Ryan and I recently went away to beautiful Vermont. I really, really love New England and our increasing trips north. That part of the country boasts so many beautiful old homes brimming with character and antiques. No wonder I feel right at home there.
We stayed in a circa 1900 home that encompassed the style of the region so well. It was at the end of a snow-covered mountain road within walking distance to town. Every detail was perfect from the stacks of old books to the antique church pew and area rug. I had serious rug envy! I’m also coveting French doors.
While Ryan skied in the below freezing temperatures, I explored back roads, dug through little shops and read. I had very limited access to the online world. Sorry friends but it was great to disconnect for this vacation.
However, it is always nice to get back home to our own routine. So long for now, Vermont!
Let’s talk New Jersey for a minute. Cape May specifically. A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was milk painting a cedar closet a rich navy – Artissimo. Well, here it is!
This started off as a generic old thrift store cedar closet. They’re a dime a dozen. I particularly liked the size of this one as I had a space for it in the cottage we’re working on.
The closet required very little prep work as the wood was mostly raw. I used two coats of Artissimo without bonding agent. I love the richness and depth in this color. I probably could have gotten away with just one coat since this wood soaked up the paint so nicely. I anticipated some chipping milk paint where there was a bit of varnish left but only one area across the front chipped. I couldn’t have planned the placement better myself. The entire piece was finished with furniture wax.
I took this opportunity to hand paint the “on the way to Cape May” lyrics across the flat closet front which is always a hit in these parts. We finished off the front with a new glass knob.
I left the inside unpainted and I swear it is not that orange in real life! We get beautiful natural light in this room which is mostly a blessing but in this case, a curse. This closet will function perfectly for guests to use. I can’t wait to pull the rest of the room together. The room will have a bit of a mid-century vibe. You’ll die when I post pictures of the beautiful vintage dresser…
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.
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.
Surely you have these dreams too. Fields and fields of dusty old junk, rusty metal, chipping paint,worn in seats and glimmering glassware.
Where could this fairytale vintage-land be? My heart pitter patters with anticipation of what we might find this year at Brimfield – the motherland of antiques. The vintage mecca of the Northeast.
I suppose the trip is a tradition for us now. Last year we honeymooned in Brimfield. Laugh if you must but it was amazing!
We had a blast and both agree that the dirty fields of antiques and concessions of junk food topped the second leg of our trip in Nantucket, believe it or not. Nantucket was amazing too – just a bit predictable.
So we’re celebrating our first anniversary at Brimfield this May and I can barely wait to see what we’ll find this time.
I lose sleep making mental lists of supplies we should pack like carts, dollies, bags, tissue, bungee cords and so on! Maybe some healthier snacks than what’s offered. Is anyone going this May?
Ah, market season is upon us for sure. Our southern friends will be shopping Round Top in Texas next weekend. Scott’s in Georgia also opens soon. And of course we have Clover Market’s opening day in Philly in just a couple of weeks. Tell me, what is the hot market in your region that you’ll be shopping?
I had the opportunity to do a little wine-ing down this weekend. A much-needed girls getaway for sure! Have you ever been to Long Island?
I was completely blown away by the beauty. It boasts everything I love rolled into one, well, long island. We stayed in North Fork, Suffolk county on a harbor nestled amongst the wineries.
The majestic fall color was in its prime.
Vineyards galore. One right after another and then another and another.
Antique stores! Yes, Long Island had some gorgeous little shops full of inspiring displays.
Clever repurposing ideas. I’d love to replicate this wine bottle “wall” somewhere.
Beautiful old farmhouses and farm markets…all along the bay.
If you are looking for a getaway, I’d highly recommend a weekend trip out to Long Island. It is just another reason to love this beautiful country!
But back to biz! Next up, I will be at The Painted Home’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop with 2 of my favorite comical and creative bloggers. I’ll be alongside Kelly of Eclectically Vintage and Denise of The Painted Home this Friday from 2-8…or until we run out of wine.
Unfortunately, I can’t make it Saturday so be sure to come for Friday happy hour if you want to see a free milk paint demo! Good thing I just came back from wine country. There will be plenty to share plus some tasty treats to pair! Yup, I’m a poet.
Well friends, I thought I’d have a furniture project to share with you today but it is not quite ready. Let’s just say I am loving one of the new milk paint colors called Artissimo. And stalling on photographing the finished product. The color is a perfect smokey navy so stay tuned.
In the meantime, let me remind all of the locals that I will be at Serendipity in Doylestown, PA tomorrow demonstrating how to mix and use milk paint. Oh yes, with the new mixer!
We are off to a photoshoot today where we are the subjects. It involves this guy. A canoe. And maybe my wedding dress…squeal! Can’t wait to share details.
That photo was taken on our trip to Colorado a few years ago in October. I love looking through these pictures each fall and reliving our adventure. It was fabulous. The fall colors were magnificent.
Although we don’t have majestic mountains here, hopefully we’ll capture some golden foliage today and reflective water. The rest of the photos and our entire trip itinerary can be seen here.