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Farm & Fable.

A few weeks ago I was having brunch in the South End with a friend, and we made it a point to stop into the a new shop that I had been hearing about called Farm & Fable. It’s kind of like dying and going to vintage kitchen heaven. The store specializes in vintage cookbooks and serveware, and has an awesome collection of new heirloom kitchenwares — and it is some kind of miracle that I didn’t buy every single item in the shop on our visit. Oh also, they are starting a Cookbook Book Club where all of the attendees make a recipe from one cookbook and bring it for a potluck to chat about the recipes, how cute is that? I’m sad I can’t make the first meeting, but am definitely signing up in the future — that’s a book club I can get behind. If you’re in the neighborhood you must check it out!




Caught My Eye.

I had my 10 year high school reunion this weekend, which made me feel pretty old. But you know what made me feel even more old? Taking two days to recover from staying up way too late with old buddies. Since I’m still shaking off my late night of drinking and gossiping, I have a light little post to share with you today — a few things that have caught my eye and are just too good not to share. I’m feeling this modern-cabin-vibe lately and just want to wear chunky neutral knits and classic pieces. That National Parks print? Obsessed.  And a quirky little door mat, I mean, everyone needs a little wit on their way out the door in the morning, right?

Caught My Eye

Clockwise from top left: Door Mat, Knit Hat, National Parks Poster, Arrow Soap Dish, Apothecary Dopp Kit, Leather Handle Boat Tote

A lovely little holiday.

I’m back in action after a truly awesome couple of days celebrating Christmas. I got to see a little dusting of snow on the ground while visiting my parents in NY — which just makes the holidays feel a little more special, am I right? Vintage gifts seemed to be the theme this year, I gave my mom a vintage milk glass ice bucket with sparkly gold details for her bar, and she  surprised me with an antique silver footed bowl, some shiny-brite ornaments, and teeny-tiny framed painting (the bow detail in the frame stole my heart). Hope your Christmas was just as lovely!

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Personal Mantra.

This print pretty much sums up my personal mantra, I think it deserves a place in my kitchen. And they styling in this little scene? Spot on. I love the idea of using an old dresser as a bar — think of all the storage for linens and other party goods! Plus corralling the barware in an oversized basket keeps things neat and tidy, don’t you think?

Image via Design Scouting; print via Etsy

Breakfast nook.

I just came across this adorable breakfast nook from an old issue of Oprah magazine. I’m in love with the striped chairs, the over-sized chalkboard, and the mini-gallery of oil paintings. I actually have a similar table already and black and white kitchen chairs; all I’m missing is some vintage art to recreate this look. I’m going to keep this image in mind for summer flea market inspiration!

Image from Oprah at Home Winter 2007 via MaddieG Designs

In transit.

After my post yesterday lusting after reproduction bus stop rolls, my friend Colleen emailed me and let me know Ward Maps, located right in Cambridge MA, sells similar vintage ones! They’re all from buses and trains around Boston, and compared to what I’ve seen some of the UK versions selling for, they’re quite reasonable. I particularly love the one with all of the subway lines.

(There are some on the site from New York too!)

Images via Ward Maps

Chocolate Buttons.

I’m busy getting ready for a business trip to Chicago, but had to do a quick post on what might be the cutest tasty treat I’ve ever encountered…

This weekend my girlfriends and I popped into Hotel Chocolat on Newbury Street in Boston for a Champagne and Chocolate event celebrating their store opening.

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I don’t usually need to be convinced to buy chocolate, but I was extra enthralled by one product in particular – their vintage button chocolates. The owner apparently collected vintage buttons when shopping with his wife at a London flea market and used the buttons to create a mold for these yummy chocolates. Flea market finds and chocolate? Sounds like a winning combination to me!

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Life’s a circus.

Circus Posters_ThreePotatoFourHow adorable are these vintage circus and fair posters? I think they would make a fun, kitschy inspiration for a child’s room… the muted primary colors are perfect. These and a few others are for sale on Three Potato Four; snatch some up before they’re all gone!

Call me.

When thrifting this past weekend, I came across a few sellers that were displaying vintage rotary phones. I was tempted to buy one because I love the way they look, but I wasn’t sure if their wiring would work…

Oldies Marketplace in Newburyport

(I snapped a picture of this one at Oldies Marketplace)

Thinking about it some more, I started to research updated version of the classic style and have found so many in fun bright colors! I don’t have a land-line in my apartment, so it’s probably not a practical purchase… but it doesn’t hurt to look!



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via Sycamore Street on Flickr


via Three Potato Four Shop

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Selina Lake via A Life More Fabulous


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