URBN Market February 15

Hey Friends. I am so excited to tell you that I will be selling at the URBN Market on Thursday, February 15th.  If you haven’t ever been to the URBN headquarters (I actually haven’t!), it looks like the most amazing space. I seriously couldn’t be more excited to go. And the best part is that this market is open to the PUBLIC! So normal people like me and you can go. Actually I can’t believe I haven’t been here yet. I mean, this is definitely worth a PTO day. Make a day of it and grab a great lunch in the city with a friend, and then stop by the Market. Here are the details.

Address: Building 543, 5000 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19112 (in the Navy Yard)

Date and Time: Thursday, February 15 from 9am – 4pm

Above photos from URBN, you can check out their URBN Community Instagram account.  If you’re not familiar with the term URBN, it is the company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain. Oh and I think they own Vetri restaurants now too. Basically, everything they touch is cool and pretty.

I’ll be there selling my Brand*eye Home goods and will be bringing this amazing vintage hand knotted rug. DSC_0906

You may have seen a sneak peak of these pillows in my Instagram. I made them especially for the URBN market and they are not yet available in my shop. One side is a solid and the other is a Charley Harper bird fabric. I stopped at a great little fabric shop called Fabricate while visiting my niece in Boulder, and picked up the Harper fabric. DSC_0830

I’ll also be bringing this vintage rug.DSC_0879

And I am hoping to make the first of a set of pillows with these amazing antique, hand sewn, quilt blocks. When I saw this set of 50 quilt blocks at a Philadelphia Flea Market, I knew I had to buy them. I plan to make a few pillows from them, and this is the first. IMG_8533DSC_0828

I’ll be bringing even more rugs, and quilts, and lots of antique and vintage housewares. DSC_0895

Whew, there will be a lot of vintage and handmade goodness to peruse.

Let me know if there is something specific that you would like to see and I can bring it.

I hope to see you there!

How to Style Your Shelves in Four Easy Steps

Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.

Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas. DSC_0674

Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.

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Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.

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Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).

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Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!

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Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!DSC_0697

Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.  dsc08891.jpg

I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.

Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.

 

Christmas Decor

 

We had the perfect snow day yesterday and I spent it decorating the house for Christmas. Winnie spent it cuddled up in “her” chair with a quilt, and Dave ripped out the carpet in the dining room. He also made a homemade pasta and meatball dinner. I was definitely the winner yesterday! DSC_0994

It’s so fun to be able to change up the house after I have a pop up shop. It’s like I get to start with a clean slate and I usually mix in my shop items. It was especially fun this year with the glass collection that I have amassed. Most of the items below are actually for sale in my shop. Some are not yet listed. You can message me for anything that you see, except the ceramic tree, that is all MINE. DSC_0003

The above is the minimalist holiday design, with just lights and vintage glassware. And  below is the maximalist with lots of trees added. Which do you prefer? DSC_0007

I collect Christmas trees and my collection has grown quite a bit over the years. I try to buy or craft some new ones each year, so the collection is always expanding. The ones on the right below were crafted last year. And the jeweled tree was a gift from my parents. It is an antique and oh so cute. I have 4 of them, which I’ll have to get better pics of. DSC_0008

We switched around some seating and moved this piece of our sectional to this nook. I think it makes this part of our house so cozy! What do you think?

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It was the perfect amount of snow to make everything beautiful! DSC_0024

Here is the house all aglow last night. As you can see, Winnie pretty much didn’t leave that spot all day. I used tinsel on the tree this year and I LOVE IT! Every year I look for it and can never find any. But last year I found some at a yard sale. Score! DSC_0043DSC_0055

The tree is decorated with lots of birds, tinsel, lights and round glass ornaments in silver, orange and blue. DSC_0058DSC_0061

DSC_0065DSC_0068Have you decorated your tree yet this year? What was your theme or color palette?

POP UP Shop Tomorrow!

Hey everyone! The POP Up shop is tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd. I’ve been busy all week getting ready for it and am so excited to have you all join us! This year I will have a bunch of friends joining me. You can read all about these talented friends in the last post here.

I’ll have lots of vintage home goods including pitchers, glassware, kitchenware, pottery, art and candlesticks.

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Vintage pottery

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Philadwellphia Feature

I am so very excited to announce that our home was featured on Philadwellphia, which is a local mid century modern home website. Check out all the gorgeous photos that were shot for the feature. They also have a lot tidbits and info about us and our home. It was built in 1963 by a local architect, Robert Morrison.

Check out the link HEREMorrison-House-Exterior-1

The craziest thing happened when this was posted. My Mom shared the feature on her facebook page and we found out that a nurse that she used to work with is a nurse for the architect of this home! As you will read in the article, the architect built this home for his family and they lived here for almost 50 years. We feel so lucky and honored to be able to live in this amazing home. It’s like living in a tree house and our friends have nicknamed it Ewok Village.

I’d love it if you check out the article and comment here with your favorite room. Mine is the living room/kitchen area.

And here is a link to a post about it from my old blog shortly after we moved in.

Bucks County Beauty

I had the pleasure of visiting the cutest house with the best view in all of Bucks County a couple of weeks ago. My friend Ericka who used to live super close, moved about an hour away to a tiny town on the Delaware River in Bucks County. She now lives in this amazing home with her husband and their 5 dogs.

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I mean, look at this place. It definitely feels like it jumped off of the pages of a very cool magazine, like Martha Stewart Living. Ericka has always had really good taste and killer decorating skills. She recently downsized and moved in with her lovely new husband, John. It was so fun to see how she edited all of her stuff into this perfect Bucks County home. Amazing job lady!

The drive up River Road is absolutely stunning! It’s filled with cute towns along the river on both sides.  The leaves are at peak season currently, so a drive up now would be even more beautiful than normal.DSC_0418

This is the view from her yard, looking down over the Delaware River. DSC_0422

LOVE this rug. DSC_0430

 

And the living room. A recent update from Ericka is that she scored an amazing leather sofa “from” Crate and Barrel. And by from I mean actually from Craigslist for a deal.  I can’t wait to see it. DSC_0432

I’m in love with the details in this guest bedroom. DSC_0434

You can see my sister’s cute head in this shot. She was visising us from Florida, and spent the day with us, which was also wonderful. DSC_0436

The attic has this amazing window. DSC_0438

Chill spot in the master bedroom. DSC_0439

View from the ROOF deck. DSC_0440

Love the detail of this trim.DSC_0441

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And bathroom details. I love the collection. DSC_0448DSC_0452

This pheasant rules. And the antique piece that it’s sitting on is stunning. DSC_0455

Here are 2 of the 5 rug rats, on an amazing rug. Ericka has 2 boxers and John 3  basset hounds. DSC_0468

They also have a BOAT! Yes, we also got to chill on a giant pontoon boat on the Delaware River on a glorious day. It was like in the 70s/80s that day. DSC_0489

 

Picture perfect.

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Thanks for the hospitality Ericka and John!

I’d love to know, what was your favorite part about this home?

POP UP Shop December 2nd

Hey friends. I’ll be having a POP UP shop at my home on December 2nd from 12-5.

You’ll be able to shop my house, which will be set up with all of my vintage housewares, and handmade quilts and pillows. In addition, my talented friends will be here selling their amazing creations.

Senpai + Kohai make handcrafted fashion. Their clothes make you feel like a million bucks when you wear them. Here are a couple photos from their collection that they shot in our home, which is where this event is taking place.

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Marilyn McCauley, makes wonderful handmade ceramics.

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Jason Koons makes amazing papercut art

 

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And Traci Elaine will be here taking complimentary portraits of you! She just shot a  bunch of photos for me, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

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The shirt above is from Senpai + Kohai and look how happy I am wearing it 🙂TraciElaine_Brandi-12

We all hope to see you at our event! Stop by to hang out with us and enjoy some tasty food and drinks.

Saturday December 2nd, 12-5

Email me at brandeyehome@gmail.com for the address!

You can read about a previous pop up shop here, at my old blog: http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/2016/08/well-that-was-fun.html

 

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

I was looking for a cocktail to make this fall using blood oranges. And I am always a fan of bourbon, so blood orange bourbon it is!TraciElaine_Brandi-115

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
  • 2 oz seltzer (or more to taste)

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TraciElaine_Brandi-117Let me know if you try this cocktail and TGIF. Cheers.TraciElaine_Brandi-131

Photos by Traci Elaine. She did an amazing job and check out her website here.

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!