New Year, New Post {Welcome to 2014}

Hey everyone! I hope that 2014 is treating you well! Thanksgiving and Christmas were lovely. We saw lots of family, got together with many friends, and had a wonderful time. I have big hopes for 2014 and what it might bring. … Continue reading

I Brake For Yard Sales {Book Review}

Hey all,

I was very fortunate to receive MANY design books for my birthday this year.

 

So many options, where do I start?

So many options, where do I start?

 

For those of you who know me, and my addiction to HGTV, you know that I squeal with delight every time I am able to catch Flea Market Flip. I dream of being on that show, scouring the flea market to find different items to flip and resell for a profit. What a dream.

Well, Flea Market Flip is hosted by the lovely Lara Spencer, a veteran flea marketer and home designer/TV personality. Her perky, funky style is apparent throughout the show. So when I found out that she had written a book chock full of tips and ideas, I decided that I must have it. And so, it brings me to her book, I Brake for Yard Sales (And Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster).

 

Don't you already love it? Just based on the colorful, happy cover? Where did she get that fabric...

Don’t you already love it? Just based on the colorful, happy cover? Where did she get that fabric…

 

She begins her book discussing how she got the thrifting, picking, and flea marketing bug. This, for sure, is a familial trait. Her mother was very into thrifting and now, Lara has made it her own family activity (sometimes bringing her kids for the fun). What a sweet anecdote to get the ball rolling.

Lara then begins to discuss the ways to define your style. She thinks that most styles fall into several categories and most importantly, find the things that make you happy in your styling. Embrace the whimsy, glamorous, or whatever else makes you happy! Don’t walk away from things that you will regret later (a BIG flea market lesson learned on many occasions).

 

I love the juxtaposition of her buying the sign and then showing how she actually used it in her own home.

I love the juxtaposition of her buying the sign and then showing how she actually used it in her own home.

 

Throughout her book, Lara provides GREAT tips and encouragement. She gives ideas for where to go, how to remake pieces and give them new life, and how much some projects have cost. I find that some of the insets are the most helpful, with lists about raw materials to explain patterns or descriptors to help you identify REAL quality pieces that may need some help (check for antique stamping!). She shares these tips and ideas while showing how she has decorated her homes with her own finds. Lara even shows some before and after shots, highlighting just how easy it is to breathe new life into a tired piece. Though, she also gives you great warnings for things to avoid (peeling veneer, etc). There was just so much in this book that I loved. In fact, while reading, I couldn’t stop myself from Instagramming one of the most important pages!

 

1069297_653260059544_38578298_n

What a clever way to phrase the flea marketing essentials! Though I love picking, there are many times when I feel under prepared, rushed, or like I’m missing bits of the experience. This list is necessary. Don’t forget, cash is king in flea markets!

 

I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a great read. Overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s a wonderful resource to just pull inspiration from the colorful pages or remember a great resource for flea marketing. She even includes a list of places she frequents across the country (I smell a road trip in my future). For my fellow DIY-ers, HGTV enthusiasts, and bargain hunters: this book is for you!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Another Little Project {Cigar Box Goes Nautical}

I don’t know if you all saw it on my Instagram, or noticed it in the pictures from yesterday’s post about my office, but I’ve got a new little storage box to share! This guy was bound for the trash. I heard him about to be thrown away and stopped his impending demise. When asked what I was going to do with it, of course my response was, “Well I do have a lot of shells to use…”

 

And so I did.

First: the supplies. I collected many capiz shells and had them stored in one of my many mason jars. Then I got one special shell (with an imprint of a starfish) and  my glue gun.

First: the supplies. I collected many capiz shells and had them stored in one of my many mason jars. Then I got one special shell (with an imprint of a starfish) and my glue gun.

 

I covered the top in shells, progressively adding and making sure there weren't any holes. This required several layers.

I covered the top in shells, progressively adding and making sure there weren’t any holes. This required several layers. And yes, this does look a bit junky right now. Just be patient with me, okay?

 

Just a little side view. My original plan was to cover the whole thing in capiz shells. I didn't really think I'd like the finished product that way, so I grabbed some of my left over beige craft paint.

Just a little side view. My original plan was to cover the whole thing in capiz shells. I didn’t really think I’d like the finished product that way, so I grabbed some of my left over beige craft paint. This way, it was a bit “top heavy” and I wouldn’t have to worry about the tricky sides.

 

I made sure to carefully paint around the gold hardware (it was just too cute to cover with beige). I even covered under the edges.

I made sure to carefully paint around the gold hardware (it was just too cute to cover with beige). I even covered under the edges of the shells so that the original wood color wasn’t showing ANYWHERE.

 

I also gave the inside of the box a good painting. It still smells of cigars, but hey, that gives it some charm, right?

I also gave the inside of the box a good painting. It still smells of cigars, but hey, that gives it some charm, right? Don’t you just love the office wall paint under my cuticles? I see a manicure in my future…

 

And for your viewing pleasure, a few detail shots.

And for your viewing pleasure, a few detail shots.

 

It’s currently acting as my “change box” where I throw all those extra coins I just don’t want to carry around. From afar, you could barely tell that it was on my desk.

 

deskpic

This project cost me….drum roll please…. $0. I had every supply already so I didn’t need to purchase a thing. Gotta love those little crafts that keep your wallet intact.

 

XOXO,
Ashley

The Amazingly Large Flea {Lucketts 2013}

Hey all,

A few weeks ago, I was so jazzed to attend the yearly flea market at Old Lucketts Store. The flea is huge, multi-day, and well worth the wait. There were over 200 vendors with many goodies to take home. I’m still regretting passing on a few things, but I snapped a lot of pictures of some great things that I hope made someones home really happy. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into what took up an entire weekend (but was totally worth it).

DSCN1518

I can’t decide which is more awesome, that the turtle shell is actually a lamp or the pile of massive shells.

 

DSCN1519

I would totally toss out our kitchen fan to replace it with a fixture like this. I wish I could have seen it lit! The shell-like glass, the circles, I was in love.

 

DSCN1523

I’m not sure if that was a paint treatment, or the way the antique lockers had aged, but either way they’re awesome. Way too expensive to take home, but awesome to look at for sure.

 

DSCN1524

This is a pretty typical piece of furniture that I’ve seen out from time to time. What is not so typical, and what caught my eye, is the paint job/finish. My mother actually has this piece and has been trying to figure out how to update it and enjoy it in a new light. This could be perfect!

 

DSCN1533

It wasn’t that these pieces were special, but that color sure was. I love the bright blue of the high set of drawers and the little night stand. Those lamps on top aren’t so bad themselves!

 

DSCN1534

If only I had a place for this, or a purpose. The antiqued blue finish, and super cute shape, were just plain amazing. I really thought about this one but ended up walking away.

 

DSCN1535

AH! A midcentury china cabinet, be still my heart. I loved the glass doors, the hardware, and the paint treatment. You really can’t go wrong.

 

DSCN1538

These lantern votives not only were placed perfectly as a set, but they caught my eye for an extended period of time. I even picked up a few, carried them around, and regrettably put them back. The price tag was a bit steep, but just look at them!

 

DSCN1547

Sorry about the unfortunate yellow tint in this picture. It was beautifully finished, actually, with white. I may have drooled over this piece for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, it was already claimed with a “SOLD!” ticket. Bummer.

 

DSCN1549

Oh yes, I have several thousand dollars in cash to spend on a mirror. Well, obviously I don’t, but if I did, this would be mine. MINE I tell you.

 

DSCN1552

One: I love the color of this side table. Two: these cameras were stellar. There were so many antique cameras, I wanted to take them all home!

 

DSCN1553

Yes, let me please have all the nesting cameras. No seriously, give them to me.

 

DSCN1554

I was drawn to the bright blue letters immediately. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any letters I could use, so there they remained. Oh, and please let us enjoy the bright green stools. Just take those in for a moment.

 

DSCN1555

Ummm, did someone say “perfect for a beachy office”? I think they did.

 

Needless to say, it was a great day. I ended up with several white frames for the office (only a $1 a piece), a beautifully painted mail filer, and some glorious vintage fabric which will soon become some pillows. It was really a fun day. I loved window shopping, drooling over pieces, and seeing everything that the other flea marketers walked away with (which was a ton of stuff). The crew at Old Lucketts Store outdid themselves this time. It was a huge, successful, and well managed adventure. All their advice (shoes, parking, money) were spot on and very helpful. We got our money ahead of time to avoid ATM lines or shortages. We wore lots of layers to stay comfortably warm in the overcast, foreboding weather and shoes that held up in dusty AND muddy patches, all at once! We even brought snacks! We were totally prepared. Way to go us.

If you have a chance, you should definitely check our this flea. People from all over the country were there, the state license plates were amazing. It was the perfect people watching experience…which may have been the best part of the day. Anyways, it was a ton of fun. Can’t stop thinking about it!

XOXO,

Ashley