Treasure Found Running Fall Roads

Running fall roads in the literal sense is not a part of my workout routine.  I prefer to burn calories and run up the pedometer by running fall roads in search of seasonal and holiday decor pieces to pull the fall~Thanksgiving decorating theme beautifully together.

running fall roadsElle Decor 

You’d be surprised how many steps you take walking around antiques malls, curiosity shops, and the local pumpkin patch.

pumpkin=patch=Wednesday

Getting into the spirit of Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating when the crisp fall temps and colors continue to elude Central Louisiana is challenging.  Are you seeing and feeling the fall of it all in your corner of the world?




pumpkin=patch=Wednesday

I spent the better part of last weekend scrolling through ebay and Etsy listings in search of a vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock and other vintage items currently on my wishlist.  I absolutely hate when a seller lists an item with a decent price only to make up an insane profit difference by charging a ridiculous amount for shipping.  Dismayed, I gave up the online search and set my sights on visiting two new shops on the local scene.

vintage-rolling-pins

I set the alarm for a crack of dawn a.m. ready to roll wake-up call.  The weather was set to nasty; the effects of Hurricane Nate in the air.  I was armed with short sleeves and an umbrella.  Where is this fall season you speak of?

vintage-Jergens-lotion-bottle

The first shop was booming, loaded with merchandise, and one I will return to.  I did not know I was in the market for a vintage Jergens lotion bottle, but when I saw it I just had to have it.  That happens a lot in my antiques and vintage shopping.

baby-shoes

Our nephew and his wife became first time parents in August. With that in mind, I snapped this pic, added a couple of special effects in PicMonkey, and sent it to the parents of Wyatt James.

Dundee-Marmalade-Crock-Jar

Not long into my shopping excursion at the second shop, I scored big time.  Listening to good music and chatting with fellow treasure hunters,  I was in the zone.  I noticed a small booth full of glassware and whatnots. I think my heart skipped a beat when I spotted the vintage James Keiller & Son’s Dundee Marmalade crock.  The thrill was in the find, but the deal was in the price.

ironstone-pitcher

It’s hard for me to resist adding to my pitcher collection.  Fifteen minutes in and I had already found two fabulous pieces.  That’s a good sign when you are treasure hunting.

vintage-bowl

I’m always on the lookout for small decorative bowls to use as jewelry and lipstick holders.   I liked the pattern and colors of this porcelain shaker enough to add it to the shelf for use as a loose face powder shaker.

powder-shaker-vintage

A gallery wall can never have enough small framed prints upon it.

framed-print

Holiday menu planning and recipe developing means staging appetizing and appealing settings for show and tell photos.

salt-pepper-shaker-set

Assorted ironstone plates, a brown and white Staffordshire vegetable bowl, and an ooh la la set of salt and pepper shakers are categorized as a must.

flea-market-finds

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday shopping season, our regional chamber of commerce is running a new promotional campaign inviting residents to shop local.   After this successful treasures found running fall roads shopping excursion, that won’t be a problem.

love your style

Enlightening Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part.  Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies.  In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet.  I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current.  Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date.  I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.

Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping.  Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy.  In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on.  Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.

Pop-up_flea-market,_ParisPop-up Flea Market ~ Paris

I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…

Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.

antique-linen-pressGallery Auctions

Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space.  A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise.  For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Brooklyn Flea  Fort Greene  ~  Pinterest

Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage.  Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game.  I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too.  It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.

It’s basically an in the moment call.

sugar-cream

Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room.  Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:

My mother:  “Sister, what is WTF?”

Me:  “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”

wtf

It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means.  Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part.  Funny, but irresponsible.

Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”

I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does.  I asked.

Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”

My mother:  “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF.  The woman asked her daughter what WTF means.  “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.

Paris, FrancePinterest

Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris.  Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter.  The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”

Me:  Well, now you know.

We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading.  I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection.  A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood.  As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.

love your style

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

corn

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.

pink-corn-creamer

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.

giraffe-trinket-holder

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

powder-jar

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.

bathroom-vanity-top

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.

citrus-sugar-hand-scrub

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.

ingredients

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.

sugar-body-scrub signature-pink

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.

the-gotta-have-it-list-summer-2015-edition

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.

Quorum-chandelier1

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!

zebra-box

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.

pink-faux-fur

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.

Korner-ShoppeKorner Shoppe Antiques

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.

hojoHoJo

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.

 howard-johnson-sugar-bowl

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.

Cleveland_at_ChristmasCleveland at Christmas

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!

wellans-christmas-windows-1950sWellan’s Department Store for the Holidays

 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!

sears-1969-christmas-wish-book-coverAirplanes and Rockets

vintage-Christmas-windowR.Ege Antiques

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.

candy-dish

Vintage Christmas Memories

vintage-christmas-ornaments

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.

santa-face

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.

Westgate-Santa

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.

Christmas-living-room

 Do you remember?

Love your style!

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?

PITH-at-fall-border

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.

decorative-gourds-squash

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

cotton

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.

ball-jar

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.

pitcher-feathers1

Can’t forget the traditional pop of pumpkin color.

pinecone

Additions, changes, adjustments…

acorns-walnuts

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

lady

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.

pumpkin-plates-fall

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

apple-bowl

Welcome home fall.  You’ve been greatly missed.

fall-home-collage

Love your style!

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

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.

Love your style!

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.

Love your style!