Market Days and Fleas {Rummaging through MD and VA}

Hey all!

Just a quick post because I really should be getting back to my list of “to-do’s” for this week. I had a GREAT day on Saturday, full of searching and finding some gorgeous pieces that I wish I had the space for. I left a lot behind but got a lot of interesting ideas and my wish list continues to grow. We started our day at Chartreuse’s Market Days (you can find more pictures and information here). There were many tempting wares to feast our eyes on!


My mom asked why I would consider buying a big boy like this. Answer? Because it would look AWESOME in my beachy office. I didn’t end up buying him this time around but I keep thinking about him.



I’m a sucker for typography. This would be great on our fence for the backyard. I love the colors, the rust, and the font.



I’m just now re-reading the price tag on these iron pieces. I am now regretting leaving them there. They would have been great, painted in a bright color to match one of our rooms or black and put onto the wall going up the stairwell. And a vintage, one-of-a-kind pair for $18? Man, kicking myself.



I was immediately drawn to this large glass jar. The beauty of the color as well as the unusual size was AMAZING.



My mother thought this might be a solution for her kitchen nook problems. She walked away without it, though I still think it’s photo worthy. I loved the glass doors.



Hello, vintage! This guy was in the “project barn.” He’d be a great addition to a shelf collage or a birthday gift for the music aficionado.



For what it is, it may have been a bit expensive ($29). But I absolutely adore the color and the storage. If this is there next time, I’m snatching it up. The problem is, what you see once may be gone by the next time. I really have to get better about just buying sometimes!



MMM. Green glass. The little bubbles and the different shapes were super charming. Not quite the right green for our bedroom, though.



Future project alert! My lovely friend reminded me that I could quite easily get this look done on my own. So look out for a future rope wrapping tutorial! And you know what is so great? Sometimes, the best things that come out of these trips are the ideas and inspirations, not just the goodies purchased.



I’m a sucker for a good owl pun. This vendor hand paints all her window and glass pieces. They’re just fantastic. She also had several nautical versions, which may need to come home with me.



I had no room for these but I just couldn’t help taking a picture. These would be GREAT for someone with a “man cave” or bar. I can just see them leaning behind a bar. It’s such a shame that someone painted over the original Old Export Beer ad.


But this was a busy weekend, full of not only Chartreuse and Co’s market days, but also The Old Lucketts Store’s Design House! Again, so many beautiful things, not enough space to put them in my house!



The coral was just too beautiful to not sneak a picture. I can only hope to get a few pieces for my office or really anywhere in the house.






There was a much larger collection outside of Old Lucketts Store but I really liked this part of the group. The manicured bushes and cement planters are so classically beautiful, I just wish I had a larger yard.



One- I love cubbies, especially ones with history. Two- the color of these cubbies is just divine. I need them. I must have them.



I have an obsession with mirrors; this is something I cannot deny. But this cluster is great for a few reasons. One- each mirror is a different shape. Two- the odd number is pleasing to the eye (no really!). Three- don’t they remind you of…driftwood?


I did end up taking home two small candlesticks, but otherwise I left empty handed. I am now regretting that decision! So many beautiful options. Thanks Chartreuse and Co and Old Lucketts Store! You made a great Saturday search day!





PS- What’s coming up next? A seashell wreath for our front door, rope wrapped home decor, and more framing projects. Stay tuned!


She Sells Seashells {Metallic Seashells}

Hey all!

We had a touch of spring weather this weekend and I took full advantage of the sunshine. Not only did we get Truman out for plenty of extra outside time (I type as he sleeps happily by my feet), I got out and about around town, refused to just lounge, and got almost everything completed on my to-do list. There’s always going to be a few things that carry over to next weekend, but I’m getting better at letting that be okay…or…well I’m trying at least.

Anyway, there’s a pin on my Pinterest DIY board that I’ve been thinking about for months and I finally took the initiative to get it done this weekend. I originally found the idea on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, and knew that I needed to do it myself. Shells are my thing. I love the ocean and I love being seaside. Every chance I get to visit the beach, I take full advantage. I’m fortunate to have grandparents who stay almost half the year in Florida on the Gulf side, so we always take an early morning trip to shell and find great sea surprises. This also means that I have a copious amount of shells and coral at my disposal, much to the chagrin of my family members who have stored them for me over the years. So I really needed to do something with them. We don’t have a nautical style in the house, but you know me and my love of anything glossy and shiny, why not make an awesome filler with the shells! I searched high and low for the best “metallic” spray paint and came upon Krylon Original Chrome spray paint in our local Michaels. It seemed like the best bet for a metallic finish, based mostly upon the descriptors on the can (“resembles metal plating,” “lustrous finish”). It is definitely at a premium price, almost $7 for a smaller can, but it did the trick. I placed all of my to-be-sprayed shells on a piece of cardboard and got to work.

Make sure that you give each shell enough space. Depending on the type of shell, the weight can vary tremendously. This means that when you're spraying the smaller clam shells, they tend to move and shift on the cardboard, so you don't want them to roll onto another shell and ruin the finish.

Make sure that you give each shell enough space. Depending on the type of shell, the weight of each can vary tremendously. This means that when you’re spraying the smaller clam shells, they tend to move and shift on the cardboard, so you don’t want them to roll onto another shell and ruin the finish.

And just in case you DON’T follow my Vine feed, I posted a lovely 6-second video to show you my spraying skills. It works out best for the finish to give each side at least two light coats. Make sure you’re covering all the little nooks (or in my case, barnacles). I did both coats on one side, gave them more than an hour to dry, then flipped them to do the opposite side of the shell. Now if I had any apothecary jars, it would be a no-brainer to display these lovely things in one. Because my glassware collection is lacking apothecary jars, I currently have my new metallic shell collection in a large glass bowl.

Look at them all together, happily resting in the bowl.

Look at them all together, happily resting in the bowl.



I love that they actually look like metal shells.



These are probably my favorites. I’m a sucker for awesome textures and the spray paint really made these shells pop.


So what do you think? Other than the time and effort collecting all these shells or the drying time between coats, it’s a simple project that you can complete within an afternoon. And since they’re beauties from the sea, the only real cost was the can of spray paint (which I still have plenty of…what to metallizes NOW!?).




Visiting IKEA {They Never Cease to Amaze}

I had the opportunity to run into our local IKEA for an hour during the week. And if that is an available option, I’m obviously going to take it! Especially since I haven’t been able to see all the amazing things they put into their new catalogue. So here are some of my favorite finds from my whirlwind trip…

I love the bold wall color. Wish I could put a color like this somewhere in our house! The rest of the room is meh; I just loved the peacock blue.


This guy’s color does not come through on the picture. He was a peacock-y blue and adorable. He was also “temporarily oversold” so other people must have loved him as much as I did. He’d make a great coffee table or awesome side table for someone going for a more industrial look!


Look at the little tufting on the back of this chair! Very stylish IKEA, way to go. Not to mention that this chair was super comfortable. Yes, I was one of those people that got onto the platform to test the chair.


I’ve decided that this is what our kitchen must look like. We’ll go dark, very contrasting counters, better metal pulls on our cabinets, and glass front doors on the uppers. I’ll take the light fixtures too, if they’re included!


This will be mine. I’ve got it on my wish list. She’s $49.99 but totally worth it. Three nicely sized shelves that are easy to get to, plus she’s on casters. Easy crafting storage that I can just wheel into the closet when giving a house tour. Done and done!


If you need a folding chair, promise me you’ll get this guy. He’s comfortable and adorable (especially for a folding chair). On top of all that, he comes in MANY colors, including high gloss/laquer colors.


Gorgeous, but at $49.99, too rich for my blood. Definitely worthwhile. It was very sturdy and glamorous in person, just not for our house (or wallets).


Overall, it was a quick, but awesome, trip. I ended up getting a few more frames for our constantly growing wall-o-art up the stairwell. IKEA has amazing frames that I adore (RIBBA style), so I just grab a few each time I go. Not only are they modern and simple, they come with a mat and are pretty affordable. I also picked up our holiday gift wrap, because IKEA shockingly has awesome wrapping options, and a lamp to put on top of our new piano. Did I mention we got a piano? That’ll have to be your tease for the next posting. Until then…










Weekday Treasure Hunting {Leesburg}

Hey all!

My job is pretty awesome. Not only do I get to work with the greatest kids, learning from them as they learn from me, I also get a very interesting schedule. My body has gotten very used to this schedule of breaks and holidays. It now knows right about the time I’m due for a holiday, so it completely shuts down. This requires several days of recovery, while off from school, before I can get to the fun things I plan for my breaks. And since last week, I’ve been out of school for a holiday. I’ll return to school next week, so I still have plenty to get done before then!

But because I was off, why not go treasure hunting during the week? I know that swaps, fleas, and barn sales are most popular on weekends, but some of the very cool stores are still open! Let’s get down to some of the awesome finds that were to be had in Leesburg, VA.

First, I stopped at the Leesburg outlets for some happy shopping. And by happy shopping, I mean updating my tired wardrobe. I think I wear the same five outfits. My friends have gotten used to the few dresses that I just throw on before going somewhere. It’s no joke. Other people think a dress means that you’re trying to get yourself together, but to me it’s a simple throw-it-on and you’re out the door option. And, in pure Ashley form, I ended up with another new dress. It’s jersey, simple, and I can just pull it on and go. Wahoo! Plus, I got two cute old navy cardigans. S thought it was true-to-form that I ended up with a dress and cardigans. Nothing really NEW, just a freshened up version of what I originally had. Oh well.

But a bonus for the Leesburg outlets? They have a Restoration Hardware furniture outlet. Now, RH is a BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL store. It, however, was never even a budget possibility for our house. Not to mention that sometimes the store comes off as those rooms that you never sit in because they’re too nice and just meant to be adored. They do, though, have some SUPER AWESOME things.

I’m a sucker for worldly styled objects…and mirrors. This guy was super expensive and about 10 feet tall. Who can fit this in their house?


I’ve drooled over these in the RH magazine for months. I have not, however, drooled over their price. This guy was about $300 on sale and probably a good 8 feet tall. Needless to say, he did not come home with me.


Other than $5 lamp shades, this was probably the best deal in RH’s outlet store. I’ve adored these types of chairs for YEARS. I’ve pinned them, searched for them on treasure hunting outings, but never been willing to spend the moolah on them. He was over $200 originally, marked to $96. Definitely tempting, but I couldn’t do that to my bank account.


So RH had some beautiful pieces, but not for our house. After finishing the happy shopping at the outlets, Stein Mart was the next stop. I’ve never gone to Stein Mart, so I didn’t really know what I was in for there, but it was worth the stop. Strangely, I only have one picture to show for the Stein Mart stop, but it’s definitely necessary.


Love the chevron shade and the color blue. Did not love that I had nowhere in the house to place this guy!


And on our way back, there were some great finds in a pink polka dotted silo.

There’s something to be said for a pink and black polka dotted silo in the middle of the country. And I think that thing to be said is “aaaaahhhh-dorable.”


Obligatory owl find! When I saw him, I had a feeling he had a different life before this store’s shelf. A quick study revealed he was an awful bronze that they sprayed!


This table almost came home for my grandmother. She’s been searching for the perfect eat in kitchen table and this really seemed like a winner. But the shape wasn’t what she was looking for and she was very iffy about it, so it stayed in the polka dot barn.


As exciting as the polka dot silo was, I left empty handed and headed on to the last stop. It was like a crazy pickers dream outside and a refined, staging decor store inside.

Outside barn/garage.


Another outside barn filled with goodies.


Be still my mid-century modern heart. I love you chair! But I couldn’t afford you.


Ah! Another one! But again, you were too rich for my blood.


These were VERY expensive, but very pretty. I could put them in several places in our house…if I bought them.


And another owl sighting. These were cute, dried gourds from Peru!


So other than the clothes, I really didn’t end up with anything for the house. BUT, it was a day well spent and thoroughly enjoyed. If you’re interested in checking out these places, click on the links below!





Pink Polka Dot Silo= On A Whim

Cool Garages and Barns and indoor design ideas= The Old Lucketts Store