Getting Thanksgiving Ready November 05 2018

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and I wanted to share a fun Thanksgiving tablescape.  I like to keep things simple when it comes to seasonal decor, our house is tiny and storage is very limited.  I like to use what I find outside and other transitional pieces that can be used throughout the year.  The only thing I purchased for this tablescape were the pumpkin chargers.  I got them on clearance at Pier 1 after Halloween 😉

The little guy and I spent some time outside collecting seasonal greenery and foliage.  Then he had a snack while I went to work.  

I have off white plates for everyday use so they can easily be dressed up no matter the occasion.  My husband spent a couple of weeks bird hunting in October and I made sure he saved some feathers for me.  I wasn’t sure what I would use them for until this morning, but they work well!

I love these battery operated twinkle lights, when I am done with them here on the table I will put them in a large vintage glass jar for a little sparkle in my living room.

Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!!



A Very Important Bathroom October 05 2018

I purchased our home over 10 years ago, I was single and had a lovely Saint Bernard named Lola.  I remember thinking how was I ever going to fill all of the space.  Since then many new animals and humans have moved in, two dogs, one cat, one husband and three children and I no longer worry about how to fill all of the home’s space.  Needless to say the only full bathroom was no longer accommodating all of our needs.


We didn’t want to add another bathroom so decided to make the one we had work better.  After much brainstorming, that meant taking out a linen closet to make room for a double vanity.  This also opened up the footprint of the room.  

I made up for the lost storage by adding other cabinets in the bathroom and upstairs.  We had to spend quite a bit on plumbers to relocate and add a sink, as well as electricians to update all the wiring and add much needed lighting.  So that meant being creative in other ways to stay on budget.  We did that a couple of ways, one by using an old sideboard my parents no longer needed to use as our new double vanity.  The piece was well made and had great lines, but I wasn’t a fan of the finish.  I decided to strip the piece down, paint it black and update the hardware.

The other way we saved was by keeping the tub, it is original to the house from 1940 and in great shape with lots of years left in it.  I was excited to keep something original as well, you know how the saying goes “they don’t make things like they used to!”  


When designing the space I wanted to keep it traditional to the house so splurged on a marble counter top and picked a classic basketweave tile for the floors.  This photo from Farrow and Ball became my inspiration for the color scheme, including the matching cat!  

It was a long month without a shower (thank you to everyone who let me borrow their showers!) but we are so glad we did it.  When you only have one full bathroom and a family of five, it becomes very important that it is the RIGHT bathroom!


Brimfield in September September 05 2014

The Brimfield Antique Show is on our Calendars every May, July and September.  Sally is there as we speak, solo!  with Beatrice going back to school this week, I stayed here in Vermont.  Despite the unexpected heat, Sally loaded/unloaded the trailer and setup the 20'x40' tent with all of our best finds.  As usual we were pleased to have returning customers visit us on opening day, all walking away with great pieces and lots of smiles...


Despite manning the tent all by herself, Sally has had a chance to get out and do some buying as well!  Here are some great baskets that will be making their way back to the Vermont Shop...



September is the last show of the Brimfield season, so until May we say goodbye to all our Brimfield customers, fans and friends!  we thank you for the successful shows and we will be back at it in the Spring!



Brianne and Sally

Mud Season March 23 2014

Mud Season in Vermont is the season in between Winter and Spring when all the snow and ice thaw turning everything to MUD.  With four dogs and two kids, I generally dread this time of year.  HOWEVER since this has been one of the longer and colder winters we have had in a while, I would WELCOME a little mud!!


Since we are still patiently awaiting Spring to make it's appearance, the Vermont Shop's re-opening will be a little delayed this year.  If Mother Nature can cooperate I am hoping by the end of April to have the doors open :)  We have been busy over the Winter buying and storing so we have lots of great things to open the shop with, so stay tuned!  In the mean time be sure to watch us on Facebook and in our new online store for lots of fun items!!


We look forward to seeing everyone in the coming weeks, till then - stay warm :)



Bri and Sally