Our house is undergoing the beginnings of renewal! Mr. Rustic and I have been married almost 11 years and it has taken me that long to really figure out my style! I had a revolution this summer while shopping with my cousin. I LOVE anthropologie!!! I don't usually buy, because I am a thrifter at heart, but I do go to visit them often! If you've ever been in the store then you know exactly the style I am talking about. If not, here are a few shots from stores across the country:
Now, none of these pictures were taken at my local anthropologie, but you get the idea! I love the way it feels like it has been there 100 years and evolved over time. I love a rustic table paired with a fancy chandelier! I Love the vibrant colors mixed with worn wood and bold patterns!
I don't know what you call this style, but I want my house to look just like it! I want random stuff put together in a way that it looks like it belongs! So, I finally got brave and just started attacking my house (with a paintbrush)! Now that I have a definite goal, I am tackling one project and at a time...and on a minimal budget!
I decided to start with my living room and kitchen. I am going to do the two simultaneously, because sometimes finding just the right accessories can be challenging. And if I am redecorating two rooms at once I can look for a wider variety of items! This may be a slow process, but at least I am moving forward!
I tell you all this so you will know where I am headed ...AND... you can give me some feedback! Do you remember this lamp?
I got it FREE during my Estate sale shopping a few weeks ago! I decided it would look GREAT sitting by my couch. I know it was an awful brass circa 1970's or 1980's! But that's nothing a little paint can't fix! The shade posed the real challenge! Here's the final product:
What do you think?
After cleaning and priming, I painted the lamp a muted red and then glazed it. The shape is great and really stands out now that the brass is gone.
For the shade, I knew I wanted something different! So, I tossed around a few ideas and decided to go with book pages. But, I wanted some that were weathered and yellowed. So, I went to Goodwill in search of a book with old pages (yes I got tons of funny looks)! The one I found couldn't be more fitting!
A Time To Kill by John Grisham, PERFECT, since it was filmed less than 15 miles up the road from my house!!!
Now, be honest! What do you think? I really do want your feedback! Is this taking me in the direction I want to go...or have I completely lost my mind?
I think I am going to live with it for a while. If I change my mind...I'll just redo it! I can't wait to hear what you think! Thanks for stopping by!