Putting Things Into Perspective

Just checking in today, but I'll have more for Pink Saturday tomorrow. Is it spring yet?????? Trying to think positive about it.

I've been busy reevaluating things in my life recently: what's important, what's not and the in-between things. It just feels like something is missing. I think most of you will understand this since most of us experience this at one time or another. We sometimes don't even recognize it when there is something amiss. But I've figured out one thing I need: more challenges. I say this with my heart in my throat because I'm not sure what God will throw my way now. Sigh. But I've gotten a missionary call to help with genealogy. I won't have to travel to far away countries, which I don't want to do anymore, especially with the travel regulations such as they are now. I can do it right from my home computer with a headset (which I have), Skype (which I've been using for many years) and a telephone. Qualified!

I think this comes because I'm feeling useless in the scheme of things right now. But anyway, I'm going to do it.

The other thing is I got food poisoning Sunday night. After fasting for 24 hours, which we do once a month and then give the money we would have spent on 2 nice meals at a restaurant to our bishop to use for needy families in our ward. I broke the fast with a frozen cashew chicken (Sundays are easy meals for us since we try to keep "work" to a minimum) and within a couple of hours I started feeling very, very nauseous. At 9:30 pm I told hubs we need to go to bed. I lay there for over 4 hours trying to squelch the nausea but to no avail. At almost 2 am I awoke and rushed to the bathroom. So I spent the night on the toilet with a plastic lined trash can in my lap. Not fun! I didn't get out of the house until last night when hubs took me to Jack in the Box for a salad. I'm feeling 95% better but still tired.

But I went to the doctor today for a visit I've had for a month and I'm in fine shape. Blood pressure is 118/65. Not bad for an old lady. My doctor was impressed and so was I.

So I'll stop rambling now and have a better post for y'all tomorrow! :-)

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Danice and Jack's lovely living room!

So glad you stopped by for today's installment of customer inspiration where a customer provides photos of things they've purchased from Jubilee Furniture and how amazing the items look in their home - either exactly as they looked leaving the store or after some spiffing up!

Today's post includes some spiffing up! I first met Danice just a couple of days before she was getting married to Jack. They were having an outdoor wedding and needed some extra seating and she stopped in the store and found exactly what she was looking for! The wedding was beautiful and Danice and Jack have been stopping in at Jubilee every now and then ever since. Danice is creative and has a good eye when it comes to spotting things that have clean lines and good "bones" but need some work (just like Shelli, Brooke, Caroline, Theresa, Jean, Megan, Alice and John and Deanna).

The ottoman in this photo was pretty ratty, if I'm remembering correctly, when Danice purchased it - but look how amazing it is now! I love the woven material she used on the bottom part! The chair in the background also needed some love and Danice found this gorgeous slipcover for only $40 at Overstocked.com.

Here's another view of the amazing ottoman and, I believe, Danice also purchased the chair in the corner from Jubilee. I love all the pillows! What a great place to kick back and relax (having a couple of dogs also sends a warm and welcoming, come-as-you-are message!).

Thanks for coming by, dear reader and I hope to see you here again on Friday for my weekly update!


Pink Saturday 3/26/2011

Happy Pink Saturday to all of you. To view the other participants, please click on Beverly's logo below and you can see all the pinkness your eyes can stand!

The story began yesterday when hubs was out of town for the day and I got the bug to "fluff up" again. It wasn't so much "fluff up" as it was clearing space on the walls. I wanted more of the pink walls to show through to give the eye a rest. I'd been thinking about this for a long time. (Okay, you know where this is leading, right? More stuff to get rid of of course!) I put one of the pictures out in the garage for hubs to put in the garbage but he thought it should go to Goodwill or D.I. I hadn't thought of it but he was right. Someone else might love having it. Plus we'll get the tax deduction.

I love this limited edition print, which is my favorite one, so it went back into the family room. Originally, I worried about the southern sun coming in and deteriorating it but if I can't enjoy it where I want then why have it? I moved a little footstool next to a big one for my family's or guest's comfort. The big one can be used as a table for snacks also.

All the artwork came off the wall and is now on the floor to the right of the sofa awaiting my decision on what to do with it as you can see partially in this photo and in the one above. Sell, give it to charity or keep? I don't know yet. Big sigh. That bookcase on the left is going into my office as soon as I get rid of another old bookcase in there. Hubs likes this one better than the gold wrought iron one in there now and it's at least 35 years old. Craigslist? Probably.

So here is the living room so far. More tweaking will be required as I want to get rid of some of the birdhouses or find another use for them somewhere else.

Next week the new solar tubes go in so I can get the lighting on this room better. I can hardly wait!

Yep, a stack on old magazines I plan on giving to a friend and then selling some of the very old ones on ebay.

The coffee table sits with much I have taken off the sofa table on the wall and will determine what to do with it at a later date. My mind is frazzled at this point.

These little blocks I bought a few years ago, painted and decaled and put up there. Just needed something above the archway and I didn't want something that might fall off on someone's head—namely mine.

Something's missing from my "C" but I have no clue where it went. You'd have thought it would be on the floor somewhere but I haven't found it yet. The little cottage sign just changed its place on that wall by a few feet.

Some lucky little girl is getting this lamp that was on the sofa table. ;-)

Another view of the wall. I put my original wedding bouquet (filled in with paper roses) on the wall and a little shelf from the family room was brought in to this wall to hold our wedding cake toppers. They are the originals from the 2 receptions we had so that'd make them 50 years old. I'd say that's vintage, wouldn't you?

Ohmygosh, how did Caroline get in here? :-) I love the fact that she just loves wearing her sunglasses like the rest of the women in this family.

Designing women of the best kind!

I often mention how grateful I am for my volunteers (here, here and here for example), and yesterday when my design team (I love calling ‘em that, though they think it’s a bit of a stretch) was hard at work, I FINALLY remembered to take a new photo since the group has evolved over the last couple of years.

I talked about how overwhelmed I often feel when I walk into the store each Thursday in this post, so I won’t go into great detail now – but suffice to say after the guys have completed almost three days of donation pickups – there’s a lot of furniture dumped into one area of the store (and if you remember my post last Friday – where I mentioned that donation calls were slightly lower – I’m very glad for that furniture dump, overall). Remember, Thursday is the first time I’m seeing what’s “new” since I spend the first part of the week at my desk at Outreach (oh my crap, this has to be the most boring blog post to date! Let’s see if I can wrap it up before you fall asleep!). SO, anywho, this amazing team shows up each Thursday and creates warm, inviting vignettes out of that mess o’furniture!

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from left to right there’s: Anne, Linnea, Deb, Marsha and Connie! Three cheers for each of them - and ladies, you know I love you and am so appreciative of your hard work and great design sense each week. Thank you.

“So, what did the team have to arrange this week, Susan?” you ask. Excellent question. Let’s take a look.

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great greenish/tan color on this sofa that needs some spot cleaning and donor did have a cat – for $95

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look how amazing this buffet/flat screen TV base? – is! I love the hardware and it’s priced $145

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these two pieces are a deep purple/blue color and also have a small amount of pet hair on them – but otherwise in good condition – sofa is priced $115; love seat $95

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this is a very nice outdoor patio set with an oval table, six chairs – with cushions – umbrella and umbrella stand all for $375

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you’re not seeing double – there are two of these sweet pink swivel/rockers and both are priced $75 each

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though not too bad looking, there are multiple issues with this sofa so it’s priced only $20

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this is a truly lovely Ethan Allen side chair that’s priced $145

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someone with some vision and elbow grease could turn these pieces into something amazing – and I’ve priced them to sell – the three piece rattan sofa is only $20 and the rattan chair is $12 – come on all your DIYers – they have your name of ‘em!

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wonderful shade of green on these three Sealy pieces which are in good condition: sofa is priced $115; and each over sized chair is $85

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I love the clean lines of this small writing desk which is priced $125; chair which is pulled up to desk is $20

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this is the two piece corner section of a larger sectional – we just got these two pieces though. They’re by Lane and are a nice cushy leather and I’ve priced them $40 – you will need to wipe down the legs and bottom of the wood structure with bleach since there appears to be some mildew

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this is a GORGEOUS maple eight drawer dresser by T.F.I with mirror and a piece of glass on the top and it’s priced $165

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here’s another nice maple dresser – this time it’s six drawers (and one knob is missing) with a mirror (peeking over the top) and is priced $125

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one drawer night stand matches the dresser I just showed you and it’s priced $45 (has some damage on the top); four drawer little dresser next to the night stand is $50

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green painted entertainment center for $85

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gorgeous entertainment center for $225

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solid, well built, bunk beds with bunky boards (what you use instead of box springs) for $125; twin mattresses $40 each

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clean this black chaise and you have a great place to read and relax for only $40

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small drop leaf table with two chairs for $50

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very nice oak pedestal table with two leaves and four chairs (two have arms and two are armless) for $245

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lovely Broyhill sofa for $95; matching Broyhill love seat for $75 (in excellent condition – priced a little lower due to the dated fabric)

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sweet rolling tea cart for $95

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this is a very nice Cushman Colonial drop leaf end table? coffee table? priced $95

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and last – but certainly not least – actually my favorite pieces this week are these three nesting tables by Heywood Wakefield in almost perfect condition and priced $195 for the set. Sign. Love.

And there you have it, dear reader – a look at “what’s new?” at Jubilee Furniture where you’ll always find good furniture at good prices and it’ll be arranged in a comely fashion too (does anyone use the word “comely” any more?)!

Hope to see you at the store either today (Friday) from 1 to 8 or tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4!

Take care!

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