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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A great read!

....Coco and Kelly's creator....Cassandra LaValle is an inspiring designer, blogger and event planner...I loved this piece that she did in Canadian House & Home about decorating...the mixing of new and old, fresh white on vintage pieces, pops of color and updated patterns...and not taking design too seriously (you need some fun in there!)...are my cliffs notes!  See more below....

Photography: Miguel Flores-Vianna
Room design: India Hicks

New Plantation Style Vignette

Update antiques with white paint and classic patterned prints.
"Taking traditional pieces and giving them a clean, modern style is really what this generation of design is all about, and this vignette expresses that melding of old and new perfectly," explains Cassandra. "I remember the first time I saw this space. I was incredibly inspired by the mix of fresh white against the gilded chair frame, the popular David Hicks pattern on an antique chair and clean modern art paired with the painted console."

Photography: Paul Costello
Room design: Sara Ruffin Costello
Aqua Coloured Living Room
A playful paint shade relaxes luxe traditional details like the chandelier and marble fireplace mantel.
"There are certain rooms that have an impact on you as a designer," says Cassandra. "This one played a huge role in teaching me to embrace colour and pattern, while gaining a true appreciation for a space that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a perfect example of how a somewhat formal style can still be fun! I especially love the flea-market feel, where the more you look, the more you discover little details and treasures," she adds.

...full article here!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Sold: Vintage "Bamboo- Style" Tray Table

...this one has to go down as one of my favorite tray table finds!!

It was at the Franklin Antique Mall, but has now found a new home...

Take care,



...Loved these vintage Reader's Digest Condensed Books from the 1950's and 60's...that I found this weekend...they have such colorful covers...and some wonderful classics inside!

Just thought they added a colorful touch!

Happy Monday!

Take care,


Friday, August 27, 2010

Can't wait until they arrive...

...all the ikat fabric shown will be made into pillows!

...some are already in pillow form!

...looking forward to when they arrive!!

Happy Friday!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

New things!

Oh, love these bags!  

On the bottom shelf at Gas Lamp, are the medium size tote and large "duffle bag" in an orange and brown dot this dot pattern!  

...just so well made...and such a fun way to add great color and pattern to your life!

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A little rearranging.... the past several days...small items have been popular!  So I have re-arranged the booths a little and have added a few more small items here and there! the brass vase with the greek key design!

...these vintage ceramic bamboo-style napkin rings are one of my favorite finds! the SPRIG candles by Nest fragrances!

....just a larger view of the Franklin Antique Mall booth...

...yes, that is me in my tennis outfit in the mirror at the Gas Lamp booth...I usually do a good job of keeping myself out of the pictures...but not here:)

...view of the vintage faux bamboo cabinet...I put some new items inside! this owl figurine!

...very excited about the 2 1/2 weeks that my "new" little stores have been going!  It is so sweet to hear what shoppers and friends are saying....makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile!

...keep checking back to see what is coming next!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Love these...

How cute!!  

This could be my desk...the chair too!

Loved perusing the RoomService online store this morning!  Very inspiring!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, August 23, 2010

What I found....

Isn't this Estate Horse Statue so sophisticated?  This piece is located in a wonderful booth in the Franklin Antique Mall!  

As you can see with my blog and booths, I love to go with a clean, white semi-gloss look with my re-furbished vintage furniture to make the pieces feel fresh and up to date! booth at Gas Lamp Antiques...

But I think it is very important to add truly aged pieces like the Estate Horse Statue or the Vintage Elephant Stand (see below)....into the whole decor scheme!

....a vintage ceramic elephant plant stand/side table in my Franklin and Gas Lamp Booths....

The Estate Horse Statue would add some muted tones to colorful pillows/fabrics and would give that authentically aged feeling, which is a wonderful contrast to cleanly painted vintage furniture.  When you mix and match decor styles you can achieve a very charming, collected and layered feel.

The Estate Horse Statue would also look great in the popular "Belgian" look that you can find in many magazines, design blogs...and especially now in Restoration Hardware!

....and any type of horse such a sophisticated touch!

Oh, this picture did not turn out well!!   But these Foo Dogs are located at another great booth at the Franklin Antique Mall.

I love, love, love small Asian-inpsired touches to any decor look!  Foo dogs are great to incorporate as book-ends (as they are here), as a lamp or as a little figurine on a table.  

I really love these book-ends since they inject a nice color...a fun turquoise that is not too bright and not too they would work well with many different color schemes!

I also love having an Asian-inspired "find" dotted in a room here and especially gives traditional decor a nice updated twist without having to update everything!

The above Asian-inspired coffee table is on the Nashville Craigslist....for $145.00...a great price!

...another fun Asian-inspired touch is a bamboo piece (or in this case a metal bamboo-inspired tray table)...which is in my booth at the Franklin Antique Mall...for $130.00.

 The Estate Horse Statue and the Foo Dog Book Ends are in some wonderful booths at the Franklin Antique Mall in Franklin, Tennessee...and at very reasonable prices!



Friday, August 20, 2010

Sold: Red "Coral-Inspired" 4x6 Picture Frame ( 2 left)

Love this picture frame...such a fun "pop" of color in a great coral shape!  

Now 2 of these frames have sold at the Franklin Antique Mall...there are now 2 left (only at Gas Lamp)!

Happy Weekend!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love this!

Just love the look of this aged urn with shiny white & blue/green shells in it!



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Items: A Gorgeous New Mirror!

Large Gorgeous Metal Mirror: 

Adds the perfect touch to a foyer, living room or dining room! 

Can be seen at Gas Lamp Antiques.

Take care,


Monday, August 16, 2010

Sold: New Yellow Linen Scroll Work Pillow!

This gorgeous 100% linen yellow scroll work pillow (in the middle) with a down insert-- sold 
at the Franklin Antique Mall in August and its pair sold at Gas Lamp in September!

Take care,


Oyster shells and decor!

Loved this oyster shell fireplace from The Find...when I first saw it around a year ago.  Then at market in July I ran across...


...oyster shell votive holders!

I am loving this in home decor...adds such a natural and charming touch to a home!

I have several at both the Franklin Antique Mall and Gas Lamp Antiques.



Friday, August 13, 2010

Sold: Vintage Dresser!

...could not find a great picture of the re-finished vintage dresser, which is too bad as it had such great lines and came out so well! sold at Gas Lamp Antiques in August!

A little better view of the entire dresser...

The dresser has 2 vintage side tables that are from the same collection and have also been re-finished ...they are at the Franklin Antique Mall!

Take care,