where i’ve been

Where have I been you ask? Thank you for your concern! I have been all over this past week from the city to the country to the beach and back to the burbs picking up a whirlwind of inspiration along the way.  I love where I live simply for the fact that I can hit all of those places and spaces in just a few hours.  So let me share what I’ve been up to.

You may or may not know about my participation in the Philadelphia Home Show at this point.

Philadelphia Home Show

To recap, Circa Dee was selected to design an upcycled room at February’s show running from the 2nd to 10th.  I am ecstatic to share with you that almost every surface of the room will be repurposed or vintage in nature.

Because that’s how I do.

I’ve partnered with some stellar folks who are helping to make the impossible possible in the world of upcycling.

First up is my upholsterer who’s identity shall finally be revealed.  Drumroll please.  Hummingbird Upholstery.  Will you please stand up?

Hummingbird Upholstery

Here’s what we’ve got in progress.

Upholstery Project

Oops I’ve said too much already.

And this is where the magic happens…on a beautiful horse farm in the depths of Chester County.  Yes, I’ve blogged about my love for this barn before.  No, this is not a rerun.

More trash to treasure upholstery amazingness to come!

beautiful barn

And moving further east.  Further.  In Philadelphia.  Closer to the river.  You’ll find Provenance.


And their warehouse full of SO awesome reclaimed goods.

Provenance Architecturals

You’ll have to tune in next month to see what we come up with it.  But let’s just say that Provenance did the new Barnes Foundation floor.  And yes, that was formerly the Coney Island Boardwalk.  I love the magic of salvage!


I realize you don’t all live near the city of brotherly love and I don’t want to leave you out of this fun project called the Home Show.  I will most definitely share pictures of the finished room here with you and maybe even some awkward ‘during’ shots (although I hope to leave my hot pink paint pants at home).  I will also share lots of instagram pics because I’m hooked.  And facebook, twitter, pinterest and whatever other form of social media hits the interwebs between now and February 2nd.  However, if you are local I hope to meet you at the show!

Oh and speaking of the beach, we were speaking about the beach, right?  I rounded out my whirlwind few days there.


Complete with lots of new additions to my space at the West End Garage.  Get ’em while they’re hot!  More about the lobster sign and other paint projects in a post later this week but I hope you like it!


And I promise to start taking pictures again soon with my real camera and to lay off The Instagram.  Soon.

mission failed

Missoni designed a line for Target and all I got was this lousy hand towel!

Ok it’s not lousy and it does wonders for perking up our tiny guest bathroom. 

Plus it is reversible with the iconic Italian designer’s zig zag pattern on the other side.

One towel and a pair of socks is seriously all of the Missoni ish that was left when I arrived at Target only a half way through the same day the line dropped.

I walked right into the women’s section where the Missoni clothing display stood.  It was totally empty.  I assumed the store was not stocked yet.  Maybe I got my launch dates mixed up. I assumed I was a day early and everything would be ok…

Then I kept walking to the shoe department to confirm my suspicions.  The shoes was what I as there for anyway.  The cute Missoni ballet flats to be specific.  Size 7.  Thank you very much. 

That is the exact moment that I realized I was right about the launch date being September 13th (the afternoon I was there) and the Missoni stock was already sold out.  I realized this because there were a few stray girls shoes but no women’s zig zag ballet flats. Waa!

I didn’t need them anyway, right?  I hear they’re all over eBay already with an inflated price tag.  (Update: I just saw the flats on eBay for $129.99 that were I believe just $29.99 at Target.  #Ridic)

Thankfully the bike was still in stock. 

Turns out I didn’t need that either.

Well the whole trip to Target wasn’t a total loss.  Wilson got a new argyle fleece for fall out of the deal. 

This is not Missoni.  And he has not taken it off since he got it.

Smooches!  I’m packing for a few days in Key West sans the fabulous flats that I should be wearing.  Did you get your Missoni flats?