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the $125 farm table

I needed to pick up some supplies for the glitter workshop last week and I could hardly be out and about for the day without stealing a few minutes in an antique store!  So, I meandered through one of my local haunts, hitting some of my favorite vendor's booths, picking up a few small things.  I wasn't looking for furniture, but, of course, a piece of furniture found me. I spotted this great  (read more …)

a shopping trip & a cleaning day

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to "breakfast at Ballards" a celebration of the opening of the new Ballard Designs store in the King of Prussia mall near Philly.  Usually, invitations like this are too far for me to travel, but this one was just a couple hours away, so Kriste and I decided to take the day to attend the event and do some non-antique shopping. We started super early, so  (read more …)

white on white on white

Soooo...I am really starting to love white.  I've been moving in that direction for a while, but lately, it's what I'm drawn to the most. The key to whites being successful is texture and tone.  The shades of white you use in a space can either look warm and intentional or stark and bland.  It's a fine line. I love mixing crisp whites with those that are creamy.   On the white slipcovered  (read more …)

finds of the day

I spent today out and about.  My youngest son, Calvin, had a doctor's appointment and then I had to drive him an hour to school, meet him for lunch to give him insulin (it was a special lunch away from school) and kill time for a couple of hours until it was time to pick the boys up from school. So, what's a girl like me to do with a couple of free hours? Well, I am predictable.  I went to an  (read more …)

the file cabinet coffee table

First of all, I want to announce the winners of the giveaways I held last week.  Drum roll, please... The winner of the Antique Farmhouse giveaway is Becky Yaddis! And the winner of the Miss Mustard Seed in a Box giveaway is Melanie Milburn! As I was making the major push to get ready for Lucketts earlier this year, I found a very cool part of an old, oak file cabinet at one of my favorite  (read more …)

antique farmhouse giveaway

Did you spot the metal tray in my post yesterday? It's actually a set of three and it's my Designer Pick for Antique Farmhouse today! I like pieces that are versatile and corral little items that might otherwise look like clutter and these metal trays are perfect for that. I used these to style the shoe cart in my studio, but I'm thinking they would be great for magazines, books, oils  (read more …)

in the works & in the wings

After the push to get ready for The Market on Chapel Hill, I took a bit of a break from bringing in new pieces of furniture.  I was actually trying to clean out the studio and weed out the stash, so I just had things to work on that I was really excited about.  We're putting together a second look book for the MMS Milk Paint line and have a shoot scheduled at the most insanely beautiful manor next  (read more …)

market recap & milk-painted wooden toys

We are back home from our trip to Alabama, safe and sound from the Market on Chapel Hill. It is a long trip, but it's always worth it. The worth isn't in the profits made.  (I told someone I would probably cry if I really took the time to figure out my hourly rate for all of the prep, shopping, etc. that is put into these events.)  The worth is in the moments with people...readers, shoppers,  (read more …)