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Hello dear readers! Emma and I are back on our Maine island after a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation. Emma spent the vacation with her half-sister, Etta, at my brother’s place in Braintree, MA. Here they are, together:


I spent my Thanksgiving vacation with my dear friend, Jane, in Leonardtown, MD! Darling daughter joined me at Jane’s for the holiday. We had a lovely time! During our visit, we worked on a project!

The project was to furnish an apartment! Jane and her sister, Carol, have an apartment building in Leonardtown with a bunch of one bedroom apartments. Jane  had previously furnished one of the apartments to be rented out fully furnished. Recently, the opportunity came up to furnish another to also rent out fully furnished…a project!!!

Here are the before photos of the empty apartment, starting with the living room:

This is the bedroom, inside the French doors, with the bathroom visible in the back:

Here is the “pirouette” kitchen:

Finally, the cozy dining nook:

Jane had begun the process of furnishing the apartment on the weekend I arrived in MD. With her friend, Bobby, she hit an estate sale and purchased a sofa bed, loveseat, and end tables for a song! She even bought a set of silver plated flatware for the apartment. I am sorry to have missed a fun estate sale!

Over the course of the next week, we shopped the discount stores, the thrift stores, and her basement and sheds for the rest of the furnishings needed. For instance, Jane needed a tiny microwave for the tiny kitchen. I went to the local Target and found the perfect microwave for $45! Way under her $100 budget as all kitchen items were 20% off that day! 

Quite a bit goes into furnishing an apartment from the shower curtain to pots and pans, clothes hangers to art for the walls, rug pads to kitchen scissors, bed pillows to the bath mat, lampshades and finials to the kitchen clock. You get the idea. Big Lots, Ross, and Ollie’s were quite helpful to us in finding all the other items needed. Big shout out to the discount stores!

Then there was the thrifting.  We found a beautiful solid oak headboard for $5 at the Vintage Values in Leonardtown! Also, all the art work was thrifted. Lucky for us, the art work for the bedroom and living room was 50% off on the day we shopped! The two abstract prints over the bed were $4 each! 

Jane even did some online shopping, purchasing a new television for the apartment from Best Buys on Thanksgiving and picking it up on Black Friday. In the meantime, I painted the tv stand with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Here is the photo:


In fact, we painted and recovered several chairs that had come from Jane’s shed to use in the kitchen and living room. This one got redone for the living room:


It was wicked awesome fun, pulling everything together to make the finished project! 

I am happy to report the total project was completed ahead of schedule, and under budget!!! 

Without further ado, here are the photos, kitchen first:


The completed living room:


And, finally, the bedroom:


Darling daughter, Bobby, and I helped Jane with putting it all together. We learned how tricky it can be to hang two pieces of artwork evenly! That was challenging. I must say Jane has impressive skills with her trusty power drill! I witnessed this firsthand. 

In the end, we fluffed everything up and put the final touches on. The apartment looks amazing! It is cozy and complete. Just bring your suitcase and move right in! The apartment is so charming, I wanted to move right in! Great job, Jane!

Yours, Merryweather 

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