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Oct 242016

Over the weekend we had a neighborhood yard sale.  This happens 2x a year and I’ve gone to all of them since we moved in.  I’ve managed to score some pretty cool items, for cheap too.  Last year I got a bag of pink Christmas ornaments for $5.00, much to Matt’s dismay.  (This led to the purchase of a white Christmas tree! 😉 )  At the same house, I found some really large 24×36 wooden frames.  I think they were $1.00 for both!  They are currently hanging above the buffet in the living room waiting to be made over.

This year, my usual partner was actually participating so Mom said she would go with me.  I managed to snag a few free baskets from a friend at our first stop.  Mom found a large outdoor lantern and some pics at our 2nd stop (and spent almost all of her money!) After that it was kind of slow.  It didn’t feel like many people were participating this year.  As we were headed back to the house we stopped at a sale just down the street.  There was a large painting sitting off to the side.  Mom and I were talking about it when the sellers came over.  Apparently it had been “Aunt Ida’s”.  They said they weren’t sure Aunt Ida ever liked the pic but she had had it for years.  It was about the size I was looking for for over the guest bed but the painting was not really my style.  While a nice landscape, it just wouldn’t work in the house.  I asked how much and when the lady said $10.00, I knew it was coming home with me.

I told Mom Matt was going to kill me but the frame alone was worth probably $50.00 or more.  So my grand vision, paint over the existing canvas.  Yep! Matt didn’t care that I’d bought the pic but he was curious as to how long it was going to sit in the garage.  I might have a few or five other projects currently sitting out there.  :O

Yesterday, I ran to Michael’s to get some Gesso.  I knew I could use that to cover the existing print and also to add more texture.  So right now it’s in the garage with a few light Gesso coats on it.  Since I hadn’t used Gesso before, I didn’t want to get ahead of myself and get paints too.  Plus I wanted to use a 40% off coupon for the paint set so I ran back to Michael’s at lunch to get some paints and brushes.  Now I have to figure out what I’m going to paint.  Or just see what happens.  I want to go for something pretty abstract.  I’m hoping that equates to easy.

I’m hoping to have it finished this week so we’ll see what happens.  For now, let’s just hope the original wasn’t some priceless piece of art!


Aug 162016

Before we moved into the new house, we knew we would need new bedroom furniture.  Matt didn’t want to buy anything while we were still in the townhouse, since we had no clue what our new bedroom space would look like.  We ended up getting my old bedroom set from my mom and have had that for a few years now.  It was a decent size in the townhouse but we figured it would be too small once we moved.

We’ve been in the new house for over a year and the bedroom just doesn’t fit.  The furniture is too small and the room as a whole was feeling kind of blah.  I told Matt the time was coming for a makeover.  I will hopefully have a little money from my grandmother and I told Matt part of that was going to redoing our bedroom!  Well, I’m still waiting to see how much money I might have but the bedroom makeover is under way.  It all started with curtains.

I ran to Home Goods at lunch one day looking for a few more baskets for my closet.  I hadn’t planned to buy new curtains but while I was there I decided to see what they had.  I figured finding 6 curtain panels, in the right size, at Home Goods was probably impossible so I was SHOCKED when I found 3 pairs.  That I LOVED!  Needless to say the curtains came home with me.  We got the curtains hung and I was in love!  They were so light and airy and made the room feel much more cozy.  Of course, now the bedding didn’t match.  I found a set at Stein Mart I liked and mom was able to get me a discount.  With new bedding and curtains, the room was coming together.  I’d decided I wasn’t crazy about the pics I had over the bed though.  Not that that was a necessity at this point but I had causally started looking.

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The other day I ran to a junk store by my office.  It was recently purchased and the new owners have taken it upon themselves to start sprucing the place up.  When I first started going, it was a total hole!  Now it’s almost like a real store.  Anyway, while I was in there the other day I saw a painting when I walked in.  I glanced at it and kept moving.  As I was headed back to the front I noticed someone carrying it around.  I started talking to her and she ended up giving it back to me.  Whoops.  I really loved the frame but was a little disappointed the “painting” was only a print.  I ended up buying it with thoughts of removing the print and painting something myself.  I went as far as to find all the paint supplies I needed on Amazon.

I got the picture home and waited for Matt’s reaction.  He was very “meh” about the whole thing.  While he was playing golf on Sat morning I propped the new pic up above the bed and immediately decided it was perfect!  I hung it on Sunday and it really adds to the room.  The pics are kind of hard to get a good feel but so far everything is coming together beautifully!  Now we just need the big stuff, like new furniture!

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If you are interested in the bedside tables, you can find that post here.

Jul 292016

*This is a cross post from our travel blog.  Full posts are linked below*

Since we were gone for two weeks and went to 3 different countries, the blog posts are long. Add pics in and they get longer. If you don’t feel like reading through the posts and just want to skim the pics, this is your post!

Kelly’s Trip Summary:

JFK was a nightmare coming and going! But the flight to Zurich turned out to not be so bad. Zurich wasn’t my fave. There were tons of fancy cars but they were also loud, and we heard revving engines well into the night. I worried 24 hours in Zurich wouldn’t be enough but I thought it was more than enough.

Lucerne was amazing! It was such a pretty city. I like that it was situated right on the river. Lucerne in the sun was a totally different city than Lucerne with clouds. The mountain views were all around and I loved that! I’m really glad we went to Mt Pilatus! It was a really cool experience and probably the only mountain I will ever climb.

Paris was okay! I really thought I would like it more. I guess my expectations were a little high. I don’t think it helped the park was blocked off. I had visions of drinking champagne in the park under a twinkly Eiffel Tower but that was hard since it didn’t get dark till so late. We only saw the Eiffel Tower lit up once and that was from a cab at 1am. The city itself was pretty and the food was amazing. I think 4 days in Paris was a day too long though.

London was short and sweet! It was great seeing E&T and just hanging out.

Devon was amazing! I would put it at the top of my favorite places (Lucerne was probably 1st). It was just beautiful! And relaxing. It was also great to see the fam.

Reigate was good! We went there for family and we spent tons of time with everyone so that was nice.

All in all, the trip was amazing! I kind of worried that we weren’t spending enough time in places but honestly, I think the time we spent in each place was just right. Since we were gone for two weeks, it was nice to be on the move. It was also a lot though. I was glad to be home!

Also, I read 5 books on the trip and I took over 1500 pictures!  I’ve tried to narrow that down quite a bit!  They also have not been edited at all so… yeah.

Matt’s Trip Summary:

Considering that we’d planned this trip for so long it really seemed to sneak up on us. We got the flights, hotels, and travel booked so far ahead of time we kind of “forgot” about the trip. Wasn’t really until about a week out that it really hit me that it was time to go!

Trip started of very smoothly and got derailed rather quickly once we got to JFK. I didn’t really mind the delay so much, as the plane was broken, but just not being told anything was rather quite annoying. I was thinking to myself that it was a good thing we decided to spend the night in Zurich and didn’t have other travel arrangements that we’d have to change. Once we got underway the flight over was uneventful.

Zurich was a nice way to ease into the trip. I’m glad we got to check it out but I wouldn’t spend anymore than a day there. It would probably be a good home base to do a few day trips to some other places in Switzerland.

Lucerne was beautiful! Glad that we got some nice weather so that Kelly could see just how magical Switzerland is. I kept telling her that it just doesn’t look real and I’m glad that she got to see that. Really do wish that we had better weather when we went up Mt Pilatus so that we could see the mountains. Next time we go I think we’ll head more into the Alps.

I really enjoy the way of life in Paris. Good food. Good wine. Enjoying life. Hard to beat sitting outside at a brasserie and enjoying a nice meal as the world goes by. Was nice to see some of the sights again and to see some new once. Was disappointed that the Champ de Mars was closed for the Euro Fan Zone as it’s one of my favorite places in Paris.

England was really nice. Seeing lots of family and getting to explore some new places was great. I still cannot believe the house Devon. The pictures that we took there really don’t do it justice. Hard to believe that we were in England! It always feels nice and familiar to be in England and it was a nice way to end the trip.

I enjoyed the pace of the trip. Spending a few days somewhere and then moving on to the next place. One little adventure after another. I think we spent just about the right amount of time in each place. Never felt like we didn’t get a chance to do something and never felt bored.

Of course we got to bookend the trip with another travel disaster in JFK. In all of my travels I’ve never had issues like this before. Hopefully we’ve paid our dues and won’t have to experience anything like this again any time soon.
Quick links to each location:

We’re going to Europe!






Road to Reigate



May 062016

Well hello there! It’s been a while. Life has been kind of busy lately. Matt and I always seem to have something to do lately, whether it’s playing golf, doing stuff around the house, or just being lazy. I feel like we are so much busier now days.  

Three weeks ago I started weekly golf lessons. Our club is offering a weekly Ladies Clinic this Spring/Summer. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I was going to sign up. I recruited a few friends to join me and the past few weeks we’ve had close to 40 ladies attend, which is amazing. The first few lessons have covered the short game, chipping and putting. Neither of which I’m great at but I think I might have picked something up from the putting clinics. 

Anyway, I’ve made a new golf friend and we’ve been playing or practicing a few times a week since clinic started. We’ve even made the husbands go out with us. 😉 Since we are about the same level, she is a good person to play with.

I told Matt a while back my goal for this summer was to get my first Par. We have a couple of short Par 3 holes and I’ve had my eye on #3 for my first Par. Yesterday G and I went out with her husband to play a quick 9 scramble since Matt and a friend tee’ed off a few minutes before us. The goal was to eventually catch up to them.  

We get to #3 and I hit a pretty decent drive off the tee. I end up right on the fringe of the green. All I need to do is 2 putt and I’ll have Par. Well, I totally ended up blowing my putts and finished with a Bogie. Boo!

Lately I’ve been hitting my driver pretty well off the tee on #6 and yesterday was no exception. I hit a great drive to the bottom right of the fairway. Now I just need to get it over the “schmutz” (aka the crap/rough/hazard) which is sort of a problem for me. I grab my 3 Wood and end up hitting a great second shot to the front of the green! Holy cow I’m on the green in 2! I’m about 20 ft from the hole and have a great first putt just short of the hole. Tap in the second putt for Par! YAY!!!! Of all the holes I thought I’d Par, I didn’t think it would be #6, a Par 4 hole!  

At this point I’m feeling pretty good! I’ve gotten my Par. Now I just need to get my ball over the schmutz on #8, a short Par 3. The past few times I’ve played, I’ve completly jacked this hole and ended up not even finishing because I’ve lost at least one ball off the tee. I’ve been practicing hitting my irons off the tee at the range just for this stupid hole. I tee up and hit. “Just make it over, just make it over!” The ball clears the schmutz, lands on the green and rolls…..and stops about 5 ft short of the hole! Holy cow! I now have a shot at Birdie! A few deep breaths later, I tap the ball into the hole! YAY!!!! Cue minor freak out!  

We finish #9 and Matt is waiting for us! I proceed to give him the play by play for my awesome accomplishments for our round! It feels pretty good to know that I am actually getting better at this game and that one day I might actually be able to keep score! 😉


Jan 262016

One would have thought I’d be jumping at the chance to decorate the new house for Christmas however, that wasn’t exactly the case this year.  I couldn’t find my motivation, but I think I couldn’t find motivation because I couldn’t find my vision!  I had no clue what to do with the new house this year.  I knew I wanted candles in the windows and wreaths on the windows.

After Thanksgiving, I ran to Michael’s and picked up some garland for the porch.  I really wanted to use spot lights for the outside of the house but due to the elevation, we couldn’t get them to look right. So we ended up outside one night just putting white lights on the garland.  As it turned out, it looked good.

The house Christmas Eve. The neighborhood did luminaries.


The white tree.


The white tree topper. I found the gold topper and added a bow.

As the outside was coming together, inside was slowly getting started.  I think the tree was up for a week without any decorations, whoops.  Slowly I started to make my way around the house.  I purchased a 6ft white tree from Amazon in November that I planned to put in the dining room.  I bought a bag full of pink ornaments at our neighborhood garage sale back in the summer, so I needed a tree. 😉  Matt was not happy about the white tree, hehe.  I also had my dad build a rustic box for the dining room table.  I filled it with leftover ornaments, and it may still be sitting on the table because I love it!


Rustic box.

The stairs got some light garland I found at Kirkland’s on sale and the fireplace ended up with some greenery picks from Hobby Lobby.  The tree was put in the back corner of the living room and was slowly decorated.  It wasn’t my favorite tree so I’ll have to try harder next year.  My nutcrackers filled the tops of the built-in’s beside the fireplace.  Then I have to figure out what to do with my newly acquired buffet.  Mom gave it to me a few months ago and I still need to paint it but it’s currently on the back wall in the living room.  I added some wooden frames above it and put leftover wreaths in the middle.  This might have been my favorite decorating idea!  The frames will also be painted and I will put some pics from our last trip to London in them at some point.

The buffet with the framed wreaths!

Fireplace with greenery.


I didn’t take a ton of pics this year.


Jan 072016

Oh hey!  It’s been a while.  A long while actually.  I didn’t realize it had quite been this long.  The last time I was on my blog it was because it got hacked.  Nice.  All is back to working order now, so that’s good.

The holiday season was really nice.  I might post a few pics of some of the decorations in a few days, so stay tuned. 😉

For now, I’m going to post my 2015 Book List.  I didn’t quite hit 50 books this year but I came close, 45.  I honestly wasn’t sure I was even going to get that many because I was only in the 20s by the Fall.  I found a few series though and plowed through. If you’d like to see last year’s list it’s posted here.

Title Author
Closer to the Edge (Playing With Fire #4) T.E. Sivec
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest Daniel James Brown
Crown Me: Alexander and Clara #3 (Royals Saga) Geneva Lee
The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) (The Billionaire’s Obsession series Book 1) Scott, J.S.
Wreckage Emily Bleeker
Heart Of The Billionaire (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 2) Scott, J. S.
The Billionaire’s Salvation ~Max (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 3) Scott, J. S.
Billionaire Undone ~ Travis (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 5) Scott, J. S.
Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments: Rose Gardner Mystery #7 Denise Grover Swank
Never Never: Part One of Three Colleen Hoover
The Eternals Kristie K Shafer
Eternally Yours (The Eternals Book 2) Shafer, Kristie K.
Abandon Crouch, Blake
Badass: A Stepbrother SEAL Romance Barlow, Linda
Stepbrother Charming: A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance Snow, Nicole
Worthy Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series Book 1) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
This World We Live In (Life As We Knew It Series Book 3) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
The Dead and The Gone (Life As We Knew It Series Book 2) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It Series Book 4) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Virulent: The Release (Virulent Book 1) Wescott, Shelbi
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo
Funerals for Horses Hyde, Catherine Ryan
The System (Virulent Book 2) Wescott, Shelbi
The Variables (Virulent Book 3) Wescott, Shelbi
The Color of Water in July Carroll, Nora
Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery Jourdan, Carolyn
Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) Blake Crouch
The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 3) Crouch, Blake
Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) Crouch, Blake
Primal Fear Diehl, William
The Martian: A Novel Andy Weir
Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 1) Elle Casey
Dirty English Madden-Mills, Ilsa
Hard to Let Go: A Hard Ink Novel Laura Kaye
Shine Not Burn Elle Casey
MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn Elle Casey
The Survivors Book 1: Summer V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book II: Autumn V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book III: Winter V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book IV: Spring V.L. Dreyer
In the waning light Loreth Anne White
Crave Me (Royals Saga 1: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee
Covet Me (Royals Saga 2: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee
Capture Me (Royals Saga 3: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee

A few highlights from this year’s list:

  • Life As We Knew It – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when a meteor hits the Moon.  I enjoyed the first two books.  Each book was set with different characters who eventually connected in Book 3.  In Book 1, we meet Miranda and her family.  We follow them through the first year following the meteor collision with the moon.  This causes earthquakes, tsunamis that wipe out many major cities, and a sky full of volcanic ash that blocks the sun. In Book 2 we follow Alex and his family during the same time frame in a different city.  Book 3 finds the 2 groups meeting and struggling to survive.  Book 4 is a continuation of Book 3 but 2 years later.  I personally didn’t care for Book 4 and I’m not sure you miss much stopping at Book 3.
  • The Virulent – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when an act of bioterrorism is unleashed.  We follow Lucy, her brother, and her friends as they make their way to rest of Lucy’s family.  I don’t want to say too much more because I feel like that might give some away.  It’s worth the read and one of the better series I read.
  • Wayward Pines – If you watched the TV show then you should definitely read the books!  I think the books were SOOO much better than the series.  I read the books first and then watched the series.  I was pretty disappointed with the TV adaption.  *As a side note, I read book 3 before I read book 2.  Somehow I got out of order and there was some major freak outage when I realized what I’d done.  So be careful!
  • The Martian – Again, I read the book and then saw the movie.  Unlike Wayward Pines, they did a wonderful job of following the book.  While it wasn’t spot on, which they rarely are, I felt like you didn’t really need to read the book if you saw the movie.  The book goes into a lot of technical details that they gloss over in the movie, but honestly, I glossed over a lot of that because, well it was over my head. 😉
  • The Survivors Book – series.  Yet another post apocalyptic series (I’m hooked!) This one is set in New Zealand following an Ebola type outbreak.  The difference here is that the virus doesn’t kill everyone and some of those people end up in a Zombie like state.  It wasn’t heavily focused on that though.  We find Sandy ten years after the initial outbreak struggling to survive, alone.  Along the way she begins to meet more people and adds them to her group.  Sandy slowly becomes the leader of the group, and eventually the face for a new start. I blew through the last 3 books in a matter of days.  This was probably my favorite series of last year.
  • Wrong Number, Right Guy – this was a pretty fun book to read.  I found it similar to the Hard Ink series.  I’ve only read the 1st book but I will most like read a few more.  If you want action and romance, this is your book.

I hope that this list helps if you are looking for something to read.


Oct 222015

**Blogging has kind of fallen by the wayside as of late.  To be honest, almost all the blogs I started out reading are no longer around.  Blogging seems like it’s becoming a thing of the past.  I will probably continue to update this randomly. I have a few more projects I’m about to start so I will continue to post those types of things. **

Back when I was maybe a Sophomore in High School a friend and I were at McDonald’s one weekend night.  (McDonald’s was in the heart of our “loop” so people would go there and hang out waiting to see people.) Anyway Jennifer and I were sitting around when our friends, Norman and Chris, came in.  Norman and Chris were Seniors at this point, and they came over and started talking to us.  Norman asked if we wanted to go see Cujo. Jennifer and I said yes so the four of us hopped in Norman’s car and headed towards the country.  I have no clue where this place was but  it was probably only 15 mins from downtown.

When we get to where we were going, Norman turns off the car lights and we all roll down our windows. We make our initial pass down the road with Chris standing up through the sunroof yelling Cujo.  On our way back by the house, we hear someone yell and then we hear a shotgun blast.  Chris falls ducks back in the car and Norman floors it.  Jennifer and I are in the backseat dying with laughter as we drive off.  Chris is totally freaking out because we just got shot at. And by shot at, I feel pretty confident the guy didn’t actually shoot at the car.

Needless to say, we did not see Cujo that night but it made for one hellava story.

Fast forward about a year.  The company dad worked for was always hiring guys I went to school with.  One day, dad comes home and asks me if I know a guy named Norman.  I tell him I do, and I proceed to tell him about the Cujo story.  The next day dad goes to work and decides to ask Norman about Cujo and why he’s getting his daughter shot at.  I think that probably freaked him out more than us getting shot at.  Of course dad wasn’t mad but I think that makes the story even funnier.

There are a few random stories I might try to blog.  Details to all are a little fuzzy but some of them I’d like to write down.


Sep 102015

I know I’ve talked about this a bunch so I won’t rehash all the details regarding our door debacle. Anyway, a few weeks ago, a car guy Matt knows, posted some window frosting he’d done for a local hotel. At that point, I had no clue how I was going to get our door frosted so I asked Matt how to contact him. He gave me his email and then I basically begged him to come do our door. He agreed and we started talking details. I already knew what I wanted so he drew it up. Matt and I agreed on a design and then I decided on a film. The film was ordered and once it arrived Matt’s friend cut it and set up a time for install.

Last Friday he came over around 10:30 to start on the door. It only took about 30 mins and man does it look amazing! It’s pretty subtle from the outside during the day but I LOVE how it looks from the inside and outside at night.


Sep 032015

Matt and I knew that when we bought a new house there were various items that would need to be upgraded.  Our bedroom furniture is on that list.  We are currently in possession of my childhood furniture set.  However, this set did not come with bedside tables so a few years ago I bought some cheap side tables from Walmart.  We couldn’t have anything too large in our old room at the townhouse.  These fit nicely even though they were cheap.

Since we moved I’ve been randomly keeping my eye out for various pieces of furniture.  Hence the dining room table sans chairs right now. 😉 About two weeks ago I was on FB on one of the buy, sell, trade sites I follow and someone posted a set of small chests for $120.00.  I commented for dimensions and said I would be interested if the first deal fell through.  The next day I received a PM from the lady.  The chests were available, and they were just about the right size!  I im’ed Matt and he said “whatever”!  I PM’ed the lady back, asked if she would take $100.00 for the pair and the next day I went to pick them up.  They weren’t in perfect condition but they were in good condition.  I just needed to decide on a paint color and I was in business.

For a while now, I’d been looking at new chests.  The only problem was that most of the new chests were 1) more than I wanted to spend and 2) too tall.  Our bed is pretty low so we needed chests that were under 30″ tall.  Most new chests are several inches over 30 which I knew Matt would complain about.  The used chests came in right at 28″ tall which makes them only a few inches taller than the bed and not uncomfortable while reaching up from the bed.

The weekend I got the chests, Matt and I ran to Lowes to look at paint colors.  I ended up choosing Morning Fog by Sherwin Williams.  It’s a really pretty light greyish blue color.  I was a little worried there wouldn’t be enough contrast between that and the wall color but decided to just go with it.  First I primed the chests and drawers with Kilz.  Then over the next few days I painted the chests, and then the drawers.  Within a week I had everything done.  (Which was kind of shocking!) Originally I had planned to use the pulls that were on the chest and just spray paint them but then I realized almost all of them were pulling apart and Matt didn’t really think he could fix them.  I searched on Amazon and fell in love with some antique looking glass knobs but they were $17.00 for a set of 4.  I would need 12 and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to spend $50.00 on knobs.  In the end, that’s exactly what I ended up doing.  The chests were really cheap so I figured I could splurge a little on knobs.

For just over $150.00, I was able to get us new bedside tables and they turned out AMAZING! The knobs really add a little something and the color blends nicely with the room.  Seeing how well these turned out, kind of makes me what to buy the Hurdal dresser and chest from IKEA, paint them and add the same knobs. (Side note, we saw these at IKEA and they are quite large and sturdy which is the only reason I’m really considering them.) That would redo our whole bedroom (chests included) for under $1000.00.  I told Matt I’m not really ready to take on this project but it might happen soonish. 😉

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Before: Our small crappy little tables.

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The chests before, during, my knobs, and after.

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Jul 292015

For the past year I’ve been drooling over this one specific dining room table that I kept seeing on Pinterest.  Of course, none of the links listed where the actual table was from.  I searched high and low and one day I finally found a blog that stated where the table was from, Restoration Hardware.  I immediately went to their website and found the table I’d been lusting over was the Salvaged Wood Trestle Dining Table.  And then I found the price.  No matter how much I loved this table I just couldn’t (and Matt said no!) see spending that much on just a table.


I began searching for something comparable, specifically with the same or similar style legs.  I found a few that were similar but either they weren’t solid wood or they were out of my price range.  If i was going to spend $1500+ I figured I might as well just buy the one I really loved.  Here are a few similar ones I found: Harverty’s Avondale, the Randall from Wayfair (which is really cheap and mostly made of veneers), the Manor House also from Wayfair (which I can’t currently find online but was listed for $2500.00), the Arcadia Extension Table from World Market (again mostly veneers).

Once I’d decided I probably wasn’t going to find my table, in a price range I liked, I started looking at other options.  There is a wholesale store called Nadeau in Raleigh that has solid wood pieces from India.  A coworker and I would run over at lunch and look around.  I finally decided that I’d most likely just buy a table from there when the time came and while it wouldn’t be my RH table, I could probably find something with that similar rustic feel.

I started following Nadeau on FB and IG since they get shipments in quite frequently. And then last week it happened, my table on their FB page!  I freaked and immediately commented to see how much the table was listed for and how big it was.  They responded and I showed Matt.  The table was still a little more than I wanted to spend but it was THE table! I even waited another week before I went to check it out in person.  I was able to get the guy to hold it for the rest of the day so I could go home and measure our space.  Once we knew it would fit, I told Matt he had to go see it so on Saturday we ran to Raleigh to check it out.  The table is made of solid mango wood and 7’3″ by 3.5′.  Matt agreed it was nice and I bought my table.  It was delivered yesterday and I can say it is spectacular!  It looks beautiful in the space.  Now I just need chairs and a rug.  I’ve had the rug picked out for a few months now but I’ll wait to purchase it since the table was a little more than I was hoping to spend.  I’m hoping the rug will help me decide on what chairs to buy.  For now the dining room is coming together. 🙂

Empty dining room


With the table!


The rug I want to go under the table.