Beauty at the Barbershop

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They just don’t make things like they used to.

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Which is why I’m so drawn to antique stores and the like… 

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Always on the lookout for that extra special piece.

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Well, this has got to be our most unique find yet.  An old barber shop mirror turned sideboard. 

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This piece has replaced our old mantel.  Yes, that same one we installed not too long ago.  (embarrassing)

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Plans not tended to tend to change.  Needless to say, the fireplace insert project never happened.  But this barbershop piece fits in better with our new demolition plans.  Stay tuned!

Several little birdies have congratulated me on being mentioned in the Flea Market Style 2011 magazine:

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But I have yet to get my hands on it!  It’s not from lack of trying.  For two weeks now I’ve combed the racks and nada!  Even yesterday!  I’ve only had a sneak peak from Urban Farmgirl:

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To say I feel honored is an understatement.  Thank you so much Flea Market Style!  I chose Revival Antiques in Raleigh as my favorite place to shop.  They started out as a booth at the Raleigh Flea Market, but now have a showroom and warehouse in downtown Raleigh. 

The showroom has a mix of accessories and furniture that they have repurposed:

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But the warehouse is my favorite part…stuffed full of treasure just waiting to be polished up… or beat up, depending on your style ;)  My kind of shopping:

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I have bits of Revival sprinkled all throughout my home.  The barbershop piece being the latest, but definitely not the last.

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To learn more about Revival Antiques, click here.

Makeshift Bolster

Part of our spontaneous “vacation day” included separating the four girls into two rooms.  Which meant bunking two of the beds to accommodate a smaller space. 

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Since we could no longer drape their colorful quilts at the foot of their beds due to the pesky ladder, I decided to repurpose them as bolster pillows instead. 

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I didn’t want to spend any money on bolster inserts, so here’s what I did…

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I used an old king size pillow and grabbed some string.

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Then summoned two available children to hold down the ends after I folded it in half.

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I tied the string around one end pretty tight and made a knot.

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Then I wound the string over and over around the folded pillow.

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Until it resembled a giant grub. 

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I then laid out a twin quilt (mine is cut in half, but you don’t have to do this). 

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At the bottom edge, I started rolling the quilt tightly around the pillow.

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Once rolled up, I safety-pinned the seam in the middle to hold it secure.

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Using string, I tied each end as tight as I could.

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At which point, the pillow took on the form of a snazzed-up Tootsie Roll.  Much better than a grub.

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Then came the most expensive part of this project.

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$6 for a roll of satin ribbon from Michaels. 

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A pretty bow for each side finishes the look.

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A Writing Nook for Charlotte

As mentioned in a previous post, this Perkins Brailler has become a permanent fixture in our home. 

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Just like you and I need easy access to a pen and paper, little Charlotte needs something quick and accessible too. And just like sighted children who develop writing skills by first scribbling with crayons, Charlotte “scribbles” on her brailler. 

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However, her “crayon” is bigger and heavier than most, and can’t be simply tucked in a drawer.  So, we tucked it in a closet instead. 

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We took off the closet door, and my handy husband made a desk top and built it in.  I lined the back of the closet with burlap for a bulletin board effect.

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I painted and distressed an old chair a creamy white, then used a thrift store shirt to make a little skirt.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know this wasn’t my first time repurposing clothing.

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I thought the tag in the shirt was so cute, I decided to utilize it.
 
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When I started out this project, my vision was for a wall of vintage braille flashcards above her desk. But when was the last time you happened upon vintage braille flashcards?  Me neither.  So I made my own…

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I found raised stick-on dots at the craft store.  Score!

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We can easily take the flashcards on and off the metal hooks for practical use.  They are for Charlotte to learn by touch and for the rest of us to learn by sight.

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I often think how humorous it is that God would place a blind child with me…  a woman so obviously drawn to aesthetics.  Perhaps it’s to help me “see” things from a different perspective.  Yes, I’m sure that’s part of it.

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But I suppose if nothing else, Charlotte has a mommy that will happily help her decorate her first home.  :)

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