Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hunting and Gathering

It might be the fact that the trees here in Vermont are already turning or the noticeable decrease in daylight hours, but the familiar feeling of needing to make a few small adjustments at Church Street is creeping in. My first subject: the living room's glass coffee table. A vitrine of sorts, it houses a revolving display of curiosities including vintage shop finds, remnants of nature and design books. It is the place my current inspirations are assembled for all to enjoy, and sometimes not - my youngest deemed the turtle shells "cool but gross."


Not so much a seasonal display, but the bounty of happy hours spent prowling antique stores and flea markets. During this summer's explorations of the region I've discovered some great shops I will be sharing with you soon in posts on the website REstyleSOURCE where I have been invited to join the team of contributors. If you are not already familiar with the site, it is a curated guide to the best in local shopping and home design resources across the states. In the meantime, after a busy month of work, I am ready to hit the road and next week will be headed for Brimfield. I would love to know who else might be there!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Phyllis...hard to believe fall is upon us, where did this summer go! I am looking around seeing seasonal changes I too will be needing to make sooner than later. I was hoping to make it to Brimfield but doesn't look possible...was there a few months ago and had a ball. Enjoy!

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  2. I used to go up to Vermont every year to paint plein air the second or third week of August and it was always amazing to see the leaves change over the course of that week. We sheltered from any signs of fall in the city for another month...which is fine with me.

    I love all the things on your table. I went on a vintage turtle shell kick last year but I've not done anything with them. They're very dull and wanted them to have a little luster but wasn't sure what to do with them. Wax them maybe?

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  3. "Cool, but gross!" It sounds exactly like something one of my off-spring would say. I think your table looks perfect! x Sharon

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  4. Your flea market finds are lots of fun. Great display! I'd like to attend the Brimfield event .. wish I lived closer!

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  5. Congrats on posting on Restyle! I wish I was going to Brimfield....you are going to have a blast!

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  6. perfect phyllis! well, perfect for me to share with a client whose living room is going library/curiosity room. just lovely
    debra

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  7. Phyllis,
    I nearly got lost in the REstyleSource site. How fun. I love the coffee table vignette...I'm a big fan of antlers and even taxidermy but I confess, the turtle shells bother me just a bit. They look great as an accessory, but I'm squeamish about actually owning one. :D
    I'll look forward to seeing your fall changes.
    xo,
    Karen

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  8. Your curiosities are lovely, and aren't at least some curiosities supposed to be cool but gross?! ;) Congratulations on your new venture, I look forward to reading your contributions!

    xo Kat

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  9. Phyllis, I am so excited about your new venture and know you already have lots of great ideas!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Authors Series
    "Love Where You Live"

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  10. I think all of your finds look fabulous!i am heading over to check our your sources.

    Have a great week, Elizabeth

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  11. Phyllis, this was wonderful! I am so desperately needing to see creativity and this was just perfect! I love the turtle shells and have been wanting some for my shop for quite a while! I just need to do it! I can't wait to check out your new site! Hope you are doing well! so fun to be reading your wonderful posts again! I've missed reading and catching up on everyone…as usual…the summer has made us too busy! Looking forward to Fall!

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  12. Fabulous vignette, Phyllis! I love all the elements from nature. Tom and I have talked about visiting Brimfields, but alas, we never seem to find the time. I hear the first and last ones are the best. Hope you find and see lots of great things. Look forward to your post. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.
    x Loi

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  13. Love this image Phyllis and what fun hunting it represents! Congrats on the contributing writer! Wish I could be at Brimfield to see you!
    xo Nancy

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  14. Love all the pretty texture. We're still a couple of months away from cool weather so I'm still rocking the seashells :)
    Congratulations on your Restyle gig!

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  15. Thanks for the heads-up on REstyleSource, Phyllis. Just spent a delightful half hour perusing it and shall return. Didn't see too much on Vermont. Will that be your task?
    b

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  16. I love Brimfield! Wish I could come along! The last time we were there (many years ago) it was so hot we had to continually douse ourselves with water! Can't wait to see the goodies you find!

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  17. We are so excited to have you be a part of the REstyleSOURCE Contributing Team!

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