

Once the drawers were sufficiently aired and sunned, I brought them in and gave everything a good cleaning. I just love Old English – it can clean and repair just about any wood surface (furniture, wood paneling, your front door…nothing is safe in this house). And bonus – the lemon oil scent makes everything smell lemony fresh. That’s a huge improvement on “musty old garage” scent.

After about 20 minutes of “wax on, wax off” with a couple of soft cloths, I popped the drawers back in and it was as good as new!

So what do you think – was it worth the wait? This is my first craigslist find and I’m just crazy about it. Bargain-hunting can be draining, but it’s absolutely addicting!

April 5, 2011

Living the Dream

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Not to rub it in if you’re reading this at work, but…I love working from home. Especially now that my chair actually fits under my new desk! I actually called Ethan last week to tell him how awesome it was…at home in my shorts & t-shirt, rocking out to my iPod, designing an album, and sitting comfortably at a huge desk!

{Please ignore those awful cords. And the putty on the trim. And anything else ugly you might see.}

Just like the breakfast area, there’s a whole lot that needs to happen in this room (paint the awful yellow trim & replace the carpet…just to name a few). But for now, new furniture is a welcome improvement!

{love the wood top!}

My old home office setup was pretty sad. I was working on a sewing table (with sewing machine still inside) I recently inherited from my grandmother. It now lives in the gameroom, at least until I have a better plan. Check out the door in the background…white trim (new paint) + yellow door (old paint). Real classy. Or a new trend…you pick.

{yes, I am aware of how sad & pathetic this is}

I don’t know how to sew, but I asked my grandmother for her machine in an attempt to learn (first things first). I was completely unaware the machine came with its own piece of furniture. At least it gave me a place to put my computer for the last 9 months (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) Now that the machine is freed up, anyone want to teach me to sew?

April 4, 2011

Sitting Pretty

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Here it is! Our newest piece of furniture, sitting pretty in our oh-so-outdated breakfast area. It’s amazing how just adding a table makes this room feel a little homier.

When we first ran across this table, Ethan loved it. I found it to be interesting, but wasn’t sure it would go with our quatrefoil chairs (that I’m absolutely crazy about!) We took a few pictures of the table & kept walking around the show. All day long, I kept pulling out the camera to look at the table & held it next to a chair photo on my phone…debating. My sweet husband left the decision in my hands…even though I know he wanted to bring that table home!

Once we got it in the house, I wasn’t so sure. But can you blame me? Look at all the different wood tones fighting with each other! Plus that hideous light fixture? Of course it looks awful!

But once we do some painting in this room, it’s going to make a world of difference. Here’s the master “to-do” list…

  • Remove wallpaper + paint walls (Right now you’re looking at painted-over wallpaper -a big thank you to the previous homeowners for that one!)
  • Paint the wood wainscot/trim/cabinets a bright white color (Benjamin Moore “Super White” to be exact)
  • Paint the ceiling (trust me, it needs to be done)
  • Replace the current light fixture (I’m not digging the basket look, are you?)

That’s just the home renovation stuff. I’m not even thinking about the decorating yet (refinishing chairs, a rug, draperies, art, etc.) At the rate we’re moving, it will be 5 years before we get all that done. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. At least that’s what I’m going to start telling myself.

Enough on our long list of projects – back to the table! It’s made from reclaimed pine boards (we’re guessing it used to be hardwood floors?) and has a great casual quality, which is perfect for a breakfast table. Every nick, spill, water ring, etc. will add character (rather than damage it) and that’s just fine with me. Especially since it’s next to the back door & will most definitely become our dumping ground for bags, keys, coffee cups, etc.

So we’re loving our new furniture find & the Abby dog is pretty crazy about it too. All in all, a successful shopping trip to Round Top!

P.S. If you’re in love with my desk, it’s for sale on The Foundary again today under “Versed Classics.” It’s a little pricier than when we bought it, but still cheaper than Restoration Hardware!

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