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Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Romantic Home

Have you been there? I know she is wildly popular, in fact I have been visiting her blog for over a year now. Cindy's blog, My Romantic Home was one of my first crushes. One of the firsts I had to check daily. That's why I was so shocked not to find her on my link list when I was re-organizing a few things. I didn't see the featured blinkie on her site........I even emailed her and had to ask her if I had featured her.......how embarrassing is that? Especially since she knows I love her.......I feel so badly........I'm sure I have told her a long time ago that I was featuring her........But the past is the past and we are moving forward, our relationship will be fine.

She was recently featured on The Snooty Woman's club and I was shocked to read that she does all this amazing decorating in her apartment! APARTMENT! How cool is that? She has taken control and worked magic at creating the most wonderful romantic environment to live in.

What I love the most is that she re-purposes furniture and shops thrift stores to create all this beauty. Like this Armoire ........


BEFORE....... icky shiny wood.


AFTER.....
I say paint all your wood! Yeah! My husband is not in agreement. He comes from the old school of leaving a piece in it's natural state......or at least the way it was purchased. Whatever! We have an old vanity that was his grandmothers. It's an old brown wood.......it is screaming to be painted. He won't let me........yet. Claiming that it's an antique and it was his Grandmothers. It's so valuable.........that's why his mother was ready to take it to the dump before offering it to us. Anywhooooo........And just so Cindy's spruced up armoire doesn't feel lonely.......here is her Craigslist find ($125) She says it isn't done, but she couldn't wait to dress it up. Looks good to me. And this bed. I love it! I have seen so many of these with the high Queen Anne sheen that makes me want to cringe..........sorry if you love yours, but it's just not my style and I can be somewhat opinionated or I tend to make statements before thinking. Plus as long as it's not in my house, I really could care less. But add some paint.........it's perfect. And the pup, look how sweet. And all that shabby bedding!

This looks like the perfect place to spend time reading magazines.......Like Romantic Country........which she was featured in! Yes, she was! She admitted to buying several copies and then telling the clerk she was in the magazine.........I thought that was such a cute story because I can see myself doing the same thing, except I would probably go a step further and get one of those car magnets made for my car door.This blog world is so so good for learning. I learned from Cindy about this rub and buff stuff for distressing furniture. Who knew? She has it on her blog with this before / after post. You can see the after below........can you see the darker areas? That's from the rubbing stuff. Can't wait to try that stuff. I have SO many projects for this Summer. Or for when the damn rain stops. We finally have a nice day today, but of course it returns to rain for the week. Gotta love the NW.Even her outside is romantic. I have been looking for a climbing rose forever. I'm so glad she named it. See?..........you learn things on blogs. Whenever I go to a nursery and ask for a quick growing climbing rose, they look at me like I have two heads. I know they're out there and now I have a name. Stop by and check out The Romantic Home. She has recipes, lots of before and after furniture projects with all the directions, lots of photos with so many great ideas using thrifted items.

Enjoy your Saturday!

18 comments:

Joy said...

I love Cindy too! She amazes me! She works a real job and then finds the time and energy to paint and create all sorts of wonderful things. You've gotta love her (or be extremely jealous of her).

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh my gosh Kim! Thank you so much! What an honor it is to be featured here!!! You really made my day! Now I feel more motivated to get out there and paint my daughter's dresser today.

Sweet Designs said...

Just came from Cindy's blog, I have been visiting her blog for a little while, and you are right she is very talented, love what she does with her finds.
Judith

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

I am so glad you featured Cindy! She is a doll and her blog is also one of the first ones I go to each morning. I used her blog advice to refinish a china cabinet. Cindy also sweetly featured some of my broken china jewelry on her blog a few weeks ago and since then, I've met soooo many lovely ladies who found me because of her. She has such a loyal following and they all love her! xo ~ Joy J.

Simply Me Art said...

She does have a Fantastic Blog. I Love popping in to see what she has made over or created

bj said...

Cindy and her blog have been on my favorite list for several years...I first "met" her on Rate My Space and was so impressed with her talents. I am a thrift shopper too, so I can relate to her loving to buy old furniture and making it new again.
You did a really nice write up about her and I enjoyed reading it.
bj

Anonymous said...

~Oh Gosh I love Cindy's Blog too. I go to it everyday and just want to go hang out with her at her beautiful house. She is amazing!!! Love her!!! You said very nice things about her :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Kim!
Cindy is the reason I started blogging! I have told her she is my blog inspiration and it's true! She does such fabulous things with her place on a budget, I just love it!
Sherry

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindys blog is always one of the first I check on too. She is one clever lady
Alison

Rosy Inspiration said...

I check on Cindy's blog to see what she's up to too, it's true, we do learn a lot from other people's blogs. Hope you'll be able to paint your husband's grandmother's old vanity soon, it would be so frustrating not being able to do that.

Rue said...

I love Cindy's blog and have been a fan of hers since she was on Rate My Space. Not only is she talented, but a sweet person as well and so deserving of being featured :)

rue

Jessica Leman said...

How fun! I have never seen this blog but it is a daily read for me! I love learning how to do all those cool things! Thanks for sharing it with us! And, Cindy, you are awesome!

the feathered nest said...

I love Cindy's style and all her projects!

Manuela

Sue Neitzel said...

Cindy was one of my first crushes too, I love her style and still can't get over that she does it all in a apartment! Amazing!

lukabella said...

Kim, I love it. I have a bed that if I painted would look just like that. However my husband feels the same as yours and would have a fit!!!! Oh well, great eye candy from this site. jenn www.lukabella.typepad.com

Jessica said...

love this blog, kim! it inspires me!

Saucy said...

Yes! I say paint that wood. It always looks better, and it makes my mother make "the face" she makes when I am making a horrible, horrible mistake.

Susie Q said...

Cindy is such an inspiration and a very dear person! You could not have chosen anyone more giving to highlight!

I am so loving your blog tonight...just reading and re-reading through it all...

You are an inspiration too sweet Kim!

Hugs,
Sue