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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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Vacuums for Hardwood & Carpet

First and foremost, it’s important to know that I loathe cleaning, so for me, part of what makes a product good is if it’s easy to use and cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend using it.  Makes sense, right?  Along with getting new floors comes the added responsibility of caring for them properly.  My hunt for a great vacuum started some months ago and since then, I’ve found a vacuum, a cordless vacuum, and a carpet washer that I love. These are my tried and true cleaning favorites.  Today, I’m sharing each of these products with you.  This is NOT a sponsored post – just sharing my finds with you in case you like them, too! Affiliate links below.

When evaluating a product, you first have to identify what features are necessary and important to you.  For me, I considered the following:

  • Easy to use
  • Efficient
  • Powerful
  • Convenient
  • Useful Features
  • Portable
  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Easy to Clean

 

Favorite Vacuum: Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away Professional

Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional

 

I had another vacuum for years but it always clogged {mostly pet hair stuck in the hose} and eventually, I grew tired of fussing with it and looked for a new vacuum.  For me, a lift-away vacuum was a must.  At the time, I had carpet on my stairs and needed to be able to easily use the vacuum on the stairs, but also, I like to vacuum the sofa cushions from time to time and so like to hold the vacuum in my hand as I do so.  I also wanted a vacuum that was very powerful, could be used on both carpet and bare floor, and one that wouldn’t clog.  I also prefer bagless vacuums given my low maintenance cost requirement.

I tried four vacuums before I decided on the Rotator Professional, including one other from the Shark Rotator series.  Here’s why I love the Rotator Professional.

Pros

  • Super powerful – I had just vacuumed my rugs when I tested out the Rotator Professional.  I was horrified to see the canister immediately fill with dirt and dust after just a few passes on my shag rug.  How much dirt had been hiding in there?!  I’m still trying to convince myself that Shark hid some dirt on the vacuum to make me think it was picking up more than was there but no, the truth is, it is so powerful you’ll be amazed what you’ll find hiding in your carpet.
  • Easily changes from an upright, to a handheld, to a canister!  Yes, it comes with a second base that allows it to function as a canister!
  • Handle removes in two different areas to extend your reach
  • Comes with various tools for crevices, pet hair, dusting, and a hardwood floor attachment
  • Economical compared to its main competitor, Dyson
  • Easy to clean the dirt chamber
  • Doesn’t clog

Cons

  • It’s heavy, so while the lift-away part makes it portable, you wouldn’t want to carry it far
  • Given the strong suction, it’s a bit hard to push on rugs with a high pile

 

Not too many Cons with this one!  I do truly love this vacuum and am amazed by how much dirt it pulls up and how many different configurations it has so that you can reach almost any spot in your house!

 

Favorite Cordless & Handheld Vacuum: Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson V6 Motorhead

When  my new hardwood floors were first installed, I found that I needed to clean them more often since dirt and debris shows more easily on dark floors versus light.  Initially, I just swept them every day but quickly realized that the broom left behind dust that was still visible on the floors.  I decided I needed a vacuum for the hardwood.  The Shark Rotator Professional mentioned above does work on bare floors, but it’s a bit heavy and not as convenient and easy to use as a broom, so I decided to look for an alternative.

I LOVE my new Dyson V6 Motorhead.  It is so lightweight and convenient that it’s just as easy to use as a broom.  Since it’s cordless, I can quickly move throughout the house and because it’s powerful, I haven’t yet found anything that it doesn’t pick up…plus it doesn’t clog!

 

Here are my personal Pros and Cons after testing and using it throughout my home.

 

Pros

  • At under 5lbs. it is very easy to lift and easily portable up and down stairs
  • Quickly converts from a full-size cleaner to a handheld so that it can be used in the car, outside, etc.
  • Powerful and can be used on both bare floors and carpet, easily pickup up dust as well as larger items.
  • Doesn’t scratch the hardwood floors
  • Convenient and easy-to-use wall mounted charging station {I’m actually super impressed with the design of the charging base!}
  • Ball head maneuvers quickly to turn corners and change direction, even with just one hand
  • 20 minutes of cleaning time per charge so I can cover the whole house
  • Comes charged and ready to use
  • Easy to follow instructions, although it’s so easy to use that it’s really self-explanatory
  • Very good quality – solid not flimsy
  • Comes with three additional attachments for various uses

 

Cons

  • The price.  It’s high even if you find it on sale!  You have to think of it as an investment and you’re paying for the features and quality.
  • To operate you have to hold the trigger down and although it’s easy, it does become tiresome
  • The air exhaust is strong and blows on you as you’re cleaning….of course, if it’s a hot day I suppose the vacuum could double as an air conditioner!
  • To dump the debris from the container, you need to use two hands.  I actually wouldn’t have even thought anything about this except that compared to my Shark Rotator Professional which requires only one hand, it seems a bit less convenient.

 

If picking up pet hair from carpet or upholstery is necessary, try the V6 Animal.  If you need a dusting cloth, try the V6 Absolute.

 

 

Favorite Carpet Washer: Bissell ProHeat Lift-Off 2x Pet

Bissell ProHeat Lift-Off 2x Pet

 

With kids and pets and shoes there’s just no way I can avoid the need to wash my carpets – and even my upholstery – from time to time!  So far, I’ve had no issues with my Bissell and in fact, love it!

I debated whether to show you this picture….it’s embarrassing.  This is the top of my stairs and by far, the spot that gets the dirtiest.  Here you can clearly see which areas I’ve cleaned and which I haven’t.

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Pros

  • Effective – does a great job getting tough spots out
  • Lift-off canister makes it portable for spot cleaning and/or upholstery cleaning
  • Smells great – this might sound silly, but the cleaning solution smells really good and the carpet feels softer once it dries
  • Very easy to use and the results are instant

 

Cons

  • Hard to clean the dirty water reservoir
  • Need to make several passes over the wet carpet to pull the water out
  • Not for use on high pile carpet, as the suction isn’t strong enough to penetrate too deep

 

 

As I mentioned at the beginning, cleaning is just not high on my list of Likes….actually, it doesn’t even make my list!  These products have all worked really well for me, though.  If you want to see some more of my favorite cleaning products, you can find my Top 10 here:

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