Monday, July 15, 2013

Simple Summer Elegance

A couple weeks ago, under an absolutely beautiful blue sky and perfect temperatures,
I shopped
and shopped
and shopped ~
making it through the Allegan Antique Market three times
and discovering new goodies each trip through.

I have learned to be very particular with what I purchase.
It must speak to me in a special whisper.
The colors must be perfect.
And I must know exactly how I'm going to use it
or where it's going to be placed.

[Which may explain why you may find me standing in a vendor's booth,
staring at a treasure in my hand,
and looking like I've lost my marbles.]

When I set my specifically chosen purchases on my workbench to take this photo,
my eyes were delighted at what they saw.
A simple vignette that made my heart sing in an opera voice...

Rose covered china pieces, a wooden sap bucket,
a Turkish prayer rug in perfect shabby chic colors,
and two pristine vintage brass sconces with beautiful crystals.

The sconces Michelle at reimagined just for you (who has a beautiful booth there each month),
sold to me were my favorite purchases of the day.
I love them so much that I'm going to nab two more from her at the next market.
I know exactly where I'm going to put them,
There are a couple walls just crying out for some.

These pillows were a fabulous find.
Elegant and oh so shabby chic.
The floral one in the front is actually filled with buckwheat hulls.

It amazed me how one small, sweet sconce can make such a huge impact on a wall.

I love it in the kitchen next to the frantel.

Simple summertime elegance...

Well, I'm off to make more dream catchers and fill more orders!
If you follow me on Facebook, you can see the latest one I just introduced to my collection.

And there is another new one that has been weaving itself softly through my mind
that I will be creating soon...  :)

~  Blessings ~

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  1. Oh, how wonderful!

    I, too, am getting very picky about what I bring home, and trying each time to sell or purge something I don't have room for or need - so very very slowly and carefully I am getting my space back.

    I think that sconce is really special.

  2. Hi Laurie... oooh, I love all your beautiful finds!... those sconces are fabulous and that floral china is beautiful... sigh... I am getting more finicky about what comes home with me as well... love love love your wooden sap bucket!... where is it going to live in your home?... can't wait to see your newest creations... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

  3. It looks like you scored pretty nicely. I,too, am much more discriminating in my purchasing than I used to be. I think that comes with time and experience. Are you still selling somewhere (booth or mall) xo Diana

  4. Beautiful finds, Laurie! Love the sconce! I also love the creamer and sugar bowl set you found. So soft and romantic looking.

  5. Laurie,
    Elegant, shabby chic. . .and yet classic treasures, dear freind!
    Love the vignette on your mantle!
    Soft and relaxing, the way Summer should be!

  6. Beautiful new treasures dear,the pillow is perfect and all ♥ Also, whenever I buy the thing hit me right in the heart - then just buy :-)
    Have a nice day's!!!!Hugs by Vicky!

  7. I am loving all your beautiful treasures you found at the Market! It's looking like this month will be the month that we will be going to the Market, yeah!! I am sooo looking forward to seeing what special treasures might be waiting there for me :) I hope you will be there, and can get a chance to meet you in person!

    xo Brenda

  8. Laurie your sconce is perfection! Love it next to your frantle...<3
    Beautiful treasures too.Yes I too am being a bit pickier at the treasures I bring home to keep and also the ones I am planning on selling in my online shop coming soon!

  9. Laurie, what great finds!! Love the pillows and the sconce. Beautiful. Enjoy them!


  10. Beautiful treasures Laurie.
    Hugs, Gee

  11. Beautiful finds. I love the little sconce.

  12. Oh Laurie...I just love the sconces!
    I also love the floral paintings too!!

  13. Oh yeah... those sconces are scrumptious! Cool find! It is sooo fun shopping and finding treasures like those, isn't it. You have such a great eye too!


  14. Precious! You and me are quite alike when we find our long lost treasures. Wonderful writing!

  15. Oh my what a lovely post...I love everything about it...STUNNING!

  16. I love all your finds Laurie but I especially love the sconces! I'm trying to be pickier about what I purchase but there are still times I buy things and then have buyers remorse immediately afterward, or I think it's going to look good and it doesn't!

  17. Everything is beautiful ... I really love your sconce!

  18. Great lil treasures Laurie! I love sconces myself and have a few but took them down for awhile.Not sure why?

    I am ready for a new house I think :) a Farm House I believe.Lots around we just don't want to have to repair them all.

    I love all your dream catchers and I do follow you on FB as well.

    Just wanted to stop and say Hello on your Blog! Kim

  19. Beautiful Laurie,
    And the wall sconces are amazing, I have been on the hunt for some myself more in the way of lantern style.
    Everything over here is looking so romantic in its softness.


  20. great finds! thanks for sharing with us =)

  21. beautiful shabby chic elegance. I am so happy this whispered to you. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  22. Gorgeous Laurie - they're really gorgeous - but you also have a way of making every look perfect too -
    I need you to come decorate my cloche LOL

  23. It turned out really lovely. New follower cant wait to see whats next!

  24. you have a great blog ^ ^
    you want to follow each other?
    follow me and let me know with a comment
    and follow you too :))


  25. Hi hon!

    Everything looks absolutely gorgeous ! Love where you put the rose painting on the frantel!!! I miss it, and want it back !!!! Lol, just kidding ! Glad that you have it, means more to me when someone as special as you who will appreciate it. Hope you have fun at the Faded Rose show this weekend. I'll be in Etown visiting Jim's family and plan on doing some antiquing as well. Have a great weekend and I hope you stay cool during this horrible heatwave!!!!!

    XOXO~ Steph

  26. Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday - what a lovely post!

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  28. It would be so fun to go to the market with you. I love the sconces and your sweet summer mantel. Beautiful as always.

  29. Oh, those sconces are fabulous! I love the elegance that they bring to a room.
    The pattern in the pillows, so romantic!

  30. Ooooo... I love it so much. I'll have to do something like this for my mother's new mantel. Thanks for inspiring me. Linda Following on bloglovin also.

  31. Amazing finds Laurie!!! I am so in love with your sconce.. and your rug and all the other bits and pieces! Wish i could make such amazing finds!!! never mind!!! hope your weekend is filled with wonderful moments of joy and sunshine my friend! sending love and hugs!
    Laura xx

  32. So beautiful!! You've got a great eye. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  33. So beautiful and what great finds in the sconces. I've been meaning to ask you if you are a professional photographer or just that good. :-) Also, I was wondering if you had done a dream catcher with roses? If so I would like one. Thank you so much for entering your post to Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  34. hi Laurie, it looks all so soft and beautiful. what a great find
    Fiona x

  35. Hi Laurie, oh what treasures you brought home! Love the china and the sconces. I have a sap bucket like that and I adore it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  36. Great finds Laurie. The sconces are beautiful and perfect for your home. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  37. Hello Laurie - love your finds - I too have pondered purchases for a while - sadly there are a few things I have left that I do wish I'd taken! These sconces are amazing - looks marvelous in your home. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  38. so many pretty things, and you bring them all together beautifully!

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  40. Seeing your glorious collection of finds, I do believe I heard that chorus of 'Laaaaa' too! xoxo


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