Hooray! I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to have our home featured in the Fall issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! 18 whopping pages of gorgeous photos by David Sparks, EIGHTEEN! You have to see this in print, the colors and pics are so bright and crisp, they turned out so so great! It should be out in about another week I’d say. On top of the photos, I give design tips etc. My house was also featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Cottage Style Magazine which was incredible, and I also had a blast styling it for that too! SO so much fun, I’d absolutely love to get more stylist work! I’ve had the honor of working with Vintage Holiday on a couple of previous occasions where they featured parts of my collection so I was absolutely thrilled about the whole house shoot. I had so much fun styling up the entire house for this, and also being the photo shoot stylist day of. At first I thought it was just the main living area but then they asked to see the bedrooms so I transformed them into holiday heaven. I’ve obviously gathered quite the collection over the years. My focus is on vintage Japan holiday decor and I’ve been able to get quite a few unusual pieces while gathering goods for my customers. You can purchase vintage holiday both in my etsy shop here and also in my new Instagram shop here. I’ll be listing items all season, and act fast, great holiday vintage has already been flying out the door! Plus I’ll be listing a few pieces here and there that I used as styling props but aren’t my absolute favorites. AND you can, of course, purchase the artgoodies holiday product you see throughout the magazine pages and then some here on my website. I can’t wait to decorate this season, we’ve picked up some great new pieces at estate sales this year! I don’t know why this text is all running together, technology, ha.
August! People are starting to complain about how summer is over. Nope, there’s still 2 solid months! It’s beautiful and warm and it’s NOT over. The first day of fall is September 22. Bold color and strawberries make this month’s color of the month scream happy summer!
Once again I’ll be bringing my artgoodies and vintagegoodies shops to life in a Pop Up Style Boutique here in Grand Rapids, MI! Lots of great pieces, including vintage and studio clearance. This pic is from a few years ago, but you get it, loads n loads of organized delightful goods! Vintage housewares galore, small furniture, artgoodies products, vintage textiles, and whatever else I find between now and then! A sale not to be missed!
We love gardening together and we’ve been working on going grass free, basically we have just one patch in the back left. This year in the front we tore out the grass between the road and sidewalk and got a couple car loads of free bricks from a place that was the original dairy in our neighborhood, so cool! We dug out and made square sections in that area and then planted creeping thyme in between. And if you recall, we dug out almost all the grass in front last year and split and planted even more perennials including some white hydrangeas. The front has just taken off and everything is so happy and healthy! We’re going to rip out the bottom strip of grass and finish with more rocks and plants to help hold the slope in. We’re loving all the color and bird, bee, butterfly friendly plants! Plus I got a super cute love seat for the outside front porch and used a small hamper for a mini table which turns the space into another small outdoor room. Great for rainy day coffee outside!
July! With the heat at the beginning of this month I guess the warm coral color for this month’s post is more than appropriate! I’m not a huge fan of super hot, however, these temps make for the perfect cottage days floating in the lake!
June! Suddenly it feels like summer is in full swing! We’ve been gardening away, which absolutely needs its very own blog post, and enjoying patio dinners, and a weekend away here and there. This month blue and green are on the scene, let’s get right into color of the month!
May! It’s all about getting the garden rolling around here. We’re super excited to see everything we worked on popping up this season, and we have the veggie garden in about 3 weeks earlier this year. Last year we got a new roof and were waiting on that to be done so the garden didn’t get destroyed in the process. We saw a bee house last year and thought it was pretty interesting and cool. Our pollinator pals need all the help they can get these days. So after some research we decided to build a big giant one around Buddah. We got some old antique crates at an estate sale and I started building those together and adding more pieces. Utilizing some of the free bricks we got from our front yard project, as well as the old cedar boards from the raised beds that were rotting. We upcycled quite a bit with this house actually including some hard cardboard rolls from inside fabric bolts. There are a few spots to fill in but we’ve seen some bees buzzing about their new home already! And that brings me to the honey colored color of the month, including my artgoodies Save the Bees Tea Towel!
Yay, April! Of course, I’m nearly garden obsessed. I’ve got some heirloom seeds sprouting this year, and we’re well on the way with our project out front. We got some free bricks from what used to be a dairy in our neighborhood and we’re in the process of getting rid of more grass and making a little pattern out front. And we’ve got big ideas for something new along the driveway side. This month’s color of the month has me feeling like driving down a country road, stopping at some farm stands, picking up some old time treasures, and having a picnic with a slice of pie. I had planned to have my 1953 Chevy pickup about now, but that dream awaits. I’m really longing for a slower paced feeling in today’s fast paced world. I’m focused on all that inspires me and creating even more of that feeling around me. Like the cigar box says, breathe, haha. Many items available in the vintage shop!
March! Spring Fever has officially set in even with the bitz of snow the last couple days. I’m constantly looking at seed catalogs and dreaming of the garden. We picked up some bare root blue hostas and a few seed packets as well. We’ve already done a basic yard cleanup and edged the sidewalk and curb out front so once it gets a little warmer we’ll easily be able to rake the leaves protecting the fresh sprouts and off it will go. We’ve got a plan for making the strip between the sidewalk and street grass free and look forward to making a new green space there. We’ve been dreaming up some other projects as well and are researching here and there. So, this month, ode to green in thinking about green sprouts and gardeny goodness with a splash of St. Paddy’s in there. Enjoy!