My Antique Booth Unveil

After a few month wait, I finally have my spot at Acushnet River Antique Store located in New Bedford Ma. New Bedford, an old New England Whaling seaport, has recently been on many nationally recognized "up and coming" lists for it's artistically rich demographic, it's architecturally significant neighborhoods, it's beautifully seated waterfront location, and it's culturally diverse heritage. One of New Bedford's best kept secrets (in my opinion) is it's bubbling antique store scene. We've got Acushnet River Antique's, New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta Place, New Bedfod Antiques at the Cove, and New England Demolition and Salvage, all located in massive mill buildings that once housed New Bedford's bustling manufacturing industry. To me, these antique stores encapsulate all of the noteworthy reasons that have put New Bedford's downtown historic district on the map recently. 
 

Ok, so back to interior design stuff!

Here's my new antique booth space just a few days ago. It's tiny at a mere 20 sq/ft.

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and, here it is after a few hours of some heavy lifting (thanks to the hubby) and arranging (thanks to my sister Katie). 

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Here's a peek at some of the merchandise...... I'll be filling new pieces in weekly.

 

One of my favorite recent finds....a pair of stunning brightly colored, brass fitted Chinese lamps with some fresh new white shades. 

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Another lucky score on a PAIR of blue and white chinese lamps outfitted with some fresh new empire shaped shades to round off a blue, white and brass display. 

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A white faux bois console table/desk straddling a bright mint accent table. Both with my hardware obsession of the moment - O ring pulls.

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Some 1960's astology art prints, vintage cheetah glasses and a signed Townsend Pomeranian pooch help fill up the freshly painted Hollywood Regency style buffet/hutch.

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A 6pc cheetah glass set and a gold bamboo framed parrot print.

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Acushnet River Antiques is located right off Route 195 at 50 Kilburn St.

Hours are M-Sat 10-5 and Sun 11-4.

Come by and visit! 

xo Lauren

MY MORNING WALK

 

I haven't "blogged" in awhile, for all good reasons I guess, like being busy with interior design jobs and preparing for my antique booth at Acushnet River Antiques which is set to open next week. Most mornings, while avoiding the typical park route that most people take for their morning I stroll, I turn to the opposite direction, the architectural route. Here are a few of my favorite New Bedford Whaling era homes that I am fortunate enough to gaze upon while getting in some excerise. These are just a sprinkling of examples compared to the hundreds of other beauties around. I'm thinking there are more of these blogs coming in the near future : ) I am truly lucky to be able to live among these beauties.



I'm thinking this home would qualify as a late 1800's/early 1900's Georgian style home. and is such a great example of a well kept charming home entrance with it's classic urn flanked black door and simple iron gate.

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This stately double peaked chimney covered home is pristine and immaculate. The symmetrical layout is perfection.

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Both of these homes are amazing example of late 1800's Shingle Style homes. with tons of contrasting patterns and colors. Luckily both are incredibly well kept.

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The rounded copper gutter on the stone offset rotunda is so precious. This house's architecture is like no other in New Bedford. I am guessing it was built in the earl 1920's?? Something about reminds me of southern California.

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This Greek Revival's monochromatic color scheme is so unassuming making you pay total attention to the simple grandeur of it's architecture. I just love the way they used patio stone to edge the terraced garden in front too! I'm thinking of incorporating the same idea to the front of my inclined garden.

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These windows....

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2 beautiful examples of New Bedford Whaling era wrap around porches. I love both of their detailed trellis work and the double column detail on the curved porch.

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One of my favorite styles of homes is this Gothic revival surrounded by an original stone and wood picket lined fence wall. It's perfectly tucked away but makes it hard to snap a good photo. It's also on the market! See better photo's here

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The simple brick facade, french door lined, copper gutter covered features of this home have always made it one of my favorites in a simple sort of way.

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xo, Lauren

COLOR CRUSH: Hot Pink

A few days ago, while daydreaming over the idea of spring becoming a reality after such a long cold winter, my friend Sarah asked, "So, what color are you going to be incorporating into your home this season?"  My immediate response was, what the heck are you talking about? What "color"? My next was, well, I guess I see her perspective, she, unlike me, actually strategized this sort of decision. She wants to commit to a color, one color, and go with it as her seasonal pop color this year. The more I thought about it, the more I actually liked the idea.  By putting away a few winter staples and replacing them with a confident color choice, you have the ability to sort of stop winter dead in its tracks and turn a new leaf towards the warmer months ahead. 

So I started thinking....if I was her and actually thought about such a commitment, what would my color be?  No more than ten seconds into the thought, I realized it was pink, hot pink to be exact, not the kind of hot pink that you think of from the past (garish and uber girly) but a new hot pink! The super sophisticated version.

Here a few of my favorite examples of how hot pink is looking much more refined than ever before and new ways to add it into your own home.

FURNITURE...

Changing up the fabric on a classic accent chair or spray painting the base of a neutral coffee table has huge results in hot pink!

WALLPAPER ...

I have been swooning over this Anna Spiro wallpaper for awhile now and I may even venture to say that this wallpaper is what kicked off my adoration for pink!  It's fresh, delicate with bold impact, bright and feminine.

Here interior designer Amanda Nisbet upholstered a bathroom wall with her own hot pink fabric.

FRONT DOOR... 

Why not change up the front door just for a season? It only takes a few hours and has huge impact.

ACCESSORIES...

Loving the pink thrown in to offset the masculine feel of this study.

One of my favorite kitchens ever.  So crisp, classic, open and airy. This ethnic hot pink carpet runner not only looks amazing as a contrast but makes you appreciate the neutrality and timelessness of the white kitchen even more.

ART...

This painting by Britt Turner has such a fresh look. It's perfect for an easy spring wall art swap.

Ashley Goldberg has an amazing color sense. Her work definitely says spring to me.

BOOKS...

Read them AND decorate with them.

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PAINT.....

My favorite warm and cool  hot pink paint choice.

Repainted hot pink antique dresser.

These pair of vintage metal outdoor chairs spray painted in fluorescent pink spray paint are an amazing pop against the natural wood and green surroundings.

Now...for the husbands approval!!?

xo Lauren