Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rose Bowl Flea Market Finds

i would first like to say thank you to everyone for leaving me such wonderful comments on my French daybed.
i'm so excited about all my new friendships in blogland!

i thought i'd take some pictures of my other finds at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and share them with you!

With a price tag of $150 on an authentic French bottle drying rack, i couldn't resist. Look at the patina on it... gorgeous!

My Mom bought me this beautiful French basket for Mother's Day. i also bought her a treasure she found at the flea market.

i hope the Rose Bowl Flea Market happens again on Mother's Day because we all agreed we would do it again. : )

i thought this cute linen ruffle bag was just my style.

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend and found some great treasures!

until next time,


I'm linking with..
A Beach Cottage- Good Life
French Country Cottage- Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

French Daybed







i found this beauty at the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Mother's Day.
The ruffle duvet and pillows are from Urban Outfitters. i was lucky to pop into the store one day and find them 50% off.
A couple weeks ago i went to the May Madness sale at the Music Academy of the West and was thrilled when i found a pile of vintage white lace pillows. They are now a charming addition to my daybed!

Until next time,


I'm linking with..
Faded Charm- White Wednesday
A Beach Cottage- Good Life
Miss Mustard Seed- Furniture Feature Friday
Freckled Laundry- Air Your Laundry Friday
French Country Cottage- Feather Nest Friday

Monday, May 16, 2011

French Letters and a Lucky Follower

Hello Friends!
Happy Monday!

In a fast paced and instant communication world, these letters are more than just pretty looks for me. It's the feeling of it being a lost art. Now seeming to be an ancient way to communicate these letters are a symbol of more simple times.

Oh, but they are beautiful....

It's fun to fantasize about what they say! If you could find out would you want to know?

Last night me and my fiance had a little dinner party for Justine and Camille the French students staying with my Mother. They were more than kind to read the letters and translate them for us. The anticipation while they were reading the letters was intense. When they laughed, I laughed with excitement. I couldn't wait to find out!

While I was hoping for a Romeo and Juliet letter I feel I got something equally exciting...
a baby announcement! The baby's arrival was 12-3-30.
There was also a letter from a bride to be asking her fiances parents to come a couple days before their wedding so she could meet them. His parents lived far far away.
A letter from a son to his father letting him know he received the book his father had sent and an important letter about how the towns baker died. The girls explained just how important a baker is to a small town in France.

My sister in law suggest that i find relatives to these letters and hand deliver them to their families. Could you imagine? What an adventure that would be.

And now for a lucky follower...
I put everybody's name on a piece of paper in a bowl and had my daughter pick one out. Thank you everybody who left me such wonderful comments!
Julie from The Painted Parlor is the lucky winner.
Julie please send me your address so I can get your package out to you this week.

Have a great week everybody!

until next time,


Friday, May 13, 2011

The Girls Room

Hello Friends!
I thought I would give you a peek of the girls room.

i love the old white chippy wood frame around the chalkboard. if you don't already know Katie from All Things Beautiful In Time i'm sure you will soon. She has the most amazing junk and is super talented at displaying it. Her sons are following in her foot steps and have started Brothers of Industry. Brother's of Industry made this chalkboard for my little girls room. i had the pleasure of seeing all of them today at the CALM Antique Show and brought home some of their goodies.

10 years ago i was given a Reed and Barton silver tea set. it's tarnished so beautifully! i usually use pieces from the tea set here and there to hold flowers.

Both girls have antique iron beds. i paid $200 total for both beds. One of them was found on craigslist and the other from a great friend who is an antique dealer.
The girls bedding is from Bed Bath and Beyond from the Vintage Chic collection.

The weekend has finally arrived! I hope you all have the best weekend!
Happy treasure hunting!

until next time,


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Newly Painted Dresser

Hello Friends!

First of all i would like to say thank you to all my followers!
it means a lot to me to have you here!
All your kind words are greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

(here is the dresser before)

This is one of those moments where your so excited to paint you forget to take a picture before you start.
Oh well, just imagine it dark brown.
This dresser has been passed down from my fiances side of the family.
it's neat to have a piece of furniture that's been in his family for so long in our home.
i just hope they don't care i painted it white.

This was a very simple and quick job.
i sprayed it with Kiltz primer and then just brushed on one coat of paint.
it looked so pretty i didn't want to distress it.... what's wrong with me?
i usually distress every piece I paint.
Maybe i'll get the urge to get crazy with the sand paper later.
i bought a couple of different knobs before liking these ones from Anthropologie.

On top of my dresser i have vintage French basket,
two French glass jars (the small one is a new addition from Dreamy Whites),
a French book, a vintage glass lamp and two balusters.
The lamp shade is a white linen from Pottery Barn.

My walls are so bare because we just moved in.
We are still figuring out where everything is going.
it will probably be a month or two before we hang anything.
i keep moving things around.

To show my appreciation to my followers i have decided to give a pair of my balusters away,
just like the pair of shown on my dresser.
To be entered all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post.
The giveaway will close Sunday night and a winner will be announced on Monday.

For the first time i'll be linking up with White Wednesday over at Faded Charm and
again at Furniture Friday with Miss Mustard Seed.

Have a great week!

until next time,


UPDATE* I'm sorry yesterdays comments were wiped out by blogger maintenance issues. You'll have to leave another comment if you would like to have a chance to win the balusters.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day and Finds at the Remnants of the Past Show

Hello Friends!

I hope everybody had a wonderful Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day from our family to yours!

What a beautiful day to reflect on all things we appreciate about our Moms and for our children to show us their appreciation.

it melts your heart doesn't it?

(preschool Mother's Day poem)

Sometimes you get discouraged
because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
on furniture and walls.

But every day I'm growing...
I'll be grown up someday
And all those tiny handprints
will surely fade away.

So here's a final handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small

Being a Mother is sometimes the most difficult thing there is,
but most rewarding!

Ok, so, i feel i was super lucky to have taken home this super awesome farm table. i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it. i've been looking for the perfect sewing table.

i love everything about it!

i also picked up this grain sack from Euro Linens.
it was in great condition. Really pretty!

i was thinking about making a table runner out of it or i might just add it to my collection of grain sacks.

i thought this necklace was cool. My sweet fiance bought it for me as an early Mother's Day gift. i've been wearing it everyday! (thanks honey!)

The zinc pitcher is from Dreamy Whites online shop.

As soon as you open the door to pick up your package off the doorstep you can smell the lavender aroma. it smells so good! Everything Maria from Dreamy Whites does is so beautiful. From the first time i discovered Maria's blog my favorite thing was her zinc French pitcher. Now i'm a proud owner of my very own. Thank you Maria!

i'll be back this Friday to link up with Miss Mustard Seed.
Furniture Feature Fridays

Goodnight and have a wonderful Monday everybody!

until next time,


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Old Blue Door

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. We are still experiencing beautiful beach weather here in Santa Barbara.

i wanted to share with you one of the items i brought home from the Remnants of the Past show. You couldn't help but notice the door right when you walked into the show. it was draped in flowers and looked so pretty!

i love the color, the old key hole and of course the crackled paint.

i added an Anthropologie door knob to the door that I already had laying around just waiting to be used.

i'll be back later this week to show you the rest of what i picked up at the show.

until next time,


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Remnants of the Past

Hello Friends!

I hope everybody experienced gorgeous weather this weekend. We were spoiled here in Santa Barbara with beautiful beach weather.

it made for a lovely day to have an antique show. The setting was phenomenal with the old barn and rolling mountains in the background. Many talented antique dealers gathered to sell their treasures. i knew before we got there i would be so overwhelmed that i'd forget to take pictures so i asked my fiance to please take photos for me. i think he did a great job (thanks honey)!!

it would have been great if we could have captured every booth to share with you, they were all so lovely! i did take a couple of treasures home and as soon as i photograph them i'll share them with you.

Have a great Monday everybody!

until next time,