Brimfield finds.

This summer I finally had the chance to travel to the Brimfield Antique Flea Market which I wrote about here.

This is a picture of the treasures I brought home with me that I shared earlier.

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Today I wanted to share with you how I’m using these pieces in my home.  I am trying to be more purposeful with my purchases (even the bargain ones) because more stuff=more things to store=more items to clean=more money to spend=more time wasted=more everything!!! Argh!!! It makes me exhausted just thinking about it.  I don’t want to be owned by what I own — does that make sense?

So I’ve been trying to be more mindful about what I bring into my home so I have less to take out later.  I’ve been operating this way for about a year (since I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo) and it hasn’t been easy nor has it always worked but I do believe that in general, I now own more pieces I truly love and less things I just “like.”

Are you ready to see what I’ve done with my new treasures?

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I filled the wood bowl with treasures from the sea (some found, some purchased) but in the fall, gourds and white pumpkins will probably take center stage.

I already showed you my recently revamped kiddos’ bath, but click below to see my Brimfield finds in place.

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I also updated my previously “blank” space.

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I tucked the black suitcase under my grandmother’s antique drop-leaf table and hung the grain sifter and the antique wooden round storage box on the wall.

Here’s a close up…

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The wooden round storage box was probably a cheese box or a tobacco box.  It’s difficult to see in the picture but it has a metal top and bottom lip and metal strips going down its sides.  It was missing a lid but I don’t mind. I tucked in some old books and a starfish for now but love the possibilities it presents for future displays too.

Here’s a close up of the black suitcase.  I have a TON of suitcases but fell hard for the brass tacks edging its sides.  Great detailing even though it’s missing its handle. Plus, I love hiding storage in plain sight. Where can you tuck a suitcase in your house? Under a table like me or a dresser or a bench to house extra shoes?  Get those wheels turning…

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Speaking of hiding things in plain sight, I used the tall basket to store blankets in our family room.

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Previously, I had a bluish-greyish basket in this place but it stuck out pretty far making the cabinet doors to the right inaccessible.  This vintage basket is perfect because its flat in the back so it goes right up against the wall.  I also like that it has a lid which means the kiddos can just toss the blankets back in when they’re done and momma doesn’t have to worry if anything gets folded.  Double score!

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I used my reproduction sugar mold as a utensils holder out by the pool for now.  It may end up on my desk to hold pens, pencils and scissors.  But that’s what I love about many of the things I bought at Brimfield — there are so many ways I can use them in my home!  What can you use differently in your house too?

That’s about it for now.  Will share more updates when I incorporate the rest of my finds in my décor.

I will leave you with a pic of our next project..

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The Boss and I are going to replace the runner on our staircase! I found some great tutorials from other bloggers I follow and I found THE perfect rug; now we just need a day to do it.  But when we do —

It’s going down.  I’m yelling timber, and like Ke$ha, I will definitely dance when it’s gone. It has got to go!!

Now I’m off to soak up these last few days of summer.  Hope you enjoy every second too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I love what you said about not being owned by what you own. So insightful. As always, you make me a better person just by knowing you. I am blessed. The Brimfield finds look great. I love the way you handled that blank space-tons of character with a relaxed welcoming feel … just like you!

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