Cottage designs & Farmhouse finds

“Settling in” is definitely something that brings a snug and cozy feeling to my heart, and that is exactly what I’ve been doing in the last few weeks of February at The Marketplace on Locust. As I have moved into a larger, one-room space, I am creating a one-of-a-kind, ever-changing space for you to come enjoy and to gain inspiration from. Every week will usher in fresh new ideas, inspiring vignettes of how you can stage your own living spaces and a surplus of home interior goodies – everything from furniture, to art work, to lamps and every imaginable piece of home decor. Let’s take a tour of the “firsts” that have been designed with you in mind!

Every home needs a desk….whether in a living space, an office, a bedroom or a loft….creating a space that is both unique and functional is important! This kidney-shaped desk is all of the above, complete with a bookcase built into the backside! Plenty of room for a computer, desk pad, calculator or whatever makes your office space “work” for you!

This coffee table is a re-purposed antique piece with so much character and charm that it barely made it into the shop instead of into my own home. Solid wood and tall enough to house beneath it a basket of throws for those cold winter nights or a magazine basket. Stack a few old suitcases beneath it for appeal and extra storage!

This charcoal grey table works well in place behind a love seat or small couch. Would make a nice server with space to house dishes and silverware within the cabinets and drawer. Or what about a TV perch? Use the drawer to store remotes and the side cabinets for those candlesticks you never have a place to store!

There are several antique trunks in my space this month….all restored and perfect storage as well as just pretty pieces to adorn any room.

Spring is on the way so why not start thinking of ways to outfit your home with some of the beauty of the season? This antique basket of lavender is guaranteed never to lose its shine! Use it outdoors or in….And the cloche is a perfect way to transform your dining table or side table from season to season. Seen here with a few antique plates and some white birds to welcome in the season. And how about hanging these tin pieces filled with succulents on a porch or in a bathroom? These beauties will never need watering!

The vintage love in me just can’t help but come through! Try a dress form in a corner of your home and transform it seasonally to keep vintage appeal alive and fresh. Seen this month in linen white fashioned with touches of silver necklaces – all for sale! And this scalloped bookcase is meant to fold but has purposefully been screwed in place to avoid mishap! Just keep that tidbit in mind when looking….easily stores should the need arise! Don’t you just love the chippy patina!?!

Buffets used to be standard fare in homes “back in the day”, and they are making a comeback as more and more we turn to entertaining in our homes again. And even if entertaining isn’t your idea, these pieces are the perfect landing spot for an over-sized TV or for your music ensemble! This particular piece, however, is perfectly outfitted with dividers in the top drawer for your utensils.

Seating options for your home and porch should include both style, fashion and comfort….so expect to always have a choice at Burlap & Lace that meets all three of those criteria!

Try styling a guest dresser with a vignette of vintage pieces perfect to delight the eye and entice the guest to a good night of sleep. This styling is brought to life within a vintage hat box filled with old gloves, an antique book, some greenery and of course, ironstone! You could even add fresh flowers to the bottle vase for your guest!

Don’t forget to adorn your walls with fun, interesting and decorative items! From this whimsical cow painting to the birds nest candle mount or the wooden arches or mirrored door, nothing charms a home more than a bit of wall decor. I try to incorporate a bit of architectural salvage accompanied with practicality in every room of my home. Unsure where to begin? Ask Ilse, the owner of Marketplace on Locust, for help as you browse through the entire store. She is a designer like no other and always ready to help you put together the perfect ensemble for any room in your home or office!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 28….the Spring Open House will be from 10-6 at the Marketplace on Locust and everything in the store will be 10% off! Can’t wait to show you what’s coming to the space of Burlap & Lace for that Spring event! Until then…happy shopping!

~Blessings,

Connie

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