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Claw Foot Tub Makeover


When I would envision my dream home, I always pictured a bathroom complete with a glorious claw foot tub.  I have always wanted one. There is such a subtle charm and romance associated with a claw foot bathtub.

When we purchased our home we had one bathroom that was large enough to accommodate a claw foot. But it was a small space, around 58"in length. Claw foot tubs that small are harder to find, and  when purchased new they greatly exceed the larger sizes in price.




Enter Facebook Marketplace...I was browsing around and I spotted this claw foot tub, and honestly didn't get too excited until I saw the measurements...54" long! Perfect for our space and definitely in my budget at only $50.



This purchase was kind of an impulse buy since we are currently working on our other bathroom and didn't plan on working on another at the same time! The bathroom where this tub is to eventually reside,  is nowhere near being completed, so it has found a temporary home in the dining room...lol




I don't know the age of it, but its in surprisingly good condition! I also did a lead test on it and thankfully it came out negative. Our little guy is so excited about this tub! lol he's always sitting in it and playing with his toys. I can't wait until he can actually bathe in it.



I think a good deep clean will make the inside as good as new! I lightly cleaned the inside and it already shined up nicely! The outside was a drab gray/ tan color. I wanted to change that. I did some research on how to paint the outside of a claw tub and honestly everyone was doing something different, from chalk paint to exterior paint etc.  So I decided to be budget friendly and use a soft pink paint that I already had on hand, called "Odessa Pink."





I think she wears it well! The paint went on very nicely and I will probably put a sealer of some sort on it to protect the the outside of the tub.



Initially I wanted to gild the tub feet, but the more I looked at the chippy paint and gorgeous patina, I couldn't bring myself to do it.




They are just perfect as is, and compliment the soft pink paint so nicely.




I am IN LOVE.  I couldn't ask for a more perfect, imperfect, romantic claw foot tub.




I asked my husband to help me scoot the tub in front of our dining room mantel to get some pretty pictures of it in it's temporary home.



I love the charm and history of old things. So much beauty!



I am so grateful to have found this diamond in the rough, and welcome it to its forever home.

Now off to work on those bathrooms!!

Thank you for stopping by!

-Larissa

Happy Independence Day


Do you have big plans for Independence Day? This year it will be just my little family of three celebrating here at home together. My little guy and I baked a cheesecake and a 4th of July sheet cake. I can't wait to eat them! Earlier this week he helped me decorate around the house for the holiday.



I don't have a lot of 4th of July decor, but I do have a ton of flags, which when grouped together, can make a bold decor statement. Here we grouped three in a in a twig floral holder and attached to the armoire. I really like this look..simple and elegant.



A couple of years ago I found this small George Washington bust at the thrift store for $3.00. He always comes out at the 4th. He was a bronze color originally, but this year I painted him white because the color was already chipping in spots.




We picked some garden roses for our patriotic vignette, and of course candles!

My little guy had fun putting the remaining flags in our flower pots on the front porch. He's a good helper!




I want to wish you all a very safe and happy Independence Day! 


-Larissa 

Elegant Beach Mantel





A few weeks ago my little family and I took a long overdue vacation to Destin, Florida. I completely surprised myself by falling in love with the ocean. It was overwhelmingly beautiful!

While we were down there I had so much fun buying shells, starfish, and other ocean items to bring home with me.




 I really wanted to created an elegant beach mantel to showcase my treasures.




A photo shoot wouldn't be complete without fresh flowers. I love the soft lavender roses...




I also can't live without candle light...it creates magic in ordinary spaces.





I love this view when the candles are lit.




I brought home some white sand from Destin Beach and sprinkled a bit on the mantel.




I spotted this large gorgeous Conch shell at the thrift store a few days ago. It is definitely old, and has such a gorgeous soft pink color on the inside.



This next Conch shell I actually purchased at a high end antique store in Destin. It's actually over a hundred years old and I'm completely mesmerized by it!



So many treasures....





 I will be leaving this mantel up all summer! Every piece has so many special memories attached to it for me.





My son and husband helped me pick up the smaller shells while we walked along the beach.





I found these two sweet vintage mermaids at the thrift store also!





The glass bottles with the jeweled crowns came from a thrift store along the way to Destin. I filled them with the sand that I brought back from the beach.





Also at the thrift store I spotted this amazing vintage oil painting of the sea! I love that the painting is signed by its creator.





I propped it up on my piano for the summertime.





My Mozart busts wears a gold crown and keeps company with a couple of starfish.





Some more pretty photos...




The lady statues on my mantel remind me of mermaids.





Thats it...my elegant beach mantel.




Thank you so much for visiting!!

-Larissa

Vacation Thrifting



Hello again! It's been a while since I've posted! I came down with pneumonia which wasn't fun at all. I have literally gotten the flu twice this year and now pneumonia! oh my goodness!

We left for our vacation to Florida about a week after I had gotten my pneumonia diagnosis. Thankfully my antibiotics and inhaler helped me get a lot better before we left for our trip.

 Along the way down to Florida I couldn't help but do a little thrifting, and today I'm going to share with you a few of the treasures that I found.


In a thrift shop in Kentucky I spotted this sweet vintage print among the wall art.


The cherubs are so sweet and I love the many different types and colors of flowers throughout the print.


I have it propped up on my pink piano for now. I may move this print to the library in the future. I think the  colors would look gorgeous with the medallion I just painted and installed in there. If you missed that post you can find the link here.


I'm trying to add a bit more blue to the house. without fully committing to a major change such as painting a wall. Adding a sweet vintage picture like this and the blue garden chair at the piano, help me achieve that without going overboard.


My next and most expensive treasure that I purchased was actually at the same thrift store as the cherub print.


As soon as I saw this set of delicate china stacked among the mis-matched plates and mugs, I knew it must come home with me.


I seriously fell in love with its golden floral swag edging and soft pink fluffy roses the circle around each plate.


This set is old. I researched the marking on the back and learned that they were produced between 1930 and 1935.





I was elated that it was a large set, complete with soup bowls, dinner, salad, and dessert plates. It even came with a large serving platter! I can't wait to set a pretty table with these beauties.


My next treasures are a bit sentimental. I found four tea cups and saucers at another thrift store in Kentucky.


They are so special to me because my grandparents had this same set. I actually had three platters from them at one time and I absolutely loved them. I hung the platters on the wall to display them and  they all fell off and broke!


Now I only have the two bowls left which you can see behind the tea cups.


I think this set is so pretty and hopefully I can gradually add more to my collection over time.



My very last find came from an antique store in Albers, Illinois.
 I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful Madonna....and that her price tag said FIVE DOLLARS!


I snatched her up so quick! I cleaned her up a bit and soon she will probably be displayed In my home chapel.



She's amazing isn't she?


I hope you had fun seeing some of my thrifted treasures! Thank you for stopping by!

-Larissa