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My home away from home: Brimfield Fair!

Adam’s mom Rhonda introduced me to the world of the Brimfield Fair about 2 years ago, and I was hooked. A gathering of tents upon tents of antiques and an opportunity for me to try and haggle some deals, is like Christmas to me. With the wedding coming up (well, it’s not THAT soon seeing that it’s September 2014) I was excited to go and check out what I could incorporate for décor. It also gave me an opportunity to see any new trends in the design world were popping up. One vendor told me, “People think trends start in the magazines, but that’s not true. They start at places like Brimfield” and I couldn’t agree more. So what did I walk away with?

Petrified woods, geodes, crystals were everywhere, along with gorgeous old suitcases (with travel stickers!), mixing woods with irons, gorgeous rugs with bold patterns and so on. They’re all there! We did walk away with a few ideas for the wedding, and a couple of things for the home!

My only purchase for the day was this adorable cast iron dog bank for $20 and I’m in love. He’s just so cute! He looks fab on my desk.

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Adam was the big purchaser over the weekend. He picked up a stage light for $25 and is determined to rewire it and find a wooden tri-pod to stick it on to make a new light for us (like this one). If you have an extra tri-pod lying around, please let me know. He also got a pair of beautiful cast iron stems for our dream table. We’ve been on the hunt for some for about a year and this was the first pair that seemed reasonably priced at $400 compared to the $700+ we’ve come across  in the past.

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The vendor we bought them from told us they were from around 1910 (same age as the house!) and from a factory in Vermont. We looked up the company that was on them, Jones, Lansom  & Co. and come to find out, they machined a variety of things. From guns to sewing machines, to lathes. We’re only going to use the leg parts for the table, but I’m sure we’ll come up with some use for the top. I have no intention of painting them or trying to refinish them either. I think something like this, looks great in it’s original form. You can tell that they were inside for a long time since the condition of them is great. I can’t WAIT until we have the table put together and in the dining room. That is, when we get to putting sheet rock up, lighting, oh and fixing the floor joists since they’re rotten and making sure the room is level. Just add it to the list.

I didn’t take too many pictures, but I did want to share what I did take. IMG_1530 IMG_1531 IMG_1532 IMG_1533 IMG_1537 IMG_1538 IMG_1539 IMG_1540

Did you go to Brimfield this past weekend? You going to check it out in July or September too? I know I’ll most likely be there!

Consider this a brain dump.

I can’t believe that I haven’t updated since MARCH! That’s completely uncalled for and I can hear Adam shaming me now. It’s scary to look back and see the first picture that I have up there has snow in it. Unacceptable.

So, consider this a brain dump for the past 2+ months of what we’ve been up too. And let me apologize for the quality of my pictures. I’m using my iPhone and one of these days, I’ll get a proper camera. Someday.

April brought us some exciting and not so exciting things. First up, exciting:
Look at those amps. The POWER!

Gorgeous isn’t it? Who knew I’d be so happy to see an electrical panel go up in our house. Thanks to Gibbions Electric who came in for one days work and upgraded us from a 100 amp panel to 200 amps. What does that mean for us? Well, whenever we get to the kitchen, we’ll be able to have things like, oh, a dishwasher on it’s own circuit and get the second floor off of just one breaker. And no. You didn’t read that wrong. Our ENTIRE second floor is on one breaker. That’s going to change. Someday!

And now the not so exciting news:
We were able to get some estimates on our chimney, since we demoed a section of the guestroom revealing it to be in not that great of shape. We called a bunch of places and they came and gave us the bad news. While the chimney itself wasn’t horrible…we couldn’t get a liner. Come to find out, when our house was built 100 years ago, they built the chimney around the center beam of the house. So the beam literally runs right through it, and as a quick fix, the previous owners built up the inside with bricks so the beam would be “protected” (I use that term loosely) from the gases of the furnace and water heater. We called in a structural engineer to take a look at everything and he told us that 1. Our house was made the cheapest way possible (thanks) 2. We’re missing some supports (awesome) 3. You can remove the section of the beam that’s in the chimney, but we’ve got a add a bunch of lolly columns to help out with you know, holding up the house. One other option? Getting a direct venting furnace (thanks for that suggestion Dad!) Our furnace is ancient and if we did this, then we could circumvent the issue completely…just costs a fortune! So, we’re putting that on hold for awhile.

And things that I thought were amazing:
May was pretty productive for us. We went to one of our favorite places in the world…BRIMFIELD! Seriously. It’s like Christmas for us and it happens 3 times a year! I won’t speak too much about it because I could go on and on about it, but what I love about it is how much inspiration I get from there. And Adam and I have come to a conclusion of what our “style” is when it comes to decorating. I’ll dub it refurbished-industrial. We really dig things that have metal and wood mixed together, so like tables, shelving, chairs. Love it. What did we get? Some awesome stuff:


Hello Beautiful. A gorgeous Mission Style rocker that I got for $200, original ask of $275.

Our new coffee table! An 1875ish took trunk that has removable/slideable compartments inside. See? Got it for a steal at $250…originally $350!

And these little loves I’ve been eying forever. And will most likely continue grabbing ones that look cool. I’m very jealous of Adam’s letters…they kick mine in the butt.

Oh and we did a project! Very overdue. Have I ever mentioned that we had a handicap ramp out our backdoor? No? Welp, we did…for almost two years. The previous owner was wheelchair bound and it took up a lot of our prime backyard real estate. It had to go. Adam demoed it and said that it was the most well built thing he’s come across during our time here. That doesn’t say much! So once the ramp was gone, it was stair building time. We built the stringers from scratch, broke up some concrete, built a new landing pad with bricks we had found around the house, and stairs that are solid. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and it’s so much roomier. We absolutely love it, even if it is temporary (that’s another story for another time). Enjoy these lovely pics!