Summer Treasure Hunting, South Florida Style

I recently came across a post on Invaluable, called the  ”Guide to Summer Antiquing in the U.S.“and inspired me to share some of my favorite places to thrift here in South Florida with you.

South Florida is such an eclectic mix of culture which also means a vast array of vintage, antique and unique finds! More of us have the time over the summer to skate away on little vacations whether it be for an extended stay or just a weekend getaway. So what better time to check out what the local areas have to offer. My favorite go to when I am in any area is Craigslist. Seriously once I know the area I will be traveling to I am already on Craigslist searching the area for new finds, garage and estate sales and local community craft bazaars, etc. Depending on the area (ours always has a large selection) I always browse the “free” section first, “one man’s trash” kinda thing, right.  cloth and patina island boho decor8a

My absolute favorite Craigslist find! I came across this piece while browsing the sections of Craigslist and think I fell instantly in love. No it’s not something you normally would search for as a treasure to bring home from a vacation but a piece I just had to have. Found this one about an hour or so south of me and for $80, yep eighty dollars. A piece that used to be teak in color ( I know some of you may have gasped at the fact that I painted this…but it had to be done) More details on this beauty here.


Next on my hunt would be any local salvage yard, architectural or nautical. A favorite of mine that I had frequented for years here was “Adam & Eve”, no longer in business, but fortunately many pieces have made their way to my studio before their closing. I have always had a thing for the chippy and rusty especially when it’s a piece I can repurpose and use in the garden or inside my home.

Rusty, chippy antique iron work.:

Look at all that chippy goodness! You could get lost here for hours and hours.

Endless weathered windows.:

Old arched glass window insert.:

So many possibilities with an old window…

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Odds and ends picked up over the years at local garage sales and flea markets. If in the Stuart, Florida area check out B & A Flea Market for a great mix of finds. Like all flea markets, it gets pretty busy and always recommend getting there early.



Visiting Florida and want to bring back a little maritime salvage, then you have to add Culpepper & Co. to your must have places to visit. It is right down the street from where Adam & Eve used to be (was a double whammy of fun when they were both here) and located east in downtown West Palm Beach. Another place you could spend a lot of time in swooning through all of the unique pieces they have. You literally would leave in awe of the gorgeous pieces that were salvaged from big beautiful ships.

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While you are in the West Palm area you have to take some time to visit “West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District” It’s a very charming district filled with over 40 shops of varying styles and price ranges of wares. Definitely a place you could spend the entire day browsing and eating at the local cafes.

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Looking for the more frugal side of thrifting or antiquing? Then you always have the local Goodwill,  thrift stores and Habitat for Humanity to each town. Frames are one of the items that I always look for every time I am in any type of a thrift store. They usually are super inexpensive and plentiful.

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One of my favorite thrift store finds! Two ever so charming chairs found at a local Goodwill. Two vintage french chairs for $4 a piece…can’t beat that!

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A steal of a find at a local Habitat for Humanity at $20! Found it sitting at the end of an isle and new right away it was headed to my garden.

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We have many coastal communities and gorgeous beaches and if your up to strolling along our beautiful waters you can bring home some of natures pretties as well. One of my favorite things to do with my son is walk along the beach especially in the early or later hours and collect beautiful pieces from the sea. There are endless options for what you can create with these or display them as they are in glass containers. Perfect and nice way to display some of your vacation memories.

If you can think outside the box a bit, I think you can find some truly beautiful pieces. Every city has such a wide range of places to shop or browse for vintage, unique or antique pieces, just have to get a little creative. Well here’s to your summer treasure hunting! As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or just to share some of your favorite hunting spots.


Christmas In July Sale!

Yay…my Christmas ornaments made it on the cover of a Christmas card in the UK! These had come out over last Christmas and so wanted to share it with you then, but had just received the actual card this year. So I figured I would do a Christmas in July sale to celebrate!

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These little ornies have always been a favorite of mine to create! I was so excited when the company contacted me last year asking if they could use my image for the front of one of their cards! Yes, please & thank you! I was told they are the equivalent to American Greetings here in the states so you can guess how super excited I was! Look at that my shop name is on the back of a greeting card ( can you tell I am a little giddy over this)?

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Vintage music sheets, vintage buttons, a bit of jute and a little sparkle! Simple, but timeless and elegant.

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It just seemed the right time with just getting the cards in the mail to do a Christmas in July Sale! I had wanted to get it up and running at the very beginning of July, but we are having to move to a new home in just 9 days and just did not have time to get it up then. But, better late than never right!?! The sale will run for the entire month of July. Please read the entire sale ad before purchasing and as always please feel free to ask any questions.

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I have a very large (from many years of collecting…wink) collection of vintage items, so if there is anything in particular you are looking for, now would be the time before all is packed up! I always have an ongoing “Wish List” for my customers and would be happy to add you to it as well.

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A lot going on here on my end and am so hoping to be able to share with you more on our new move and journey once I know more as to where we are going. As always, thank you so much for stopping in!


Florida Rooms, A Year Round Coastal Oasis

It has been absolutely gorgeous here! The weather has been cooler, the breeze has been blowing and the sun has been shining and all we want to do is spend the day outdoors or almost outdoors. We are so blessed to have a sun room or what we call it here in Florida, a “Florida room” at our new home. Although I haven’t had the time to decorate ours just the way I want it, I have have been collecting bits and pieces of inspiration for our new found space and wanted to share those with you in hopes to get you inspired to cozy up your little oasis wherever that may be.

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lighting | wall art | glass floats | driftwood mirror | pillow | basketsun room | curtains | jars | jute rug

This has to be one of my most favorite Florida room|sun room inspiration spaces. I love that it functions for both a sitting area and for casual dining. The weathered wood and bamboo reminds me of driftwood (one of my most favorite things) and just looks sooo inviting. Makes we want to grab a cool drink a good book and settle in here for quite a while as the breeze blows in. Couldn’t you see yourself here?

I love to store my driftwood finds in a pretty basket. The wood in contrast with vintage metal is so charming and love that it peeks through the wire. I collect different sized pieces to display and others to get all crafty with. There are so many different things you can create with driftwood and seashells, with a ton of tutorials and ideas on Pinterest. Seriously the ideas are endless! Seashells that you’ve collected are always pretty on display in charming little jars. You can wrap them up with jute twine and add labels with the names of the beaches you’ve been to for more charm. I love the use of an old fisherman’s net for a different spin on a chandelier and who doesn’t love a grouping of pretty glass globes all nestled together? There are also tutorials on how to create these if you aren’t able to find the real thing.

For those of you who know me, you know I love a soft neutral palette and although I don’t normally incorporate too much color into our home, this is the time of year that I love to bring in soft greens and blues. The blend of weathered greys, soft hints of color and tons of texture blended together give an island spa like feel and have the making of a space that I want to spend a lot of time in. I’ve seen so many different types of “Florida rooms” here from modern to traditional but have to say my favorite is a blend of coastal cottage with lots of vintage goodies. Wicker, rattan and weathered wood furniture pieces make for the most inviting decor and the perfect foundation for adding your own personal style to. 

I am a huge fan of jute rugs and use them all over my home as well as in our “Florida room” They are easier to keep clean than you think and add the perfect amount of texture. Also love drop cloth. I know many of you are familiar, but for those that aren’t. The drop cloth I am always taking about is the fabric painters drop cloth that you can find in your local home improvement center. It is inexpensive, and once washed has such a lovely color and texture. Again there are quite a few DIY tutorials around for charming things you can create with it. We plan on using the drop cloth in our room for both curtains and pillows.



We have so many pretty weather days here that it just makes sense to make the most of this added space and take your meals outdoors. Ours isn’t large enough to have a dining table as well (one can dream though), but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my coffee out there as often as I can.

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So so love weathered wicker. Something about them that makes you want to tuck yourself right in.  1cc8736e3a0f98e8b2739fde2fdb9a93


I am always inspired by pretty windows and lots of natural light. I love that they added regular furniture pieces to their space to give it a homey and inviting feel. Simply beautiful and charming.

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bench | urn | macrame

Our ‘Florida room” has a vintage sofa, a potting urn filled with seashells and topped with an oval piece of glass that I use as my coffee table. There are so many urns and planters to choose from now and you can pretty much find them at any home improvement store, garden center or a Home Goods if you have one. Our pretty shells are always on display and can easily be seen as we sit around the table. I have a few other vintage wrought iron nesting tables about, a vintage wicker chair, a few plants hanging in macrame hangers and a vintage cabinet that I fill with pretties for each season. I will eventually build a faux fire place that will be filled with candles. Although I change out the decor for each season we always have seashells and driftwood pieces that we find on our beach walks displayed all over our room.

These sunny rooms are such a nice way to extend your decor outside a bit, but gives you the chance to tone it down and go a bit more casual. Kinda sets the laid back island living mentality into gear and gives you a nice place to unwind. You can still bring the beach home or at least in one room. You don’t have to live near the ocean to have a little island escape. There are so many online sources that carry affordable and really pretty coastal pieces that make it that much easier to decorate.

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Totally swooning over this room! The doors are so charming and are the perfect entry into this space. Love that they kept it simple and crisp with lots of white and grey and those wonderful wicker chairs. Love the numbers they stenciled on the chairs!



Whatever you may call your space, a “Florida room”, sun room, some variation of a porch, it’s a space that’s definitely worth putting together. On pretty and even rainy days our friends and family always seem to migrate out to our room. We spend many hours out on ours enjoying the beautiful breeze or the sound of the rain hitting the tin roof.

Well that’s all for now. Hoping I have inspired you in some way to pretty up your “Florida room”, porch or patio in time for these pretty days we’ve been having. I’don’t know about you all, but I also find a ton of inspiration while browsing real estate listings. Most often the homes are all prettied up both inside and out and give me so many good ideas. I came across some local listings that I just loved at If you get a chance stop on over and check out these pretty homes for a bit more inspiration.

I’d love to hear from you if you have a “florida room” yourself or if you have any ideas on how you’d like to decorate your space!


Weathered Patina & My Craigslist Find

romantic country magazine clothandpatina Well it seems like centuries since I’ve done a blog post (hangs head in shame) but am so happy to being sharing this one with you today. My most favorite find made its way into “Romantic Country Magazine“! I was so excited to have my favorite find featured! There magazines are my most favorite! I read and browse their beautiful pages as often as I can. You can always count on gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration!

I remember when I first laid eyes on this beauty while browsing Craigslist and knew right away I had to have this one. “You can see a before photo in the upper right hand corner”. It looked large and wasn’t quite sure if it would fit in my tiny space but was certainly going to try. A girl who was in the process of moving had to have this gone asap which worked just great for me. Grabbed a truck, a little man strength and was on my way down south to take a look. I couldn’t tell from the photo but to me looked to be carved teak with an Indonesian flair which I just love! But of course you never know until you actually see it up close! I think I fell in love before I even got out of my car! It was gorgeous! I was a little taken aback to see it sitting outside in the elements but was in great shape and had to have it.

Have to say this thing ways a ton! I alone could not even budge it let alone pick this thing up and put it in a truck. So happy to have had someone on hand that was happy to help! I met up with its previous owner to pay for this beauty as I was anxiously awaiting to get this home and call it mine. I was so ready to negotiate a price on this one since I had already fallen in love but thank goodness she was oh so willing to part with it and sold it to me for $80! Can you believe it!?!

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I was super excited to get it back in my place and even happier to see that it was going to fit on the wall between the living and dining areas. I hopped online right away to do some research in hopes to find a little more info on my new gorgeous piece. I wasn’t able to find this exact piece but was happy to find that these can sell into the thousands!

Knowing a little of its history I honestly tried keeping it in its original state. I stared at this every day from every angle trying to be comfortable with the teak color, but just couldn’t do it. I knew I would love it even more {if that’s at all possible} having it painted in a grey color to blend better with the rest of my home. So the painting began. I knew I may get some flack from some of you but am so happy I painted it. I used mostly “Paris Grey” chalk paint by Annie Sloan with bold brushing of “Pure White” to keep in with the rustic feel. I sanded it here and there so I would be able to see the teak through the grey and have to say I just love the blend of these three colors! I love that it still feels rustic but has an elegant Indonesian Country feel to it. I happen to think the details are more prominent after painting it. And it’s just paint right? Worse case scenario you could remove the paint and go back to its original state or start over. I admit I had a brief moment of “what did I do”, did I actually just paint over hand carved teak! But that moment passed quickly as I was watching it’s true beauty “to me” unfold. 

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I have for now left the original hardware which is black only because I haven’t decided if I want to paint them in a warm bronze color or replace them with something different all together? What do you all think, love them, leave them?

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And my little character there “Bob” always finds a way to sneak himself in my photos! Total ham that one. So he gets his 15 minutes of fame as he graces the pages of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Look at this cover! So, so pretty! Doesn’t it make you want to pretty up your space? This is a porch you could spend hours on sipping your favorite summer drink, reading a good book, relaxing on a beautiful summers day. But, with a pretty porch like this it would be a place that I would want my friends and family to gather along with me. Hoping you get a chance to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine. The inside is just as beautiful and inspiring as its cover!

I’m a huge fan of browsing Craigslist in search of pieces like this one. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Especially if you have the foresight to see it’s true potential!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in!


A Winter Hot Cocoa Bar with a French Flair

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Ok first things first, I am going to apologize ahead of time for the not so great photos! We have not had much sun here and this portion of the dining room is much darker so the pictures don’t do this little bar justice : ). Now on to the fun stuff! Nothing screams winter more than a “Hot Cocoa Bar!” I was super inspired by the ever so talented Jessica with “Pen N’ Paper Flowers”and her always charming Hot Cocoa Bar. I didn’t really have the space in our last place so was super excited when we moved and now have a larger dining room with a perfect little nook. We originally were going to just have it up for our neighborhood Christmas Craft Party, but my son was loving it so much, we decided to leave it up all winter long! I was easily persuaded after seeing the smile on his face every time he made his own cup!  Thanks to our new Mr. Coffee, coffee maker and hot water dispenser, we can have “hot cocoa” in a flash. When winter is over, I will turn this little nook into my “coffee station” with a little section for my little guy to still make his favorite treat.

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My girlfriend had told me about this maker and am so happy we went with this one! I make my coffee every day and my son heats up his hot water in about a minute and makes his cocoa and oatmeal. We both absolutely love this!

I wanted a fun and easy to use station with a bit of pretty for me. I painted an old cabinet I had white, gave it a light distressing and found it was the perfect size to fit on this wall in the dining room and a perfect fit to hold all of the “hot cocoa” necessities. A treat bar is always more fitting when you have a charming chalkboard sign and have to say I am super happy how this one turned out! We are in South Florida so most of the signs don’t really apply with notes on colder weather so decided to create my own with a bit of a “French” flair. Much more fitting for our home. I wanted to bring in more gold accents this winter so tried to make everything look more cohesive with a bit of spray paint. I have a few favorite metallic paints that are my go to, and this time used the “Brilliant Gold” metallic by Valspar. Love, love this paint and use it often in many of my projects. This one is more of a soft, warmer shade of gold versus a bright shiny metallic. To me it has a more vintage appeal which was more fitting for our space.

The coffee maker looks more prominent (as it should, coffee reigns high in this home…wink) placed on a round piece of lighting salvage as the base, a gold charger and a paper doily. I added the same gold paint and light white wash to my favorite tiered stand from Hobby Lobby. Always a pretty and useful accent piece to use around the house. And added the same gold paint to the tops of the jar and shakers.

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I am so crushing on my new glass canisters I found at Tuesday Morning! I love the old school style of the weaved glass and the fun chalkboard canisters with the knobbed lids. The weaved glass set were very inexpensive and the larger chalkboard set I found on the clearance isle! Win, win for our hot cocoa bar! I also sprayed both sets of lids with the same gold paint to tie them all in together and did a quick outline around the chalkboard label using a gold Sharpie. I found both of the silver topped pumps at Target. So much more charming to look at it and so much easier for little hands to pump the syrup without making a mess. We both had tons of fun collecting all of the treats for the hot cocoa bar! You don’t have to go overboard on the spending. We found so many of the syrups, sauces and sweets at our local Ross for about half the price as you would full retail.

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The kids got a big kick out of having their own mugs, not much more in price than buying decent hot beverage cups and it’s a cute gift for them to take home after the party. Each are simple white mugs from the Dollar Tree that I wrapped in string and added a small round chalkboard tag with each child’s name. This whole look came together by adding a similar accent color “Brilliant Gold”, chalkboard tags and labels-found at Michaels on each piece and a bit of Christmas greenery. Most of the pieces I already had around the house, so outside of the canisters, dispensers, mugs and all the treats we really didn’t spend that much to put this together.

Our “Hot Cocoa Bar” has been a huge hit with our friends and family and will definitely be creating one each Winter! I’m hoping this has inspired you to create a bar, big or small for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the Winter season.




Free Christmas Printable Gift Tags

Free Christmas Printables

These were a hit last year, so thought I would post them again for any of you who wanted them.

I think I love wrapping gifts more than I like buying them, really I do! I love giving pretty packages to my friends and family that love handmade gifts and wrapping! Sometimes all you need is a cute little gift tag and a sprig of pine tied with a bit of string and you have a cute little package to give someone special. So for those of you who still need some gift tags for the holidays. Use this link for a full pdf file. Happy gift wrapping!

Free Christmas Printable Gift Tags

Happy Wrapping!