Monday, February 28, 2011

Bathrooms Don't Have to be Boring!

Sometimes bathrooms are the least decorated parts of your house but there are many things you can do to spruce up your bathroom to look more stylish, warm and luxurious!

Using a piece of furniture such as a buffet, dresser or console table as your bathroom vanity is a great look and easy to do.

If you are building a home, consider asking your builder to give you the allowance on bathroom mirrors and instead of the standard wall to wall mirror, pick out ornate or rustic his and her mirrors and the builder can mount...or, consider hanging mirrors on top of the wall to wall mirrors.

Another thing that's popular now is hanging a petite crystal or other type chandelier above the garden tub.

Use baskets, iron planters, rustic urns and other unique pieces to store rolled towels.

Use distressed and vintage wall hooks to hang robes, towels, jewelry and more!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sofies Haus

I didn't even switch this blog to English, I just love the photos, but I think she's from Germany.
So adorable.

I like how she's layered the mirrors and used the basket for display below.

I love this shop and how they use crisp white, gray and black!
Notice the great gray cupboard in the window display.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Romantic Style Book Giveaway at a-la-parisienne

Here is the link to a-la-parisienne's blog - you can go there to enter the giveaway for the new book, Romantic Style, featuring this beautiful home.

Cute Ideas!

Here are some cute ideas I may "steal" and try to copy and sell in shop! The picture frames were on and the cute bibb necklace and stencil canvas wall art is from

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Friday, February 25, 2011

New Pictures!

Sorry for the delay in posting some new pictures this week - here are a few!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cute New Pieces in Shop

I have quite a few new pieces of furniture and home decor items coming in the shop today and tomorrow. One dresser, two cute small chests, a couple of antique tables that could be used as nightstands or just accent tables, a cute rustic table that could be used as desk or vanity, a few rustic frames, and more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Here is a message from Sandy's blog at

I just received this message from a producer at The Nate Show -- check it out & good luck!


Fans Have Chance to Win from February 21-March 5

NEW YORK, February 22, 2011 – The Nate Berkus Show, announces the launch of its first ever “Nate’s Giveaway-A-Day Sweepstakes,” giving fans a chance to win décor created on set by Nate Berkus and his design team. Every weekday from February 21st at 8am ET until March 5th at 8am ET, viewers can watch The Nate Berkus Show (nationally syndicated; check your local listings or visit ) to see which item Nate is giving away that day, then visit to enter for a chance to win an authentic piece of Nate Show décor that has been featured on the daily talk show.

Some of these one-of-kind items include a refinished map chest, a sisal rope mirror, a gold-leafed chandelier, a repurposed door headboard, a coffee table, a replica of a royal tabletop with a custom monogram, and more! For more details on sweepstakes rules, terms and conditions, visit

Spring Cleaning - Furniture for Cash?

I need furniture!!! Since now is a great time for spring cleaning, if you have any furniture sitting in your basement or garage that you aren't using or would like to replace some pieces in your home for something new, send me a picture of your furniture and either tell me how much you want for each piece or if I think it is something I can sell in the shop, I can make you an offer. I'm looking more for inexpensive pieces that I could refurbish with paint, hardware, etc. rather than expensive pieces since I have to mark up to sell in shop. If you have anything, please email me at If we make a deal, arrangements can be made for drop off or pick up!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Across the Pond and Down Under

The first set of pictures is by Jacqueline who lives in the countryside near London. The images on her blog are just beautiful. Her blog is and I'm adding to blog list.

The second set of pictures is by Sara of A Beach Cottage blog who describes herself as living "in a tatty old cottage, somewhere near the sea in Australia with a battered old deck and a big old fig tree out the back". Her blog is and she's now on blog list!

Some French Flea Pieces in Customer's Home

Customer Pam bought this buffet piece from the shop!
Pam actually made this cute headboard! The mirror is from the shop.
The nightstand and chair are also from the shop!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rustic Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding Reception Ideas

Since my shop has been open, I've had a bunch of brides-to-be in buying chalkboard doors, silver tray chalkboards, rustic burlap bow frames and other items for their rustic, vintage, shabby chic style weddings/wedding receptions. Here are some pictures from of a barn wedding using great rustic pieces.

You can purchase various glass vintage containers and add a brooch or other embellishment. The last photo shows containers used for a wedding - just wrap twine tightly around the jars and secure in back, and add your vintage brooch or other embellishment and use to hold candles or flowers! Photos from clothandpatina on etsy and

An old window is a great way to display photos - you can get these clips and adhere to the window and clip on the photos backed by scrapbook paper for this look! Photo from

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The French Flea is a Birmingham, AL based business specializing in selling painted and distressed furniture, rustic home decor and more. It reflects a love of anything french, rustic, shabby, chippy paint, distressed! We currently have a booth at Greystone Antiques on Hwy. 280 in Hoover and The Blue Building in Alabaster. We also offer custom furniture painting and will be your "picker" or personal shopper and look for pieces you are in search of! To contact The French Flea, call Karen at 721-0578 or email!