Hanging Out At…Charleston Farmer’s Market and Antiquing

The Charleston Dress made her debut today. Here’s where I showed her off.

First stop, the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square (Every Saturday from 8am-2pm, if anyone’s interested!)IMG_9864 IMG_9865 IMG_9866 IMG_9867IMG_9868I had a delicious lemonade that was made right in front of me, and then finished it off with the Thurman Herman roti roll from Roti Rolls CHS. It consisted of a light, flaky, chewy “pita” type flatbread stuffed with pulled pork, kimchi, and Creole mac and cheese. It was the first thing I ate all day, but was totally justified, since it was 1pm 🙂

Afterwards, I strolled down to Open Door Shop, which I tried to visit last weekend, but it’s closed on Sundays…IMG_9883I bought the sweetest pineapple bowl for all of my future soirees I plan on having…

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Open Door is on Line Street and at an end of King Street (the main shopping street) that I never frequent. So as I was thinking I should turn back and go home, I spied a sign saying “Antiques”. Well, nothing bad ever happened at an antiques shop, right? I figured it would be worth it to find out. And I’m glad I did.

IMG_9886The kind ladies at Antiques and Interiors Market on King told me about a great Happy Hour event going on mid-October, where all of the design shops on one end of King will be having wine and cheese in the evening. As my cousin, Margot, would say, “Doin’ it!”

Here are some of the treasures there:

IMG_9896 IMG_9897I imagine this fab antique chest with clean lined lamps and a modern mirror or colorful piece of art, to keep it from looking too “museum-y”
IMG_9898Can you imagine this with all white dishes like these from Open Door? Or some family heirloom china?
IMG_9899 IMG_9900 That bow in a preppy little girls room? Kind of Kate Spade, right?IMG_9901 IMG_9902I imagined that chair reupholstered in a fun floral fabric with the frame painted a high gloss white 🙂IMG_9903 IMG_9904 IMG_9905 I just loved those ram candle sconces. I would seriously consider getting them wired and having maybe modern bulbs put in like these options.IMG_9906 IMG_9907 My imagination really does run away with me, but that’s the fun in antique shopping. You get to imagine that every piece has a great story, like this basket, which maybe held sweetgrass for baskets!IMG_9908 IMG_9909 And although that dining table seems a little country, it was such a cute size for a small apartment.IMG_9910 Yes, just a new fabric, but keep the carved wood. Talk about a Throne!IMG_9911

And finally, 2 sweet cherubs that looked like they just needed to be loved 🙂

To my delight, an architectural salvage store called Encore was right next door!

IMG_9887 IMG_9888 IMG_9889 IMG_9890 IMG_9891 Seriously, my grandmother has one of these in her basement and I totally called dibs on it (not that anyone was really fighting for it anyway…) It belonged to her grandfather and I like that it has some family history. These were going for $650!IMG_9892 I would have loved somethign like this for my bedroom in Philadelphia. But at $1,600, it didn’t look like it was going to happen…IMG_9893 IMG_9894 And THIS little fellow! His human mother went into the back room and he patiently waited by the door. I tried to talk to him, and even requested that he trot over to me, so I could pet him. This was the response I got. No eye contact. As if he just pretended I wasn’t there, I’d go away! A shy guy 🙂IMG_9895

Next, I walked to Circa Lighting with features some realllllly beautiful fixtures at prices just as big as their chandeliers…IMG_9879 IMG_9878 IMG_9877 Loved how they added more storage space by installing these sliding barn door displays!IMG_9876 IMG_9875 IMG_9874 IMG_9873

I hope you had fun “shopping” with me!

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Iron Man’s House Updates!

Because these are SO overdue, I’m posting the Before and After, so you can see the real transformation. These are “true to life” photos. No “staging”. You know that was KILLING me!!

LIVING ROOM:house 3 newIMG_9331

 

DINING ROOM:house 8 new13600036_840172962779439_4937101599743631401_n

 

KITCHEN:house 4 newIMG_9327

MASTER BEDROOM:house 5 newIMG_9332

My Sweetie loves his home, and I love it too. It makes visits even more enjoyable!

 

For more info on the finishes and colors, check out this Before post and this During post!

 

Iron Man’s House Updates

So much has been happening at I.M’s homestead!

There has been so much progress, these photos are probably out of date already…

I Photoshopped a little sumthin sumthin for him here, so here are the “During” photos.
You can really see where the kitchen doorway, wall, AND soffit were removed, making the kitchen feel SO much bigger!

Before:house 3 new

During:
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LIVING ROOM Before and During…house 3 newIMG_8796IMG_8978

DINING ROOM Before and During…

 

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KITCHEN Before and During…

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Paint: Behr, Tanglewood N320-3U(Paint + Primer) via Home Depot

Trim: Semigloss White

Wood Flooring: QuickStep, Reclaime Collection, Heathered Oak Laminate via Lomax

More updates coming soon!

Photoshop Fun: Iron Man’s House

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Iron Man bought a house!! I am so proud of him for accomplishing one of his life’s goals. It’s such a cute, sweet place, all it needs is just a little love and care 🙂

Here are some of the Before’s…

Living Room:house 2 newhouse 3 new

Dining Room:
house 8 new

Kitchen:house 4 new

Master Bedroom:house 5 new

Main Bathroom:house 7 new

Guest Bedroom:house 6 new

I had to slightly photoshop them (quickly and sloppily), for image security purposes, but this is generally how each room looks.

IM has been so kind and let my creativity run wild. I know his style and made sure that whatever I whipped up, was something that he would like. Even if he doesn’t end up using it exactly, it makes for good blog posts!

Here is his Living Room and Dining Room reimagined:

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Here are the details:

Flooring: QuickStep, Reclaime Collection, Heathered Oak Laminate via Lomax

Curtains: West Elm, Sheer Diamond Curtain

Dining Chandelier: Shades of Light, Multi Glass Orb Chandelier

Dining Table: CB2, Dylan Dining Table

Dining Chairs: Modway Furniture, Amish Wood Armchair via Domino

Cacti Print: Etsy, Vertical Cactus Print

Driftwood Floor Lamp: World Market, Driftwood Floor Lamp Base

Sofa: West Elm, Andes Sectional

Coffee Table: West Elm, Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Block Coffee Table

Rug: West Elm, Boho Textured Wool Rug

Entertainment Center: West Elm, Modern Buffet

Raven Image: Deviant Art, Raven Ink Sketch

Since I.M. has 2 months until his current apartment lease is up, his contractor has already gutted the kitchen, ripped up the heinous carpet, installed the crown moulding in the Living Room, and started painting the ceilings, trim, doors, and walls!

I’ll update shortly with some progress shots per room 🙂

Hanging Out At…Terrain at Styers

IMG_8139I realized that I have been checking out some cool places lately. So I’ve made a new category for all of my posts documenting the fun places where we can “hang out” at together!

I have been wanting to visit Terrain at Styers for a long time now. It’s owned by Urban Outfitters, so you KNOW it’s going to be amazing…Finally, I had my opportunity to get myself out there, so last weekend, I took myself on a nice brunch date there 🙂

First, I strolled around the greenhouses and outdoor areas:

IMG_8140 IMG_8141The mantle with the greenery was such a sweet idea to bring some character to a weathered shed.IMG_8142The smell of a wood burning fire was so welcoming on this warm winter day. It stayed in my hair for hours after I left!IMG_8143 IMG_8144IMG_8173IMG_8171And then I checked out the little Mushroom House:IMG_8149IMG_8151 IMG_8152It was being set up for a private gathering later that day. A woman was setting up in there, so I could only snap a few clandestine shots before I snuck out of there 🙂

Then, it was off to the cafe!IMG_8150 IMG_8153Again, sly photography-but you can see the beverage bar area made of what looked to be wood boxes. S0 garden-y…IMG_8154Even the way they used the white birch branches inside of a “house frame” was theme-y in a good way. It felt like a whimsical bird house!

Once I was at my table, I enjoyed the gnomey rustic-ness of the dining area.IMG_8157 IMG_8158IMG_8156I was a little disappointed when I tried to order my meal. I asked them to substitute potato hash and bacon with apple fritters (obviously), and they got themselves into a kerfluffle just trying to figure out how they were going to do that. And when my meal came out, it was missing the hash browns and sausage, but came with bacon. Not too big of a deal, but the waitress said nicely, “Usually, we charge extra for custom orders, but since we’re not busy, we’ll make an exception”…When I read their menu, bacon, sausage, and apple fritters were all the same cost, so I’m not sure who it cost them more, but anyway…I ordered their Breakfast Board, which was 2 overlays eggs, a petite salad, 2 pieces of challah toast, bacon, and my apple fritters 🙂 I also got a cherry vanilla homemade soda. I splurged a little bit on my calories, so sue me…IMG_8155Loved the wood slice plate that it was served on, and the receipt came in this sweet vintage kite book. Overall, my waitress was nice, the food was good, and the atmosphere divine. IMG_8160IMG_8159Next, I visited their shop. Which was stunning. In fact, I was so inspired, that I created a whole model apartment concept after this polished rustic look for work…


IMG_8172IMG_8170 IMG_8169 IMG_8168 IMG_8167 IMG_8166 IMG_8165 IMG_8164 IMG_8163 IMG_8162 IMG_8161 Finally, I crept around the wedding pavilion.IMG_8148I did think that the ceremony spot looked a bit weathered, and I hoped for the spring brides’ sake, that they would repaint the structure…but right across the brick paved walkway was the reception area…IMG_8146IMG_8145IMG_8147Luckily for me, they were setting up for a celebration, so I got to see it in all of its glory.IMG_8175IMG_8176 IMG_8174 IMG_8177That is one lucky couple. It was gorg!

Overall, I thought it was beautiful! I have to say, I am REALLY looking forward to going back in the spring (which is mere weeks away!) when more flora is blooming. An updated post may follow…

I hope you liked tagging along with me on my weekend adventure 🙂

World Market Visit

I get lots and lots and lots of emails about different vendor’s websites and whatever 20% off promotion they are running that day. It gets to the point that even I tune out to the deals. But one email, in particular, caught my eye…the Grand Opening of a World Market…right around the corner from Iron Man’s hood!

So, obviously, I went. It was an absolute mad house. Which is why I fit in perfectly 🙂 Here is what ensued…

 

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First up, some animal friends!

Look at those sweet fox spoon rests. (A few years ago, I had this wacked out dream, where a little puppet fox was playfully chasing me. Ever since then, I developed a soft spot for foxes…I know, I’m not normal)

Check out that rhinoceros lamp base…My hand is there for scale. They’re so mini and dainty, that they’re an accessory themselves. I never had a dream about a rhino, although I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas

When I was a little girl, my aunt took me and my cousins to a farm. They had lots of little pink piglets that had just been born, and I fell in love! So, as an adult, I try to pay a sophisticated homage to my childhood love. This piggy chalkboard is just the ticket!

And who doesn’t love a good whale bookshelf?? A nautical delight!

Ummm, I can’t even. The gold wire frame lamp base, the magenta lamp shade, the driftwood floor lamp base for only $199.99! But the piece(s) de resistance (for me) were the chandeliers. Specifically, the beaded wood one in the left hand corner. This is also 200 bucks. The best part is that it works with just a regular plug-in cord! LIKELIHOOD THAT THIS WILL BE PURCHASED TO HANG OVER MY DINING TABLE: Very High-Extremely High

And now on to the colorful pretties…

The pillows, rugs, and placemats got me longing for spring. And that magenta chair was so perfect for their color palette this season. That fab floral kimono was so bohemian-ly beautiful, I couldn’t help but imagine myself wearing that, sipping a coconut drink through a straw on a porch while a tropical breeze rustles through my hair…if I can’t be in  a beach paradise, maybe I could be sitting on this playful linen settee with colorful buttons. It even has a matching bed! The glass vases are always something I see from other vendors, but the prices are so good here, there’s no competition.

And here are some lace inspired pieces…

The beautiful lattice towels were so lush and lovely in person. And the incredible carved screen was a dream. I had considered buying this for work a few weeks ago, and it was really stunning when it was right in front of you. It’s time like these when I wish I had a whole house for all of the furniture I dream about (and obviously a ginormous closet for all of my clothes too!) Also quite stunning was this metallic dresser. So pretty!

And some other beauties that caught my eye. A wooden desk, a mix-and-match desk (that rivals IKEA’s), some geometric terrariums, and a whimsical arrow tote (similar)!

I can’t leave out the food either! A whole stash of Kinder treats-yum! And these perfect square dishes for snacks or soy sauce, for when I learn how to make sushi…I loved this wood-handled silverware. It was so earthy, but modern. Which is also why I loved these marble and wood cake stands. It made me want to eat blueberry lemon cupcakes be a baker. Although I couldn’t find this chunky wood and metal dining table online, the rustic wooden slab chargers (things you put under plates to stop the eater from making a mess) and ginger beer were things I thought Iron Man would like 🙂

And one final image, so if you weren’t sure how great my trip was, this should confirm it 🙂

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Yes, Genevieve Gorder was the guest of honor!

You would be happy to know that I DID NOT purchase anything! Or maybe it wouldn’t make you happy…believe me, it’s not because I didn’t see anything I liked. You all know I can ALWAYS find something that I like. The line was super long and I plan to come back, Bed, Bath, and Beyond (World Market’s parent company) gift cards in hand!