Junk Shopping at a Picker's Home

Meet “The Bling Bandits,” the father and son duo who broke my heart over and over again this weekend! Wink, wink! They may look sweet and smiley, but this pair are shrewd junk collectors and pickers. (I’ll tell you more about those heartbreaking moments later.) Kevin O is a picker who travels all along the […]

Easy DIY Patriotic Bunting: Make one in 5 minutes or less!

I thought I was finished with my Fourth of July decorating… But then I happened upon these red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes and polka dot fabric swatches… …on the remnant table at my local fabric store. $5, 5 minutes and some rope, and I whipped up this quick and easy patriotic bunting. I lucked out by finding fabric […]

Vintage American Flags

When I was pulling together our Memorial Day patriotic picnic on the front porch, I wanted to add a vintage vibe to our table. I would have loved to have found some vintage American flags to use for our centerpiece. But since I couldn’t find the real deal, I decided to make my own, using […]

Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rebecca Ray Designs, designer and manufacturer of equestrian handbags and accessories bench made in the United States. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. “I think we need a horse farm,” I said to my husband one day as we were out driving in the country, through […]

Spring Vignette inspired by my McCoy pottery collection

Fifteen ¬†years ago — maybe more — I was shopping at the Georgetown Flea Market in Washington, D.C. when I spotted a trio of McCoy Pottery vases shaped like flowers. I had just started collecting ¬†McCoy, and the vases were high on my wish list. But at $50 each, they were way out of budget. […]

N.C. Heirloom Apples

The family and I took a trip to the North Carolina mountains this past weekend to relax, unplug and enjoy one another’s company. I have a new favorite cocktail after this weekend: a cinnamon apple martini, which tastes like a Hot Tamale candy in a glass. I’m working on figuring out the recipe. We had […]

Vintage Furniture Makeover: Stenciled Demilune Tables

As somoene who has furnished nearly every home I’ve ever lived in with yard sale finds and secondhand vintage furniture, this statistic shocked me: Did you know that Americans throw away 10 million pieces of furniture every year? These are the very pieces I am excited to find at yard sales and thrift stores. The […]

Grandma's Homemade Watermelon Rind Pickles

If there is one food I associate with my Grandma Mills, it is her homemade watermelon rind pickles. She used to keep the jars, filled with bright green syrup and clove-seasoned pickles, on a shelf in her kitchen, behind an old sheet that had been fashioned into a curtain. Whenever Grandma cooked a family dinner, […]

Atta Girl Says: Tips for Decorating with Collections

I have a slight problem with collecting. I’ll fall in love with something… and before long, a single mason jar … …morphs into an entire collection of mason jars and vintage bottles. A single prized vase… …begets an entire collection of vintage pottery. Today, I’m owning up to my obsession over at seven thirty three […]

featured Vintage Jewelry in Shadowbox

The truck is loaded up, and the van, too, because Saturday is the big day — the first-ever Carolina Vintage (mini) Market. I am beyond exhausted from all the painting, picking, prepping and pricing for our big two-day sale at The Hen House at SuzAnna’s Antiques in Raleigh. From what I hear, Kristen of Sophai’s […]