Get It Together: A Red (Accented) Kitchen

Sometimes when I have doubts about the red accents in my kitchen, rooms like the one above from Country Living rebuild my confidence. Strip away the personal touches, and you’re left with a showroom kitchen. But as an apartment dweller, it’s important to be able to add vintage touches to any space without changing the fixtures – like these new, bright white kitchen cabinets.

Use a metal and oak workbench as a kitchen island and add a trio of burlap baskets underneath for extra storage.

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Junkspiration: Enamelware Bucket

We love enamelware (as you’ve seen here and here)! You may remember the emerald green enamelware bucket being used as a trash can in Katie’s home office, and today we have another to share with you. At Easter, my mother-in-law’s robin’s egg blue bucket was overflowing with tulips as the centerpiece of her tablescape.

Similar buckets in a variety of colors are available on Etsy here and here. How would you use an enamelware bucket? Which color would you choose?

Small Town Travel Log: Junking Finds in DC/Frederick

What we haven’t mentioned about our amazing and successful junking trip to Maryland is what we found in Frederick and at the DC Big Flea! You may recognize some of these great finds from Katie and Rags’ upstairs and downstairs house tours too since we quickly integrated Katie’s finds into her decor.

Here’s a lovely close-up of Nipper, the RCA dog, one of Katie’s many dog decor finds.

Katie bought this ironstone pitcher and basin to top off her upstairs hallway table and added a few vintage spools to her built-in shelves in the living room. Erika and I each bought a wooden spool that make unique paper towel holders for the kitchen!

Check out more of our great finds…

Armchair Junking: Table Lamps Round Up

Doesn’t light just bring so much to a room? Whether it’s natural light in the morning, or a perfectly placed floor lamp, a warm glow can really pull a space together. This week I’m celebrating almost spring and rounding up some vintage lamps to keep us (and our homes) feeling bright and sunny.
1. The perfect color combo – a vintage alabaster base with a beautiful gray shade.
2. A charming brass, industrial model perfect for a small office.

Small Town Travel Log: Frederick, Maryland and The DC Big Flea

As we mentioned in last week’s Junkspiration, Erika and I went to Maryland to visit our college friend and fellow junker Katie. We woke up early on Saturday to go to to Frederick, Maryland, and then to the DC Big Flea Market on Sunday.

Frederick, Maryland

Our first stop in Frederick was Old Glory Antiques Market. With over 100 vendors, Old Glory has a wealth of housewares and decor. The pick of the day was a stunning brass and crystal chandelier that Katie and and her husband Rags found for their bedroom.  Erika and I liked the graphic look of these printing blocks and the colorful collection of perfectly preserved vintage hankies, and I picked up a few of the hankies to use as cocktail napkins.

Read about the rest of our day in Frederick and Sunday at the DC Big Flea…