Friday, October 17, 2014

The One I Couldn't Part With


People often ask me if it's difficult to sell the things I find. Most of the time, it's really not. I always buy things with a purpose in mind - either to keep or sell. Occasionally, there is a really special piece I just can't let go of, even if it was meant to put a price tag on. This was the case with an arched leaded glass window I found while in Kansas City a few weeks ago.



I brought it in the house and "just wanted to see" what it might look like on the mantel with my other architectural salvage pieces...of course it was perfect.


So for now, I'll be keeping it : ) I love the varied height it adds with my other large arched window. I also found a pair of the corbels you see here, and one of my favorite finds yet - the 12th Street sign! Since I changed my blog/business name I knew I wanted to find this sign - I just didn't know I'd find it so quickly! I was thrilled to have this special piece!



I also recently found the perfect finishing touch to this wall in our little breakfast area.


I got the large B plaque for Christmas last year, but always knew I needed more to finish off the wall. I found these hanging lanterns online and knew they would be such a fun addition. I think they are really unique pieces and love that they fit right into this corner!


This room was always a bit of a "second thought" after our living/dining area, but I'm feeling like it's finally coming together!

Courtney

Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Place to Shop 12th & White


I'm so excited to share that you can now shop 12th and White at ReLove All Things Shabby in Wichita (Central and Woodlawn)! I've teamed up with the talented Lisa of Milk + Honey Candles to share her space, which is already filled with the most delicious candles and darling furniture, at this fun local boutique. 


It's a small booth, which is good for me. I pulled out of The Cottage a few months ago because keeping up with a retail space in the midst of working was just a lot. But this is much smaller scale and I think will be way easier to manage, so I'm trying it out.


I got to take my things in this weekend and do a little fluffing in the space. Lisa already had it looking darling with her own finds, some gorgeous furniture pieces and the most tempting candles, and I just added to it with some vintage goods. 



I love this arched window paired with the antique tin ceiling tile. The other accessories are Lisa's - doesn't she have great taste?


I loved this darling street sign...Lisa snatched it right up before it could make it to the booth! I don't blame her - the perks of being in business together! : )



I have a great piece of French stripe fabric, a large brass trophy, several pieces of ironstone, a couple scales (actually this gray one already sold), a silver sugar jar which to me looks like a trophy, and quite a few other great pieces!


This cool bread box (not old but looks like it!) is also available for $49.

Be sure to come by and check it out! ReLove is open Monday - Saturday 10-5, and until 7 on Thursdays.  

Courtney


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Antiquing in Kansas City's West Bottoms


Morning! I'm back from a quick Saturday trip antiquing in the West Bottoms. As I've shared several times before, this is some of my very favorite shopping, happening the first weekend of each month. I haven't had a chance to go up there for quite a while, so I was thrilled to be able to go with my friend Leah and her baby Lauren.


Isn't Lauren about the cutest thing you've ever seen? A beauty just like her mama!


I fell in love with these very large antique wire wall baskets and knew they would be perfect for either side of our dining room door. But sadly, at $50 each it was a bit too steep for me.


Ironstone galore!


This photo doesn't do this trophy at Prize Antiques justice - it was huge! Probably four feet tall at least.


More amazing Prize displays




I loved this rustic farmhouse island...ready with electrical outlets!


This display was amazing - lots of ironstone in an old beadboard cupboard. And of course I purchased that arched window on top. It will be for sale soon in a new venue - more on that later!


I have quite a thing for church pews, and this one outside the new Top Hat Mercantile (the newest venture by the amazing Debbie Dusenberry) was beautiful.


Lauren did great on her first antiquing road trip! 13 hours and hardly a bad moment!

I'll be back tomorrow with a few of my finds! 
Courtney


Friday, October 3, 2014

Master Bedroom Plans

Hello friends! We've made it to Friday! As I mentioned before, I am currently turning my decorating attention to the second half of the house - the bedrooms, office and hall bath. We recently hosted a large party at our home, so our bedroom was perfectly clean (for an hour or two) and I decided to take a few photos. I have some fun plans for this room...


The walls are painted Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore. After choosing a shade of gray for every rooom in our home, I can say that this is the one I did not pick well. I am so happy with our other grays, but this one went totally blue on me. I would love to repaint at some point, but just don't have it in me right now. The color is very lovely, it's just not what I had envisioned for the space.


I feel like this room has a good foundation laid, with the bed, dressers, bedding and curtains, but now it needs some finishing touches. Currently there is a ceiling fan which will soon be switched out for a chandelier (more on that below). 



In the corner is the door that leads to our tiny little master bath.


Don't you love the large floor mirror my parents got me for Christmas? It makes dressing in the morning so nice. If you look very closely in the mirror you can see some trim on our closet is missing. This is because our closet doesn't have doors at all, and we purchased French doors to remedy that situation. We're in the process of getting them installed (finally...we've only lived here a year : )


If you remember our last house, our bedroom looks mostly the same - same furniture, bedding, curtains, etc. Eventually I might change the curtains, although honestly I still really like the softness the simple white ($5!) sheers bring to the room. It feels incredibly peaceful and tranquil all the time.



 So here is what will be added/changed. I've already purchased the French style chandelier and am excited to get it installed. I will be keeping our white pinch pleat bedding, but adding the Pottery Barn Samantha duvet at the end of the bed along with two Euro pillows. I've also purchased the mirrored Hayworth nightstand for Matt's side of the bed (as great as the plywood table I've had since I was 10 has been...it was time for an upgrade!). Actually, the Hayworth line from Pier 1 was the inspiration for our entire room when we were married. It is why I bought the white bedding and chose the bed I did. This is the first piece of the line I have actually purchased, but the silver and mirrored look was what sparked my direction three years ago. 

I also plan to purchase this silver damask rug if it will ever come back in stock. And I got a beautiful antique vanity (which looks very similar to the one pictured) at an estate sale recently. It's hanging out in our garage waiting for a coat of white paint right now. I also hope to find a few mirrored wall frames to hang, and especially to frame our large professional wedding portrait (which has been relegated to the floor in the corner for three years now...).

So there's where we are and where we're headed. Stay tuned for updates as things progress! Have a great weekend! I think I hear that vanity and a paint brush calling my name...

Courtney


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introducing Decorating Services

Friends...I am so excited to announce that 12th and White is expanding to now include decorating services! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you got a sneak peek at this news. I am so happy to be able to now offer these services!


I would be so thrilled to help those near and far with their decorating needs! Whether you could use some help picking a paint color, arranging a room, filling a wall, designing a space from scratch, shopping or sourcing furnishings, or just have a decorating question, I would love to help you! I know sometimes it's easy to get "stuck" while decorating your own home, or you may have a tricky design situation that simply needs a fresh pair of eyes. Maybe you love a certain look, but aren't sure how to achieve it on your own. I can help!

Hourly Decorating Services :: $40/hr
This option is probably best for those who are local to Wichita, KS, and surrounding area. This can include pretty much anything you need on the decorating spectrum, from a quick consultation, to full room design and sourcing over the time it takes to pull together a space. Here are some ideas of what can be included:
- In-home consultation
I'll come to your home and together we'll talk through your space(s). I can give ideas and recommendations, help rearrange furniture, "shop your house" for a new look, style shelving and accessories, etc.
- Paint Color / Layout Recommendation
After seeing your space, I can work on recommending paint colors or wall coverings, the best furniture placement, etc.
- Shopping & Sourcing
Don't have time to shop for your furnishings or accessories? Let me do it for you! Or we can go together to pick out new items. This can also include sourcing vintage and antique items, since that's my specialty.
- Design Boards
Once I've seen your space and gotten a feel for your look (including your favorite inspiration photos and Pinterest boards), your timeline and your budget, I will design a custom design board just for you, including all sources.

E-Decorating Services & Design Boards :: $150 per board
If you're not local (or would prefer an email exchange), I'm still thrilled to help you! You'll send me pictures of your space and we'll "chat" via email about what you're envisioning. Then I'll put together a custom design board including sources. Next, you'll give input and feedback, I'll tweak to your liking and send along a finalized design board. This is great for those who need a concrete design plan to work from, then can carry out the leg work themselves.

{example design board}

Single Decorating Question :: $25
If you have a single decorating question you can email, such as which paint color to choose or how to fill a blank wall, etc., I'll be glad to help get you pointed in the right direction!


My Specialties
- Neutrals
If you read this blog, that's obviously a pretty good sense of my "look." My signature style is sophisticated neutrals with a bit of a cottage flair.
- Vintage/Antiques
I also specialize in working unique vintage and antique pieces in with new decor. I travel near and far to find the best vintage goods, and can help you source some really fun items for your home.
- Budget Decorating
I can work on almost any budget. Even if you simply want your current decor revamped for $0, we can do that together. If you read this blog, you know I'm pretty thrifty, and can also help if you have a tight budget for new furnishings and accessories.
- Other Looks
My home is neutral, but I love all kinds of styles, from contemporary to farmhouse to French to colorful and eclectic. I can help you pull a space together no matter your personal tastes!

I have been passionate for decorating for so long, and I'm so thrilled to take my love for decor to a new level by helping others achieve the look they want in their home. I believe everyone should genuinely enjoy their space and make it a reflection of their life/family. It would be an honor to help any of you in this way!

Interested? 
Just email me at courtneymbrowning@gmail.com. I can't wait to start this new adventure!
Courtney

Friday, September 26, 2014

A New Entry Light {And Other Affordable Options}

For my birthday, my parents gifted me a pretty bell jar light for our entry. There are at least 12 "boob lights" in our house - which are perfectly fine, but not very pretty/statement making. So I've slowly been replacing them one by one.


The new light makes the whole space feel more finished and sophisticated. Someday I really will get around to painting the front door and replacing the hardware...but at least the rest of the space is finished now!


The black metal on the light ties into the mirror and other black touches throughout the space.



I still need to paint the ceiling where apparently an old light was, but overall, I love the charm and sophistication this little piece brings when you enter our home - it's like the cherry on top of our great room!


If you're in the market for an entry light, here are some other lovely options I found. Any of them could easily be the crown jewel on your entry space...and all are under $200! (Well, except #1, but I liked it so much I couldn't help include it! It's only $250 : )


Have a great Friday!
Courtney

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Vintage Horse Prints {And Our Guest Bedroom}


Hello friends! Things have been busy busy around here. Since the sale has been over I've been working on our house like crazy! Though it may seem our house is furnished, in reality we haven't even touched the other half of the house with three bedrooms, a bathroom and our master. I've made some fun new purchases over the last few weeks and have gotten to finally work on these new spaces. It feels good to be back to decorating!


The other day I saw these gorgeous horse prints at my favorite local {read: expensive} boutique. I absolutely loved the graphic black and white punch they had, but I did not love the price. They were $90 each. So I went online and found them on several websites - for $300 for a set of 6 ($50/each). Still not what I wanted to pay. I've made my own vintage printables before, so I figured I could find some similar horse prints and DIY the look I loved.


I downloaded free vintage horse prints online {the ones I used are here here here and here} and turned them black and white. I purchased 11x14 black frames from Hobby Lobby for $7.50 each and popped the prints right in.


I'd say $30 is way better than $300-540! I hung them in our guest bedroom, which is currently a work in progress (forgive the plastic still on the lampshade above - these pictures were taken mid-room styling).


Here is how the room stands now. It is almost impossible to photograph this room well given the small window, so forgive the wonky light/shadows. It's really coming together! My mother-in-law was kind enough to paint the walls when I was out of town one weekend (they are Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore) and then the room sat empty for several months until I could turn my attention to it.



I already had the bedding from Target, and I found this perfectly coordinating pillow at TJ Maxx the other day.


 I'm still on the hunt for a table for this side of the bed, so this is borrowed from the hearth room for now.


This chalk board didn't sell at the sale, so into the room it went! It's a handy place to let our guests know what the wireless password is (a necessity in any guest room these days!).

  


This half of the room is almost complete, and I'm happy with how it's coming together. The lamp was on clearance from Target, and the black linen shade is also Target but looks just like the ones from Pottery Barn. I picked up the black side table on clearance at TJ Maxx and the picture frame is from Hobby Lobby. I loved the shape but didn't like its original color, so I painted it a gray and white wash. It may get filled with another vintage printable, we shall see!


I have ordered this fabric for the drapes, which I think is so pretty. It was pricey to have custom drapes made, so I'm going to try my hand at a no-sew pinch pleat idea I found. Hopefully it turns out ok!


I also ordered this lantern pendant to replace the dinky ceiling fan that provides pretty much zero light. I think it will add a nice statement piece as well as clean lines to the space.


The other half of the room doesn't have much happening just yet. I found this large vintage wicker table at a rummage sale the other day for just $10. It's probably too big for the room but it serves a purpose for now. I just need to give it a good cleaning, hang the mirror and do some styling, and we'll be in business!



It's been so fun finding pieces for this space, but I think the horse prints are still my favorite!

Courtney

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