Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend Finds {12th & White Sale}

 Ready for another preview of sale goodies? I hope so, because I have lots to share! My mom and I went out on a big picking trip this Saturday and we found so many amazing things.

I was able to find a couple of really charming paintings (well, prints) that have the soft hues and farmhouse charm I love. The first is of some sweet little country cottages surrounded by trees and pasture.

The other is a barn scene of three cows, and I love the idyllic setting, the colors and the oval shape.

I also scored a couple of rectangular ironstone platters, some silver mint julep cups, and some ironstone butter pats. You can see how I use butter pats and why I love them here.

This little faux mother-of-pearl utensil set is so sweet, even if it's not the real deal.

I love ironstone in any form, but butter pats are just so cute, especially in stacks.

I also found a red stripe grain sack...

And these awesome vintage drawers with wood fronts, original label holders and galvanized sides. I bought several of them in different sizes, and I had to laugh when I added them to my stash and noticed I had picked up another one almost identical to them from a completely different source a couple months ago. Guess I really like the look : )

I filled this drawer with some old croquet or pool balls that have lost their paint. Now they're simply a beautiful weathered wood sphere that would add so much texture and interest in a display.

I also found a couple of these crinkly wire desk baskets. I just love the character of these.

This large antique frame is so pretty, though it's missing its original mirror. I plan to turn the remaining backer board into a chalkboard and paint the frame white.

This salvaged iron piece is large and so striking. I can see it in a bookcase or displayed on a wall above a console.

I had to have these tulips that were in a display since they were peach, one of the colors in my new branding. They're filling a simple white vintage sap bucket.

I love it whenever I find French zinc pots like these. I've bought and sold a lot of them and they're always full of patina.

And last but not least, I also found this amazing antique leaded glass window. I LOVE this gorgeous piece and this photo does not nearly do it justice. It's very large - several feet long, and all the glass is intact. One side is a soft dove gray, the other is white. I'm going to be sad to see this one go : ) Price is $125.

There is lots more I didn't photograph, but this at least gives you a taste of some of the thing that will be available at the sale on September 6. What would you pick out? Anything that's your favorite?

Hope to see you there! You can RSVP and invite friends over on Facebook if you'd like!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Bath Inspiration {Gray, White & Mint Bathroom}

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Mine was spent sourcing some amazing new things for the big sale (more on that later), and dreaming about the next room makeover in our house.

I've been debating which room to tackle next, and have honestly been at a bit of a standstill on where to begin. It may seem like our house is done, but actually the entire back half of the house is mostly untouched. That includes three bedrooms (one to be an office), a hall bath, and our master bedroom. Somehow inspiration struck for the guest bath, so I guess that's where we're headed next! Here's what I'm thinking...

I know you're not too surprised by the white and gray : ) But I do want to add just a hint of color with mint - it always feels fresh and clean to me.

Here is how it's looking now. I apologize I forgot to take the photo during the day so it looks even worse in the evening with lights on, but at least you can see what we're working with. I recently found the bath mat at TJ Maxx and love it, and I already had the ruffled white shower curtain from our last house. The rest needs to go, however!

I really like the Hampton Bay Nadia collection from Home Depot, and will probably purchase the semi-flush mount and vanity three-light in the near future (the flush mount is on sale right now if you're interested!). I know it's picky but I much prefer lighting (especially vanity lights) with fabric shades rather than glass or plastic, so I think these fit the bill and lend a simple, elegant touch.

That plastic roller blind needs to go in a hurry, am I right? I would love to replace it with a custom roman blind made from this gorgeous Riad by Windsor Smith for Kravet in seafoam, but I think I'd probably have to sell my right leg to afford it (boo, expensive designer fabric). We'll see if I can find something similar for less. I love the geometric pattern, the fact that it's linen, and that it's a green that can read very gray, not too over-the-top green. 

Next up, shelving. I debated between a large piece of artwork to go above the toilet, or shelving. I think having shelves will allow me to add a little more personality through accessories (and change them up if I change my mind). This pretty wall shelf is from Home Decorators, though I'm not completely sure what shelf I'll actually go with. I'd really rather find something at a flea market for $15 that pay $150 for a ready-made piece, although this one is darling. So we shall see what I find.

The color will come through accessories like towels, soap and storage jars. I'm loving mint right now, but it's nice to know when I change my mind I can simply change out a few accessories for a new look. (Mason jars and soap - World Market, glass jar - Target, others - Google search)

I also plan to turn one of the balusters I recently found into a lamp for the counter. There is plenty of counter space, and I think it would add that unique vintage touch I love to have a salvaged piece incorporated. Plus I firmly believe in having a table lamp in every room to make it feel inviting!

So those are the big items - all decorative for now. I'd love to replace the tile, sink and toilet eventually, but for now a little "fluffing" will go a long way in giving this bath some personality. What do you think - is mint the right direction for this space? I'm excited to get started!



Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Church Pew

I hope you're not tired of hearing me talk about the 12th and White Sale yet...because there's much more to come! : ) My talented friend Joey will be doing most of the furniture for the sale (and she has some amazing pieces up her sleeve!) but I will contribute a few furniture items as well. I'm especially excited about this great antique church pew I found and painted!

It's about 7.5 feet long (bigger than my own white church pew) and super sturdy. Right now it's just hanging out in my living room waiting for the sale. Actually I think it will come in handy as extra seating at a shower I'm hosting soon, but it definitely takes up quite a bit of space in our fully-furnished living room.

It's painted in Benjamin Moore's Coventry gray, and I think it's just so pretty and classic. I know chalk/milk paint is all the rage but I do love Benjamin Moore paints for all sorts of projects.

Don't you just love the little bulls eye medallions and curved arms?

When I bought it it was a glossy bright red/orange/coral color. Actually pretty fun if you're a person who likes color, but I knew it wouldn't fit in with the aesthetic of my sale : ) I sanded it down (which got red dust everywhere), primed it and gave it two coats of Coventry Gray. It will also be sealed with furniture wax for durability.

The price is $195 and I think it would make a darling addition to an entry, hallway, or as seating at a large farmhouse table. 

I'm hoping it will go to a good home September 6, but until then I certainly don't mind enjoying it a bit!

Would you put a pretty gray church pew in your house? Where?


Friday, July 11, 2014

You Can Be a 12th & White Sponsor

Friends! With the growth of this little blog comes new opportunities. And that includes you and your creative business, blog or shop! I am now accepting sponsors at an introductory rate of just $25/month!

Since I'm a small business owner, I love connecting with other creative businesses and helping them succeed. This blogging community (specifically the home decor niche) is such an incredible thing to be a part of. I would love to partner with any of you who blog, have an etsy shop or business, or just want to connect others to your corner of the world.

 What kind of exposure would you get through advertising at 12th & White? This blog is more than four years old with hundreds of regular readers, 15,000 page views/month, more than 1,000 Facebook fans, and 8,000 Pinterest followers. My work has been featured in Inspiration Vintage Magazine, on CountryLiving.com and on several other blogs. And you would be supporting this creative business while you're at it. I've always wanted to see if this blogging/decorating/antiquing thing could turn into a full-time adventure, and this is another step in making that dream a reality.

Sponsor ads will appear in the sidebar of the blog beginning August 1. You will also receive a feature in a post at the start of your sponsorship.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, I'd love to hear from you! Just email me at courtneymbrowning (at) gmail (dot) com.

Here's to dreamers, creators and entrepreneurs!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Few New Finds {12th & White Sale}

Last weekend I scored a few fun goodies for the upcoming 12th & White sale. All whites and grays...back to my roots : )


I think this little tea tin is so charming! For now it looks pretty gracing my kitchen counter. The marble cutting board in the back is also something I picked up for the sale - love those!

I LOVE these old balusters! Their chippy white and gray paint is perfect and I love their classic shape! I'm considering making one or two of them into lamps for the sale.

 Will this industrial zinc clock stay with me or go to the sale?? We shall see! For now it lives in our hearth room, rounding out the corner by the bar (and hopefully distracting from the lovely TV!)

I loved the scalloped detail on this lampshade. I'm debating between leaving it as is or stripping it and using it as a hanging skeleton shade (there are a few stains on it, but nothing too terrible, so I'm torn). Which one would you rather purchase? : )

I found a few other smalls too, like this interesting old wire muzzle, a bottle with typography, and a little wall hanging.

What will you be searching for on September 6? We'll have this and (hopefully) lots more for sale! Actually I'm a little panicked I won't have enough...better do some more shopping!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vacation Memories Picture Frame {Simple Craft}

Thank you so much for all of your kind responses to the 12th & White announcement! I am so excited to see everything unfold! You guys are the best!

Since we recently got back from our fourth "big trip" as a married couple, I wanted to do something to have a reminder of all our travels. We try to escape once a year during the summer on a special getaway, and it's becoming one of our favorite traditions. I decided to create a photo timeline of our trips with labels of each destination and year.

I found this multi-photo frame at Home Goods and knew it would be perfect to chronicle our yearly adventures. I had also considered doing individual frames with the same idea, but I liked that you can see the timeline in this one frame.

If you would like to do a similar project, you will need a frame(s) with mat, craft bracket labels, white paper and pen (or printer) and a hot glue gun.

For the little label holders, I used these found at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section.

I hand wrote each of our destinations on a piece of paper, but will probably print out labels in the future (our printer isn't working right now). Next I hot glued the brackets to the mat under each photo slot with just a little glue to hold them in place. Then I slipped the labels in each one and I was done!

 So simple but now it's such a special treat each time I walk by. You could do the same thing with anniversaries, children's pictures, or just favorite moments you want to display.

There is still one more slot we could fill for next year, so we'll have to start planning our next vacation!
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