Friday, April 27, 2012

Rustic Vintage Furniture and Decor for my First Barn Wedding!

I blogged several months ago about meeting Kelli and Shawn at a trunk show I did and they started a wedding and event planning business in Birmingham called Southern Soiree.  Here is a vintage chair of mine they used for a wedding photo shoot!

They referred one of their brides-to-be to me who is planning a fall wedding at Swan Lake Barn in Cahaba Heights and I am so excited to be working with her on providing vintage furniture and decor for the barn wedding!  She has some great ideas and has a wedding board on Pinterest which is such a good way to organize your ideas.  She's wanting to use pieces like farm tables, vintage hutches, old church pews, shutters and more.

It is also really going to help me to start building up inventory to offer vintage and rustic furniture and decor for vintage, rustic, shabby chic weddings and events in the Birmingham area.  I hope to eventually be able to offer a wide variety of items such as vintage furniture, crystal chandeliers, old shabby chic picture frames and mirrors, wishing trees, cake and cupcake stands and pedestals, mason jars, mixes of vintage chairs, burlap chair sashes, table runners and tablecloths, pew cones, signs, old doors.....!

Here is some inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy:

Burlap cones by

Turquoise French Chandelier Tanks, Flour Sack Tea Towels and Canvas Totes

I am putting the turquoise french chandelier tanks, flour sack tea towels and canvas bags back on Etsy for the summer and I will also be putting these in my space at Serendipity this weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Robyn's Piece, The Revival of Vintage, Briarwood Flea Market and More!

I recently painted a china cabinet/pie safe piece for Robyn and she did a sweet post on it today, here is a link...

Here are a few pics I have at Serendipity.

I have been so busy lately I have not been blogging regularly but here is where you can find The French Flea:

Greystone Antiques (painted and distressed furniture and home decor)
Serendipity at Brook Highland Plaza (picture frames and gift items)
Spoonful of Sugar at PharmSouth Pharmacy at Mt. Laurel (picture frames and crosses)
For Home in Homewood (picture frames and crosses)
The Blu Building in Alabaster (picture frames, crosses, wall hangings)

I have had such a hard time finding furniture lately so my booth at Greystone looks pretty sparse but maybe some good estate sales will start popping up!

I had an email through Etsy yesterday asking me about being a vendor at an event in Atlanta that sounds wonderful. Here is some info from the website,

Smack dab in the center of Atlanta sits The Goat Farm Arts Center- Home to The Revival’s Vintage "Pop-Up" Marketplace. The market hosts national, regional, and local vintage sellers, designers, and experts congregating together to bring curated vintage wares and “do-it-yourself” skills to worshippers of all that is vintage.

Known for its artist studios and creative minds, the Goat Farm is the perfect location for the revival of vintage - it resides in a mid-Victorian industrial site with 12 acres of grounds and 12 turn of the century brick structures. Its non-traditional rustic auditoriums will hold 120+ vintage vendors, expert-taught seminars, live music, and vintage-inspired food that will make you say “Hallelujah!.”

I also got an email today on the 4th Annual Briarwood Flea Market. I did it last year and there was a great crowd so if you are interested in attending or being a vendor, here is some info:


members and non-members are invited to shop the Flea Market
where Sellers and Shoppers converge for two great days
of fun and bargain hunting!

Friday, July 27 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
Saturday, july 28 (8 am – 2 p.m.).

(Cash only, please. No bills over $50.)


The indoor/outdoor market, with over 80 vendors, will take
place in the church gym, lunchroom and surrounding outside areas.
Briarwood PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH is located at I-459 and Acton Rd.,
up the hill from McDonald’s. Once on campus, signs will direct you
to the Flea Market.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Swing Beds, Customer Pieces and Cupcake Stands

I just finished painting a swing bed for Jill and she is supposed to send me a pic once they get it set up. I wasn't exactly sure what a swing bed was when she asked me to do it but I loved it. I asked Jill where she got the design for it and she told me she just drew it out and her husband built it! She said it's going in a glassed in room overlooking their pasture with horses! Here are some Pinterest pics of swing beds.

Here is a chest I painted and distressed for Ashley to go with her nightstands. The color is Behr's Classic Taupe!

I still have trouble responding to some comments on my blog and I don't think this one went through so Bri, I'm sorry I do not know where you could get this cupcake stand from a post on Rustic Weddings but if I can find out, I'll let you know!

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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!