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Alameda Point Antique Faire Favorites – Part 2

Are you ready to see and shop for some amazing European and Farmhouse finds?  I love finding new {to me} places to shop and I like it even better when the owners are friendly and passionate about their work!  Last week I introduced you to Art of Salvage and the amazing work on Michael Avila {post HERE}.  Today, I want to introduce you to two more vendors whose booths really caught my eye.

First up is Napa Antique Wine Artifacts.  Chris has a warehouse located in Napa, CA and brought a few of his goodies with him last weekend.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

This demijohn with metal crate.  I almost scooped this one up but decided to wait until I actually had a place to put it.

 

What about grain sacks?  Love them and Chris had a stack!

 

Right next to the grain sacks was something that I love and actually use in my own home – an antique bottle drying rack.  I have a smaller version of this one on my kitchen counter holding my coffee mugs.  I also have a wall-mounted one in my dining room, displaying my teacups.

 

And last but certainly not least, dough bowls!!!  This was one of the best selections I saw at this show.

 

 

For more information on these types of items, their history, and how to decorate with them, you can check out my terminology post {HERE} and my vintage decorating series of posts {HERE}.

 

If you plan to be in the area, you can visit Chris’ warehouse for a personal shopping experience.  You’ll need to make an appointment in advance, though, so I’ve provided his email address below.

 

 

Very popular right now are farmhouse signs, thanks in part to shows like Fixer Upper.  I couldn’t help but be drawn to Nikki’s booth, Fountain Antiques, where she showcased all of her custom-made farmhouse and vintage-style signs.  Cute, right?

 

I love this Meats & Poultry sign framed in an old window:

 

And in the background, you might have spotted the Apothecary sign.  Nikki chose to use the vintage spelling.

 

 

Cute frames with custom designs and sizes available, too!

 

Neither Napa Antique Wine Artifacts or Fountain Antiques have websites listed on their business cards, so here are their email addresses in case you want to get in contact to inquire about something you saw here:

Napa Antique Wine Artifacts – wineartifacts at g mail dot  com

Fountain Antiques – nikki dot crowe at g mail dot  com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alameda Point Antique Faire Favorite – Part 1

The first Sunday of every month is always one of my favorite days because it holds the possibility of a trip to the Alameda Point Antique Faire!  This last Sunday, it was my lucky day.  Hubby and I were up at 4:15 AM so we could be at the show, waiting in line before the 6:00 AM opening.  We don’t look too shabby for just four hours of sleep!

 

One of my show favorites has always been Art of Salvage.  Owner Michael Avila is a truly amazing designer with fantastic attention to detail and an eye for just the right amount of juxtaposition between old and new to create stunning, elegant designs.  His refurbished French furniture pieces are show-stoppers, literally.  I’ve stalked admired him for years but haven’t actually spoken to him until this last time, but wish I had sooner so that I could have been following his work in between shows.

This just might be one of my all-time favorites… {Note that these pictures, taken with my phone in the wee hours of the morning, don’t do these pieces justice!}

 

Here you can see that he actually had a matching pair available.  And this hutch is almost identical to mine….I’ve considered taking the center doors off of mine so that I could better see my Ironstone collection.  I just might do it…

 

And then there’s this chair with its cute buttons.  I love that no part {or side} or a piece is ignored, not even the back!

 

This chair has a lot of detail but with a timeless look and with its neutral color scheme, it can fit in anywhere.

 

This chair design is so interesting and I love how it’s been painted.

 

And speaking of painting, Michael from Art of Salvage uses chalk paint in such an authentic way that while I know the pieces have been painted, they look as if this is how they were always meant to be.  Look at the depth of color and texture in this table!

 

 

I went by this booth at least four times {no joke} just to see what else might have been brought out from the truck.  On my last pass, I saw this settee which would look amazing in my entryway.  Unfortunately, I knew just from looking at it that it was a bit too big for my space, but that didn’t stop me from pulling out my tape measure and clinging to desperate hope that it would fit.  Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

You can find out more about Art of Salvage on their website {HERE}.  You can also follow Michael on Instagram {HERE} to see his latest pieces.

 

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Faire Favorites to find an amazing selection of European goods {like grain sacks, dough bowls, and demijohns} and some fun custom farmhouse signs.

 

 

 

 

 

Love My Style? Shop My Look!

You might notice I’ve added a new page to my site called “Shop My Look” and I’m super excited about this page because I’ve been trying to collaborate with the company that makes this widget for two years now!  And after all this time, it’s finally up and running!

Basically, this page houses home decor that I love and think you might, too.  These are affiliate links, meaning that I might make a small percentage from any sales resulting from clicks {the money earned is how I pay to keep this website up and running!}; however, I am always 100% honest with you about what I like and what I don’t and this page is no exception.  If I don’t love it and wouldn’t put it in my own home, you won’t find it on this page.  I promise. I personally searched all of these items and gathered them on this page to make shopping easier for you.

I get questions from time to time about where I’ve bought things that I’ve featured in my home tour.  Like this flatware.

 

Or these mini boxwood wreaths.

 

And even the oversized wall mirrors in my living room.

 

You can now find – and shop for – all of these items in one place.  From the “Shop My Look” page, you can hover over any image to see the retailer and/or share on social media.  Click the image and you’ll be taken directly to the retailer’s website to see additional product information.

 

I hope you like this new section as much as I’ve enjoyed curating it.  I’ll add new items often, so check back to see the latest!  Please stop by to take a look….your clicks help keep my website up and running!

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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