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We spent Saturday tromping through the fields of The Brimfield Antiques Show, “The world’s largest outdoor antique show”. One mile in length, scattered over 23 fields, with over 3000 dealers and 130,000 visitors that shop during the four show days, Brimfield is an adventure, to be sure. After spending the better part of 8 hours sorting through tents of refurbished furniture, industrial re-makes, textiles, bric-a-brac and other assorted “junktiques”, I can honestly say that I have had more than my fill of “treasure hunting”- at least for a while.  So many vendors, so little time…so I am just going to show you a few highlights here.

Color was the name of the game, like this row of pretty vintage dresses hanging in the sunshine. The landscape was littered with painted pots, buckets, stools, signs- anything you could paint got a splash of color- sometimes with good results, sometimes not so much.

Late in the afternoon I stumbled upon (literally, I was sunburned, sick, hungry and about to call it quits) this lovely tent from Windham, Maine, by the girls from My Sister’s Garage. Beautifully decorated, it had more the appearance of a lovely shabby chic showroom than the random piles of goods many dealers had laying around on the ground. Rejuvinated, I moved on to Beth Hylan Designs, another pretty booth featuring vintage creations by Beth, next to her partners from Nesting on Main, another lovely tent at the show.  The next stop was at Painted Pretty– and boy was it ever! The show-tent pulled me in with the color palette- teals and grays and black- so country pretty! I had seen badly re-painted furniture all day long, so I was so impressed with the quality and the beauty of their work. (By the way, they sell at the SoWa Vintage Market in Boston- definitely worth the trip if you are in the market for a vintage painted piece).

And the winner is..Industrial Chic! This table from Vintage Studios is an example of what you can do with some old factory parts, ingenuity and a lot of heavy lifting.

The biggest presence at the fair (other than those blue glazed jugs that seemed to be on every single table!) – was Industrial. If it came from an old warehouse, factory, barn or henhouse, someone up-cycled and re-purposed it into a bed, desk, sign, table, lamp, bench or light fixture. The more rustic and rustier the better. AMAZING. Got some great ideas for the Barn Workshop Project (details soon)

So with that I will leave you with a few more images of the best of the day, like these fabulous woven bags by Ahinsa Lifetime Weavers or these colorfully painted stools…and if you were wishing you had gone to “The Show”which I guess you could call the Big Leagues of Antiquing, don’t fret, they’ll be back in July! Signing off to put more sunburn cream on my face… Susan

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When you have to hold your screen on to the storm door with duct tape, is that considered “industrial chic!?”


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…I found a mirror for my new front hall!!! With the Hall of Shame project still ongoing, I have been searching for artwork, occasional tables and other assorted items to fill the space once it is completed. (and, yes, it is still a work in progress- but good things come to those who wait, right?) Along with my usual trips to HomeGoods and the various local antique and junque shops I frequent, I do make an occasional stop at my local Salvation Army Store. With a large furniture showroom in the back, you never know what you might find- like my fabulous new $10.00 mirror!

It’s a horrible brown circa 1970’s faux wood grain, but it’s the perfect size and the top detail is exquisite-it actually mirrors the curved shapes of the soon-to-be-hung damask wallpaper. You would almost think that was intentional, right?

Time to hit it with a coat of Kilz to cover that faux wood paint and the faint odor of mildew/smoke that often accompanies a cast-off piece of furniture, origins unknown. Looks better already! So I grabbed my Ipad and started searching on Pinterest and some of my favorite blogs for color inspiration.

Thinking bold and bright

or soft and dreamy

daring (not sure what happens when your toe hits those mirrors!)

or darling

Mirrors can open up your space (Ah,Versailles…)

Reflect your true face

And welcome you into a warm, homey space (hopefully mine : )

And then I saw this Jonathan Adler mirror and this entryway with pieces from Oomph! and that was it-color chosen.

Tangerine Tango is the Pantone Color of the Year, and what goes better with the Smoke Blue I’ve chosen for the walls than its complementary color, orange? So I chose this yummy shade called Mesa Sunrise from Behr. Now, Benjamin Moore is my go-to paint for just about everything, but Behr sells these little custom mixed sample pots for $2.95, with just enough paint in them for a small project. Here is a sneak preview of the Mesa Sunrise Mirror that will soon be welcoming you into my new front hall. And if Pantone comes out with the newest “color of the year” I can always change it! Total investment for this project: $12.95 + tax.

Mesa Sunrise Mirror in the making

Enjoy your Friday- and just remember to make each day a reflection of your best you! Susan

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Bonjour, les etudiants! Today’s class is “color inspiration from the famous impressionist artist Claude Monet“. A few year’s ago we took a Seine River Cruise from Normandy to Paris (magnifique!) with many stops along the way, including Rouen (where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake), Normandy (where the allies stormed the beaches in WWII) and one of my favorites, Giverny, the home of French Impressionist Claude Monet. Monet was a master in the use of color, both in his famous paintings and in his home and gardens, which he planted to inspire his works of art.

Let’s take the tour of Monet’s Home in Giverny…and use it as your own inspiration!

Monet’s Parlor in MonoChromatic Blue

Monochromatic Living Rooms Today

The Yellow and Red Dining Room of GivernyInspired Yellow and Red Dining Rooms

                 Blue and Copper Kitchens- Complementary Blue and Orange

Monet’s Stunning Kitchen at Giverny

Modern Blue and Copper Kitchens-beautiful!                           The Pastel Bedroom Upstairs in Monet’s Home-

Split Complementary Colors of Yellow, Green and LavenderAn adorable children’s room from with yellow, green and lavender- so pretty!

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Since the design blogging world appears to be populated with primarily smart, stylish, young and mostly female designers/writers, it has occurred to me that some of what I am writing about may be irrelevant or puzzling to this generation of bloggers. Whether I am referencing Petula Clark, or quoting Shakespeare,  I am thinking that my readers “get it”. But apparently that isn’t always case.

I had recently started drafting my latest blog about Buffalo Plaid. You know-big, giant check fabric- very popular and used on everything from Wellies to shams. Then I received a blogger’s email entitled “Gingham”- with pics of buffalo plaid- which is SO not gingham. Does it matter? To me, it does. I figure if I am going to put “pen to paper’, I should have my facts straight. So I polled my co-workers- smart, well-educated young women-and was greeted with blank stares when I asked them if they could identify Buffalo Plaid. Hmmm. So my first thought was perhaps I need to change the way I write and the content to appeal to this young generation of bloggers. But then I recalled a comment made by my marketing instructor, Interior Designer Rachel Hazelton, who had recently returned from the Design Bloggers Conference in LA with this thought: “Be who you are and write about what you know. You cannot be everything to everyone. Just find your niche and write about that.” I guess if it worked for Dr. Seuss, it can work for me too! So without further ado, introducing BUFFALO PLAID!!

I have loved it since I was a kid. It is big, bold and graphic, whether in pastels or primary colors. The identifiable characteristics are the squares that are large and equal in size, so you can turn the pattern horizontally or vertically and it will look the same.Trending today in every rainbow hue, it marries just as well with toile and florals as it does standing alone. It can be rusticor elegant simple or simply charming

Legend has it that Buffalo Plaid made its 1914 American debut with a logging company’s ad campaign featuring Lumberjack Paul Bunyan, but it actually dates back to Scottishman Rob Roy Macgregor, who was stylin’ in his tartan kilt. Buffalo plaid has everything to do with MacGregor’s ancestors in the buffalo trade (hence the name), and nothing to do with cowboys and farmers. For the full unabridged story, click here:

So there you have it. Everything you ever wanted to know about Buffalo Plaid. And the next time someone asks you the difference between checks and plaids, because I know that comes up often in conversation, please refer them to this blog. In the meantime, enjoy the pics on my Pinterest Buffalo Plaid Page. “Checking” out for today…Susan 

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