Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fluffing the Booth Spaces for Fall

This past week, my sister & I restyled our booth spaces to reflect signs of Fall and feathering the nest.....

We got news that our pie safe we set in July sold, so bringing in a new [old] piece of furniture prompted a major overhaul.
We had just sourced a fainting couch and, not only did we bring it in, we soon realized it sort  of clashed with the remaining styling of our cottage-themed space.  So, we did a complete flip of two of our spaces!

The so-called cottage space went from this (in July):
To this, ready for September and a more Fall appearance:
This Victorian look can come off as dark (not to mention the poor fluorescent lighting in the mall which always makes photographs a challenge), but once we lightened it up with the vintage crochet tablecloth and pair of floor lamps (only one is visible in photo above), it came together nicely.  We added the smoking stand, walking stick and top hat, and completely reworked the pegboard wall of prints.  To complete the vignette, we also moved the antique iron bed frame, vintage wicker table behind it, and all the wool area rugs from its prior location.  We placed the largest rug on the floor, tying it altogether.

And the previous area we called the "living room" went from this (note the wall of prints and bed with rugs):
To this (I apologize for the darkness of the photo. Among all the white pieces, the fluorescent lighting and flash/non-flash choice on my camera, I either get a total white-out or this.  I even adjusted the contrasts & brightness of the photos taken).
This is now the condensed version of the cottage scene.  And because the rug in the "living room" did not coordinate with the new and condensed cottage scene, we flipped the underpinning of this area (set just the week prior) from this:
To this:
And yes, that sewing machine is new [old] too.  It's a very nice Singer machine with 6-drawer cabinet, complete with all its attachments in the original dove-tailed wooden box.  Moving the cabinet & machine wasn't the easiest task, especially when we lift with heavy crocks, wooden boxes and lanterns in place, lol.  We're gluttons for punishment We love what we do when we style our space, and it's a good thing.

And because our antique mall sees more traffic during holiday weekends (we are at the junction of interstates I-79, I-77 and I-64), we moved in a few more items for Labor Day weekend.
This vintage scarecrow is wanting to feature (and sell!) the vintage, wooden box.  The box has some great parquetry in a nautical theme on it, as well as locking doors with shelves behind it.  
One more thing we styled around the primitive cabinet was this wagon wheel, with a great provenance:
This wheel was, literally, dug out of the dirt floor basement level of a local, 3-generation estate.  The family who owned and actually used this wheel was locally based, and we helped the person to whom all its contents were bequeathed upon clean it all out - what a job!  The house was built at the turn of the 20th century (we even have the original list of building supply materials), and this wheel (we sold the other one last year) was original to the family's means of transportation when the house was built.

So, we're set for the start of September, at least for another week - or until a major piece sells.  At which time you'll find us flipping vignettes, yet again.  
Meanwhile, I have fluffing to do here at home - company's coming for a gathering.  Enjoy the rest your long weekend..  And if you haven't entered for your chance to WIN a pair of 3-day passes to Country Living's Fair in Columbus September 13-15 that I'm giving away, CLICK HERE TO ENTER!