rules of civility

I am finally starting to tackle my summer reading list. As a visual person, I always
tend to connect to narratives that paint vivid images in my mind of the main character's
sense of style.

Amor Towles', Katey Kontent, in "The Rules of Civility", instantly made me long to be
roaming around New York City in the 1930's.  I would kill to be shopping at Bendel's
and drinking at dive Jazz Clubs with her.

My handbag today is filled with receipts and pens. Here's what I predict would be in
my bag if I were kicking it in the glamourous 1930's.

What's on your summer reading list?

vintage crates

Vintage wooden crates seem to be finding their way onto all of our inspiration boards these days.
They make great storage and can be easily transformed and stacked to create nightstands, end tables, planters, or even wedding centerpieces. I have lost count of how many I have around my apartment.

The trick is to find a great one (or few) that have lettering or advertising that speak to you.

Investing in some of these will make organizing more appealing, I promise. How would
you transform a vintage crate?

vintage hollywood arcade cards

I came across a set of amazing Vintage Arcade Cards at Brimfield Fair in May. I was 
initially drawn to the beautiful images of Hollywood starlets but my Dad filling me in on 
the history of the cards sealed the purchase.

One of the things I love most about antiquing is learning about the history of items I
come across.  Asking questions is one of the fastest ways to get to know shop owners, 
think of a trip to an antiques store or fair as a free history class without the boring lecture. 

It turns out these vintage cards were once dispensed by a machine in arcades at 10 
cents a pop.  Printed in the USA, these cards have become sought after collectibles. 
I find myself wondering if today's hollywood gals could stand up to these timeless ladies...

I am now regretting not getting more. 

Heat Wave Style

I am loving this heat wave. Call me crazy but hot and humid is my favorite kind of weather.
This weekend I'm craving margaritas, ice cream, and some antiquing. 

vintage porcelain plates: 10 o'clock crafting:

Inspiration struck me late this evening and I've been up hand lettering these for the Etsy shop.
They will be up soon! I'm loving the contrast between the letters and the victorian feeling plates.
What do ya think?

mantiques: father's day gift ideas

I am totally guilty of leaving gift giving to the last minute these days, regardless of the holiday or occasion. I swear I will get ahead of the game eventually. This Father's Day I am planning to give my Dad something old and a little bit rustic.

Recently I have heard the term "MANtiques" being thrown around in conversation, and these Etsy finds live up the phrase. Give Dad a piece of nostalgia this holiday.


                                              check out our treasury on etsy.

esty updates

We are always on the hunt for new great pieces for our Etsy Store.
And I love sharing our new findings, the stories behind them and our visions for their use.
Here are some of our lovely new additions.I love how low maintenance air plants are and these little planters make displaying them effortless.

Dream catchers were huge when I was a kid, and they are totally making a comeback. This vintage necklace is the perfect summer accessory.

treasure hunt#2

There's always a running list in my head of pieces I am on the hunt for.
This weekend I am looking for pops of color for my apartment.

What are you all on the hunt for?

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antiquing uniform

I'm already on the prowl for outfit inspiration for the weekend. Style and comfort are key when I'm running in and out of my favorite antique spots. The outfits I put together on the weekends are always my favorites. These looks make me want to sip coffee, listen to some Tammy Wynette, and go
on the hunt for some treasures.

Check out my pinterest board for more style inspiration.

the color purple

It happens all the time, I find myself wandering through antique and consignment stores looking for treasures and my eye gets stuck on one color. The past couple of weeks its been purple. I cannot seem to get enough of this hue! I picked up this perfect vintage trinket box over the weekend.

Check out our new tins in the shop.