Some things I'm willing to pay full price for - things that I know I'll use for forever and will work in my wardrobe year-round. Pieces that are trendy and may be out of style in two years, not so much. The latter was the case with these Jeffrey Campbell "Bjork" booties. I'd wanted them from the beginning, but I couldn't see spending $225.00 on them.
So I waited, and waited, and waited some more. Then finally they were on sale at Need Supply Co.. And then I waited some more. Then - when there was a discount code that I could use to get more $$ off of the sale price, they came to live with me. I love them to death!! Though I have to say, even though they are clearly winter boots, they're horrible in any kind of snow. There's no traction on the sole, and I nearly fell like five times the first day I wore them out.
I really adore this kind of an all white look. It's clean and pretty, unfussy, and still has an air of nonchalance - as though you'd be equally ready for a day of wandering about shops in any metropolitan city, or strolling along a beachy coastline.
I wonder how, after a year and a half of working at things, our house isn't completely redone yet. One answer is that no one has left us an anonymous donation so that we might quickly do everything that we'd like. The other is simply that fixing things up takes quite literally, forever.
It must have been an eon since I posted our bedroom and front porch before & afters, but I have finally have another to offer up: the formal dining room.
What we did:
- ripped off the wallpaper (honest to goodness, the first thing that I did once we had the keys)
- painted the walls // door // trim white
- took out the laminate floors and installed Brazillian Cherry hardwood
- put up new floor molding // trim + white wainscoting going into the room.
- lots of pretty green plants.
Total cost (labor + furniture + materials ) = $1200.00
Since B. and I have no actual trips to the tropics planned, my only encounters with anything such have to come through trips to local Preuss Pets. Not that it's an exact substitute, but wandering among the cages of exotic birds, sea life, and fish, you can at least imagine that you're somewhere far away.
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