Wednesday, June 29, 2011

shabby apple winner

And the winner of the fabulous Shabby Apple Dress Give-Away is..... DRUM ROLL.................................................................................................................................................................................

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Congratulations Emily, I will be emailing you today to get your info. 

If you didn't win don't fret, you can still receive 10% off your Shabby Apple order by using the code "thetable10off" at check out! 

Thank you to everyone who entered and to Shabby Apple for their generous prize!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mary McDonald

Much has been said around the blogosphere about BRAVO's new hit show Million Dollar Decorators. My personal favorite standout is Glamour Girl, Mary McDonald. While her style is quite a bit more over the top than mine I can still appreciate her awesome mash up of modern, feminine & glossy. 

Her flooring choices are what have inspired me most. I'm in love with all of the pattern painted floors she does. I've seriously been considering a chevron painted garage floor- why can't a garage be pretty too?

Not only is her work gorgeous but so is her wardrobe! Those big chunky necklaces paired with easy breezy tunics make her the poster girl for California Chic. 

Have you watched the show yet? What are your thoughts? If I could change anything we'd see more of Mr. Nathan Turner

Below Mary is trying to convince her client the floors will be great once the rest of the installation is complete. 

She was so right!

Last October Mary put a book out available on Amazon here

Don't forget you still have a few hours left to enter to win this fabulous dress courtesy of Shabby Apple! {click here to enter}

Good Luck!

Monday, June 27, 2011

marley & me house for sale

If you could actually see the home featured in the movie Marley and Me through your river of tears, you fell in love with it just like me. Well now it can be yours for a cool 1.25 million. It sits on 15 acres in West Chester, PA and was built in 1831. 

{I love this bathroom}

Click here to see more images

Don't forget there is still one more day to enter the Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway HERE


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

I'm so excited today to announce a fabulous giveaway from Shabby Apple. You may recall me going on about how cute Lucy's easter dress was that I ordered from them this year. Shabby Apple has a cool vintage vibe to their clothing with various fun collections that cater to ladies and girls. They even have maternity, wedding, fitness, plus size and swim lines! They offered to let me choose a dress to give to one of you lucky ladies! There were so many cute dresses to pick from but I settled on......... drum roll........

                                           The CORTEZ

Isn't it so chic? It would be perfect paired with these shoes. I would totally rock it to any summer wedding or event. 

**And you can have one too! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight on Tuesday June 28th. Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to US residents. And it will be sent to you in any size you choose if you happen to be a the big winner.

Want two additional entry chances?

1. "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook
, and leave an additional entry leave another comment here letting me know.

2. If you are a follower of The Table leave another comment (love you guys!)
{or become a follower and then leave a comment}

***PLEASE be sure and leave a way for me to contact you if you don't have a blog. 

So there ya have it, a fabulous dress from Shabby Apple (THANKS GUYS!), 3 chances to win, and hopefully somewhere fun to wear it to.

Also for a limited time Shabby Apple is giving readers of The Table 10% off! Just enter "thetable10off" at checkout. 

Good Luck Everyone!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

family room updates

Something had been amiss in the Arkanoff family room and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I kept thinking it was the paint color on the walls when one day not too long ago it hit me like a bolt of lightning. It was those dang giant natural wood french doors. They were casting an orange "oakey" hue onto everything.  So I grabbed the primer and dove in not even considering the amount of work ahead of me. I blogged yesterday about the exact number of coats in store. Once I finished one side completely it was clear that had definitely been the problem. That was sort of the turning point where I felt back on track. A little trip to Bloomington, IN last week netted us a couple of great finds that felt like tied up all the loose and ends. The space is D-O-N-E. {till i get bored of course}

I swear I did not pose the dog. Thats just Trixie. 

The aforementioned recently painted frenchies to the left. Poufs from Calypso St. Barths for Target. 

pillows clockwise from top: large white euro is simply shabby chic for target, yellow flower pillow is dwell for target and the grain sack union jack is from Lola Rue and Company in Bloomington. 

That sweet 1950's school map of Europe is also from Lola Rue. It brings the color and energy I feel like we were lacking before. I'm not even going to pretend that we don't have a gaudy plastic playhouse because I'll own it. It's a family room and right now the littlest member of our family loves to play in there. Not to mention it fills up the weird space under the stairs nicely. {for now} Note another glass paneled door going into the laundry, don't worry it's on my list. 

i love the buffet that we picked up this past winter from a local antique store. it's the perfect size to hold that man t.v., it's got tons of storage not to mention character that newer pieces we looked at lacked. 

The mantle got a nice little update too. To make room for the old new wall map the chalkboard i made got bumped to above the fireplace which is where it probably should have been all along because it fits so well there. i made a quick summertime sailing flag inspired bunting and clipped it up. {tutorials on the chalkboard and the bunting coming soon}

A view going up the stairs to the foyer, kitchen, living/dining level.

Hope you enjoyed your tour. 

Tune in tomorrow... I just might be giving away a snazzy dress from here! 

Au Revoir my friends! 


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

white painted frenchies

I've got a bit of a natural wood glass paneled door collection on my hands in this house. One pair of french and 4 more singles. Thats 6 doors or 12 sides which need 2 coats of primer each= 24 plus 2 more coats of white trim paint= 24. 24+24= 48 whopping coats of paint not to mention all of the scraping afterwards. So far I've got one side of the frenchies totally done. 8 down 40 more coats to go. 

I need a little inspiration to keep me going! 

wish me luck!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

a message to my men

Happy Fathers Day to the two best men I know. 

{daddy I'm so grateful you taught me to be so strong and honest. You showed me how to fish and how to throw a baseball. You made sure I loved The Beatles as much as you do and to always write a thank you card. I love you so much and I'm one lucky girl to have you.}

{Nick I'm so blessed to have you and I thank my lucky stars every day that you found me. You are an amazing daddy to our little girl and she loves you so very much. Happy Fathers Day! 


Thursday, June 16, 2011

new fence and arbor

We got our new fence and arbor put up recently. When we bought the house we knew we'd need a fence for safety reasons (steep drop off down to creek) and I've always dreamed about an arbor! I can't wait to get a clematis growing up it. I've also been busy transplanting nice size hosta's and ferns all over the place, I'm beginning to love this crazy yard.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Some women collect shoes, I tend to like to sort and collect pretty images. I blogged recently about my new found love affair with Pinterest which only feeds my eye candy addiction. 

the modern mixed with the old suits me to a T

that grey striped wall paper, the marble top french bistro table, the cabinetry, the mugs!

beat up tolix chairs and bead board ceilings 

pink and sparkle with ghost chair

the sconces and wallpaper ohh la la!

painted floors!

those walls!

the books in the fireplace= 

love the tulip table mixed with the louis chairs... but where the heck is the hardware on the cabinetry? 

old metal fan + peonies- duh

more chippy tolix inspiration

ghost chair and french bistro table