Over the past couple of days, I have been furiously cleaning out all our upstairs closets in preparation for new carpet that we're getting in our children's bedrooms and the guest room. As a result, my house has looked a bit like this . . .
Pretty, right? It is amazing how much junk our family has accumulated over the past six years of living here. It's really rather disgusting. Why do we have so much stuff?? These bags are filled with Goodwill donations and literal garbage. And yes, I know a lot of you out there don't like carpet. Well, I don't love it either. In an ideal world, I would have hardwood floors everywhere and area rugs. However, I live in the real world where my suburban home has an open floorplan that is very echo-ey (not a word) and the carpet helps soundproof or at least muffle some of my children's running and general tomfoolery. Plus, my kids like carpet because it's "soft, cushy and cozy." So, there you have it.

There's also a Sidewalk Sale I'm preparing for at my friend Jennifer's shop, tag, in the Bellevue area of Nashville. She's celebrating her shop's one year anniversary . . . quite an accomplishment, in my opinion. Here's my pile of goodies for that . . . 
There will be lamps, mirrors, art, fabric, brass accessories galore and much more. My friend Brandy from Chateau a Gogo is also participating, so you know there will be tons of treasures to be had. Add that to the beautiful things Jennifer already has in her store and a couple of estate sales just down the street, and you have the makings of a great Saturday morning. So please come out and see us - tag, treasures, antiques and good stuff, 8333 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN 37221, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (I may not be there all day, mainly just in the morning as my son has a midday soccer game).

Oh, and while doing some last-minute shopping yesterday, I picked up this Mid-Century Curtis Jere-style metal wall sculpture. 
I was on the fence about whether to keep it or sell it when I saw this listing on V&M:
Um, maybe I'll keep it.

 
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