ammo trunk

Vintage Trunks are the best, aren’t they?  Clearly they provide storage as that was the intention in the utilitarian object to begin with.  However, they also lend an aesthetic appeal to a space.

Vintage Ammo Trunk

A few years back I scored this large vintage ammo trunk as part of a lot of trunks.  It was a WWII US Navy trunk. In fact, the shipping labels are still in tact which indicate that it was sent to the US Air Force in New York.  The trunk, overall, is in great shape.

Vintage US Navy Ammo Trunk

I have a soft spot for World War II memorabilia.  It is probably the least feminine thing to collect but there is something visually appealing to me about the army green, type fonts, rivets and brass details typically associated with the items.  It generally leads me to wonder about what our country was like at that time with women headed to work while men were at war; what my grandparents were doing; what technology was in play and so on.  It is also the era that my collections date back to.  I don’t really gravitate toward many pieces earlier than 1940’s.

vintage army jacket

Naturally I loved this green trunk although I did initially try to sell it but had no takers.  When that happens it is a sure sign that it is meant to stay with us…at least for now.

Junk in the Trunk! vintage trunks stacked

Over the past year it has lived a double life after receiving a set of casters on the bottom so it can easily be pushed around.  First, it made a fantastic window seat when covered with a thick, tufted cushion and pillows.

vintage ammo trunk turned bench window seat

The problem was that it simply wasn’t getting enough use beyond its storage abilities.   A few months ago, I pushed it into play as an extra long coffee table where it seems to have a more fulfilling life.  Plus, this made more room for vintage chair hoarding.

vintage nautical living room with army trunk coffee table

 You can do no wrong to it. Drink rings cause no damage.  This thing was in war after all!  And brass always looks good with army green.

vintage brass tray & paper weight

What is your favorite way to use a vintage trunk?

Vintage Ammo Trunk

P.S. Don’t forget about the upcoming milk paint demonstration at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown on Sunday!

a brilliant recap

Guys, I’ve been knee deep in wedding stuff over here.  We are getting down to the final stretch!  Lots of projects and details are on the horizon…woohoo!  But I can’t share them until after the wedding so I’d like to give you a little garden inspiration today.

Sunflowers always make me happy.

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As you may recall from last week, the Philadelphia Flower Show was in full bloom.  I have rarely missed the annual event since I was in high school.  I really love plants, floral design, gardening and landscapes.  Fun fact, my first job ever was in a flower shop!  Which led me to pursue a technical program in horticulture in high school and then a Bachelors degree in Ornamental Horticulture in college. While I am not quite doing anything professional with the Horticulture degree, the education has certainly been a backbone for me in my career.

I love to visit the educational exhibits at the flower show.  My Alma mater, DelVal, featured a spin on Sherlock Homes: The Mystery of Dr. Black’s Garden which allowed you to walk through the exhibit and identify invasive species.  Their interactive exhibit won best achievement in plant education.

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts the show and typically displays sustainable ways to garden in small spaces.  Sticking with the English theme of “Brilliant”, PHS put together a vertical garden displaying the Union Jack flag.  I was delightfully distracted by the wall of lush green plants and didn’t even notice the flag until I took a step back.

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There are so many details like that throughout the show.  So much thought goes into these displays.  For example, this quaint potting shed seems to have it all including a wood burning stove!

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And the stacked wood outside of the shed is so satisfying.  Sigh.  I think I’ll work on making my potting shed this quaint and inviting.  Every year I say that right about now.

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There were also quite a few repurposed ideas popping up in the garden displays.  One of my favorite displays was from event floral designer, Petals Lane.  They never disappoint and this year their display included lots of vintage furniture and treasures in a mad tea party setting.

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I simply can not get past the use of vintage trunks…as planters.  Amazing!  You know how I feel about trunks, right?  The repetitiveness of the trunk planters made a huge impact.  However, before you go and plant a trunk this season realize that this would definitely not hold up to the elements outside.  This is a great idea for an event though.

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How did they do this?  Wheelbarrows stacked 7 or 8 deep in another display.

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And for a simple repurpose idea…I like how these barrel trash cans double as planters.  Great for a small area.

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Notching a fallen log as pictured below makes a great business card holder.  I am filing this idea away for future ways to display marketing collateral.

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And while we’re on the subject of trees, I found this life size sketch to be so striking.

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And this abstract display depicting rain in London was just massive!  I love how the designers used tropical flowers and props to represent the rain.  I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to suspend all of those umbrellas.

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And finally…these bright Gerbera daisies were just calling my name in their happy metallic pots.

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Did you go to the flower show?  What was your favorite exhibit?

TGIF

Happy almost-weekend friends!
And thank goodness for the weekend because it is the season’s first Clover Market on Sunday.  Yay!  We’re packing up the truck and getting ready to hit the road for our favorite vintage popup shop.  The event is looking’ good with 100 fabulous vendors.

Here’s a peek of what we’ll have for sale on Sunday…fun old items like this unique old scale that makes a perfect wine rack.

A stack of trunks and foot lockers taller than me!  Seriously everyone needs a cool old trunk in their life to use for storage, as a bench or coffee table.  I especially love the military ones like this huge green ammo trunk.

And to balance out all that ammo, there will be some lovely & feminine painted pieces of furniture for your perusal.

Hope to see you sunday if you’re local!  Have a great weekend.

winter is near

We are just about 3 weeks out until the official first day of winter but the days are definitely shorter and suddenly colder.  Finding quality vintage has also become more challenging.  Estate sales are limited and flea market vendors seem to be hibernating.  I don’t mind just bringing home a few quality pieces at this time of year though.

The white piano stool was my big find when I met Miss Mustard Seed at the flea market last week.  The antique stool has awesome claw feet.  I have been looking for these to use as extra seating around our new-to-us enamelware kitchen table.  White ones are hard to find.  I’m on the hunt for another white piano stool just like it.

I picked up a couple of wooden folding chairs circa 1940’s with great graphics.  One is an old VFW chair and the other (not pictured) is a Knights of Columbus chair.  These will make great extra seating at our new dining room table…which is almost finished by the way.  I guess this is the first I’ve mentioned the ongoing project known as our dining room table come to think of it.  I have been working on restoring a 1920’s drop leaf table for months so stay tuned for a reveal post some time in the next decade.

And last but not least is a gorgeous sky blue steamer trunk that I had to have.  This trunk is the perfect size for a coffee table and provides ample storage. It is so sturdy that it could probably be used for a bench too.

I suppose there was a theme in my hunt last week…extra seating.  Probably because during the long cold winter you just want to pull up a chair and eat.  At least I do.