Wooden and Milkglass Tablescape

Are you already thinking about how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Or maybe you have a dinner party coming up and you want a fall vibe. Here is a great idea for a super simple tablescape. Wood and milkglass. Or it could just be wood and white. Whatever you have will work. And if you want to buy any of this gorgeous vintage ware, it’s all for sale in my brand*eye home shopwoodentablescape4

I used a combination of wooden candle holders, wooden bowls, and milk glass glasses. woodentablescape3

How great are these turned wooden candle holders? And the combo of white pumpkins and green gourds? A local farm stand had these beauties and I scooped up the bumpiest gourds that I could find.

woodentablescape2And the milk glass hobnail glasses are gorgeous. I like how they make the wood pop even more, because of the contrast. I actually have 12 of them in the shop. You can find them and all of the vintage ware that you see here in my brand*eye shop!

wooden tablescape1How are you planning to decorate your table this year? Mine may look a lot like this. I am really digging the wood and white this year.

Fall Markets: October 21st and 22nd

Hey friends. If you’re in the eastern PA area and want to check out my handmade and vintage home goods in person, be sure to stop by one of these events this weekend.

On Saturday, October 21st from 10-3 I’ll be at The Craftery Market in Ottsville, PA at Linden Hill Gardens. It’s only $5 per ticket, and you can buy them here. This market is being held in and around a beautiful old stone barn. And Linden Hill Gardens is a beautiful garden and nursery, where you can find lots of wonderful and unusual plants.

8230 Easton Road (Route 611)
Ottsville, Pennsylvania 18942

I CANNOT wait! The photo below is from there website, check it out here.

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And then on Sunday, October 22nd from 10-4 I will be at the Clover Market in Bryn Mawr. You can find all the details here.

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA

It’s finally getting to be chilly fall weather, so you may want to pick up a wonderful handmade brand*eye quilt or pillow. And of course, there will be a lot of awesome vintage finds for your home.

I hope to see you this weekend. Stop by and say hello!

Easy Pumpkin Fall Decor

I am a big fan of decorating and crafting for fall. And I especially love crafting if it’s easy! Typically I decorate using a general fall vibe, instead of a Halloween specific vibe. This way all of my hard work will still be appreciated through Thanksgiving. And it makes hosting on Thanksgiving that much easier, since the decorating is already done in October.

Here are a few easy painting ideas with pumpkins. pumpkins after

You only need three things: pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes. pumpkings supplies

I painted just the stems of a few pumpkins with a metallic paint. And on others I painted the entire thing. The turquoise pumpkin is my favorite! The one on the right is a black painted gourd, which also turned out really great.

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My friend made this cool one with a gold and black pattern.pumpkin gold and black

One great way to decorate your home with your pumpkins is to add a few of them to a tray. Odd numbers work best. Then fill around the pumpkins with some colorful leaves. pumpkin after

I hope this gave you some new and easy ideas of crafts to do this fall. These pumpkins were all made with my girlfriends at a craft night, but these ideas are easy enough to do with kids. What is your favorite fall craft or decorating idea?

Save Your Coleus by Cutting It

If you are like me, you love to plant coleus in your garden each year. It’s such a beautiful plant that comes in so many different colors and works well in shade. This plant is known for its leaves, but it will flower. When it flowers it actually takes away from the beauty of the leaves, so keep it in check by snipping off the flowers as soon as they appear. They are not hardy in our zone, so at the end of each season it’s sad to see them go. This year you can try this technique to save them all winter, and you can plant them outside again in the spring.

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Coleus at the end of the season before cutting it

Use a pair of scissors and snip off a few nice pieces of each coleus that you want to save. I suggest picking the hardiest plants to use. You want to have a piece that is about 5-8″ long. Just approximate, there really is no wrong way to do this.

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Coleus pile

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Clover Market October 8

Hello friends. I hope that you can stop by the Clover Market  on Sunday, October 8th. It is in Collingswood, NJ and I’ll be there selling my wares from 10am – 4pm. The address to use is 735 N. Atlantic Ave., Collingswood, NJ.collingswood clover

I have a few vintage, hand-knotted rugs. 2017-06-11 17.31.11

I’ll also have lots of hand turned wooden pieces. 2017-08-27 14.43.25

And how cool is this carved wooden fruit bowl?2017-09-16 17.28.10

I’ll also have original vintage art, like this watercolor.2017-09-16 17.29.21

And I have three of these glass trees, which are a great way to add pops of color and green.2017-09-23 14.20.32

This is the bottom of a brass asian bowl. It has etchings all the way around it, and even on the bottom! 2017-09-23 14.23.31

There will be so many great sellers of handmade and vintage items. They also have a bunch of great food trucks, so come hungry. Stop by and say hello.

Yard Work

We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy. DSC_0011DSC_0012

For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.

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Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.

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The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.

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East Falls Home

The home that I decorated in East Falls is finally complete! This space is the home of my friends Holly, Dan, and their daughter Piper.  We started with a blank slate by using white paint throughout the first floor and up the stairs. Everything was painted the same shade, Snowbound by Sherwin Williams, even the trim. The house was previously painted yellow, and the white really brightened up the rooms.

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The asian flower art above I picked up at an estate sale. The green shadow box was from Joann fabric.

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The light fixture was originally black with chandelier bulbs. We spray painted it red and added new modern round bulbs, which completely transformed this light fixture. The total cost to update the light was about $30. That is a huge savings compared to buying a new light, which would have been at least $100.

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The shelving unit above is from IKEA. This shelving unit is very versatile and affordable. It comes in many different sizes and also in the more basic black or white. We wanted to inject some color into the space, so we went with red. The light above was spray painted to match.

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The view above is what you see when you walk in the front door. Dan had the great idea to use the Velvet Underground Andy Warhol poster. It matches perfectly with the smaller Andy Warhol prints. Do you remember them? They are from a DIY that I shared with you before. Most of them ended up in this space, along with some art that Dan and Holly already owned. The lamps are from Target, the side table is from Joann fabric, the coffee table is from IKEA, and the chair on the left is from Homegoods.  The cactus and succulents are from a wonderful new shop in East Falls, which you need to check out. It’s called Vault + Vine and they have a great selection of plants, gifts, and coffee. It’s a win, win.

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Dan also found the pillows below. How could I say no to Big Lebowski pillows? I couldn’t, and they’re awesome. The sofa is the Monroe from West Elm in celestial blue velvet.

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The entryway I have blogged about before, but here are a couple new shots.

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The amazing mirror and rug are from an estate sale. The secretary desk is from Craigslist, and the light and ceramic dogs are (mostly) from homegoods. Using a secretary as an entryway table is a great way to hide all the clutter that collects by the front door.

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You won’t believe the transformation. Here are the photos from before:

 

What do you think? I think it looks incredible! And all of this was done on a budget of 3k. That was the initial budget, but it actually came in closer to 2k. We found a lot of great deals and we DIYed where we could.

Let me know if you need help decorating your space, and we can work on a plan to tackle it!

Fall Market Dates

Hey friends. I’ll be busy this fall selling my wares at the following fall markets. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 10-Chestnut Hill, PA Clover Market

Sunday, October 8-Collingswood NJ Clover Market

Saturday, October 21-Ottsville, PA Craftery Market 

Sunday, October 22-Bryn Mawr, PA Clover Market

I just picked up this beauty from the upholsters. Look how great it turned out! The before was a sad and very aged cream nubby fabric. Now this chair is as amazing as it was meant to be! Find it at the Clover Market this Sunday, September 10.

I’ll also have these wooden candle sticks, bowls and containers. Mark your calendars!

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BRAND* EYE HOME NEWS

I thought it was about time to makeover the brand*eye home brand, so I worked with Sarah from Wellstruck to create a new logo and brand style. I am so excited with the results! You will notice that my brand looks a lot more polished and professional and I thank Sarah for making it all come to life. Let me know what you think and stay tuned for details of fall markets that I’ll be attending starting soon!BrandEyeHome-Logo-Colorcropped-brandeyehome-monogram1.png

Flower Picking

I was going to head to the local super market to pick up some fresh flowers and remembered that there is a pick your own farm close by. I am so glad that I went, because look at this place! It is Maple Acres farm and is in Plymouth Meeting, PA. They have giant fields of zinnias and sun flowers and all sorts of amazing flowers that I don’t even know the name of. And it is super affordable, much less than what you would pay at the supermarket. I got 20 zinnias and about 10 stems of other flowers for $7!

They also have tons of amazing local fruits and veggies and meats and dairy. This is going to be my new go to spot for local everything.