Home for the Holidays!

This year really was all about home. I prepared for a magazine holiday photo shoot- it’ll be out next year, lips sealed til then! Pretty exciting, and I went festive on the entire house. It’s amazing what you can do with thrifted, estate saled, hunted down items, and it helps that I basically have a vintage prop closet in my studio. Stephan and I picked up quite a few new to us vintage holiday pieces this year and they certainly came in handy for the decor! I had a great time styling the house up and I think we got some great shots. I just looove working on these projects so much! I’ll share some select overall pics of the house, and if you want to see a lot more check out my instagram page, lots of details there!  LOTS!

Let’s start with the front of the house! We lucked out and had the perfect amount of festive snow for the shoot. I brought out the giant vintage 4×8 foot tree sign just for the occasion and it looked pretty cute outside or sweet bungalow. It’s on an original barn door from an old nursery, nabbed it at an estate sale a few years back.

                       

Now let’s head to my favorite room, the kitchen nook. Something magical happens with the snow, and aqua, and silver. It feels quiet and still and super relaxing in this spot. We love to look over the garden and watch the birds and squirrels from this spot. I added an aqua tree this year, a cozy rug, and a vintage tree skirt that is amazing!

Here’s a mix of lots of details. Pink poinsettia, new to me snowman mugs, the cute tree and tree skirt, wonderful silver wreath, custom aqua artgoodies stockings, some Russel Wright aqua melmac and Sweetielicious coconut cupcakes look like fluffy snowy treats!

                                                   

The kitchen got a mini makeover near the sink too. I used 4 artgoodies all over pattern snowflake tea towels and some pompon trim to create this look. Plus I decided a citrus fruit tree would be festive and bring in some nice color. We also made an awesome gingerbread house, you have to see the closeups on my instagram! And an artgoodies stripey elf towel looks right at home!

                     

I really went all out on our bedroom. It feels fun to have it really changed out and festive. Whatdya know, I had some red and green trays lying around, lol. I’d also been saving this amazing oak leaf mid century fabric and I had just the right amount for new curtains. Thing is, if you flip them upside down they look like cool funky holly leaves! I sewed up a couple of green pillows for some leftover fabric, and here’s one of my vintage scrap pillows I make from time to time. My friend Joleen recently gave me a couple of twin chenille bedspreads and layering them gave me the perfect coverage adding extra interest with more fringe, and I styled a nice vintage plaid throw with tray of goodies for extra coziness!

                         

Festive mania! I made the pole for these lonely vintage aluminum tree branches and filled them with green, red, and gold ornaments. Some festive tins, a sleigh, etc sit below, and would you believe I snagged this tree skirt at the dollar store!? There are some hidden gems amongst the straight up junk there. The other dresser got a healthy heaping of all sorts of vintage holiday deer, santas, etc! Lots of new to me pieces went in here. I styled in a couple jade colored planters and kitchen pieces to coordinate with my Summerettes shoe sign. And a trio of artgoodies doily stockings hang below!

                           

It was fun to style the newly redone den man room for the holiday. We snagged this tree at the Salvation Army for a mere $1.50! It was smashed up and tangled with terrible ornaments and multicolored lights, Within a half hour I had those cut off, puffed it out, and styled it up with mini white lights and vintage and copper colored ornaments. I love the result! I also won some loot at World Market since I found a golden llama during one of their promotions so I bought these new bottle brush wreaths and styled them as candle rings. I don’t do much new, but the colors were right on for the room. A pretty poinsettia, kissing angels, and some candles completed the cozy look.

                     

And the living room shelves got filled with vintage metal doll houses, a few decorated with wreaths, and trees outside. The aluminum tree in the window is one of 2 in the room. There are some fun details on my instagram including Santa’s Christmas Tree lot! Oh, and why not put a cozy fireplace on the tv to brighten the holiday mood.

Here’s the big tree! It sits in a pale pink stand that spins, and the vintage tree skirt is pretty great, but check out those packages covered in artgoodies wrapping paper! I whipped up a couple of more holiday themed pillows with vintage scrap too. And you can’t go wrong with an artgoodies MI pillow. There are SO many more pics and details, this is just the beginning. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

                               
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September 2017 Color of the Month!

September! Wow. I’m working on embracing that early fall feeling, although it is STILL summer folks! Mornings are starting to get a bit chilly on the new side patio, but we are spending lots of time there. We have also been planting some new fall blooming friends like mums, asters, hyssop, and some spring bulbs. Plus, I’m harvesting garden goodies and making sauces, chopping, and freezing for what we are now calling “the off season”, ahem..aka..winter. As usual, I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the garden going to sleep, but Stephan assures me that time outside will still be fun with activities like igloo building. Looks like I’ll have to up my outdoor winter wardrobe! So with that, color of the month! Aqua, in honor of our wedding brunch theme and 1st anniversary!
Fave vintage: aqua plastic butter dish, milk glass coffee mugs, cute lady brush, aqua topped aluminum shakers, Regaline plastic bowl, anchored on a napkin. Mugs available in the vintage shop, the other items are from my personal collection.

Fave vintage: aqua plastic butter dish, milk glass coffee mugs, cute lady brush, aqua topped aluminum shakers, Regaline plastic bowl, anchored on a napkin. Mugs available in the vintage shop, the other items are from my personal collection.

Fave vintage: adorable tablecloth with scallop edge, melmac cups, platter, and these Texasware plates, aqua plaid napkins, and an artgoodies ring tea towel since it's our anniversary month 💍💞 And, of course some flowers from the garden. Shop all my tea towels, link in bio. Plus a set of 7 of these melmac cups in the vintage shop and the plates heading there soon!

Fave vintage: adorable tablecloth with scallop edge, melmac cups, platter, and these Texasware plates, aqua plaid napkins, and an artgoodies ring tea towel since it’s our anniversary month 💍💞 And, of course some flowers from the garden. Shop all my tea towels on site. Plus a set of 7 of these melmac cups in the vintage shop and the plates heading there soon!

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Color of the Month August 2017

August! I’d like to remind people who complain that summer is pretty much over that there is plenty of time to be outside and enjoy the amazing weather and garden time! Enjoy it folks, soak it in! We sure have been enjoying cottage time, gardening, patio time, and watching: the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, butterflies, etc, it’s so awesome! august vignette 2017 Fave vintage: the yellow and gold ceramic peacock, gorgeous canister set, cream n sugar set, piggy planter, salt n p’s, flower glass, coffee mugs, yellow ware bowl, anchored on a Navy hankie that says friend. Lots of great pieces this month. Head to the vintage shop to buy most of it! august table setting color month How bout that this sunshine yellow melmac! Bright and fun just like summer! Flowers from the garden too! Fave vintage: the melmac, of course, plaid napkins, flower glasses, and bold tablecloth!
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Color of the Month September 2016!

September! I’m a bit behind on the post but it’s Wedding Month! SO, lots to do at home and out and about, thinking, planning, doing, figuring out, gathering. So, back to color of the month…tomorrow is Stephan’s birthday and so this month he requested orange!
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Fave vintage: plaid napkin, striped plastic mugs, awesome Florida juice glass. orange Florida salt and p’s, plastic juice cups, old kentucky home song mug, and key car!

 
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Fave vintage: an absolute fave tablecloth of mine, divided plates, striped cups, dandelion pitcher, plaid napkins, and tea towel.

 
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July 2016 Color of the Month!

July, bam, here it is. Let’s celebrate sunshine and warmth with yellow! I find this time of year super dreamy with all the plants and flowers and gardening that’s abound. The cottage garden is looking great and producing delicious pea pods, onions, radishes, lettuce, and herbs. Here at home we’ve been doing a major overhaul on the yard. It hasn’t looked like this since I put the gardens in about 10 years ago! Turns out my fiance is an amazing yard machine digging up the bamboo grass that wandered all over the zen side. Let me just say I could barely even get the shovel in the ground and he was digging trenches. The man is utterly amazing in all ways. Friends who have so far seen the yard in progress are speechless. I’ll post some pics when it gets all mulched up. So back to cheery color of the month! Three cheers for being able to enjoy the outdoors, nature, cottage time, picking fresh food and flowers from the garden, and being with people you love.
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July 2016 Color of the Month VIgnette! all available in the vintage shop! Fave items: awesome glass striped salt and p’s, plastic toy car, spice shaker set, recipe box, and glass mugs, anchored by a napkin.

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July 2016 Color of the Month Table setting! Fave vintage items: tablecloth, plaid napkins, melmac plates n bowls, love the striped glasses, little doily, and fresh flowers from the garden.

 
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Color of the Month June 2016

June, full garden revamp is in effect! Plants, plants, and more plants, digging, moving, removing. The cottage garden is in, my veggie gardens are in and my backyard is in the midst of a mini makeover so color of the month is GREEN all the way! On a more serious note, I’m dedicating this color of the month post to our family friend Jim. He passed away Memorial Day and will be greatly missed by my family. His inquisitive mind, quarky sense of humor, and kindness will not be forgotten. I could never thank him enough for how much he believed in me and my business. Always following what I was doing, buying pieces, even though I would be just as happy to give him whatever he wanted. Jim, maybe you’re still reading these from a new place of comfort, peace, and rest-we love you and will miss you, and thank you.
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Fave vintage: melmac cups n saucers, striped glasses (I have a bunch in shop!) Tiki mug, mom n pop mugs, a striped vintage runner.

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Fave vintage: tablecloth, napkins, melmac, and flowers from my garden. Melmac available now in my vintage shop! I’m using 2 different vintage napkins here, one as a place mat and one to use.

 
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APRIL color of the month!

Yes! April! Spring is now official! The cottage is back open, I haven’t been yet but soon, soon! I can’t wait for some quiet island time, bird watching, and starting the garden there, and the garden here at home for that matter. Plenty to do in the meantime. April is a busy month traditionally with family activity, work, and the commencement of rummage sale season. Spring is a great time to dig deep as we renew and refresh from the winter. With my upcoming birthday, giving me my last year before I hit the next decade, and going into my 10th year in business I’m digging extra deep these days. SO, I give you red this month, an emotionally intense charged color.
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Fave Vintage: the kitschy wood salt and pepper bird saying salt and p’s, add-a-matic, tiny play cups, red honey jar, Hazel Atlas shot glasses, juice glasses, Welsh candy tin, plaid thermos, wind up ducky-too cute when he spins his cane! cast iron initials- bought them at a flea last summer, looked down there were my initials, it was a sign from the flea gods. All anchored by a sweet vintage tea towel. Head over to the vintage shop as usual to find most of these treasures!

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Fave Vintage: Let’s start with linens! This new to me vintage tablecloth is going into my personal collection for now with its cool plant motif, the red star napkins MINE, and the napkin in the middle, yep keepin it! Now for you: vintage glasses, I love this shape for wine, and these Fire King primrose pieces are in shop ready for your collection or own setting! Proving once again a few colorful pieces make a great table setting! BOOM!

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