St. Jacobs Style

Thanks to the overdose of paperwork that I forced upon myself on Monday, I had a little spare time on Tuesday to plan out the design of two empty bedrooms in my own house.  Plus, I needed a distraction from the wet and dreary weather!

I have been in love with Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Ski House ever since I saw it in an issue of Vogue and would like to draw inspiration from one of her bedrooms…on a much lesser scale…like instead of George Nakashima and Privet House, I’m talking Goodwill and  Kijiji.

 {photo: Francois Havard}

 With this image planted firmly in my mind, off I went to St. Jacob’s Antique Warehouse.

You can’t prepare when you go thrifting other than to stay open to what you might find.  In fact, I rarely find what I’m looking for – but I always find something great!  Yesterday was no exception.  I didn’t find a single teak table, or mid mod lamp…I did see a lot of fur but only in the form of coats, hats and muffs – so I’m no further ahead with my bedroom design.  Meh.

$2 vintage mason jars make lovely candle holders or vases.  I like to put them in an old wooden crate for a simple and casual centre piece.  Group them on a mantel at Christmas with nuts, pinecones and twinkle lights.  Or pour white sand with shells and a tea light for the summer.

I love the lines and patina of this antique woven seat chair.

These reproduction buoys would be a great accent for a cottage.

This booth is perfection…and smells like apples and cinnamon to boot.

$7 sap buckets have a million and one uses around the home.

 I didn’t want to part with this antique wooden bicycle wheel, but I did :( Here’s what came home with me…

Copper pots are kind of my thing right now.

…and so are paddles.

I held Melissa hostage for a little while so that I could snap some pictures of this rustic crate, while she held it.  I can’t wait to clean it up and put it to work.

And this, my new, old egg basket set me back $8.  It was labeled as a wine rack, but that didn’t quite seem right to me.  It’s so much nicer holding eggs, wouldn’t you agree?

You never know what you will find when you start rooting around the St. Jacobs Antique Market.  They have 20,000 square feet of space!  If you go, make sure to check back in here to tell me what you got.  I love hearing about a good thrift session.

Happy Hunting!



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