I feel like today needs a pretty post, so let’s talk about my latest Pyrex acquisitions!
My collection started with a Spring Blossom Cinderella bowl (1972-1978) from the local thrift store. Then, I added a Square Flowers Verde dish (1968-1972) from an antique/secondhand store. From there, I started lusting over the pink gooseberry dishes. I stalked and stalked a few options on eBay and ended up winning this cute Pink Gooseberry Dish with lid (1957-1966).
I continued to hunt for Pyrex at thrift stores, but wasn’t having much luck. Then, I started stalking Facebook Marketplace and found Janna and her side hustle: Joyful Heart Reclaimed. You can also find her gorgeous Instagram account here: Joyful Heart Reclaimed Instagram
She has a cute little she-shed in Rockville and we met up for a masked and socially distanced one-on-one browsing session. Her shed and online shop is filled with beautiful vintage glassware and Pyrex… and she ships, so if you see something in her store or Instagram, make sure to reach out to her!
I bought these four pieces: Snowflake blue covered casserole dish (1972-1975), yellow daisy Pyrex with lid (1970-1972), orange casserole dish with Friendship lid (1971-1974) and Butterfly Gold dish with lid (1972-1981).
I put a few of the ‘rare’ bowls in my china cabinet so that I can enjoy them, but I still plan to use them for holidays and larger family dinners. The two green bowls are in my regular cupboard so I can grab them on a weekly basis. I mean, what is the fun in having beautiful dishes if you don’t use them?!
You guys know I love my sunroom, right? Ever since I did a big, comfy re-design last summer, I had been LOVING every moment I spend in that room (Sunroom: Before & After)
And then I ruined it all.
Last November, I made myself a cup of coffee and stumbled out to the sunroom to snuggle up with a book… and it was too cold. But I REALLY wanted to snuggle up on my comfy couch. So, I did what any normal person would do… I dragged my sunroom couch into my den.
And here’s the kicker, I LOVED the way the couch looked in my den (Den: Before & After). Which left my sunroom looking very sad and empty.
I was planning to drive the truck to Ikea to buy another couch this spring, but then Covid-19 hit. So, we spent the spring and most of the summer with a janky sunroom with no couch. It was okay, I still had my hanging seat to curl up in. But I really missed my pretty and comfortable sunroom from last summer.
And THEN I got a group text from my mom. She and my dad were cleaning the furniture out of a couple of their rental townhouses and a bunch of stuff was up for grabs. I ended up getting a loveseat, coffee table, desk and chair. The desk and chair were immediately set up in Jack’s room for an online learning space and the loveseat and coffee table are perfect for my sunroom!
Fun Fact about the coffee table: I knew it was a mid-century modern piece when I got it, but after doing some google sleuthing I was able to track down that was made by Lane Furniture in 1962. You can click the little arrow to see the original brochure advertisement!
After putting the new loveseat and coffee table in its place, my previous rug looked awful (it was old and dingy and you can see a bit in the photo above), so I popped on Wayfair and ordered a new one. The one I picked is an indoor/outdoor rug and I’m super happy with how it pulls everything together.
Let’s take a walk though my sunroom over the last 8 years:
Now let’s hope I can leave it alone for awhile and just enjoy it!
Way back in 2013, I decided I couldn’t stand my 90’s evergreen front door a moment longer and I painted it clover green (Come and Knock on my Door). And it was a fabulous update to take our front door into 2013. However, after 7 years of our bright green door I was ready for another change.
Last time to decide on a door color, I gathered a bunch of swatches, taped them to the door and stared at them for a while.
I did NOT do that this time.
This time, I walked into Home Depot, stared at the swatches for about 60 seconds and picked out the color that matched the one I had imagined in my head.
And the color was Paradise Landscape from Behr.
When I bought the paint, I also grabbed a mini roller and disposable paint pan. The paint is a paint and primer all in one, so I figured it would only take a couple coats to get even coverage. As it was, I used a brush for the first two coats and then I used the roller to do a third coat over the flat areas to ensure that no brushstrokes were visible.
All in all, it took just a couple hours for such a fun change. Like last time, I painted both the inside and outside of the door… so it has really updated the look for both our foyer and the front of our house!
Check out this fun slider… you can slide from the old color to the new color!
I’m so happy with how this little project turned out. Since we’ve been stuck at home for months on end, I’m using this time to really take a look around our house and see which areas need a little updating… and this was 2 hours of time I’m glad I spent!