Let’s be honest. For those of us who enjoy the hunt all yard sales can be enticing, but sometimes three’s one that just stands out.
This happened recently when I was fortunate enough to arrive early at a special sale of “high end furniture, lighting, unique accessories and other eclectic items.”Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
That enticing description still didn’t do justice to the treasures for sale there.Photography by www.Way2Finds.com. Photography by www.Way2Finds.com. Photography by www.Way2Finds.com. Photography by www.Way2Finds.com Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
It’s certainly fun to move through such items and sometimes impossible to resist that urge to buy. Yes, those sconces shown above are now sitting in my basement, preparing for their next life!
Ship ahoy! Nautical is an enticing home design trend with an appeal that extends beyond summertime. No longer is the emphasis on making bold statements. The tide is turning toward integrating nautical elements in much more subtle ways.
Where to start? Think about those images most often associated with life on the seas, such as twisted ropes of different textures and hues.Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
Looking for ways to incorporate this look? How about using rope to hang a mirror in hallway or den? Or look for rope-trimmed picture frames, or candleholders embellished with rope, for just two examples. Want to be even bolder? Think incorporating a rope ottoman or even a chair or lounge made from rope.
Of course, another way to “go nautical” is to seek out unique items that make a strong and distinctive statement. One example is the boat propellers shown below, having been given new life.Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
Other items worth searching for, and still in that salty vein, include anchors (but look for those with unusual patina), antique steamer trunks (especially those salvaged from cruise ships) and copper or even diver helmets made of copper/brass (whether vintage or a convincing replica).
Also, there are smaller items that can be added to a coffee table vignette or bookshelf displays for that even subtler nautical vibe. While going to yard sales, visiting flea markets or roaming through antiques shops keep an eye out for items (the older they appear the better) such as fishing boat pulley hooks, seamen’s compass, even artfully knotted rope or any other item whose appearance brings life on the sea to mind. Many stores/boutiques also have modern versions of these items, if that’s more appealing.
The full-on nautical trend may not be for everyone, but these are only a few ways it can be artfully integrated into any home décor. Give it a try, and happy sailing!Photography by www.Way2Finds.com.
Traveling to a new area this summer in search for treasures? Chances are you want to do some research before starting out. So we will provide a series of posts that pinpoint key info sources and other “insider” knowledge when available.
Where to start? The Hamptons, of course!Photography by Way2Finds.
While the sand and sun may be the top attractions, the area is also known for wineries as well. Check out this to get a sense of what Long Island wineries are all about. (In case of a rainy day you may want to head over to the neighboring North Fork for more winery options.Photography from www.hamptonsrealestateshowcase.com.
Eating is always a major pastime out on the East End (as the Hamptons are also commonly called) of Long Island (NY), and that means a new crop of restaurants arrive every season plus be sure to plan ahead to enjoy perennial favorites. Here are some of the top spots to enjoy.Photography from www.lipulse.com.
As you dine around town you’re likely to hear many conversations about one of the “locals’ favorite topics – real estate. Click here to be at least a bit “in the know”.
Thinking of putting down stakes in the Hamptons, find out more about what it’s actually like to live in these beach townsPhotography from www.easthampton.com.
If making a visit or two is more in your realm of possibility, this guide from The New York Times may prove valuable!
Enjoy the beach, enjoy the weather – and don’t forget to go in search of some finds to take home to help remember this interlude!
What lies beyond the hedges, through the hidden door? Nature in its many forms can both intrigue and inspire.
For those living in the northeast Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the official kick-off to the Summer season, full of sunshine, beach days, outdoor barbecues and more. However, for me and other dedicated “hunters”, what it means to us is the kick off to a different kind of season – yard sales!Photography from www.danspapers.com
In case you plan to do some yard sale sleuthing of your own here are my top five tips:
1. Before hitting the road take time to chart your course. Use websites, newspapers and other sources to discover the weekend’s sales and then plan your route from beginning to end. Otherwise you may find yourself wasting valuable time – and missing more than a few great “finds”.
2. Are you looking for one or more specific items? Make sure then to measure the space for them ahead of time, and always have a tape measure with you. Little is worse than finding that end table, for example, but then missing out on it because you just aren’t sure it will fit in your bedroom, or going ahead and buying it, then discovering it’s “just” a few inches too tall or wide!
3. Use your imagination. Some finds may jump right out at you. However, there are others that result only after you’ve considered the item and come up with some unusual uses for it. Don’t be afraid to use even everyday items in unusual ways and/or in unusual places.
4. Hone those bargaining or negotiating skills. Often sellers deliberately set a price for an item that they know leaves room for some negotiation. Be fair and reasonable, but know there is always pricing “wiggle room” built in. At the same time, don’t be afraid to walk away if the price still doesn’t make sense to you –and you can always give it one more try later.
5, Be prepared. Bring along blankets, towels, bags, old newspapers and any other items that may help you protect your purchases.
Most of all have fun and enjoy the season!
Spring breezes and even a hint of summer in the air. Yes, it’s time for a home refresh as we fully embrace this change of seasons. “Refresh” doesn’t have to mean days and days of work, though. Instead, a few simple changes can make a big impact.
Where to begin? Open those windows and let the fresh air flow in! (Maybe those panes could also use a cleaning.)Photography by Way2Finds.com.
A simple way that says, “Spring has arrived!” is to add or change the flowers in your home. Put aside those elaborate vases and think glass in unconventional forms. Pair with the first colorful tulips or roses of the season.Photography from www.idojour.com.
Quick changes with high impact can be made to your home’s interior. For example, a room takes on a whole new character simply with a change of sofa pillows.Photography from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
Perhaps no other feature of the home is a greater reminder of winter than the fireplace. That’s why it’s a great idea to redo both the mantle décor as well as any surrounding objects.Photography from Way2Finds.com.
The main thing is to slow down and take time to enjoy the spring and summer soon to follow. After all, fall and winter will be back soon enough!
In February of this year more than 77,500 visitors made their way to Palm Springs. Yes, they enjoyed the warm weather, the sunshine and excellent, eclectic restaurants and bars. However, the main attraction was Modernism Week, an 11-day celebration of midcentury architecture and design that attracts participants from throughout the United States as well as from other countriesPhotography by David A. Lee Photography.
This, though, is but one sign of the continuing popularity of midcentury, whether decorating an entire home or creating specific design statements. Clean, simple lines, abundant lights, and innovative architecture characterize this design aesthetic and add to what seems to be it’s timeless appeal. Stone and wood are likewise major elements, as shown in the photograph below.Photography by Kimberley Bryan.
So too is the emphasis on letting abundant light enter the space along with the placement of carefully selected accessories.Photography by Justin Coit.
However, don’t despair if you are not fortunate enough to live in an actual midcentury home. For example, fill bookshelves with accessories that embody the color, texture, clean lines and organic feel of the period.Photography from www.design-market.fr.
Then of course there’s that iconic item – the bar! This one was created for Mad Men and is now in the Smithsonian Museum.Photography from Bloomberg.com.
Zeroing in, a nod to midcentury barware adds that special flair to any interior, and the classic designs make it timeless. Some examples are below.Photography of Black and Gold Glasses from Way2Finds.com.Buy them here. here. Photography of Gregory Duncan Purple Thistle Vintage Highball Glasses by Way2Finds.com. Buy them here.
Obviously midcentury has proved itself a lasting design statement, open today to interpretation whether in an overall house, in a single room setting or in the use of accessories.
There is nothing like travel to truly inspire. Inspiration can come from the way the sky shifts as the hours pass and the winds change direction. It can come from the sights and sounds of a local market. Of course, too, the greatest inspirations come from nature itself, including beautiful sunrises and awe-inspiring sunsets.Photography by Way2Finds.Photography by Way2Finds.
Just looking at this image immediately brought to mind different ways to add colors to my house once back home. Why not look at your past vacation photos to find some new inspiration all your own?
Recently I was fortunate enough to enjoy a 10-day vacation with lots of sun, sand and sea. I was a repeat visitor at the vacation resort, and again enjoyed the special touches.
Over the course of my career I have been a frequent traveler both here and abroad. Often I’ve seen toiletries, experienced linens and slept on the most comfortable of beds. What I’ve discovered is I’m not alone in wanting to be able to take some of these items home with me. Several hospitality industry leaders have realized this and responded accordingly by launching their own eCommerce sites. Examples include the following:Photography courtesy of The Luxury Collection.
Starwood Hotels and Resort Properties are both promoting their luxurious resorts as well as enabling even armchair travelers to enjoy aspects of The Luxury Collection experience. By creating The Luxury Collection Store, it is able to offer for sale a somewhat diverse selection of items, including its beds, pillows, bedding, and bath and spa products. It also presents a category referred to simply as “Luxuries”. Here it is possible to acquire photographs by Helena Christensen, a special Luxury Collection candles, curated playlists, and books carefully selected to reflect the brand itself, including Hotel Stories and Epicurean Journeys.
Photography courtesy of KimptonStyle.com
Kimpton has taken a major leap into online selling, with an assortment that includes pillows, bedding, the Kimpton bed, bath robes, towels, bath accessories and bath and body products, plus travel bags, bar and wine accessories and even décor items. The latter includes throws and pillows, lamps, chairs, and accessories.Photography courtesy of ShopMarriott.com.
Marriott is another company that started by offering its bed. This, too, has turned into a full-fledged eCommerce initiative. A variety of bedding items, pillows, linens and bath items are also offered. “Lifestyle” is also included as a sort of catchall category including lamps, wall art, trays and scent diffusers at the current time
It’s always nice to return home, but even better when a bit of “hunting” enables us to bring a bit of our vacation back with us.
INTRIGUING AND INSPIRING DISCOVERIES FOR THE HOME