Monday, August 29, 2016

Functional & Fun Design for Growing Children

The inevitable has happened, no longer does your child love the overwhelmingly bright and cheery paint color they chose when you last re-painted their room. Maybe the Elsa bed sheets are no longer age appropriate or an abundance of plastic toys and stuffed animals are no longer necessary to keep the monsters at bay in the darkness of the night. For a child, their room is their haven, and keeping up with their changing tastes in style is just as important as sending them off for the first day of school with all of their supplies

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A "dumpy" side table revived

Last week while with a friend at the town transfer station, (i.e the dump) I found a gem. It sure didn't look like much when I picked it up but I knew it had potential! I brought it back and decided to get straight to work.

First I sanded the top down to the bare wood. I gave a light sanding to the entire piece, cleaned it off and began painting it. It's not perfect, but it was the perfect project for a lazy Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Brass is Back! Modern ways to Incorporate brass hardware into your design

Sometimes it's difficult to keep up when design trends are constantly changing! Not to mention, expensive. It's not cheap to buy a nice brass fixture but there are less expensive options to update your next diy project or home renovation! 

You guessed it! Today's post is all about Brass!!!! Remember those heinous knobs and sink faucets that came factory in every standard 90's home.....?..... we aren't going to be talking about those.....we're talking sleek and chic, vintage french style faucets, drawer pulls and lighting fixtures, made for modern life and design....lets take a look!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Design Inspiration for Lofty Living

Naturally we all have our own "personal" style and taste but being a good designer means being able to work with any type of space and any style. It means being comfortable stepping back from your personal style and listening to the needs and wants of the client and the building or structure. For example, you wouldn't want to make an ocean front cottage into a dark, rustic bachelor just you can't cram a square into a circle. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nothing is "safe" in this house! "Buy it, Sell It or Throw it out!"

There doesn't seem to be a word to describe it, because a simple google search for the term "reverse hoarder" produces the term declutter which is certainly not what I'm doing. Running an antique business sometimes makes me feel like I am only ever "the keeper of the stuff" I have all of these amazing things in my home, but they're all for sale, therefor making me feel like I have everything and nothing, all at the same time. You're probably thinking, "so just keep some things then"....but the truth is I really want to, and don't want to; at the same time.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Started at the bottom, now we're here....wait where are we?

It's been 4 years since I started this blog, The New England Girl. It hasn't been easy, but I can say it has evolved into a lot more than I ever expected it to. It's certainly not perfect, but it's changing and change is good. I will admit that sometimes I want to throw my hands in the air and say "I wish I could afford to just hire a web designer"! There are many quirks and flaws that stand out to me like a sore thumb, but after my tantrum is over, I realize how proud I am for getting this far on my own. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Our first time at Meissner's Auction, New Lebanon NY

Due to an inclement weather forecast for this weekend (which was accurate because there is snow outside right now) my beloved flea market, The Elephant's Trunk had to postpone their opening day. Bummer! I have to admit that while I was beyond excited to start selling the extra time will allow me to get my ducks a row and hopefully the weather will be good for next weekend. So what do we do on a terrible rainy day? Go to an auction of course! Vinnie wasn't exactly thrilled to go but at some point during the end of the auction he got really excited about it. ( I think that was before I bid on the sad sofa....) he's still giving me a funny look over that decision. Yikes! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Ugly Stage of Your Next DIY project

Today I am going to show you what the inevitable "ugly stage" is. It's the part of your DIY project when you've just put the first coat of paint on and you're starting to regret your decision. The paint may be thin and streaky, or rough to the touch. Typically at this stage the project becomes overwhelming and you may think the piece is destined for the fire pit. But don't fret! You have to force yourself to see the end result, and keep going! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tiny House Living | Would you?

Over the last few years my husband and I have talked "loosely" about tiny house living. A few years ago we put some effort into thinking about it, and decided it wouldn't work. Now, we are looking into it again. Have you thought about Tiny House Living? Do you know someone who lives tiny? For me, space isn't the issue. As long as I can pack high style into my tiny home, I know I could be happy. Of course there were a few things that worried me, such as having a microscopic size shower, and feeling claustrophobic in the sleeping loft, but after doing a little research and drawing some concepts for layouts, I realized I can address those concerns in the planning stages.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Success at The Elephant's Trunk - Guide for Sellers

Over the last three years, I have been a vendor at our local Flea Market, The Elephant's Trunk. Open from late April-November (weather providing), the Elephant's Trunk is known as one of the biggest weekly flea markets in New England. Although the market has been open for years, it most recently acquired television fame through the hit HGTV reality show, Flea Market Flip. A show where contestants go head to head to find, restore and flip merchandise into one of a kind treasures.

Monday, March 21, 2016

How-To : Antique Books and Display

Collectively, in an outrageously digital age, it's time for us to save the books. Personally, I love vintage books! They are interesting and sometimes challenging to read, but truly great for display and design. I am however concerned that books are; like VHS tapes becoming a thing of the past. I notice many people are throwing them out, or over looking them at sales. Will the next generation care? Watching the progression over time, from books to magazines, to blogs, to podcasts, to v-logs, what will be next, if anything? Today I am going to show you ways to cherish your old books, by using them in your design, and not banishing them to dilapidated boxes in the basement. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An Estate Sale | Code of Conduct

I'm not sure what was more difficult, dealing with the loss of my grandparents and consolidating their estate, or dealing with the buyers that chewed me up and spit me out on the first day of the sale. 

This sale wasn't my first rodeo, however the overwhelming amount of people on our first day of the sale completely consumed me. I thought it would be appropriate post and to discuss AGAIN negotiations and how to be a courteous shopper at any type of sale.