Friday, September 27, 2013

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds!

Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the sights, sounds, tastes and one-of-a-kinds we loved!
ABC Carpet and Home in New York came up with a unique way to manage an out-of-control book collection. Wouldn't a shorter version make a good table base?
We love the use of a vintage ladder and iron meat hooks to create a pot rack in a tight kitchen!
The Flatiron Building in New York City, completed in 1902, is truly an icon. This wedge-shaped building got it's name from its resemblance to a vintage clothes iron. I'll take a corner office, please!
Happy Socks! This company's philosophy is to "spread happiness by turning an everyday essential into a colorful design piece with a standard of quality, craftsmanship and creativity." Mission accomplished! 

Don't the colors of fall look great in this vintage copper boiler?
A view from the pumpkin patch!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Decorating!

Hi Friends:

Autumn has always been my favorite season. Nature bursts with beauty, we transition into comfort food like soups and pumpkin lattes and cool weather calls for cozy sweaters and boots. When fall arrives, as it officially does on Sunday, I get excited looking forward to the upcoming holidays. I love everything about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas from decorating to baking to finding the perfect gift for a loved one.

At Georgia's we usher in the season with a much anticipated trip to the pumpkin patch. Must-haves include corn stalks, gourds, assorted pumpkins and apple cider donuts, of course. Here's a few decorating ideas to help you get into the spirit of the season:
Nothing is more cheerful than a bouquet of Sunflowers!
Decorating with cornstalks is always fun. We added a vintage rake, broom corn and a mesh bow for flair.
Dried gourds can be enjoyed through November. Create a centerpiece with different shapes and sizes or nestle one on a mantle, sideboard or bookshelf. 

And now for the pumpkin possibilities:

Decoupage a white pumpkin with fall foliage. Georgia's saw this idea in Country Living magazine and decided to give it a try. We used Mod Podge and newly fallen leaves, but you could easily use artificial ones - fun for all ages! 
This vintage garden chandelier looks festive adorned with mini pumpkins! 
We saw this vintage planter decked out for fall in the wee hours of the morning at the Ohio Country Living Fair. What an inspired use of straw! 
Love this stack of Cinderella Pumpkins formally known as "Rouge Vif D'Etampes." The nickname comes from the notion that they resemble the pumpkin that was transformed into a coach by Cinderella's fairy godmother. They do have "magical" appeal, don't they? 
This antique goat cart with original green paint just begs for pumpkins but would also look great filled with mums or straw and a scarecrow.

Do you have a great fall decorating idea? Share it with us; we'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Back from Brimfield

Hi Friends:

We're back from the Brimfield Antique Show and so excited to share our finds and inspirations with you. There's something exhilarating about going to antique shows and flea markets. You never know what you'll discover and the fun is in the hunt. We find these markets to be a social event, too. Everyone is brimming with enthusiasm. The sellers are eager to share stories and information about their items and buyers regularly ooh and aah over each other's purchases. At Georgia's we have a nostalgic eye and look for items that are utilitarian and exude originality and charm. We always love what we buy and like to ponder over the past lives of the items. Here's a peek at some of our finds along with inspirational photos from the show:
Rolls of vintage grain sack fabric - love!
Our bench collection is growing with the addition of two original paint farmhouse benches!
Who could pass up this pair of industrial stools with adjustable swivel seats.
We saw several of these vintage hallway/porch benches and wanted every one, but the trailer was only so big.
Vintage wooden mashers. Whenever we see them, we pick them up as they have great architectural appeal when grouped together.
A great selection of vintage tablecloths.

While waiting for a field to open, we spied this antique railway station bench under a tarp and fell in love with it. It is a great piece because it takes up little visual space.
Hand-hammered French copper cauldron/kettle with beautiful patina.
I have a sister who would have flipped over these vintage canes.
Very early (and large) dough box. Wouldn't it be perfect as a toy chest?

Can I just say that I wanted every one of these bangles!

You certainly don't have to be an expert buyer to enjoy the market experience. All it takes is a sense of adventure; after all, who doesn't love a treasure hunt. If you get overwhelmed, try this man's tactic, it just might work!