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The Musings of a Vintage Thriftier

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Wow, this month Home Inspirations will be celebrating our 9 year anniversary. I thought I would take you down memory lane with my top 10 treasures you have seen over the years. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning lets journey to Hewitt Ave in Everett where it all began. #10 Blue Settee and matching chairs. This lovely set was the first time I bought a set and had it reupholstered. It turned out fabulous and I still remember how pretty it looked in the window in Everett. #9 Armoire that I turned into a bar. I wanted to take it home but alas it sold too quickly. #8 Red blown glass Chandelier. I ordered this one wholesale. Red was fabulous but when I got it in white it looked like a bunch of sperm floating around. Lesson learned, #7 Bird cage. I bid on this sight unseen and was so happy when I went to pick it up. Ended up with 2 of these beauties. #6 Space suit Santa. Those sparkly blue eyes. 4 feet tall. mmmmm #5 Gold Candelabras. Bought these 2 stunning pieces from a good friend . I may have them forever but I get joy just looking at them. #4 Long buffet. Found this beauty in Seattle and desperately wanted to take it home with me but it was too long, #3 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Tried for years to get this fabulous paint in the store and so glad I did! #2 The Cappelletti 24k Gold dining set. If you came into my Everett store you will remember this incredible set. I didn't think it would ever sell. #1 The Rose Buffet. I bought and sold this beauty 5 times. Those of you reading this who owned it briefly will have a happy memory too. It was the gift that kept on giving

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My sister lives in beautiful Fredericksburg,Texas which has become a favorite place for me to visit. Great Weather and yes, the "Millionaire Mile." This is 1 mile of fabulous botiques and antique stores and restaurants that I could, and do, spend days exploring. My sister, Neice and I dress up in matching dresses and make a day of it. I take pictures, get ideas and search for new treasures for Home Inspirations while eating and shopping the great stores. That is how I discovered Antica Farmacita our fragrance line. There was a fragrance of grapefruit that I fell in love with and purchased to further explore for the shop. After getting home my research discovered that they were a company based in Seattle! I promptly made an appointment and met with their representative in what has to be the best smelling high-rise in downtown Seattle. There is not one scent that I don't like and my biggest problem is deciding which scents to choose. Come smell for yourself and spritz away. Choose your favorite, after all, It's about pleasing all the senses.

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Monday is Valentines day and for Hubby and me that basically means after 32 years of marriage not a lot. I will work at the shop and when I get home we will have a nice dinner and continue binge watching our latest show. We are pretty boring in our daily lives and quite content with that. For those of you who have more extravagant and exciting lives I have brought to the shop some wonderful new linens.

My personal favorite is an exquisite Fragonard patterned King size quilt and pillow. For those of you who aren't familiar with Fragonard, He was an 18th Century Painter who painted romantic couples, some quite risque'. You would probably recognize his painting of a girl in a yellow gown reading a book as it is quite popular.

Well this bedding is made of a discontinued fabric that back in the late 90's was my favorite. The fabric alone if you can find it goes for around 179 per yard and when I spotted this quilt I was quite giddy. You see I also have a French chair in my guest room covered in the same fabric that I had purchased from a friend years ago but am not quite ready to part with. The quilt however is now adorning a bed in the shop and awaiting its new home. Come in and see and I hope your Valentine's day is as Romantic as a Jean Fragonard painting.

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