Happy Friday, friends! 😀
Steevenson’s Spring Break starts today, so we’re looking forward to taking him somewhere fun next week. He’s never seen the ocean, and it’s supposed to be nice in Pensacola (where my mom lives), so we’re thinking about heading down that way for a couple of days. Is it Spring Break in your neck of the woods too?
I picked up a few fun things at one of our local antique malls yesterday, and thought I’d share a post about them here today. First up, a big (16″D x 21″W x 12″H) basket:
It was only $20, and I love that it’s that “right in the middle” tone that I’m most drawn to when it comes to baskets. Not too warm (orange-y), or too dark or light. Just medium everything. It will fit perfectly inside the built-in cabinetry we’re (slowly but surely) building on each side of our fireplace.
Next, an $8 bowl that, to me, says “farmhouse fresh”. The textural “rope” keeps it sweet, but the glossy white finish keeps it crisp. Such a rad combo!
Last but not least, a $10 hand-painted sign that I found in my friend Marilyn’s booth:
I love that it’s a one-of-a-kind (she painted it for a restaurant who didn’t end up using it), and I love that gorgeous grass green color. I’d love to frame it the same way we framed this painting above our bed:
That’s wood from Home Depot, by the way. It comes already stained like that and everything. I love it!
I’ll probably use a smaller board to create the frame around the “Please Wait” sign though (since it’s smaller in scale)…and I’ll probably go with a less rustic stain, since the sign itself is already super rustic looking. I’ll surprise you. 😉
If you’re interested in watching the (17 minute) Facebook Live session I did right after I purchased all these goodies, just click the play button below:
(You can only see the real-time comments on Facebook, by the way.)
In it, I talk about the three things I always keep in mind when deciding whether or not an antique store/flea market find needs to come home with me.
- Is it a one-of-a-kind, or is something about it one-of-a-kind? (Like the patina, for instance.)
- Can I think of at least two spots in my house that I can *definitely* use it right now?
- If I can’t use it right now, am I positive I will be able to use it in at least two places in the future? (Like when a particular room makeover is further along, for instance.)
A good example for that last one is the corbels I ended up using under the mantel beam on our fireplace:
I bought them several years ago because they were a great price and I was *positive* I could eventually put them to good use…somewhere. 😉
Happy weekend, friends! I’m looking forward to sharing a blog post about the banquette we’re building in the Bungalow Barn on Monday.
It’s our favorite place to play restaurant right now. 🙂