16 May 2011

Spring Brimfield

Last week I took a break from client installs, photo shoots, and the daily grind to attend the spring Brimfield show. If you have never been, and you enjoy that sort of thing, it is a huge 6 day outdoor flea market/antique show held 3 times a year and it is  a fantastic resource for those little (or not so little) pieces that keep an interior interesting, unique, and individual. Here are just a few of the beauties I saw.................
A fabulous settee; I actually love the burlap and would consider  reupholstering in  a similar everyday fabric to contrast with the ornate form and carving detail 
Gorgeous mirror with beautiful openwork carving; this is the one item I think will haunt me  -  I regret not taking it!
Another settee (I have a weakness) this one with a sweet curve
This deck chair had 3 silver plaques embedded in it - you can just see 2 of them at the top and bottom of the leg rest -  "Queen Elizabeth I" , "First Class Boat Deck" and the 3rd on the back named a passenger to whom it belonged. It is quite a find, but was priced accordingly. I would use it in a bedroom in the place of a chaise!
A romantic porch swing...sigh. It was extra long and the perfect place for a summer doze. I see it with a long seat cushion and lots of pillows made from French ticking. 
A great basket - this one was set apart by the white stripe painted along the top. So many uses: newspapers, magazines, laundry. I almost took it home, but I already have SO many baskets.....
There were 3 of these fantastic pendant lamps; hanging over a kitchen island they would add the perfect unique touch to a modern kitchen
A sweet simple fireplace surround painted the perfect shade of cream. I wouldn't change a thing, i'd just install it!!
Vintage glass fishing net weights - beautiful as a garden ornament, or just interesting clustered together in an otherwise boring corner - or in a basket 
My friend kelly snagged this beauty - I already have one, purchased at Brimfield years ago. They were filled with straw and used to transport china by ship in the 19th century. I store out of season clothes in mine
This entire tent was filled with Swedish/Gustavian treasures. I can't even deal.
In the end it was a small take for me this time around; after many years I've learned to buy only when I have a use and a place for it. It will be an entirely different story when I open my store.........stay tuned!
My take: A huge vintage cutting board, 2 wine bottle covers made of vintage sack cloth with  sweet red monograms, some silver and copper fishing lures for a fishing friend, a vintage feed sack (a steal at $10 - they were going for $70 and up at other booths!) to be made into a big bolster pillow, and my find of the day: vintage botanical slides with amazing handwritten labels. I'm not sure yet how I'll display them but I know they ate unique, interesting, and individual!