Summer for me has many facets to it. The beaches are a big part of it! The Swan Boats in Boston Common and dipping my toes into the Frog Pond are a must and if I am lucky we might even get away to the Cape. For me, summer also means shopping at various flea markets, craft fairs and farmer's markets. One of my very favorite venues has become The Vintage Bazaar held at Pettengill Farm in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; much smaller than Brimfield but every bit worth the effort to attend.
|Queenie B's-Cindy Diorio at Flukes+Finds+Friends|
|One of Devon's booths. She is the "founder, producer and bazaar maven" of The Vintage Bazaar.|
Throw on a pair of cowboy boots and your hippie just turned down a country road!
|Excentrique's use of an old mailbox. A little different take on junk mail?|
|Excentrique's old enamel pot with a grapevine wreath and potted geranium. (Bad pun intended.)|
|Red Tractor Vintage uses an old pulley to suspend a light.|
Maybe you're like me and just enjoy being around creative people. You will not find a more creative or eclectic bunch than at The Vintage Bazaar.
I am convinced that I belong in a beach house but reality doesn't seem to agree with me. I have adapted and learned over the past twenty years of living here that summers go too quick for my liking. As a result I have resorted to decorating with a more coastal vibe in my home-trying to savor every bit of outdoor living even when the temperatures force me indoors. As I perused the booths this year I was struck at just how many vendors seemed to summon my thoughts to a seaside retreat or to maybe sit in a swing in some secret garden.
Painted furniture continues to be on everybody's list. The colors varied from traditional whites and blues to some gorgeous shades of greens and corals. If you have an old banged up piece of furniture a new coat of paint can work wonders. I have tried my hand at it a few times and you can see them here, and here and here. There are several home-made paint formulas available on Pinterest or purchase ready made ones like Cari Cucksey's from Cash & Cari on HGTV. If you are new at painting furniture she was holding a workshop at the Bazaar!
|Cari Cucksey's Repurpose ChromaColor Recolor Paint|
|2 years ago we got a picture with Cari!|
If painted furniture is not your thing leave it natural, maybe seal it with a good sealer. I like Waterlox and have had excellent results with their products. If you are more interested in a finished product I found beautiful tables made from pallet wood by Ingrained. They were so smoooooth! This could be for a coastal decor, industrial, cottage, country, minimalist....the possibilities are endless and the results are simply lovely! They do custom work if you are looking for something specific.
I met Matthew Mead, upcycler and former style editor of Country Home magazine, and took away this inexpensive tip: painted rocks! What an easy way to add some color to a dining table, bookshelf, or maybe even planters. Paint them to match your outdoor dining ware or furniture and use them to hold down tablecloths on a windy day.
Pretty Danielle and her handy husband at Finding Silver Pennies were loaded with so many beautiful pieces I couldn't possibly show them all. I have followed her blog for some time and it was a pleasure to meet her. Her painted pieces were beautiful and impeccably beachy! One idea that can be done for your home is a paper wreath using maps. Use maps of a place you want to remember-it doesn't have to be a coastal town. Perhaps use maps of places you would like to visit, where you met your spouse, where the children were born....you get the idea.
I met several ladies in the Coastal Windows & Exteriors booth. A summer house needs beautiful windows to look through-whether you are looking in or looking out. Lucia Lighting and Design and Muzio Designs shared the booth. They can help you make in the inside of your home reflect the beauty of the outside or go a completely different direction. Their websites are full of ideas.
|Oh, I do wish I had a place for this!|
Mill 77 Trading Company not only spoke to my infatuation with the ocean but also to the nostalgic side of me with these:
|The bench was made from old doors!|
You could decorate with a vintage truck like Dustcovery!
|Wouldn't you love one of these to drive around town in?|
|Never used! That's what the tag said.|
For your home, whether painted or natural, rusty, galvanized or shiny, new or new-to-you, leather or lace, vintage or primitive, smooth-as-silk finished or fabulously chippy, if you really love it you will find a way to make it work. "Rules" are guides in decorating. If you want a big huge cow on your wall go for it! If a lamp made from tea pots and a topped with a baby doll head in steam punk fashion makes your heart jump then you can find a way to work it in. It's your home; fill it with things that you love and then find ways to use them to serve others! Happy Summer!
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