Saturday, July 31, 2010

~ Shop Update: Retail Therapy ~

When I finally get a room in my house looking like I want it to, I tend to leave it alone.  So the great thing about having a shop is that I can change it every week.  As a matter of fact, I can't stand to have it looking the same for more than a month at a time.  Here's a peek at how it looks now.

I love these antique Swedish pressed botanicals. 
Check out some pretty inspiration pictures [here].

For some people it's shoes.  For me, I can't get enough silver.  

I have to admit that I have become somewhat obsessed with shopping for the store lately.  It's so much fun to find that unexpected thing.

Yesterday I picked up this seaman's trunk shipped by C.T. Slack on the Railway Express in 1945. 

With a little elbow grease and some vintage casters, this is going to be an amazing coffee table. 

Please be sure to check out the blog for One of a Kind Shoppe [here].  We will be having our first give-away in a couple weeks. 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

~ Just Because ~

I found two totally shabby chic medicine cabinet fronts and knew they would be great for the shop. The only problem is that my scathingly brilliant idea for how to convert them into something fabulous isn't quite working out the way I expected.

So, I'm taking a break to regroup. I picked these pictures just because they're pretty.

And I can't resist shabby book pages right now. I've been collecting them for the shop.

I hope you have a good week.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

~ Bloom ~

Bloom where you are planted.

You will find your way.

Be what you are, at it's best.

Happy weekend.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

~ Happily Ever After ~

There is something about these spaces that makes me believe in "happily ever after."

Sandra Foster's beautiful cottage [here]

Downsizing looks really good!

Happy weekend.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

~ One of a Kind ~

I'm excited to be working on the blog for One of a Kind, the store where my little shop is located. 

This week, I invited Tori Spelling for a shopping spree and lunch at Gabriel's.  You're welcome to come along.  Take a peek here.

Have a great weekend.


Friday, July 9, 2010

~ Calgon, Take Me Away ~

Boy, it's been a busy week.

My favorite bathroom by Sarah Richardson

Amy Morris via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine

Ahhh, I'm starting to relax already.
P.S.  Any room with a Louis mirror and chandelier is the perfect room for me.
I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Friday, July 2, 2010

~ Feeling a Connection ~

I have found some amazing things at estate sales recently.  I pretty much stalked my favorite estate sale hosts for months because they use pieces that haven't sold in previous sales as filler pieces.  My persistence finally paid off and I became the proud owner of many wonderful pieces of French furniture at prices I could afford.

The bedside table and artwork are estate sale treasures.

When I finally moved a pair of bedside tables (above) to the guest bedroom earlier this week, I was shocked when this photo fell out.  I felt a connection to the people in the photo because they belonged to the beautiful pieces that I am so happy to have.

A few months ago I found some unusual china pieces at the estate sale warehouse (yes, owned by the subjects of my stalking).  I remember that I gasped when I saw this handwritten note on the bottom of a piece that detailed it's history. 

Fast forward to today.  I went to an estate sale in a beautiful neighborhood bright and early this morning, prepared not to find anything great.  To my delight, the house had wonderful things.  Lots of French country furniture, art pieces, dishes, books . . . you name it.  I realized that I had to quickly stake my claim on the treasures I had to have since the house was filling up with shoppers.  As I hurried to take my first trip through the house, I noticed two teenagers sitting quietly in the den, watching everyone.  I had to stop and ask.  Is this your house?  Is this really hard for you to watch?  As it turned out, it was their grandparents' house.  Their grandfather had just passed away and the family was moving their mother to be closer to family.  I already appreciated the beautiful things that I was about to acquire, but seeing these kids made everything so personal.  I actually got a little choked up when I sincerely told them that their grandmother's beautiful things would become treasures to other people.  And then someone pushed past me to tell their mother that the five dollar flower stems were overpriced, and she would give her a dollar.

This French print that I found today is beautifully framed.

Also from the sale today, this is a signed and numbered etching!

So, I am home with my treasures.  I really do appreciate where they have been and what they meant to someone.  And now what they mean to me.

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

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