Cake is the dessert of choice for many occasions, and has been the crown jewel of many feasts, banquets and parties for centuries. But do you know the origins of cake stands, pedestals, savers and carriers? Each of these items were designed and developed for a very specific purpose - and for some of us, we have sweet, fond childhood memories that flood back when we see a fancy glass cake stand or painted carrier like the one we remember.
A brick fireplace surround can be tailored and timeless or drab, dated and dingy. The good news is, a little white wash can make a world of difference as you're about to see in this before-and-after we just finished in a fixer-upper we're working on. But before you pick up a paint brush, here are some things you should consider before you start.
As Murfreesboro's favorite place to buy paint, we get a TON of questions about painting furniture. Often the question is, "Should I paint this piece?" - which is subject we covered here.
But the question we get most often, is "What color should I paint this piece?"
It's a great question, and it deserves a thoughtful answer. Ultimately the choice is yours, but here are three questions that will guide you to the perfect color....for you. And keep reading, because at the end, we'll reveal one of our fresh-painted new arrivals this week. If you caught our recent Instagram or Facebook stories, you saw the before and during the updating process.
Do you love summer like I do?
I'm not a winter-lover AT ALL. In fact, while I do love the warm days of spring and fall, I think I could live with the monotony of 80 degrees and sunny every day, with only the occasional rain to cool things down a bit.
But whether you're a four-seasons lover, or a sun-seeker like me, the fact is our outdoor furniture and decor can only take so much sun and rain. How do you protect and preserve it for life outdoors? Here are a few tips and products that can help.
Kermit the Frog once famously lamented that iI's not easy being green. Sorry, Kermie - we love you, but we have to disagree; we think it's actually pretty easy to be green, at least if you are a particular hue known as jadeite green. This enduring, soothing color has been a mainstay in kitchens for decades, and it's still just as home in today's modern kitchens as it was in the country kitchens of our mothers and grandmothers.
Let's explore the origins of this lovely glassware, and what is - and isn't - jadeite.
It's spring...at least in the South: we've sprung forward an hour, we've celebrated the vernal equinox, and most of the flowering bushes and trees are bursting forth. And of course, Easter is on its way.
We love this holiday for many reasons, not the least of which is the tradition of filling baskets with goodies, whether for our children, grand-babies, or even our fur-babies.
But where did this tradition come from? And what's in YOUR Easter basket this year?
On March 17, 2017, we officially opened our doors for business and held our grand opening weekend, welcoming old and new friends and customers. Less than a year later, we expanded into the rest of the little log cabin. Fast-forward to last March, and we found ourselves moving into a larger space just a mile down the road.
But before we plunge into our fifth year, we compiled a little retrospective on where we started and how far we've come.
Spring is coming for us....and with it comes our first big traditional family holiday dinner of the year: Easter. Of course the menu selections are important. For many of us, ham is the main event, with deviled eggs, spring peas or asparagus. Perhaps you prefer a roasted chicken with roasted seasonal vegetables.
But just as important as your hot cross buns or carrot cake is your table's centerpiece - is your table themed and ready?
Whether you're keeping your meal small and low-key or big and over-the-top, we've got some positively delightful ideas for styling your table to fit your style. Many of these ideas rely on items you already have at home, or stop in and see what we've got that might add the perfect pop of fun or elegance to your dinner table.
March is when Spring Fever starts to spike, especially among house-bound Southerners. By now, winter has overstayed her welcome and we're all itching to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun on our backs and feel fresh dirt between our toes and fingers as we start filling containers and getting garden patches ready for tender new plants. But Mother Nature can be fickle, so if it's not quite time to get out in the garden, look around your garden shed or some antique stores for a few old garden tools and make them into decorative items while you wait for warm temperatures to arrive.
Your first project is exciting! You've picked out the piece.
You've picked out the perfect paint color and a fresh new brush.
If this is your very first project, my advice is to start with a small piece. But big or small, that first project is usually accompanied by one part anticipation and two parts anxiety.
Before you open the can or jar and dunk your brush for the first stroke, STOP. There are some items you will want to have on hand for your project, and there are a few basic tips and pointers that will boost your confidence and guarantee your finished project is a success. Ready?
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!