welcoming autumn

autumn

 

 

 

We’ve been soaking up the changing seasons here with walks on the beach, bike rides, flower picking and wood stacking amongst our usual work. I am a bit smitten with a field of beautifully decaying sunflowers.  Their great big heads full of seeds ready for sowing next year (or snacking this year).

All of the marsh grasses are in bloom showcasing a soft pink hue as the sun catches them waving in the breeze.  Honeysuckle has faded on the beach dunes making way for cheerful goldenrod which has always been a favorite roadside weed.  And the sunsets… phenomenal.

What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?

 

goldenrod autumn sunflowers

autumn equinox

diy capiz shell chandelier

Back to the bathroom renovation posts…  I last left you with how we transformed the dresser into a functioning bathroom vanity.  Today is all about how we DIY’d that glowing goddess of a chandelier.

DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

I’m so in love with it!  We were always destined to have a chandelier in this bathroom.  That was a known fact from early on.  I was originally scouting antique chandeliers.  The reoccurring problem was the size and proportion of a true chandelier to this room which is very important to take into consideration when choosing a light fixture for any room.  I noticed capiz chandeliers pop up a few times on pinterest.  The wheels started turning. This, I thought, we could do on our own on a smaller scale and small budget.

First of all, what are capiz shells?  Turns out they’re oysters.  And not only popular on pinterest but in beach towns too.  I found a couple of these wind chimes at a local gift shop for 10 bucks each.  Score!

DIY capiz shell chandelier

DIY capiz shell chandelier

Need a closer look?  They’re funny.  Not my style, as is.

DIY capiz shell chandelier

I dismantled the shells so they could be re-worked into our light fixture.  These were absolutely priceless for this DIY because they already had the small hole punched through the delicate shell.  Perfect for stringing the fixture together.

  DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

Behind the depths of the radiator vent sits the original oh-so-important bathroom fan.  It is quite nondescript, builder basic like this one sold at Lowe’s.  Once the plastic cover is removed, a world of possibilities awaits.

DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

In our case, it was the replacing the cover with a salvaged heating vent.  So much more interesting!  Rather than having a bulb recessed into the ceiling as intended, Ryan wired a single pendant light bulb into the receptacle and mounted the cast iron vent to the ceiling.  At that point I laid out a design for the shells using painters tape.

DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

Each shell was strung on fishing wire using a series of half hitch knots.

DIY capiz shell chandelier

We started with a length of 3 shells for the center portion of the light.  The next layer is a length of 2 shells and then the perimeter layer is just a single large shell.    They were all tied directly to the vent creating a subtle graduated look.  The fishing line pretty much disappears into the ceiling so the focus remains on the shells.

DIY Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

The fixture casts a nice warm glow when it’s on and of course the fan is fully functioning as well.  I am still on the hunt for sconce lighting by the mirror.  I’ll know it when I find it…maybe this weekend.  It seems to be hunting weather.  Stay tuned!

DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

This is a fun, custom addition for under $30 and about an hour of work.  A relatively easy DIY.

Cottage Style Bathroom

spring paisley

I can feel it.  That sense that spring is just around the corner.  The air is still cold but not as bitter.  The sun is lingering longer each day.

Parting of the clouds

We’re already soaking it up as much as possible.

Late Winter in Cape May

Taking quick trips to the beach and bike rides around the block.  Watching the birds.  Oh it’s going to be a glorious spring!

Is it spring yet

This subtle change in the weather has me so over my winter wardrobe.  It is dreary and frumpy.  I’m ready to inject some spring color!  I came across this beautiful teal pashmina from Spiegel to pair with my favorite vintage jacket.

Late Winter in Cape May

I ordered it from their website and it arrived quickly, in just a few days.  I was not only impressed by the quick turnaround but also by the size and quality considering the low price – just $18. In fact, I loved all of the scarves but ultimately settled on the teal teardrop paisley one because the paisley pattern resembles my Circa Dee logo, don’t you think?  I love it!

Paisley Teardrop Tapestry Pashmina

You’ve heard of Spiegel, right?  The catalog company has been around for 100 years!  I had no idea.  While my new scarf is gorgeous and all, I was probably more drawn to the company’s history on their website which features the iconic vintage catalog covers.  The ones from the 1940’s are my favorite for sure.  I’m always drawn to images and memorabilia from WWII era.  Which year’s Spiegel catalog cover is your favorite?Spiegel 20s

Spiegel 40s and 50s Spiegel 60s-70sSpiegel 80s

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions and beach frolicking are my own.  I truly love my new Spiegel scarf!  #lovespiegel

P.S.  Don’t forget…

Feb demo

cape may winter + a sale

We’ve been enjoying a wintry existence here in Cape May.  As have most of you in this part of the country and beyond.

Winter in Cape May 2

I like that there’s snow on the ground just blocks from the ocean.  It’s peaceful. Winter in Cape May 4

We still try to venture to the beach if it reaches above freezing.  Of course, it requires extra layers of clothing this time of year.

Winter in Cape May 5

And instead of a beach blanket, we need multiple wool blankets to thaw out after said beach trips.

Winter in Cape May

But…

I have spring on my mind.

It’s not that I want to rush winter.  I really enjoy our distinct 4 seasons but I’m excited for spring inventory.  New treasures, colors, textures and whatnot.

In order to make room and clear some things out, I’ve upped the ante at The West End Garage.

The winter sale is going on now and we’re offering 25% off.  The discount will be applied to everything at Circa Dee in The West End Garage in Cape May.  Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Which means you need to come visit this winter.  I saved you a parking spot…

Winter in Cape May 3

my summer blogcation

So I took an impromptu blogcation last week.  It was bliss.  Not that I don’t love you and all but I have to admit it was nice to disconnect from the world weird web.  My social media was limited to instagram.  In case you missed it, we got some R&R in on the beach.

4th of july beach

Took a delightful stroll through an enchanting farm.

4th of july chick

4th of july piggy

And took time to adore the hydrangeas that Cape May is known for in summertime.

4th of july hydrangeas

Plus we caught the most fabulous sunset I have ever seen followed by fireworks!

4th of july sunset

But don’t worry it wasn’t all fun in the sun last week.  We did a lot of, yawn, home organization along with some other projects for the love of vintage.

Like this oh-so-traditional turned leg table which is now a pop of color redone in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint Flow Blue.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

flow blue turned leg spindle table

Here’s the before.  Traditional oak which you know I don’t hate simply because of that wood grain but using milk paint as a stain keeps that grain grinning and wakes us all up a bit.

turned leg table before

Isn’t the Ironstone basin & pitcher sweet too?

flow blue turned leg spindle table

But seriously those brass claw feet. Love. Love. Love.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

And those legs.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

In other news, The West End Garage in Cape May is hopping and apparently South Jersey magazine has taken note because we were vote “Best Eclectic Market” at the Shore!

Annnnd Circa Dee is now offering a collection of vintage clothes at the Garage.  I have been hoarding some really fun vintage summer dresses and crazy prints that you never knew you needed to complete your down the shore vacation.

vintage clothes

For those of you out of the region, that’s what we say.  “Down the Shore”

How was your 4th? And 5th and 6th and 7th?  Did you take a break?  Did you go down the shore?

tell me everything you know

About Brimfield.

Friends, May is on the horizon.  And it’s going to be phenomenal!

For one, we’re getting hitched.  I will have tons of details and pics to share here on the blog afterwards.  Can’t wait!

And speaking of after the wedding…you may have guessed we’re taking a honeymoon.  And our honeymoon week just happens to fall on Brimfield week.  Honestly, I didn’t plan that although one of my dreams has been to visit Brimfield and take it all in.  The antique wheelin’ and dealin’ mecca of the universe!  What better way to spend a romantic week as husband and wife?  Our first romantic week as husband and wife for that matter.

junk sign

Ok. Ok. We’re not spending the entire week in Brimfield.  I haven’t completely lost my mind.  It is a pit stop on the way to our real honeymoon in remote Nantucket.  A location that we both have always wanted to visit.  We can’t wait!

ocean

So tell me what you know about both Brimfield and Nantucket.

clawfeet

What are must sees and dos in Nantucket?  We’re planning on lots of bike rides around town in matching cable-knit sweaters casually draped over our shoulders with fresh baguettes resting in our woven bicycle baskets.  Yes, seriously.

Beach Cruiser

And some fishing.

For Brimfield, we’ll be arriving in the beginning of the week so I’m hoping to watch the magic unfold while avoiding the late week traffic.  What fields are musts?  What are some local eateries that we should hit up?  Tell me everything you seasoned Brimfieldians!

pile of vintage

And yes we’re bringing a truck to stock up.  And perhaps His & Hers flea market carts.  Pure romance.

frankenstorm

Happy Halloween everybody! It sure looks spooky around these parts thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy – dubbed Frankenstorm here in the northeast.  On Monday, I posted a bit panicked about how our favorite coastal town of Cape May, New Jersey would fair.  Well, I am here to report that Cape May won the battle with Sandy.  Hooray!

Unfortunately our neighbors to the north did not make out as well as Cape May.  My heart goes out to all of those folks just up the coast.

Ironically our home town to the west in Pennsylvania seemed to be more battered than Cape May as well.  We lost power in PA on Monday evening and as of writing this have not had it restored just yet.  Our town is full of beautiful, mature trees – one of the draws of the neighborhood.  However, not all of the trees withstood the wind gusts.  Some toppled over on our power lines.  We were nervous for the large trees surrounding our house but they all stood strong.

After about 36 hours without electric and heat we decided to venture back east to Cape May.  That is when we learned that ironically the coastal town was in better shape than our Montgomery county town.

And that we had internet.  Hooray again!

It is amazing what lack of electricity can do.  I forgot what day it was, never knew the time and flicked the light switch on a ridiculous amount of times out of habit.  Living in the dark is not fun.  Oh and neither is wearing 2 pairs of pants to sleep.  

Anyway, back to the positive news around Cape May…

Boarded up beach houses suffered minimal damage

For the most part, sand dunes did their job as barrier

Only a few roads were sand covered

Everyone’s favorite Cape May landmark, Congress Hall, overlooks the sea

Sandy makes a grand exit leaving town with a show of clouds

A little bit spooky for Halloween

A flock of beautiful cranes bathed in the storm’s remnants

Again, I can’t stress how fortunate we are.  We have some flooding around the house.  Ok, our front yard is a pond but nothing we can’t manage compared to what others are experiencing.

I hope you are your family are safe, dry and warm this Halloween.

fading fast

I can feel it in the air.  The subtle cool breeze.  The hint that autumn is around the corner.  Eek!  I’m so excited.  I just love the change of seasons.  And if you know me well, you know that I tend to push that change a little too early.  Mums in late August and pumpkin decor on Labor Day are just a few of my telltale habits.  But don’t fret my friends, I’ve decided to really soak up these fading days of summer this year.  Would you believe I even had an impromptu mini beach project and photoshoot?

True story.  This time last year I was dusting off the pumpkins and planting mums but not this time.  I gave the sea shells one last run for their money.

And the starfish…well they can stay out all year as far as I’m concerned.

But the project at hand was transforming a paddle into something a little more sophisticated.  I picked this guy up with some broken old peg hooks.  Sorry I didn’t take a before pic but I pulled those pegs off so quickly to make way for some glamorous drawer knobs.  The glass one is vintage, the clay one is handmade and the coral one is from Anthropologie.  They make a stunning set, don’t you think?

A perfectly unique decoration for organizing all of your vintage necklaces, scarves or whatever comes to mind.  Of course this could be used in a kid’s room as well but the coral colors just scream lady’s lounge!

I also want to send a big welcome out to all of the new visitors who are stopping by from my feature on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed.  I hope you’ll stay awhile and like what you see!

What summery things are you squeezing in before Labor Day?

vintage beach house: open

Hey there!

We open for biz at noon today and will stay open throughout the weekend.  Don’t forget there are lots of fun beach themed vintage and home items in stock.

We’ve got everything from summer bedding (chenille!) to lifeguarding (sort of) to the kitchen sink (ok not really the sink but kitchen chairs).  Come check it out if you’re local!

I’ll post more pictures throughout the weekend on facebook so make sure you’re following if you want to stay in the loop!

1814 Valley Forge Rd, Worcester, PA