Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No One Puts Baby in a Corner...

Unless baby was MADE to live in a corner.  

There is just something about a good corner desk.  I don't think it's just me either.  These babies sell.  My mom found this Ethan Allen corner desk a while back and I was SO excited.  Although the stain was in rough shape, the desk itself was solid and the drawer works perfectly.  That's just crazy awesome.   

Unfortunately the top and legs had tons of scratches and dents.  But that has never stopped me in the past.  I figured I would sand them out and give her a nice face lift.  

A while back I did this corner desk in pink and white stripes.  I loved it so much and got a lot of really great feedback at the shop.  It sold almost immediately, so I guess someone else loved it as much as I did.  Well, I didn't have any pink paint laying around the house but I did have this fabulous blue.  The stripes came out perfectly and I loved the subtle blue.

It only lasted in the store for a week and my cousin called me to claim it for her own.  Apparently she has the same affinity for corner desks:) Let me tell you, it looks adorable in her guest room!

Mercantile Muse

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile:

When you are in my line of work you run into some very interesting things.  It's what makes this job so fun!  Well, some very nice people have given me some amazing things over the past year, but this might be my all time favorite. Let's just start by saying this: at first he scared me.  Then he grossed me out.  And now he just makes me smile.  

Do me a favor, zoom in as close as you can right between his legs... Yep, that's right, he is WELL ENDOWED!  The artist did not spare us any details.    

When deciding if he would go into my shop I was afraid of offending people with his giant... well, you know.  So, instead of making an appearance at The Dented Lampshade, this man is going to stay in the family.  

My Uncle Ted, who lives on an awesome lake in Nebraska, has a tiki hut on the beach of his lake house.  This tiki hut is BAD A**.  He made it himself (with the help of a few others) and it has only cool found items.  No big box store purchases will be found at that hut.  The bar was found at a garage sale and all the decor is made up of cool random estate sale/garage sale finds.  (Thrifting runs deep in this family.)  Well, I couldn't think of a better place for this man to go.  It was like he was meant to be a part of the family.

Can't wait to visit him next summer.  I hope he serves a good margarita!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's Pink and White With Fabulous Drawer Pulls??

This desk is!

It started out like this:

I'm sure you have all seen desks like this.  They are basically a dime a dozen.

But, after a little facelift she has an awesome new identity!  I love how the white makes the lines on the center so pretty.  

On a side note, my 2 year old has started saying "awesome" a lot.  Does this mean I use that word WAY too much?  Yep, I think so... awesome.

The drawer pulls are original to the desk and if you can't tell from the picture the centers are purple!!  That's probably my favorite part:)


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I am ramping up for the holidays over at The Dented Lampshade.  I have been cranking out wreaths like crazy and getting ready to make some fun ornaments!  Being in the retail business is fun.  You get to start Christmas in October... Awesome.

Merry Christmas in October:)

Mercantile Muse

Friday, October 12, 2012


Ok ok I am aware I haven't blogged much lately... but in my defense... never mind, no excuses:)  Sometimes a girl just needs a break.  

I am popping back in today because my little Luci Rae went and turned 2 on me:(  I no longer have a cuddly little baby.  Nope, I now have a crazy little monster that makes my life SO much more fun!  Seriously, she's hilarious.  

We celebrated with friends and family at the park down the street.  We had the best time!

(that picture of Bryce cracks me up!)

This picture captures her personality exactly.  It makes me SO happy!

Happy Birthday to the coolest kid I know:)