Monday, January 30, 2012

My Own Shop

(Fort Andros)
I finally took a little step toward opening my own shop. I decided to start small and applied for a rental space at Cabot Antiques in Fort Andros. I thought I would have a couple of months to hear back, but after a couple of weeks I was offered a space available February 1st. I've been working like a crazy lady painting enough items to fill my new 8'x10' antiques space. It has been so much fun trying out new paint techniques and paint colors.

This is my space before I moved in, it looks so BIG...

Almost all moved in, I call it "antiques with attitude".  My booth is more colorful than the others but I still need to add some accessories because it looks a little bare

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Diamond Baratta Design

For more than three decades, William Diamond and Anthony Baratta have designed hundreds of one-of-a-kind residences. Their innovative use of color and pattern harmonize to create homes highly personal and original. 

They've been the cover story more than 40 times in magazines such as Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, House Beautiful, House & Garden, and Traditional Home.

You may not recognize the name, but you'll recognize the designs.

Quilts, braided rugs, buffalo checks and diamond patterns are some of the classic elements used over and over in their designs.

Color is what gives each room a unique personality.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I finally revamped some furniture with stripes...

I love how they turned out and now want to paint stripes on everything!

Look how boring the "before" is

Linking up to The Charm of Home

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


If I lived in Austin, Texas, I would be at this store every day. Actually I would be dragging all my furniture "finds" in need of upholstery to these fantastic classes...

"we use bold, eye-catching fabrics to create Spruce originals for sale in our storefront and online store. Spruce also offers a tailored selection of gifts, housewares, and furniture care products available for purchase"

'"We enjoy teaching our trade in weekend workshops where students get their feet wet with beginner upholstery projects such as side chairs and benches."

This is a great concept for a "furniture" store. Custom furniture available for sale and classes provided for people that want to learn how to do their own upholstery. They even have windows into the workshop to see the creations being made.

Check out Spruce!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

White Vermont Cape

I am in love with this 1820's Vermont kitchen. The farmhouse sink, multiple windows and warm antique wood floors give this kitchen so much personality. I usually go for rooms with much more color, but I could live in this kitchen.

Kitchen Transformation traditional kitchen

Repurposing salvaged sink traditional kitchen

Repurposing a salvaged sink traditional kitchen

Kitchen transformation traditional kitchen

As much as I love color inside a home, I prefer a white outside. Maybe it's the contrast I find so appealing, but I like the simplicity of this white antique cape with a metal roof and front and back porches.
Exterior traditional exterior

Perfect Porch traditional porch

Connecting spaces upstairs traditional exterior

A sweet outdoor space traditional exterior

Hammock, Adirondack chairs, wicker rockers, this backyard is perfect!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Needs a Step Up

I posted this picture a couple of months ago...

my first thought was "wow, I really need to dust!" then I thought "wow, what a boring look!". I like all the items, but nothing is really popping. 

So I purchased a few of these great little baroque frames from TJ Max, only $9.99 each.

I only wish they came in more colors...maybe I can paint them?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Road Island Farmhouse

Nancy Taylor's 1776 farmhouse is a labor of love, “We did the kind of major renovation where you take every single thing out of the house, label it and store it...” The results after replumbing, rewiring, and reworking her house are a cozy, calm and comfortable home.

The colors of the home are an unexpected mix of purples, pinks, greens and blues. Do you think a collection of pink lusterware and enameled-tin graniteware had anything to do with it?

Found images at Country Living and New England Home
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