Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bringing back the bar cart!

If you want to get the party started, then roll out a bar cart for your guests! I'll never forget one Halloween when my neighbors who were fairly new to the area, rolled out their cart to their front porch and made instant friends with the entire neighborhood! Bar carts have made a comeback. And, It seems like every retailer is jumping on board...just in time for the holidays. Below are a few of my, vintage, DIY...
Vintage bamboo bar cart from Chairish

Sleek metal and glass basic design cart from Williams-Sonoma

 Cart from World Market. I love the circular design!

Imported bookcase made into a cart by One Kings Lane

This bar area is from The Pursuit of Style. This is a gold and glass end table
where a tray was added to bottom tier. Love this DIY idea!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

What's in store at the Poet?

I've had a few of my customers tell me that my antique booth at the Sleepy Poet is entirely different from my previous spaces at The Blacklion. And, I will definitely agree with that! Quite frankly, it has been a complete change from buying new product to vintage. Finding unique one-of-a-kind antiques has been a little more challenging. I'm always on "the search" for great vintage stuff. Here's a little peek of what's currently going on in my space...

 Drawer repurposed into a shelf

 Several pieces of furniture...mostly painted pieces

 Another desk drawer that I've painted and papered to repurpose into a shelf

 China cabinet from the 1930's painted in ASCP Old White

Hardware bin full of vintage and new knobs that I've saved from my furniture painting days

Monday, September 12, 2016

Velvet in vogue

Have you noticed that velvet upholstered furniture is big again? Yes, the green velvet chairs from the 70s are back with a vengeance. I wasn't a fan during the 70s....probably because I was too young to appreciate design. However, I've had a change of heart with maturity and more design knowledge under my belt. I am loving this luxurious soft fabric especially when paired with certain home d├ęcor items. It offers a wonderful contrast to modern art and metallic accessories. Check out some of my favorites velvet furniture pieces below...

 Lime green tufted bench from Anthropologie

French style gray upholstered chair from Chairish

Pink sofa from Anthropologie

Blue ottoman/stool from Gilt

Green sofa from Ballard Designs

Pink tufted velvet club chair from Anthropologie

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Anthro tablecloth, estate sale finds and my Grandmother's vintage china

One of my favorite things to do is putting together a table setting for a brunch or dinner. In our house, we celebrate several birthdays during the month of August. Yes, there's a family full of Leos! This year, I hosted a birthday brunch at our house which gave me the opportunity to dust off my Grandmother's vintage china from the 1930s.

I bought this beautiful tablecloth from Anthropologie several years ago. It's one of my favorite prized possessions. It looks vintage with the lovely blue/green old fashioned floral pattern. It also has the cutest pompom trim which is not shown.

My Grandmother's china (Homer Lauglin Virgina Rose Pattern) which she rarely used. It is in perfect condition with no cracks or crazing. Another one of my cherished possessions!

Paper roses that I made a few months ago. I initially had this idea that I was going to sell them on Etsy...a lot of my creative business ideas never get implemented! I arrranged these flowers in an old tarnished brass pitcher along with a vintage crochet doily that I found at an estate sale.

Another successful table setting. Even if the food isn't that great, I always get rave reviews on the table setting!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I've got cabin fever!

I have a serious house crush on the 2016 DIY Network Blog Cabin! I usually do a post of the annual HGTV Dream Homes and I never enter my name to win the grand prize. However, this time, I will put my name in the drawing because this "Dream Cabin" is a combination of my two favorite things....the Florida Gulf Coast and repurposing vintage items. Here's a little preview of why I love this cabin...
 Arial view of the HGTV Cabin...its surrounded by trees and water

3 levels of outdoor living spaces which includes a volleyball court

Open modern floor plan with lots of windows connecting the outside with the inside

A separate bonus room that doubles as a guest house

Inside the guest house features an unique wood wall feature

 Lower level features lighting made from upcycled old metal tanks

Breakfast nook seating is built from restored mahogany boat.

Cypress tree re-used as a planter in entry way

For more info and additional pics of this awesome home, check out DIY Network.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A sweet little vintage desk named Gwyndolyn

A new addition to the store....a sweet little vanity desk with chair named "Gwyndolyn". I usually do not name my finished pieces but I spent a lot of time on this desk so I felt inclined. "She" had great lines and good bones and was begging for a much needed makeover so I decided to rescue her from an antique auction. "Gwynie" has a fresh coat of ASC French Linen (gray) and heavily distressed finish. I kept the original hardware intact and papered the drawer. She also has side drop leaves which can be expanded for extra work space. Gwyndolyn is now for sale at the Sleepy Poet and ready for a new home!