Monday, March 28, 2011

Shop Info.

I posted last week that the shop would be open until this Thursday, March 31, but there are honestly only about 2 pieces of furniture left so I will be there off and on on Wednesday and Thursday for a couple of people to pick up furniture but just wanted to let you know that there is not much left to buy.

I am working on some very cute pieces to go into my new booths - I will be moving into a space at Encore in Pelham and the Blue Building in Alabaster, both on Pelham Parkway. I'm also checking out a couple of other places but will definitely start moving into those two around the first of April. I will post pictures of the furniture pieces soon!

I am in the middle of several furniture paint jobs for customers and getting more requests so I'm looking into a space to continue painting for customers. Also, please feel free to email if you want me to look out for specific furniture pieces for you as I am shopping!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nicole's Bathroom Makeover

Here is a picture sent from customer Nicole of her bathroom. They turned a buffet they purchased from the shop into a bathroom vanity and bought the bowl from Frontera, texturized and painted the walls and added some great accessories and it looks beautiful!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fabric Flowers, Moss Letters and More!

For a tutorial on how to make fabric flowers, go to I saw her on A Beach Cottage's blog!
A friend at the trunk show was telling me how popular moss letters are and Dear Lillie had a tutorial on her blog today!

We had a great trunk show on Tuesday night - I think there were at least 13 people there. I am still trying to decide on a computer because there are so many choices but I will get back to regular posting and posting pics very soon!

Everything in shop is 25% off today!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shop Update 3/22

So sorry for any confusion but I am going to start at 20% off on everything tomorrow to make things easier. I think the last day the shop will be open will be Thursday, March 31 and the percentage off on everything will increase as it gets nearer to closing for what is left. I still have a shop full - mirrors, small chests, antique tables, side tables, lots of home decor... I don't have any of the long dresser/buffet pieces in now and probably won't before I close the shop but I will definitely be getting more and will post to blog when I have them. If you are still looking for one and are on the list, I will email you before putting in one of the booths!

My first trunk show is tonight so I will post pictures soon of that!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Shop Update!

Just to update you on the shop closing - I am not quite sure of the official close date yet but I am closed today and tomorrow and will open back up on Wednesday and will start some great sales on everything! I think I may have to buy a new computer today so not sure when I will be able to start posting pictures, but I will probably just post pics of pieces showing the sales price instead of having a flat percentage off on everything since I probably didn't show prices on all the pieces on blog anyway!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Just wanted to let you know that my lease was up for renewal at my shop and after MUCH thought, I have decided to do what many other people in this business decide to do and give up the brick and mortar business to have more time to travel and do shows, hunt for great finds, paint, sell on Etsy, do trunk shows and more. I love Old Town Helena and hate to leave but I will be going into two booths in town which I will be sharing all that info. with you soon, so I really feel like it will be more convenient for many of my customers who have found me through my blog or Craigslist. I will continue to paint for customers and post pictures of new stuff on my blog and I will also continue to be a personal shopper for you! SO, much more on all of that soon. I will let you know when I know when last day will be and I will also post about great sales coming up to clear out the shop and find new great stuff for my booths!

I still do not have my computer so will not be able to take credit card transactions today.

My first trunk show is next week so more to come on that!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Little Shop Info.

I am having a computer problem and may have to leave it for diagnostics so I may be slow at returning emails and if I don't have computer back tomorrow, I will only be able to accept cash or checks. I am sorry for any inconvenience!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Few More Pieces in Shop

White Lighted Hutch - $62.00 - SOLD
Pale Gray Distressed Writing Desk/Table - $85.00, Pale Gray Distressed Mirror - $28.00 - SOLD
Antique White Distressed Headboard/Footboard - $65.00 - SOLD

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New in Shop 3/16

I got a little behind today but here are a few new things in shop - I am working on getting more items painted including a full/queen headboard/footboard, little magazine table, end table, two level dresser, hutch, writing desk.
Pale Gray Console Table - $82.00

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Little Ruffled Inspiration...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Dress It Up With New Drawer Pulls

If you have furniture pieces that need a little update or kitchen or bathroom cabinets with old brass or other knobs, consider new drawer pulls! I was at Hobby Lobby today and they have lots of cute new drawer pulls in stock and they frequently run them at 50% off.

Anthropologie is also a great source for cute drawer pulls and knobs.

Crystal knobs always look great.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Great Blogs Added To Blogroll - Tracy Porter, Decor8 and More!

I'm adding some GREAT blogs to my blogroll list today:

Tracy Porter is a former model turned creative business entrepreneur and her blog is just beautiful and inspirational! She has videos you can view with great decorating ideas -

"A Perfect Gray" is a blog I recently came across and I relate to her quest to find the perfect paint color! I had a conversation recently with Michelle (see post on "Stella's Bedroom") about making so many mistakes picking paint color for walls and she was nice enough to later bring me some samples she had tried. One was "Ashes", a Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint and I love it so I guess I found my perfect gray! Photos from

decor8 is an extremely popular blog that gets over 35,000 views a day!

Elizabeth Maxson is a great creative entrepreneur and her design work has been featured on HGTV's Rate My Space as well as in various publications.

Last great blog -!

Friday, March 11, 2011

French Flea Trunk Shows

I've had a few people already sign up to hostess a trunk show so if you are interested, please let me know and I can put you on the list in order, even though I'm not quite ready to schedule dates yet. They will definitely start up in the spring, I just need to get enough inventory ready and figure out hostess rewards, etc.!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Round Top, Texas

I have a customer who co-owns a shop in Fairhope, AL who comes by when she's in town visiting family. She was in today and told me that her and her business partner are getting ready to pack up and go do a show in Round Top Texas. I think there is one called Marburger Farm Antique Show and one called Zapp Hall in Warrenton. This seems to be the ultimate place to go for antiquing/ flea marketing/junking!

Here are two of the vendors she mentioned having her tent set up near before who I've read about for years:

The Junk Gypsies consist of two very talented sisters and mother. They have a very neat story of how they got started on their website -

Magnolia Pearl is very well known and incredibly creative! Her blog is

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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!