November 10th, 2012

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October 22nd, 2012

While doing a recent reorg of all our products for our online store FOUND I rediscovered some of our kuba cloth items — the cushions and some intact many-feet long cloths. And I decided to keep one. So off the site and into my basement. The thing about a Kuba cloth is that the mix of graphic pattern with a rough and rustic hand seems to take the sweet out of decorating, especially in my little basement reno which is white and pale blue (a recipe for sweet if ever I saw one). Take a look at how great anything Kuba cloth looks in many decorating scenarios (and just because I “sold” myself this one cloth, it doesn’t mean we have none to sell, our cushions would be a great addition to a bedroom or living room).

And now my cloth on subtle display in my basement:

October 14th, 2012

There is nothing like an oversized wall clock. I don’t know if they can be big enough, certainly not for me. My heart is a little broken about the clock above. We had it on our store FOUND for no time at all when good friend Tommy Smythe snapped it up. Of course, it suits him better than anyone I know — the dapper feel of a pocket-watch, in brass no less, and then super-sized. So in truth, I am happy he snapped it up.

But it did get me thinking about clocks. Seems with iPhone alarms or just iPhones in general, no one has clocks anymore. I started trolling for images and realized … I love a good clock. Hopefully vintage. And the bigger the better.




October 4th, 2012

I have been on the search for an old wicker artillery basket for over a decade (not that they don’t exist but that the price is always too much). You see, a good twelve years ago I spied one (or actually 20) at an outdoor flea market/antique show, in Madison Bouckville, NY. It was a mere $20 but I hemmed and hawed and got overheated in the summer sun and didn’t make my way back to that dealer. Ever since I have been seeing them for $125, $150, $220 … what was I thinking? But I am now a proud owner of one bought in Ohio on our Hwy 127 yard sale trip this past August. And it was only $19. So while the lesson should be, if you love it, buy it and enjoy it —  it seems to be, wait a decade and you might save a buck. So now, after all the longing and sourcing and shopping, I have to try to work it into my front hall decor. I love it for flowers as in the image above instead of as ubiquitous umbrella stand. I hope this doesn’t take me another 12 years to figure out.



October 2nd, 2012

Nothing like a sunny Sunday, when the summer weather is holding on past its September 22 sell-by date. Of course it is best spent daytripping while we can still enjoy a roadtrip. I just spent a couple of hours at the Steed & Company Lavender Farm, outside of Sparta, Ontario. With its beautiful grounds to walk, horses to watch, lavender to sniff and more lavender to buy, I highly recommend this as a day out. And with my purchases of lavender linen water, lavender buds for my linen closet and lavender essential oil for my pillows, I am reminded of last summer’s September trip to the south of France. It might not be as exciting as a trip but it does make September nights (crisp, cool and lavender-scented) a nice way to start the new year (because I always think the new year starts in September).

August 21st, 2012

Taking a back road into Blenheim, Ontario (shopping for sweet cherries for this summer’s batch of sweet cherry jam), I noticed this old schoolhouse, falling into ruin of course. It still has the separate doors on each side of the building to keep boys and girls apart. And much of the original belltower still exists, although the weathered sign proves hard to read — I think it says School Harwich. It breaks my heart when I think what it could look like.

From this:

To something like this:

This derelict Catskills’schoolhouse was rescued, reno’d and renamed. It is now known as Monkey Cottage. First published in Country Living magazine years ago, I find myself looking up the link a couple of times a year. What an inspiration. It makes me want to do something about the Harwich Schoolhouse before it completely falls in on itself.

Images 4 to 9 from Country Living, photography by Lucas Allen.


August 5th, 2012

One of the best parts of being on the road is the food you come across along the way — that is if you are lucky to find little haunts that locals love. Here are just a few of our favourites:


SURPRISINGLY GOOD MEXICAN, in Ohio. A tip from the The Picker behind “Picker’s Paradise”.





August 5th, 2012

Well Kentucky was tough! The scenery was beautiful — rolling hills, horses dotting the landscape, plantation-esque homes in many pretty towns along the way. But the actual yard sales were few and far between. And you would think staying on one highway would be easy but we managed to veer off on three separate occasions. Getting back on track was time-consuming. In spite of that, when sellers were set up at least it was many to a field, nothing like one-stop shopping. And we did manage to score lots of personal finds. Yeehaw.



August 4th, 2012

We’ve met all types, but liked the sisters in matching “HGTV, LOOK AT ME” t-shirts the best. Unlike them, we do not want to be seen. Hidden under large straw hats and and wearing dark sunglasses, sweating to the oldies in the fields, we are far from Farm Fresh.


August 4th, 2012

Ohio has been great — lots of little yard sales outside beautiful historic homes, roadside farm stands with plenty of fresh beefsteak toms for purchase (and often on the honour system, put a buck in the jar!). But the highlight for us has been an off-the-beaten-path barn/antique store run by a man who can only be called Gentleman Farmer. We’ll be back. And with a van! We agree that Gentleman Farmer is the best kept secret in Ohio. And we think he feels the same, to quote “I don’t want those American Pickers to find me!” We don’t either.

Take a look!