Behr just announced their 2018 Color of the Year…

and I’m Loving It!!!

2018 color of the year

Shade: In The Moment

Soothing, tranquil, energizing, all comes to mind!

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What do you think? Can this be one of the shades on your next wall?

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A Citrus Color Themed House

I can’t stop oooooh aaaaah’ing over this house!!!

Everything is so meticulously designed and immaculately presented!

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Vintage went to McKinney, TX

OK, I feel awfully guilty for royally slacking on the blog! I did NOT realize my last post was almost a month ago! Totally not acceptable. No wonder I haven’t been my 100% percent lately. I consider writing as my therapy. Not wise to be skipping out on “therapy” this often!

But…in my defense…I have been busy prepping for the new house (shopping, shopping, etc.), stressing about the move (I despise packing/unpacking), traveling (so excited to share my adventure with you – post coming up next week!) and of course, work never manages to bore me (ps: I love my job!)

About a month ago I covered a flea market locally in the Houston area in this post. This flea market was hosted by Vintage Market Days. I discovered VMD on Facebook. Found out it was featured in Country Living magazine as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales Not To Miss in 2015“. This piece of revelation was enough to convince me to make a short trip to Hempstead. After spending a day and a half at the VMD flea market, I realized what a wise decision I made! It was love at first sight! I heart barn sales to begin with (my sister likes to think I follow all of them on the road) and this one tops my list so far.

So you know what I did next. I followed VMD to McKinney TX a week later! Even better. The stuff was so great. People were nice. Weather was pleasant. And my company of friends & family in Dallas TX rocked! I spent an entire day at the event. Bought lots of cool stuff for the house.

I think my sister may have a point there. Looks like I’ll be a VMD groupie for at least the next several months. Have already noted down their 2016 flea markets on my calendar. They are in Dripping Springs, TX (near Austin/Hill Country) this weekend as we speak. Looks like I will be missing out on this one 😦 but check out the VMD site and if they happen to cruise by your town, do drop by. You will not be disappointed.

Now off to pics!

PS: I picked up business cards of vendors whose stuff I really liked. The links/phone numbers to their shops are posted right below the pictures.

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Vintage came to Houston!

Well…sorta…it came to a little town north of Houston named Hempstead over this past weekend…and left 😦

It was the event I had been waiting for – Vintage Market Days, featured in Country Living as one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales Not To Miss in 2015“!

Did I tell you one of my New Years resolution for next year is to visit every damn barn sale in this country?

The addiction sprung up sometime around late last year as I perused through blogs and magazines to rediscover my design style. There was an emerging propensity in my heart towards all things old and it wasn’t until I picked up an issue of Better Homes & Garden that I knew I had found my Home. And before you know it, flea markets and barn sales began to crowd my 2015 calendar.

My biggest show was going to be the Roundtop Antique Fair in September/October of this year – one of country’s biggest flea markets stretching across 25 miles between Fayetteville and Carmine over the course of two weeks. It’s main attraction – Marburger Farm Antique Show. OKAY! I’ll stop right there! Only because THIS antique fair deserves a post of its own; I am itching to put my two cents in!!

Anyhow, so back to Vintage Market Days. Country Living was absolutely on point! This was indeed a well organized and an absolute FUN barn sale to go to. Small but relevant with some interestingly unique pieces. And most importantly, prices everywhere were REASONABLE for a flea market rated high on Country Living’s list. Each time I laid my hands on a piece, I found it to be priced right around how much I would pay for it. Vendors were super nice and chatty. I spent a decent amount of time at each tent. The fair took up almost 4 hours of my time.

VMD is now heading to McKinney TX (close to Dallas) this coming weekend! If you’re into this type of adventure and you happen to be in Texas, I hope my pictures convince you enough to embark on a short trip to Dallas this weekend.

Here are some of the vendors from this past weekend (fortunately I picked up several business cards; unfortunately they’re sitting in another car as we speak 😦 Hence the list of vendors is short for now. I promise to update this post sometime this week to list remaining vendors from the fair so be sure to drop by again!):

I’m obsessed with Clocks…

For someone who’s notorious for running late, that’s a mouthful!

But seriously, I am! So ask me how did this obsession start? Well, I’ve been on the hunt for everything and anything vintage. In designing the new house, I have discovered that my style is country vintage. Which brings up a real-life issue I’m encountering these days…the rents don’t like anything which predates their times and I don’t like anything invented during mine. So now we’re in a dilemma to find furniture belonging to a mutually-exclusive century and well…

Anyways, we’ll save this topic for another day…

…back to clocks. So…during my numerous trips to flea markets and antique stores and all-nighter reads through several vintage magazines, I noticed how a simple but unique clock can add a creative flare to the room at a minimal price. Sometimes to bring excitement back into a boring room, you only need to make minor adjustments. All you need is an imagination…and a subscription to Better Homes & Garden! We always think big! Like buying a huge piece of furniture or changing up the entire room. Sometimes a fresh paint, a new lighting fixture, fresh flowers, new cushions, updated curtains, or a wall hanging can revive a dull room.

And that’s how clocks grabbed my attention! Just like that!

So I took upon myself to hunt for unique clocks for the house, something which could translate into a signature focal point of the room.

Back in February I posted about a recycled turntable clock I purchased from Etsy seller Pixelthis. Let me tell you what a conversation piece this clock has managed to become! Almost everyone who visited my place asked me how I got my hands on it. Many studied it carefully for several minutes admiring it’s impeccable finish. I feel proud of myself just thinking about it!

So here are some clocks I figured may grab your attention. Trust me, there are enough in this post to cater to everyone’s taste!

Or…how about…(drum roll please!) buy these as gifts for your friends!!! These clocks will make awesome gifts!!! Your friends will love you for it…you could be the new hero in their lives!

I’m telling you, you should buy…

this Wooden Mechanical Clock for your I-Like-To-Fix-Everything-Myself buddy

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which works like this…

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this LED World Clock for the Travel-Savvy buddy

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this Light Up Moon Clock for the Astronomy-Obsessed buddy

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this Recycled Bike Crank Clock for your MS 150 Enthusiast buddy

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this Recycled Bike Wheel & Tire Clock for your Bike-aholic buddy

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this Recycled Record Player Clock for your Music Junkie buddy

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this Recycled Kodak Camera Clock for your Photographer-Wanna-Be buddy

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this Whatever Clock for your Sarcasm-Overload buddy

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this Orbits Clock for the The-Aliens-Will-Abduct-Us-One-Day buddy

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this Manifold Clock for your Weed-Smokin’ buddy

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this Faux Books Clock for your Oprah-Book-Club buddy

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this Eye Clock for your Paranoid buddy

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this Sentence Maker Wall Clock for your Hooked-On-Inspirational-Quotes buddy

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this Melting Clock for your Science-Geek buddy

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this Pop Quiz Clock for your Math Teacher buddy

this Happy Time Fried Egg Wall Clock for your 24-Hour-Food-Network buddy

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this History of Art MoMa Wall Clock for your artsy-fartsy buddy

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this The Only Constant is Change Clock for your philosopher buddy 25198_zoom1this Unfinished Clock for your Procrastinating buddy (me!)

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this Directors Edition Clock for your Netflix-Is-My-Date-This-Weekend buddy

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…and last…but certainly not least…this Clock is made just for me!

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Ok, that’s enough!

There you go, brilliant 2,345,900 gift ideas at your doorstep!!!

This is who I am!

As I shop for a new home, I can’t help but wonder…if this is who I am!

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FiftyThree is blowing my mind away right now!

Great ideas start on paper!

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Meet FiftyThree, the team which introduced mobile whiteboarding at the speed of thought!

Whether you’re sketching out a new product, a kitchen remodel, or a business plan, FiftyThree’s iPad tool kit helps you capture new ideas quickly and beautifully.

It’s as easy as diagram, fill and cut.

You don’t have to be an artist or someone with serious drawing skills to get started. Let their technology allow you your freedom of expression at the speed of thought.

Confused? I was as well when I first came across it. But start by watching the two videos below and then downloading the app for free on iTunes.

This is one wicked app!!! And a great gift for an art-loving friend!!! You don’t win the award for App Of The Year for a simple reason…

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Meet The National Geographic Traveler Of The Year – Part III – Jordan

This will be my last post dedicated to Heather Finnecy‘s photography-rich trip to Middle East to document the lives of women in the region for her project From What I Can See.

If you are reading this for the first time, make sure to read my posts on Heather’s journey to Lebanon and Kuwait and then to Palestine.

Today we will see the women of Jordan!

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Home Sweet Home

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Women’s Union

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College Girls – University of Jordan

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Dana, The Nutritionist

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For more on Jordan, be sure to visit Heather’s portfolio of pictures here.