2/16/2009


Metamorphosis Monday

The Continuing Saga of the Little Frenchy Studio/Office...

Hello Friends! Here we are at the beginning of a new week...and it's "Metamorphosis Monday"! This is my 4th post for this fun Monday event. It's hosted by our dear friend Susan over at "Between Naps on the Porch". This week Susan is sharing how she transformed her beautiful wicker porch swing...you just have to see it! She also has a list of all the sweet bloggers that are participating in this Monday's metamorphosis...you'll want to see them also!!!

I tell ya what...I have the best honey ever!!! For Valentines Day he took me to the city for shopping....I got to go to all of my favorite antique shops and Hobby Lobby! I was truly in my "7th heaven"...hehe! I found a few goodies....all for my little frenchy studio/office! This room is starting to take on a "mind of its own"...hehe!!! I sure have enjoyed playing in there...and of course, as I have mentioned before...I have always wanted a room that I could decorate in toile...and voila...I finally have it! The decorating process has been slow...but I'm savoring each and every minute of it!!!

My first little "treasure find" was this little black bird house. I found it at one of my favorite antique shops for only $4.00....I think I got a bargain! One of my goals for this Valentines Day shopping trip was to find something to decorate the top of my new china hutch. I wanted something with some height to it....and I think that this little bird house will fit the bill...what do you think?

I love that it stands on a pole...it's black (which goes very nicely with all of the black accents in this room)...and just look at the frenchy little carved detailing!


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My New/Old Desk Chair

I was really needing a chair for my desk...and lo and behold, look at what I found! This little beauty was hiding in the corner of one of the antique shops...I almost missed it...hehe!!! As soon as I seen it...it called out to me..."Here...over here...yes, over in the corner...see me? Ohhhh, please take me home with you!"

I just couldn't believe that it already had a pretty black & white toile seat on it! I love the carvings in the back of the chair....ahhh...so pretty and a perfect fit with my desk!!! I thought the price was right for only $19.00!

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French Topper

I found this pretty wooden French topper over at Hobby Lobby and just fell in love with it immediately! I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with it yet but I'm sure that I can find something...hehe!!!


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Fabric

Hobby Lobby was having a 30% off sale on all of their decorative fabric...look at what I found! Again, I'm not sure what I'll do with it...maybe pillows? The striped piece is a heavy silk...I bought a yard of it for only $11.99! Maybe I'll use it on the seat of my new/old desk chair. The black fabric with the little beige fleur di lis on it is really a pretty piece...it was only $6.99 for a yd. of it!


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As soon as I seen the striped fabric I just knew that it would coordinate perfectly with the Waverly toile drapes....


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Decorative Plates

Ohhh boy...I really hit the jackpot on this shopping trip...everything I bought was on sale....yeeeehawww!!! I just hate paying full price for anything and almost never do!!! Hobby Lobby had these pretty decorative plates on sale for 50% off...so I only paid $5 ea. for them! I love them...and they'll go perfectly in my frenchy toile studio/office!!!


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So there you have it...just couldn't wait to share all of my new "treasure finds" with you!
My dear friend Kathysue suggested that I move my antique garden gate behind my desk and use it for a bulletin board...what a perfect idea!!! Thank you, Kathysue! I can pin notes to the wire or just stick them in the mesh work...this will work perfectly for notes!!! As you can see...I hung one of my antique gold transferware plates with a black ribbon on my new gate/bulletin board.

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I bought a few other items on my shopping trip...maybe I'll share them with you tomorrow, in the meantime...I hope you enjoyed seeing my new "treasure finds"! I just have to give a special thank you to my honey...I had a wonderful time on my Valentines Day shopping trip! He really spoiled me with all of these gifts...my honey is the best!!! I love you, Russell!!!
Well my friends...stay tuned...for continued progress in my frenchy toile studio/office! Thank you so much for letting me share it with you!!!
Have a marvelous "Metamorphosis Monday"!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari

37 comments:

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Chari...you did hit the jack pot...amazing deals you got! I love your fabric...it does go perfectly! I can't wait to see this room when it's done...it's gonna be gorgeous! I love toile...and as much as I love it, I don't have any in my home. :-( I need to fix that for sure. Love your bird house and toile chair...you did great! :-) Susan

Kim Chalfant said...

I love all your great finds! I wish there was a Hobby Lobby in Southern California. I love those plates & want some. Boo hoo. Can't wait to see the finished room.

salmagundi said...

Great shopping, Chari!! I assume you got to go out to eat, also. What fun for you two. Your room is really pulling together nicely. Have a great week. Sally

Happy To Be said...

GM Dear friend...WOW!! girl you hit the MOTHERLODE oh I love it all...I ran right over as soon as I seen your post...girl I have hair dye on right now hope I didn't get any on that beautiful fabric ha ha!! oh this room is going to be wonderful...and you know what get some clothes pins and black them black for your gate/board to han things with...just me thinking out loud again..and what a great Honey that Russell is to taking you shopping for the whole day now thats my kind of gift..oh girl I want a toile bedroom so bad...maybe I'll rdo my guest room..its so ready for a change after 9 years..but also I love shabby chic oh girl I need more bedrooms in this cabin..have a great day...now I better go get this dye off of my natural red hair ha ha!! love ya sis..Gl♥ria

Lori said...

What a wonderful honey you have! I think he is a keeper!! You found some great things on your shopping trip. The bird house is adorable!
I still can't wait to see your room finished. LOL

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous finds Chari! :)

Your new topper looks very much like one I ordered from the Touch of Class catalog online.

I am ready to see this masterpiee of a room soon!

santamaker said...

Girl...I don't know how I've missed your last few posts. This is awesome! Those colors are so rich and chic.... and that great bird house. Please show us the finished room!
I always love when you pop by to see me. Thanks for your nice visit. Stay warm!

Melissa Miller said...

I just sent you an e-mail showing you my topper from the Touch of Class catalog!

Lisa (aka) French said...

Chari you did hit the JP!!! lookie at all the goodies you got!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with!! Hugs French;)

kiakai / Kelly said...

Hi Chari! The fabric and curtains look amazing together! The chair is adorable. I love the plates. You're gonna have fun putting it all together. I just wanted to tell you, after reading your profile, I'm 52 also, and married the man of my dreams almost 3 years ago (September). Kinda weird, huh?
It was so nice to see you over at my new blog.
Talk to you soon, Kelly

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

You really did find some great treasures this weekend CHari!! I love the little birdhouse - Just can't wait to see this room!

oWhat a great idea Kathysue had to use your gate to hold notes etc. I always have loved that treasure of yours!!

blesssings
mary

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Oh my gosh, I love the garden gate where it is! Wow, everything looks amazing. You did a wonderful job putting it all together. It looks beautiful!
Blessings,
Debbie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, what great bargains, and how beautifully they are going to look in your toile room! That bird house is so great, and that chair is absolutely perfect! laurie

janet said...

oh gosh dont you love those shopping trips when you come home with so many great deals....you sure found some beautiful things
thanks for sharing
hugs
janet

Shelia said...

Wow! Look at all the goodies you've found and at such a great price! Can't wait to see your room put together!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cass said...

Wow, you are an Olympic caliber shopper! GREAT finds.

This room is going to be stunning.

Nice!!!!
Cass

Tomarie said...

Chari, first I love the birdhouse! Love the beautiful wood. And that desk! How gorgeous is that! The gate behind the desk was a wonderful idea! I just love taking interesting old pieces that add such interest...and then making them functional! Love all your finds! L~

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I've just strolled into your charming blog for the first time.
I don't know where to begin, plates, fabrics, ....I adore everything! Waverly is my weakness! I can't turn it away! My other love is Toile!!! You've topped it with vintage furnishing. It's all sooooo beautiful.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my visit and look forward to coming by again.

Sweet Wishes,
Sara

Cindy J. said...

Oh dear Chari, things are looking gorgeous! That fabric looks wonderful with your toile curtains, and that shell and plates all simply perfect. My Mom has had a few bad days, with what she is calling a spell, so I've been awol. Hope this finds you felling better after your wonderful shopping Valentine's gift. Love ya Sis, Cindy

Lori said...

Good morning!
Thanks for stopping by this morning! I do love my new look, and I think you are correct it does fit me!LOL
Have a great day my dear friend!

xinex said...

Hi Chair! I really enjoyed looking at all your lovely finds. You got a great deal on all of them too. The fabric is in perfect harmony with your Waverly drapes. The bird house and the chair are just so perfect and so are the wall plaques. I really can't wait to see your room finished. I am gtting so excited!...Christine

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Chari, this is going to be gorgeous! I love it all. I am inviting everyone to be sure to comment today on my blog as it will help me get to know everyone a bit more. thanks

ann said...

Your room is going to be awesome.I love----that topper.It is gorgeous.I may have to go see if they have more of them/tee hee.i can't wait until you're finished You MUST be feeling preyyt good...Ann

lvroftiques said...

Awww Chari our hubbs sure know how to make us happy don't they?! *winks* Girlfriend you scored some great stuff!! That birdhouse for $4?! Sooo cute! And the chair too! And I need to kidnap that Kathysue (ssshhhhhh) She has the best ideas doesn"t she?! She was dead on. That gate works perfectly as a bulletin board! I NEED her (and your) help! *winks* on my home gym. I just can't seem to get the darn thing right! Well I can see you're doing everything right in this room girlfriend! I can't wait to see it finished...but I am really enjoying your design process too!Love ya! Vanna

Kathysue said...

Wow Chari, you are really coming right along with your room.You got a stealy with the desk chair and it already had toile' fabric on it. I say that was meant to be. Love the plates and the fabrics are perfection.This is really coming out nicely.Glad the gate worked out for you bulletin board.I also want to thank you for your sweet comments on Debs blog. I know what you mean about looking in the cupboards. I even blew up my own pantry pictures to see what others would be viewing. Notice I had the chocolate and candy hidden. hehe. Love ya,Kathysue

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Chari,
I love your taste! I can't wait to see your finished Studio/Office. I have been contemplating an office redo but did not have the right inspiration. After looking at your colors and style, I might just have found the inspiration I needed! Thanks for sharing it!
Warmly,
Alisa - Carolina Panache

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, My goodness you found some great stuff! The fabric is just perfect with the toile curtain. Loved the black birdhouse for $4 too. Thanks so much for your prayers (on my tooth) it's feeling much better today. Praise the Lord! Have a great rest of the week, Kristen

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

You did really good, Chari! Wow, love it all, truly I do. You know, I think I have that exact same french topper. It is downstairs in my floral studio. I need to check and see if it's the same. I got it at HL. How in the world did I miss those plates? And $5?? Are you serious? I am crazy over the fabric. I'll definitely be watching to see what you do with your great finds from a great Valentine!

Donna

xinex said...

Good morning, GF! I am glad you came by. Of course I know what you meant. I think our brains are on the same wavelenght. I got the ruffly placements from TJ Maxx in Florida before X'mas for $5.99 less 15% off for a set of 4. Good deal huh?...Christine

prof en retraite said...

Oh Chari!! How did I miss this post! I love all of your new finds! It really is coming together, isn't it? The new fabric is perfect with the toile and the topper is gorgeous! I do like Kathysue's suggestion about the gate. I am getting excited! I can't wait to see the finished product!...hugs...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Chari! :)

Everything is going well today. No huge plans...

Toomorrow is our Ten Year Anniversary so we do have a wonderful weekend planned for that. Yeah!

I'll bet you are hard at work in your office aren't you? I can't wait to see it!

Have a good one.
~Melissa :)

Grand Occasions said...

Hi Chari! Thanks for visiting. Boy did you ever hit the jackpot!! I love Hobby Lobby, but unfortunately we don't have one here:( so I have to wait until I visit my sister to shop there. We do have lots of antique stores, but I like your prices better than the ones here. What a beautiful chair. I was lucky enough to find one hiding under a pile of stuff at an antique store too. After I unpiled it there it was with the most beautiful needlepoint seat you've ever seen. I had to pay somewhere around $70-$90, but it was worth it. I've been on a hunt for office furniture and accessories as well. Not having as much luck as you so far. Can't wait to see pictures of the finished product. Come back and visit again soon.
~Elizabeth

lvroftiques said...

Hi Chari! Thanks for stopping by this morning! I always love a visit from you! Life is great in Wash st today! The sun is shining, my mom is doing great and I'm soaking up lots of blogspiration! Lol! How ar you doin'? Are you working on your toile office today? I'm thinking some cookies and coffee might be just the ticket for my afternoon project! Lol! Vanna

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari... girl.. I want to go shopping with you my friend.. I love, love, love your plates and fabric.. girl you have my address just ship them my way..oh they would be oh so pretty in the toile bedroom here...lol..Your chair was a steal girl.. I would have snatched that up as well.. Your frenchy piece will be wonderful anywhere.. I would have to try it above a large picture or even the doorway if you have room... oh girl.. my wheels are turning so I can start making changes in my little room...hugs ~lynne~

Janie's World said...

You got some great things on your shopping trip!!! I guess I'm lucky there is no Hobby Lobby where I live, it would just become another obsession like Home Goods! I love those plates, they are divine!!!

Tomarie said...

Hi Charigirl!
Thanks so much for swinging by for a visit! Of course wouldn't you know, as soon as I start a blog, I have a super busy week and can barely check my e-mail...waaaaaah! :-)
I know you're enjoying putting your room together...give me a day to putter and decorate and it's pretty much a perfect day for me! :-)
And blogging seems like it's a lot of fun...I so HOPE I can have a little time this weekend. Any fun plans coming up? Love ya friend! L~

Angie Lessard said...

I have the very same little topper from Hobby Lobby. I love it! We painted recently and I haven't put them back up (I bought 2 for over windows in my living room). Will probably hang somewhere different for a change. Love all the items together....looks beautiful!