Monday, August 10, 2020

THE OUTDOORS


YOU CAN HAVE THIS LOOK BY PULLING STUFF FROM YOUR HOME THAT YOU HAVE STORED & JUST ARRANGE & PILE IT ON! HANG A CHANDY FROM A TREE OR ARBOR OR CANOPY OR OFF A HOOK. I ENJOY MAKING THESE AS THEY ALL TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY WITH WHAT I BLING THEM WITH.










PUT A TABLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN & HAVE AN AFTERNOON TEA




HAVE A DESSERT PARTY, PULL OUT TABLES FROM THE HOUSE, DRAPE THEM & SERVE THAT LEMONADE! USE BURLAP OR OLD TABLE CLOTHS THAT WON'T MATTER IF THEY GET RUINED.





A PICNIC WITH VINTAGE CONTAINERS



EVERYONE NEEDS A PORCH & ADIRONDACK CHAIRS






USING DISPARATE ARCHITECTURAL PIECES/ OLD WINDOWS/ COLUMNS ETC. YOU CAN CREATE A ONE OF A KIND LOOK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE & KEEP ADDING PIECES LATER ON TO BUILD THAT "LOOK"





EVERYONE NEEDS A VINTAGE SCREEN DOOR SOMEWHERE AT HOME

Monday, December 23, 2019

GET THAT FRENCH LOOK

FRENCH DECORATING
A FRENCH STONE  CHATEAU.....GET THE LOOK WITH FAUX STONE ON AN OUTBUILDING. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE REAL THING AT LEAST YOU CAN HAVE A GETAWAY THAT LOOKS LIKE ONE :)










TOILE & A CHANDY



A TENTED BED WITH GAUZY FABRIC IS ROMANTIC & MAKES YOU WANT TO READ IN BED ALL DAY



TALL CUPBOARDS CAN HOLD A MYRIAD OF OBJECTS & A WRITING FARM TABLE CAN BE MOVED AROUND WHERE NEEDED



CANOPIES.......VERY FRENCH OVER A DAYBED.....I TURNED MY  FRENCH DAYBED INTO A TABLE




WHITE IS SO ROMANTIC & A SEWING MACHINE BASE AS A TABLE....SO CHIC




URNS & BUSTS/ STATUARY BRING THE GARDEN IN/ A FARM TABLE CUT DOWN TO COFFEE TABLE HEIGHT ADDS CHARM




A BISTRO STYLE SETTING ON THE PATIO WITH BROKEN GRANITE & SET ON SAND












FRENCH FARMHOUSE KITCHEN
 & SINK.....MY SINK LIKE THIS ONE IS AN OUTDOOR ONE UNDER MY ARBOR





LINENS WAITING TO BE USED OR CREATING PILLOWS/ SACHETS ETC.








VINTAGE WOLFF DRESS FORMS ARE GREAT FOR DISPLAYING THAT APRON OR NECKLACE COLLECTION



WIRE DIVIDER CREATES A SEPARATE AREA YET LEAVES THE VIEW OPEN





ALFRESCO DINING





FLOWERS & A FLOWERY TABLECLOTH ADDS SOME NOSTALGIA TO THIS SWEET SPOT






A BIT OF AQUA TO A PREDOMINATELY CREAM ROOM ADDS PUNCH




EVERYONE NEEDS A SMALL POOL OR SOME SORT OF WATER FEATURE TO HELP THOSE NEGATIVE IONS KICK IN......YES I SAID NEGATIVE, BECAUSE FOR ONCE NEGATIVE IS A GOOD THING & WATER WILL REFRESH & REPLENISH YOUR SOUL, MAKING YOU CALMER. ADD SOME SAND & YOUR SET TO GO IN  "BEACH" MODE




FARMHOUSE FAUCET/ GINGHAM TO COVER A CABINET WITHOUT DOORS C'EST CHIC


Saturday, December 21, 2019

THE WINTER LIVING ROOM

                                                       THE WINTER LIVING ROOM


IT'S TIME TO BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AND GET READY FOR THE BIG CHILL; OF COURSE ANYTHING UNDER 70 DEGREES IS COLD TO ME!
DECORATING A LIVING ROOM IS A UNIQUELY PERSONAL STATEMENT OF YOUR LIFESTYLE. THE FURNITURE SHOULD CONFORM TO THE WAY YOU USE THE ROOM.
COMBINE SEASONAL HUES: MIDNIGHT BLUE, RUBY RED, HUNTER GREEN AND MUTED GOLD INCORPORATED INTO VELVET PILLOWS, SUEDE SLIPCOVERS AND DRAPES. TOSS THROWS OR A QUILT OVER YOUR COUCH AND CHAIRS.
ADD SEASONAL ACCENTS SUCH AS BOWLS OR BASKETS OF PINE CONES AND SPRIGS OF BERRIES. (BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE PETS).
IF YOU'RE BORED DURING THIS FROSTY SEASON, YOU CAN REPAINT A WALL OR TWO IN A CHEERFUL COLOR, AND IF YOU GO TO A HOME SUPPLY STORE YOU CAN BUY THEIR MISTAKES AT A FRACTION OF THE NORMAL COST, OR YOU COULD WALLPAPER ONE WALL OR JUST USE A BORDER IF YOU'RE TIMID. IT'S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO PUT DOWN AN AREA RUG OR WALL TO WALL CARPETING. THIS IS WHAT DO IN THE WINTER AND TAKE THEM UP IN THE WARMER WEATHER.
TO GIVE A GRANDER FEELING TO YOUR ROOM, HANG DRAPES FROM FLOOR TO CEILING; THIS ADDS HEIGHT. A TALL MIRROR, STRIPED WALLPAPER AND AN ARMOIRE OR LARGE CUPBOARD ALSO DOES THE TRICK.
MIRRORS PLACED WHERE THEY CAN REFLECT THE OUTDOORS, ADD LIGHT TO AN OTHERWISE DREARY WINTER. DON'T BLOCK YOUR WINDOWS WITH TALL FURNITURE, INSTEAD SELECT CHAISES, BENCHES AND OTTOMANS FOR EXTRA SEATING, WHICH WILL EXTEND THE VIEW TO THE OUTDOORS AND VISUALLY ENLARGE THE SPACE.
ADDING TRUNKS, CHESTS, AND CABINETS ARE A GOOD ADDITION TO KEEP OUT OF SEASON STORAGE ITEMS.
FURNITURE PULLED INTO A CONVERSATIONAL GROUPING AS IN THE CENTER OF A ROOM, CAN LEAVE CORNERS BARE. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR FILLING THE CORNERS:
* A CHAIR AND OTTOMAN ANGLED IN A CORNER.
* A CORNER CUPBOARD OR ARMOIRE.

* AN ANGLED DESK OR GAME TABLE.

*A FOLDING SCREEN.

* A TALL PLANT STAND
* A ROUND PEDESTAL OR SKIRTED TABLE.


* ARTWORK ON AN EASEL.
* AN OLD COLUMN WITH OR WITHOUT SOMETHING ON
IT.

AS FOR THE HEATING OF YOUR LIVING ROOM, I FOUND A FAUX ELECTRIC WOODBURNER SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND I SEE THEY ARE GETTING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER!YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM AT A HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE.I CURRENTLY HAVE THREE AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW EFFICIENT THEY ARE.I HAVE LARGE ROOMS AND 9 FOOT CEILINGS. THEY ARE 1500 WATTS, THE BLOWER IS ON THE BOTTOM AND THE FLAME IS SO REALISTIC, YOU MAY WANT TO ROAST MARSHMALLOWS! WHEN I RECENTLY PURCHASED MY THIRD ONE AT THE HOME STORE,I TOUTED THEM SO MUCH, I SOLD TWO! TOO BAD ,I DON'T WORK THERE!
SO SNUGGLE UP, IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG WINTER!!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

THE SUNNY OUTDOORS....THINK SPRING!!!!!!!

YOU CAN HAVE THIS LOOK BY PULLING STUFF FROM YOUR HOME THAT YOU HAVE STORED , JUST ARRANGE & PILE IT ON! HANG A CHANDY FROM A TREE OR ARBOR OR CANOPY OR OFF A HOOK. I ENJOY MAKING THESE AS THEY ALL TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY WITH WHAT I BLING THEM WITH.










PUT A TABLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN HAVE & AN AFTERNOON TEA




HAVE A DESSERT PARTY, PULL OUT TABLES FROM THE HOUSE, DRAPE THEM &SERVE THAT LEMONADE! USE BURLAP OR OLD TABLE CLOTHS THAT WON'T MATTER IF THEY GET RUINED.





A PICNIC WITH VINTAGE CONTAINERS



EVERYONE NEEDS A PORCH & ADIRONDACK CHAIRS






USING DISPARATE ARCHITECTURAL PIECES/ OLD WINDOWS/ COLUMNS ETC. YOU CAN CREATE A ONE OF A KIND LOOK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE & KEEP ADDING PIECES LATER ON TO BUILD THAT "LOOK"





EVERYONE NEEDS A VINTAGE SCREEN DOOR SOMEWHERE AT HOME

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

BUSINESSES COME & BUSINESSES GO (SOMETIMES TOO SOON)

*  I'VE SEEN A LOT OF BUSINESS CLOSE AROUND ME LATELY HERE ARE A FEW TIPS
* YOU DON'T NECESSARILY NEED A 5 YEAR PLAN, BUT AT LEAST HAVE MORE THAN A 5 MINUTE PLAN



 


* IF YOU HIRE SOMEONE TO WORK FOR YOU MAKE SURE THEY'RE AS PASSIONATE AS YOU ARE ABOUT REPRESENTING YOUR SHOP

*GREET CUSTOMERS WHEN THEY WALK IN. ONE THING I DISLIKE WHEN I WALK IN IS SILENCE. SAY HI & DON'T PLAY YOUR MUSIC TOO LOUD




* NO ONE SELLS YOUR STUFF BETTER THAN YOU.HELP CUSTOMERS BY TELLING THEM HOW THEY CAN USE/ DISPLAY AN OBJECT, BUT DON'T HOVER

*TRY NOT TO HAVE TOO MUCH GIFT MART STUFF,MAKE IT A UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE BY HAVING ONE OF A KIND ITEMS. IF YOU HAVE ITEMS THAT EVERY OTHER SHOP HAS, THEN IT WILL BE A MATTER OF WHOSE SHOP IS  CHEAPER TO BUY FROM.



*IF SOMEONE IS LINGERING OVER AN ITEM, SEAL THE DEAL WITH A PRICE CUT.

*  HAVE A CONTEST OR DRAWINGS

*  IF YOU CONSIDER OPENING 6 DAYS A WEEK, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH "STOCK" IT'S HARD TO REPLENISH WHEN IT'S ONLY YOU DOING THE WORK




*  "OCCASIONAL" OR "POP UP" SALES ARE THE WAY TO GO IF YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH PRODUCT OR CAN'T RE PURPOSE FAST ENOUGH, ALTHOUGH "POP UP" SALES MEAN YOU POP UP IN ANOTHER LOCATION, IT'S BEST TO BE ESTABLISHED IN ONE LOCATION SO YOUR CUSTOMERS CAN FIND YOU & NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL TOO FAR OR OUT OF WHERE THEY'RE UNFAMILIAR

*  OF COURSE PEOPLE WILL COPY OR TRY TO COPY. MY MOTTO: "IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY....BUT THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING......THAT "REAL THING" BEING ME LOL

*  MAKE SURE YOUR BUSINESS NAME IS CATCHY & SELF EXPLANATORY, NOT VAGUE LIKE "HOME AGAIN" & YOU WALK IN & IT'S A FUNERAL PARLOR.

*  GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO ESTABLISH YOUR BUSINESS, (ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY AFTER ALL). GET ON SITES &PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS, POST SALES ON FREE SITES &  MAKE POSTINGS OFTEN TO KEEP YOUR "PEEPS" INTERESTED.

*    TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHEN A PERSON HAS A HOME SALE THAT IT HAS TO BE A NICE DAY & THEY DON'T WANT THEIR STUFF TO GET WET, THEY ARE PROTECTING THEIR INVENTORY & WANT TO GIVE CUSTOMERS THE BEST QUALITY PIECES THEY CAN THEY WORK HARD FOR WHAT THEY MAKE & ARE ALSO BUMMED WHEN THEY HAVE TO POSTPONE.
*  BE KIND & NOT SNARKY WHEN SOMEONE INVITES YOU TO SHOP PRIVATELY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A RETAILER.

Friday, April 6, 2018

TO MY :PEEPS" **ANNOUNCEMENT**


I HAVE DECIDED THAT MY LIFE NEEDS A CHANGE. I NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF & MY HEALTH
     WITH EVERYTHING I’M INVOLVED IN, THE CONCLUSION IS THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU NEED TO DO, YOU CAN’T DO IT WITH BAD HEALTH .



     I’VE HAD QUITE A SCARE FOR AWHILE NOW & PUT OFF A PROCEDURE THAT I COULDN’T  PICTURE MYSELF DOING. BUT I DID IT & DIDN’T EVEN HAVE MY USUAL PANIC ATTACK.
     I WILL NOT BE HAVING ANYMORE  PUBLIC SALES, OTHER THAN POSSIBLY JUNE 9
  WHICH ARE THE ANNUAL TOWN SALES; ONLY BECAUSE I’M IN CHARGE OF SAID SALES.

     I WILL ONLY BE SELLING TO BRICK & MORTAR RETAILERS.
     IT IS MORE REALISTIC FOR ME TO SELL BY THE TRUCK/TRAILER LOAD THAN ONE ITEM AT A TIME.
     TO ALL MY “PEEPS” THAT DON’T HAVE SHOPSYOU CAN PM ME FOR DETAILS. I WILL NOT ANSWER ANYONE PUBLICLY. SORRY, BUT I HAVE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME. HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND & WHO KNOWS THINGS CAN CHANGE WITH A “POP UP” SALE.
     I WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO LIST MY “FINDS” & JUNQUE & BE ON THE HUNT……BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I DO ;).........I NEED TO RELAX & TAKE TIME FOR MYSELF.







Monday, November 20, 2017

MY GLAMOROUS & FABULOUS JUNQUE SALES

I WILL BE LISTING MY EVENTS FOR  2018 SOON.

      AS MOST OF YOU MIGHT KNOW, I DON'T USUALLY SELL TO THE PUBLIC, SO WHEN I DO HAVE A SALE FOR THE PUBLIC, YOU SHOULD BE HERE ON TIME THAT DAY, NOT THE DAY BEFORE, NOT THE WEEK BEFORE......WHENEVER I HAVE A SALE, THAT'S IT. SALES TO THE PUBLIC ARE USUALLY AN EVENT.... OPENING FOR THE YEAR: MARCH (WILL BE MY FIRST SALE),, TOWN SALES IN JUNE.....MAYBE IN JULY IF I HAVE ENOUGH PRODUCT & ONE IN OCT, OTHERWISE I SELL TO RETAILERS WHO LOAD UP THEIR TRUCKS, THAT IS THE REASON I HAVE TO REPLENISH ALL THE TIME.
    I HAVE TO SEARCH,RE PURPOSE & PAINT, WHICH TAKES TIME, SINCE I HAVE VERY LITTLE GIFT MART ITEMS, MOST OF MY RE PURPOSING  ARE ONE OF A KIND.ALSO IF YOU SEE SOMETHING & INQUIRE ABOUT IT, IT MAY BE UNDER A PIECE OF FURNITURE & I AM NOT UNLOADING A WHOLE BUILDING FOR ONE PIECE,(SORRY) SO YOU HAVE TO COME TO MY SALES. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME  & I SEEM TO HAVE IT DOWN TO A SCIENCE. MY PRICES ARE VERY CHEAP.......THAT'S WHY I SELL IT BY THE TRUCKLOAD........MOST PEOPLE GET IT! I SPECIALIZE IN farm tables, dressers, chairs, benches, home decor, architecture,night stands,side tables, antiques, prims etc, cottage, french etc.








WHEN I AM OUT ON THE HUNT FOR JUNQUE & THERE'S SOMETHING I WANT, I BUY IT, IT DOESN'T TAKE ME 5 HOURS TO DECIDE, MY MOTTO: "IF YOU LIKE IT, BUY IT, YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND A SPOT FOR IT"






     I PLAN A VERY BUSY 2018, I HOPE I CAN KEEP UP :) (SOMETHING IN THE WORKS).
I HAVE MY OWN LINE OF CHALK PAINT ("ITALIANPEASANT CHALK PAINT") & "BELLA CHIC" CLOTHESLINE & AM VERY BUSY WITH OTHER ENDEAVORS......SO RELAX ISN'T A WORD IN MY VOCABULARY.
    I ALSO DO DESIGN CONSULTATIONS WHEN I HAVE THE TIME, BUT AM MOSTLY TRAVELLING FOR THE GOODS FAR & WIDE, SO I CAN HAVE A GREAT SELECTION FOR MY SALES.






     KEEP AN EYE ON MY BLOG FOR DECORATING ARTICLES AS I USE TO HAVE A COLUMN IN 3 NEWS PUBLICATIONS & LOVE TO WRITE ALSO. I KNOW WE CAN'T DO IT ALL, BUT I SURE DO TRY TO BRING THE BEST TO MY "PEEPS" & I LOVE YOU ALL :). SO PLEASE CHECK MY FACEBOOK PAGE OFTEN FOR NEW FINDS & WHAT'S GOING ON.
CLICK HERE:   









      SOME STORE OWNERS/DECORATORS, USE THE WORD "CURATE" TO DESCRIBE HOW THEY BUY;NOT ME, I DON'T CURATE LOL, IT'S HARD TO GUESS WHAT PEOPLE WILL LIKE.THOUGH THEY USUALLY LOVE IT ALL THAT I HAVE FOR SALE. I BUY WHAT I LIKE & LIKE WHAT I BUY, THAT WAY I DON'T FEEL STUCK WITH IT. I CAN ALWAYS USE IT IN MY HOME.



     3 TIMES A YEAR I "FLUFF" UP MY HOME FOR SPECIAL SALES & BRING OUT THE GOOD STUFF THAT I DECORATE WITH......MY COLLECTIONS FROM YEARS OF GATHERING.




     I ALSO TRY TO AVOID MASS PRODUCED ITEMS. MY FURNITURE IS USUALLY REINVENTED, PAINTED & DISTRESSED. I FEEL MY CUSTOMERS WANT ONE OF A KIND PIECES IN THEIR HOMES, SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN THEIR FRIENDS HAVE.