GOOD INFLUENCES

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
-Henry Adams

My favorite aunt came to visit me this weekend.  I was over the moon and overjoyed that she took time out of her busy schedule as a wife, mother, grandmother, and more– just to hang with little ole me.  It’s been years since we had the chance to hang out and I feel like it was my first real opportunity to show her that I’ve actually become an adult.

In my mind I had all these grand plans for what we’d do when she got here.  Visit the Spa and get a day of beauty.  Visit NASA.  Maybe drive to Dallas.  But, oh, she had other plans.  MODEL HOMES.  And I couldn’t have been happier to indulge her.  She and I have such similar personalities its ridiculous.  Both Scorpio women.  Go figure.

We toured every model home within a 10 mile radius of my new place.  From the low $300k to over a million smooth bucks.  And the funny thing is they all were beautiful but each “lacked” one thing or another.  [More about that later in the post]

Hobby Lobby and At Home were two of our first trips followed by a round of model home tours at Ventana Lakes in Katy

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Highlights
Extended entry with 12-foot ceilings opens to family room with wall of windows. Game room with double doors. Dining room with 12-foot ceiling. Family room opens to kitchen and morning area. Kitchen features large island. Garden tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, dual vanities and large walk-in closet in master bath. Abundant closet and storage space. Two-car garage.

The Perry models were spacious and airy.  Just gorgeous inside as compared to the DR Horton versions which had such low ceilings I felt like I was going to hit my head. [I’m only 6’1 in heels]

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All the models had ample master bathrooms and walk-in closets– some much more grand than other. But, even in the houses that topped a million bucks the master bedrooms felt cramped.  I mean, if I pay a million dollars even down to $350k for a home, I expect the master suite to be HUMONGOUS. I want to do cartwheels to the bed and back.  I need a full sized living room in there.  A wet bar where I can make future hubby a drink.  A separate walk-in closet for him.  Double doors to the master bathroom.  A stand alone tub.  A 4 person walk in shower [ok, far fetched for $350k but do-able for a million].

 

The funniest things about being a “self-proclaimed” decorator is that you can spot where they get all their decor from.  At Home, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods was all up in there in every corner.  Waving hello…  And I winked back.

So after we dinned a bit we dashed over to the Salvation Army– where SO much of my furniture came from– and decided to look around.  I’d pretty much given up on the furniture section and was about to cut through a few couches when I stopped dead in my tracks.  I found a UNICORN.  This was the 3rd Unicorn in a month I’d found.  It was a sign from God [or my mother-God rest her soul].  I don’t know which but took it as a clear decision maker for me to get the table. A perfect gold arch table with octagonal smoked glass and cantilevered chairs upholstered in velvet– orange velvet– but velvet.

I snatched the tag.  Called my aunt over to look and we both said YESSSS!  Within 20 mins we’d purchased it and had Jose [a nice man who worked at the store] arrange for delivery.  Within an hour it was in my breakfast nook chilling.

Here is a close match to what my table and chairs look like– just a bit smaller and my actual table below!

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STRAIGHT OUT THE SALVATION ARMY
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ISN’T SHE LOVELY?!
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SITTING PRETTY IN MY KITCHEN NOOK

I still haven’t decided on what color the chairs should be but I will have a ball redesigning them.  I think they should be faux-leather. Opal faux crocodile or alligator. Easy to clean and will remain pristine for years to come.

 

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your take on them below?  Fabric or faux leather.  Keep or remove the tufting?  Color? Pattern?  Let me know!


Moral of the story:
Keep and eye out… always.  Treasures abound everywhere you look.

 

Until later

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Xoxox

Donna

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