This Thursday, head down to Josephine’s Redeemed Boutique at 1961 Bay St. in Port Orchard. The vintage decor shop will be holding their Holiday Gala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. complete with candlelight, food, drink and prizes. I’m sure the place will be absolutely bursting with all manner of vintage and handmade holiday inspiration. Plus, the first 100 people through the door will get a gift! You’ll also have a chance to meet the vendors, and some will be having specials. Sellers of handmade items or art will be available to take custom orders. This little event sounds like a magical way to get in the Christmas spirit and find unique gifts for all of the loved ones on your list!
Gearing up for my favorite season to decorate, I’ve been scouting out local sources for Christmas inspiration. This event is at the top of my list, as it should be for you! So, get yourself down to the Valley Vintage Market on December 4th and 5th! Valley Vintage Market is always an excellent spot to score vintage treasures, but this month you’ll also find lots of Christmas and holiday themed decor to accentuate the spirit of the season.
Even if you had the good fortune to stop in last month, don’t let that keep you away. Owner of the market, Lisa Caldwell, takes care to curate different vendors from month to month. While some of the vendors may have showed before, you can bet that they’ll have a new inventory of goods to inspire you for the holidays. Find the market at the Central Valley Community Center, 10140 Central Valley Rd. NE, Poulsbo. The market will be open on Friday, December 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Hey there! Here is a link to my column this month, all about how vintage furnishings and collections add soul to your home. I hope that you enjoy it and feel inspired to search for pieces that speak to your personality too. You’ll also find a list of some of my favorite local shops to hit up for vintage treasure, here.
What are the differences between a “decorated” home and an authentic one? How can I make my home feel more like a reflection of who I am, who my family is, and be less concerned with it just looking pretty? These are the types of soul-searching questions I have been pondering lately. Don’t be fooled, I also want my home to look beautiful, but I want it to feel real, lived-in, and happy. Not contrived. One of the ways I personalize my home is through vintage furnishings.
This Sunday, in the Life section of the Sun, I’ll touch on the idea of adding vintage soul to your home; how mixing furnishings from different time periods give a home character and how collections of vintage accessories speak to your personality. Even refinishing an old piece creates a story and can imbue your environment with authenticity. How does vintage inspire your life at home?
It was a little crazy out there folks! Home Goods opened the doors of their new location at the Trails in Silverdale last Sunday, and boy was it hopping. The store was looking bright, shiny and totally stocked- with merchandise, employees and shoppers. As I am generally not a huge lover of crowds, my plan was to get in and get out, without buying anything, and I stuck to my guns. But it was hard. There was so much good stuff! If you haven’t been to a Home Goods, it’s basically a giant version of TJ Maxx’s home decor section. The prices are totally reasonable and the inventory is deep. There were two huge aisles of throw pillows. Two! There were two huge aisles of lamps. Two! If you are in search of a brand new home accessory, of any kind, size or style, (no vintage of course), I highly suggest stopping in. Enjoy a few photos from my experience.
If you are headed to Bainbridge Island this weekend, you’re sure to see a nice showing of fall color as the Big Leaf Maples begin to turn their rich, golden hue. While you are in Winslow, make a point of popping into Salt House Mercantile. This shop is so beachy and laid back, you’ll want to just stop and sit for a spell in it’s vintage leather club chairs.
The store carries lots of fun foodie items, candles, home accessories, and even goods catered towards the four-legged set. Find high-end cocktail mixers, snacks, and products from local businesses, like Bainbridge Beeswax Works. Salt House was also written up in the October issue of Sunset magazine. Rumor has it, the shop will open a Seattle location later this year, and I’ll let you all know when I have updated information on that.
Salt House Mercantile is located at 119 Winslow Way E., and open Monday – Saturday, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.
Valley Vintage Market is an exciting monthly flea market held at the Central Valley Road Grange Hall. This month’s event is Friday the 18th from 3-7pm and Saturday the 19th from 9am-4pm. You’ll find all sorts of vintage treasures and re-purposed furniture, as well as work by local artists. Check out their facebook page for additional sneak-peek photos. The market’s address is 10140 Central Valley Road, Poulsbo.
This month, I’m excited to discover the illustrations and chalk-work of Poulsbo artist Brynn James, who recently won the nation-wide mug design contest for Starbucks. Her chalk-painted silver trays would be a sweet accent in just about any room of the house.
It’s so hard to let summer go. In an attempt to extend the season, I’m bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Succulents are beautiful, and they can thrive indoors, given the right conditions. They also add a natural, textural design element to any room. I gathered some small containers at home and purchased several little succulents at one of my favorite garden shops, Bremerton City Nursery.
Your succulents need to have good drainage and a spot near a window, so they get about 6 hours of sunlight a day. I placed a layer of small stones at the bottom of each container, removed the plant from its pot, loosening the soil and exposing some of the roots. Then I tucked them into their new homes. I watered them just enough to soak the soil. Do not over-water your succulents! When they are inside during fall and winter, they require even less water than when outdoors. Wait until the soil is completely dry before watering them again.
I chose to group my succulents together on a tray for maximum impact, but they would also look nice sprinkled throughout a bookcase display, on a kitchen window sill, on the bathroom vanity or even as a centerpiece at your next dinner party.
I recently had the pleasure of walking along Poulsbo’s Front Street for the first time in far too long. I was so happy to find some new shops, brimming with great vintage decor finds. Among my favorites is Red Plantation Marketplace. Owner Gabrielle Elliott has curated a great mix of vendors offering all sorts of vintage furniture, from pieces with an industrial edge to rustic chic, and lots in between.
Gabrielle also stocks Amy Howard products — a collection of chalk and milk paints, as well as waxes and finishes — and teaches classes on how to use the products. In the next session, held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, she’ll walk you through steps to get an aged look when painting furniture. I’d like to attend one of the classes myself, as the chalk painted furniture trend is far from over.
Even if taking the class isn’t for you, this shop is well worth a visit to get inspired from the creative displays and grab a few vintage accessories to personalize your home.