I discovered Fresh Vintage, our blog of the week, through Delight, and with summer here, who can resist a flea market/yard sale junkie addicted to the thrill of the hunt? Colleen Allison, who lives just outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, PA, writes Fresh Vintage, a blog and business she started along with her two sisters, Erin and Heather. This is truly a labor of love since their work extends far beyond the blog she pens. Their little traveling company sells vintage finds at antiques markets, eBay, and via porch sales that, get this, they host at their own homes.
At first glance, I thought this was a store, but it’s porch transformed into a vintage market for a one day sale. She can live the dream of shop ownership this way, but with more freedom and far less overhead. And I love how she arranges everything, what a pretty way to present a tag sale. Classy. So many yard sales I drive by are so ugly – everything tossed on blankets, dirty and broken. Those are great for people that can see the potential in the unloved, but I think some just want to shop a sale where the potential is a bit more obvious sometimes! Good presentation makes such a difference. I would pay more to attend a sale like this. And side point: Aren’t those vintage yellow/white toile drapes gorgeous? I wish she had more, I want them.
I love all of her sweet little vignettes, especially the bar cart, and the obvious care she put into creating them. Isn’t it great to see creative people living their dreams in often the most unexpected ways? Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Let that thought take you into the weekend. It’s a strong statement because it involves being proactive and challenging yourself, not settling on what you have, shaking off limitations, looking at things that seem impossible and thinking of a new road to take to reach the goal you thought impossible. Maybe you’re just on the wrong road.
(images from fresh vintage)
decor8 reader Anna needs your help. Here’s what she writes, “I thought you and your readers might be able to help me with a decision. My husband and I are about to build our first house and I’m trying to decide on a kitchen. I’ve thought that I wanted a simple white kitchen but I’ve since seen pictures of navy blue kitchens and now I’m wondering about that. I love the navy but I’m not sure if I’ll get sick of it or it will date. Here are a couple of the images I’ve seen and there’s also an image of what we want our open plan living/kitchen area to look like (maybe in navy though). I’d love it if you and your readers could let me know what you all think.” – Anna
Kitchen in the works (not actual space, but what Anna wants.)
I like that they kept the center island, and the counter around the sink, in white. I would have added tile behind the sink though, bright yellow, cobalt, red, mix them up. Almost along the lines of Lori’s kitchen here
These cabinets look almost black to me, which I wouldn’t like in your kitchen. Navy (a color that really reads navy and not black) is nice, especially in a glossy, contemporary finish, which would suit more the architecture of the home than this above, which reads more traditional or country to me. I guess that’s my question back to Anna, what’s your style?
Any kitchen designers or color experts out there? Susan and Rachel, where are you, we need you! Also needed: readers with opinions – Anna would appreciate the feedback.
(images from anna)
I’ve been working with Jennifer and Jessica all week to get this post up, very exciting news for Boston today! A few Etsy sellers launched the Etsy Boston Artisan Fair in Jamaica Plain, offering everything handmade from their hearts to your home. It’s tonight, Thursday, June 7th, from 6 – 8pm, and is part of JP First Thursdays.
Artists showing in this creative roundup include: Reclaimed To You, JHill Design, Amy Olson Jewelry, Mck254, Stonehouse Studio, Ambient Design Jewels, Muchachak, ZestyB, and Elizabeth Brennick Design (love her wrist pin cushions, so handy when sewing). Head on over to the park across from the Harvest Co-Op at the corner of South and Carolina. I was just at the Co-op last week – so I know it’s on a bus line in case you don’t have a car…
Psst: If you’re not in Boston, you can click on the links above where you can shop from these artists directly on Etsy.
(images from boston etsy artisians)
Summer Allen-Gibson sent over an announcement about her new blog, Design is Mine. Summer is a Jill-of-all-trades from Portland, Oregon that loves her creative city and enjoys sharing what inspires her through blogging, much like the rest of us, yet with her own unique voice and spin on things. As I looked it over, I discovered Jenna Rose, a Canadian accessories designer that makes some pretty neat things – I really like the ottomans, very fresh!
Thank you Summer for writing in, nice to know you’re out there and welcome to our great, big blogging community! :)
(images from jenna rose)
What are you into lately? Care to share? Here are some of the things that has inspired my work lately and I’m seeing a theme… Exotic far east locations, macro shots of flowers, birds, anything with wires (art, cages, eames chairs), Indian textiles, carnival rides, children’s illustration, mixed media paintings, Moroccan tiles, vintage cars in pale pastels, geometric prints, and the ocean (always a recurring love). For colors, definitely blues, greens, pure white, tulip yellow, pale pink, and fuchsia.
If you’d like to see the full versions of each of these mini tiles, click on my flickr faves page and click on them. With every click, you’ll be transported into the world of the photographer who took them and you can view more of their photos.
Warning: This exercise can burn your entire lunch hour today! But it’s fun! If you have a flickr account, why not share your link of faves in the comment section below so we can see them?
(images from flickr)
You have to check out some of the new lighting over at Horchow. The black pendant below is only $149! Of course, the others are a bit higher in price, but I had to share — the ship is craaaazy! But the creamy lamp with the stylized cane is quite nice, especially with those peacock blue walls.
TIP: If you’re crushing on certain things you find at Horchow that are a little out of your price range, sign up for their newsletter because that’s how I find out about their “secret” sales for subscribing customers only. Just recently, everything was 20% off. This comes in extra handy when you’re shopping for their Orla Kiely luggage, let me tell ya…
(images from horchow)