…trending series: little black desk (lbd)

I get such a kick out of opening my catalogues and seeing reproductions of vintage wares or accessories or even true vintage items themselves that have been around for forever and are now hitting the mainstream! It really just shows how a look can catch fire and become a trend. I find that I see it more seasonally as new items appear in retail shops and this summer is no exception. So, I thought I’d do a trending series on some of the now popular looks showing up.

Trending: to extend in a general direction : follow a general course; “currently popular.”

I feel like I’ve been seeing a ton of black desks and the more I see them the more I like them. I like the look of a cozy, dark office where one can just nestle down and do some work or read or do some serious online shopping 🙂

We painted our study a dark, coco color to create this feel. I knew I needed a desk, but was waiting until I found one that I really liked. I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like, but knew I wanted something dark.

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Even though it a dark color, there is something warm about having a black desk in your office space. It is rich in color and a bit more serious in feel.

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It translates into a space that can accomodate getting some work done as opposed to something light & airy that connotes relaxation. The curved lines & touch of gold leaf add elegance & class.

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A little black desk (lbd) can even be a little sexy with this laquer look.

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Of course, having a pop of color like this pink shows that you don’t have to take everything you work on super seriously. Love that.

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I found my LBD at Luckett’s at the end of the day on Sunday. It is rubbed, has curved legs and some detail. Perfect for doing some writing.

Trending Series continues tomorrow!

 

 

…road to lucketts: how to shop vintage

I realize that shopping at a flea market or antique shop can be overwelming. Yes, items may look cool & interesting on a chippy table with Blue Grass playing in the background, but how do I translate that look to my family room?

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I get it. Again, it takes a sense of adventure to try putting something old, worn & with tons of character into your space that may have brand, spanking-new casegoods. But, that is the fun part. Don’t go overboard by buying 10 rusted rakes and try to hang them in your kitchen. Rather, start small – a vintage clock for your mantel, an old chair for your computer desk, planters are always a good idea for your deck or interior, even on your kitchen table. Think about old suitcases stacked in a corner, burlap pillows for your mudroom, old books for your coffee table. These are examples of how you can place accents of interest into you home.

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If you want to get the best pickings, you will want to be there Saturday morning EARLY. Last year there was a line a mile long and once they opened the metal gates people literally ran in! haha! The pace stayed rather busy the entire day. If you want a crowd that is a little less intense come Sunday. It’s a bit more of a relaxed experience.

Here’s a few of the items that I bought last year:

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Architectural elements always a good idea. These make great bookends for my bedroom. Be aware that they are not cheap even though they look like they may be. These were about $60 each.

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Old maps for wall decor. You can always use more wall decor so keep an eye out for anything cool.

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Old rocking horse for interest. Look for pieces for your console tables, foyer tables, coffee tables – all the surfaces in your home.

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An upholstered computer chair. I sold out of all my chairs last year. Who doesn’t need an extra few? If you find a cool one or several for a kitchen – get them! They will be very inexpensive compared to stores….and much cooler!

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And an urn that I share with Ollie. Urns are great for indoors or out. You can change out the filler based on holidays or seasons of the year. Always a good idea.

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See you there!

 

 

…helen norman photography

Helen was the amazing photographer that did The Cottage Style Magazine photoshoot for Blue Egg Brown Nest Interiors. She had just come off a shoot for Forbes and after our shoot was doing Southern Living. She’s so fantastic and we hit it off right away! We are even in talks about having a barn sale at her real, live organic farm with red wood barn!

To sing her praises even more, she is generously letting me use the photos that she took at Blue Egg! Wow! A few of the shots were not included in the article so I’m excited to show you all of them in full. Also a HUGE thank you to Charlotte for her amazing styling & article!

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I kinda can’t believe I get to live here. Thanks again, Helen!