Friday, December 10, 2010

A Sneak Peek and A Reminder

I finally got a little mojo going last night and finished the tree in my living and dining room.  It's not a complicated tree, or even a tree in the traditional sense really, but after several days of staring at bare branches in a container I decided it was time to dress them up a bit. 

Once I'm done with both of these rooms I'll take some pictures to give you the full effect of it, I'm really loving the way it turned out.  Simple and natural with a touch of sparkle and beachy'ness, my favorite combination this time of year.

I also wanted to remind you of a few wonderful things going on this weekend.  Starting today, there are two wonderful barn/tag sales happening.  One is at Ekster Antiques outside of Leesburg, Virginia.  I featured Ekster's last sale in a post (HERE).  And several of the photos I took at that sale are also gracing the pages of this month's Romantic Country Magazine (Yipee!!), which should be in your mailbox or on newsstands sometime in the next few days.

If you live in or around DC or northern Virginia you won't want to miss this weekend's barn sale at Ekster!

The other sale which starts today is a tag sale going on at Chartreuse and Co. in Frederick, Maryland.  I've never been to Chartreuse and Co., but my dear friend Connie has and she tells me it's a "must" see.  If you click on the link above to their site you'll be treated to lots of photos of all of the wonderful things they currently have for sale!

It's also a Vintage Source weekend, the last one for 2010, and it's sure to be a good one!  The Vintage Source girls always end the year with a bang, and based on their "New Arrivals" page this sale looks like a great one!  During their sale weekend in December last year I picked up my lovely horse pull which holds my Christmas stockings!

I also want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to a wonderful woman, great friend, and one of the Vintage Source "mommas,"...Cathe Chiomento.  From the moment you meet Cathe you can feel her warmth and great infectious personality.  Cathe also has an amazing sense of style as you can see by the photos above of her home, which sold in just a week!  She and her husband are moving back to Pennsylvania to be closer to their children and grandchildren and St. Mary's County will be a little less bright once they leave at the end of this month.  Best wishes Cathe, and I can't wait to see all of the beautiful things you will do in your new home...I'll definitely be coming for a visit sometime soon, with camera in hand!

And last, but certainly not least, don't forget about the wonderful sale going on this Saturday at my friend Susan's home which I wrote about HERE!  Trust me when I say that you won't want to miss this sale either, and why not make a day of it and go to both Susan's sale AND The Vintage Source's sale...with lunch in between of course! 

If you live too far away to go to any of these sales never fear.  Over the next week I'll be sharing with you a few of my favorite Etsy stores and online retailers.

And for those of you who live in southern Maryland, I'll also be sharing a few of my favorite local stores so be sure to check back!

In the meantime...Happy Shopping everyone!


  1. Looks like a little road trip is due...... thanks for the heads up!

  2. Oh, why don't I know about this place. It would make my trips to Traceys Landing a little more fun!

  3. I love your trees already (partially). Looking forward to the finished shot. And oh, how I wish I could get down there and check all this out. I think we're about to get snow.

  4. Wish I was there to go to these sales. Poo! Looking forward to your Christmas decor and that home is gorgeous. I bet she hated to leave it, but what fun decorating a new one. Have a great weekend, Kat! We go to our first family Christmas get together tomorrow on my husband's side. Lots of people and lots of food!

  5. Love the little peak you have given of your "tree". Can't wait to see the full reveal! I am so envious of all the wonderful barn/vintage markets happening in your area - wish I could just hop on a plane and come for the weekend. Hope you have a wonderful time! ;)Sharyne

  6. Caroline/Ekster puts on a great sale and I will be missing it along with these others that sound so fantastic! Trying to finish my own decorating and a little bit for a client.

    Congrats on the RH photos!

  7. Kat, those sales all sound wonderful! Hope you get to some of them!

  8. Hello Kat,

    Happy belated birthday! I finally had some time to catch up on what I missed while I was on vacation and taking a blog break. What a rollercoaster you have been on. I am sorry to hear about Kylee's health but am very glad to hear the meds are helping. Your little Misty Belle is adorable and I am glad Quinn has decided to accept her.

    I am also very glad you decided not to stop blogging. I always look forward to your beautiful posts. Fabulous photos of the Eagle!

    Love your collection of Thanksgiving decorations. Looking forward to seeing a full reveal of your Christmas decorations.

    Warmest regards,

  9. Love the little tree and your ornaments, and photos are beautiful! So sorry that Cathy is moving away, it is sad when friends leave but hopefully you will keep in contact! :) Her home is gorgeous!

    Have fun shopping my friend, I can't wait to see what you find!! :)

  10. Oh, I can't wait to see your tree...I can already tell I'm going to love it!

  11. Would love to go to these special spots!! Your images are gorgeous!!

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    Art by Karena

  12. Kat,
    Thanks for the info...will send it over to a friend of mine that lives in the DC area!


  13. sounds like you've got some great shopping opportunities out your way Kat. Wish I could jump in the car and head east. Thanks for sharing.

  14. So many sales....
    so little time....
    And sadly, too
    far away.....
    Have FUN!
    Merry merry weekend!
    xx Suzanne

  15. I can't wait to see your trees. I know that they are beautiful!

  16. Everything looks wonderful Kat.
    I have a million photography questions.
    Have a wonderful weekend.


  17. can't wait to see your tree!! please post soon :)

  18. Two of my favorite looks too Kat, sparkles and beachyness! Can't wait to see your finished tree and I'm loving the sneak peek of those shell ornaments. I still haven't put up a tree this year, just lots of little Christmasy touches here and there and I think I like it that way for some reason. xo ~Lili


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