Junkspiration: Somerville, MA Consignent Galleries

Sometimes when I’m having a particularly stressful day, I like to mosey over to the Consignment Galleries a couple blocks from my office in Somerville. It’s a 2-room showroom with many different antiques from all different periods and styles. There really is nothing like being amongst the old things when you’re feeling a little overloaded by technology and life. Today I stumbled across the lovely little set of antique silver. I am a particular fan of the delicate patterns and detailing, and often vintage silverware makes me wonder how many dinner parties and wonderful meals these pieces have been a part of. One of the challenges can be finding pieces that don’t have age-telling spots or tarnish. You can find some great tips for how to give old pieces a new shine with some regular household items here, and some beautiful other examples here. Enjoy!

Armchair Junking: Ticonderoga & Lake George

One of our favorite places to visit is our friend’s family home in Ticonderoga, NY. The sleepy town at the top of Lake George provides plenty of junking, seasonal activities, and downtime for puzzling. This year, we’re even hopping across the state line to Shelburne and Burlington, Vermont. Here are some amazing artifacts from the region that we’d love to have around the house to remind us of happy trips:

1) We love the blue and tan of this vintage topographic map of the town of Ticonderoga!

2) While the Ticonderoga steamboat was named after the fort and the town, it actually sailed on Lake Champlain instead of Lake George. We’re going to visit the dry docked “Ticonderoga”, restored to her old glory, at the Shelburne Museum on Friday too!

3) We’d love to use this pencil box at work as a reminder of amazing weekends in Ti.

4) A timeless blue and white ceramic trivet depicts Fort Ticonderoga and would be a great addition to our tablescapes.

5) Wouldn’t this Fort Ticonderoga pendant also make such a great key chain too?

6) Check out this sueded leather souvenir address book from the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George Village, which is still open and located at the opposite end of Lake George.

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?

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?

 

More Armchair Junking:

Armchair Junking: Vintage Clock Round Up

Pendleton Plaid Party – New Years Eve 2013

Unlike many twenty somethings who travel to the city for New Years, our friends have a tradition of fleeing our city as fast as we can to celebrate in Upstate New York on Lake George.   Age-appropriate behavior takes a further hit: We jigsaw puzzle and wine guzzle.

But the pièce de résistance of this year’s friend-family feast is most certainly the tablescape.  The theme: Pendleton Plaid.  Weeks spent planning: Four and a half.  Time spent at the actual table: About 30 minutes.  Worth it.

Let’s break it down.

Plaid tablecloth accented with a burlap runner

Multiple plaids working in harmony

more tablescaping after the jump…