Sunday, June 20, 2010
If you are a regular reader of my Junk Revolution website, you know that I award the Good Junk Award to businesses, artisans, authors, blogs, and flea markets who specialize in vintage or vintage inspired products and services.
I am excited to introduce you to the latest recipient of the Good Junk Award, White Flower Farmhouse!
White Flower Farmhouse is a small retail shop located in Peconic, New York that specializes in incorporating antique and refurbished elements into simple country style.
Owner Lori Guyer opened White Flower Farmhouse in 2003. She believes that simple country style should be inspired and not expensive - I love that! Because Lori is committed to affordability, her inventory turns over quickly and allows her to offer new finds each week!
Want to know the best part? They have an online store! You can visit www.whiteflowerfarmhouse.com to shop for vintage wares, ticking pillows, ironstone, linen sheets from France, Robert Ogden lighting and Dash & Albert rugs and so much more good stuff.
It has been a busy week for me - spent two days shooting for the next issue of Flea Market Style and then got on an airplane to fly to California to meet with Heather Bullard and enjoy some time with my kids!
Be sure to check out the Junk Bonanza blog to get all the scoop on the fab vendors, event updates, and give-a-ways.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Bachman's Ideas House is full of summer-inspired decorating ideas! Using lots of vintage items that are readily found at flea markets, tag sales or perhaps laying around your tool shed or garage, we found clever, yet practical ways to re-use, re-cycle and re-create!
Remember the vintage hangers that we used as towel bars in the Spring Ideas House bathroom? I am loving our summer-inspired use of old lawn sprinklers! We simply used metal brackets to anchor these vintage beauties to the wall and added some crisp white towels. A fun look for your summer cottage or lake house! (I am sorta into hooks and towel bars lately...must be a midlife thing.)
This next project could be used in a child's bedroom, a mudroom, entryway or even in a bathroom. We took wheels off beyond repair wagons and trikes, and mounted them onto wood using doorstops from a home improvement store. We built them as singles but you could also use a long piece of wood and mount a row of wheels horizontally. Sturdy enough to hold a jacket, but so fun you may not want to cover them up!
The screened in front porch just begged for summer color. We created flower boxes using old mailboxes, and hardly a one the same size. We attached the mailboxes to heavy wood blocks for stability and character. (We filled the boxes with more wood to raise pots.) The geraniums are a happy, colorful welcome to the Summer Ideas House!
OK, after writing this post, I am ready for a tall glass of lemonade in the warm summer sun! I am planning to get the chance to relax a bit, soon. My schedules and projects continue to keep me busy and energized...but I also realize that it is important to stop and smell the geraniums once in awhile so I am off to CA next week to visit the kids! Here's wishing all of you inspired projects and fun this summer!
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Perfectly timed with the early summer-like weather we have enjoyed in Minnesota, the Bachman's Summer Ideas House opened to the public today!
The home's interior underwent a complete redesign once again and is inspired by the lake cottages that surround the many Minnesota lakes. We were able to make great use of the yard and detached buildings, creating comfortable outdoor entertaining spaces complete with lots of vintage touches.
The Bachman's Summer Ideas House features over 150 projects and ideas for using new and vintage items in fresh, unique and practical ways. Some of my favorites are the mailbox planters, wagon wheel hooks, and sprinkler towel bars. I will show you a couple of these in my next post.
So you're thinking, "Ki, while I would love to come see your Ideas House but I don't live in Minnesota (or anywhere near Minnesota for that matter!)".
I am really excited that you will be able to see the house in a future issue of Flea Market Style magazine. We will be shooting the house for a feature in the magazine!
On another note, the new Junk Bonanza blog is up and running. The blog's author Jill Hinson, will feature insider information about the Bonanza and highlight the Bonanza vendors in her posts. Right now she is hosting a giveaway on the blog - two Early Bird tickets to the 2010 Junk Bonanza! Go check it out!
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