Displaying Vintage & Creating Beautiful Vignettes {plus...} Hump Day Summer Reading Highlights #2

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Collecting antiques and vintage pieces is a fun and thrilling hunt,
but knowing how to display those pieces can sometimes be a challenge.

If you've been following my blog,
you'll know my husband and I took off for a short road trip last week.
We went all the way up to Harpers Ferry, WV.

As we backtracked towards home, we rode through little towns in our path
down the beautiful state of Virginia.
It was enjoyable and refreshing, to witness down towns
that are still alive and kicking!
In our area, so many of them now resemble ghost towns, with boarded up windows and unkempt facades.

We made several pit stops at different antique malls,
my favorite along the way, The Great Strasburg Emporium, in Strasburg, VA.

In one section of the Emporium in the Dome Room,
 Hip and Humble, had clever displays of furniture set up. 
Paired with unique pieces, they created beautiful vignettes.  

As much as I love vintage, I still like a somewhat uncluttered, "clean" look in my home.
My Challenge...
Displaying my collections, without my home looking like the inside of a flea market.
Mr. Ramblings likes that look and calls it "cozy,"  ...we don't share the same vision!  :)

Meandering through these displays gave me a lot of direction,
and maybe they'll offer inspiration for you as well...

How cute is the vintage baseball inspired chalkboard?

I would love to have this table in our farm house...

 Fabulous detail on the the legs...

The old fridge made me think of Rue, Of An Old Fashioned World.

Is your "inspiration mode" on overload at this point???
Imagine seeing these beautiful vignettes and displays in person.

If you happen upon this way,
 I highly recommend that you stop in at The Great Strasburg Emporium,
...and allow for plenty of time, the place is huge!

{Address for The Great Strasburg Emporium:
160 Nth Massanutten Street, Strasburg, VA}

 Just a few photos from some of my other favorite booths...

I didn't buy one, but really wanted one of the old metal sand buckets for the lake house,
such temptation! 

There's lots for the menfolk to enjoy too.
If you're like me when shopping with Mr. Ramblings,
 that may buy you a little more looking time!  :)


Hump Day Summer Reading Highlights #2

Since I seem to be on a historic kick this week,
how about a series of novels about heroine, Ashley Wilkes, a historic preservationist.
 The books are based in the Historic District of Wilmington, NC,
 and neighboring Wrightsville Beach.

I've read most of the Magnolia Series, mysteries written by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter.
I'm a sucker for local, North, and South Carolina coastal fiction!

The two books pictured are signed copies, from 2007 and 2009.
These and her other works can be found on Amazon.

Happy Reading!


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  1. Oh yes, I certainly do love that fridge! :)

    I would have gotten in big trouble in that shop. So many things to look at and love!

    Thank you for the mention, my friend.


  2. Oh I love virtual shopping!! That TV is hilarious! What a cool store, a real treasure trove~

  3. Oh my! If I stopped there-my hubby (and the store owners) would have a hard time getting me to leave! So much to LOVE!

  4. I used to like the cluttered country look but have been downsizing my stuff and have become more like you with the uncluttered, less is more, look. Part of my reasoning is the grandbabies get into it when there's too much stuff around and I don't like to get after them for it so I've either put it away or given it away. Funny how the changing seasons of my life change my decor. thanks for sharing this. I do love the old TV at the end. I saw one made into an end table and where the tube was they used the glass and made a door so that it held the DVD player, etc. It was so cute.


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