Tuesday, August 31, 2010

French Market Baskets

We have been finding new lines for the shop and I love coming home to boxes on my doorstep.  The thrill of wonder as we tear into the boxes and get to see the bounty within.  Our newest treasure is the French Market Basket, I just love these! I have visions of hanging them on a cute wall hook and filling them with dried florals.
And strolling through the farmer's market with my chic carryall dreaming of visiting the markets in Paris. My mind is just reeling with ideas.  And of course as I'm digging through the boxes my daughter aka tiny shopkeeper is "helping" me.  And in true form she came up with her own use for these lovely baskets...

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Potting Bench

When I saw this fun pink cabinet I just couldn't wait to get it into the garden.  And once it was placed I realized what a great potting cabinet it would make.
I left the character of it in tactic with the vintage scalloped shelf liner and loaded the shelves with all my garden finds.
I'm sure in no time there will many more rusty metal items calling this cabinet  home.
As the shoppe garden is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the shop I keep in mind one of the mantras from my childhood as an Army brat..."Bloom where you are planted!"

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Creative Repurposing

I love the thrill of the hunt and finding unusual goodies.  But most of all I love to repurpose things and give them new life.  I've seen some wonderful ideas while checking out other's blogs.  My latest find are glass furniture casters.
Until a couple of days ago I never knew what these were.  Then when decided I had to have them I was given a eyebrow raised look from everyone around me.  I even heard the words "I just throw those away" come from someone in the group.  It's beautiful colored glass! There's got to be something you can use them for.  So I made them candleholders.  And I threw them in a basket and have had a blast watching others try to figure out what to do with them.

I just love them and it got me thinking, what other wonderful treasures must be out there that I can creatively repurpose.  If you have a great repurpose idea please share.  I'm new to junkin so I love to see other's creativity.  

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A New Perspective

When I first started this blog I wasn't sure how personal I'd get but as I get more involved in the blogging world I have been so inspired by the courage of other's who share their lives with us.  The last couple years of my life have been full of bumps, sharp turns, and a screeching halt as I shifted from married life to single motherhood while rasing two beautiful blessings under the age of 3.  It was that journey that lead me to where I am today and for that I am truly thankful.  When I felt at my most vulnerable and uncertain I took my biggest risk and chased a dream.  I am still not sure where this journey will lead but I am so happy I am taking the ride.  I go to work everyday with two people I love...three generations working together...my mother, me and my daughter aka the tiny shopkeeper.
I'm training her young to love the thrill of the "treasure hunt", what the rest of us call a garage sale.  She's meeting and greeting new people.  She helping keep the shop clean.
And when she manages to get a hold of my camera she shows me the shop from a whole new angle...
My life would be so dull without her!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

As Summer Teal Fades Away...

With Autumn around the corner I know that the store will transition to more earth tones and I just can't get enough of the teal lately.  What a great way to send off summer with the cool ocean tone. So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite teal items.

My tribute to warm beach days that are slowly fading away.  I hope you enjoy the last days of summer in the most relaxing way.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


During our drive to Minneapolis I became fascinated with the barns.  There is something so beautiful about the barns, such history in them.  I wish I could have pulled over and taken pictures at ever sighting but we never would've made it that way!  So, I only got to snap a few before we made it into Minneapolis.
The whole trip was wonderful.  I had never been to Minnesota so I drank in the scenery around every beautiful green curve in the road.  We took care of business at the Market and found wonderful new lines for Fall and Winter and then took a break and went exploring.
We lucked out and found a wonderful town, Anoka, to spend the day in.  We started with an antique flea  market outside the Artique.  The Artique is housed in a beautiful mansion and run by such wonderful women.  There were plenty of great deals in this two story historic building and I can't wait to come back and bring a truck with me!  Once we recharged at Serum's we headed out to stroll along the main street and check out the collection of occasional shops.  We couldn't have timed it better since they are only open one weekend a month.  My favorite by far was The French Flea.
The store was brimming with stunning white and black painted furniture and tons of french inspired goodies.  Definitely worth the trip.  I hope I get a chance to make it back for the next sale.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Remember When...

One of my favorite parts of having the shop is the stories we get to hear.  So often we hear "I remember my grandmother or mother had that."  Or this reminds me of...
I love hearing the stories and learning about the items in our shop.  And the look on people's faces as they recognize something that brings back a memory is priceless.  These moments are what keep me going to work.
Do you have something that reminds you of a grandparent, parent, or childhood?  What special thing brings back those happy memories?  Share your story...I love to hear them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Off To Market We Go!

We are going on our first buying trip to Minnesota and I am so excited.  We have some great lines in our shop but there's always room for more.
In true Simply Bungalow style we are looking for new and old to mix so we need some suggestions on where to go in Minneapolis.
We love chippy, painted, primitive, garden, industrial...we're not picky we love it all!

Do you have a favorite junkin joint?  We love suggestions.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Little Details

Isn't it amazing how just putting on a coat of paint or changing out the knobs on a dresser or cabinet can make all the difference.  I found these wonderful flower knobs and I can't wait to find the perfect cabinet to dress them up with.
I have visions of chippy cabinets dressed up with fancy knobs dancing in my head.  I'll keep you posted!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Retro Kind of Feeling

Just spent some time rearranging the store and I'm kind of getting the a retro vibe.  So like I say...if it feels right go for it!  We pulled out all the stops and even threw in some candy to sweeten the deal.
We couldn't resist the "old-fashion" candy from the Mary Janes...  

to the Neccos.

Add in some vintage linens and the whole place takes on a lovely vintage feel.  Makes me dream of simpler times.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Busy Day

Today was a busy one so this will be a quick post.  My day consisted of picking up some goodies from an auction.  Delivering a piece for a client.  Shopping for stock.  Opening and working the store.  Cooling off in the sprinklers with my kids.  A quick dinner and off to shop for more stock for the store.  Long but very rewarding day.  I am happily exhausted!  Albert Schweitzer once said " Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful".
Funky Metal Dresser from the Auction

Monday, August 2, 2010

Garden Containers

I just can't pass up plants when I find them for a steal.  A trip to the garden shop turned into a trunk full of plants and herbs.  Just what we needed to dress up the garden area at Simply Bungalow. I spent the afternoon finding fun containers for the plants to call home.
Basil in a farm funnel
Geranium in a French wire fish basket.

Lantana in an old rusty metal tin.