Thursday, January 10, 2013

Why Do I Love Antiques?

This is the first week in over six years that I didn't start off my work week

at Nest Home & Gifts.  It's a big change, but one that I needed to make.

  I will always continue to love, support, shop 

and enjoy Nest, but I am eager to pour all my 

creative energy into With A Twist.

I love the antique industry and am learning new things


The more I am around it, the more I learn to 

appreciate it.  All of it!

I had a dear friend come into Faded Elegance one day and

this is how she described it, "It's like walking through my childhood!"

That was such a sweet statement!

And so true!

Part of why I adore this business is the emotion

that is felt when an item brings up a memory from the past.  For example,

I saw a blue-green fabric suitcase on Monday and I stopped to take a close look.

I sent the pic to my sister asking if she recognized it.

Then a flood of emotion came over was my barbie case from

when I was five-years-old.

I think it originally was an Avon case of some sort, but I, 

back in 1976, used it to carry my childhood treasures. The items

in the suitcase were actually  my mom and aunt's barbies and barbie clothes

from their childhood.

I could go on and on with similar experiences I have had 

over the past few years, but you get the gist.

Do you share my love of antiques?

If so, why?

I went into Faded this week with new resolve,

fresh eyes and was ready to create warmer, softer displays.

It's cold, wet and harsh outdoors and the contrast indoors is so


My space took on a feminine flair when I rearranged

the silver/burlap painted white wood chairs,

added additional sheer panels, more crystal and silver bar ware

and strategically placed lamps to warm it up a bit.

I'm so in love with the new Maison Blanche chalk paint

that Kimberly is carrying at Faded Elegance.

I painted this buffet in Franciscan Grey.

I'm currently working on a dresser and chose a new color...


It's a beautiful soft white.

Pics to come!

I spent this very rainy day cleaning and restocking.

It was so warm and cozy by the time I was done,

I didn't want to leave.

Playing with all of the silver and

crystal, makes me think of who enjoyed entertaining

with these pieces.  Do you ever think of that when

are searching through antiques?  

I do! 

I am certain that this buffet will

find a good home soon!

I marked it down so I can bring in new stuff,

so the price is a steal!

I found this darling pink and white quilt, with

a white knit throw to soften up the dark

brass bed.  It would make for a sweet little girl's room.

When decorating with vintage and antique accessories,

bringing in a modern look like this boxwood topiary

works just fine.  Mix and match your favorites and

surround yourself with what you love.

I just brought in this cool antique garden/tool box.

The possibilities are endless with this beauty!

Still available are a few of my upcycled fence wood

frames, word boxes and vintage doorknob hangers.

I also have a set of five chairs, and a few single

chairs kickin' around (graphite, ochre

and a really rustic white/light blue). 

To make my day even sweeter, I got to chat it up
with another dealer that is also upstairs at Faded,

Katie of Inspired By Ellee.

She can always brighten up my day :)

 Hope you are inspired to do what you love!




  1. Cheree- I stopped in at Faded on Wednesday - did I miss you and miss Katie?! Everything was looking great - I love your burlap/silver chairs - the perfect rustic chic combo! And yes, I love antiques too!

  2. Bummer! We were there on Tuesday Amy! Sorry to have missed you. Love all the projects you have been posting! You are so talented! Hope to see ya soon :)