Friday, May 31, 2013

Wine Country Brocante Finds

 I reader suggested that I offer antiquing tours in the wine country as part of the vacation rental package.
Great idea!
Let me take you on a virtual antique shopping trip!

 From Petaluma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg, I know where all the best antique stores are, and last weekend, I hit them all!

Petaluma has the best concentration of brocante in the wine country.
Stores like Sienna, Chelsea, The French Hen, and Vintage Bank Antiques to name a few.
But I really like Summer Cottage Antiques for their selection of affordable treasures.
In fact, here is my stash from Summer Cottage!

That's where I also
found this repurposed light that I plan to hang over the outdoor table in the breezeway.

Everything I bought was perfect for the vacation rental, and lends a natural collected over time vibe to the cottages that have their fair share of new furniture.

Staging the World Market desk with vintage finds like this globe was my main focus.
But I really wanted to find an old typewriter.  They're everywhere until you want to find one!

I ended up with this one.  
It weighs a ton, being made of cast iron.
It almost took Mr. A's back out carrying it to the car!

I know I'm repeating these photos, but this rusty old chair was not something I considered.  It was sitting outside the antique store.  There were two of them.  I got talked in to buying it and now I am happy I did.  Nothing like a rusted old chair to counter balance the newness of the desk!

I also got talked in to buying the galvanized heart.
Not sure where it will go, but for now, I just set it on top of the dresser.

This painting was hiding behind up high, behind a bunch of stuff. You really have to dig for treasures when antiquing.
I have a weakness for still lifes, especially if it involves grapes.
Grapes belong in the wine country, don't you think?

I couldn't resist this old oil of a St. Bernard.
Mr. A thought I lost my mind, but I'm planning on collecting vintage books about dogs, as well as other dog items.
After all, this is a dog friendly rental!

Mr. A had to have this deer rack, found at Healdsburg Classics Antiques.
It is enormous and I thought a bit much, but guess what?

I found a place for it outside on the porch!

Right next door to Summer Cottage Antiques is Vintage Style.
Dean has an eclectic collection of merchandise, both new and old.
We considered this mirror, but bought the red compass instead.

It sure gussied up this wall.
I can see it in a boy's room or family room too.

We're planning another shopping trip again this weekend.
I can't wait to see what treasures we unearth!
Brocante in the Wine Country!

Thanks for coming with me on this virtual shopping trip.
Let's do it for real sometime!
Call me!

I'm linking up with Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feather Your Next Friday

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Wine Country Vacation Rental, Part Three

 The wine country rental is really shaping up after a long weekend of hunting and gathering in Sonoma County, searching for the perfect accessories and furnishings.

The breezeway connects the two cottages.  
The door to the second, larger cottage is straight ahead.

A large living room/dining room greets you as you enter.
This has been my most challenging room because I wanted to create two separate areas.

I accomplished this with an L-shaped sectional.
Picked up for a "song" at a local consignment store, it has great style, is super comfortable, but I'm not happy with the upholstery.
I'm working on it...

As you can see, this sectional was made for this room.
I found the wine barrel to fit perfectly behind the sofa's curved back.
A flat screen television will eventually sit on the table, straight ahead.
Although, I don't think people vacation in the wine country and watch TV!

The ceiling in this room was planked in pine by the previous owners.  At first I suggested painting it, but changed my mind.
The seagrass rugs throughout came from Orchard Supply Hardware, believe it or not!
I'm impressed with their quality.

The dining area has French doors to the deck that overlooks ancient oaks and a vineyard.

There is even a pot-belly stove in the corner.

I took the window coverings down for unobstructed views.

There is a pass through bar, looking in to the kitchen from the living room.

I found these two barstools at Homegoods for $89 each!

The kitchen is centrally located, allowing for conversation.

It has an eat-in area too.

 Another fabulous find from this weekend!

I scored this rusted metal chair, upholstered in burlap at Summer Cottage Antiques... well as this vintage typewriter.

The desk is from World Market.
The room off the kitchen was another challenge because it connects the master bedroom and master bath.
It was used by the previous owner as an office.
I staged it with this desk and a twin sleeper sofa.

The bedroom is through the door, beyond.
The slate tiled bathroom is on the opposite side of the room. (sorry, no photo)

Queen bed is from World Market.

Bedding is Ralph Lauren.
As mentioned earlier, all beds, mattresses and bedding are new.

I positioned the bed and this chaise to take advantage of this room's gorgeous view.

Matchstick blinds are on order for privacy and light control...

The second bedroom also has its own bathroom and sitting room.

The bed and nightstand is from World Market.
The burlap toile console was a major score from Marshalls.

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the previous owners were DIYers and this bathroom is an example of their handiwork.

If you are interested in renting one or both wine country cottages, email me for dates and rates, which are to be determined soon!

Oh, and by the way, I have a confession to make.
My client is YOU!
That's right, we actually own this property as of August, 2012 and I've been slowly furnishing it with YOUR comfort and enjoyment in mind.

Vignette Design is now in the Bed and Breakfast business!

I'm joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday!
I'm joining Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Open House Party
I'm linking up with Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Become A Hometalk Honorary Pinner!

Do you love French Country style as much as I do?

Do you find yourself on Pinterest, pinning images that speak to your love of French Country?

Well, now you can become a Hometalk Honorary Pinner for our Hometalk French Country Board.
Here are the contest details:

How to enter:

1. To enter, simply follow these Honorary Pinners:

Kim Nichols
Courtney French Country Cottage
No Minimalist Here
Delores Arabian (Vignette Design)
Nancy Roberts

2. Add your Pinterest link here:
Put your name in the "Link Title" field
Put your email in the "email" field (will not be posted publicly)
Put your Pinterest Profile in the "URL" field (example:

Contest runs May 28-30. Winner will be notified on May 31. Good luck! :-)

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