Updates on Our Home

June 21, 2014

This post is long over do. Redoing a house with a toddler around is a bit more complicated than I ever imagined.

Ok, So, I totally thought I would have something completed at this time to show you, but I don’t. I do however have snippets. Snippets are good. Oh and I didn’t bother to clean up for you…

Our first round of snippets come from out kitchen.

Kitcchen 1 Before

Dark, Stained wood EVERYWHERE!! Even the ceilings.  This house was on the market for a little longer than it should have been for the price it was listed at. I just don’t think anyone could see beyond all the wood. I even had a hard time with it at first. It is A LOT of wood. The rules of Feng Shui were just practically knocking down the door. It felt so heavy and dark.

Kitchen 2 Before

This was a little better. Lighter. The best part about this room is that the kitchen and dining are one. The space there is huge and we wanted open concept and this was a great compromise. Did I mention the fireplace…

Kitchen 3 Before

Again, big area, nice big window and a door to the back porch. Oh and the fire place…

Kitchen 4 Before

This house was built in 1984, so it has all the old charms and characteristics, but with newer construction. The home construction is known as post and beam or timber framing. Which means using heavy timber for construction as opposed to dimension lumber (2″ x 4″s). More on that from Wikipedia here. We had our work cut out in this one room alone. Linoleum floors, lots of wood to paint, what to do with the ceiling? I’d be damned if I was going to have track lighting throughout my home. So here’s what we came up with.

Kitchen 1 After

First step, we dropped the ceiling in this section only and put in recessed lights.  I wanted gray cabinets and picked Benjamin Moore Stoninghton Grey. But I picked it before the drop ceiling went in when it was still dark in the room and got cold feet at the paint store and asked them to cut the paint color in half. 50% otherwise. This trick I learned after picking my family room color which I’m saving for a future post. I do wish now that the room is done that I stayed with the 100% Stoninghton. But honestly, these cabinets really need to be replaced. My mom did and amazing job painting and distressing them, but they’re starting to fall apart. So they’re temporary until we can replace them.

Kirchen 2 After

So we ripped up the linoleum to find my dream floor. Wide pine planks. I wanted to keep them and refinish them so badly, but there were so many cons from the level of the floor to the integrity of the wood, that we went with this great tile. If I couldn’t have my wood, then I wanted my farm tiled floor.

Kitchen 3 After

Notice the ceiling. To keep the original charm of the beams but lighten it up, we put sheet rock inserts between the beams. This way I could have my chandelier over the table. So we have not painted the walls yet, but we painted the trim the same color as the cabinets. So it’s a light gray. The walls will be white. This is a little trick I learned from Dear Lillie. Her blog post on their kitchen reno is here.

Kitchen 4 After

Not too shabby. Just have that last door frame to do. Paint the walls, and the kitchen Island comes in August. The table is from Purple Rose Home. Not yet updated on the website, but the top is made from an old factory floor in India. Chandelier is also from the store.

I hope you enjoyed. More to come!!

New Home, New Project.

April 8, 2014

Hello, Hello! Still getting back in the swing of things over here. Going from working 6 days a week to only 4 has been quite a transition. As mentioned before, posting here might be few and far between with all my day to day tasks at The Purple Rose.  Did you see our new website? It just launched last week. purplerosehome.com. I am so happy with it. I’ve been working on the concept for a couple months now and finally it’s ready to go. Got some great new items here, and I will be updating even more, so keep an eye on what I’m doing over there. You can follow us on facebook too, or instagram, or twitter and pinterest. all of which are me posting decor, ideas, inspiration, vignettes from the store and more.  I’ll be posting things like our 15 minutes of fame in the beginning of American Hustle.  Behind Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale is a tufted headboard.  The production company purchased these Eloquence Sophia Headboards from us for their set.  We were super excited. Image

This is me taking a picture of the tv screen so it’s a little fuzzy. The hubs waited patiently while I paused, rewound, paused, rewound, paused… He’s a good sport. Speaking of the hubs.  We bought a house.  This is my other reason for posting. I’m going to show you all my before an afters with tips, tricks and links.  For now, I will show you the outside only. It’s a Main Post and Beam. A LOT of wood. But it’s darling and we love it. Stay tuned.


Time, Time, Time, is not on my side…

July 4, 2013

When I started this blog 3 years ago I had an idea that I would spill my guts online.  Then, I started getting really into my career in home decor and I spun the wheels a little changing the theme.  This was when the ball started rolling and I was posting like a mad woman.  The idea of starting a family was a distant notion and I thought I’d be the queen of the bloggosphere.  When I found out I was pregnant last June, I was elated and overwhelmed all at the same time.  My mom was recovering from a medical setback and I was running the show over at The Purple Rose.  I’ll admit, the last thing on my mind from that moment on was anything but baby, and sick.  Oh I spent most of the summer in bed and until the day I had the baby I had no desire for anything but to feel normal and have my body back.  I was definitely not one of those women who loved pregnancy, I didn’t even remotely like it.  Hence the 2 reasons I stopped blogging. 1. I didn’t feel good and 2. It was all about baby.  I just didn’t want this blog to turn into a blog about baby.  The little man is now 5 months old, I’m getting back into work and getting really excited again, and I’m starting to feel “normal” again.  I’m not trying to make this into a sob fest but man, did making that little muffin take a lot out of me.

On a whim I jumped on today to reminisce of the days when I blogged more and loved posting fun finds on Pinterest.  Actually my pinning addiction got worse with newborn baby at home.  I mean what else was I going to do during the late night feedings?!?!  Well when I came to The Garden of Simple blog I saw a slew of broken image links and my heart sunk.  But then it jumped back into my chest because I remembered that I had followers.  You loved me once, you could love me again.  Right?  I can’t promise that I will be posting as often as before, but I’ll try like heck to stay up to date.  I also can’t promise that there wont be some baby content. After all he is part of my life now and my store does offer baby items.  But I’m sure you’ll like it no matter what.

So, do you want to meet him?


Tobe Christopher Reed. Born 1/31/13

Love the Aviator hat? Find it here




Big Plush Giraffe by Little Giraffe here


The Owl Hat here


These were his newborn pictures.  He is 5 Months old now.


Ha Ha!!  He’s well fed as you can see, but he’s a cherub and we love him to pieces.

A Delayed Announcement

October 18, 2012

Hello lovey’s!!!  I have been neglecting you and I so very much apologize for this.  I don’t know how frequent my posts will be in the coming months, but I will try to stay in touch.  I have been terribly distracted by… well,…a teensy life changing event.  The hubs and I are expecting out first baby in February.  We are very excited!!  Since this is not a blog about babies, I will not go into the details of my, not so fun, first few months.  I am feeling better, but with the holidays coming, I will be very busy with the store and getting into the nesting phase.  I will be posting as much as possible on the store blog, so feel free to follow me there http://blog.purplerosehome.com/.  Since we carry baby items, I will be doing a little about favorite products and what I want, so if you are interested you can follow the Project Baby folder too.

On a final note today. Fall is my favorite holiday and just this week I’ve been craving sweets. Like pumpkin cheesecake, or pumpkin pie, or carrot cake, or anything with pumpkin and cream cheese. LOL.  So I leave with you with this delicious and beautiful fall table.

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Mid Summer Dream

August 7, 2012

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been so distracted with the goings on of summer.  Just a quick hello, and I promise I’ll be back in the swing of things real soon.

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Yup, We’ve Been Picken Again

June 21, 2012

When mom opened The Purple Rose 15 years ago, she started as an antique store.  She evolved over the years as antiquing went out and reproduction was in.  Funny how the tables have turned.  There is a buzz going on. A Renaissance of sorts for the vintage at heart, and we are ready to be reborn.  Starting with Brimfield in May, we have been picking up some sweet pickins and I must say the response is fabulous. Wanna see what we got?

Picked this vintage factory cart up in Brimfield.  Can’t see it, but these is some writing and a stamp on the side. Gotta get some paint thinner, see if we can make her shine.

Our first day out at Counting Sheep in Berlin. And, our first pot of Annie Sloan paint. Paris Grey, Oh la la.

The loot from our second trip to Counting Sheep.  I kept the globe for myself, and we got 6 of those fabulous stools!!!

I love this little table/footstool so much! I really wanted it for myself, but I sold it almost as soon as it came in.

Little table. Annie Sloan finish.

Another little table. No 2

These FABULOUS stools. Haven’t decided if we’re going to paint or sand blast. Will keep you updated!

These beauties were a roadside freebie.  They need some love, but oh baby they gonna be purty when we done!!!

Paris in the Rear View

June 4, 2012


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One year ago this evening I was flying off to Paris for my first time.  Hubs and I had just finished a marathon move over the holiday weekend and I had only spent one night in our new place before I was whisked off to magic land.  Funny how Paris can make you forget all about the piles of boxes at home that need to be unpacked. I remember sitting in the airport with my mom and Roxanne (Hubby’s step mom) and thinking this is it, it’s finally happening. See, ten years earlier I did my semester abroad in London.  I never went to Paris, as close as it was, I just never made the plans to go.  At the time I was thinking , “Oh I’ll be back. There will be plenty of time for Paris.” And while that statement is true, I did not expect 10 years to go by before I actually made the trip. Regardless, I am extremely grateful that my mother and Rox were able to make it a dream come true. Not to mention one of the many perks to Roxanne’s 40 something years with American Airlines was flying first class on the way there. WOW, right? First class to Paris, very chic chic.

Yesterday while lying in shavasana, during a yoga class, I used the “quiet mind” time to envision myself in my favorite cities of the world.  I haven’t quite mastered this “quiet mind” by any sort of the imagination, so I do just that and that let my imagination visualize the things in my life that I want to achieve or create or just be. Yesterday’s process ended with the idea of guided shopping trips to Paris for my customers. Why not right? I am currently learning the language,  I love to travel and plan the itinerary wherever we go. I manged to find Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (click here for the post on “The Little Fleas”) and have done some research on how to ship items back. I’ve also come across a few Brocante tours in Paris and Normandy that could help us along the way.  How fun would that be? We can stroll through the flea markets of France, acquiring vintage treasures and bric-a-brac. Consort with the locals while drinking wine and eating french cuisine. See the sites, and just come home plain happy.

So who’s comin with me?  Seriously!  There will be plenty of Macaron’s

European Reproduction

May 29, 2012

 The Purple Rose is having an Aidan Gray Sale.   Aidan Gray is my favorite line for European Reproduction furniture.  Choose from dining chairs, occasional chairs, settee’s, ottoman’s, benches, dining tables, side, end and coffee tables.  Their lighting is divine and unique consisting of floor and table lamps as well as sconces and chandeliers. Distressed wood and rustic metal make up the elements of all their pieces, with touches of natural linen or baroque embellishments. Owner Randall Weeks believes in following your passion and has done so in creating a line that represents Randal’s love for interiors, design and authentic products that exude “European Grandeur.”

1. Genie Urn Chandelier 2. Roma Table Lamp 3. Coyle Dining Chair 4. Andrew Bench in Barnwood 5. French Bistro Side Table 6. Isla Settee 7. Fleurette Sconce

10% off and free shipping over $150. Apply code AG10 at checkout.

Crazy Days

May 20, 2012

It’s been a while since my last post, and soooo much has been happening. Let’s see… I celebrated my 33rd birthday and received the best gift a girl could get from the best mama ever. Rosetta Stone French.  Looks like “fluent by forty” is becoming a reality.

Then I was off to the Brimfield Market.  I got a really cool factory cart for the store and I have not taken a photo of it yet, but I promise to get that up for you very soon.

For another bday celebration, I saw Ingrid Michaelson at The House of Blues, Boston.  I haven’t been to a concert in almost 10 years. In fact I can’t actually remember the last one, but  I think it was Ani DiFranco at the Meldoy tent. Any ways, Ingrid was awesome.  What a great voice!  She is such a knucklehead too.  She had me giggling the whole evening and it just really made my week to be in her presence.

We finished up this week with The Purple Rose’s 7th annual tent sale.  The weather was perfect, the crowds were lovely, and the store is ready for some fresh fun finds.  Too bad I was too pooped to check the yard sales today. Maybe next week.

I also found a new blog that I totally want to share.  French Essence by Vicki Archer, whom I particularly fond of because she spells her first name same as the mama. Living in France, living the dream. I haven’t had a chance to explore completely but I’m hooked thus far.  Her post today, A lazy French Style Sunday, was such a treat to wake up too.  I too dream of Sunday mornings spent catching up on inspirational blogging, pinning, and what nots.

So I leave you this Sunday evening with a single image.  An ode to This Garden of Simple that I covet daily. With summer upon us and lazy days ahead, filled with good music, unique finds, and a future with french.

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Say I do, to Vintage

May 9, 2012

Vintage inspired weddings are the greatest trend right now.  When I got married, Mom and I did the best we could with what was available to have our own vintage wedding.  Our garden wedding had shimmer, glamour and vintage all in one.  Because of my constant itch for the next best thing, I would change the scene and keep the location, the people, and well… the groom.  Hence the title to my pinterest board “Keeping the Groom”.

Some of my favorite vintage inspiration comes from the wedding blogs I come across like Found Vintage Rentals, Ruffled, and Green Wedding Shoes. And the wedding dresses these days are so gorgeous. I did, and do love my dress, but my fashion background pushes me to change it up like the post I did earlier on Ruche’s vintage bridal collection.

So, with all that said, what would I end up with if I were doing it all over again?

Close to my original color scheme, but that table is fantastic!

Source: greenweddingshoes.com via Kimberly on Pinterest

Or this romantic color scheme that is so edgy and not overplayed at all.

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Then there is bright and whimisical. So many choices…

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In a greenhouse…

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Under the stars…

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Or in a barn.

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Should the sweets table have vintage trunks and suitcases…

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Or big bushy florals and white cakes galore…

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All Chocolate… Somebody stop me!

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Ok, last one for desserts is the Frenchie theme with macarons galore.  But seriously for more awesome dessert tables see Melody Brandon at Sweet and Saucy.

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Don’t forget to sign in, grab a cocktail, and have a good time.

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