Sunday, November 29, 2009

Don't you love a flea market!?

I finally made my first trip to the storied Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley a couple of weekends ago. Mom, Minna, and I ventured out there in the early, very frosty morning to find a couple of necessities for my new place.

At the top of my list was a drop leaf dining table that I could fold up against a wall like a console table most of the time but seat four people at when "entertaining." I was armed with a wish list of other items and measurements for some of the odd lonely nooks around the apartment.

This place was MUCH bigger than I anticipated. We got there as most of the vendors were setting up but I immediately knew I was going to be battling with myself to ignore the tschotchkes and focus on the big items I needed. I had a budget and I was going to stick to it gosh darn it.

Stay away from the kitschy vintage things...

Avoid the giant fringy items...

...and score! Pictured in situ here at home, I found this little beauty of a mahogany side table about 30 minutes in to the flea market. I even got the seller to take 5 bucks off. I was so proud of my self-control and success with the table that I allowed myself to head back to the guy with the tables full of cast iron wonderments.

First there was the 3ft high flamingo for $20 who has since been dubbed Bernard. I also snagged a $5 mermaid hook for towels in the bathroom.

I didn't end up finding my drop leaf table at the flea market but I did nab it a The Stock Exchange in Manchester that afternoon. Cramming all of my treasures into Mom's Pontiac for the trip back to Boston was interesting but well worth it!

Time for a little DIY holiday spirit?

It's been a little while since I broke into the craft cart. I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with my new garland. This only took about 30 minutes to throw together and I have plenty of stickers left. There may be more of these beauties in my future...

You may have noticed Bernard at his new post next to the fireplace. He was a recent flea market find. More on him later.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Is it time for new colors?

I was going for a new color scheme that was clean, fresh, and evoked a sense of "oooh look at that pretty blog. That girl must have great style." Unfortunately, I got easily discouraged when confronted with only 60 colors and decided to look for the bottom of the Hint of Lime Tostitos bag. We'll see how I feel about it tomorrow.

P.S. 60 colors is a lot less than it sounds when you consider that 12 of them are black and grays and another 15 are just too icky. I'm not good at math but that leaves me with fewer choices than I'd like.

What does my new place look like?

I promise to get exciting "after" shots up as soon as I'm happy with the place. I think I'm one more weekend of organizing and an Ikea trip away from getting there. Until then, here are a few quick shots of the "before." Note the cute Irish boy who stopped by early to help me unload the car and give me drinks to make it through the day ;)

Living Room



Office (LOVE my french doors!)

Bedroom with a view to the deck