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

 

Barn Doors…Can’t Get Enough!

Wow! So, um, it’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that. We have a lot of things in the works but nothing completely finished yet. Rest assured, as soon as we start finishing some of these projects then we’ll post them.

In the meantime, here’s some sliding barn door inspiration! Because, I mean, who doesn’t love a great sliding barn door? I wish there was some place in my house I could incorporate one, but for right now I’ll just drool over them via my computer screen.

Yellow Barn DoorYellow Barn Door via House*Tweaking

Grand Barn Door EntranceGrand Barn Door Entrance via Design to Inspire

Blue Barn DoorsBlue Barn Doors via Frog Hill Designs

Grey Barn DoorsGrey Barn Doors via Design Sponge

That last one is my favorite with the awesome rug and chandelier and the colors. If I had a mountain cabin, it would be that great mix of rustic and modern.

I’m sure the barn doors are just a fad and will eventually fade away, but I’ll just enjoy this very cool decor/architectural deign element and longingly wish for my own.

Have you seen a barn door that is just to die for? Share the link!

Until my next design obsession,
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

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