clockwise from top right: Etsy, Pottery Barn, Terrain, Aerin, Nate Berkus for Target, Aerin, Pottery Barn
Right before I left Vermont for New York, I came across a very cool store in Burlington called Vermont Farm Table and filed it away in my brain. Although I’m no longer in VT, I still think this store is cool enough to share with you. In addition to a line of furniture and tabletop accessories made from reclaimed, local materials, they also sell custom dining tables, which definitely appeals to the perfectionist in me. If I had a big kitchen/dining area to furnish, this would be my first stop for sure. I do love a good farmhouse table. Below are a few of my favorites. Believe me, these photographs don’t do justice to the texture of each piece. When I visited their studio I wanted to touch everything – the natural finishes of the wood, the soft, nubby linens, and the smooth ceramic glazes. I will definitely be back on my next trip up north. French Farmhouse table in walnut. Tavern table with walnut top and maple base. Square Metal Stools. French Paddle cutting …
One of the only good things about being unemployed in New York City is that I have plenty of time to wander around, taking in the newness of it all (while making a long list of all of the shops and restaurants I want to visit once I have a steady paycheck). On this afernoon’s ramble I came across an antiques store called The Upper Rust, filled with gorgeous painted wood furniture, tons of ironstone, and beautiful, unique art. I took a sneaky photo of this mirror to add to my “future apartment inspiration” file: At my friend’s recommendation, I also stopped by Big Gay Ice Cream in the East Village. I got the Monday Sundae, a nutella-lined waffle cone filled with twist soft-serve, dulce de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream. Best decision ever. In addition to their other brilliant concoctions, Big Gay Ice Cream offers toppings like olive oil and sea salt, pumpkin butter, elderflower syrup, and sriracha(!). I will be taking all future visitors to this place.
My local TJ Maxx has really stepped it up lately. I have to say, TJ, I’m impressed. I love the deep-gray velvet and nailhead trim on this headboard. Cute little woven side table. Pretty pair of Louis XVI chairs, again with lovely gray upholstery. Also, this guy. Who could resist that face??
Every summer, my town holds an awesome flea market and I always manage to come home with a few things. While I wait for this year’s market to roll around, here’s a look back at last year’s finds (pardon the terrible iPhone photos): … … 1. This little beauty now sits on my desk at work. A splurge at $20, it makes me smile every time I look at it so I call that a win. 2. The tiniest, most perfect apothecary jar, for cotton balls n’ such. 3. Set of 6 for $12. 4. Couldn’t resist this shiny, brassy bowl – I love the scalloped edges.