Sunday, July 6, 2014

summer spiff up...


Hope you took full advantage of the long weekend, we found time to hang out with 
friends and family, take in some 4th of July festivities and almost finish our black deck
A couple weeks ago I popped in Goodwill and came home home with two items
that inspired a quick spiff up of my family room. I didn't have a plan, but it ended up
 being a lively burst of color that feels fresh and fun for summer.  


I nabbed this fretwork lamp so darn quick, and then noticed the insane $7 price tag! :)
It has a raised branch and blossom, and Greek key detail at the top and bottom, I'm smitten.
Then I spied the coral, chevron ikat pillow with embroidery detail for $6. It's
 available on Target's website for $25. Can you believe this is my first ever chevron
 purchase? That fun tropical lumbar is from this etsy shop that I love for unique 
 pillows, her custom details and workmanship are top notch, check out the velvet with 
exposed brass zipper...perfection!           


I moved our black lacquer table (a DIY from two years ago that I still love) for some 
contrast with all the white and styled my new Craigslist coffee table with a few books,
 white accessories and hosta leaves from our yard in a square vase. If you missed my post  
'simple summer styling' I shared some ideas for using foliage. 


If someone asked me to style a coffee table without books, a tray, and greenery or
 blossoms from our yard I'd be in a pickle. They're always my favorite go-to items.


$13 well spent - this little update will make me happy all summer!

What favorite item have you added to your decor for summer?



38 comments:

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Way to go! It looks like you spent so much more!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! small changes make a big summery difference! it looks perfect and i love the budget on it! :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks lovely! I adore all those pillows and I also use my hosta leaves all the time.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Selling me once again on the neutral background so you can change up a space on a whim! I love the combination of pillows, plus the colorful books and pop of fresh flowers!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Looks great! Terrific lamp! (Do you have a good place to get lampshades that are nice but inexpensive? Always my issue when finding great thrifted lamps...) I have that cute zebra tray, too! Love it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You find the best things at GW. I never find anything good at mine. Love that lamp.

Cathy Wall said...

That. Lamp. Deal of the century! And you know I am Theres Marie Designs' biggest fan, love how you styled those pillows. Happy Summer!

Therese Marie said...

Pleasing pillow pattern play, Pam. Perfection!

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful said...

Killer prices!!! Love the updates. Garden clippings are a favorite of mine because they're just so easy!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

What???? It looks gorgeous and so fresh for summer. Long gone are the days of all neutral. You have gone to the other side!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Love your summer colors! Perfect timing for my Citrus Punch post today. Love all your cool finds- you have THE BEST eye! xo Nancy

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Cannot believe you snagged that lamp for $7.00....my Goodwill has gotten a bit crazy with the prices..and that is a great Chevron pillow....wow..what great things for $13.00...for price of lunch...

cindy hattersley design said...

I knew that coffee table would look wonderful when you got it styled up, and that lamp is absolutely gorgeous!

Dana Frieling said...

You're the deal queen! I'm loving the tropical lumbar. Totally need to check out her store.

The Daily Nest said...

This is so pretty Pam! Love the lamp, what a find!! I'm going to cut some foliage now for my coffee table tray thanks for the inspiration! Have a good Monday! Kathy@The Daily Nest

Ginger Kohler said...

I inherited two lamps from my dad that are similar. He got them 60 years ago in Japan. They are cylinder shape with cherry blossom design. There is a nightlight inside the lamp that shines through from inside. Glad to see it with black shade. I certainly think you got a bargain.

pam {simple details} said...

Ginger - Thanks for letting me know, I completely forgot to mention the light in the base, mine has it as well! :)

pam {simple details} said...

Kristen - I usually find Target or Homegoods have the best prices. :)

Peggy said...

Pam,
This is truly lovely! I am in holy terror mode right now! PURGE, Purge, purge, and purging some more. It feels so good. We have some old industrial pieces coming into our home sometime this summer/fall (when its free you don't fuss about the time frame.... I'm just tickled to pieces to be getting it!) so I decided now is the perfect time to open up some space in preparation.

Thank you for sharing the idea to use foliage from the yard to brighten up the house. We have some lovely hostas which will make a welcome addition to the decor.

I hope you had a truly wonderful weekend surrounded with those you love!! Take care now!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

Such vibrant, pretty colors Pam :) So beautiful :)

Denise Greenwood said...

So pretty and full of life! Perfect for summer :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love it all, that lamp is a fantastic find and all of your pillows look so pretty and bright for summer. You do always have the prettiest tables, love this one and the accessories.

designchic said...

It looks so beautiful, Pam. I was needing a little coffee table inspiration and you have certainly provided it - great inspiration…

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What fun! Those are great finds - I have to admit I've not bought any chevron for myself! The gold trend I'm embracing but the chevron hasn't grabbed my heart yet I guess!
I love your coffee table displays - they always look like they are straight from a magazine :)

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

First of all, I'm loving your Craigslist coffee table in it's new space! And I think I want to bring a U-haul to Colorado and do a month of Craigslist and Goodwill shopping with you because I am always amazed by your finds. Your space looks gorgeous with your latest bargains!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Great score on that pretty lamp Pam and I LOVE all those colorful pillows...so pretty and summery!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Love your updates, Pam! My sister sold a lamp almost exactly like that in the garage sale...I'm still sick that I didn't snatch it up! Loving your new coffee table, too!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Looks wonderful!!!
You can style my coffee table anytime!

Calypso In The Country said...

Gorgeous! I love the updates Pam!
-Shelley

Jennifer Lippi said...

Such an elegant pop of color Pam! You seriously have the best Craigslist and Goodwill in your town. The prices and the selection are not great at my local store!
Jennifer@decoratingdelirium.com

Rebecca Castleberry said...

I love the bright summer colors! Great find with the lamp too!!

Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog

SHERRY HART said...

Looks great Pam! Love the colors and that lamp for $7 was a score!

Holly Gruszka said...

I LOVE this Pam - and the fun mix of pillows. I need to check out the Etsy shop you refer to as well. I'm always looking for unique pillows. I've enjoyed using hosta leaves as well. I'll have to read up on your styling tips.

Holly Gruszka said...

OH!!! It's one of Therese's pillows. I don't remember seeing that one but I love it.

Bethany DeVore said...

Loving the colorful updates! I'm sprucing up a little for summer too :)

Vel Criste said...

That lamp is a real steal and that pillow?! Perfect as well, love all the colors and pattern Pam, perfect for summer!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

This looks so beautiful!! I love all the color!! And that comment about being in a pickle without books, trays, and foliage! ;)

Eileen said...

Looks very summery. I love the hosts leaves idea and am now heading over to read your "simple summer styling" post for more inspiration.

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