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Weekend Inspiration!

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Yesterday was a perfect day for me.  I mean amazingly perfect, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll know that I spent Sunday at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and to me, shopping the antique faire is a dream come true!  Not only did I come home with a few items that I *love*, but I also saw tons of amazing booth displays and beautiful vintage finds that have inspired me to rearrange everything in my home.  Today, I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful things I saw.

And speaking of beautiful things {just kidding!}, here I am with Hubby, bright and early, taking a selfie at 5:45AM!  Up at 4:00, we greeted the babysitter at 4:45, and were out the door by 5:00AM with coffee in hand.  It wasn’t nearly as cold or as dark as we’re used to, so we were overdressed and sweltering by noon.



Every aisle that I went down, something caught my eye, like stacks and stacks of grain sacks!  Some were left in their original form, while others had been sewn into table runners, lavender sachets, and even Christmas stockings!



I then stumbled upon this cute little chair.  The seller said that the velvet had been damaged and so she removed it to discover the satin underneath.  She inadvertently ripped the satin on the seat, though, and so took off another layer to discover the ticking.  She ended up leaving it as it was with all three different materials showing, which gives it a lot of character, don’t you think?!


I also have a love of old industrial items, particularly cameras and typewriters.  I’m still searching for just the right typewriter for me, though…maybe next month.




Clocks are also a favorite, whether large…



…or small.



I ended up buying a TON of books.  I absolutely love old, weathered, and worn pages!

{The Vintage Bricoleur}


I also found a few gorgeous vintage seltzer bottles and pieces of ironstone.




As always, Laurie at Elsie Green had a beautiful booth with gorgeous table displays.  I own several pieces of the flatware pictured below and use it all the time!  Laurie is off on a European buying trip soon and I am A) super jealous and B) excited to see what she brings back with her!




Atelier de Campagne is also one of my favorite vendors at Alameda Point and they were so kind to hang onto my purchase for me even though I forgot to pick it up and went home without it!  {Hint: It’s pictured below.  Can’t wait to share what I end up doing with it!}




Just as I was getting ready to leave, I came upon a dresser that I had seen earlier in the show and had fallen in love with.  This piece was painted by the talented Sonya at Belle Maison Designs.  My hope is that I can convert it to a bathroom vanity…



I plan to use it exactly as-is because I love the warm, weathered patina Sonya has given it and the hardware is just perfect.





So, you can see it turned out to be a great day for me!  Not only did Hubby and I get to spend time together {without the kids}, but I was inspired by so many things that I saw and even came home with a few goodies for myself.



Tell me your thoughts on the dresser as a bathroom vanity!  I think that piece would be beautiful, but am I crazy to try?!

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