I have embraced this color! I love orange! My husband is Argentine! It couldn't be more perfect.
Take a look at this post from last year, yes I still have an oraange kitchen that we painted 9 years ago, but I think I want to freshen the paint now. Originally I painted it California Poppy by Ralph Lauren, I still love it, but maybe something brighter would be nicer--
I found this cute little wooden box a few weeks ago at a local shop. I bought it because it was yellow, I am a sucker for anything yellow. I've moved it around from room to room trying to find some useful purpose for it, then I realized it would be perfect in the family room on top of my yellow desk. Inside I put my Scrabble Flash Game and a few decks of cards, all ready for fun.
These bridge bookends were given to my by Katrina for my birthday. She knows how much I love visiting San Francisco. The bookends were almost perfect, but they were not very noticed in white. Considering the real Golden Gate Bridge is painted International Orange, I thought a little spray paint would do the trick. I love them even better now!
My husband has an obsession with brands. It is something he thinks about a lot. He is very picky specific about what brands he will buy and wear, and very hard to shop for. Over the 30+ years we have been together I have learned some "rules" that will make for more successful birthday and holiday gift shopping. Made in Italy - to him that means quality. Clothing, sunglasses, shoes, pretty much anything 'Made In Italy' is a winner. German made = precision craftsmanship, take a guess at what car he drives. Made In China - personal conviction will not allow him to knowingly purchase anything Made In China.
So last week I picked up these Bistro Chairs to put on our patio. Made In Italy. Can you believe it? Retail $100/chair, Home Goods Price 40% off. It gets better... on clearance for 78% off retail! Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!
I rarely go into an antique/vintage/thrift store looking for something to make over. I stop in these little stores to look for a treasure - something different and unique. I am also a little bit of a collector. I love maps, colored glass vases, oval platters and serving dishes, and vintage pyrex. Useful, practical things. Many times I bring something home and think, I would like this so much better if it was yellow (or orange, or pink, or...). My husband, always quick with the spray paint, gets it done for me. I don't always remember to take a before picture, so here is a few photos of the afters!
A new antique shop opened in my hometown, so I had to pop in and take a peek. It is a cute store in a tiny historic building, freshly painted and neatly organized. It didn't take long for me to find some unique items to load into the van.
Right inside the door I picked up the yellow book table,
then made a beeline for the little chair in the corner.
I love how the chair had a low back, and the seat was already covered.
Perfect in my daughters room.
I always look for kitchen items too. Mostly I love pyrex dishes with glass lids,
from the 50's and 60's, in bright colors. Today I found these mini Ball mason jar
salt & pepper shakers, and got a great buy on some stainless.
Added one little bottle with an orange top, (I love orange), and I was done.
On the way home I drove by a shop that is only open at the owner's whim.
The door was open so I stopped.
This shop has been around for a long time. It is full, I mean full. Things are crowded into any available floor space and piled on top of other things. You have to look under and behind to find the treasures. She carries all kinds of stuff, lamps, artwork, knick-knacks, books, clothing, china, jewelry, and much of it is genuine antiques. I found three things I couldn't leave without, and she took half off the total.
Must have been my lucky day.
This solid wood 4-panel screen is very sturdy and has nice moulding detail. I am not fond of
the crackle paint finish and the flower art, but my husband is always willing to sand and paint.
I love this chest! It has immaculate cedar on the inside, and the original finish. Even has the original
manufacturers sticker and warranty card on the inside of the lid. The finish is that light danish-modern sixties style. This I am not going to paint. I placed it by my bed for a quick photo, but it has a date
with some steel wool, TSP, and elbow grease to clean it. Then a new clear coat to freshen it up.
Lastly, I took home this globe. Just like the globes we had in school.
I love globes and maps of all kinds. This globe still has Chechoslovakia
and the USSR on it. Funny thing though, I was looking at it with my three youngest kids,
and I asked my 17yr old daughter who was recently accepted to several colleges,
to show the younger kids where Europe was and she didn't know! She has never
taken a geography class, not required. Funny, but a bit sad.