Monday, May 30, 2011

The House of My Dreams

When I came home on Sunday, from the flea market, I saw a sign that made my heart skip a beat.  The sign, an Open House, at my dream home.  I was already running late, but I just had to stop.  This house, in Attleboro, is the former home of the Garner's, from the Leach and Garner jewelry factory family.  The realtor, Bob Houle, not only let me take pictures for this blog, but he gave me the grand tour.  I am so greatful for the opportunity to view the house.  It was a thrill beyond belief.  I've lived in Attleboro, most of my life, and this is the house, if I win the lottery, that I would love to own.  Actually, they are only asking $399,000 for the house, which is unbelievable.  It's a lot of house and land for the money. I want to move!!

This is the grand entrance.

Yes, there is a brass elevator in the foyer, for the three levels.  The top level, of course, is for the staff.

The house was built in 1912, and this is one of the original porcelain bathtubs.

Upstairs, the men would retire to the pool room.  The light fixture is the only thing left in the room.  It's stunning.

I felt like I was at a mansion in Newport.  This is the side porch.  I can only imagine the parties they had out there.

Only to have a butler's pantry.

Wouldn't a summer porch be wonderful on those hot nights.  This is one of two.

The grounds are impeccable.  The property even has it's own pond.

A view from the back of the house.

The two summer porches on the side of the house.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Finds at the Shop

Sue brought in this childs' desk yesterday.  The original green paint is fabulous.

The perfect accessory for any garden.

A vintage corner wicker hamper with many layers of white paint.  And underneath pink!

After bringing this dresser in, I decided that I just might keep it for myself.

Nancy brought in this great cottage drop leaf kitchen table with two hand painted chairs.

This metal wire carry all would be great for plants or to hold glasses for a garden party.

What a great bistro chair in Sue's booth.

Many times I can only find the tops of old birdcages.  But this would look great on an ironstone plate or a mirrored tray.

Jeanine brought in this old rusty tin.  You can still see the name on the front.  What a great planter that would make.

The original green color on this planter is wonderful.  A great piece for any porch.

I've been looking at this mirror that Jeannie brought in.  I just love it. 

Mary just brought in some great vintage cameras.  A few already sold today.

Martha has this beautiful dresser in her space.  I don't think it will be there long.

With yard sale and flea market season in full bloom, the shop girls are doing a fantastic job bringing in the most unique items for their booths.  I'm so proud of all of them. 

Friday, May 20, 2011


A fabulous shop, Shabby Fifi, has opened in Seekonk that you just have to visit.  If you love Shabby Chic, French Apartment, Cottage style, this shop is a must.  I stopped by there today, and took some great pictures.  If you're in the area, stop by and say hello to Yvonne and her sweet dogs.  Located at 642 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brimfield was ............

great!!  I went on Friday, with some friends from the shop.  It was sunny, hot, exciting and exhausting, all at the same time.  We didn't see Ralph Lauren or Martha Stewart, but it was great fun.  I took pictures of booths that were interesting and inspirational. 

This handpainted wood bench was beautiful.  A little out of my price range, at $800.

Corrabelle Roses' Booth in New England Motel, just beautiful.

I was thrilled to meet Tot from Time Worn Interiors,
  Her booth in New England Motel was industial inspirational, just beautiful!

Some pictures from French Curiosites,  I actually bought the cement urn on the left side of the table.  Love it!!

These are pictures of some of the things that I bought, that are now in the shop.
I just had to have this silverplate coffee warmer.

This is an old berry crate. 

This was the first thing that I bought.  A chippy metal stool. 

Another chippy metal stool.  For some reason, I guess I'm drawn to them.

An old cabinet door with chicken wire, that could be used as a note holder.

A great green painted plant stand with some industrial metal drawers from a factory on top.

Another note holder, made from an old rusty metal paper tray.

I love these french style clocks.

I bought this from French Curiosites.  This has not made it into the shop just yet. 

I did get some great ideas from Brimfield.  Coming back from a trip like that, always makes me want to do better, create more, inspire and raise the bar.