Monday, September 26, 2011

Vintage Now in Martha Stewart Living

Yesterday, I picked up this seasons October issue of Martha Stewart Living. That's right, I'm not a subscriber.  You can scream at me later.  However, I just HAD to have this issue!!  One, fall is Ahhh-mazing!!  I can't wait to read Martha's pumpkin party tips!  Two, Philadelphia's own Kerri Farragut and Amy Tyrrell, co-owners of Vintage Now, are fashionably sporting along the The Great Pumpkin Party partaking in the pumpkin carving festivities.

None of my blabbering has the slightest to do with what I am about to share with you other than the Amy and Kerri's upcoming hosting event at Vintage Now's showroom in Norristown this Friday!

If you're like me, a self-proclaimed BIY-er (that is a buy it yourself-er) rather than a DIY-er (who's got the time for that!?), then you are going to LOVE this shop!!  Kerri and Amy have already raved the estate sales and auctions for you carefully selecting vintage pieces for you to lust over.

910 East Main Street * Norristown, PA * Suite B
(take the elevator down to the bottom level)
6:00pm - 11:00pm

Sarah Lockard from AroundMainLine has recently created a public event on facebook for Girls Night Out in Norristown!  Anybody can come!!! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Clover Market Goodies!!

With all this talk about Clover Market, I thought it would only be fair to introduce you to a few vendors who's talent and originality caught my attention, and I'm sure they'll catch yours!

Press No. 9

Press No. 9 was the first booth I marched into while at last weekends Clover Market.  Christina Smith is the "creative soul" behind this artistry.  Are you as much in love with these vintage-like tea towels as I am!?

Meadowsweet Vintage

Stacy Morris, who shared a booth with Christina, had an extensive collection of vintage goodies that I would have been more than willing to scoop up and haul away, including the chair we posted about on Wednesday.

 Then of course there was Baby Jives and Modern Bird Jewelry (you've heard of them before), two separate vendors who shared an adorable booth!  If there is an award for best booth design it should go to them... hands down!

Photos Courtesy: Clover Market
 Speaking of babies, Chirp and Bloom had an adorable collection of eco-friendly baby designs from accessories to onesies.

Photo Courtesy: Clover Market

Tree and Kimball

 Then of course there was incredible jewelry.  Flea Markets aren't just for second-hand goods.Lisa Bruemmer's handmade jewelry is some of the prettiest I've seen. 

 And what did I come home with?  This beautiful hand painted French Provincial desk from Kim at Larkspur Interiors!!  I really need to get a better picture, but check out those claw feet!

Kim also has a blog.  Check her out at My Domestic Bliss!  Here are some more beauties from her booth... for all you shabby chic lovers.

Ok, I'm done, and that's not even the half of it!  If you want to see more you should check out Clover Market's blog.  The next flea market will be Sunday, October16th!! You may even run into a local blogger like I did!  Holly, from West Pear Avenue, along with her trooper of a husband and sweet baby girl were the first people I spotted as I stepped foot into the gates.  Bloggers know where to shop!!!  It was so much fun talk decor and blogging with someone who "get's it".  Connecting is what blogging is all about!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Object of my Affection... Guest Post: Arcadian Home Decor

You all know by now that I am a bit (to say the least) of a chair fanatic!  I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect chair.  Whether it's a dining chair or a side chair... I got my eye on it!  I post about chairs.  I google chairs.  I pin chairs.  I pick-up chairs from the side of the road!!!   I even take pictures of my favorite chairs at flea markets!

 Photo: The Tiny Abode

That said, I am very excited to have Jenn from Arcadian Home Decor share with you the very object of my affection.

Hello! My name is Jenn and I write for Arcadian Home Decor, an e-commerce website that specializes in popular home decor trends from across the globe. My love for interior decorating started when I was 10 when my dad built me a dollhouse - now my husband and I are moving into our first real home, and I'm constantly scouring the net for great home decor blogs. A personal fave: The Tiny Abode, where their posts are always beautiful and inspiring. I'm so happy I get to write here today!

Barrel chairs go back quite a few decades and since that time they have become modern favourites. Curvy and streamlined, these pieces of furniture look great in both traditional as well as contemporary spaces. Paired with stylish table decorations, wall art, and other great home accessories, and barrel chairs become handsome centrepieces.

A stately vignette

Modern Barrel Chair
Barbara Virginia Hudson Interiors via

Elegant silver pieces displayed next to a modern reupholstered barrel chair is a sophisticated setting in a cozy corner.

Double duo

Modern Barrel Chair
Style at Home via

There are two great examples of modern barrel chairs in this casual den - a plain wood piece stands chicly solo, while a bubbled red chair adds a dash of welcomed colour.

White and blue calm

Modern Barrel Chair
Elle Decor via

These two furniture pieces scream mod - although they aren't rounded, their uniform shape makes them decidedly barrel-like. The white and blues are also wonderful choices for a soothing bedroom.

Shabby but purdy

Modern Barrel Chair
The Little House in the City via

The home accessories and floral print barrel chair in this living room may be retro-inspired, but together it creates a trendy modern space.

Birds of a feather...

Modern Barrel Chair
Gadding Gal via

This room boasts not only a barrel chair but a barrel couch as well - having one in a solid colour and one with a motif gives this monochromatic space more character.

The richness of wood

Modern Barrel Chair
Decor8 via

A regal old-fashioned wood desk looks gorgeous with a barrel chair on wheels - the blue glass table decorations and black and white wall hangings personalize this home office.

A modern twist

Modern Barrel Chair
Furniture Trends and Review via

These sloped-back barrel chairs are a fun twist to the classic design - the bright colours also set these chairs apart from the rest.

The patriarch of the house

Modern Barrel Chair
Grossman via

This modern barrel chair in brown leather would look great in any space - it can be a spot to curl up with a great book, enjoy a cup of tea, or a glass of wine.

Thanks to Jenn and the folks over at Arcadian Home for joining today! Arcadian Home is website full of the newest home accessories and decor ideas. Get your dose today!

So what did you think?  Do you have a love affair with a particular chair?  Tell me I'm not the only one with an obsession!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Clover Market... It's HERE!!!

You have T minus one day to get yourself over to the BEST flea market of the year!  At least I hope it is!  Those who are avid readers know what I am talking about!

I am usually really bad about giving a reminder, but I am so excited about this flea market that I just couldn't forget!  Three lovely ladies / artisans that we know will be participating in the upcoming Clover Market.  You must check these gals out, cause these girls got TALENT!

First up, my sweet friend Laura Flavin of Modern Bird Jewelry!

Laura is such a joyful person and her handmade jewelry is a representation of just how joyful she really is! Check out Modern Bird Jewelry on Etsy!

Next up, Jahje Bath Ives from Baby Jives
Jahje gets bonus points simply because she's a local East Fallser! 

Photo: Baby Jives

I have never in my life seen a more beautiful and whimsical hand made baby mobile!  Wouldn't you agree? Call her!  Check out Baby Jives on Etsy!

Photo: Baby Jives

Last, but certainly not least, is Zoe Eibinder from Real Fruit Jewelry!

Photo: The Tiny Abode

We recently discovered Zoe's talent at the Fairmount Phila Flea Market!   She was pure delight, and so was her jewelry!  Check out Real Fruit Jewelry on Etsy!

Photo: The Tiny Abode

Best of luck to all of you!!!  For more information about Clover Market, check out there blog here

Photo: Clover Market

 Hope to see you there!!!

Painted Chairs


Must BUY this...

For those of you who are saying, "What the heck!?"...  it's a hand sander.  Lucky me spotted four vintage chairs on the curb and thought, "Project!"  I always fear painting really old antique furniture, but perfectly free vintage chairs do not scare me.  I have never attempted to paint chairs, and a girl has to start somewhere.  Wish me luck!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fairmount Flea Market Finds

This weekend was spent at the famous Fairmount Phila Flea Market.  Art, furniture, vintage jewelry and true craftsmanship is always present at the Phila Flea Markets.

My favorite booth was A Vintage Home.  Maria Loizou (booth owner) had such a nice collection, and she was very knowledgeable about the pieces I adored.  Just look at that art!! 

 Maria stated that these Chinoiserie lamps came from a designer's estate sale in Miami.  They were my absolute favorite item at the flea market.  Very Mary McDonald-ish if you ask me!  The asking price was $60 each.  If I only had that money to spend!  My cash is still on reserve for chairs. 

Here's a peep into the rest of her booth.  Do you love it as much as I do!?

Another great find from another dealer (sad to say I don't know his name) was this vintage butterfly collection!

I received some questionable remarks when I posted this on my personal facebook page, but I am telling you this is a hot item!!  Have you read this month's Lonny Mag!?  Butterflies pop up not once, but twice in the latest issue!  Check out page 45 and page 83.  Still think I'm crazy?  Not so fast, because I have some more bazaar and beautiful craftsmanship to share with you!!

 That's right, you are looking at an orange earring, and I don't mean the color.  Zoe Joy Eibinder is the brains behind this immaculate craftsmanship.

This gal was a show stopper!!!  Look for her at Clover Market on Sunday, September 18th!!

Her jewels are truly unique and delicate pieces of art.  Check out her Etsy page here.

So what did I come home with, you ask?  Two cans of Krylon high gloss spray paint that I scored for $1.50 each from a former graffiti artist.  Surprising and weird, yes.  Great deal, absolutely!  Remember my cash is on reserve.  That said, I find that just browsing flea markets can be inspirational in itself.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Brunch at Sabrina's Cafe

Sabrina's has been on my hit list for about a year now.  Since they are known for their brunch, and since I am not a morning person, it has taken me quite a while to check out the scene. 

However, it is sooo worth the crawl out of bed! 

It's local. It's hip.  And it's good!!!

 Check out the monthly menu specials!  It was meant to be!!

Jason and I decided that our next guest will get a special treat to Sabrina's... 
 ... so come pay us a visit!

 Do you have a favorite place to eat breakfast / brunch?  I'd love to hear of other local hot spots!


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