Sunday, December 18, 2011

What a Journey

I have spent the last year on the hunt. Looking for anything I thought would go in our "new old " house.

I spotted this sink and I  knew it was just right for my studio.

 I didn't know where this door would end up, but it certainly had the right look.

 Same thing for this door....
Notice the cabinets to the left. Potential bathroom vanities.

 This cabinet may be a little more Shabby than Chic, but I think I will get Mr. Ella to spruce it up a bit for my butler's pantry.

Finding leaded glass windows to fit the transoms was a challenge, but I think this one will work!
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Let the Tours Begin

Where have I been? I have been busy packing boxes for the move to our Romantic Prairie Home, fluffing the booth and also finding a little inspiration touring some homes decorated for the Holidays.

Saturday, I caught Colorado Nancy with my phone camera in this inviting dining room in McKinney.

We found some little birdies...

Some "less is more" Christmas decor.

Then on Sunday, I went with a group of ladies down to the Highland Park tour.
 These homes were definitely luxurious to say the least. Photo taking wasn't really allowed, but I did manage to snap a couple of pics.
 I love this idea. Do you think Mr. Ella would do the "eye roll thing" if  I suggested we paint this on our wooden floors in the Master Bath?  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Touches of Christmas

 I have been adding a few Christmas touches at the Antique Mall...
Just a little bit here and there.

Even in my NEW space at the front part of the store! I moved out of my back corner booth and up to the front where I have plenty of room to have some FuN!

When you walk in the store I am the second space to the left.
Stop by often as I add more and more layers of goodies!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Well, I have unpacked my bags from Hico and  have been  playing catch up ever since.
I was talking to another dealer the other day and she was telling me how she and her husband were starting to slow down. All I could think to myself is that my life seems to be speeding up.  
You know what I mean?
My sweet friend, Jo Carol, made these pillows. Wouldn't they make the best wedding present?

There was inspiration around every corner.

Even triangles!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A great show!

What a fun time we had in Hico! I want to thank all of you that came out to this small wonderful corner of the world.

The focal point of our booth was a corner that Mr. Ella put up using 3 sheets of plywood. I covered them with random burlap pieces and coffee sacks. Staple guns rock!!
 Across the top of the corner we put a wire grid decorated with burlap netting swagged on a
giant shovel (9ft.). I have three of these shovels and think they will make great curtain rods...
Swinging over to the other side of the booth, we had our check-out and some of our signs that we design and make. They were a big hit and we will sell these on a cash and carry basis at the Dallas Market in January.
 I am kinda big into natural elements. The mesquite beans drew quite a few comments.

The door knob stands are also one of the products we will be selling at the Dallas Market.

 I am also planning on doing some creative and quirky display ideas.
 Burlap ribbon will of course be one of my specialty items!
Also in Hico I carried these beautiful pillows by Judith Ann.
She will soon have these on Etsy for sale. I will put a link on my blog when she does so  that you can go Christmas shopping!
Monica of Joshlyn Photography came by and took this photo of me.
I just loved all of the people I met and was truly enriched by the weekend.

I will share pics of other neat booths soon!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


We made it to Hico and are ready for customers! I am too tired to describe any pics,
so you are on your own....
The lighting made my photos a little blurry. I will take more
photos tomorrow of it all and other great booths too.

Hope you can come by and visit!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hints of Hico

The staging of a show is crazy, but it is something I have to do before hand to see how everything will play together. I marked out the size of my space for the Hico Antique Show in my garage. Then I started playing. I wanted to see how it would all look and also if it would fit in a 12' X 15' space. Oh, and not to forget the 5' x 8' trailer. I think Mr. Ella has a shrinking machine hidden somewhere, because someway, somehow he jams it all in our tiny trailer. It may not even be Halloween yet, but Ella is decorating for Christmas in Hico!
I hope to see you there...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vintage Home FINDS!

I would like to announce my latest news!
I was invited by the Dallas Market Center to be a part of one of their new sections.
Their description below helps explain how it will work.

Dallas Market Center
The world's most complete wholesale merchandise resource,
 is bringing a new resource to the retail buyer.
Vintage Home FINDS!
Held during one of the busiest trade shows.
Premieres January 20-23, 2012
Unique, artisan inspired merchandise from casual to formal, repurposed to reproduction. Products include painted and hand carved furniture, weathered decor, tableware, wall art and textiles as well as custom product made from recycled/repurposed materials. Many items are available for immediate purchase.

Mr. Ella and I will be in booth #5003 in Market Hall North. There are only about 30 exhibitors in the new Vintage Home Area, so we feel flattered to be asked to join in on this new journey. We will have items to buy off the floor and some that can be ordered for the wholesale buyer. Store owners can find pieces to use in their displays. Unique and unusual ways to create an ambiance to a collection.
I am staying awake at night over this and so looking forward to this show!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Parking Lot Sale

The Antique Company Mall is having a parking lot sale TOMORROW!
There will be at least a dozen ACM vendors ready to deal.
Come by and visit us in the parking lot just East of the Store.
213 E. Virginia
McKinney, Texas
10:00 - 5:30
Hope to see ya,

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Industrial Chic

In the past when someone would ask me what my decorating style was I would fumble around with words trying to explain my look. I have now decided to call it Industrial Chic. 
A mix of metals stirred up with a touch of crusty chippy pieces.

 I love to think of ways to take ordinary utilitarian objects and give them a new life and purpose.

 Mr. Ella brings in a softer edge with bold
architectural elements.
We are having so much fun with this style because it just brings a new meaning to recycling.
Bringing the old into the future. 
I love it...
See ya next time and have a great week!