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: Getting Excited for Brimfield

In just two short months, Cathy and I will be on our way to the Brimfield Antique Show in Central MA to make our way through the 6,000+ vendors showcasing the best of their wares to more than 130,000 junk-obsessed attendees. To say we are excited is an understatement.

Today’s Junkspiration comes from last year’s trip to Brimfield, where I spotted this amazing pair of doors. It was all I could do not to tie them to the roof of my car and bring them home to lean up against the walls of my sun porch. I love the colors, I love the intricate fleur-de-lis pattern, I love the wooden details. Here’s hoping that Brimfield has just as many beautiful treasures to offer this year!

Have you ever been to Brimfield? What are some of your favorite finds?

Get It Together: Red Guest Bedroom

A great guest room should be flexible – suitable for singles or couples, kids and adults – which is what makes this room from Better Homes & Gardens perfect.  The color palette is mostly neutral, but the pops of red scream country fun.

Let’s look at the ingredients to make a welcoming guest room like this.

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Armchair Junking: Enamelware Round Up

I love vintage enamelware for its rustic durability, bright colors, and crisp whites, so I couldn’t have been more excited I was given this sign a Valentine’s Day gift!  “Attention Chat Lunatique” definitely applies around here.  Three crazy cats live in our apartment, it’s just that two of them are in human form.

I did this chalk drawing of Ada before the original “cat party”  – a cocktail party to celebrate when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. I decided that my new sign belongs near the entrance to our apartment below the chalkboard.

This week, let’s look at other fantastic enamelware finds for the perfect collection.

1) Green trim seems unique in a world of black and navy, so I love this enamelware baking pan.

2) I’d love to wash fresh summer berries in this navy blue trim enamelware colander with a handle.

3) This cobalt blue trim enamelware dining set contains soup bowl/deep plates, two mugs, a small plate and a covered tureen would be a great set for glamping (glamorous camping).

4) This red trim enamelware basin would be a great fruit bowl or serving dish.

5) Another unique color is the teal edge on these enamelware mixing bowls and saucepan.

6) Finally, it’s easy to imagine this navy blue trim enamelware coffee pot filled with wildflowers.


As mentioned, here’s that chat lunatique – Ada.  Can you see the crazy in those eyes?


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Armchair Junking: Vintage Clock Round Up