March 16, 2015

new dresser added to the shop!

New piece added to the shop to start off your Monday morning!

Warm red finish with jute rope knot pulls.

(I have to apologize for the photos I had to take them in my basement so the lighting is awful and really doesn't do the furniture much justice. With the snow and lack of space I just couldn't haul it into the house to grab some photos.)

March 5, 2015

a day in the life of a stay at home working mom.

I'm always interested in other peoples schedules. You know the routine, how you manage to get through the day.
I am lucky enough to work at home and it seems nice and all but most days are a crazy hot mess. I'll be the first to admit I for sure do not have it together. 

The end result of my furniture pictures may make you think all is in its place and things run smoothly but its the behind the scenes, that is real life.

For example to get this:

there's a whole lot of this:

I thought it would be fun documenting a "working" day through photos. I kept notes throughout the day and at the end of the day I looked back and had a good laugh. 

I hope I can relate to someone out there whether you are a mom, soon to be mom, you stay at home you go to work, thinking about running your own business or your not sure the last time you showered...have a good laugh at my expense...I did.

6:30am- I wake up to hear Avery heading downstairs, she hears daddy. He is getting her a bowl of cereal.
6:45- I role out of bed and grab Caden (he's thrown everything out of his crib) and head down and get him breakfast...we say goodnight to daddy.

7:30- Before I start breakfast cleanup I have to unload the clean dishwasher, ugh.

7:35- Caden wants dry cereal in a snack cup (didn't I just feed him?). I send him on his way so he won't climb in the dishwasher (yeah right!). I forget to put the cover on his cup...

7:36- clean up cereal off the floor put it back in his cup with the cover this time (don't judge)

7:47- Avery wants to color so I get her set up...still trying to empty the dishwasher by the way.

7:53- crap he found me...

7:57- after listening to her complain for 10 minutes that she can't draw a watering can I reluctantly help...and get far to into it (still emptying the dishwasher by the way)

8:18- dishwasher is finally empty and reloaded, dishes are done, phew!

8:20- Finally have a cup of coffee and flip through a catalog that came in the mail about a week ago for 5 minutes

8:25- give up on the catalog and sit on the floor to play with Caden so he leaves Avery alone when she colors because he enjoys dumping out the marker bin. He goes off to play and I find myself watching Mickey Mouse is still hot though!

8:42- sneak to the shower, she's in charge. I got some awesome scrub at Lush recently and tried it out. Has lime infused in vodka...the smell reminds me of Margaritas, is it to early for one?

8:53- out of the shower they survived, no tears.

9:07- I'm dressed have to stop and watch "a move"...he stole her cup, it has lemonade in it.

9:13- attempting to do makeup and hair, this ones getting to smart.

9:31- they're dressed! (and snacking!) I finish getting ready and brush my teeth while brushing her hair.

See I'm in real clothes! I even wore my "pearls"!

9:54- have the car running snacks packed and just buckled them in. Run back in to make a cup of coffee for the road and glance at the bomb that went off in the living room but turn and head out the door.

10:00- Pull out of the driveway, I need gas...and I'm hungry should have grabbed a banana.

10:08- pumping gas and thinking about the germs on the gas pump (I'm a germaphobe) also took the opportunity to clean the trash out of my car.

10:15- on the road to meet a friend and her kids for a playdate and lunch (it was a school vacation day). Get behind a lady who had no idea how to operator her car...the wipers and blinkers we're going crazy. Think about how Jeff always says there's no shortness of stupid drivers.

10:40- arrive 10 minutes late at the jump park. I did't even have the chance to document the next 2.5 hours it was chaos. Lots of kids and I lost Caden. I'll let you picture that!

1pm- head home

1:25- Arrive home and successfully transfer him to his crib. I let her have some quiet computer time on PBSkids. I do a quick 5 minute clean up.

1:30pm- head to the basement to prime a mirror and some wood samples for potential client. Ended up also waxing a dresser and 2's 3:30! How did that happen?! 

Avery did make her way down with me but she plays well while I work or paints on her easel. Jeff also got up at some point and had to head out to pick up his work car as it was being repaired for what feels like the 100th time.

3:35- still can't believe how much i got accomplished. Go to put something in the fridge which leads to cleaning out all the old tupperware. 7 in total! And have to load the dishwasher again!

3:40- Jeff gets home. I'm slicing potatoes to roast for dinner.

4:00-5:00- we play with the kids for a bit and start dinner prep. Avery does yoga.

6:00- Done dinner, I clean up while Jeff plays with the kids. Not sure when Caden lost his pants...

6:15- up to the the kids room for jammies and playing

6:30- Caden wants his bottle (the kid is like clockwork) and we try to start settling downed read books.

7:00- Caden is in bed.

7:15- Avery is in bed.

7:19- Jeff needs to cut his hair so I head back to the basement to paint. Got a coat of paint on a clients mirror and my sample boards.

8:00- pour a glass of wine and have a piece of Trader Joe's Cowboy Bark!

8:02- sit with the computer and start drafting a quote to a potential client while Jeff showers.

8:25- Jeff has to polish his brass...13 buttons on the winter uniform I think. I catch up on emails, scan Pinterest and the MLS listings.

9:00- Done! Cath up on some DVR and relax before it all starts over tomorrow.

January 5, 2015

Light em up. First impressions.

Lets talk first impressions.
We all make them...and we all want to make a good one, right? 
Well so does your house! 

You walk into an entry of a house and bam there's that first impression hanging over your head...literally.

I feel that light fixtures are like jewelry they really make the outfit, or the space in this case. It's a great opportunity to showcase your style even step out of the box a bit and make a statement. Who doesn't love a good statement piece of jewelry?!

Here are a few fixtures that have caught my eye that I'd love to see shining through a window as I drive by!

A . B . C . D . E


January 1, 2015

twenty fifteen.

I hope everyone had a great end to 2014.

Today we turn the page to a fresh start. 

New dreams, hope, goals and ambitions. Whatever it may be something small or your plan to take over the world... write it down pin it up where you can see it and make sure to check it off your list by years end.

It's funny how the first day of a new year gives you that can do feeling. I'm hoping to keep that feeling going all year and stop doubting myself. I realized that I'm the one holding myself back and I need to Let it Go! (yes sorry I had too...) 

We wrote down our goals for 2015 last night; Avery's were to write better and bake (? gotta love a 4 year olds mind). As a family we dubbed it the year of adventure and experiences because if there is one thing we've learned over the past year or so can't take it with you.

cheers to 2015...bring it on!

December 16, 2014

mt. summit dresser

New to the shop today! Smaller scale 5 drawer dresser with vintage brass cup pulls. Finished with a dark wax glaze to mute the beautiful green hue.

I realized after completion that I had clipped an inspiration photo months ago...

Make sure to check out the shop link for other great stuff!



November 15, 2014

urban salvage company. the beginning of something great.

Hey Guys! It's me, Courtney...and I'm back!

Whether you've been following me from the beginning of Reckless Glamour (my former site) or you're new and just happen to stumble upon my page, Welcome!

So let's quickly catch you up to speed.

I refurbish old outdated furniture into one of a kind unique peices. I've been doing it for over 4 years now. I have two kids. Avery is 4.5 and Caden is about to be 1!

I'm what you call a stay at home working mom. 

Is that such a thing? 

It's hard, it's tiring and a major juggling act my work day doesn't start until everyone is tucked into bed. Sometimes its hard to steer clear of the couch and put my painting clothes on when sweats and a glass of wine are calling my name but it's all for the love of what I do.

I've been doing a lot of dreaming this past year about who I am and what it is I want to do. From that Urban Salvage was created and is a better fit for what I'm all about. 
I am not a blogger, I do not want to make money from blogging. 
Although I DIY a lot of stuff I am not a DIY' step by step instructional here.

I find and salvage quality pieces into modern day furniture. This site is where I'll share that stuff along with other cool finds with you.

I'll share tips, tricks and techniques about furniture, styling and design. I'll also share inspiring spaces and cool product finds.

So sit back check out my new site and join me on this new journey I'm embarking on!

(photos courtesy of Nathan Ekis Photography)

Now for some quick housekeeping:

I'll be phasing our "Reckless Glamour Design" and moving my email list here if you'd like to join or be removed please drop me a note.

For the time being I'll be keeping the Reckless Glamour Facebook page and hoping to change the name.

And for all the behind the scenes fun with my work and family you can see my Instagram feed here or follow me at 'Averybird24"