Monday, August 31, 2009

New Favorite - Village Antiques and Collectibles

Okaaaay, I am taking a slight detour from the family room dilemma to share with you a fabulous new shop that I was lucky to find out about. My good friend, Lindsey, invited a few of us to a jewelry trunk show yesterday afternoon and it offered some of the best antique jewelry I have ever seen. It was the first jewelry trunk show in our area and hopefully not the last. I felt like a little kid in a candy store and I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one feeling the same way.

Ooh right, it might help you guys out if I gave you the name of the store - Village Antiques and Collectibles in Sussex County, New Jersey and is owned by the lovely Debbie Lauda. Us girls had the pleasure of meeting Debbie while shopping around at the trunk show. She told us that her shop features items from 15 dealers all offering a variety of antiques, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. I REALLY want to take a trip up there so I'm going to try to convince my husband to go this coming weekend as an anniversary present (our first wedding anniversary is already upon us! crazy!~). It's a long shot but I'm going to lobby for it :)

A few goodies that I was able to snag at the jewelry trunk show:

Mirrored Tray for $25. It would've been at least double the price somewhere else.

Spanish Pill Box for $12!

A beautiful bracelet that I can wear with anything since the stones are all different colors - only $18.

A great pendant necklace for $15.

And the pièce de résistance is this beautiful pear-shaped blue stone ring for, get this, only $12!!!

I know, I know the only thing I purchased that has anything to do with home furnishings is the mirrored tray but if you take a look at the Village Antiques and Collectibles website they offer dressers, mirrors, chairs, tables, armoires ... all sorts of amazing things!

A sneak peek at some of the photos from their website to tempt you with:

Mirrors galore! Love it!

I could probably spend hours in this shop. So much to look at!

Umm, I'll take EVERYTHING here please.

As you can see, this shop is packed with all sorts of goodies so go check out their website and if you're ever in New Jersey, please go see for yourself. The shop also offers a great Wish List service. Just let them know what you are looking for and they will do their best to find it for you.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Finally back in the States!

I'm back!!! Kenya was AMAZING! We had the best time out there and are still sad that our time there had to end. We made some incredible friends, got closer with the friends that came out there with us, and saw some awesome sights. I highly recommend going on a safari out there if you can. I'll be sure to post a link to our safari photos in the next post for those of you who are interested in seeing the *Big 5 that we saw.

Sadly, the trip took out every last bit of energy in me so I'm afraid there won't be a proper post until Monday. But don't despair, posts will be coming so stay tuned!

*Big 5 - Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos and Rhinos

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Too Many Chairs to Choose From

I've got a problem, albeit, it's not a bad problem to have. But with the recent upgrades to the family room, it has now presented us with a new problem and that is the slight lack of seating. We could get on fine with what we have, but I wouldn't want to have half of my guests sitting on the rug for an extended period of time.

So, the question now is do we get a new sectional sofa (with chaise) OR do we just get a new comfy chair to go adjacent to the current sofa? Well, the problem isn't deciding between the two because I am fine with either one. The problem lies in deciding what chair to get OR what sectional sofa to get because there are so many choices out there making it hard to pick just one!

Since I'm not very good at multitasking (most of the time anyways), I can only put my efforts into finding one type of item at a time. At least when it comes to something I am not 100% sure I know what I want. Which is why I am only hunting out the chair choices for now. Once I find the chair I like I will hunt for the sectional and then my husband and I can battle out which one should go in the room. Sounds like a good plan, no? I'll let you know how it ends but in the meantime check out what I've found so far.

Serena Mineral Accent Chair at for $1,299.99.

Yes, the price on this chair is a bit high but the shape is more along the lines of what I am looking for in my family room. The space in the room for the chair is not very large, so I need to be mindful of the dimensions and this one fits the bill!

One thing I should mention, which might help you better understand exactly what the heck I am looking for is, this chair needs to be comfy yet small. Sounds a bit contradictory but that's what it needs to be. It's going to go in our tv room so it needs to be a great place for tv/movie watching.

So, if the chairs that I am showing you seem a bit on the smaller side, now you know why.

Oasis Chair at Crate and for $1,199.00.

This is definitely at the top of my list for being one of the most comfy looking chairs I've seen! The exposed edges give it that shabby chic casual vibe that would be perfect for the family room. It looks like you could just sink into it and never want to get up. That's what I'm talking about!

Carmel Chair and a Half at Crate and for $1,299.00.

Okay, okay I know. This one is just a tad too big and you're right but I couldn't help but post it up because it just looks absolutely comfortable.

Lounge Chair and a Half at Crate and for $1,299.00.

Anything with "Chair and a Half" is going to be too large for this space but hey I really like this one! And you will too. Go sit in it at Crate and Barrel and you'll know why I just had to post it up regardless of me getting it or not.

Regent Chair at for $499.99.

Going in a slightly different direction is this Regency style chair with it's velvet-like fabric.

Devin Sunflower Chair at Arhaus Furniture for $699.00.

Armless chairs are another great option since you can find them in a bunch of different sizes.

Bloom Floral Upholstered Chair-Mirage Gray at for $299.99.

Another armless chair but a little smaller this time around. Might be a bit too formal for the tv room but a great chair at a great price! This chair comes in lots of different fabrics, so go check it out to find the one that's right for you!

Baldwin Club Chair at Ballard Designs from $621.00 - $1,073.00.

A classic design that will never fail.

Sasha Chair at Macy's for $899.00.

Hogan Chair at Macy's for $549.00.

Tyler Velvet Matching Chair at Macy's for $599.00.

Macy's got some really comfy looking chairs, don't they?

Well, I've got a bit of narrowing down to do as you can see. Lots to choose from and I like them all! If you guys have any suggestions, feel free to leave comments. I check them frequently so don't think that they'll go unnoticed.

This will probably be my last post until I return from Kenya (Aug. 25th). If I get internet access out there I will definitely post up some findings that I think will get you inspired. Til then, Kwaheri! (Swahili for goodbye)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sorry for the Hiatus!

My apologies for such a long and unexpected hiatus! Things have been a bit busy and stressful with our upcoming trip to Kenya quickly approaching - we leave this Friday, eek! And I do have to apologies for not heading to Silk and Burlap this weekend but (get ready, I've got some excuses up my sleeve) it was my husband's and another close friend's birthday fête this past weekend which entailed heading to H Street Country Club. Great place to party! I suggest checking this place out even though it has nothing to do with home decorating.

And my family wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday by having a dinner party for him. So all in all, this weekend was packed with birthday fiestas and getting ready for our intercontinental trip. There really wasn't much time to squeeze in a drive to Frederick, MD but I really do promise that I will head up there. I need to head up there because I know I'll find some great accessories for the house.

OH! I did forget to mention one other thing that we did this past weekend that prevented me from going to Silk and Burlap -- we repainted our family room! Haha, I knew I forgot something really big that we did. Anywho, we painted the family room over the winter when I started getting antsy about decorating the house. Well, for this particular room I did NOT have a clear vision as to what the color should've been. Some rooms just scream out a color that you need to paint it based on its function or what furniture you already have inside. Well, this room did not scream to me and so I just kind of took it upon myself to paint it a medium brown. Not that the color itself was a bad color, it just did not evoke the mood that we envisioned for the room.

Now, with this new color (Harmonious by Behr Premium Ultra) we have the calm and inviting family room that we've always wanted. This paint, btw, is AMAZING! It's paint and primer in one and it only took us 2 coats to get the job done whereas with a separate primer it would've taken at least 3-4 coats. And nope, it didn't cost a fortune to get the 1 gallon that we needed - just under $40.

Here's a shot of the family room with the new paint color.

With a little rearranging of the furniture and new paint on the walls, it feels like a brand new room! We love it and don't want to leave it! All we need is a slightly bigger tv...

Ah, at the request of a comment left by LW, I would like to share with you a picture of the great coffee table that I purchased at Echoes and Accents. Like I said before, the table was not in the color that I wanted, so I spray painted it with 18kt Gold Spray and voilà!

A neoclassical Hollywood Regency coffee table for $110! Still can't believe it.

We replaced the dark trunk with the new gold coffee table in the living room.

I know that today's post was all about my house (sorry!) and a tad on the short side, but come back tomorrow since I'll be covering a bit on arm/accent chairs!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Local Hunts Part III: Urban Retreat Furniture Warehouse, Primitive and Proper

A few years back, one of the very first local hunts I discovered while trying to find the "perfect" chair was Urban Retreat Furniture Warehouse in Reston, Virginia. It is not like my usual local hunts that offers dirt cheap deals, but rather it is the very best alternative you could possibly have when compared to Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel.

This is the chair that we purchased from Urban Retreat a
few years ago.

Their whole spiel is offering "low-cost, custom made residential furniture," with a multitude of fabrics and finishes to choose from. I can tell you from personal experience that they are great. Truly helpful and really give you your space while you're shopping.

I don't know about you, but I absolutely HATE it when sales people are hawking me while I'm walking around. It's bad enough getting sensory overload when going into a store, but to have to have someone watching and asking you questions is just really annoying. I like to take my time and shop and when someone is asking me questions about what I'm looking for and how they can help me and what new promotions are going on, I just want to hurry and get the heck out of there!

So rest assured, this place is one for the books!

A few of their furniture samples from their site:

For those of you who are looking for a modern and fresh take on the recliner, here is a perfect example.

I am loving both of these tables!

The website doesn't have shopping cart capability nor does it have prices. But like I said before, they are really helpful so just give them a call or send them an email if you want to inquiry about a particular item from the site. That's exactly what I did and they gave me a price range on my chair since it's the fabric grade that you choose which determines the price.

If you are in the market for something a bit more vintage-y and shabby chic, then this next locale is the place for you. Primitive & Proper is located in Severna Park, Maryland and offers home furnishings that have been refurbished giving it a shabby chic uniqueness. Not only are you getting a one-of-a-kind piece, but you are also getting incredible deals from them. Just see the prices below and you'll know what I mean.

They were also featured on Daily Candy yesterday (8/3/2009). Check it out!

Take a glance at some of their goodies:

Aqua & Chocolate Empire Dresser for $180.00

Black Vintage Liquor Cabinet for $130.00

Classic White Hall Table for $65.00

I can see a beautiful capiz shell mirror hanging above this table. Can't you?

And the following items are Custom Orders that clients have asked Primitive & Proper for, so they are not available for purchase. But this should give you ideas if you cannot seem to find exactly what you're looking for.

Baby Clark's Dresser/Changing Table

Reiker's Table

I would love to get my hands on this table but maybe in black or even red!

Emily's Gorgeous French Vanity

I absolutely NEED this! Or at least one like it.

Emily's Blue Pedestal Table

What a great accent table and in such a pretty blue too. This Emily person sure does have good taste!

Green Sideboard

This green provides a nice punch of color - it will freshen up any room!

All of these images better have stirred up your shabby chic side!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Would you like some Accessories with that?

Accessories are the side dishes, if you will (it was the only analogy I could come up with!), of home furnishings. And just like a side dish, you shouldn't forget how essential they are to enhancing your existing pieces.

They add that extra little bit that makes a home feel lived in. Your experiences and feelings show through the items that are displayed around your house. Whether it's a plate set that you picked up along your travels in Istanbul to hidden gems from a neighborhood yard sale, all of these things define who you are/were at the time you acquired them.

They may not all "go together" in a traditional sense, but they all work together because they embody you. Don't ever feel like you can't buy something because it won't go with anything else in your house. Think outside of the box. Sometimes the more eclectic a room is, the more engaging it can be. It will spark lots of conversation and won't ever let you get bored of it. Think about that now. That's one way to save money, because then you won't feel like you need to keep updating your house by buying new things constantly.

Now, that's not to say that you can have pieces from all different eras in one room and think it will work (i.e. 70s green shaggy carpet with a Hollywood Regency bedroom set). Just make sure you have one thing that ties it all together whether it's a color, pattern, or texture. I don't mean that everything should be the same color or pattern, but just make sure that the colors and fabrics complement rather than fight each other.

My home is nowhere close to the level that I would like it to be as far as being completely furnished and decorated. However, there are a few pieces that I really enjoy and would like to share with you.

Penny Tile Mirror from Anthropologie

Our living room nook that houses this unique mirror.

One does not envision a mirror that looks like this on their own, rather they happen upon it just like we did. A quick hop to Anthropologie turned into a big item purchasing day since we just couldn't help but fall for it really hard. It's one of those pieces that you could literally plop anywhere and it will just add that bit of spark. The gold finish is more on the antique side while the design is very modern which encompasses both old and new allowing it to be used anywhere.

Our garden sign leading to the kitchen from the deck with our almost dying gardenia tree to the left (sniff sniff). I purchased this from good ol' TJ Maxx (another great resource) but you can find them at a few different places.

My husband was a little iffy with this item, but only because it's a bit more on the girlier side. I think it's so very Parisian (oh la la) and I had to have it because I am a complete francophile.

South Moon Under has them and I am especially keen on this $15.95 "Laugh Out Loud" tin sign.

Pyrite Napkin Rings - Thad Cline at Tonic Home
$140.00 (set of 4)

One overlooked accessory I find are napkin rings. Or maybe I only think so since I don't own any?? But finding these true napkin 'rings' was refreshing because it combines two loves of mine. Jewelry and Home Decor. So, how fitting that it should look like giant rings. Now, if they only made them smaller...

Wood Veneer Napkin Rings from A+R
$22.00 for a set of 6 napkin rings

Check out these innovative napkin rings! Made by Sarah Finn, these are laser cut veneers which have two different designs that you can choose from. They lock into place with these mini tabs on one end allowing you to re-flatten them for better storage.

Artesia™ Horse Head Figurine from JCPenney for $19.99.

I've wanted to own bookends for a long time now but seeing as how we don't own enough bookshelves to have any (we only have 1 bookshelf right now) I can only covet from afar.

These Horse Head Figurines don't necessarily have to be used as bookends but I think they would look rather smart being used as that. Besides, JCPenney displays it as that so that took the guess work out!

Orange Pineapple Bookends from JK Interiors Unlimited for $9.31.

Why a pineapple? It was a rare and extravagant fruit that was revered in Colonial America. A guest felt honored to be offered this fruit and so now it symbolizes hospitality. Plus, it's just a fun take on something so traditional.

There are only so many home accessory items I can talk about in one post so don't fret. There will be more, but we need to get back to our Local Hunts posts since I have a few more locales that I would like to share with you.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Local Hunts Part II: Silk and Burlap

I have to be honest with you and it's embarrassing for me to admit this, but the next local hunt is a place that I have only admired from my computer screen - never in person. How awful is that?? Especially after you see these photos, you are going to be wondering why the heck I haven't been there already. I know, I know but hey! I have a full-time job and my husband and I share 1 car. Yes, 1 car, which makes it that much more difficult for me to travel from Annapolis to Frederick, MD.

But enough with the mere excuses for my inability to making it to this fabulous shop. I promise you this though, I WILL make it to this treasure of a store by next week, and I know that I will come back with rave reviews. Mark my words!

So with all that said, enjoy! And hopefully you won't be putting off going to Silk and Burlap like I have after you've seen these photos below.

Uhh, who wants everything in this room? I do! I do!

Lucite is hot right now. Even though they're not your typical sitting chair, they are in the shape of a traditional sitting chair, only clear. And since they're clear they don't make the room appear cluttered, specifically in small spaces.

They have jewelry too!!! This alone should've gotten my butt out the door to this place.

Even the price tags are stylish! You know, this gives me an idea to create something like these for Holiday name tags...

My infatuation with mirrors is as deeply-rooted as my husband's compulsive cleaning habits. You guys know what I'm talking about. He loves to clean, I love mirrors. Particularly antique or antique-looking mirrors.

I hope you don't waste any time making it out to Silk and Burlap like I have. And when I do make it out there I'll be sure to post up pics of what I think would be great items to have.

Photos from Silk and Burlap

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