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.


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?




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If I do life all over again, I’d live in New York for a few years and my apartment would look something like Emmy Rossum’s Manhattan home.


Here’s a fun and inspiring interview with designer Christiane Lemieux.


Loved this easy idea to glam up holiday garland.



With Thanksgiving just a few days away and Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about holiday table settings.

Here’s a really fresh take on a holiday tablescape.  You’ll definitely want to click here to see the other elements that were used on the table.


I’m loving this black and white table setting and those turquoise candles are a perfect unexpected pop of color.




These initial stickers are such an easy way to UpStyle a tote, handbag or just about anything else you can think of.


This is just one of the great holiday prints available from this Etsy shop. And they are all between $2.00 and $5.00!


I spotted the adorable Pineapple Tumblers in Bed Bath and Beyond the other day and immediately added them to my wish list.  Set of 2 for $19.99!


Enjoy your weekend friends.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun and easy DIY hostess gift idea.

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On A Personal Note–Vintage Toast Racks




I’ve mentioned before that I have an Etsy shop where I sell vintage decor and handcrafted items.  One of my best-selling items are vintage toast racks. Whenever I come across one in good quality I pick it up.  You might be thinking that I sell these rack to use to hold toast but you’d be wrong.  After buying my first toast rack and styling it as a stationery/letter holder, that’s how I’ve been promoting them ever since.


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Most of the racks I’ve round have been silver-plated but you can find them in brass, milk glass or even decorative ceramic styles like this blue and white beauty. #yesplease 



Toast Racks are the perfect chic storage piece to hold thank-you notes, bills or small electronics like your cell or linens. During the holidays, they are a great way to display Christmas cards without taking up a lot of room.





They come in all shapes and sizes and prices can range from as little as $5.00 up to hundreds of dollars.



Designs range from ornate and Victorian to simple and classic and some designs have more slots than others.







When shopping for vintage toast racks on Etsy, use these search terms to narrow your findings:  toast rack , letter rack, card holder, letter holder, Victorian rack

I’ve made shopping easy for you and rounded up a few of my favorite toast racks, all under $20!

 This one is for all you blue and white lovers.

This one is perfect for a desk and can hold more than just stationery.

If your style is art deco, you’ll love this one.

And I love this brass swan piece.

We’re heading off on a road trip tomorrow and I plan to stop at a few flea markets along the way.  Fingers crossed that I score a few toast racks.

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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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Fashion Trend: Seed Bead Jewelry

I’ve been making jewelry ever since I was a kid.  After I got the hang of it, I tried my hand at making a necklace using seed beads. #majorfail   In fact if you were to look through my jewelry supply box today,  you’d see an entire case of seed beads that I’ve collected over the years.

Seed Bead Earrings

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 If you’re not familiar with seed beads, they are the tiny beads you see on those popular tassel earrings everyone is wearing, those beads on decorative pillows and the ones on those trendy summer tunic tops that are in all the stores.

Seed Bead Pillow

Tunic Top via Boston Proper

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Even though they are tiny, seed beads are great because of the intricate designs and beautiful color combinations they create.

During Spring New York Fashion week, I noticed seed bead jewelry as part of several designer runway shows and I’m glad to know that this jewelry style has become a hot trend.  One day I may pull out my stash of seed beads and try making a necklace again but until then I think I’ll shop for some seed bead jewelry.

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 1)  Piñata Tassel Drop Earrings–$36.00   2)  Seedbead Necklace–$18.00
3)  Seedbead Bracelet–$16.50  4)  Majorca Lariat Seed Bead Necklace–$48.00
5)  Kyla Earrings$25.00  6)  Orange Beaded Earrings–$16.00
7)  Danita Cuff–$49.00  8)  Zoey Clip On Earrings–$35.00


Etsy is another great source for handmade seed bead jewelry and Biulu Artisan Boutique has one of the best selections of intricate designs I’ve ever seen.  The shop sells necklaces, bracelets, earrings along with complete jewelry sets.  Each piece  is handmade in western Mexico and the designs are inspired by many Native American groups including Iroquois, Cherokee, Aztec, Maya and Inca.

I also loved reading the story of how this shop started, how the business has grown and now supports many of the people in their community.  You can read the Biulu story here.

Huichol Necklace

So who else out there loves the look of seed bead jewelry?

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Treasure Hunting At Scott Antique Market


It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the Scott Antique Market and even longer since I’ve done a post about the market.

Last Thursday I woke up and decided to make the trek down to Scott’s to check out the show and see if I cold snag any great pieces.  The Scott Antique Market is definitely one of my favorite antique shows and every time I go I’m wowed by all the vintage, antique and sometimes new pieces that the dealers have.  This market I spotted lots of great pieces…

There were a lot of really great oversized mirrors.  I can envision this beauty in a foyer or positioned at the top of a stair landing.


One of the great things about the Scott Antique Market is the number of custom furniture dealers that attend.  If you have a challenging area or simply desire a custom piece, you can find many options at this market.

I loved this upholstered banquet which if just made for a breakfast or dining area.


The turned wood arm-chair with grey linen fabric.  Perfect for a beach house.


My friend Julie whose an upholsterer and owns The Upholstery Fashionista is known for her faux animal skin upholstered pieces.  She sells pieces in this fabric every month and these chairs were her newest pieces. She’s also known for the details she puts in every piece like the burlap back and sides of these chairs.



Cut stools in a fun fabric.


I spotted a lot of great farm tables this show.


A pretty bench cushion sofa with great lines and a tufted back.


I adored this bench and the fabric it was in.



The table would make a great kitchen island.


Lots of classic vintage furniture with beautiful hardware and details.



Check out the carved wood detail on this piece.



A beautiful buffet with gorgeous carved doors.



There is always lots of blue and white chinoiserie pottery.  This bowl was oversized and I loved the octagon shape.


These foo dogs were super-size.


Lots of blue and white ginger jars and vases.


This dealer has the most gorgeous preserved flowers and arrangements and his booth is always packed.


I’m on the hunt for vintage Japanese calligraphy brushes but these were incredibly expensive so I passed.


One of my favorite dealers always have unique bottles and jars.  Most of these were $35 or less.


If you love industrial pieces you’ll find lots to choose from at Scott.


May of the outdoor dealers sell vintage olive buckets which can be used for plants, magazines or just about anything.n


There is always an abundance of wood crates..some old and some reproduction.


One of the permanent outdoor dealers always have a good collection of brass door hardware.


I’d love to create a wall display with a grouping of these brass numbers.


I’ve mentioned before that the market is made up of two buildings so there are hundreds of dealers to shop from and you never know what you’ll find.  There are a couple of dealers that I always shop with and here are a few of the pieces I scored this market.

I wasn’t really looking for anything for me this show but was focused on finding a few items for my Etsy shop.  But I did find a few things I’m going to keep.

I sell a lot of these silver-plated toast rack so I buy them whenever I come across a great deal.  I also bought this brass shell dish which need some major polishing and this pewter pineapple dish.  All of these items will be going in my shop.


Vintage globes are hard to come across at a good price so I was happy to find this one for less than $10.


I bought this pair of brass candle holders for $6.00. Score!


And lucked upon this brass book stand.  I’ve sold 3 or 4 of the in my shop before.


I scored this beautiful oversized blue and white vase for $10–another great find.


And I’m always on the hunt for Christmas items for the shop.  These napkins were just .50 cents each.


And my favorite finds of the show were these acrylic drawer pulls for just $2.00 each!  These babies and big and chunky and I’m keeping these.


And these Staffordshire Dogs which I scored for $20.


I must say, I had a pretty good haul this show.


If you’ve never been to Scott Antique Market before but are planning a visit, here are few shopping tips:

Tips for Scott Antique Market:

* The market opens at 10:30 on the second Thursday of each month (but get there about 20 minutes early as they tend to let cars in early)

* There is a shuttle bus (Fri, Sat, Sun) that will shuttle you between the two buildings (runs about every 15 minutes)

* There are food vendors on site and some of them look really good.

* If you want a great deal, shop the outdoor vendors. Many of them shut-down when the weather is not but those that stay open are willing to negotiate.

* Bring cash–a lot of vendors take checks but you’ll get a better deal if you’re negotiating with cash–{cash machines on site}

* Saturday night of the market there is an auction that takes place where great deals can be had. More details here.

* Bring your own tote bags or rolling bags. Most vendors have hand-me-down plastic grocery bags for you to put your treasures in.

* Plan on spending a full day at the show to see both buildings and the outdoor spaces.

Hope you enjoyed this overview of Scott Antique Market and hope to see you at the show next month.

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Chinoiserie Pillows–Best of Etsy

Jamie Meares

image via Jamie Meares

I’ve been quite obsessed with all things Chinoiserie of late in part because it’s a design style that is super popular right now and also because I just love the eclectic feel the style lends itself too.

Chinoiserie also speaks to my love of color, vintage and bold pattern work.  The Jamie Meares image above just says fun to me and really represent a collected home filled with unique treasures.

The Ralph Lauren image below is another take on Chinoiserie with a more subdues color and pattern statement but with just as much personality and visual interest.

Some of my favorite Chinoiserie styled decorative elements include blue and white pottery, bamboo styled furniture, mirror and lighting and also Asian motif pillows.

Ralph Lauren

image via Ralph Lauren

Recently I went on the hunt for some Chinoiserie pillows for our bedroom.  I started my search on Etsy and was thrilled to see that there are lots of pillows available on the site.

One of the things I like about shopping on Etsy is that you can get handcrafted items in designer fabrics for a great price.  I also like that shopping Etsy is a way to support independent artist and small businesses, many of which are run out of the home.

Here’s just a sampling of the pillows I found…

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My Latest Thrifting Finds

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It’s been months since I’ve gone to the Scott Antique Show or done any major thrift store shopping.  I’ve been feeling the urge to do some shopping the last few weeks and decided to stop by one of my favorite thrift stores on Sunday.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific but I always go into a store with the hopes of stumbling along a great bargain.  I’m happy to say that my outing yielded some great finds.  Here’s a look at my latest thrifting finds:  

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The first item I came across was a set of 4 signed and numbered watercolor art pieces. The artist, Joan Heflin Rankin lives in Alabama and specializing in floral art. I think these would be great as part of a gallery wall or having as a collection in a bathroom.

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I found several blue and white pieces and this piece was definitely my favorite.  It’s a hexagon plate with a domed lid and I have to tell you, it’s simply stunning.  It The decision now is to keep it or sell it.

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This cute little sugar canister caught my attention right away.  I loved the floral design and the typography.  This is another keep or sell item.

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I also find this Chinoiserie designed hexagon shaped jar.  The touches of pink with the blue and white are really charming and I can just imagine it filled with a pink roses.

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I’ve got a thing for small dishes and couldn’t pass these up…they were only $1.00 each.  I’m going to use these to hold jewelry on dresser.

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I always sell these silver-plated toast racks when I put them in my Etsy shop.  I style them as a desk accessory to hold notecards and stationery which gives them a whole new purpose.  This one is really pretty because of the tray bottom and the beautiful scroll design.  The pattern is also on the bottom of the tray.

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And the last piece I bought was the adorable ceramic monkey holding a bowl.  Isn’t he the cutest?  Imagine him holding Meyer lemons or kumquat on a kitchen.

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For my first outing of the year I’m pretty happy with my thrifting finds.  I’m planning to go to the Scott Antique market next month and hope to find some more treasures for me and my Etsy shop.

I’m adding new items to the shop this week so stop by Friday and check it out.

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p.s.  anyone else have the thrifting fever??

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