Friday, January 18, 2013

January 19, 2013


Happy New Year everyone! It's over two weeks in and I am finally back to the blog.

January has already been full of events, travel and shopping. I just returned from the Atlanta Gift Show where twice a year retailers discover new trends, goods and future products to offer you.

I have come to look forward to these trips now that I have developed many friendships with vendors and retailers but I am only sad that I meet with them only once a year. Many showrooms had Christmas in full regalia as this is when 2013 holiday items are purchased. Some find it hard to get in the Xmas mood but I find it much easier to do now than in July!

I am always asked of what trends I see coming down the pike and my answer this year is that more and more manufacturer's are making vintage and antique inspired goods. For the novice it will be hard to determine what is new or old but that is not such a bad thing. (hint: the price will tell you!). Having wonderful old items made into newer, maybe even better made products is always cheaper than the original and can be great for decorating and gift giving. I know this was my mission for you: to find items small or large, decorative or not that you simply must have whether it is the antique original or not. I want to be known for this. I will always offer original, one-of-a-kind vintage and antique items but the newer made products are just too good to be ignored. Stay connected to Facebook or my email newsletters to know when these products start arriving.

This month on Facebook:
I wandered: If I started a business known as HALF-a-million dollar decorating, how many clients would I get?


 While in Atlanta, I was inspired by these showrooms: 

Authentic, antique Dior mannequins

This mirror surrounded by pencils!

Wonderful old shabby chair

This mirror surrounded by pencils

Endless apothecary jars

Yes! I will be carrying this! French style dress form.

I wish my local library would display like this!


Old 35mm slides as a window shade

Hang old utensils and silver as wall art

Dead trees with wood burning designs.


Bichon Heaven!

Were you happy with the winner?

And Your Sunday Messages:


  1. How fun it would be to attend the Atlanta Gift Show. I would be like a kid in a candy shop!

    As always, your blog is beautiful and inspriring.

  2. Marvelous post, I could have several of everything. LOL Like the little question you pose in the middle of your photos regarding Project Runway. Frankly, either one could have been the winner as all three collections were marvelous. My favorite designer was Ulee but I'm delighted that Anthony Ryan won as well.

  3. I missed you while you were gone. Your posts/pins/listings are always just beautiful.

  4. Desires of the Heart has left a new comment on your post "January 19, 2013":

    What fun the market must have been, and I agree shopping for Christmas would be easier now than in July!! Love some of your new items. Somedays I wish I had a bigger house and then I remember that I do have a bigger house and it is getting too full. ;) Thanks for all the inspiration, have a good weekend. Linda

  5. Loved the Bichon picture!! They all looked like they were smiling! Put a smile on my face (& heart)!

  6. Looking forward to seeing the "new" vintage items that you mentioned that you saw at the Atlanta market!! When do you expect to have them to sell?

  7. They are coming in as we speak and piling up at the warehouse. New items will be posted this weekend.


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