our collected living room

jungalow style

After nearly 3 years of tweaking, rearranging, shuffling chairs, plants and window treatments, I can honestly say that I’m thrilled with where we’ve landed in our living room.  While the kitchen is usually the center of the home figuratively, this living room is literally the center of ours.  It is a large room with multiple doorways, windows and traffic paths so getting the floor plan just right was really important.  Originally this room was two small rooms that a previous owner opened up.  I’m glad they did.

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Form, function and scale were also very important for us.  Our house is small and although the rooms are relatively large, there are few of them so each space has to work just right for our needs.  The corner by our sliding door always stumped me and I knew it could do better for us.

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After months of searching, I found a fantastic antique Victorian secretary desk on Craig’s List.  Last winter we brought this stately piece home to finally give purpose to that corner.  It was immediately evident that this was what the room needed. It pulls triple duty for us as china cabinet storage, bar and work space.  The secretary opens to reveal the perfect little desk that Ryan works at almost daily.

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Another game changer was finally pulling the trigger and purchasing just the right sofa which made its debut back around the holidays.  The white tufted chesterfield puts a smile on my face everyday and it brightens up the middle of the room.  I tend to wonder why I waited so long on this purchase.  Probably because it is the only thing, aside from the gifted yellow rug, that is brand new. Nearly everything else in this space was “found, free or flea” which epitomizes my vintage style.

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Near the entrance, we were in desperate need of a freestanding closet to function for coat storage.  Again, after months of sourcing, I came across just the right scale antique piece.  Persistence pays off!  We drove about 3 hours to pick this one up and it was well worth the trip.  I painted the closet in MMS milk paint Farmhouse White.  The old finish resisted the paint just right revealing the perfect chippy texture.  Form and function wins again!

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Those rugs are possibly my favorite find of all time.  That’s a bold statement to make in this room because it’s loaded with favorite finds.  They are authentic vintage kilim rugs that I picked up for a song. I will never let them go.

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Along with the pair of vintage mohair chairs that I’ve sung the praises of here plenty of times before.  I doubt I’ll ever tire of those either.

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This room has looked like this for nearly 6 months and I have no immediate plans to change it aside from the occasional accessory or vignette. Famous last words but I think we’ve finally found a happy eclectic mix of vintage/collected/bohemian/farmhouse/jungalow/beachy style. Did I miss anything in that style classification?

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Updating this room certainly didn’t happen overnight.  First there was the wallpaper which came down immediately and up went creamy off-white paint.  Cornerstone by Behr.  I’m still happy with this choice years later.  Then there was the wood stove installation and slate surround.  Next was the flooring which Ryan installed every square foot of.  Finally, the furniture finds and accessories which make the house a home.

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I’ll leave you with some before and after pictures for good measure.  Updates have come in phases but it’s always fun to look back at where we started when we bought this house, frilly curtains included.

living room before

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living room before

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around town

Oh, Cape May.  Let me count the ways.

Victorian Cape May

The painted ladies.

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The gingerbread.

Victorian Cape May

The wisteria.

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The shutters.

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The porches.

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The occasional colonial in an otherwise Victorian town.

Victorian Cape May

What’s not to love about this historic seaside town?

junk spectrum

Hello! Hello! Have your holidays kicked off with a bang this weekend?  Mine certainly did and I am exhausted! Besides indulging in festivities I also managed to source some fab junk that span the spectrum of fave vintage categories. So here’s what I’m buying these days…

Starting small with Ball mason jars. I see more soap dispensers in my future.

A rusty jar thingy. Anyone know what this was once used for? I have a transformation in mind.

A heavy contained floral frog.

I scored a pair of iron steps. These were used on an old horse & buggy so passengers could step inside. I hope to transform these into practical hooks.  Stay tuned.

I managed to find 2 old grain sacks in decent condition. I’m very excited about them!

An itty bitty primitive egg basket. Have you ever seen one so small?

More wiry goodness in the form of a small rusty pink pram. I’m thinking both of these would be lovely in a spring display.

A pretty sweet distressed leather suitcase. Loving…

I bought a whole set of Victorian iron fencing like the segment below in a private sale. I’ve got a few projects in mind for them. The fencing literally opened the door for me to many other picks. The woman who sold them invited me into her garage and next thing I knew I was sifting through piles of her family heirlooms and making offers in true American Pickers style. How exhilarating. I will be going back later this week to pick ’em up. Stay tuned for photos on those items.

One of my favorite finds this weekend were these old lab stools at a flea market in NJ. I bought them from a great dealer who also sells on etsy. He had such a neatly curated stash of industrial vintage. I am going to pair the stools with a wooden high top table we already own which will be in the man cave when it is finished. Is it bad that I am shopping for the man cave before construction on it has even begun? Maybe worse that I am shopping for the man cave at all considering I told Ryan he could style it. Hmmph. I can’t help myself.

And finally, my favorite this week. In another private sale I bought an iron patio set with 4 chairs in excellent condition plus a matching table.  The curves are awesome. Who buys patio furniture in December?

So although it is freezing outside and yard sales are long gone, there are still plenty of vintage deals to be done. Pick on!

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slim pickin

I spent the weekend at the beach again. My favorite place ev-er. My mom was there again too and we had high expectations of a repeat from a few weekends ago when we had about a zillion awesome vintage finds.

Guess what. Didn’t happen.

Too bad we had basically mapped out our Saturday morning sales. Most of them were canceled because it poured from about 7-9 am during prime set up time. Then the “antique” estate sale we went to was a total bust. The house was completely bizarre and filled with items that could’ve been props in a medieval setting. No interest.

We moved on to the flea market that my mom saw advertised on a sign. Surely we could find some must have items there. Not so fast. Turns out that took place last weekend!

We were losing steam so we decided to go to our tried and true antique stores in Cape May. Obviously there would be vintage to see there. We wandered around for a bit and then hit a craft fair. Ugh, craft fairs can be so lame but I figured there would be some vintage vendors dabbled in and sure enough I was right. Plus it was sunny by this time. Bonus.

All and all the morning wasn’t a total loss. Here’s what we found…

I scored this delicate Victorian birdcage for a song.

Because the detailing on the woodwork on the left side has to be glued back on. No problem.

My mom’s big find was this adorable pint-sized wicker rocker. Perfect for my little niece.

And here were the only other little things I found. A couple of glass floral frogs.

Several sets of old hooks for my shutters.

Really, really old hooks.

I have been on a tin kick and the blue & green colors of the charming little cottage drew me in. Check out the patina.

So that sums it up. The rest of the weekend was spent trying to get these 2 crazy dogs to pose for a decent picture together. That was also only mildly successful.

How was your weekend?

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