How I Found My Vintage Mantel

Ever since I was of house buying age I've dreamed of a beautiful fireplace and mantel. In my childhood home we had a gorgeous stone fireplace (not the thin stone veneer ... but the real thing) that stretched up to the tip of our cathedral ceiling. I think it was at least 12 feet tall. As kids, we'd scale that fireplace up to the top. My brother would hide his money on the ledge of the top stone. And when I was 5, I hit my head on the corner of … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Shopping Guide

Last night hubby and I ventured out to the college town of Dekalb, Illinois for their Hometown Holiday shopping event. I visited my favorite shops and stocked up on a few glitzy vintage Christmas decorations (I'm craving glitter houses and bottle brush trees this year). A few weeks ago I decided what my 2015 Christmas theme will be so I'm on the hunt for a little glitz and glam, thrown in with a bit of vintage.   I put together a … [Read more...]

Vintage Desk Vignette

Last weekend I worked with my daughter on her new home office area, which motivated me to create a vintage desk vignette in my own home. Since school starts for a lot of kids this month, I decided to haul out my vintage penmanship poster to start things off! I love my penmanship poster and it was such a steal! The last time I featured it on my blog was at my Christmas home tour.   My painted wall shutters provide the perfect … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Buckets of Burlap

You know that feeling when you see a picture in a magazine or on a blog and your heart skips a beat and makes you stop to catch your breath? That's how I felt the first time I saw a glimpse of Becky's inspiring home over at Buckets of Burlap. I love her pretty yet practical style and I have a feeling you're going to fall in love too, if you haven't visited her blog before. Becky has a flair for mixing textures, as you can easily see here in her … [Read more...]

Dirty Little Bottles

Yes, I'm actually writing about dirty little bottles because it has a cute story. This is just a quick post to share some little treasures that I found this past weekend at our local flea market. The Kane County Flea Market is held the first weekend of each month, and is one of the largest in the area. Lots of vendors, lots of shoppers, and plenty of goodies. Like these vintage bottles that I found for a few dollars. I don't know why I love old … [Read more...]

Vintage Hankies ~ 3 Ways

The past couple weeks I've spent more time in the garden and less time in the house. We had a bazillion weeds that were out of control and I knew if I didn't get them pulled quickly, they'd take over the entire yard. We also managed to get our vegetable garden planted. I did have a little bit of time to pull out my collection of vintage hankies that I used to add a little color around the home. I love this look because a) I think it's pretty and … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Thoughts from Alice

Today I have a very special charming home tour for you (do I say that every Sunday?). Alice of Thoughts from Alice is someone I'm quite fond of even though we've never met face-to-face. She truly has a sweet, loving spirit and I love her artistic style. I also love her home, which is a circa 1930's house that she and hubby are fixing up. Let's take the tour ... Coming up to the Alice's front door, you're greeted by a charming arch. And I love … [Read more...]

I’m Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas

 They say Christmas is for kids, but I still love Christmas. With each passing year I'm drawn more and more to the nostalgia of Christmas past. Memories of childhood Christmases haunt me and I find myself wanting to recreate that magical experience. So it's no surprise that this year I'm dreaming of a vintage Christmas. This year I have a new flocked tree from Balsam Hill and I love it! You'll get to see the fully decorated view during my … [Read more...]

Vintage Painted Furniture at The Painted Drawer

One of my favorite decorating staples is vintage painted furniture. I've been painting furniture for years, but it wasn't until a couple years ago that I found out about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, thanks to several blogs that I'd been reading. Chalk Paint is a dream to use and is my favorite choice for painting vintage finds; it dries quickly, is easy to distress, and comes in beautiful colors. Someone who's a master at beautifully painting … [Read more...]

Summer Flea Market Finds

Flea markets are my favorite shopping haunts but this summer I haven't been buying too much. Sometimes I'll find a ton of stuff (too much stuff, really) and other times at the market I'm just not into it. Everything starts to look the same. Does that ever happen to you? Here are this summer's flea market finds that I haven't shared with you yet. Vintage books are something I always keep my eyes open for. I look for books in pleasing colors with … [Read more...]

Vintage Finds at Main Street Market Event

A couple weekends ago hubby and I attended the Main Street Market event in Rockford, Illinois. I knew some of the vendors that were going to be there so figured it'd be a fun outing. The weather was perfect and hubby was a good sport ... especially since it was also his birthday!  He's a keeper, don't you think? We saw a mix of vintage finds and newer items like the country style signs.   Main Street Market was held at the Midway Village … [Read more...]

Kane County Flea Market Finds ~ April 2014

Our local Kane County Flea Market is touted by USA Today as one of the 10 top places to shop for antiques, and I have to agree. It's a pretty big flea market and it's always a highlight for me each month. As with any shopping spree, some outings are more productive than others.  In March, there weren't a lot of vendors and I didn't find much of anything, but April was better and I found some good flea market finds this past weekend for decent … [Read more...]

Reflections of Christmas ~ Vintage Style

Now that my home is cleaned and the halls are properly decked with boughs of holly and other finery, I thought I'd have a little fun taking photos of my vintage mirrors reflecting the twinkly lights of my Christmas tree. I thoroughly enjoyed capturing reflections of Christmas on a quiet, snowy afternoon. My shabby little mirror offers reflections of Christmas ... simple and sweet.   A quick change of the camera's focal point provides … [Read more...]