Saturday, August 30, 2014

JUST LIKE THE MODELS


JUST LIKE THE MODELS

About a week ago, my friend Phyllis from "Aroundthehouse" called to see if I wanted to go with her to "Just Like the Models."  Of course, I said yes and off we went.  Phyl was on the hunt for some decorating items for her daughter and grandson.

Just Like The Models purchases all of the furniture and decorating items from the model homes after they have all been sold.  It is a very LARGE warehouse just full of everything you could think of.  They even buy irons, toasters, etc.  The cords have been cut before they go into the models so no will steal them.  When they buy a model home they get everything in that house.

Here are some shots of the warehouse so you can see how big it is.  For those of you that are in So. CA the store is in Irvine.  Not to far from Jamboree Road and Alton Parkway.


Here is some pictures of the furniture in the warehouse

This picture is of the dinning room tables, coffee tables and end tables


This aisle is so fun because there are dishes, glassware,  decorating items of all kinds.  There are boxes to go through that have napkins ring, shells, candles, etc.


Lots of beautiful rugs and some that are very expensive.  I know most of us bloggers are great shoppers and know the value of items when we see them.  There are some great deals if that is what you are looking for.


There are rows and rows of beautiful pictures in all shapes and sizes.


There are rows and rows of couches stacked on special frames so they can get more in there.  The longer the items stays - the more it is marked down, but if you really want it, you can't wait to long.


They have staged about four different living rooms so you can see how it looked in the model homes.  Of course you don't have to purchase everything only what you want.  Some of the decorative items are stunning.


I felt so sorry for that young man working there - he was trying to hang a really big picture and it was so hot in there - no A/C only fans.


Now on to the items that I purchased.


Don't you just love the decorative breads and sweet rolls - they look so real.



I only paid $7.98 for all of the breads and rolls.




There were only two of these napkins.  They were lovely linen with big rick rack on the edge of them and were only $1.00 each.  They will be fine for just me or if I have one guest over.


There are 4 of these beauties - such a pretty fall color for only $1.00 each.  Will look great with a Fall tablescape.


These napkins are such a pretty color combination and I just couldn't pass them up.  There were 6 napkins for $7.99.  The reason I purchased them is they go so well together with the wine glasses and napkin rings.  I have two sets of dishes that they will look stunning with.

These are a beautiful blue abalone shell napkin rings which look so good with the napkins - now wait for it  and you will understand my thinking.


Aren't these the most stunning blue wine glasses you've ever seen for just $1.98 each.  There were 5 of them, but I thought I really don't need 5, so I just purchased 4.  Got them home and didn't I drop one of them and it broke in so many little pieces.  I was so mad at my self, but I thought - oh there is another one. So I called right away and asked the girl if it was still there and she said yes.  Can you please hold it for me until tomorrow.  No, we only hold items for one hour.  I said I would give her my cc and when I explained what happened she agreed to keep it for me.   It was to late in the day and with after work traffic, I knew that I would not get there in time.  But I sure made it the next day.


This is how they all look together.  I have two sets of dishes that I can use these with.  I think I had a very productive day, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my little shopping trip.

Hope you will leave a comment as my staff likes it when I read them.

Mary


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HURRAH FOR THE RED, WHITE and BLUE


Since I love the Fourth of July, thought that I would do a tablescape to honor our wonderful Country.


I decided to put this on my front patio with all the roses enclosing this little area.  Most of my dishes that I used I have had for a while.

The red charger plates I purchased at Marshall's about 4 years ago along with the bowls  The blue glass ware is from the Dollar Tree  for $1.00 each.





Meet Liberty - I found him at Michael's and he was $14.99, but with my 50% discount I got him for $7.50.  Don't you love it when  you find a great deal.  I danced all the way to the check out counter.  Not that I needed another rooster, but he was calling my name.


The table is set for 2 and I will be inviting my girl friend over for a early dinner so we can watch the fireworks from Disneyland.  During the summer they set off Fireworks almost every night, which gets to be a little much.


I made these napkins from material that I found in my stash and I put a white napkin with it to bring out the pretty design of the material.  I have enough left over to make a table runner or more napkins, as I only made four.  I also found this red/white check material which I made into a tablecloth.  I have enough material to make 4 napkins.


The white plates with the blue strip I found at SA for a $1.00 each.  They are nice and heavy plates and I felt that they would go with what I was trying to achieve for my tablescape.

My friend Phyllis from Aroundthehouse gave me the red silverwar and the little metal buckets, which go very well with the dishes.

I love the little flag pillow and it looks so good with my red throw and pillow.  Phyllis gave me the pillow many many years ago and I almost forgot that I had it. The little angel bear is guarding  all the decorations.



I made a wreath for the front porch with all red, white and blue flowers and decorations.  I have placed numerous flags in my flower pots on the porch.


Just a few of my flags flying in the breeze.  I must say that it was very hot here today.  What made it so bad is the humidity - which normally it is very low, but not today.  I though that I was going to melt.  No more tablescapes outside when it's hot,

I hope you have enjoy my little tablescape.  I would like to give thanks to all our military who keep us safe and sound - God Bless you all.

Waldo, Lili and I hope that you will leave us a comment as we love reading them and I try to answer all of my comments.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all of my blogging friends.
The Dedicated House
Mary - Waldo and Miss Lili


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Ivy and Elephants ~ What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party Thursdays
Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
My Turn for Us ~ Freedom Fridays Blog Hop
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The Thrifty Groove ~ Thrifty Things Friday
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

I've Been Spotlighted


                                                           


I've been Spotlighted on Saturday's "LIFE BEHIND THE BLOGGER"

I was so excited when Kris (Junk Chic Cottage) asked me to take part in her's and Susan's (Must Love Junk) Saturday Spotlight Series - "Life Behind The Blogger".  It was such an honor since I am so new to blogging.

So, my dear blogging friends stop by and you may find out some of my secrets.  Hope to see you.

Thanks so much Kris and Susan -  have a wonderful blogging weekend.

Mary

Thursday, May 8, 2014

APRIL FLOWERS & GARDEN TOURS





On Saturday and Sunday I went on the Mary Lou Heard's Garden Tour.  It was a beautiful weekend for garden tours.  There were so many gardens to see that it is held on both days.

We only went to one on Saturday and it was  a English Country garden.  Beautiful roses, foxgloves, delphiniums, camellias and larkspurs.  In the center of the rose garden is a lovely three tiered fountain.  The hummingbirds love the  fuchsia`baskets.  A very large avocado tree and gazebo shade some of the back yard.  There is a stunning Eden climbing rose bush over the trellis in the front year.



The rest of the pictures are in the back yard.




This is Jerri Cunningham's 1916 California Craftsman home, located in Old Towne Orange.  There is a 100 year old avocado tree  planted when the house was built.  The Potager, or kitchen garden is a must see with a fresh vegetable stand and there is a lovely garden room which was added on later by Jerri..  There is also a "English Potting Shed" filled with collectibles throughout the years.
Jerri has been featured in Romantic Homes Magazine a few years ago.

The front porch

This is a side view of the front porch



English Garden Shed
Inside of Garden Shed a lot of vintage items.


This is the garden room.


Don't you just love that old desk .... and all the lovely vintage linens.

Under the avocado tree - what a great place to sit and have tea or to take a nap.


This next house once belong to a big farm and was sub-divided - the house is the original home


This is a beautiful pond cascading down and the little house to the left was the foreman's home.  The owners made a guest cottage out of it.

My camera's battery needed charging so I didn't get to take more pictures.  We toured two more gardens and I sure was pooped when we finished.


This is my black iris - it's such a deep purple that it looks black.






Well, I hope that I didn't bore you will all these pictures, but I just love seeing all the beautiful flowers in bloom.  My garden has been dead headed and waiting for new roses to appear.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will leave a comment.  We (Waldo and Lili) all love reading them.

Mary
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    Between Naps On The Porch ~ Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life ~ Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm ~ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants ~ What's It Wednesday
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party Thursdays
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
My Turn for Us ~ Freedom Fridays Blog Hop
Common Ground ~ Be Inspired Friday
The Thrifty Groove ~ Thrifty Things Friday
Rooted in Thyme - Simple & Sweet Friday