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The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is a monthly flea market held at the South Florida Fairgrounds. But every February they run a “February Spectacular” show where the show quadruples in size to about 600 vendors. I just happened to be in town when it was on so I decided to check it out.
I’m not going to rave about this show like I usually do about the flea markets I frequent as there were both good and bad elements to it. The bad was that I found most vendor’s merchandise overpriced and there were way too many booths selling jewelery and collectibles for my liking. The good was that you got to look at antiques in your sundress in the middle of winter against a backdrop of palm trees!
If you ever find yourself able to attend this show, here is a tip. Don’t bother with the 9am-12pm early bird entry on Friday. There is no need to pay the “First Pick” admission fee of $25 (like I did) instead of the regular $10 admission that begins at noon as a lot of the vendors were not set up yet and there was no real rush at the gate.
Here is a gratuitous shot of a Brussel’s Griffon dog belonging to one of the vendors. You can’t tell from the photo but, at 3 1/2 pounds, she is the smallest Griffon I have ever seen (including my dear departed Mona).
Ultimately I did find a few things that I can work with for my store but I had to walk a lot and look really hard for them.
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival
South Florida Fairgrounds
9067 Southern Blvd. WPB, FL
Rachel Ashwell has a great new book out that’s all about her bed & breakfast in Texas. Her love affair with Texas started out with her yearly buying trips to this huge flea market in Round Top Texas. Year after year she would stay in the same B&B called “The Outpost” until, eventually, she bought it and renamed it “The Prairie”.
Rachel immediately began converting the old farmhouse and all its barns, sheds and outbuildings into cosy cottages for her guests. And she did not hold back here. This is no-holds-barred Shabby Chic decorating as only Rachel Ashwell can do it. She has unleashed her signature pastel colours, floral prints, painted distressed furniture and vintage accessories on every nook and cranny of the property.
This book has page after page of beautifully photographed eye candy for lovers of Shabby Chic style and nobody does Shabby Chic better than its founder.
The Shabby Chic Couture Store at The Prairie.
Staying at The Prairie would be like going to Shabby Chic camp, and that would be a good thing.
Couture Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
Ryland Peters & Small Ltd.
$45 in Canada
We at Chatelet would like to say thank you to the Style at Home editors for featuring one of our vintage painted furniture pieces in the magazine’s November issue. Pictured here is the pretty vignette that they created for their popular “High-Low” segment.
We love seeing our furniture in it’s “forever” home!
Here is a photo of my bed in the guest house of my Florida home where I stay when I am down south overseeing the restoration of the main house. The guest house is very small, (about the size of a small bachelor apartment) so I saved space by orienting the queen mattress to serve as a day bed. The headboard is a king size and works along the long side of the mattress to form the “day bed”.
I went for full-on romance in there with all Shabby Chic brand bedding and a mosquito net that I brought down from my store. Lovin’ my cozy little retreat!
I’ve begun helping a woman “finish off” the rooms in her house one by one. She has good taste and some things but the rooms all need finishing touches like window treatments, area rugs, lighting and accessories to look complete.
The first room to go down was her much used family room. I added a sofa table and bold damask print curtains to the window wall and a creamy shag rug to centre her sofas and coffee table on.
Beth had a long time fantasy of creating an installation of vintage mirrors on the large wall behind one of the sofas. I was able to make that fantasy a reality by hanging up a grouping of 14 mirrors and frames and I don’t mind saying that the result is pretty spectacular!
The pair of bird table lamps from Chatelet perch nicely on a pair of teal painted faux bamboo side tables pulled from the Chatelet warehouse.
I topped this rustic bench, a favorite of Beth’s, with a feather seat cushion and pillows to provide some more cozy seating in the room.
Beth was so pleased to finally have the first of the many rooms in her house officially finished that she booked me to do her dining room next. Look for pics toward the end of January.
Here’s another down and dirty flea market for y’all. This one is just off the QEW on the way to the Niagara region where I am from and where I have a cottage. Prudhomes is one of those awesome flea markets where the prices are dirt cheap and you can feel rich with $50 in your pocket.
This beautiful old derelict house over looking lake Ontario is slated for eventual demolition and development, but in the meantime there are approximately 25 vendors in the house and cabins on its grounds.
The best finds are found strewn around the lawn and in the attic and basement of the house.
These three guys are the triumvirate of power here at Prudhommes with Terry (left) being the supreme leader. Terry has the best stuff hands down! He’s a guy with a passion for picking and can always be counted on for quantity, quality and variety in his pickings.
Terry’s storage booth, enter if you dare!
Here are a couple photos of random stuff in Terry’s attic domain. You can pretty much always find good globes, vintage books, picture frames, bridge lamps, clocks, etc up there.
The market runs year round from 12:00-5:00 on weekends and holidays.
3319 North Service Road.
Recently my step sister- in-law Sarah decided that it was time to rearrange her 3 children into their two available bedrooms. The “baby” was ready to leave her crib and join her 4 year old sister in the Ultimate Girly Princess Bedroom that Sarah enlisted me to help design. Sarah and I both felt that because the girls are so young and so close in age that is was okay to go completely over the top in this room and still be able to get some years out of it.
Sarah and her little girls felt that there could not be too much pink or too many flowers and ruffles. I had no problem running with this concept as you can see from the results!!
Sarah found these amazing vintage inspired printed cottons online at Grand Revival Designs. We ordered a pink floral, a green stripe and a pink and white dot to use in all kinds of ruffly, girly combinations on the window dressings and the bedding.
The pair of antique French beds were from the Chatelet warehouse and I had them painted white and upholstered in a celery green ultra suede with pink trim.
In order to save on costs, Sarah picked up this chest of drawers on Kijiji and painted it herself. It is the perfect complement to the night table from Chatelet on Yonge which now nestles nicely between the two beds.
My thanks to Sarah for taking these lovely pictures. (She is a WAY better photographer than I am.) I love how she styled the kids for the photos with their fun beaded necklaces and pretty headbands.
The smiles on the girl’s faces speak for themselves on how they feel about their new room. What little girl wouldn’t be over the moon to have such a perfect princess bedroom as this?!!