September 11th We Remember

It is hard to believe that it has been 16 years since the attacks of 9/11.  It is a day that I will not ever forget what I was doing or where I was.
Last year on September 11, as I drove to church I made my way downtown and happened upon a very moving sight.  Without any fanfare, press or photographers the Auburn Fire Department were remembering their fallen brothers.

We will never forget those that lost their lives that day.

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My Latest Fav Cleaning Product

We interrupt this normally scheduled blog post about rearranging things in my home to bring you something incredible!  When we were on vacation this past summer the condo that we rented had been recently renovated.  The new owners have done an exceptional job with everything in their property, right down to the cleaning products.  I had never seen a a spray mop like this one.
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray mop

Reveal by Rubbermaid

Where has this mop been all my life?!  It is ideal!  It doesn't need batteries, the mop head is washable and I can use my own cleaner in the refillable bottle.  There are no products that I have to keep buying or running out of.  I promptly text the owners and ask what solution they had put in their Rubbermaid Reveal and she was more than happy to respond.  Mostly, I think she was shocked that I was literally losing my mind over this spray mop.  The ingredients were simple, cleaning vinegar, water and Mr. Clean .  EASY!!!!  Smells incredible and it cleans so well!

On our way home I found one at our local big box hardware store and bought it online.  Heaven forbid someone else beat me to it, it was waiting for me when I popped in the store.
I must admit that I probably use the mop at least once a day on our hot spots, think kitchen and laundry room.  After going on and on to Bestie K, she also went and picked one up.  We both can't say enough good things about this product.
Rubbermaid Reveal mop

The trigger is a pump trigger that is easy to press.

I would like to mention this, I have no plans to ever fill the bottle more than half way full for fear that it could possibly leak.  With my former spray mop, I removed the cleaning bottle solution everytime after I mopped for concern that it could leak.  In addition to not filling it all the way up, I have no plans to ever put a liquid that could damage any of my floors as in bleach.  Keep that in mind should you ever pick one of these up.  To say that I am EXTREMELY pleased with the Rubbermaid Reveal would be a complete understatement.  No more of the milky residue from my previous spray mop.  The frequency by which I mop my floors has absolutely been changed by this amazing product.
I'd like to add this is not a paid or sponsored post by Rubbermaid, but if they'd like to reach out to me I'm waiting! Ha!  My goal is to always share with you guys products that I it antiques, furniture and yes even cleaning products!!
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

With that I I'm off to mop my floors!!!

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The Perfect Tole Lamp

If you've followed this blog for any amount of time you know I have a thing for lamps.  Often times when I'm out antique shopping it takes great restraint to not bring home lamps.  Last week at Scott's I showed no signs of restraint when I saw this beauty.  It was lamp love at first sight!

This vendor had the most incredible pieces, her entire space was filled with items from an estate sale in Florida.

Most antique shoppers will say "just buy it you will find a place for it."  Ya'll I can't do that anymore...where lamps are concerned.  I have 27 sitting in the attic and I haven't even counted how many are out through our home.  My rule is I have to know where I'm going to put something before I buy it.  When I saw this lamp I had no idea where it was going...maybe the new secretary... maybe the bedroom I just knew I had to bring her home!  After walking all over the house with her she landed in a spot I hadn't previously thought of, the gate leg table in the family room.

Ya'll the lamp is gorgeous and fits right in with the other pieces that were already on the table.  With the change of the seasons coming no doubt the composition of the table will  change.

I often wonder why I'm so obsessed  attracted to lamps ,what is that one thing you can't say no to?

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My New/Old Secretary

For as long as I can recall I've adored in the furniture secretaries.There isn't a time in my adult life that I haven't wanted a secretary.  I even bought this one when we lived in Oklahoma, only, only thing is that it was missing the upper part.....the pretty part!

Then it happened, I became the owner of a beautiful secretary.  After much thought I decided the best spot for it was in the living room.

 After much time on Pinterest searching secretaries, the styling began.  I started with pieces I already have and adore.  Staffordshire, leather bound books, trophies and Blue Willow are just a couple of things I shopped the house for.   The only things to pick up were a couple more leather books and  a lamp.  Just so you all know, leather books are always an easy find at Scott's Antiques.  Typically you can pick those up for around $7-15 each.  The  Blue Willow lamp was originally intended for the kitchen, she fits right in here in the living room!  I found her at a darling antique store,  I plan on sharing that store soon as it is one of my new fav places to shop!

The girandoles that I've had for well over a year, fit perfectly atop the secretary along with my Blue Willow platter.

The secretary is an older piece, not necessarily an antique though.  Her claw feet are magnificent and certainly adds to the character.  I'm over the moon to finally have one, she was definitely worth the wait!  Do you have something that you have been searching for?  I'd love to hear what it might be!

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Disguising The Thermostat

Ages ago I share with  you all how I camouflaged the thermostat and the return vent that is in our family room.  It has been a while since I posted so if you are new to the blog you can check it out here.

Our upstairs hall also has a thermostat, return vent and door bell box all on one very small wall.  I've tried to hang pics around it but never with as much charisma as I should have had.

 Last week at Scott's Antiques I picked up 2 small horse prints.  As soon as I saw them I knew they were destined for the wall with the thermostat.

Adding a few more horse prints and a couple of English military plaques gave it a very equestrian feel, which is my theme for this area.

While I do still notice the thermostat along with the other necessary fixtures, having a "collection" of items does seem to give it a better look.

Of course you are all noticing that I need to paint around the thermostat.  We had to replace the former one and this one is a bit smaller, leaving the yellow ring...ya'll the house was almost all painted the bright yellow!  I like yellow but the whole too much of a good thing popped instantly into my head.  We've been here now 10+ years and I'm pondering repainting this area so, I've not gone to the trouble to try to match paint.

Do you have walls like this and if you do what have you done to hide those necessary items?

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