Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hey Nashville! Twice is Nice...


...is the Junior League of Nashville's enormous Rummage Sale and it is this Friday and Saturday...you will have to check it out!

Take care,
Caroline


I am dreaming of...

via Lonny

...a closet like this in our home re-building plans!  

It is a wonderful balance between being too organized and too messy-- looks like a perfectly lived-in closet to me!

Also there are some great tips for restoring vintage pieces... included in the image...great advice!

Happy Thursday!
Caroline

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tomorrow...



...picking up this large vintage metal bamboo-style mirror tomorrow!!  I am not going to paint it- I think it will be perfect as-is!

Happy Wednesday
Caroline


**Update** Just picked it up and put it in the little store at Gas Lamp...




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Check it out...


...Heather over at My Many Moment's is featuring my blog on Wednesday...the picture above is a hint...you will have to check it out!

Take care,
Caroline

Just ordered...

52"H Wall Clock,
Distressed Wood Finish

$145.00

...this clock...hopefully it will be in the store in a few weeks with several more items I ordered.

...this gorgeous wooden chandelier sold over the weekend...


I hope to bring in a beautiful shell mirror this week- in replacement of the vintage faux bamboo mirror that sold...
and am waiting on some more pillows to come very soon as a few more sold over the weekend!



Oh, I will be carrying a line of drum lampshades (like the pendent hanging lamp above)...such a quick and easy way to update a lamp is with a drum shade-- they should be in the store this week!

Quick post this morning as I just got back in town from my trip to DC-- so much to catch up on!

Happy Tuesday!

Caroline




Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday...


On Sunday, I participated in the 5th annual National Epilepsy Walk put on by the Epilepsy Foundation of America in Washington, DC.  


...I don't think I have shared this, but I work part-time for the Epilepsy Foundation here in Nashville as their education coordinator-- meaning, I go into schools and organizations and educate teachers/employers/people about epilepsy so they can be more knowledgeable and accepting of this very common medical condition!



I went to the walk with and in support of a friend with epilepsy and we had such an inspiring time! 


 It is so amazing to see how far the treatment for epilepsy has grown over the past 20 years and what can be developed over the next 20 years- if the researchers continue to receive funding and those who have epilepsy continue to receive our support, acceptance and encouragement!

...back to the store later today...just wanted to share my weekend happenings!

Take care,

Caroline






Friday, March 25, 2011

Hey Nashville! Clearing House Consignments


...off of Page Rd in Belle Meade (click here for their website)...is always one of my favorite places to stop!  And I was just in there the other day and they are packed with goodies!


...now their prices are good for buying for your own home...and beat many antique shops so it is a great place to find some nice pieces for yourself!


...do you see the bamboo mirror peaking out behind the smaller mirror??  It is huge and absolutely perfect...it is around $300.00....but for the size and if you really want it-- not bad.  They also have an amazing selection of gilt mirrors too!

...speaking of bamboo...


...this bamboo mirror sold yesterday...so there is a big hole there now!  But I did add...




...the pillows!

Happy weekend!

Caroline


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just arrived...

Applique Pillow
14" x 20" with a Down Insert
100% Linen
$65.00

My new shipment of pillows just came in...the 1st two are new for the little store and the last 2 are re-orders since they were very well received!  Hope to put them in today!


Fabulous Floral Blue Pillow
18" x 18" with a Down Insert
100% Linen 
$65.00


...all of the blue pillows match each other well...

Gorgeous Graphic Blue Pillow
22" x 22" w/ a Down Insert
Cotton/Jute
$75.00



Fabulous Floral Blue Pillow
18" x 18" with a Down Insert
100% Linen 
$65.00


Have a wonderful Thursday!

Take care,
Caroline


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dresser mirrors...


I instantly remembered the mirrors in this image above from Lonny....when I saw...


...these dresser mirrors yesterday while I was out and about...


...a little paint...and a pair of these mirrors could look great in a room!

Happy Wednesday!

Caroline


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shells...

DecorPadThe clamshell looks perfect on the entry table!

...love the use of shells in decor-- gives such a relaxed feeling to any decor!  I have large and medium-sized clamshell molds in my little store...





...so I just wanted to show how some have used these shells!   In the 1st decor image...it looks wonderful on an entry table!

Cote de Texas

In the above...the large clamshell is used perfectly as a towel holder!

...and always...

Anna Spiro does a beautiful and fun job using shells and of course color!

Happy Tuesday!
Caroline


Monday, March 21, 2011

My little Gas Lamp Online Magazine interview...

Booth # B112 A Flair For Vintage Decor

above photo courtesy of
JASON REUSCH PHOTOGRAPHY


Q: IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY RIGHT NOW?


A: I would drive down to Palm Beach, Florida in a huge truck and buy up tons of vintage pieces! Such as: faux bamboo Chippendale chairs, Hollywood Regency mirrors, vintage fretwork furniture, Asian-inspired tables, and a little French provincial mixed in there!



Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?
A: Anything of meaning to my family, such as the antique iron bed that I used growing up (and have in a guest room now), which was my grandmother\'s. In addition, there’s my other grandmother's sterling silver flatware, which I inherited. Those items to me are the most gorgeous pieces because they mean so much to me!
Q: WHAT SELLS THE BEST IN YOUR BOOTH?
A: My vintage furniture pieces that have been re-finished, my small vintage finds, and many of my new items, like the oyster shell votive holders, mirrors, and shell trays.


Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER HAD, OR EVEN A COMPELLING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT AN ANTIQUE YOU DON’T OWN?
A: My breakfast room table and chairs (that I still use and look great) were actually vintage finds by my mother when I was moving into my first apartment around 10 years ago. She sanded and painted them a clean white and re-upholstered the chairs – and even after 5 moves and 10 years they still look great and have stood the test of time from a style standpoint too! Remembering her doing this for me, and seeing how I have loved those pieces over the years, was the main reason for starting my business with re-finishing vintage pieces in this way.


Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?
A: I love the “nod” to the 1960s and ‘70s that is being mixed into today\'s decor. I think this trend is freshening up some interiors and making them not as serious. This is one reason I like the vintage faux bamboo mirrors and pieces of furniture (especially when painted). They give a feeling of Palm Beach in the 1960s and ‘70s – a little of that in every room just freshens the space up!


Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION? IS THERE A GENRE OF ANTIQUES OR COLLECTIBLES YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?
A: Faux bamboo, Asian-inspired, French Provincial and Hollywood Regency from the 1960s and '70s are what I love to collect!


Q: WHAT ERA OR SORT OF ANTIQUES DO YOU NOT LIKE? WHY?
A: I am a huge believer in buying things that you like and using items that mean a lot to you (like items that you have inherited), and making them all work together in a home. The most important factor is that the piece means something to you – either you love it when you see it, or you love it because it has belonged to your family.


Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?
A: If you love it, it is a good investment. Don't buy it just because it is an antique, or just because you think it is valuable (but really aren't enamored by it), or just because someone says you should like it. Buy a piece because you want it and love it; your feelings about the piece are what means the most!


Q: HAVE YOU EVER REPURPOSED OR “UP-CYCLED” AN ANTIQUE ITEM, OR USED AN ITEM IN A FRESH WAY?
A: All the time!!! I buy vintage pieces that need to be re-finished (and are not considered "antique"), and I have them professionally re-finished in a semi-gloss white or professionally re-upholstered (in the case of a chair). I don't distress or use faux finishes, as I usually buy the piece of furniture because it has great lines; I feel that a clean, white finish makes the lines of the piece pop and also updates it for today's decor. You can also mix it in with many other styles and colors of furniture, since a clean white look goes with almost anything!


Gas Lamp published this a few weeks back in their weekly


online magazine...I added the new little store pictures to it this

morning...just for this post!
Happy Monday!
Caroline

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring!





...just wanted to show a few pics of the little store since adding some new items and re-arranging it this weekend!

Happy 1st day of Spring!

Take care,
Caroline


Some new things!


...yesterday, I added many new items to the little store...here is one vignette of some of the new things!


Happy Sunday!

Caroline


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Caught my eye...


...I just loved this quote from the April issue of House Beautiful!

Happy Wednesday!

Caroline


Monday, March 14, 2011

So...

...on Friday I was on my way to Mt. Juliet to "re-find" these vintage wicker bar stools above-- which I saw a few weeks back when I was out and about trying to find some new vintage finds...and after I left I could not stop thinking about them for my bar area-- have them cleaned up, painted and re-upholstered and they will be unique and perfect!!

...so I thought I had remembered that they were in a city outside Nashville called Mt. Juliet-- but I was wrong...however, I found some great new vintage shops in Mt. Juliet that I will definitely frequent a lot...because I found...


this table!!

...can't wait to clean it up!  Also, now I know where those wicker bar stools are-- so hopefully I will snag them this week!

Happy Monday!

Caroline



Friday, March 11, 2011

Gas Lamp Open House this Saturday!

Vintage Lamps with grassy green shades, $75.00 each/ B106
...so Gas Lamp's Anniversary Open House is this Saturday...and most dealers will have some kind of sale going on in their space...as I will too...and will have everything over $25.00 at 20% off just for Saturday.

I wanted to showcase a few great items that I saw quickly walking around yesterday...like the above vintage lamps with the grassy green shades!

...this is the space that my booth used to be before I moved to my new space in February...the dealer who has many booths on this hallway has taken my old space...and has some wonderful items!!  Especially, those gorgeous white mirrors!  

...and of course...
...the collaboration booth that Jason Parker Counce puts together in the front of the store is always full of fabulous items...this month's theme is a garden one!

...and I spied this...
pillow in Jason's own booth...B309!

so...
please stop by this Saturday!







Happy Friday!

Caroline