Craigslist Tips

Craigslist has been an amazing resource for flea-market junkies like me and Jill. When it started, it provided this whole new world for vintage seekers to hunt, negotiate, and score their perfect next treasure. You’ve seen lots of examples from Jill of items she’s found through Craigslist and spruced up to fit her home. She seriously has a knack for it. I was a bit leery of it at first, just because I’d read stories of burglaries or people taking advantage of those buying or selling. However, last year I decided to give it a whirl, and now it’s definitely a go-to resource for our family. I’ve also had luck selling a few things, which makes it even better!

After taking baby steps and talking to pro’s, like Jill, there are a few tips for buying and selling on Craigslist that I’ve learned along the way:

  • Make sure you’re photography is helping sell the item. It amazes me that people post coffee tables with trash all over them, or a chair with clothes all over the floor in the background. C’mon, put a little effort into it people! Those of us buying online are so visual, so anything you can do to “stage” your piece will help sell it. Clean up your item for sale and take a photo of it in a room as you would recommend using it if you can. If not, try to at least make sure the photo is bright enough that potential buyers can really see it. Too often, people take a photo in their garage or basement on their phone, and it’s really difficult to see the full potential of the piece.


  • Give all the dimensions and product information you have. This is something I didn’t really think about at first. I posted my first items for sale and forgot to even measure them. The first questions I was always asked was, “what are the dimensions?” So, after that, I decided to give every measurement I could, the brand name, the exact color, and anything else I thought was pertinent for a potential buyer. That helped cut down on the email questions I received that never turned into sales.


  • Be willing to negotiate. You have to understand that people shopping on Craigslist are looking for a deal. Part of the fun is negotiating a price that makes the buyer feel like their hunting paid off. So, start your price a tad higher than your bottom line – that way, you have some wiggle room. If you aren’t willing to alter the price at all, type “price is firm” in your description. But what’s the fun in that?


  • Keep yourself safe. If you’re a buyer, have the seller meet you in a public parking lot if possible. Do the same as the seller. Or, if you have to go to the seller’s house, ask them to bring the piece outside for you to view it. As the seller, you should do that as well for your buyer. Email is great for initial discussions, but talk with the person over the phone as well to understand why they’re interested. And try to have someone else with you if you can.


Here are a couple of my favorite Middle Redefined Craigslist finds.

Jill’s fabulous media console re-do.

Before Media Console

Before Media Console


Media Console After

Media Console After –

And my pendant lights.

Craigslist Pendant Lights

Craigslist Pendant Lights


New Pendants with Vintage Light Bulbs - Middle Redefined

New Pendants with Vintage Light Bulbs – Middle Redefined

Hope this inspires you to give Craigslist a whirl if you haven’t already! It takes some serious time to weed through everything. But when you find that perfect treasure, it’s all worth it!



Little Laundry “Lift”

Recently, we gave our little laundry room a little “lift”.  All inspired by these photos – where space is limited and having a shelf to fold / organize  / hang laundry was a must…

ok – the above photo is a bit unrealistic with all the accessories in the laundry room – but I had to share because it was really darn pretty…just not realistic right now for my life – maybe someday.

Now here is my newly “up-lifted” laundry room.  (sorry for the poor photo quality – taken on my phone) - Laundry Room "Lift" – Laundry Room “Lift” - Laundry Room Lift – Laundry Room Lift

Big thanks for the mister for building the shelf – huge help while managing the piles and piles of laundry we have these days.  Doesn’t help that I felt the need to change Jonah four times the other day.  He has so many cute 0-3 month clothes and I think wearing them at least once is a must.

OR I will just keep him naked wrapped up in this snuggly blanket…

Big thanks for Erica, Trent and Kingston for the most PERFECT baby gift ever.

Soft + Neutral colors + Monogrammed = LOVE.

Got Grass?

I can remember vividly – on a volleyball trip to Chicago and I begged my mom to buy me this item…

Faux Wheat Grass Decor

No joke – I wanted some faux wheat grass to decorate my room?!  What 16 year old wants faux wheat grass??  I told you, I have had this ‘love for decor’ problem for a while now.

And I can tell you, that $19.95 was well worth the cost mom, as this little decorative item has been used in every apartment, town home, residence I have lived in since 2000.

Although this may seem silly and very odd since I am not a fan of fake flowers of any sort, but this little rectangle of grass I absolutely adore.

In the future I plan to actually attempt to grow my own REAL wheat grass and reap the health benefits of wheat grass shots but for now my faux wheat grass will do.

And you can use the wheat grass to decorate for holidays and parties like so…

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And just in time for football season…

Shoot, you can throw anything in the faux grass!

And since I am in high baby time with baby items all around, I love that BOON makes a bottle drying rack that gives the same look and feel…

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Boon bottle drying rack –

Perfection.  Makes having bottles on the counter much more decor friendly.

You can find the drying rack here and pretty much any retailer that has baby items.  I have seen this item at Buy Buy Baby, Target and Wal-Mart to name a few.

OR if you want a wheat grass look to charge your phone I found this

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SO, moral of this story – faux grass can be a fun decorative item, bottle drying rack and electronic charger.  Oh and the real wheat grass is super healthy and I would highly recommend it.  I will get my green thumb up to speed and get some of the real wheat grass soon.

Anyone else love wheat grass?? The faux and real kind?

Country Living House of the Year

Emily Henderson is a designer, TV Host, and super fun blogger. I check out her blog as often as I can because she just makes me smile. Her style is typically much more modern than mine. However, she’s such a happy soul that I totally want to be her friend. And I would definitely let her redecorate my house for me if she wanted to.

Anyways, she was picked to do the Country Living magazine’s House of the Year. It’s a remodel, and I feel like it’s exactly the way I would decorate a beach house if I had one.

Living room before:

Living Room - Before

Living Room – Before

Living Room After:




Bedroom before:

Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Bedroom after:




Bedroom After

Bedroom After

And kitchen before:



Kitchen after:







Anyone notice the metal red bar stools? Um, I did. Such a happy space! Can’t wait to see the full spread when the issue comes out in September!


Open Shelving Ideas

On Monday, I showed you our new industrial shelving unit that we bought at the flea market last weekend. I also told you that we’ve been planning to do open shelves in our kitchen for a while, and I’m thinking they would be perfect right above the industrial ones. Then we would basically have floor-to-ceiling shelving – all that decorating and organization! I mean, I’m excited just thinking about it!

This is of course a project that is months away because I have to finish our master bathroom, then I need to tackle the buffet in the dining room that I’m turning into a campaign piece, and THEN I’ll be able to think about the kitchen. However, it doesn’t stop me from looking at ideas!

Here are some photos that are helping to start my wheels turning…

This one is from Veranda Interiors, and I love the dark, wood on top of the white subway tile.

Veranda Interiors

Veranda Interiors

Better Homes & Gardens featured photos on “decorating with white.”

White and Blue - BHG

White and Blue – BHG

Stainless steel shelving featured on BHG as well.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

And I just feel like this one speaks my language. Reclaimed wood, with industrial brackets, on top of white subway tile, with bright yellow light fixtures! A blogger named Anne Sage featured this photo from the magazine Rue on her blog.

Open Shelving Ideas (Rue) - Open Shelving Ideas (Rue) –


Again, this is obviously all down the road a little, but fun to start dreaming! Have a great weekend everyone!





Rethink: Clothespins

Perhaps it is the loads of loads of laundry that I have been doing lately…I tell ya, three boys, make that four (the mister included) and there is never a time where the laundry baskets are bare.

Growing up on the farm we used to hang the clothes outside and you can’t beat the sun-kissed smell.  Dryer sheets don’t even come close to the natural aroma.  Maybe one day if we decide to move out the ‘burbs’ I can have my own clothes line and clothespins will be essential.

But for now, I think I will grab some clothespins for some great DIY projects.

Sidenote: who knew that clothespins are made in practically every color and size these days?!  Trust me, google it – you will be amazed!  SO, let the crafting commence!

Two of my favorite DIY projects featuring clothespins:

On Young House Love they used clothespins to create this fabulous light fixture in their laundry room.

How incredibly fitting is a clothespin light fixture in the laundry room??

Next up, on Little Green Notebook, once again in a laundry room, clothespins are used to create a funky mirror.

Check back next week as I share our laundry room…the laundry room and I have become quite close the past couple weeks and I have a feeling that won’t change for the next 18 years or so.  Talk to you all next week!

Goin’ Pickin’

Have you seen the show American Pickers? My husband absolutely LOVES it. We tape every episode, and he would love nothing more than to be able to drive around the whole country rummaging through people’s collectibles (i.e. junk). Well, he found a guy on Craigslist that had a bunch of land filled with what my husband calls, “rusty gold.” So on Sunday last weekend, we piled in my in-laws’ truck and drove over an hour to see if we could find some goodies.

He had loads and loads of galvanized anything.

Galvanized everything

Galvanized everything

I was looking for metal barstools and only ended up with one (the yellow one) because the rest were just in too bad of shape. I’m going to clean up the yellow one and paint it a bright red, using it as extra seating in our basement.

Metal Barstools

Metal Barstools

He also had tons of wooden baskets and crates. We also ended up with one of these as well because we just couldn’t pass them up!

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We didn’t buy very much, but it was a fun first picking experience. My son loved running around their land, climing, their trees, and checking out their pond. He also asked the poor man about a thousand questions about all his stuff. I think we have a natural picker on our hands.


Woah JCP!

So, Jonah has his nights and days mixed up a bit.  Therefore, I have some time on my hands in the middle of the night to cruise the web.

For some reason I stumbled upon JCPenny the other night.  I am still searching for a great inexpensive outdoor rug (which I promise to show that area soon) and thought I would check out JCP.  I have lucked out in the past with roman shades and window treatment panels from JCP so I was hoping the same would be the case for the perfect rug.

I didn’t get too far before I noticed that JCP is doing a collaboration with Jonathan Adler.  If you are familiar with Jonathan Adler, you know that he has funky, colorful design that seemingly shouts joy and happiness.

I am love with some of the throw pillows in the collection.  This bookshelf is amazing.  And these greek key window treatments are pretty stellar.

Definitely “Traditional with a Twist” but you might want to check it out if you want to infuse color and funk in to your space.

I was also impressed with a collection “Design by Conran“.  Again, more mid-century modern chic but some pieces that I was immediately drawn to…

These candlesticks



This apothecary vessel




This chair


Go ahead, check out JCP.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

And let me know if you need me to do some late night searching for you on the web.  I have some time on my hands…

Industrial Shelving

Oh West Bottoms, you did it again. Amazing items all over the place. Even Kingston bought his very first flea market find – an old ice cream scooper. He just had to have it because it had that little mechanism on the side that pushes the ice cream out. So fun for a four year old.

Anyways, back to our big buy. We found this fantastic industrial shelving unit! It appears to be something they might have used in a convenient or grocery store to hold soda. She’s a little rusty around the edges, but we’ll get her cleaned up. She was only $48, so I think we can deal with having to use a little elbow grease at that price.

Industrial shelf -

Industrial shelf –

It’s just perfect for the space next to our kitchen cabinets, and we’re going to add some wooden boards across a couple of the shelves to hold our dishes. Haven’t figured out the rest of it yet. Just excited about the possibilities!

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I’m going to get rid of the rug in the kitchen since it’s hitting right under the shelf. And I’ve debated on removing it anyways because for some reason half of Kingston’s dinners end up on it every night. So probably not worth having a rug in there until he’s a bit older. We’ll see. We’re also planning to install open shelving right above this pretty lady, so I think I’ll be taking away the top section of the industrial unit – yes, it all comes apart, which makes it even better! It will just fit that space a bit better if one of the levels is gone.

Can’t wait to get it all filled!

Don’t you love it??

Vaca Pics

Thought I’d share some fun pics from our vacation last week. We had such a great time in the sun, laying on the beach every single day. Well, Kingston didn’t do one single bit of laying around…he pretty much played in the sand, played in the ocean, and played in the pool. You get it. He ate the most food at dinner that he’s ever eaten and slept a really long time each night. I’d call that a success for a 4-year-old.

Almost every year, we go to Sanibel, Fl. It’s right off the coast of Ft. Myers, and we heart it. So, on this rainy Friday in Kansas City, I’m remembering the good times last week where the only question we had to answer all day was, “Where are we going to dinner?”

Water Play

Water Play


Sanibel is known for it’s shells. Everywhere shells.

Shell-y Beach

Shell-y Beach


Busy Beach

Busy Beach

I love this photo of my little man just enjoying the view.

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Happiness –

Kingston even made a new friend.

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We had quite the crew. My husband’s parents, his sister, and my brother all went. Not a bad looking group I guess.

The Whole Fam

The Whole Fam

Awe. My boys.

My boys

My boys

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend! We’ll be at the West Bottoms Flea Market tomorrow – I know you’re shocked.


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