Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Awesome Summer Finds: Part 2: New Decor

In my last post, I showed you some great antiques that I found while I was working with a client in Houston.

But, holy smoly, look what I found in new decor!


It’s a tabletop patisserie table of all things!!!  I must say it was a very nice replica.  It didn’t come home with me…bad decision.  I can’t find anything like it on the internet.


I also discovered Le Cadeaux melamine dishes.  Yes, melamine.


Some of you may be familiar with it, but I hadn’t heard of it before.  I love melamine for its practicality and who says it doesn’t have to look pretty?  The ones below reminded me of the bright colors of Provence.


And finally, I spotted a couple of designer pieces that I really liked.
These are from the Barclay Butera Lifestyle collection.  Orange leather tray and photo frames that look suspiciously like Hermes…but with much lower prices.


The clean lines on this dresser tray caught my eye and it’s one of my favorite design motifs.


And who could resist these totally awesome metal bamboo-style frames on these hurricanes?


I needed a truck to bring back all the neat stuff I found, but alas, I practiced restraint and didn’t purchase anything so I can have more to spend in France.

I personally like the exercise of window shopping to identify quality pieces and see where trends are going.  It helps sharpen my eye when I’m antiquing to land great vintage items that look spectacular in contemporary homes.  And, of course, most all décor pieces today are throw-backs from another era.  They’re just updated and re-freshed.

I’m headed to Atlanta tomorrow for the Haven Conference.  I’m so excited to see blogging friends and to make new blogging friends.

Be back next week,


Sarah said...

Kim, these are some fun finds. You have a trained eye! Have fun at the Haven Conference. Wise girl to say your money for France. '-)
~ Sarah

NanaDiana said...

Good for you for looking and not buying. That is hard to do! I LOVE that table and I probably would have had a hard time passing it up! xo Diana

Laura K. Baker said...

Hi Kim- Gorgeous pictures of all the goodies you saw. I live in Houston and am always on the lookout for new shops. Can you share where you saw these awesome items? Thanks!

Doreen@househoneys said...

Wow Kimberly! Those melamine plates were beautiful! I'm very familiar with that material, but admittedly have never seen any so pretty.

It was lovely to meet you at Haven! Hope you had as much fun as I did!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You sweet and funny girl! You were one of the biggest highlights of my Haven experience!
You certainly have an eye for beauty... and french design!!!!
I hope we talk very soon!!!

Debbiedoos said...

Holy Smoly is right!~ Looks like you had a blast at Haven. Next year, I am making it for sure:)

Susan said...

Do you mind telling me where I can find Barclay Butera in Houston? I must not know or I'd have shopped there by now.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What great finds, Kim! I'm just getting caught up on my blog reading and saw your post. The patisserie table and those melamine plates are gorgeous! I'd go broke shopping with!!

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