Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “Map It Out”, showcasing ideas to utilize maps in your interior spaces. Now, since every shop I visit and every page I turn in decorating magazines features globes, all kinds and styles of globes, I figured it was time to round out my orbital perspective. In searching the web, I discovered quite a few DIY variations on the plain old circa 1930’s globe,
and hundreds of ways to use them as your decorating inspiration. I love all of the smaller globes inside the table base, with the larger ones scattered outside. Escaped!
I discovered stand-alone globes that are painted
and lighted (this one has DIY instructions…)
and chalkboarded too!
This child’s room becomes a bit more sophisticated using globes on the ornate mantel. Oh, the places you’ll go, little man!
I love taking room color inspiration from globes- the colors of the earth are so pretty!
This organizing wall becomes a feature with maps and globes as the background.
Take a look at these breathtaking hand-decorated globes by Wendy Gold on ImagineNations on Etsy.com.
This Flower Power globe would be stunning in any interior!
Globes, both old and new, are available in all sizes and colors. The muted tones in the space below blend perfectly with the vintage sepia globe tones.
Whereas, this colorful, eclectic space takes its cue from the multi-colored, more modern globe on the side table.
Just remember, you don’t have to be a world traveler to look like one! Just grab a globe, add some pins and you’re off on a virtual tour! Have a time-travelin’ Tuesday, everyone!
This past weekend, Coach and I took a trip to the south shore on a flea market discovery mission. Gotta add more pins to my map.
First stop, the Raynham Flea Market at 480 South St West in Raynham.
This huge market is primarily an indoor flea, with thousands of square feet of space lined with vendors booths, although there are a few “junk”tique sellers,
both indoors and out.
If you are looking to furnish your man cave, this is one stop shopping for you! Wayne’s World Records awaits,
as well as the $1 VHS tapes booth,
vintage liquor bottles
and even some cool liquor bottle lamps.
For the ladies, we have vacuum cleaner repairs,
faux wooden roses
Pretty straw hats
beads, lots of beads,
and a huge selection of cheap curtains and drapes!
For the spiritual among you, I present this paranormal booth
and even a few psychic readers. (I wonder if they could have told me how much money I was going to spend?)
For the outdoorsman, there are fishing poles,
and rain slickers (could have used those at the ballpark the other night…)
Wrapping up in Raynham, on to the Cranberry Indoor Flea in Wareham on 3065 Cranberry Highway, Wareham, about 20 min south.
This was more our style, with upper and lower floors filled with rows of glassware,
interesting antiques (could someone make a lamp out of this?!?)
and bric-a-brac (for those of you not familiar with this term, from Wikipedia: “refers to lesser objets d’art forming collections of curios, such as elaborately decorated teacups and small vases, compositions of feathers or wax flowers under glass domes, decorated eggshells, porcelain figurines, painted miniatures or photographs in stand-up frames, and so on.”) Like this little statue of the dancing dude and lady.
Flags for the Fourth…
There were more than a few $1 tables, which I always enjoy, and loads of vintage furniture, art and accessories to choose from.
So, between the tag sales and the flea markets, we came away with quite an array of fabulous finds. Here is my “loot shoot” of the day!
Some of these items will be making their way down to the Vintage Thymes Market, some of them are staying home with me ” ) Speaking of the Vintage Thymes, next Friday, August 9, there will be a one day clearance sale!! So if you were looking for something at the market but were hesitant about the price, now’s the time to go back and grab it!! My booth will be 50% off to clear the way for the fall merchandise. TGIF everyone!! Susan
I love it when something comes across my “in” box that instantly inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing! This morning, I received an email from this company : “Murals Your Way“. If you have ever longed for an instant change of scenery, without all of the packing and moving and traveling, this is your go-to. This company offers wall-sized murals of any type of art and photography you can imagine, including your very own! I love this view of sunrise on the dunes. Makes me want to grab a towel and head down to the ocean.
I started looking at all of the samples, 8000+, and instantly imagined these in my home- I am certain you will find yourself doing the same once you take a look. Here are a few of my personal favorites (but there are hundreds to choose from, so don’t stop now- click here to go to the website and browse around.)Ever traveled to the Italian Riviera? No, me either. But I could imagine having a cup of espresso sitting on a veranda gazing at this sunset view of Manarola Italy
I have never wanted to tag a bridge with graffiti, but I often admire the artwork displayed. You can add a touch of graffiti to your home without breaking any laws with this Home Sweet Home Mural…
Always longed for a view of the Eiffel Tower? Ooh, la, la!! I’ve seen lots of prints, but love this colorful pop art version, because it doesn’t take it too seriously.
Imagining a trip to outer space? This Solar System 2 would be perfect for a budding astronaut’s room.
So soft and sweet- perfect for a bedroom or dressing room. Delicate Flowers
If you have a barn (like we do) but don’t actually live on a farm (like we don’t), here is your inspiration in Ready or Not
Imagine waking up to this view every morning? This is the Manitou Lighthouse in Michigan
Need an Instant Garden? Add a pop of color with Miami Blooms
And, if none of those inspire you, they can create a giant mural from your own photos!
And if you like the idea, but not sure how a mural would look in your home, this feature will seal the deal. You choose a mural, then you can build a virtual room, deciding on the style and size of the mural that fits with your furniture. Brilliant!
Believe me, this website is a time-stealer like no other. You’ll find yourself transported to another era, another country, another world while browsing all of the photographs. The artwork is so striking and colorful, and Murals Your Way makes it simple to add drama and design to any room! So take a look, then tell me, what’s your favorite?!? Susan
This past weekend, I scored this beautiful copper coffee pot at an estate sale.
It even had the cute little card inside, but that did not have any cleaning instructions inside.
So once I brought it into the house, I decided to give it a quick wash just to remove the surface dust. Then I thought I might try to polish it up just a bit. Then I decided I liked the polished finish, so I kept cleaning. So first, I tried my trusty Cape Cod Metal Polish, which typically does the job with little effort, and a pleasant scent too.
It was working, but that required a lot of elbow grease. So, I pulled out my Mr. Clean Dry Eraser Sponge.
That also worked, but I was still using a lot of elbow grease. And I am all about getting stuff done quickly and not using up all of my energy so that I can’t go tile the front hall or build a table top. So now I had dull coffee pot with shiny spots. My mom suggested salt and lemon juice-nope. So I went online to see if anyone else had come up with a non-elbow-grease solution to clean tarnished copper. Some guy on You Tube had created a magical formula from everyday kitchen items: salt, flour and white vinegar. So because everything you see on the internet is true, and I liked the idea of not using chemicals anyway, I decided to try it. Here is the recipe: Place 1 tsp salt and 3 tsp flour in a small bowl, then slowly add enough white vinegar to make a creamy paste. Looks good enough to eat, right?
At first I added too much vinegar and it was watery, so I added another dose of the flour and salt. Bingo! Nice smooth paste, ready to make my copper pot shiny and new. The video said to pat it on the item with a rag-I used a moist sponge, but you get the idea, you want to coat the surface.
Then allow it to sit for thirty minutes.
Then rinse. No rubbing or buffing required!
In the video, his copper-clad saucepan came alive with pretty copper color-away old tarnish! In my kitchen sink, this technique was a big FAIL. No difference after I had rinsed, then rubbed, then rinsed again. Hmmm. So now I have a beautiful copper coffee pot that is shiny and bright in the middle of each side, but tarnished all around the bottom and tops.
So, thus far, this is the collection of stuff I have tried.
Anyone else have any bright ideas? Susan
Over the past year, I have researched and blogged about so many topics, including some of my favorite DIY projects like my shutter slat table
and scrumptious recipes,
our travels, both at home
and all kinds of fabulous country-style decorating ideas.
But I have to say, of all the topics I have blogged about, vintage and flea markets, antique sales and auctions have won this recycled, repurposed, reloved girl’s heart! So, in order to share that love of junk and fabulous finds with all of you, I have created a special new category called Junk ‘n History. It appears in the left hand column of my blog home page. There you will find the links of many of my favorite blog posts featuring not only our fabulous finds at places like The Vintage Bazaar @ Pettengill Farm,
The Elephant’s Trunk in Connecticut,
and the SOWA Open Market in Boston,
but also the story behind the story. I like to share where the market originated, who runs the place and what do they offer for the avid flea market junkie. From this day forward, I am making it my mission to find the best (and the worst-remember the hairy guy getting a massage-yuck!) of the flea marketing world. To date, Coach and I have travelled all around Massachusetts, as well as New Hampshire, Maine & Connecticut in search of the best places to find treasures and trinkets, but I am certain we have not even scratched the surface of the flea market world! So now, we need your help! We are hitting the road again in a couple of weeks,
and are searching for new places to explore and share with you! This time around, we are heading out by auto, so we are sticking to the Eastern part of the US. If you have a great flea market or antiques co-op in your area, or even a cute little town where there are lots of shops to browse in, drop me an email @ email@example.com, post in the comment section here or on my Twitter or Facebook pages. Your market or auction can be indoors or out, seasonal or year-round, but it must be some sort of medium to large-scale, co-operative effort (we are not looking for local yard sales or single antique shops, for instance). It must have interesting and colorful stuff,
old and refurbished or freshly dug out of the barn stuff,
fun and funny stuff,
just plain old stuff
or even gilded gold stuff.
Doesn’t matter, as long as we can shop there, learn a little about the history of the place and share that information with my readers. And, for all of you who are lusting after the amazing items Coach and I (well, mostly Coach) have dug up at the various sales, shortly we will be introducing his new Etsy page: Junk ‘n History. Here you will find many of his favorite items (well, except the anchor, we can’t ship an anchor…)
available for purchase. So, dear readers, you’re up-start sharing your auctions, fleas and markets now! We will need the name of the place, an address or town and hopefully a website or link to the Facebook or Twitter page for reference. The more the merrier, we just need to know soon so we can chart our path for the upcoming road trip. (thankfully, it’s summer, so this is probably not likely to happen, but you never know…)
And, from this point forward, Fridays will be now known as Fabulous Finds Friday. Whatever we find, we will share with all of you! Have a fabulous Friday everyone! Susan