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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vintage French Interiors

une nouvelle table avec une anglaise vintage ~ a new table with a French vintage look. My Barn does not have store front windows, which is one thing I always wanted to do, design the big windows, for the big names. Dreamer. Anyway, no window displays so I treat every table and vignette as if it had the importance of the main window. In a way, this is very time consuming and a bit overwhelming, but I feel like it is appreciated by my customers and blogging friends. It's just who I am and how I have to do it...you should see my eyes when I walk around the corner and spy an object out of place that a guest just hap - hazardly layed down..Ugh!!







oh, the drama






the all gold frame now has a touch of black...

just in today... large crown :))) and these gorgeous black and stone damask pots



new choir mats

and last but not least a sweet little hound.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hello Sunshine ~ part 2

A little bit of sunshine just warms me up ~ literally. The sun comes out and all my problems wash away. This weekend in Anoka, a quaint little town that borders Andover, is having their yearly "Diva Days" celebration. I am encouraging everyone that stops by to also visit the fun shops in Anoka for this celebration. I am extending our SALE with loads of good stuff marked down for my own Diva va-va-voom celebration. So, if you can stop by, plan on staying awhile...

...lots of new pillows with burlap, linens and silks
these snails are to die for...I have a red one too.
new art from a local artist





new find...a great rusty ladder

this fun burlap ribbon goes on and on...oh, what I have planned for these


these old feeders make wonderful planters...big, heavy, industrial

my first planting of the year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Garden market ~ hello sunshine ~ part 1

hello sunshine... or maybe I should say, hello rain clouds. Every spring I try to put together a few garden markets, in other words, a sale. This weekend was the first of many and of course it rained. Which can be good and bad. Some of us love to get out and shop and then go home with our goodies, all inspired, and then we play and recreate our space. Then again, some use a rainy day to lounge on the couch with a good book, a cup of coffee and a box of girl scout cookies. I am thinking with the amount of people who came in that the couch won out. For those of you who did come in and took advantage of the sale, you seemed to have a great time. We also had coffee and cookies here at the shop to enjoy on our fabulous rainy afternoon. Thanks for all the Kudos and the oohs and aahs...and thanks to my great staff for helping me pull this off. I'll share a few photos and then more again in a later post.






what would we do without the moss this spring...moss rocks, moss sheets, moss ribbon...love



new...well old, industrial cart. Too fun




...not quite finished, this vignette needs something???
okay, now its perfect, just a little touch of blue. Some flower tops and a couple of vintage bottles






another cart... yep, I scored two of them.









thanks for stopping. L

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Time management

I am guilty. I apologize. I am sorry. I have been away so long that my own computer didn't save my sign in. I had to re-sign on and I almost forgot how. For someone who brags about getting a post done at least twice a week, sometimes three times...I have failed my own time management - time management. All I can say is that I have been working really hard at the hospital, and trying to catch up at home, and trying to get the store ready for a sale. Uffda. I have 3 Majors, 3 constants, 3 parts of me. One being family and home...husband, 2 boys and my little dog. Second, my store, my Barn, my creative outlet. Third, but hardly least, my nursing. I am an advanced practice nurse and I work with two Cardiac surgeons. I operate with them, take care of our patients in the ICU and help run the office and clinic. My business card reads as such... Lori Miller, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA...yikes.

Sometimes the hours are long and other days we work hard but leave early. On the long days I miss my computer, my blogging friends, my Barn, my family, but mostly my routine. My routine is to fit all three aspects of my life into the day...every day. Sometimes it just doesn't go that way, which is why wine and other guilty pleasures are sometimes used as stress reducers.


I wanted to share this post with you earlier this week - better late then never. I have been working on my personal space at home. Trying to get the house ready for spring and summer so I can start to spend quality time outdoors. My Swedish and danish blogging friends are influencing my latest decorating needs....lots of white...














...clean and simple.





I don't know whybut I am reluctant to take off this old tag that still hangs from the vintage light fixture...it says, restored $325 - as is $125...it makes the 5 bucks I paid seem like a sweet deal.

Remember my earlier post regarding the Jeanne d' Arc March edition of the Danish magazine. Well, I have exactly 12 copies left. I was able to get a total of 40 copies this month, so if you are unable to find a copy, let me know...I will ship it to you and it is WONDERFUL!!