What is it, why do the days seem to fly by so quickly.  Do you REALIZE there are only FOUR more Fridays till Christmas?   I haven’t even started my shopping.   Not to mention my two birthdays are coming up.  My husband says it’s quite a scam I’ve developed but it’s really not my fault.

yellow-finch-windowIt’s nice to see a couple of my pieces in the window at Yellow Finch.  I still love the little blue bombe chest.  The hardware alone is so fabulous.  I often hear that Home Goods makes it difficult to stay in this business, but I think there’s room for everyone.  Who doesn’t love Home Goods? Heck I love poking around as much as the next person.

Pottery Barn, Home Goods, Crate and Barrel – Love them all!

blue-bombeI don’t know about you but I don’t want my home to look like it stepped right out of the pages of a catalog.  How boring life would be if we all lived in the same cookie cutter boxes.  For me the best rooms and homes are those filled with unique personality and charm.  That’s where vintage comes in.  I could wax poetic about all the virtues of older well-built furniture, really I could.   Vintage pieces provide the kind of charm and unique look that you just can’t get from imports.    So sprinkle them in and pair them up with new and old pieces from your travels.

tiered-tableI’m loving this tiered table in the works.  There’s another little table with a handle that nests right in.  How cool is that – It’s downright pagoda-ish.  Not sure how old it is, but I don’t think you’ll find this anywhere these days.  It’s probably a 1980’s piece from somewhere like Bombay Company.  Remember Bombay?  It reminds me of an Oomph table.  Nice clean lines.

winter-whitesHere’s the other side window at Yellow Finch.  Winter Whites, Silver, and Grey.  Anyway, back to my two birthdays.  So I spent nearly my entire life celebrating my birthday on December 12th.  Both of my parents would tell the story of how I came into this world on the twelfth day of the twelfth month at twelve midnight.

In fact, for most of my childhood I thought my hidden potential of magical powers would one day reveal itself.  I’d stare into mirrors, gaze into the cat’s eyes, wriggle my nose, position my arms like I Dream of Jeannie.  Nothin’

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I love these sparkly vintage wreath ornaments.  Anyway, back to the magic….I’m still waiting for it and I sure would like to have some special zapping powers these days.  Hmmm, maybe there’s a reason I didn’t get  that kind of power.

 As it turns out and as I grew older I eventually came into possession of my birth certificate.  Not only is my birthday not listed as the twelfth day of the twelfth month, this document is also missing my middle name!  What the Heck!!

Vintage-treeTalk about confusing,  talk about an identity crisis! My husband is still unsure about which day is my REAL birthday and whether or not I have an initial.   There is however an upside to all this subterfuge.  There’s a beauty or should I say MAGIC in it all.

It’s quite clear I’ve been blessed with two birthdays which I have been able to cleverly expand into an entire birthday week.  Darling would you please get me a glass of water…you know it IS my birthday week.  Honey would you please….

The poor guy is so confused all he can do is happily comply.  Hey a girl’s gotta work it, right?

magicI hope you enjoy your holiday shopping and have a chance to pop in to Yellow Finch.  I can assure you’ll find something special, unique and magical.  Plus Jim is always spinning the best playlist around.

Here’s to searching for Magic amidst all the hustle and bustle.

Yellow Finch Antiques

    I’m super delighted and crazy about this great little princess chest.  The milk paint chipped and crackled with random perfection.

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The curvy front and warm wood showing through are so pretty.

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 MMMM, mmm, yummm

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 I love rustic pieces that go with old and new, glam or simple.  The addition of one interesting piece can really make a room and give it that extra little touch of personality and charm.

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 She’s cute, she’s cool, she’s old and she’s current…

via tumblrShe’s a little rough around the edges

lela roseyet feminine and bright

pw greyI’d use as a rustic touch in an all white room.

tumblr greyor as a great little accent in an eclectic artsy space.

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boats artwork She’s adventurous and lucky.  I don’t know why I personify these pieces of wood.  I guess after rescuing and restoring them they sort of become my friends.   Sometimes they’re missing pieces that are needed to make them whole.

tumblr sevenI guess that’s why she’s lucky…

princess-chest2You see that piece in between the top drawers and the bottom drawers…Missing.  I had to fix her up – she’s far too cute for the dumpster.

damlazarus tumblrGrey and Silver – Grey and Gold

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It seems the older I get the more I desire a relaxed, natural, rustic  environment.  Simple is where it’s at for me lately.  Simple, as in the sound the fire makes when it’s crackling in front of me, simple as in the rustling of the trees when I’m walking along, simple as in the feel of the pages of a very good book between my fingers.

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I guess I just don’t need much these days.

I like this description of how snowflakes form – As an ice crystal drops through the cloud it bumps and knocks others and becomes a snowflake.  This process of bumping others, along with a little melting and re-freezing aids the creation of their complex design.  Hmmm, kinda like life.

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Well, that’s what I’ve been up to lately – bumping along and hammering, sawing, painting, staining….making.

For the snowflake I followed the wonderful instructions from My Altered State

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I also made a little flock, or is it a herd, of reindeer.  Hmmm, they do fly so I guess either works.

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The little bench got it’s cushion and found a new home!

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The booth got a  little holiday sprucing.

And I started a FUN retail window display project.  The base is a burlap backdrop with a mantel made from a wood pallet.

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Barkley's holiday backdrop

I plan to add some portrait silhouettes above the mantel, some greens and lights in the wood bin, and some baubles and a companion for Mr. Kitty to play with.

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It should look something like this when all the decorations are added.

All ready for Santa Paws!

Barkley's holiday backdrop

You can’t tell me furniture doesn’t have a soul, well vintage and handmade furniture anyway…

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I like to think the person who carved this chair put a little bit of magic into its creation.  Just imagine the labor of love required to make a carving like this.

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 It’s a beautiful thing that you just can’t find in factory made furniture.  In fact pieces like this are getting harder and harder to find and you don’t stumble upon them every day.Autumn Woods Salad Bowl

My cousin makes handcrafted turned wood bowls and I can tell you he puts his heart and soul into every turn.

wood carving deviant artYou can’t fake fine craftsmanship.

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I really love a cozy eclectic look with a statement piece like this chair sprinkled in here and there.  These wood beauties, the bowl and the chair, would be quite happy in a room like this.

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Perhaps pull our chair up and take a seat next to these guys.

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Warning – Nerd Alert!  It’s a Lord of the Rings chair for Arwen daughter of Elrond.  I suspect she might enjoy an elvish drink in front of the fire in this chair.  We are definitely a Lord of the Rings Family (though my son wishes to be excluded from this statement).  It’s a movie that’s always good for a lazy, rainy Sunday watch.

In fact when I’m feeling low I play this little speech.  I love it when Aragorn says….I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me!  …a day may come  when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, (HA-take that!) but it is not this day

…by all that you hold dear on this good earth I bid you stand Men of the West!  Phew and HA – ok I’m done…

rustic and refined valentine streeetBack to the amazing chair….It’s rustic and refined like classic black pumps.

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I’d style it with crusty loaves of bread and a warm cozy fire.

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as cosy as can be fall It’s the perfect autumn chair.

Audubon-prints

While I was in the mood I gilded some skinny vintage frames that also style along quite well.

audubon-prints-2 A little burlap and Audubon prints for classic perfection.

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as cosy as can be dogMore Styling mates….

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A little tweed and a messenger bag would also complement our scene.

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accent pieceHow about as a wonderful addition to a masculine dark navy room.

via this old houseor happily at home to serve as a hall chair supreme!

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Gosh I love this chair!

It’s on its way to Yellow Finch today but I promise you this, I won’t cry if it isn’t adopted.

 

 

caned bench

It’s seating week in the workshop.  Another cute little easy, no fuss bench with linen cushion, welt, and zipper for dry cleaning or gentle washing.

This mid-century vintage caned bench is so neutral and will work with any pillow combo you can throw at it.

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Lightly distressed with a good old down home cozy feel.   I love finding a nice vintage piece like this with caning intact.  This little bench will go with just about any decor.  You can spruce it up with snappy pillows.

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These Madeline Weinrib beauties would take this bench from natural and understated, to swanky and fun.

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Feeling a little silly and playful?

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It’s simple, it’s good, it’s no fuss….

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any colorway

You could add floral – You could add plaid

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or you could just keep it tonal with more linen.

vintage-canning-jarsAdd few vintage canning jars with tarnished lids

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A neutral secretary, a cozy bench….Just add your pop of color!

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Available at Yellow Finch!