Curve balls and Brimfield ...

Erin and I were supposed to start our drive this morning to take her to Auburn.  She is living in an apartment for her Junior and Senior years and we have had such fun this summer finding  and repurposing for her little apartment.  Trying to keep us both remembering that this is a COLLEGE apartment.  It needs to be fun, but cheap!!  We don't need any fine pieces ... but want some style!

Here are a few things that we found at Brimfield earlier this month.

A few accessories to add to her bookshelves and for her bathroom!

The large tins for art over their IKEA Ektorp Sofa ... which I am convinced is the best college piece of furniture ever!

Cooper is convinced that this means someone is about to throw a ball for him!

 Two little chairs for their small balcony ...

The dough bowl and french linen are mine ... just thought they looked fun in the loot shoot!!

The dogs were please with our find ... and Byron continues to nurture Murphy!

Erin has been working so hard at school and her job this summer Don and I decided to get the Denali fixed up and let her have it to take back to school.  This also gave us the freedom to shop here as we would have plenty of hauling space!

Then the curve ball ... 

Good news ... all are healthy, no one hurt, and we bought ourselves a couple more days home with her.  We'll be flying out later this week and when the car is fixed we can re-schedule our road trip!

Life's curve balls ... making the best of 'em!



A Shared "view"

Sometimes I wish Brooke Giannetti was a family member ... because she appreciates "Patina" ... if you are not familiar with her or her book Patina Style go get it and visit her blog Velvet and Linen.

My family doesn't always appreciate my love of "old things" ... Old houses, old furniture, flea market finds.  I love to think about where these pieces lived before I found them.  The stories they could tell, the lives they have been a part of.

Last week Don and I went up to Kennebunkport for the day ... he knows if we go I will drag him to Old House Parts.  I showed you the photo of a window I found ... I wanted it.  So he said go for it, we'll come back next week to pick it up.  We weren't in my Denali.  When I got home I looked at some old photos from a trip we took last year.  The Same Window!!  See ... it was waiting for me.  I had forgotten all about it.  It, however, never waivered and waited patiently for me!!

It was a little too tall for our house ... so the kind folks at Old House Parts took three rows off the top for me!

Out to the gravel to be cleaned and removal of some broken glass!

Murphy and Byron want to help and don't understand what I am doing with a bucket of water and why they can't drink it.

All cleaned up and just like new :)

Up off the floor to it's new home.

Somewhere, a while ago ... someone else looked through these window panes.  I don't know what their view was ... and while my "view' is just a wall ... the reflection of what might have been makes me smile.



You never know ...

... where you'll find some inspiration ... or WHAT you will find!

Last week I was taking some things to my local Salvation Army.  And every time I do this, I take a spin through the furniture section ... just in case.

Here's what's camping out right now.

A French console and mirror ... truly worthy of Versailles!!  If you are in the Boston Area and looking for a deal ... this can be yours for $1400.00!!  Don't walk ... Run to the Salvation Army in Framingham!!

I only considered throwing it in the Denali for about 2 minutes.  Then I came to my senses,  Don would have killed me!!!

Hope your week is off to a good start!