Summer is in full swing and it is one of my very favorite seasons to decorate for! It is the perfect opportunity to combine two elements that make my heart so very happy! This year the cottage on the creek has gone all “Beach Cottage Patriotic” in its summer decor by combining red, white and blue elements with treasures from the shore that speak of warm weather celebrations!
I think I have just experienced a right of passage into adulthood. For the first time ever, I own real, grown-up, perfectly shabby nightstands!
I know! Right!
No doubt you have noticed the sharp rise in vintage market and sales events over the last couple of years. What were once events unique to particular regions have now been replicated throughout the country. This is particularly good news for those vintage lovers who live in an area devoid of much in the way of flea markets or vintage shops! These organized sales typically attract both vintage and handmade vendors from outside of your locale and provide a fun-filled experience of food, entertainment and vintage goods galore!
In the Kansas City area, we are fortunate to have access to multiple neighborhoods and small towns that make vintage shopping accessible all year long. Still, pop up vintage markets and sales abound especially from late spring through early fall. If one is so inclined, others located slightly farther away provide the perfect excuse for day trips to hunt for handmade and vintage treasures!
Do you have a project in your house that you have been mulling over in your mind for ages? You know, the one that haunts your dreams and that you are absolutely sure is the perfect choice for your home, but you just can’t seem to get yourself to take the first step in getting it accomplished.
Whew! I’m so glad I’m not the only one!
Updating our fireplace has been the project swimming around in my head for almost two years now. Specifically, painting it.
I know, I know . . . there are those who think that painting perfectly good brick is sacrilege. I am definitely not one of those people! However, I let those people get into my head and it kept me stuck in indecision over getting started on the painted fireplace that I longed for.
But, I digress. Let’s start where all good tales of magic and wonder begin . . . .