Can I Live Here? {Lucketts Design House}

It must be inherited, this curious need to check out all the doors to see if they’re locked. I get it from my father, for sure. He’s known to check out all angles, see where everything leads, and get right in there. So when I went to the Old Lucketts Store this past summer and saw another building with the possibility of having lovely treasures, I fought to get in. I tried a few different doors, walked around the outside and was finally caught by one of their lovely designers and told that it wouldn’t be open until the next weekend. Woops. I just wanted a sneak peek! I wish I could tell you I went right back the next weekend, but I didn’t. I actually hadn’t gotten a chance to head back until this past weekend. But man, was it worth it. I loved every minute of it.

The Old Lucketts Store is a large, green building right off the main drag. It’s broken into many rooms, full of glorious finds of all kinds. My mother is still looking for a beautiful entryway piece, with very specific dimensions and expectations. We found this little lady in one of the larger rooms in the store.

Isn't she fantastic? I'd characterize her as an antique archival table. The top and sides are all glass. The front pops down to put something into the top shelf for viewing. The other two doors open like a cabinet.

Isn’t she fantastic? I’d characterize her as an antique archival viewing cabinet. The top and sides are all glass. The front pops down to put something into the top shelf for viewing. The other two doors open like a cabinet.

I mean, even the BACK of the piece is glass. It might be a hassle to keep clean and polished, but dang is she pretty. She is the right size for the space and because she’s mostly glass, she doesn’t take away from any visual perspective into the rest of the home. Plus, the brass accents go great with many of their other furniture pieces they already have, so perfect match. So I’m sad to say, we left her behind. I’m hoping she’s still there, just waiting for our next trip, during which we will whisk her away to her new home.

There is the Bee Keeper’s Cottage right next door, which is perfect for indulging in sparkly, fanciful wares and furniture.  I found many a bejeweled owl to take home, but I just couldn’t bring another one home. We need an owl break, which hurts me to the core, but I get it. At least I snapped a picture of some adorable owls.

All my little kindergarten girls would go crazy for these. I had to leave them behind, mostly because I'm awful at keeping track of hair ties and this is kind of expensive to lose on a regular basis.

All my little kindergarten girls would go crazy for these. I had to leave them behind, mostly because I’m awful at keeping track of hair ties and this is kind of expensive to lose on a regular basis.

 

There are also spectacular moments in the Beekeeper’s Cottage, like this one.

 

You have my heart, Audrey.

You have my heart, Audrey.

 

Now that I’ve rambled about what we saw in the buildings AROUND the design house, let’s get to the big ticket items. Not only did they chose an amazing color palette of blues, greens, and neutrals, the lush fabrics and patterns were amazing to see. There were many things to see, but here are a few of my favorites from the weekend.

What a great vignette. I love the clock with the drawers (which extended across the room's wall). I also adore the tables and the mannequin.

What a great vignette. I love the clock with the drawers (which extended across the room’s wall). I also adore the tables and the mannequin.

 

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The banded mirrors, which are not totally my taste, still looked awesome as a group. I have a slight obsession with lanterns and this one was aged red (so cool!). Plus, who doesn’t need a few super-sized keys?

 

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I couldn’t help it. A huge, greenish-grayish owl? Immediately in love.

 

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A future pinterest project? This was a great idea. Aged pages cut to resemble feathers. Seems like something you could make on your own?

 

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This side table is just perfect. The lamp shade drives me a bit batty for being crooked, but the lamp of sea urchins and the linen curtains are fantastic. Can I get to the beach now?

 

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A little hipster mustache never hurt anyone.

 

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This was another “almost” for my parent’s house. They’ve been looking for a new entryway light and we were immediately drawn to this little guy. We were just worried about how sparkly it was, whether it would match their other light fixtures, and if it would be big enough to fill the space. Sadly, this one had to stay there.

So, I’d call this a success. Though we didn’t take anything home with us this time around, I think the design house is going to be a monthly trip. If you’re anywhere near the DC/MD/VA area, check out Old Lucketts Store. I’m already getting excited for a big sale that doesn’t happen for months!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Treasure Hunting {I wish I was a picker}

Once a month, I head out with the hopes of finding some new interior inspiration or cheap finds to add to the house. And though I didn’t buy anything TODAY (I may head back tomorrow…), I did find some fun things to ooh and ahh over which I thought that I would share with you!

What a gorgeous vintage owl print. It looks like something from an antique book’s pages. But, it was a bit out of the budget at $55.

LOOK at that pillow. I mean, LOOK AT IT! It’s great. It was squishy and comfy for a bolster pillow, but it was also a bit too much money ($42). Come on though, wouldn’t it look awesome in our living room?

Another fantastic accessory! These two vases are so graphic and awesome, it’s hard not to take them home with me. But again, the price wasn’t there for me. The one on the left was $28 and the right $39 (not sure why there was the price difference).

Now he’s just adorable. This may be one of those things that I go back for tomorrow. He was just jumping out at me from his small spot on a shelf.

These were BIG floor pillows in black and white. I’d love to have them, to just toss them around on the floor, but…they were about $69 a piece. Yikes!

Now, some of those things above may have to eventually find their way into my house. Or at least I will take the idea and try to make my own version (huge floor pillows? printed vase? hmmm…). I’ll do whatever it takes. But there were some things at the sale that were, for sure, way out of the budget. These are the splurges that were too gorgeous to NOT take a picture of, but did not (and will not) come home with me.

This sucker was about $300, but wouldn’t it look AWESOME on a wall in the family room?

Entrez et buvez un Coca Cola. So beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of old Coke memorabilia but never a French sign. Too, too cool. And too, too expensive ($289).

So it was a fun morning searching for inspiration. And it may have to happen again tomorrow. I just love searching for new/old things to add to the home. What do you think? Is $300 reasonable for that Coke sign? I think so!

 

XOXO,

Ashley