Happy Monday & my latest vintage finds!

Hey there friends.  I hope the day started off great for you.  Between Day Light Savings Time and insomnia, I woke up feeling gloomy.  After getting dressed, I did some mediation followed by a cup of tea and those two things helped me refocus and re-energize.

I’ve meditated on and off over the years but after getting away from it I’m trying hard to make it a daily practice.  It really does make a difference in how I manage my day and most importantly how I feel. If you’ve never tried mediation, here’s a great article that outlines 8 Way Meditation Can Improve Your Life. 

Now on to the fun stuff…

Over the weekend I did sneak in some time to hit up one of my favorite antique stores.  I haven’t had time to go antique shopping lately so I took my time walking the aisles of the store.   Here are a few things I found.

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The last few months, I’ve  been selling lots of Ironstone in my Etsy shop so I’m on the hunt for some new pieces.  This sugar jar was a great find and I love the design.

Vintage Ironstone Sugar Container

I already own one of these mini blue and white garden stools so this one will go in my shop.  It would look great on bookshelf as a bookend.

Vintage Mini Blue and White Garden Stool

The pattern on this creamer grabbed my attention and I love the design of the handle.

Vintage Blue and White Creamer

This large blue and white floral pitcher was just sitting in the corner waiting for me.  Sell or not to sell…that is the question?

Vintage Blue and White Pitcher

I purchased a similar elephant the last time I was in Oklahoma for my Etsy shop so I didn’t hesitate when I saw this one.  I’m going to keep it and use it as a perch to hold a plant or stack of books.

Vintage Elephant Stool

Did anyone else go thrifting over the weekend and if so, what did you find?

 

 

 

Product + Inspiration: Blue & White Garden Stools

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One of my favorite accent furniture pieces is a garden stool.  Specifically blue and white garden stools.

As the popularity of chinoiserie and blue and white decor has gained steam over the last few years, so has the use of garden stools as a decorative accent.

If you’ve never considered a garden stool as part of your decor, let me tell you why they are a great design option.

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My Latest Flea Market Finds–Road Trip Treasures

Flea Market Finds

Whenever we drive to see my mom in Oklahoma, we plan a few pit stops at flea markets and antique stores along the way.  I typically find an item or two but nothing to brag about.  This trip however was different.  I lucked upon lots of unique pieces at great prices. Most of what I found will go in my Etsy shop but I am keeping a couple of items for myself.

Staffordshire dogs are really popular right now and I found a couple of different dog pieces.  The first was this single dalmatian figurine.  I know these were originally sold in a set as bookends but as a single it makes a great decor pieces for a bookshelf.

Flea Market Finds

The other dog pieces I found was this set of dalmatian bookends.  I’m tempted to keep these but into the Etsy shop they’ll go.

Flea Market Finds

This blue and white lidded jar is so cute.  If it wasn’t for its petite size you’d think it was a garden stool.  I snapped this piece up for $5.00 and I’m going to keep it for myself.

Flea Market Finds

I’m also on the look out for brass trays and this one had beautiful details.  It’s pretty large in size and would make a great bar tray.

Flea Market Finds

I love milk glass and see these bowls quite often but have never purchased one.  The embossed fruit motif on the bottom is so intricate and pretty and the bowl is super heavy.

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

I don’t know how long the brass pineapple trend is going to last but I keep buying them if I can find them at a good price.  I already own two so I’m going to be listing this lidded piece in the shop after I clean it up a bit.

Flea Market Finds

This pretty brass letter holder has me in a quandary…sell or keep?  The design is really pretty and you can tell its a great quality piece. Since I have good luck selling letter holders in my shop I’ll probably sell this one.

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

I also found a silver-plated one that needs some TLC.  It was less than $3.00 so if it doesn’t clean up well I’ll just keep it.

Flea Market Finds

My favorite find of the trip was this ceramic elephant stool.  It’s in great condition and I practically stool it from the dealer with the price they had on it.

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Don’t you just love my latest flea market finds?  

For those of you living in Memphis, you might want to check out the Antique Mall Warehouse.  I found most of the chinoiserie  and brass pieces there.

If you want to check out my Etsy shop, head here.

Happy hunting!

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Best of Etsy: Shop Nancy Nikko Design

Nancy Nikko Design

I recently came across an amazing paper goods shop on Etsy and was smitten with everything they make.  Nancy Nikko Design specializes in personalized stationery, labels and bookplates, all with beautifully illustrated images, graphics and typography.  I am especially drawn to the chinoiserie designs and home decor illustrations and love her collection of business cards.

There are over 800 items in Nancy’s shop, perfect for your personal stationery suite or for gift giving. You’ll also find a collection of party decor, kids stationery and art prints and most of the custom wine labels, personalized stationery and invitations can accommodate color changes, and additional text upon request.

FYI– Nancy will have her Christmas and holiday designs available in late September.

Picking my favorites items was a hard task but I did manage to round-up a few of them for you below.  To view the entire Nancy Nikko Design shop, head here.

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Chinoiserie Memory Card Game (I think these would also look great as a framed collection)

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Shop Bookplates (the perfect gift for anyone that still loves coffee table books)

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Shop Stationery (personalized stationery is such a thoughtful gift)

Nancy Nikko Design

Shop Business Cards (every savvy business owner needs a card that makes a statement)

Nancy Nikko Design

Shop Thank You Cards (you can never have too many of these, especially if they are cute)

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Shop Place Cards (a fun way to personalize your party table)

Nancy Nikko Design

Shop Custom Wine Bottle Labels (such a great design touch for a special event, holiday or gift)

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Limoncello Label Tags (you’re going to have a hard time picking a favorite from these designs)

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Shop Art Prints (great prices on chinoiserie inspired designs)

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Nancy Nikko Design is one of the most beautiful hand-crafted paper goods line I’ve come across in a long time.

Enjoy shopping and let me know which items are your favorite.

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all images via Nancy Nikko Design

A Few Of My Favorite Blue & White Vignettes

Blue & White Vignette

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things blue and white especially blue and white chinoiserie decor.  Although I really started building my blue and white collection, this classic and timeless look is one I’ve always been inspired by. Here’s a look at a few of my all-time favorite blue & white vignettes.

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Blue is a color that mixes well with just about other color but one of my favorite color combos is blue and orange.  This vignette is the perfect way to dress up a small foyer and make a statement with just a few dynamic pieces.

Blue & White Vignette

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Or you can keep the color palette to just blue and white.  Don’t you just love how the lines on the mirror replicate the lines on the console? #detailsmakedesign

Blue & White Vignette

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I’m a sucker for blue and white ceramic pieces and this vignette was built to showcase each and every decorative piece.

Blue & White Vignette

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Nothing makes a dynamic tablescape like this collected grouping of objects you see in this vignette.  If you ever come across a blue and white piece missing its lid, keep in mind that it can be used as a flower vase.

Blue & White Vignette

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What’s not to love about this bar cart vignette?  The blue and blue pieces add personality and relate to that amazing wall decor.

Blue & White Vignette

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Then there’s the idea of using blue and white to dress up a party table.  So much inspiration in this one beautiful vignette!

Blue & White Vignette

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A blue and white statement lamp is a great way to add impact and elegance to a bedroom.

Blue & White Vignette

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If you’re an avid flea market shopper like me,  keep your eyes open for inexpensive blue and white plates.  Hung on a wall, a collection of plates is really dynamic.

Blue & White Vignette

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So who else out there loves blue & white as much as I do?

 If you’re shopping for some budget friendly pieces, check out a few I’ve come across recently…

Budget Friendly Blue & White Decor

1)Blue & White Vase–$24.99 @ At Home // 2) CHD Home Textiles Shower Curtain–$14.99 @TJMaxx.com // 3) Happiness Jar–$14.99 @ TJMaxx.com
4) David Textiles Ginger Jars Collection 44″ Cotton Fabric By The Yard–$4.97/yd @ Wal-Mart //5) American Atelier Acrylic Chair–$129.99 @ TJMaxx.com
6) Blue and White Ceramic Jar-$14.99 @ TJMaxx.com // 7)  E & J Home Embroidered Pillow–$19.99 @ TJMaxx.com // 9)  Set of 4 Tidbit Plates–$15.00 @ TJMaxx.com

Happy Shopping!

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Favorite Posts, Pins and Product of The Week

Favorites Of The Week

It was a good week around my parts.  In addition to getting lots done and finishing up a Room-to-Room e-design project (which I’ll share soon), I spent some time catching up with my favorite bloggers.  So much great content this week so I’ve got lots to share with you.  Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

After reading this great post, I realize I need to step-up my wind-down routine at the end the  day.  Tiffany shares some great products and great rituals that I’m sure will inspire you too. #investinyourself

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

I’m a big fan of designer Tobi Fairley and loved these simple tips for pattern mixing that she shared this week. #gobigorgohome

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Kristin’s bedroom refresh is just beautiful. #chinoiserie

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

If you write a design blog or have an online shop, you’ll find these styling and photo tips helpful.  Marian always creates the most beautiful vignettes. #detailsmatter

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

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FAVORITE PINS

This is a favorite pin of the week because it just exudes happiness and because I’m excited to see the new Oh Joy! collection at Target.  p.s.  new collection will be released in stores tomorrow.

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

This 4th of July tablescape is really stunning and would be so simple to pull together.

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

I wrote about my love the Tiny Houses here and if I could get Anna White to build it, I’d be all in. The dining table, desk is just amazing!  You can tour her tiny house here and get free-plans to build your own here.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

You can find any and everything on Etsy, even beautiful handmade blue and white #chinoisierie inspired lampshades.

Damask Blue and White Lampshade

Jump on this deal folks…blue and white jar for $14.96!  All there blue and white ceramic pieces are on sale.

Blue and White Jar

In my opinion, a girl can never have too many tote bags and this one is perfect for summer beach trips.

Ombre Tote

I so need this mug! It’s less than $20 and everything is 30% right now.  

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Well, that’s a wrap for this edition of Favorite Things.

I’m off to enjoy the weekend.  And I’m excited is only going to be in the 80’s and the humidity is not going to be off the charts.  #southernlife

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Summer Bedroom Refresh–Chinoiserie Inspired

I’ve been thinking about giving our bedroom a refresh for a while now and I think I’m going to pull the trigger.

This is the current look of the bedroom–a mix of wood, black & white accents and pops of color.

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My love affair with blue and white has me thinking of a look that incorporate navy, black, white and pops of color.

Here’s the Chinoiserie Inspired inspiration board I came up with…

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Since the black armoire and chair will be staying, I need to find a duvet cover that can tie the navy and black together.  About a month ago I spotted a Ralph Lauren set at HomeGoods but decided to pass on it.  Now I can’t get it out of my mind.  I’ve been searching for it again but so far I have only found  it in a king size and we need a queen.  The pattern is called Tamarind and I did find it on Amazon (more expensive) so if I don’t have any luck at HomeGoods I have another option.

When it comes the accessories, I’m planning to change the black drapes to a dark navy and I’m  looking at this pink pillow…

Pink Pillow

and some chinoiserie inspired artwork from Etsy.

Pagoda Print

Floral Print

And of course I’ll incorporate some blue and white ceramic pieces into the mix.

Blue and Whtie Ginger Jars

As always things may change before it’s all said and down but I’m excited to create a fresh new look for our space.

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DIY Toile Tablecloth (and a Giveaway)

DIY Toile Tablecloth

I saw it…I admired it…and then I decided to make it!

One day when I was surfing through the Neiman Marcus website, I spotted a beautiful green and white toile tablecloth.  It had everything going for it except the price ($$$). I continued to search for more budget friendly options but the only color I found at the price I wanted to pay was blue and white.

Well, the universe must have been hearing my cries because just about the time I was going to settle for a blue and white tablecloth, Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me and asked if I wanted to review one of their stencil designs.  A quick review of their collection and I said YES.  They had the perfect toile stencil so I could make my own toile tablecloth and save lots of money. Plus I always love a good craft challenge.

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DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

white tablecloth with a vibrant green paint color

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

you know I love chinoiserie

DIY Toile Tablecloth

of course I had to style the table using some of my blue and white pieces

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

a fun accent color makes it even merrier

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

lots of vintage, thrifted and budget friendly treasure to give the table even more personality

DIY Toile Tablecloth

So what do you think?  Pretty darn cute if I may say so myself.

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If you’ve never given stenciling a try, I urge you to do it.  It’s easy and a great way to create custom decor for your home. Making my tablecloth took just a couple of hours and a few supplies.  Here’s how…

Supply list:

White Tablecloth –It’s best to get a 100% cotton or cotton blend which will allow the paint to absorb better
Secret Garden Toile Stencil  (if toile isn’t your look, there are tons of designs to choose from)
Foam paint roller 
Acrylic Paint –I used Anita’s acrylic paint in Christmas Green and purchased 2 of the large size bottles
Textile Medium–creates a soft, flexible and washable paint surface
Painters Tape, Spray Adhesive, Plastic paint tray or disposable paper plate
  1.  Gather your supplies and lay the tablecloth out on a smooth, firm surface.  I used my dining room table and placed a plastic drop cloth under the white tablecloth to protect the table surface.
  2. To ensure a clean paint application, use spray adhesive on the back of your stencil to prevent any paint bleeding. Spray the back of the stencil, let it sit for a few minutes and then place the stencil onto the tablecloth, starting in the upper right corner.
  3. Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part textile medium and pour paint onto the disposable plate.
  4. Coat your roller with paint and then roll the roller on the paper towel to remove most of the paint. You want the roller to have very little paint on it when you begin to reduce paint bleed.
  5. Paint over the stencil–you may need to go over the stencil 2 or 3 times to get the depth of color you want.
  6. Let the stencil sit for just a minute and then remove it.  Move your stencil and repeat the process until you’ve covered the entire tablecloth.

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

 

Once my tablecloth was painted, I decided to add a decorative trim along the edge and added a canary yellow woven gimp I purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pop of color!

DIY Toile Tablecloth

 

I’m thrilled with how my Toile Tablecloth turned out and will definitely to enjoy using it year round.

Now it’s your turn to get in on the stencil fun.  Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers.  Enter below for your chance to win!

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