Vintage fiends like myself always have a list of must-find items tucked away in the back of one’s mind. Perhaps it is an industrial antique scale, a factory cart coffee table, a 1940’s 2-tier plant stand (not to be specific or anything).
For me, as of late, it was a brass bed.
Not a cheap, shiny 1980’s brass bed but a high quality solid brass with a warm patina. A queen size brass bed with serious antique style which would make it vintage, of course, because queen size beds weren’t available until the 1950’s or so. And the price had to be right. After only a few months searching, the perfect piece popped up on Craigslist. The only problem was that it was over 2 hours away. This was a great deal even factoring in gas and tolls. Ryan made the trip picking up the head board, foot board and frame for my birthday. Lucky girl.
This bed was a game changer for sure. It works very well with our existing French provincial family heirloom furniture. That’s not going anywhere. However, I decided to part with the coastal salvage vibe that we had going on previously.
I found a fantastic brass hued mirror that coordinated very well with the furniture and lamps. I brought in Mildred, the necklace-wearing-bust, and other vintage jewelry vessels that I’ve collected. The window seat got outfitted with more pillows because there are never enough. And we finally did something with one of our wedding pictures turning it into a canvas for above the bed. The shell lamps stayed as did the duvet with the addition of new ticking shams.
The biggest change of all is the flooring. Previously this room was outfitted with pink carpet. This winter our home has received many upgrades including new flooring throughout thanks to my patient husband who has redone almost every square foot. I floated a flat weave, natural chevron rug over the weathered-look wood floor.
This bedroom now has a sophisticated yet collected vibe featuring vintage finds and family heirlooms. Each one tells a story. Of course, it is always entertaining to look at the progress of a space. The ‘before’ picture is exactly how this room looked when we first saw the house. It gives me the heebie jeebies. The next one shows how it was last styled with a coastal salvage spin. And of course the present look. You can see that the symmetry remains the same.
What is on your must-find list?
In just a few short hours we will be celebrating the arrival of 2015. It sounds completely surreal: 2015! We certainly live in the future. The age of hashtags, selfies and admittedly more social media acronyms than I can keep up with. True confession, I thought #MCM stood for mid-century modern. Who knew man crush Monday was a thing?
I am happy to celebrate the past everyday surrounded by pretty and practical vintage things. I thought that it would be fun to close out 2014 with some of my favorite displays from our window at The West End Garage.
We took up residence in this space in March and started off with an Easter themed window.
Spring came with a walk in the garden.
Summer arrived along with our busy season and the omission of a few fun windows. I have resolved to take more photos with an actual camera in 2015 to capture all of our displays!
Fast forward to fall…my favorite season and perhaps my favorite window of the year.
We closed out the year with the magical Victorian dollhouse. A mini version of Christmas in Cape May when historical homes are decked out from eaves to gingerbread trim.
Fun fact: The West End Garage is a very old building that was originally a Ford Model T dealer. I believe this front space was the showroom hence the beautiful tin walls and ceilings that are still in tact. Then it became an auto shop called, none other than, The West End Garage. We’re so lucky to be part of such a unique space. If you haven’t been in before, you have to put it on your list for 2015.
If you’re lucky enough to celebrate the New Year in Cape May, be sure to stop by. Everything is on sale today and tomorrow. Thanks for a great year and Happy 2015!
Ok, it wasn’t long at all. Ryan and I were gone for about 36 hours over the weekend.
But it was strange.
We decided to hit the back roads of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to quench our junking thirst. We quite literally took the roads less traveled. Passing rolling hills of farm land boasting the most perfectly dilapidated old barns. Followed by the swampy marsh land dotted with the most perfectly dilapidated old boats.
We scored all sorts of vintage treasures hitting junk shops, flea markets and yard sales.
The junking trifecta if you will.
We even stayed at what seemed to be a trucker motel…
I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about that experience yet.
We had dinner in a swanky drape lined lair where men apparently wear fancy hats.
Ahh, yes, the things dreams are made of…
The wide open road, an empty truck and no real agenda. I’m so glad we chose this strange career.
Perhaps it chose us.
Here we are in August. Already. How did that happen?
Well, come on in. Let’s see what’s in store…
An ever evolving collection of old and new. Heirlooms and handmade.
Can’t you just smell that dried lavender wreath? Smells like late summer.
The boxwood green sideboard is perfect for a dining room or a family room media center. Check out the iron hardware!
I just love this turn of the century oak harvest table. It is perfect!
And so are the fluffy Cape May pillows that we can’t seem to keep around for long.
We have cheerful, live plants – succulents, topiaries, terrariums.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
Ribbit. He’s a real crowd pleaser!
We’re stocked with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. The next free milk paint demonstration at the West End Garage in Cape May will take place on Tuesday, August 12th at 3 pm.
You’re in for a real bonus as our neighbor, Eastcote Lane, will also be demonstrating her paint line too.
Come visit us!
Oh it’s Brimfield week again! Possibly my favorite place on Earth. No, we’re not going this time around. We’re much too busy here in Cape May as peak season has set in. The streets and beaches are swollen with visitors which I love and wouldn’t leave. Not even for Brimfield’s swollen streets and fields!
Alas, I haven’t even shared some of our May Brimfield finds with you. Without further adieu, a few snapshots…
I love this industrial vintage laundry cart. Unfortunately it is just too big for any space we have and it has since found a new home. Sigh.
We seemed to have spent a good deal of time shopping a field where several vendors specialized in cleaning out old factories so industrial finds were on our side for sure. We picked up an old factory skid. I love the heavy metal edges. This is still in our possession and destined to become a coffee table just as soon as we find the right castors/wheels/feet. Not quite sure what yet but something to amp up the height.
Moving along to the salvage department. We picked up the biggest baluster I’ve ever seen. And by “we”, I surely mean Ryan picked it up. This sucker is heavy. Topped with 30 inch round glass and you’ve got yourself a grand table for a foyer or a petite kitchen bistro table. The color is original. This gem is for sale currently at The West End Garage.
Just a bit of TLC was needed and this 3-tier plant stand is serving us very well as a display for our live plants for sale at The West End Garage. But for the right price, of course, it can find a new home. For now however, we’re enjoying its company.
One find that is here to stay forever is this hound dog weather vane. Yes, let me just clarify that it is a reproduction and we’re fully aware of that. We love it just the same. Last year we had an opportunity to buy an antique weather vane just like this in Adamstown but the price was just too high for us to justify for a purely aesthetic accessory to use outdoors nonetheless. We never stopped talking about that weather vane and the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve. It was like the “one that got away” for us so we were very happy to run into this guy at the right price in Brimfield. There are few cases that I am ok with a repro but this is one of them. This hound dog dons our potting shed and greets us every afternoon.
Have you found any remarkable new treasures lately?
Ok, world tour is a bit of an overstatement but to say that we’ve been on the road seems like an understatement. In the past 10 days we’ve covered about 5 states and 1000 miles tending to both business and pleasure and luckily, for us business and pleasure are often the same thing.
We made new friends along the way.
Took a few risks.
Considered the future.
And reminisced about the past.
But best of all, I spent a week with my husband celebrating our first anniversary
…while also scouting Brimfield.
There were show stoppers.
And vintage loving friends.
But its good to be home. For now anyway.
I have to get back to unloading the truck. Again. And polishing up our latest treasures so I can share them with you.