It’s a Sign

I’m going to hang it right over the spot where we charge our cell phones.

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The sign itself is double sided with a flange that will make it super easy to hang on the wall. It’s porcelain enamel, and although I should have given it a quick clean before I photographed it, it’s in great shape. It came out of a bar in Brooklyn, New York. (I picked it up at the DC Big Flea this weekend.)

My 7 year old daughter thinks the sign is totally hilarious. She’s never even heard of a Public Telephone.

 

It’s Not Exactly Home Decor…

…but when my husband comes home from work, I’m just as happy to see his beautiful briefcase as I am to see him.

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It really does make the room look better. It’s made of the thickest, most beautiful leather and it gets better looking the longer he uses it. I actually get sad when he leaves in the morning because the briefcase is leaving too. When he retires, it’s going on permanent display somewhere in the house – I can see it hanging by that gorgeous strap on a hook somewhere. If only retirement were sooner! At least it does give me a bit of time to find the perfect spot – and right now I’m (wishfully) thinking my modern barn dream house might just be it.

Large Tobacco Briefcase, Saddlebackleather.com

Knoxville

On our Spring Break road trip, we spent one beautiful morning in Knoxville, Tennessee – a lovely little city. I found a great little shop on Market Square called Bliss Home. There was so much to see in every inch of the shop – all of it fun and also well priced.

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I am a huge fan of the mismatched throw pillows trend. A wild mix like this one is wonderful.

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This huge chalkboard with the architectural black frame was amazing. Whimsical and sophisticated all at the same time. It was a little big to fit in the car with all our road trip gear, so I bought this fabulous orange Moroccan patterned mug instead:

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I’m almost positive that my coffee tastes better in it.

Outside the shop, there were some other fun Design Finds:

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Building numbers in tile.

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A dismantled radiator becomes railing supports.

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Orange Panton chairs brighten up an outdoor restaurant patio.

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And then there’s this crazy thing – the giant Sunsphere, built here for the 1982 World’s Fair. The sphere itself  is 75 feet across, but unfortunately it was closed when we were there, so we didn’t get to go up into it. I was dying to look out through the gold glass -it’s layered in 24 karat gold dust! The world must look pretty glam from there.

 

Let’s Go Visiting Again

Remember Connie and her amazing Christmas collection? It turns out that she also collects hand painted Easter eggs during her world travels and she invited us back to see them. Each one is a tiny work of art.

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Krakow, Poland

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These eggs in the bunny holders are actually real eggs! Connie found these beauties in Prague.

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These tin eggs are from Vienna, Austria.

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Thailand

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This cast iron egg stand is from England, where it was intended for everyday use – eggs are often not refrigerated there. The eggs are from Poland.

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Thanks Connie!

Design House

Last week I did a quick run up to the Lucketts Store for their Design House and outdoor flea market. This isn’t the big Spring Market (which is in May), but was a lot of fun. I saw many lovely things!

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I really love vintage doors and have my eye out for some for my bedroom to decorate the very big empty wall behind my bed. The ones I saw were way too tall, but I loved them anyway!

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These drawers also both caught my attention, but I wasn’t sure what I could keep in such shallow drawers. Ideas?

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There were some neat lighting ideas:

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And bunnies and birds:

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And chairs:

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You might recognize the above chairs here also!

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And random fun:

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It was a quick visit, so I didn’t buy much, but I did find this wall basket and painted cast iron hook to hang it with for my youngest daughter’s room. She likes to keep birthday cards and notes from friends and relatives, so I was thinking this would be a pretty storage solution.

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FYI – I have not forgotten that I promised to tell you about Design Finds from my trip to Charlottesville! Look for those soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Market Sunday Fun

Before we begin, I just wanted to let you know that I tracked down the maker of those cool modern birdhouses featured in yesterday’s post. A link to their Etsy store is now at the bottom of that post.

Now let me tell you about all the fun I had and the Design Finds I spotted at Eastern Market in Washington DC this weekend! This is one of our favorite places to take the kids on a Sunday morning. There’s so much to see, and something for everyone – our whole family loves it. This is only a small fraction of it – I was having so much fun, I didn’t take as many pictures as I could have.

I saw two booths of beautiful handmade cutting boards. They were all lovely and make great gifts – especially for Mother’s Day (or a housewarming, or a wedding, or a birthday…)

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There was also furniture, including tables from reclaimed wood and even a headboard made from the facade of an old barn.

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There was also lots of home decor:

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Maps and posters:

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Random fun and funky stuff:

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And of course food:

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There was also tons of jewelry (both costume and artisan made) and art and photography and leather goods and scarves – so very many scarves! And of course, the interesting neighborhoods to Capitol Hill to wander around:

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Definitely worth a visit!

 

Time to Flea

It’s April – get outdoors and find a flea market this weekend! Wandering around an outdoor flea with a hot cup of coffee in my hand is my favorite weekend activity. Listed below are a few going on in the Washington DC area. If you don’t live nearby, find one near you. Wherever you live, I would love to know which flea market you visited and what you found! Comment below or send me a note from the Contact page. Happy hunting!

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Eastern Market Flea, Washington DC, Sunday 10AM-5PM (www.easternmarket.net)

District Flea, Washington DC, Saturday 10AM-5PM (www.districtflea.com)

Georgetown Flea, Washington DC, Sunday 8AM-4PM (www.georgetownfleamarket.com)

Lucketts Store Design House and Outdoor Flea, Leesburg, Virginia, Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM (www.luckettstore.com)

Chartreuse and Co. Market Days, Frederick, Maryland, Saturday 9AM-4PM, Sunday Noon-4PM (www.chartreuseandco.com)

I’ve posted the times, but show up early for the best pickings! Also remember to bring cash or a checkbook – a lot of dealers take credit cards now, but not all of them.

Spotted: A Touch of Luxury

I’m loving these fluffy Mongolian lamb throw pillows I spotted last week. They add a luxurious touch to the living room or to the bedroom and they look just as good in a modern interior as they do in a traditional one. They also pair well with just about everything – they look great mixed with beaded pillows, hide pillows, patterned or plain pillows – or even on their own. Just one goes a long way!

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Sources:

Pillows in Pictures 1-4: Arhaus

Pillows in Pictures 5-7: West Elm

Enough is Enough

I love winter. I enjoy it. This winter has been really cold and really snowy and LONG. I didn’t mind it at all until about a week ago when we got a peek at springtime and then it snowed the next day. That was just too much. My kids have had eleven snow days off from school. Eleven! I’ve never seen anything like it – especially south of the Mason-Dixon line. All the roads are full of potholes and I have no idea when I’ll see a daffodil or a cherry blossom.

So I’m declaring it spring whether winter likes it or not. In little ways, at least.

Maybe if I add some spring color to the house, spring will come.

So out goes the cozy grey winter bedding…

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…and in comes this great new tangerine quilt. It was a bargain, too, which makes me love it even more. It’s made by Tommy Bahama and I found it at Home Goods for $60. I’m going to pair it with bright white sheets and some throw pillows that I have yet to find!

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I was inspired to go with this color after seeing these vases at West Elm last week. (I would have bought them but there’s nowhere in my bedroom to put a vase!)

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Maybe Mother Nature will see what I’m up to and follow suit!

A Little More Road Trip

As I mentioned yesterday, Culpeper Virginia had many lovely shops, but it also had two other things I love – a good old fashioned hardware store and a cozy independent coffee shop.

Clarke Hardware was packed from floor to ceiling with hardware, housewares, and gardening supplies. It reminded me of the hardware stores I visited with my dad as a kid – it even smelled the same.

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We bought an apple peeler/corer/slicer to replace the one we broke last fall. Every fall we go apple picking with the kids and make homemade applesauce, some of which we freeze to use at Thanksgiving. Last year we waited too long and there were no apples left to pick and the orchard was closed. So the kids “picked” them at Eastern Market in downtown Washington DC. And then I broke the peeler/corer/slicer by tightening it too much on our new marble countertop. At first I thought the noise was the countertop cracking! So last year was a little bit of a disaster. Hopefully this year will be better with our new vacuum base peeler!

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Next to the hardware store was Raven’s Nest Coffee House. It had a lovely interior with wood floors, exposed brick walls, and a beautiful reclaimed wood coffee bar.

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It also had good coffee!

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I loved these vintage mailboxes on the wall. I noticed they had papers in them and thought for a moment that they were actually still in use. I love the idea of having a mailbox inside a small town coffee shop! Then I walked around the wall and discovered it was actually being used for brochures and event notices.

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And speaking of mail, I also spotted this wonderful old mail sorting desk across the street at a combination vintage furniture/candy shop called My Secret Stash (which also had really fun candy including chocolate covered malt balls in amazing flavors like mint and pumpkin). Based on the city names, I think it may have come from New Jersey.

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Next stop, Charlottesville!