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This weekend is gonna be fun for vintage and antiques shopping! Loads of pickin’ places to choose from, so this week’s High Five goes to Antiques and Flea Market Finds! On the south shore of Boston, the weekend shops at WinSmith Mill Market Winsmith Market Legendin Norwood (recently featured on Channel 5’s Chronicle) are open, as usual, but this weekend also marks the return of the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they have restocked their shelves and are ready to sell!

 Vintage Thymes

Here is a pic from Beach Cottage Living’s new booth in the Vintage Thymes Market-great soft colors and fun beachy stuff-now if only we could have some beach weather around here…

Beach Cottage Living

This Sunday, Todd Farm in Rowley is opening for the season, cold weather be damned!

Todd Farm Sign

For those of you unfamiliar with Todd Farm, it is like a smaller slice of Brimfield heaven on the north shore of Boston. Hundreds of vendors, selling everything from old furniture to vintage guitars and just loads of fun junk and stuff. Well worth the trip up Rte 1a, but better go early- they open at 5am and they are only open on Sundays!!

And lastly, the Guerilla Staging Competition at the Mill 77 Trading Company in Amesbury begins tomorrow!

Mill 77 Guerilla Sign

Yours truly will be participating as a team member of “Mother Knows Best”. This is a first annual event to benefit “Our Neighbors Table“, so it should be a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. 40 minutes to design a room using only the available props on hand is most definitely a challenge, but they do have some really nice props! I will be blogging and tweeting about it, unless of course, we come in last place : (

Mill 77 Trading Company

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope you “pick” something fun to do!! Susan

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Ok, my mistake. Have you noticed that many of the current design magazines and catalogs are showing maps on the walls? This breathtaking wall treatment from Pottery Barn is amazing- although I’m not sure about open flames in front of those antique wall maps…

Maps Pottery Barn

More and more popular design blogs and Pinterest boards suggest the use of old maps for wall decor and DIY projects.

Maps globe pendants

Recently, Steven Fuller from An Urban Cottage featured some beautiful antique coastal maps he had acquired as a way to create framed art. Such soft, muted colors…

Maps An Urban Cottage

And from Erin Gates of Elements of Style comes this beauty of a bedroom, with an enlarged map creating a unique feature wall.

Maps Elements of Style

Quite a while ago (consequently, I would like to think that I had a hand in starting this map trend-lol), I blogged about maps. Loads of maps. All kinds of maps and ways to decorate with them.  LOVE this kids room from HGTV. For more creative map ideas, click here.

Map from HGTV

In one of my very first posts “Map Out It”, I showcased many ways to use vintage maps in your home to personalize a space. But a little back story on that. Over a year ago, Coach came home from an estate sale one day with a bunch of about 15 cardboard rolls under his arm, very excited about his purchases: nice Coastal Survey maps, mainly of the East Coast of the US and the islands.

The Maps

Unbeknownst to me, the next day he returned to the sale and purchased the remaining maps- all 160+ of them!!! Gotta say, I was more than a bit annoyed at that. So the maps sat, festering in the basement, while I fumed about having them taking up so much space. AND, he wouldn’t let me use any of them for decorating!!! Kept saying he was going to sell them. RIGHT.  Well, now is his chance to say “I told you so”.

Maps Maine Ward Maps

He has started selling his maps, two most recently at a pretty fancy art gallery on Charles Street in Boston, for a very pretty penny. The remainder of the maps are now being featured at Ward Maps in Cambridge. Coach even has his own curated title on the front page of the website: MATHISON COLLECTION OF COASTAL CHARTS!!!

Ward Map Mathison

Are you freakin’ kidding me!?! He finally made this dream a reality.

Humble Pie

So now I have to eat a little humble pie, as they say, but then I will start cashing those checks as he finally, finally starts selling those maps. If you are interested in acquiring some gorgeous vintage maps for your decorating, or just to brag that you own a map from the Mathison Curated Collection,  you can visit Ward Maps online or at their retail store at 1735 Mass Ave in Cambridge, Mass. And if you do stop in for a visit, tell them Coach sent you!!  Map out your Thursday everyone, and then, like Coach, make it happen! Susan

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So, you would think that after being bombarded with pastel Easter decorations for the past month

Pastels Candles

with pastel candy and decorated eggs and spring flowers Pastels eggs and flowers and sweet little bunnies (how cute are these from the Etsy shop Fairyfolk…)Pastels Bunnies by Fairyfolk and oh, did I mention handmade pastel soaps from the Charming Frog? (who has the time to do all this stuff?!)Pastels Bunny Soaps by The Charming Frog Etsy that I would be sick of pastels-any pastels. But in truth, pastels can be the perfect palette for a dreamy bedroom…and not just for baby rooms! This stunner in lavenders by Tara Dudley Interiors would be a perfectly restful retreat.

 Tara Dudley Interiors or this soothing neutral palette with a touch of pinks by Heather O’Donovan Interiors Heather O'Donovan Interior Design Adding some pastel brightness wakes up an eclectic vintage parlor-like this one from CWB Architects

or this sitting room from The DecoristaMirror Painted The DecoristaLoving the pastel palette in this eclectic bedroom from Tobi Fairley Interior Design. LOVE that punch of orange and red!! Parlor by Tobi Fairley Interior Designs Who couldn’t take a restful soak in this pastel beauty by Kelly Scanlon?  Bath Kelly Scanlon Interior Design As much as I love trendy grays, nothing calms a room like soft blues and lavenders- this one from the Design House of the Hamptoms

Sitting Room from Design House of the Hamptons

Or this stunner from Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Now we get to the heart of the home. Pastel kitchens. YUM.

Pastel Blue from BHG

Pretty whites and greens by Martha O’Hara Interiors Kitchen by Martha O'Hara Interiors This vintage kitchen would be just as at home in a double wide as it would in a little California cottage! Pastel Pink Kitchen Rustic country cupboards filled with dotted bowls of pinks and blues from Houzz.com are the epitome of country pretty.

or you could add these gorgeous pastel bowls…

Pastels Bowls

Or these amazing salt and pepper shakers from Huckleberry Vintage on Etsy.

Pastel Salt and Peppers

Or how about an entire pastel palette of spoons from The House That Lars Built? These would be great in an old crock or as an art display.

Spoons House that Lars Built

But a pastel palette doesn’t have to scream country style. An ocean-side home calls for the hues of the water, sand and sky. This kitchen from Plato Woodwork, has neutral white cabinetry set off with contemporary blue tiles and countertops that draw your eye to the window and the fabulous ocean views.

Pastels KitchenAnd this softly artful living space has just the right touches of aquas and greens to brighten it up!

Pawleys Island Posh

Using pastels in your living space can be funky or fun, and adding pops of bright colors can keep it fresh and young! Have a pretty perfect Tuesday, everyone! Susan

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Have you ever seen the “White Box Challenge” on HGTV?! Do you ever watch design shows and think “I could do a better room than that!” Well, now is your chance to strut your design and staging stuff and show off your style sense to the world- and you don’t even have to fly to L.A!

Mill 77 Exterior

Next weekend, April 6 & 7, The Mill 77 Trading Company in Amesbury, Mass will be hosting its first annual Guerilla Staging Competition!

This is a two-day event, where teams of 2-4 amateur design fanatics will compete to win cash prizes or gift certificates, all to benefit Our Neighbors Table in Amesbury.  Mill 77 Our Neighbors Table

The idea? There will be a staging area set up (not necessarily a white box, more like a cleared out space, but you get the picture.)  HGTV White Box Challenge

The teams will blindly choose a category- there is a long list of potential ones, including Cats and Dogs, Vintage Kitchen Goods, Mid Century Modern and Make Yourself At Home. Then the team has 40 minutes, that’s right, 40 minutes, to run through the shop, grabbing whatever would work to tell the story and then create a themed space, using only the items available in the store! If you’ve not been to the Mill before, there are so many great things you could use to decorate your space. Room after room of everything from antique dressers and desks, kitchenware and clocks…

Mill 77 Trading Company

to vintage toys, artwork,  lighting and sports memorabilia.

Mill 77 Trading Company

The event will be video-taped and the show-stopping rooms will be photographed for publicity and online voting. You can sign up online, its only $10 per person, and remember, the proceeds go to a great cause!

Mill 77 Trading Company

I’m a member of the team “Mother Knows Best”- two moms and their daughters who love to decorate, have fun and win money : ) So sign up today for your chance to be a design star- you never know who might be watching! Have a great weekend everyone! Susan

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Recently I blogged about my Whale’s Tale Coffee Table Project being selected for the 2013 This Old House Don’t Buy It DIY Contest.

This Old House Whale's Tale Table

On that same day, sort of as a “oh, well, what the heck”, I also added my kitchen makeover to the This Old house Reader Remodel Contest, but never received a response…until yesterday. Great news! My kitchen makeover was also selected as a “contestant” in the Home Remodel Category, with a grand prize of  $5,000.00 and a new GMC Sierra Truck!! Can you imagine all the junkin’ I could do with a brand new shiny pickup- I’d like the red one, please : )

GMC Truck This Old House

All you had to do was download some before and after pictures- this is a pretty dramatic transformation, don’t you think?!? This is the before…

This Old House Contest Before

And this is after three long months of dusty, dirty remodeling. LOVE. For the remainder of the photos I entered, click here.

This Old House Kitchen Makeover

Now, I am not sure that everyone who submitted an entry was actually entered into the contest, but I would like to think that my kitchen remodel would be the perfect blend of “old and new” for any This Old House judge. The winners will be notified on or before May 10, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed and in the meantime, trying out some new D.I.M. painting projects. Have a winner of a Tuesday everyone! Susan

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