IMG_2048Rooms of intrigue….that’s where we begin as February ends and  March winds blow in around us.  Doesn’t just the sound of that make you want to jump right in and find out what’s so intriguing about Burlap & Lace?

As I’ve told you, spring cleaning has begun at my home, and with it comes a refreshment that I would like to offer to you for your home as well.  So March begins with intriguing baths and bedrooms….not leaving behind the nostalgia and bliss of vintage appeal, but adding to it a “newness” that will set off your decorating with pizzazz!  So let’s see what’s awaiting you at Main Street Market Shops…

IMG_2052Vanity, oh vanity!  And so I have offered you two to begin with this month….vanities to appeal to the little girl inside, or the young woman as well.  This is my personal favorite….so lightweight and portable, yet not without its stable curves and charm!  This piece is perfect for your bedroom, bath, guest room or child’s room.  The mirror swivels up and down to adjust to your height…a clever feature I dare say.  The top is white, though I have covered it here with a table scarf.  Had I not been so excited to get it in the booth, I probably would have substituted the top for a wooden one, but should it not sell quickly…well, now I’ve given away my secret!

Perched beneath the table is a basket perfect for your towels or magazines, and what bath doesn’t have both?

IMG_2054Who says towels can’t be displayed in a manner that’s both attractive and useful?  My personal favorite way to do so is the use of baskets.  You will find many styles and shapes here this month…

IMG_2049Again, the perfect bath piece is a shelf unit for towels and other “essentials”.  Focusing on blue and green hues (with, of course, other splashes of color mixed throughout), this piece makes a stunning statement for your bath, OR your bedroom.

IMG_2043This table is a must!  It’s actually a vintage sewing accessory table, boasting a lift-top lid that houses a removable drawer with 4 compartments and more storage space beneath.  Painted a chippy white, it offers appeal to any room.

IMG_2038Moving on to the bedroom, this dresser adds that “touch of black” to your room that brings in balance and structure, not to mention style.  Priced at only $185, this piece won’t be here long!

IMG_2061Not all baskets have to be wicker, you know.  This one is metal, slightly rusted to give it a vintage look, and would be perfect for washcloths, a plant or to use as a small waste basket.

IMG_2039One of my favorite new additions to my own home space is a vintage ironing board such as this one.  Draped in a woven dresser scarf and topped with a lamp and a few “pretties”, this piece not only functions well as a side table, but makes a statement all its own.

And don’t forget to check out the chippy-green side table next to the chair.  I especially love that the corners of the table are “caddied”!

IMG_2068This antique high chair can not only be used as it’s intended purpose (it’s quite sturdy and in excellent condition!), but it doubles nicely as a side table for books, a lamp or a plant in any room.

IMG_2050Easter is upon us, so why not dress up your rooms early with a wreath, or a rabbit?  There are several to choose from.  And remember that thinking outside of the box means not every wreath has to be hung…

IMG_2042Why not grace a table with a wreath used to display a candle?

Hop on down to Main Street Market shops today and climb up into that window space!  There are items marked down as well, so be sure to look for those as you poke around! Let me leave you with a preview of other items you will find along the way.  Merchandise is updated weekly, so if you see something you like, don’t wait…it might not be here the next time you stop in!

Blessings, and happy shopping!

~Connie

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Spring Cleaning begins…

IMG_1926It’s a microfiber…and a Magic Eraser…my new two favorite items!  When Spring Cleaning began at Tiffany Hill (my place of employment) this year in January, I was determined that this year I would finally get our home cleaned as well.  And as you know if you have been following my blog at all, with cleaning was going to come redecorating!    So allow me, please, to walk you through my process.

IMG_1123This was my office space.  Not bad, but I knew it could use some sprucing up.  And as you also know if you are following my blog, I am writing a book!  So the office was my first launching point to get in order.  So there are a couple of things I want to tell you about this space…

First, the color of the room.  Yellow with touches of red….a cheery place no doubt, and chosen colors because of this one item…

IMG_1927A picture that was passed on to me by my grandmother (who will be 99 at the end of this month!).  Honestly, I am not sure if she painted it or not, although she was an amazing artist in her time.   The picture hung in her sunroom for as long as I can remember, and my husband absolutely loved it because he said it reminded him of me.  The girl is in a field of daisies (my favorite flower), and the rustic fence is so reminiscent of how much I love the rustic outdoors.  And so with the selling of her home, it became ours, and the focal point of my beloved office space.

IMG_1124Our office doubles as many things…a guest bedroom when kids come home, my prayer room, the place where I pay bills, and the abode of my many booth items before they come to Main Street Market Shops.  So I wanted to keep all those things intact while also changing things up a bit…getting them fresh and giving the space some new life.

IMG_1126The desk space was crowded and although I tried to make it personal, combining our oldest son’s Air Force memorabilia with my prayer wall, it left a lot to be desired.  And so the fun began…

IMG_1937I started by rearranging all the furniture in this 12 x 12 space.  I know…it’s a square room.  My son the architect would frown at my whim.  But I wanted something fresh and different, remember?  So I put the futon under the window, tightened up the curtains with a hemp cord, moved the bookcase into the corner (caddied, of course!), and put the desk on the wall as you immediately walk into the room.  Done.  Now for the fun stuff!

For a little under $30, I replaced my old pillows on the futon with some bright, new, fun ones.  That was easy!

IMG_1947 Now for my prayer wall.  In keeping with the “field of daisies” painting from my grandmother, I found an architectural piece that I loved and later found the metal flower that I hung in the center.  The ring now holds pictures of those that I am currently praying for, right above my desk where my eyes land frequently, calling these people to mind.   I love this piece!

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Next, I moved an architectural column into the room to balance the corner opposite the bookcase.  I found a back to an old refrigerator and hung it…yes, caddied…to frame out some pictures that our architect son took.  To be honest, I want to put a larger one in the place of the top picture, but I need to find a frame to fit the photo that I want to use.  So for now, this one works.  The “self-portrait” of our son was part of one of his architecture projects when he was in undergrad at UNCC.

IMG_1933I longed to use the wormy chestnut boards that were given to our son (now don’t be jealous!) when he worked construction during high school.  So I hung a shelf above my desk to add some interest to an otherwise long and dull wall.

IMG_1943Adorning the shelf was the fun part…I used the picture of my parents cutting their wedding cake as the focal point, then added aluminum pitchers (my new favorite thing to collect), some ironstone pitchers (also a fav), a rusty bread pan and some colored bottles to make a collection that is simple, but adds vintage appeal and calls to mind those things I love so much.

IMG_1941Keeping this room as a place to call me into not only work, but also into prayer, was not necessarily a challenge to balance because to me, the two go hand-in-hand.  You see, my work IS a matter of prayer, and my family is primary, so it was easy for me to see the two merge into this beautiful spot.  Now I could again hang the Air Force pictures of the planes our son began his flying career in, and the pictures of his Academy graduation and commissioning.

IMG_1939Last, but certainly not least, my prayer corner.  Rightfully placed beneath the picture acquired from my grandmother is her rocking chair (my prayer chair).  And beside it, an old ironing board that I purchased in a thrift store…perfect to hold a lamp and some other “finds” that rounded out the room.  The chalkboard was a frame from my grandmother that my youngest son completed with the chalkboard.  It now is my “verse of the day” spot….where I put whatever the Lord is calling me to remember and to ponder on.  I really should call it just “the verse” spot, because somethings those ponderings stay up there for months until I finally absorb all the Lord wants to teach me on His word.

IMG_1949Allow me two more finds before I show you the finished project…I needed a place to house my twine and price tags for  Burlap & Lace, and so I stumbled upon this garden wall hanging and made my  office its new home!  The outdoors is perhaps my favorite place to be, so this called in a little of that love to a spot that I often find myself the better part of most days and/or nights.  Remember, one of my favorite challenges to you is to think outside the box!  Planters are not just for plants!

IMG_1954 And this make take a bit of your imagination….these are metal time card holders from an old factory warehouse.  A wonderful guest (now friend) that comes to Tiffany Hill always gifts us with origami dollar bills formed into something that represents his stay.  I searched and searched for the perfect place to display these until I stumbled upon these hangers.  They are ideal!  And perhaps I am a bit presumptuous to purchase three..but I hope to fill them all before I leave Tiffany Hill!

IMG_1995 So there you go….my January.  Back home after Inn sitting at Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill since Jan 4 until Feb 8, I am happy to say I completed renovation project #1.  And now it’s time to center in on Burlap & Lace and what’s to come in March as we continue our Spring Cleaning together.  I’ll give you a big hint….I am starting on the bathrooms next, so get ready for what’s in store at Burlap & Lace to help you with your own redecorating project!   And in the meantime, don’t forget to comment here and let me know what projects you are tackling this month (or year).  Let’s do this together!  There is comfort in the company of others…especially when you are undertaking large projects!

Until next time…blessings.

~Connie