Fall Estate Sale Finds

I love estate sale-ing in the fall. The weather is gorgeous, so it’s a great time to be out and about around town. I’m rarely happier than when I’m driving between estate sales on a cool morning, with a Diet Dr. Pepper from McDonalds in the cup holder and the XM Politics channel on the […]

Painted Pine Hutch

Years ago I had a friend named Kathy whose sons were in the same classes as my kids in elementary school. Kathy and I were in a bunco group together, and she was also in our book club before she moved out of state. Kathy had a unique, effortless sense of style. She was a […]

Things I Love: Library Tables

I’ve been in love with the idea of a library table since I first knew what one was: a large writing table or desk, big enough for more than one person, like you would find in – well – a library. Antique library tables are made of wood and, while some (many?) were made for home libraries, […]

On Nightstands

I’ve haven’t talked a lot about our bedroom on the blog. That’s because it’s a room in transition. My main goal has been to make it less matchy, starting with the bedroom set we bought 28+ years ago when we were still engaged. The bedroom set is a nice one; sturdy and well-built and in amazing […]

English Marmalade Jar

Most of my antique/vintage/secondhand shopping has been done at estate sales and antique shops. I like the houses I see, the people I meet, and the thrill of the hunt. But recently I began going online to pick up some things that I’m not likely to run across by going to an estate sale or two […]

Secondhand Finds: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it’s not even close. It’s the simplest of holidays, asking only that you come together and enjoy all that you have to be grateful for. It brings to a close the most glorious season – autumn – at the same time that it kicks off the holiday season ahead. And it’s a quintessentially American […]

Butler’s Tray as Bar Cart

You’ve probably noticed that bar carts are all the rage. They’re everywhere. If you’ve missed the memo, head over to Pinterest and do a search to see what I mean. I’ve taken note of the trend and, while I didn’t want to go all in with a new bar cart, I do have this butler’s tray […]

Sunday Afternoon Art

This empty nest stuff isn’t all bad. With nobody else’s schedules to work around, Tom and I find ourselves doing pretty much whatever we want in the evenings and on the weekends. Last Saturday we left a birthday pool party for a friend and – on a whim – drove to Lawrence to surprise our tailgating friends at […]

Secondhand Finds: Staycation Edition

It’s been a slow secondhand shopping summer for me. As I browse through pictures in estate sale listings, I just haven’t been feeling it. That’s okay. Secondhand/vintage/antique shopping is like that. Sometimes you’re into it and finding stuff and other times, not so much. But Tom and I did do some antiquing in the West […]

Little Office Accessories

I’ve used this garage sale flowerpot as a pencil holder in the office for a while now. I like that its prettier than most things that were made to be pencil holders. So after the office remodel I wanted to add some other pretty touches to the office and I started with my paperclip holder, […]