Brocante Market: The Place to Hunt for Vintage Decor/Furniture

If you’re not a resident of the St. Petersburg or Tampa Bay area then chances are you’ve never heard of the Brocante Market that takes place the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. However, you SHOULD hear about and so I will gladly be the one to open your eyes to the wonder that is the Brocante Market.

I went last month with my husband and a couple of friends and it was magical. Never have I been so happily overwhelmed by the amount of vintage decor and furniture items! We were there for about an hour and a half and ended up paying $75 for a small suitcase, porcelain seafarer mug, two large picture frames, an antique window, a small metal wall sculpture, and a large tavern sign. Basically, amazingness.

So after experiencing this I knew I had to bring Momma along so we could hunt down some deals on vintage items to sell on our Etsy shop and possibly some new project items. 

Here’s a peak at what you can expect from Brocante Market:

Photo: Time to get funky! Market is in TWO days!!! We will be re-stocking all weekend long! Open Sa 9-7 and Su 9-5!Photo: Show us where else you can find a fancy glass chandelier and a mounted fish in the same vignette!  =)  Sneak peek for market- THIS weekend 9/6 + 9/7!
Photo: Sneak peek!!  Lots of goodies coming up at our September Market 9/6 + 9/7!Photo: Sneak Peek!  Market is NEXT WEEKEND 9/6 + 9/7!

The pictures above are all from Brocante Market’s Facebook page but they are also on Instagram and post a lot of their items for sale.

Rest assured, Momma and I will take pictures of anything we purchase and post them on our Instagram as well as do a follow-up post. 🙂 So stay tuned!

 

A-hunting we will go!
Katie_Sig

 

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Half-Bath Mood Board: London is Calling…

Sorry it’s been a little while! I’ve been busy with reupholstering a scroll bench (more to come on that as soon as I get the legs and finish it), plus I’ve started a new project…redoing our half-bath!

We bought a new construction house and it gorgeous but some of the design elements are just plain awful. For example, the builder-grade towel racks and toilet paper holders? Ours are a disgusting off-white color. If they were white I wouldn’t mind so much but our towel racks, toilet paper holders, toilets, vanities, and tubs are the gross off-white. Bleh!

So I decided to make the bathrooms prettier by getting rid of the towel racks and toilet paper holders and replacing them with brushed nickel fixtures, slapping some paint on the walls and throwing in some great decor items.

Here’s my idea for the half-bath:

Half Bath Mood Board

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We also plan to add some other U.K.-inspired decor like a Beatles album. Oh, and I just finished painting the walls a very light grey color. What do you think?

Have you remodeled your bathroom before? How did it turn out?

Sweaty from painting all night,
-Katie

How To: Decorate a Cubicle

Do you work in an office with cubicles? Do you work at one of the cubicles? If you do, you know that the plain, drab cubicle look can really suck the decorator’s soul out of you a little every day. I’m tired of having my soul sucked out so I’ve put my mind to finding fun, clean, and pretty ways to decorate my cubicle.

Empirella actually did a FABULOUS cubicle makeover that I think I want to try myself, though my cubicle is set up a little bit differently and I have three monitors taking up majority of the tabletop space. Here’s a picture of their before and after:

 

Keeping that in mind, here are some of the different things I want to add to mine:

Fancy mouse pad with gold polka dots

Who says office decor has to be bland? Spice things up like this cute mouse pad with gold dots!

This calendar could be created using a picture frame and a universal calendar as the “art.”
Then, you could use a dry erase marker to write days, months, and notes.

‘Love’ this simple, clean print. Get it?

LOVE what you do, it makes all the difference!

And this one, which would also tie in the gold polka dots on the mouse pad.
Plus, it’s in French!

No regrets

I also want this chair from IKEA so when people come by they have somewhere fun and funky to sit. And it’s only $39!

VILMAR Chair IKEA The chair's melamine surface makes it durable and easy to keep clean.

Have you seen any other examples of fantastic cubicle makeovers? I would love to get some other ideas. Like I mentioned, I have three monitors that cover majority of my desk so I know I’m going to have something of a hard time working around them (one is a HUGE Mac monitor). But, I will prevail!

Want to help me out? Send me links to other pieces of art and decor that would look nice in a cubicle!

Let the no-more-soul-sucking commence,
-Katie

5 Beautiful Gallery Wall Ideas (Plus, Tips!)

I’ve been slowly changing our master bedroom to a brighter, bolder color palate by infusing pops of bold oranges, lime greens, peacock blues, and deep plum colors with our very neutral grey walls and mostly grey comforter. I’m also adding gold, white, and silver accents all over. However, where I’ve been struggling is the gallery wall and shelving I’ve set for another gallery mix.

Here’s what I have so far:

Gallery Wall Ideas and Tips

Gallery Wall Ideas and Tips

You can see my dilemma. I’ve already planned to paint some of the frames gold and obviously take off the Home Goods sticker and replace with actual art, but can’t seem to decide what art to put in the frames and how to mix it while still maintaining some semblance of balance and cohesion.

So I turned to the Internet to hopefully get some ideas. And, boy, did I! Here are my top 5 gallery wall ideas:

1. High Fashion Gallery Wall Idea via CasaSugarHigh Fashion Gallery Wall Idea

2.  Pops of Color Gallery Wall via Sweet Lovely Ho.me

Bright Color Gallery Wall Idea

3.  Masculine Gallery Wall via Japanese TrashMasculine Gallery Wall Idea

4. Interesting Gallery Wall via Anne Robin CalligraphyGallery Wall Idea

5. Themed Gallery Wall via FashionismoAfrican Themed Gallery Wall Idea

After seeing all these beautiful examples of well-done gallery walls, I’m feeling ready to tackle the project and find some great pieces.

This wonderfully helpful post from Because It’s Awesome also details “5 Rules of the Gallery Wall.”

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at designing your own gallery wall. If you do, or if you have in the past, I’d love to see pictures! Just post a link to them in the comments.

Until inspiration strikes again,
-Katie

Toronto’s Distillery District: Industrial Inspiration

My husband and I just returned from a trip up north. We first visited family in Detroit and then decided to take an impromptu trip to Toronto as I had never been to Canada before and my husband had never been to Toronto.

The 4 1/2 hour drive from Detroit isn’t too bad and it’s worth it once you make it to the city.

We visited the Hockey Hall of Fame, the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, but what I will always remember was the stunning Distillery District. We didn’t get to stay to see it at night, but it was beautiful during the day. The mix of old, industrial architecture and decor is something that I absolutely love and can snap pictures of all day.

Here are some of my favorite pictures we took of the Distillery District.

Toronto Distillery District SignA picture of the sign when you first walk up to the area.

Old Truck in Toronto Distillery DistrictOne thing you should know about me: I LOVE old trucks like this. And this one was beautifully decayed.

Old Building in Toronto Distillery DistrictThey mix the old with the new so well!

Toronto Distillery DistrictI fell in love with this old walkway/room.

Industrial Doorway in Toronto Distillery DistrictI mean, c’mon! Gorgeous.

Buildings in Toronto Distillery District Oh, to have seen this area in its heyday.

There was this ADORABLE little bakery in the area that I stopped at to grab a chocolate croissant and the inside was breathtaking. If you ever get the chance, please check out the Brick Street Bakery. It was so good!

Have you ever been to Toronto or the Distillery District? What was your favorite part?

Ciao!
-Katie

Rustic TV or Media Centers

We have an older IKEA TV console in our living room right now, but it just doesn’t go very well with our modern-industrial look. It’s too modern. So I’ve been on the look-out for a DIY TV console or media center that my husband and I could build. I want something that is more open since we have a narrow (but long) living room with a large sectional sofa in it and I don’t want another large piece of furniture making the room look smaller.

So here are some of my favorite options that I don’t think would be too hard to either build or create our own plans for:

Liz_Marie_BlogDIY Rustic Wood TV Console via Liz Marie Blog

PB_HendrixHendrix Media Stand via Pottery Barn

Ana_WhiteRustic X Console via Ana White

I know, they all look pretty similar but that’s part of why I’m having a problem deciding! Do I want one that’s tall, short, middle-of-the-road? Exes on the sides? Ugh! Too many choices. Though, I guess it’s better to have too many choices than no choices at all, right?

Do you have other ideas of similar TV/media centers?

What about your house? What does yours look like?

XOXO,
-Katie

Decorating with Wicker Chairs

So I’m a younger decorating enthusiast, and with my youth came a misguided revulsion where wicker is concerned. I always thought wicker furniture belonged in my grandmother’s house, but never mine. HOWEVER, my views on the subject have done a complete 180. Now, I wouldn’t mind adding some wicker chairs to accent my dining room chairs or having a set in my living room.

Isn’t it funny how trends are circuitous and what was once considered less than desirable can make a comeback? Love it!

Still think wicker belongs on the porch of a grandmother’s house only? You might change your mind after seeing these beautiful examples of wicker working it!

caeff643abdc2437b20efe7782ccfeccWicker Dining Room Chairs via BHG

ec407298b536869da2b1cf4b68bf0a2dWicker Accent Chair via BHG

f4134e253353Another Wicker Accent Chair via House Beautiful

Adriana-heroAntique/Industrial-Style Wicker Accent Chair via The Design Files

P1110576Wicker Accent Chair in Master Bedroom via Chateau Chic

So what do you think? Is your mind blown yet? I know, I too had to take a moment to admit I had been wrong all along. And, shockingly enough, my mom and I are working on sprucing up two pairs of wicker chairs right now. Here’s a sneak peak at the “before” pictures:

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Two are going to be white and two are going to be grey. I’m really excited and will post the “after” pictures as soon as I’m done. Then, we’ll be selling those babies!

Do you have wicker furniture in your house or have you considered adding a piece or two? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until inspiration strikes again,
Katie

#PCOTY: Radiant Orchid

In case you’re unaware…the new Pantone Color of the Year (or #PCOTY) is Radiant Orchid. While I’m not a huge fan of adding this color on, say, every wall in a room, I am a fan of this color in sporadic pieces throughout a room or an accent wall. 

I guess I’m not brave enough to do a whole room in Radiant Orchid.

Still not sure how to use this new, vibrant color? Here’s some inspiration:

original_Brian-Patrick-Flynn-PLUM-FUCHSIA-BLACK-entry_s3x4_lgPatterned Wallpaper via HGTV

e8bb16c892fc8ae8601cead9629bde82Twin Chairs via Home Sweet Home

orchid-rugRug via Vintage Pixie

Are you feeling bold? Do you have plans to add your own “orchid” touch to your home? If so, post links to your blog so we can see pictures.

Do you have other ideas of how to incorporate the new #PCOTY?

Have fun!
-Katie