Country style, country love, country life. Sharing my inspired, vintage, rustic DIY designs and decor on my blog.
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 in 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!
This Sunday, Todd Farm in Rowley is opening for the season, cold weather be damned!
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!!
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 : (
Have a great weekend everyone! Hope you “pick” something fun to do!! Susan
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…
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…
And from Erin Gates of Elements of Style comes this beauty of a bedroom, with an enlarged map creating a unique feature wall.
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.
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.
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”.
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!!!
Are you freakin’ kidding me!?! He finally made this dream a reality.
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
So, you would think that after being bombarded with pastel Easter decorations for the past month
with pastel candy and decorated eggs and spring flowers and sweet little bunnies (how cute are these from the Etsy shop Fairyfolk…) and oh, did I mention handmade pastel soaps from the Charming Frog? (who has the time to do all this stuff?!) 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.
or this sitting room from The DecoristaLoving the pastel palette in this eclectic bedroom from Tobi Fairley Interior Design. LOVE that punch of orange and red!! Who couldn’t take a restful soak in this pastel beauty by Kelly Scanlon? 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
Or this stunner from Tobi Fairley Interior Design
Now we get to the heart of the home. Pastel kitchens. YUM.
Pretty whites and greens 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! 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…
Or these amazing salt and pepper shakers from Huckleberry Vintage on Etsy.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.)
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…
to vintage toys, artwork, lighting and sports memorabilia.
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!
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
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 : )
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…
And this is after three long months of dusty, dirty remodeling. LOVE. For the remainder of the photos I entered, click here.
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