…it must be in the air

Thanks to all my readers that saw my FB post and offered to babysit my kids! ha! The cool weather has moved in for at least a few days and I feel Fall in the air. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. I love chunky sweaters, celebrating my birthday, it’s when DH & I were married, and 2 of my baby’s birthdays fall. It means turning on the fire and using the fluffy blankets that have been patiently waiting. The windows can creak open, the slippers can be worn again….and it’s time to hit some antique shops.

Nina & Papas ended up taking the kids so DH and I could enjoy a Sunday afternoon.


A selfie with a smile after kids have been dropped off. Next we hit the brick sidewalk for brunch at Lightfoot! Coffee & Eggs Benedict with my Love.


Yes, it was a bit rainy, but we were still able to see all the little windows with their treasures. Four Shabby Chicks was our first stop. Super cute stuff!IMG_7732

A few antique malls & gift shops.


You know a shop has to be cute inside with these lanterns outside!



Yes, I totally need a French drying rack that size of a small child. Doesn’t everyone?


Love a shop with a mix of old & new. I’m a sucker for a good candle. Couldn’t pass this one up from Creme de la Creme.


I finally made my way to The Cottage and found a super cute, shabby stool. She also has her wares in Chartreuse and was the vendor I found my library card catalogue that we all love.

Small Room Design

This is the cute step stool. Love a chippy patina.


A few more shops & then we were back on the road to Chartreuse’s weekend sale. There’s always a treasure hiding in that barn!


Over the river & through the woods!


Check out Virginia’s new patio & the vendor selling coffee & homemade goodies! There’s DH getting a coffee before more shopping. I know, what a trouper he is.


Here are a few treasures I took home. English Country all the time.




A few metal baskets.


Chalk board framed in a frilly, French frame.

Almost done, DH! You’re looking a tad tired.


I never pass up an old map. Always perfect for wall decor. This one is going in Fiona’s room over her new/vintage desk.


And of course I needed another ladder! Yes, I keep about 6 straps in the car at all time for this purpose.


Before getting on the road, I totally needed a homemade snicker doodle.


A perfect afternoon.



  1. Sounds like a perfect day to me!!!

  2. I recently found your blog via pinterest and I have just fallen in love! You are very inspiring and you have great taste. I have learned lots from your chalk painting tutorials and I can’t wait to put my new found knowledge to use. And I completely LOVE your antique European style. Hope you don’t mind if I copy you while decorating my future apartment. 🙂

    Thanks again for sharing your life with us! I look forward to reading more!
    Your dedicated new follower,

  3. Looks like a great day! I would totally have bought the three pictures in those wonderful frames! I also love the heavier coat with flip- flops. Something we do here in Southern CA. Freezing to us, which is anything under 40 degrees…(wimps), but still wear sandals!


  4. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, Virginia says:

    What a wonderful post — I LOVE visiting (read: shopping) in interesting, preferably historic towns, on a rainy day…it’s just the best! Love the Lightfoot Restaurant too!

  5. Such great pictures of a lovely town! I have been chalk painting my heart out and thus far have been sticking to neutrals, but this week I ventured to the red! It looks beautiful on my table. I love your pieces and look forward to new posts and pics. Thanks for all the inspiration you give us!

  6. Hi love the pics whats a sniker doodle ? it loked very tastey!

  7. Denise Tomlin says:

    I love your tutorials, covet your home but especially adore your finds. Unfortunately living in England means its not convenient to pop over and buy something but at least Annie Sloan paints are easy to find! Just love his blog. I never miss a day. Denise

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