Friday Snip-its ...

This week was about me.  Not intentionally, it just happened.
This week I was blessed with GirlFriends.

1.  I got to see my Ya Ya's for the second time this summer.  
We were waiting for the last one to arrive.  All glasses and hearts were filled.
2. Visited Jill and lived her "in-town" life for a day. 
Restoration Hardware ... Large Relief as a centerpiece ... Beautiful.
3.  Still working on Dorm Living and this laser cut bulletin board was an inspiration.
4.  Purple Sunflowers at the Boston Farmers Market while walking around town with Jill.
5.  Spent the day on the Cape with Karen.  Nourishing my Soul.
6.  Fruit and Veggies at the Boston Farmers Market.  Nourishing my Tummy.
7.  I never have a good solution for my silverware for outside dining.  Restoration Hardware solved it by using small urns and beans!
8.  Old Style. BeachClub Storage Lockers on the Cape ... I love the History and Feel.
9.  Hydrangeas and Shakes. Quintessential Cape Style.

We all do what we have to do. Day in and Day out.  And some days work themselves out to bring the nourishment we need.  This was my week.  I am ever Thankful.

What do you do to nourish your soul?

Making the World more beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Ahhh ... Brimfield

Three times a year Brimfield Antique Fair grabs my attention ... I cannot always make it, but will try to move mountains of sports activities, etc. to get to it!  My favorite day is Friday, what I consider the best because all of the fields are open ... although if I had the time I would do Thursday AND Friday.  I never really have that opportunity!!  This year I made it on Saturday ... I'll be sharing several things this week ... it was a great feast for my eyes.

The Restoration Hardware Industrial Look has really sparked some interesting new displays and things for sale at Brimfield.

Old bright colored bikes have a new fan base ... they were everywhere!

Bouys are fun and colorful ... but it was the massive pile of them that made them special!

Stacks of metal crates

We met a gentleman who fashions lights out of old industrial fans and strapping

Gears ... kind of weird, but pretty at the same time all in a heap.  I guess you could by the whole mess of them!

Great lighting for a loft or beach house.

It struck me this year how the antique fairs are becoming more commercial.  Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it changes the face of the hunt.  Because of shows like American Pickers, Antique Roadshow, etc.,  these places are becoming more mainstream and popular.  Kind of nice for the dealers, they probably sell more.  But I kind of miss the days that they were a little more of a secret source and there were interesting finds ... and by the way, the prices are up too!!

All that said, I still love it and now it makes me look deeper so that I am not buying things you can find at the big box stores but trying to move in my own direction!  I still like to keep it fresh!

I didn't bring home a big haul like I did last year ... but a few fun finds that I will share with you as we move through Brimfield this week!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!



Antique vs. Reproduction

Which would you prefer? I would prefer the real thing ... but like all else, it takes a large budget to always get the original.  So I have learned ... and actually have fun ... mixing the two and enjoying pulling them all together.  I try to encourage clients and friends ... and myself ... to consider "investment" pieces.  Those that you know are classic (to you, not style) and that will always make you happy. Not the trendy.  Spend the money on the investment pieces and then play around a little with the accessories or particular fun object that you won't feel guilty about giving up later in life!

What prompted this recent thought process?  The new Restoration Hardware Book that just arrived.  I found this settee.  I have a fondness for settees.

The Reproduction:

The hunt at antique fairs and markets is my passion.  I am still learning and educating myself on what is truly an antique and how to recognized one when I see it.  Mostly because I would like to know, but if I like it and think the price right on that particular day ... I buy it ... and am happy!  Antique or not.

Here's my "somewhat" antique, all freshened up!

This was one of my purchases at Brimfield Antique Fair this past Summer.  It is OLD ... but I don't know how old ... and perhaps it is an old reproduction ... but I call it Antique!

Here's where it began ... I know I keep taking you to these photos of Brimfield ... but this was a good day!!

And here is what the inside looked like when I attempted to DIY this thing ...

I found gross things inside ... I took it to my upholsterer!!

This was one of my inspiration photos for Erin's Room ...

I am close to being done ... the bedding is killing me ... I can't get it right.  Stay tuned!

What's holding you back????