Friday, October 29, 2010

The $14 Blog Post

Today, after mistakenly thinking the flea market was this weekend at the fairgrounds, I stumbled upon an antique show I had never been to or even heard of before - something called the Tailgate Antique Show and Antiques at Music Valley. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind, and at $14 to get in, it was a little more than I wanted to pay, but what the hell. Here's what I found:

The show is apparently geared toward "country" antiques which thankfully encompasses a lot more these days than it used to (as evidenced by the new Country Living I just picked up the other day at the store). I enjoyed meeting a few of the vendors and learning some new things. And even if the merchandise was not all my taste, I did find some cool things.
This huge iron circle (not sure of its origin) would be great with a mirror placed in it.
Huge wood sculpture. Wish I had space for this.
Fantastic old, weathered Chesterfied sofa. Swoon.
Didn't love the fluted glass shades on this light fixture but did love the fixture itself. Such great, clean lines.
Old post office desk. How cool is this?
 Some large orange container. Just fun.
I know I've seen some similar botanical charts floating around design publications and blogs.
Industrial light fixtures. Loving the green.

Modern rustic chic. I just made that term up.

Just loved this. Beautiful wood, great lines.

More cool industrial-looking stuff.

Gorgeous bombe chest from the 1700's. This and the chairs below came out of the dealer's home. Apparently, his wife decided they needed to redecorate. She sounds like me. I just need to start a business to unload all my old stuff.
One of a pair of pumpkin orange French leather chairs. So unique and pretty. Also pretty expensive. Don't know if I happened to mention but basically everything here was way out of my price range. Remember, I thought I would be flea market shopping, not antique shopping. 

The following photos are all from the same booth, and I loved just about everything in it. Interestingly enough, the guy working the booth couldn't have cared less that I was there and didn't offer any help or even look up from what he was reading. Can you see the giant golf ball in the reflection of the mirror? The guy was hiding behind it. Coward.
Loved the desk lamp and the GRAND sign, of course. That is definitely a statement piece.

And, some other random things that caught my eye . . .
I have absolutely no idea what this is, but it has real oyster shells as handles and feet, a ceramic crab on top, and it's a beautiful green color. Conversation starter for sure.
Just because I like portraits. They're oh so serious.
A really pretty blue chest.
Graphic orange tables would be great used together as a console or as bedside tables.
Huge blue cabinet. Anywhere.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gearing Up for Fall & Giveaway Winner

I think the temperature is finally going to drop into what I call the fall range here in Tennessee on Friday. I can't wait. I still need to unload my fall/winter clothes from their attic storage, air them out and change out my summer wardrobe for my fall one. This is also about the time I start shopping for a couple of new pieces. 

I only had time to hit a couple of stores at the mall, one of which was Express. I don't go in Express very often (the head-throbbingly loud music usually puts me off), but it's right next to J. Crew, and I was looking for something different. I didn't actually buy anything, but I put some items on hold so I could go back later when I have more time. Here are the items I tried on . . .

This Long Belted Sweater Jacket (the belt is actually a sweater sash, not the belt they show here).

  this Flyaway Cardigan in camel not gray (just couldn't get the photo to download).

They had lots of sparkly sequined tanks.

I really liked this Piped Military Jacket. It's a jersey material so it allows more movement than some structured jackets. Don't worry, I won't attempt the rest of the outfit.

So, what do you think? Any keepers in the bunch?

And now without further ado, the winner of the $35 credit from CSN Stores is: 
Aurel who wrote, "I just wasted about an hour lost in the CSN website! They seem to have everything! Please put my name in the hat. I love that they carry Plan toys. I'd like to get a wooden kitchen dish set for my toddler for Christmas."

Congratulations, Aurel! Someone from CSN Stores will be in contact with you soon to let you know how to access and redeem your credit. Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway!

Source: Express

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tour of Homes

I hit another Home Tour in Nashville this weekend. This one was for charity so I just had to go (like I need a reason). Plus, one of the homes featured is owned by friends of ours who got help from another friend with the decorating. So, let's start there, shall we?

Not the best shot of the outside, so let's go in.
I'll start with my two favorite rooms, the family room and kitchen. It may be hard to tell from my photos but the walls were covered in a natural grass cloth making the large room feel very warm and cozy. Also, loving the coffered ceiling and chandelier - it looks like the Isa chandelier from Oly Studio.
The Titans were playing so of course men were watching the game while women toured.

This shot does not do the kitchen justice. It is gorgeous.
A close-up of the backsplash tiles.

The screened-in porch off the kitchen/family room.

Perfect mudroom with cubbies and corkboard, drawers and adorable chandelier (which I cut off, sorry).

Beautiful powder room covered in Potalla Background by Alan Campbell.

Upstairs playroom. They have three girls under the age of seven. Notice the pink ceiling and green chandelier.
Loving this green Venetian-inspired chandelier.

 Upstairs laundry/craft room between playroom and girls' rooms.

Love the little details throughout.

This is the ceiling of the craft room. If you couldn't tell, the lady of the house is a huge Lily Pulitzer fan. This is LP paper on the ceiling.

More sweet details in a window seat in one of the girl's rooms.

And the cutest little "Jill and Jill" bath that you've ever seen.

Close-up of the tile floor.

 A corner of another girl's room. I have those same pom poms in my daughter's room. Until she makes me take them down. I just think they're fun.

The guest room.

Tile in the guest bath. More attention to detail.

I think this is the Flower Drop Chandelier from Oly Studio. I know she got a deal on at least one of these chandeliers from the incredible Beckwith Interiors in Nashville (which I'll have to do a separate post on) because it was a floor model.

And lastly, the dining room . . .
where we'll be eating in a few months when our friends host our supper club. Can't wait. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

I took a few photos in another house, but I'll have to share those another time. Remember, there's still time to enter the giveaway.