Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Our latest eBay search for project materials brought forth open tabs and mounds, let me look at this one thing patience, and a DIY recipe for Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub.  More on that point later in the post. Dave the Builder is not used to with unorthodox way of treasure hunting.  Assuring Dave I am able to walk and chew gum at the same time, I jumped around the pages of eBay with expert keyboard precision.  As Dave measured and mulled his decisions, I searched and made a decision of my “own” to click Buy It Now on this darling vintage pottery creamer. 

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Pattern, texture and color guide the selection process of interior design, decorating and home decor accents and accessories. Take as an example the PTC value of this creamer.  The pattern is unique as far as corn pottery patterns go, the texture is raised in matte perfection, and the color trio of pink, green and worn over time white blend together to create subtle soft tones.  Add to the mix the vivid childhood memory of a similar creamer my Mother once owned and a curiosity piece match made in collectibles heaven.

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Presentation and placement is key when selling an item. Stores know it, sites know it, and decoristas know it.  It’s the package that sells the product, and the placement that delivers the decorative oomph.

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Home decor accessories and accents placed in unexpected spaces and used in unusual ways make for the most interesting conversation pieces.

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I am constantly arranging and rearranging smalls to create vignettes and focal point displays. The quickest way to combat decorative complacency is to design and decorate outside the lines.  A vintage creamer is repurposed as a cosmetic caddy, a porcelain bone dish finds new life as a jewelry holder, and an antique silver powder jar becomes a Mother’s Day gift filled with the latest recipe from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub is a pampered treat perfectly timed for the summer mani and sandal pedi season.  It is also a wonderful foot scrub! Coconut oil is all the beauty rage, and is well represented in this homemade scrub for its softening ability.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water. Apply the citrus sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. Complete the at home spa experience by applying your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

For the feet:

Soak feet in warm water for approximately five (5) minutes in order to soften the skin. Apply citrus sugar hand scrub to each foot and work in circular motions to properly exfoliate. Rinse feet with tepid water and gently dry with a towel.  Feet will be soft and moisturized so watch your step!  Now is the time to try out those new summer flip-flops or spa socks to prevent doing the twist and d#*! that hurts shout.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients

½  cup raw sugar

½  cup coarse salt

½ cup melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest)

1 tablespoon orange zest

several drops favorite essential oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until combined.

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Spoon citrus sugar hand scrub into container of choice and seal tightly. This scrub is best suited for use on the hands and feet, and is good for use for up to one month.

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The Gotta Have It List Summer 2015 Edition

Making things pretty on a penny is always a subject of interest to me, clients, friends, family and judging from the emails I receive, most of my readers.

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The summer retail season is heating up, and the stores, outlets and online sights we love to call favorites are rolling out seasonal finds much to the delight of decorators, designers and gotta have it guys and gals.  Seasonal decorating is nothing new, but the items in which to accomplish this mission of home decor beautification are.  Summer style spotting with pen, paper and bookmark icon ready to jot and save is proving to be successful on the summer finds front.   Here is the first round of the Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition.

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This is not the first time the Quorum  6 Light Salento Chandelier in Persian White has made an appearance on the Gotta Have It list.  Why the encore feature?   It begins and ends with my all time  favorite four-letter word, SALE!

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H & M continues to impress with decorative accents big on visual quality and style at an affordable price.  You just can’t go wrong with an accent piece in the decorating darling duo of black and white.  A classic color combination paired with a trending pattern in pop of zebra detail places this ceramic jar accent at the top of the Gotta Have It list summer 2015 edition.

eastlake-chiarStyle Me Pretty

  Named after English architect Charles L. Eastlake, the design of this late 19th century style of furniture is one of my least favorites.  This mass produced style is actually more of a “in the style of” interpretation of what American professional cabinet makers serving as master furniture designers deemed an authentic replica of Eastlake’s design.  Charles Eastlake was not impressed with the results.  Mr. Eastlake and I are of the same school of thought.  His words say it far better than mine.

 “I find American tradesmen continually advertising what they are pleased to call Eastlake furniture, the production of which I have had nothing whatever to do, and for the taste of which I should be very sorry to be considered responsible.”  

~ Charles L. Eastlake

That being said, the Eastlake style chair in the above image from Style Me Pretty demonstrates how a chic update can transform an otherwise dated piece into a hip and happening accent chair focal point.  Not all antique furniture pieces are prime candidates for paint, but in the case of Eastlake furniture I say pick it out, shake it up and paint it pretty.

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Light Pink Shag Faux Fur Fabric ~   Cherry Blossom Velvet  ~  Crystal Upholstery Nails  ~  Faux Fur in Mongolian Pink

Late summer means treasure hunting days at one of my favorite haunts, Korner Shoppe Antiques.  This gem of a joint is full to the gills with my kind of treasures, trinkets and trash.  Inspiration struck as I perused the shoppe’s Facebook page so I did what all deal dreaming decoristas do- I sketched out plans for an upcoming project around copper pots and pans.

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One very brilliant episode of Mad Men placed Howard Johnson’s back into the thoughts of a generation of hungry Americans who ordered up cups, plates and scoops of American fare under the iconic bright orange roof.

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This Howard Johnson’s sugar bowl from Fishs Eddy is on its way to the Places In The Home test kitchen counter sprinkled with memories of summer vacations, motor lodges, fried clams and 28 flavors.

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What home decor items will you be adding to your Gotta Have It List summer 2015 edition?

Christmas Past: Vintage Christmas Memories

Vintage Christmas memories from Christmas past have a very special place in the hearts of many a “kid” at this time of year.

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Remember the excitement of a fully holiday stocked Western Auto showroom?  It almost measured up to the thrill of the sight of the local department stores window displays up and down the downtown streets decorated with overhead greenery swags decked to the holiday max in traditional red and green.  Almost!

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 I couldn’t wait for the Sears and J. C. Penney Christmas catalogs to arrive in the mail.  I spent hours combing the pages making a list and checking it twice!

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Hard candy, the shiny aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and glass ornaments, and an extensive collection of inexpensive dime store decorations adorned my grandmother’s den and living room in holiday wonder as only a grandmothers den and living room could.

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Vintage Christmas Memories

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The  local television station gifted our community a version of  must see holiday TV each weekday afternoon between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, complete with letters from Santa and his magic telescope made for watching good boys and girls.

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Being a true believer, I was totally convinced he could see every move my brother and I made. Our late November to late December behavior reflected that theory much to the delight of our parents.

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Weekly visits to the local shopping center to visit with Santa ranked high on my lists of priorities. An Easy Bake Oven was in my sights, and as you can see in the picture below my Christmas wishlist dreams came true.

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 Do you remember?

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Fall at Home Decorating Favorites: Places In The Home at Fall

Today all is right with the calendar! September 23, 2014 marks the official start of fall, and in the infamous words of Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch, can you feel it?  Wow, did I just date myself or what?  Summer heat and humidity has finally relented and it’s time to break out the fall at home decorating favorites. Dave the Builder’s mancave looks like the distribution center for Hobby Lobby. Don’t you love that look?

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Several “hello, do you have any gourds (cause I’ve got friends in low country places), ornamental cabbage (it’s the deep South lady, wait a few more weeks), cotton stalks (score!) and the ever great, ever regionally challenged do you have white pumpkins phone calls have been made over the last few days.

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Decorating for this year’s Places In The Home at fall home tour focuses on a natural theme with a family overtone to it.

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My brother has the cotton connection, 46+ acres of it to be exact.  His home is located out in the country surrounded by cotton fields ready for fall harvest.

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My parent’s recent trip to East Tennessee resulted in my Ball Mason jar collection growing by one.  My paternal grandmother was known for her famous pinto beans, and this somehow seemed naturally appropriate.

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Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.

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Additions, changes, adjustments…

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Dark tones, warm colors and the lack of natural lighting worked to my fall photo shoot advantage.

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Nature continues to amaze and reward me with an abundance of accents.

Heirloom pieces, vintage favorites and simple accents and accessories place the emphasis on less is more.

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Fall home tours are so much fun to share with others.

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Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.

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A Most Fetching Friday

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming,prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

This week’s Fetching Friday places the accent on classic.

portraitTraditional in Gold via New England Home

‘Tis the weekend of the 127 Yard Sale aka The World’s Largest Yard Sale.  The Places In The Home Gang hit the sale in Gadsden, Alabama many moons ago on our way back home from our annual trek to the hills and mountains of East Tennessee.  The already overloaded Excursion and U-Haul ( it was very normal for us to pick, hunt and buy enough treasures, trinkets and trash to warrant renting a u-Haul).  Have any of you ever been to The World’s Largest Yard Sale?  Please share!  I love this pic from Authentica Classics.  More where that come from here.

world's-longest-yard-saleDiscovered Treasures – World’s Longest Yard Sale via Authentica Classics

Gone with the Wind is as famous for its lines as it is for the movie itself.  If I had a nickle for every time “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”  has been quoted well, you know.  Good Housekeeping recently informed its readers the infamous ending almost wasn’t the famous ending as we know it.  An alternate ending has been revealed through the recent findings of a script.  Take a look at what words Scarlett may have spoken over at Good Housekeeping.

gone-with-the-wind-scriptHeritage Auctions

Speaking of iconic, the image below is of the interior of the actual  brownstone on 64 Perry Street, New York, New York  otherwise known as Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City.

Ornate-crown-ceiling-moldings-make-apartment-historicPop Sugar –  Sotheby’s Realty

shipsClassic navy never looked so beautiful!  via Traditional Home

St. Louis CathedralThe classic interior beauty and architecture of the St. Louis Cathedral make it a premier historical New Orleans landmark.

I hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming,prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

Week two of  A Most Fetching Friday features color, texture and pattern- the decorating trinity.

picklingExpert Pickling Tips – Williams-Sonoma Taste

kitchen-brass-hardwareFarmhouse Brass via Martha Stewart – Photo: Eric Piasecki

lipstick-GHColor palette inspiration – Good Housekeeping

pink-dining-roomCountry Living’s editor, Sarah Gray Miller’s Upstate New York Home

bird-girl-statueIn the Garden of…  Bird Girl Statues

I am a complete sucker for vintage animal prints, and have the perfect frames ready for this and the vintage cow printable. These are perfect- not too kitchy, not too busy.

Vintage-sheep-Drawing-wVintage Sheep Drawing Printable – House of Hawthorns

blue-brown-black The Hotel St. James,  Paris – Apartment Therapy

Pink Lemonade Cake makes everyday A Most Fetching Friday.  It’s a little pink piece of summer sweetness, and a lovely image to end on.

pink-lemonade-cakePink Lemonade Cake – Better Homes and Gardens

I hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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Personal Interpretation: Farmhouse Style

The farmhouse style of decorating seed has been planted on the farm, so to speak.  A friend phoned this morning to ask if I had any vintage dough bowls in inventory.  Are you kidding?  I can’t keep vintage dough bowls in inventory.

dough-bowlsAuction Time!

People absolutely love dough bowls and use them for so many things! Antique and vintage dough bowls remain a very sought after items, and admittedly, are becoming harder and harder to find.  The fall decorating loyal recognize the dough bowl as the necessary decorative accessory essential to the fall themed tablescapes and vignettes we love to adorn and display.

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Recently a friend dropped by the house to pick up the one dough bowl I own that I can actually put my hands on.  Locating things is a treasure hunt all its own at times.  As I spiffed up the dough bowl, a quintessential accessory in the farmhouse home, I got to thinking about all things farmhouse style.

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I’ve trespassed walked through scads of authentic, old, abandoned and historic farmhouses over my lifetime.  Walking through these properties gives me goosebumps not of the I’ve seen a ghost kind, but of the I’ve gleaned a host of farmhouse style ideas kind.  If you’ve ever wandered in wonder through the real McCoy, you know what I’m talking about.

oshee house“Entrance hall – O’Shee House, 1606 Fourth Street, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, LA” (HABS LA,40-ALEX,1–9 )

A good eye sees past the wallpaper and cheesecloth and zeros in on stunning millwork and/or shiplap walls.  These treasure-troves of design and decorating ideas leave a hauntingly memorable impression.

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It was nothing for my mother and her mother do decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln, point the hood emblem west to Texas, and scout out an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.  Over the Louisiana bayous and down the Texas farm-to-market roads, to great-grandmother’s house we went with not a seat belt fastened or a care in the world.

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My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse and an antiques shop like nobody’s business. I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, hole in the wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.  To the kid in me at the time, these monuments to Texas served as one big Texas sized diversion on the road to great-grandmother’s house.

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Texas Farm Bureau

Now Bryan! Now Cameron! Now Heidenheimer and Temple!  On, Belton! On, Killeen! On, Hewitt and Waco!  We were farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool. Fast forwarding to my present day tastes, I realize my love of antiques and personal style interpretation of today’s modern farmhouse design is deeply rooted in the farmhouses, buildings and fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.

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I especially remember stopping in Heidenheimer, Texas at a shop filled with nothing but vintage glass bottles and insulators.  My grandmother, the Lucille in Lucille’s Treasures, Trinkets and Trash, thought this shack of a building standing somewhere between erect and dilapidated square in the middle of a dirt lot was the be-all and end-all treasure trove.  The dank scent of musty corners and deals filled the air.  Blue bottles and Bluebonnets-a theme lays the groundwork for creative decorating.

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House Beautiful

I’m totally convinced my Texas travel memories play a significant role in my personal interpretation of farmhouse style.

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Staffordshire. Blue transferware. White ironstone.  Check!

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Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board

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Stoneware crocks.  Decorative concrete statue. Butcher blocks. Chicken wire.  Yes, yes and yes!

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Curtis & Windham Architects

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2015 Charlottesville Idea House, kitchen overall

2015 Charlottesville Idea House

Buttermilk biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet and served with room temperature butter, comb honey or Steen’s pure cane syrup rings the yum, yum dinner bell in the farmhouse kitchen.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients

½ cup cold butter

2 ¼ cups self-rising soft-wheat flour

1 ¼ cups buttermilk

Self-rising soft-wheat flour

2 Tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle butter slices over flour in a large bowl.  Toss butter with flour. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.  Cover and chill 10 minutes.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed.  With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).  Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour.  Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end. (Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.)  Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).

Press or pat dough to ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan. (Dough rounds should touch.)

4. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

-Southern Living

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Milk glass.  Bull head wall decor.  Vintage pitchers and creamers. Fabulous staples of farmhouse style.

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Crystal chandelier. Animal prints in farmhouse fashion juxtaposed with gold gilt frames.

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Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences. Decorating outside the norm of a traditional design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

— Le Corbusier

 

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One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource

Home furnishings and home decor bring  function and beauty to a space, but is that always the point?  Sometimes in the decorative discovery phase of design and decorating we stumble upon a particular piece that catches the eye, and perhaps for a brief moment takes our breath away.  Thoughts of practicality and function never enter into the picture. It’s love at first sight, and all that is left to do is find the perfect place in the perfect space. These gotta have it pieces serve the most important purpose of this thing we call decor- to make our homes a beautiful place to be.

antique desk chairTraditional Home

I know I am not above putting decorative value first and function second in certain situations.  The design, lines and form of beauty often trump the ace of function.

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As my favorite composer wrote and my all time favorite singer sang, “A chair is still a chair even when there’s no one sitting there.”  The intrinsic value of a chair is function, but some chairs simply do not exist by function alone.  There are many antique, vintage, designer and unique accent chairs that qualify as absolute works of art.

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Even with my background and experience in the world of antiques, there are times when I have to consult with Dave the Builder or another source to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of period and provenance.  Between the excitement of auction and the flame and ribbon of mahogany, you can easily get your barley twisted.

Victorian slipper chairOne Kings Lane

I am thrilled to discover and share with you a newly discovered tool of the trade,  One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource.

Italian painted chairOne Kings Lane

One Kings Lane created this resource to inspire, aid and educate home decor enthusiasts when purchasing and reupholstering the perfect statement chair.  It is a one stop guide to put you in the loop of all things accent chairs. The easy to navigate guide identifies styles and periods of chairs from pre-1600 to present and offers maker information as well.

One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource

Do yourself a favor and bookmark the One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource, an essential tool in the pursuit and identification of all things accent chairs.

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The Hunt & The Shop: Antiques Buying Trips

One of the most rewarding benefits of my antiques business is the antiques buying trips.

Retail, auction and antiques therapy satisfies my shopping needs, replenishes inventory and puts us on the road again.

John Lennon: Life Framed Art Print

The beautiful lyrics of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” apply in many situations.   John Lennon’s famous quote nails the truth to the wall of life when he sings “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  Life, and the graceful maneuvering trick that resulted in pop goes my kneecap, happened to me while I was busy making buying trip plans. The suitcases were packed, reservations made and Dave the Builder’s truck and trailer were emptied and ready to go.  Unpacked, canceled and dejected all due to my ungraceful ballerina act.

Dave’s truck looks mighty fine loaded with a delivery, but empty means shopping time!  Shopping for antique and home decor accessories in North Louisiana and East Texas is not our usual antiques stomping grounds, but nicely fills in the inventory blanks.  With our son flying in last weekend, a shopping trip to Canton, Texas for Canton First Monday Trade Days market was not in our plans.

My Canton First Monday Trade Days days date back to the early 1970’s and the heydays of my grandmother’s antiques shop, Lucille’s Treasures, Trinkets & Trash.  I can almost taste one of the homemade lemonades made with crushed ice and fresh lemons the size of grapefruits. The love of antiques and trade days run deep in this family!

Knowing first hand how exciting antique shows, markets and trade days can be, I am enjoying the news from Brimfield Antiques Show. Since I can’t be there live and shopping in person, live tweets (#Brimfield) and Brimfield Pinterest boards showing beautiful antique and vintage treasures from the largest outdoor antiques show in New England help to keep me in the antiques know.

Brimfield hosts approximately 6,000 antique, vintage and collectible dealers selling everything from linens, Americana, costume jewelry, rice and grain baskets and furniture.  Country Living  counts Brimfield as one of the best antiques shows in the United States.

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When we are able to head North on our buying trip, Red Door Interiors is on the list.  Discovering this gem two years ago provided me with one of the best buying afternoons ever.  Large gold garden crowns, garden baskets for shop displays, French demijohns, resin fleur de lis wall plaques, decorative candelabras and one of the best foo dog sets I have come across filled the back of the SUV. It’s all about the home decor accents and accessories! If you are ever in the Shreveport or Baton Rouge, Louisiana area by all means make plans to shop at Red Door Interiors. The merchandise is exactly as the tagline states- cool, casual & classic. The best part is the prices are affordable.

Louisiana Cypress anything is always on my radar, and Dave the Builder is trying to find time in his schedule to build another farm table. I am looking for a two tier small hutch, a client has put her order in for a marble top sideboard, and unique chairs tempt me at every turn. Fabulous Fabrics will hopefully put an end to the search for the perfect  fabric for the English dining chairs project.

Antiques inventory buying trips are  fun, and make me love what I do! When my knee mends we will once again pack the suitcases, make the reservations, empty the truck and trailer, and be on the road again.   I wish happy antiques and vintage shopping trails to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

images via All Posters, Canton First Monday Trade Days, Mass Live, Sports Antiques,

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Elvis Presley Movies And Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe Time!

Digital camera, scanner and camera wizard  and computer problems paid me a visit last week but not to worry. Creative minds stumble but do not fall, and besides, how bad can things really be when Turner Classic Movies aired their Spring Break movie marathon all last week, today is the one year anniversary of Places In The Home, and I found a refreshing Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe to share?  Not bad at all!

 I am a complete sucker for two Elvis Presley movies, Girl Happy and Clambake, and their soundtracks.

The seven dwarfs whistled while they worked, and seeing as I have never mastered the art of whistling, I groove while I work. Here’s a video to put a little dip in your “Spring Fever” cleaning, cooking, or decorating swinging hip.

Why wait until the cleaning is over, the project is complete or the meal is prepared to enjoy a refreshing beverage?  Spring and summer days are tailor- made for refreshing smoothies, and in Elvis appropriate fashion here is a recipe for a Banana~Peanut Butter smoothie from Good Housekeeping.

Good Housekeeping/Kate Mathis

Banana~Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

1 small (ripe) banana, cut in half

1/2 cup(s) (low-fat ) milk

1 teaspoon(s) creamy peanut butter

3  ice cubes

Directions

In blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and ice cubes; blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Spring has sprung, surfs up, and good tunes and a good beverage “fun up” the times while doing all things home. Thank you, friends, for reading Places In The Home and making this first year so fantastically fun!

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