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It's been a busy weekend so far here at casa di Kim. I should be studying for a big test coming up at work, but who wants to study when it's beautiful outside and there's tons of thrifting and decorating to be done? I thought I'd share with you all what I managed to get done around here and some of the things I picked up yesterday.

I FINALLY got around to painting my rattan patio set. Luckily I bought 4 cans of spray paint (Key Lime), because that's how much it took - and it really could use a final coat. But by the end of the fourth can, my fingers were killing me. And next is to stencil the mammoth fence behind it for some added oomph.

About a week ago I went to Zone, one of my favourite home decor shops, in search of some deer heads to put on the wall above my yellow chair in the living room. It was looking a little bare with only my cuckoo clock. I couldn't find any that would work, so instead I bought a box of magnetic plastic flowers by Umbra. Not sure that I like them, but I stuck them up anyway and I hope they grow on me, because I'll have 25 holes to fill otherwise.

A parcel arrived from Jo last week that I was SO EXCITED about. She sent me 4 Balinese flags for my backyard, a bunch of pillow covers made from some awesome fabric she found on eBay (I'll use them in my bedroom if I ever get around to decorating it...the pillow in 2 photos above is one of them), a bust vase and a West German pot. The box showed up totally smashed in on one corner, so I'm amazed everything made it in one piece.

Yesterday I went to pick up a framed Tretchikoff print I won on eBay the other day. Now if I could just find more of these in thrift shops around here. I haven't figured out where she'll be hung yet.

I also went to a thrift shop near me and found a few goodies. (I almost ended up with 2 more peacock chairs but luckily they were too big to take home). The magazine rack is in the living room (see second photo above). The glasses are so pretty, with etchings in the glass you can't really see.

On a walk downtown last night (the rain finally let up), I found a little Asian dress shop that was open and acquired a few more trinkets.

That's it so far....it's still early in the day....

Reader Comments (13)

Hi Kim,
I love your outdoor furniture. I just painted my mom's patio table and my finger was done in after only 2 cans! Those pillow covers should look fantastic out there.
I also did a paint design at the base of her fence a few years back. She has dirt next to the fence where we planted some ferns. It was going to look a little sparse until they grew in so I painted some green palm fronds starting at the base going up about one and a half feet. It filled in the plants and looked really beautiful once the paint weathered a bit.
(I only get to play in my mom's yard as I don't have one!)
Good luck with your project!
Lisa & Alfie

I really like the flowers...they add a little subtle texture without making it feel too overwelmed with color or pattern.

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Limestone

I like the flowers too! I saw them at Urban Barn and am wondering about how I may work them into my space...

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphoenix

No wonder we're always tired Kim! So much work to do on a weekend! Having sprayed a bookcase this weekend I know all about spraycan finger. Ouch!

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

Work and interior designing :) I sprayed my lamp foots in a white color, cheap and fun. ThankĀ“s for all the inspiration :)


I love the Lime green color! Great choice...

I love me some thrifting as well

I need to post picture of everything i got this week end as well on my blog...

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYara

at the pickled hutch: palm fronds is a great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind. Glad to hear people like the flowers. And lastly, isn't thrifting a blast?!

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

go kim! lookin' good, my dear. ;)

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdesign for mankind.

just found your blog via yummygoods, and Love, Love, Love It! I too painted my grandmother's old iron swing and some other patio furniture and after 4 cans of spray paint, my finger was numb for 2 days! I made my hubby buy me one of those trigger thingies to finish it up. So glad to have found this site and i look forward to going back into the archives at my leisure. Will I ever have to buy another home dec mag.? I think not. Thanks.

22 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commentertpanderson

very fresh, a job well done!!

23 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenternunu pepe'

KIM! lime GREEN! what an inspiration! HOW absolteuly funny :) nice work, i'm a fan, as u know! ;)

23 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdrey

yep, HOT. love the cushions, love the flowers, and love the colours!

23 Jun 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpia

love it - the colour is glorious!

26 Jun 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

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