Flowers and the Flea Market

A crazy Southern sky full’a storm clouds didn’t stop me and my Mom from hitting up a local garden center’s Spring open house event this past weekend.

We were like kids in a candy store amongst all the pretty flowers and plants.

Mom was on a mission to find us a couple of hanging pots for the naked shepherds hooks sticking out of our front flower bed.

There were so many beautiful varieties to choose from…

We ended up picking these two because she thought I’d be able to keep them alive the longest…

I’m still regretting not bringing home a couple of these for my naked porch pots though…

Begonias. *sigh* Sweet, sweet begonias. (I will be back for you- I promise!)

After we loaded our flowers into the car, we decided to pose like Vanna take a walk around the property…

I love a good ‘walk n’ talk’.

Especially when it takes place underneath umbrellas like these…

…and is occasionally interrupted by invitations to tiny islands like these…

Lamar and Johnny definitely know what’s up when it comes to walk n’ talks…

After our stroll around the pond, we headed over to Eastbrook Flea Market. Mom was on the hunt for a little mirror to hang on the fence in her secret garden

We looked at lots and lots (and lots!) of contenders, but in the end she chose the little round one in the photo above.

We saw so many great flea market finds while we strolled from booth to booth. I loved the tone of this big basket…

…and those map and glaze-covered boxes would be kinda fun to make too.

We saw a neat twig-covered chandelier, pretty pastel-painted frames, stunning vintage cameras, a magnificent, blue-painted mirror, a sweet little garden-themed chandelier, and a colorful, folding ruler, like the one we used in our Flea Market Style magazine article

There were lots of farm-style wares too…

And I could’ve just eaten up this driftwood frame, antique trunk, and vintage card sorter…

…as well as this seafoam green butter slicer, wooden number ‘thingy’, and this amazing old metal bed…

It was such fun shopping trip, and although I really didn’t plan on bringing anything home with me, Mom went ahead and bought us this piece of framed photography we’ve had our eyes on for quite a while now…

The tag on it said ‘Old Minnesota Farm Family Panoramic Photo’…

…and it is right up this Minnesota girl’s alley!


So many things draw me in…the simple old farmhouse…the little kiddo standing on the chair (in front of his mama?)…the six-pane windows…the one that’s open upstairs (what does that room look like up there?)…

The little girl in the middle…the weathered barns in the back…the beards on the men…all their s’penders and straps

The car on the right side of the picture intrigues me too…surely it was parked there for a reason (composition?)…

The whole thing just makes me wanna build a barn on a bed of round rocks somewhere!

(One with a chevron-patterned door, and teeny-tiny square-shaped windows, of course.)


Join us on Twitter or Facebook!



Need help arranging your furniture?

Check out my e-book!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


  1. says

    Oh the thoughts that ran through my mind when I saw the Minnesota farm picture….what were there names, etc!!! So fun to see you and your Mom enjoying the day together!!!!

  2. says

    The best time out with your mom. I’ve got the butter slicer – amazing to see a picture on your blog. Great baskets of flowers. What a great slice of time you posted today. Thank you.
    – Joy

  3. Tomasina says

    Oh how I love that photo. We were out driving yesterday looking at old barns. I say barns are the comfort food for your eyes.

  4. says

    What beautiful flowers! You should go back and get those begonias. I need to get started on my hanging flower baskets. That walking path is gorgeous. Love the little round mirror. Very cute. That picture is simply amazing!!!

  5. says

    Now I’m itching to go shopping for plants for my black thumb to kill and flea marketing for fun! So wish we lived closer! :) xoxo Do you remember that “brush” cup that I got from you at your’s and Rhoda’s yard sale? It ended up in our newly remodeled bathroom! :)

  6. says

    I love the fuchsias and begonias! And what a fun trip to the flea market… makes me want to head out to one next weekend. We’ll have to see if I have time :)

  7. Lise says

    I love the farm photo. I’m not surprised that there’s a seemingly random car in the photo. Cars were signs of success and were often given pride of place in photos.

    • Amanda says

      I’m a professional historian, and I’ve seen *many* historic family photos that include objects that the family was obviously very proud of. It was a lot more difficult for early photographers to manipulate light outside of their studio, so most on-sight family photos were taken outside. But, that didn’t stop the families from dragging outside stuff like their massive pump organ or their matching dining room sets!

  8. Tenacwalker says

    Southern Homes and Gardens is amazing, isn’t it!? You need to take a picnic and eat by one of the ponds- such a serene place! And Eastbrook- you are making me so homesick! There used to be a little Thai place right next to Eastbrook that I loved, too. Thanks for the memories!

    • Layla says

      We had lunch there! :-D It’s called the Green Papaya and it is DIVINE!!! Mmmmmm.
      (Note: They’re only open til 2:00)

      • Beth says

        The Green Papaya is such a great place to eat lunch! I do not seem to be able to order anything except the Pad Thai there. Yum!!!

  9. says

    What a fun day! I looooove begonias. I have two big ones on my front porch. They give you so much color for so little upkeep energy. :-) Except my neighbors dog ate almost all of one of them.

  10. says

    Beautiful flowers!! I am in love and cannot wait to see that around here. Our flea markets don’t seem to have anything that beautiful! Jealous.

  11. says

    I’m glad you and your mom had a wonderful day. It was fun to get to tag along on your shopping adventures. The farm photo is really neat. Show us when you’ve decided where it’s going to live.

  12. says

    What a perfect day — flower ‘picking’ and treasure hunting with your very first friend, Jude! I love old photographs and could get lost in one for some time.

    Your Friend,

  13. Carrie Taylor says

    Did you all go to Caffco? If not you should next time it is behind Southern Homes and Gardens. Also next time you are in Wetumpka you should go to Wetumpka Flea Market and Antique. It is in the Winn-Dixie shopping center.

    • Beth says

      We have found some great things to buy at the Wetumpka Flea Market. If I can’t find what I am looking for at Eastbrook, I can usually find it there.

  14. says

    Photographers used to go around t rural America, knock on people’s doors and offer to take their picture. It was the only time many people ever had their photo taken. The photographer would tell them to bring out their family and anything that was important to them. That car was probably the homeowner’s pride and joy. Sometimes you will see cars, wagons, cattle….all aout in front of the family house or barn. So fun that you have a piece of rural America!

  15. Kim in MD says

    What a fun day! The walk was gorgeous, and your stunning photographs make me feel like I was there! The old farm photo is amazing…it really draws you in and makes you curious about the family in the photo! Thanks for sharing, Layla! :-)

  16. Beth says

    What a great day! Southern Homes & Gardens is a great place to take pictures…I took some of my son last year for my husband’s Father’s Day gift. I guess we need to go back out there again while all of the flowers are out.

  17. says

    i’m so unbelievably jealous that you have such a great flea market to pick through!
    I think I might just need to visit Alabama!!!!

  18. Tina Schiefer says

    Whoooo, lots of nice treasures and time with your mom. The tree canopy is very cool. We don’t have those kind here. Lots of trees, but not those “mossy” draped ones.

    My fave item is the farm panorama. So much detail in one photo!!! No wonder you had to have it!!!

  19. Allison A. says

    Love the pictures of the garden and antique stores. It makes me miss home SO SO much! I’m from NC and now live in AZ thanks to the USAF. I haven’t lived in NC for the last 12 years. Your southern talk and “twang” make me miss it even more when I read your posts. That picture…so cool and I agree with you about the questions it conjures. Those weeping willows are so beautiful. When I was a little girl my Grandmother let me have my treehouse in the one she had in her front yard. The treehouse was me sitting in the bend of the branch eating a PB&J. lol Good times. Great memories!

  20. says

    I love the tree pictures during your walk! Is that spanish moss or something entirely different? Also, I didn’t know you were from Minnesota. How long did you live in MN and where?

    • Layla says

      Hi Katrina!

      I was born in Mankato, and raised on a hobby farm about 20 from there. I moved away when I turned 19…I miss it sometimes. (Not the snow though!) :-)

  21. says

    Ah, your killing me with all these Spring Flowery pictures. I’m a Southerner that now lives in the Midwest, and I’m dying for some flowers and colors and green grass already! Plus, so sweet to see you and your mom having so much fun together. I miss my fam:) But…such a great post!!!! Looks like y’all had so much fun.

  22. says

    Lovely post today. Makes me wish it was warm enough here to get started on flowers. You are so very lucky to have a mother to share those memories with. Love the old blue and green frames and I adore your new picture. Hmmm…I wonder where it will go?

  23. Sarah Teske says

    Your comments about your mom and her mission to find you hanging plants make me crack-up. My mom is the same way. I think she takes pity on our sad little landscape-less yard, and insists on buying us plants. I always have to warn her, “These may not live, Mom.”
    “I know. I just think you need some …”

  24. mary putzke says

    I too look at old pictures like that one and my mind swims of questions of who what and where not to mention why?!?!? History is so cool..i wonder who the picture belongs to and do those people in the photo know that a pictrure of themselves is hanging in some total strangers house?(Well they probably don’t know now). Love it all, looks like you had a great time chillin with your momma. I love being with my mom too. Thanks for sharing your day! Mary

  25. Demarus S. says

    I have that trunk in our storage area, but just not sure how to decorate with it. Any ideas would be appreciated Layla. I love seeing your outing with your mom ~ my mom turned 80 this year and is still out shopping every saturday with her girlfriends.

  26. says

    Looks so fun. It seems that lots of people get flea-market-fever right alongside their spring fever. I’ve never been to one, but I would love to go!

  27. geri says

    There is nothing more fun than to hang with your best friend.
    who just happens to be your mom .
    You are very blessed and so is she.
    Come to think of it I am too.
    I am with my best friend and my 2 preciouslly hysterical grand babies
    at least 3x a week.
    Start planning lots of mommy sleep overs when your kiddies begin their wonderful life with you.

  28. Nana says

    Moved away from Montgomery 7 years ago, and still miss the Eastbrook Flea Market. North Alabama has lots of great flea market/antique malls, too, but Eastbrook is special. Were you at the Southern Something or other nursery – can’t remember the name, but LOVED their flowers and plants and mixed potted arrangements!

  29. Nana says

    OK, I had to do a search online to satisfy my curiosity, and refresh my memory! So, were you at Southern Homes and Gardens? Love ‘em!!!

  30. Kristina says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE old weathered trunks! Always have my eyes open for one, but these expensive eyes always find the pricey ones!

  31. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures of those flowers… I can’t wait to pretty my house up for spring!! I so wish we had gorgeous spanish moss here in NC, and walking trails like those… makes me want to go out and find places like this around my area!

  32. says

    Oh, what a fun flea that looks like it was! I can’t imagine leaving empty handed!! ha!
    I loved this post.. I live near Minneapolis and grew up in Minnesota and have loved “barns on a bed of rocks” my whole life…someday I’m gonna have me one of those…. but until then, I will just adore their simplicity and their stories of life in the past.
    My husband and I traveled to Charleston last spring and absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous Spanish moss and trees down there- in fact one of our souvenirs was a framed photo of one of the largest and oldest in the area. Every time we look at it, we remember our trip and the great time we had.
    Thanks for bringing up memories of two of my loves!

  33. says

    that picture is so cool.
    a piece of history.
    a memory captured forever… that.
    even seeing their clothes is so neat.
    i wonder WHY they took that picture too?

  34. Laurie F. says

    You are just the coolest! Thanks for sharing everything! Your phots are fantastic (I love photography!), your ideas, creativity, inspiration, videos, and overall passion for all things beautiful in life! I love looking at the world through your eyes….it is what I do, too! I take my five year old with me so she can learn to appreciate architecture, design, colors, nature with me! She loves to sit on my lap as we peruse through your website, online magazine, videos, and room designs and ideas!

    I love to read success stories – I love yours!
    Thank you and keep up the great, great, great work!!!!!

  35. Gwen says

    Great pictures, I also love flowers and flea markets, one of your pictures with the box made out of maps maybe my next project. Thanks again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>