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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!):

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Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

I’m rather obsessed with the designer Lee Ann Thornton.

Her interior designs project such warmth and peace in her homes, I’m in a happy place just by looking at them.

Imagine if she made your next home look like this:

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If I end up owning a country home in Connecticut in my next life, I’m definitely hiring Lee!

Also check out her latest feature in House Beautiful.

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Inspiration for a new home continues…

The epic search for a new home continues…and so does my attempt to post as many inspiring designs on my pinboard as humanly possible.

Today I find delight in the minimalist, eco-friendly designs of Ecoluxe on their Instagram page. And I hope you do too!

Doorway 💚 @kellywearstler

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Mirror envy #green #ecoluxe #ecohome #interiors #regram #timstreetporter

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Styled by the amazing #mrjasongrant #stylelab #lifeinstyle

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#jonathanwardlondon#santissimaamalfi#

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Long weekend travel inspiration

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and last but certainly not least…

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Vintage Living – Amazing Repurposed Storage Ideas

“In my humble opinion, two things a home can always use more of is, extra storage & vintage charm. Being a lover of all things old & worn and a mom of 2 busy boys, I am always looking for clever ways to add storage that will keep me on budget and add warmth to my space at the same time. Repurposing vintage & salvaged items into storage can add style & character, create conversation and bring function to your space without breaking the bank. The best places to look for these items are flea markets, estate & tag sales, thrift stores, local antique shops and yard sales.”

Jennifer O’Brien, BHG.com

Feel free to be charmed by Jen’s modern country-style living as seen on her blog City Farmhouse.

In the meantime, let me share with you some of the ideas featured in her article on BHG.com on how to make use of vintage items to bring character and purpose to your house at the same time make space for extra storage.

Vintage rolling cart & tool box serves as storage & display for family treasures

Vintage rolling cart & tool box serves as storage & display for family treasures, via Jeanne Oliver Designs

Stacked crates for wine storage

Stacked crates for wine storage

Vintage box serving as a beautiful centerpiece on the coffee table

Vintage box serving as a beautiful centerpiece on the coffee table, via My Fabuless Life

Crates create beautiful displays in this kitchen

Crates create beautiful displays in this kitchen

This empire dresser serves as functional kitchen island storage

This empire dresser serves as functional kitchen island storage, via DIYShowOff

Vintage crates create instant storage in a bedroom

Vintage crates create instant storage in a bedroom

A chicken feeder makes for a perfect console table to hold magazines and display a collection of weather vanes

A chicken feeder makes for a perfect console table to hold magazines and display a collection of weather vanes

Chicken coop turned into a stunning coffee table perfect for storing collectibles

Chicken coop turned into a stunning coffee table perfect for storing collectibles

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For the Chai Addict!

I have no clue how I stumbled upon these super unique tea kettles and tea pots. Maybe my inner Chai instinct hooked in on a clue from the universe and led me to it…? I spotted a few of these and instantly I was on Google searching for more. Weird how you can get on the internet to google “where to find Thai tea mix in Houston” only to find yourself doing something entirely unrelated one hour later. Focus Henna…Focus! But I couldn’t just let these tea sets bypass your lens. So…I share!

If I can get a hold of these, I promise everyone High Tea at my house every Saturday!

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