Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 1.29.16

Happy Friday!

Another week gone by, which means it’s time for another edition of the Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t).  A round up of things that have caught my eye, or drove me crazy. 😉

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently
As a perpetual procrastinator, this article was a great read.  And really, aren’t we all looking to minimize distraction and maximize productivity?  The writer of the Forbes article interviewed 200 “ultra-productive” people, and shares some great tips.

Great Thrift Store Finds

I have been finding some fantastic thrift store furniture finds lately, and it’s been a lot of fun refinishing them and making them pretty again.  Here’s my latest discovery, and I’m already hard at work transforming her.
dresser before - ah

I’m excited to share the finished product – here is a hint on the direction I’m going with it…  Hint:  there will be some color mixing involved.

Amy Howard Paint1

Ok, twist my arm – here is another peek.
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My husband and I went to Memphis recently, and toured Graceland.  Oh my goodness, if you get the opportunity to take the tour, do it!  It was like stepping into a time capsule, and I could totally visualize Elvis walking around the house.  It really gave me a whole new appreciation of Elvis and his work.

The exterior is so beautiful and stately.

And the interior is just as it was when Elvis was alive.  Including this newly remodeled kitchen, complete with carpet and everything.


Salvaged Pieces

When people say, “They just don’t build homes like they used to,” it really resonates when I am looking at pieces that were salvaged from old homes.  Can you even imagine the house that these pocket doors were in, back in its glory days?
pocket doors1

The same holds true for this hutch.

Amy Howard (and her home)

During the same trip to Memphis, I had to opportunity to attend a blogger workshop to learn more about her and her Amy Howard at Home Paint line.  Let me just tell you that Amy Howard (and her husband) are just good people.  So genuine and authentic.  They opened up their home to us, and were just as lovely as can be.  I have yet to share the details of this trip, but here is a peek at her beautiful home.  When people tell you to surround yourself with only the things that you love, that’s just what Amy’s home feels like.

Amy Howard Home1a

Amy Howard Home2a

See what I mean?  Lovely.

My +1 for the week – Insomnia.  It doesn’t happen all of the time, but when it does – ugh.

Have a great weekend!



  • Reply
    cassie @ primitive & proper
    January 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

    can’t wait to see that gorgeous dresser when it’s done! and i had the opp to meet amy back in october with ace and LOVED her so much! and her home was stunning! i was oohing and aahing all over- what i really loved was her use and appreciation of art.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 29, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Jenny that new piece you are painting is gorgeous, as is the new color! Can’t wait to see the after! Have a great weekend.

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    January 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I love the stately Graceland. Amy’s home is beautiful as I would expect. Where did you find the beautiful doors and hutch, please? I love salvage shops and just curious where you found such lovely pieces. I used to go to one in Dallas and since we have moved, I miss it so much. Thanks for sharing.

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      January 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      The salvage pieces were at a local place (that used to have a whole warehouse) – Dayton Reclamation and Restoration (in Ohio). They pull things from different buildings/homes that are being torn down. Amazing stuff!

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    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
    February 1, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Great list. I really need to follow some of those productive ideas. I always make ‘to do’ lists but scheduling actual time on the calendar is a great idea. Wow, Graceland! What a fun tour that must have been. I wonder what Elvis would think of kitchens nowadays! Amy Howard…beautiful home!

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