May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Look for Less: Ballard Designs "Bar" 2

Hola!  I can't believe it took me 1 1/2 hours to get the grass cut out front!  And I haven't begun the trimming yet!  I did rake up the mulch around the maple tree near the curb that was all messy and driving me crazy, and picked out dozens of stones along the fence line with the neighbor to the north -- they have this UGLY red lava rock/stone as a mulch in their year along the fence line, and it always seems to be migrating feet into my grass - like two to three feet into my grass from the fence line.  Now how does that happen, I ask you???  Do the stones have little feet that they hide when humans pick them up?

I'm taking a break right now and jumping right in with the "star" of this look for less:  the Bar table!  It is pretty.  I found several acceptable less expensive substitutes, depending upon your price point and budget.  Here we go.  Oh, and here's another look at the inspiration image:


Refresher:  The table is the Fairmount Console, 32 1-2" high x 65 1-4" long x 14" deep: $899. Hardwood, made in Italy. Worn black or distressed white over gray.

For $399 and free shipping through the duration of the sale (which ends this weekend, but you know, sales happen all the time, darlings!), you can get the Overton Buffet from Home Decorators:


The Overton Buffet measures 39" high x 52.5" long x 19"deep.  It is taller and deeper than the inspiration table and less length. The Fairmount Console (inspiration table) is 5' 5 1/4" inches long; the Overton comes in at a little less than 4 1/2' long.  Like the inspiration piece, it has nice curvy legs and two drawers, with a bottom shelf for additional storage.  Interestingly, it featured only one center leg. The Overton has what I think is a "Jacobean" look, or maybe late Victorian - those heavy turned legs, but the depth of the drawers and the underskirt balance them out nicely.  The finish is NOT black, it is "rich cherry."  A little hard to tell from the photos I've seen how light or dark a cherry finish this is.  I like the look of it, but short of spray-painting it black I'm sure there are many methods of getting a darker look adding black wax perhaps or - is there such a thing as black rub-n-buff?  I keep reading about rub-n-buff...  Anyway, the price differential is $500 plus that free shipping.

The Universal Great Rooms Charleston Sideboard in charcoal (Model 28778) offers an elegant but more expensive alternative:
Depending upon where you shop, you might score this at $716 plus free shipping at Gnarly Shopping.  It also is offered at much higher prices elsewhere, which we're not interested in!  The Charleston Sideboard is made from select veneers and hardwoods, charcoal finish, 66" long x 18" deep x 49" tall -- it looks like that back scroll work is about 12-14" high, so I'm guestimating the actual height of the table top at 38".  If you subtract the scrollwork back, the Charleston Sideboard looks much like the Fairmount Console with its delicately turned legs and also has the length (5' 6" long).  Also features two drawers and that bottom shelf. The price differential is $183 plus the free shipping.

The least expensive alternatives that follow all have considerably less length than the Fairmount Console (5' 5 1/4"), but if space is a consideration in your home, the price is very right for any of these possible substitutes:

Found at Wayfair, Oriental Furniture foyer table, for $268 and free shipping:


Measures 29.75" tall x 37.75" long  x 13.75" deep, black finish, made out of wood (type of wood, veneers, or whatever, not specified).  It features two drawers, bottom shelf and nicely turned legs, but lacks the length and the middle set of legs.  The price differential is a whopping $631 and free shipping, but you're giving up about 2 feet in length plus center leg or legs. 

Also found at Wayfair, the Safavieh Katie Console Table and I'm just loving the look of those curvy front legs!  Yeah, it's not straight turned legs like the inspiration photo, but look at her, isn't she gorgeous!  She costs $209 and has free shipping:


Katie's dimensions are 32" tall x 43" long x 15" deep.  She is made of birchwood and features a cherry finish top and distressed black finish elsewhere.  She has two drawers and a bottom shelf that has curves in the front, and her front legs feature turnings at the bottom.  The rear legs are straight as is the back of the bottom shelf.  At 43" long Katie is about half a foot longer than the  Oriental Furniture foyer table, above, and costs less plus has free shipping.  At the time of this posting, Wayfair said Katie was out of stock and would be restocked around May 15, 2012.  The price differential is $690 plus free shipping.  By the way, I did find Katie at Overstock.com for $186.05.  As you know, the prices at Overstock.com fluctuate, depending upon interest in a particular item/demand and supply.

Also at Wayfair, the Convenience Concepts French Country Console with Faux Marble Top, for $141 (but currently out of stock):


Dimensions:  30" tall x 48" long x 15" deep.  This offering comes in black with a faux marble finished top.  It has delicately turned legs and there is a center support foot under the bottom shelf.  Only one drawer, though.  At 4' long, this is about 1.5 feet shorter than the inspiration table, but for the price and where space is at a premium, it offers a reasonable alternative to the inspiration piece.  It is wood veneer and faux marble construction.  There is also a slightly less expensive alternative with a medium-oak finish top for $133.12, otherwise identical to this table in construction, look and size.  The price differential is $758 to $765 more or less. 

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