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Flea Market Tales: “All Good Things”

FullSizeRenderThis small antique mall, called All Good Things in Lake Worth Florida, is one of my favorite places to shop for vintage finds when I am on my buying trips in Florida. It is owned by a lovely woman named Doralee who displays her own merchandise there as well as rents out booths within it to other vendors (about 10 vendors altogether).

IMG_3332A lovely table top vignette in Doralee’s booth. Very feminine with pretty pinks and florals.

IMG_3333Love  the minty pastel green of this distressed buffet and all the whimsical accessories on top of it.

IMG_3342This is a corner of the booth of one of the newest vendors in the collective. Great stuff, very shabby chic.

IMG_3341Another vendor who seems to love bold colour. Sort of a fun tropical meets oriental meets Miami vibe going on here
IMG_3338Here is a photo of some of the finds in the back annex.
IMG_3340I love the way the sunlight from the doorway shines on this carved hall table.

IMG_3337There is an outdoor section with great vintage garden statuary and wrought iron furniture.
IMG_3335Weathered concrete cherubs.
IMG_3345Florida has got to be one of the best places to find vintage patio furniture and All Good Things never disappoints with it’s ever changing array of vintage wrought iron  and weathered wood outdoor furniture.
IMG_3336Another shot from the back garden. Not sure who’s cat this is, but he adds a nice touch.

Even if you never make it to Palm Beach County to visit this store in person, I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos and found some inspiration. For more eye candy check out their website. http://www.allgoodthingsantiques.com/

All Good Things

328 North Dixie Hwy. Lake Worth Florida 1 561-547-7606





November 2, 2017 | by |Comments Off
My own Home-Guest room

First blog post in a very long time, it is time to get back at it! Here are some shots of a guest room that I did in my own home.

I am fortunate to have a home that has 3 working fireplaces. One of them is in the guest bedroom. The first order of business was to paint over the horrible dingy brick with a fresh white. The white I chose is “Snowy Egret” by Behr.

I am a sucker for blues and greens and I decided to go for a pale seafoamy colour in this room. It stared off with finding this lovely wallpaper with a subtle quatrefoil pattern from Waverley in white and seafoam and applying it to two walls and painting the rest in a pale green pulled from the wallpaper.

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As some of you know, I do a lot of my buying in Florida and I was lucky enough to find a matching pair of armoires from there. We painted them white and changed the fabric inside the mesh doors. This room does not have a closet, so now these pieces sit on each side of the fireplace and provide ample storage for clothing.

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I absolutely love the faux bamboo writing desk (also from Florida). So hard to find. I painted it up two toned, in both the pale green and the white.

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Lastly, there is the bedding. I actually bought the duvet cover and shams at Target, but the night tables and the vintage mirror are from Chatelet. The relaxed roman shades have black-out lining and were fabricated by the Chatelet workroom.


Cozy and serene, this bedroom has it all for someone who wants to retreat from the world and relax and dream.

October 9, 2017 | by |Comments Off
Flea Market Tales – West Palm Beach Antiques Festival


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.34

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!1

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.5

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).28

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.


Show Info

West Palm Beach Antiques Festival

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd. WPB, FL


February 25, 2014 | by |No Comments »
Book Review – Rachel Ashwell’s “Couture Prairie”

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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.



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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.

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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

February 25, 2014 | by |No Comments »
Chatelet featured in Style At Home Magazine

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!

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December 3, 2013 | by |No Comments »
My Cozy Cabin in Florida

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!

December 17, 2012 | by |No Comments »
Beth A’s Family Room

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.

December 10, 2012 | by |No Comments »
Flea Market Tales-Prudhommes Antique Market

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.
Vineland ON
L0R 2C0

November 19, 2012 | by |No Comments »