Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Curbside Chica: Kim of Camp Whimsy

Today, I'd like to take the opportunity to share a lovely blogger with you, Kim of Camp Whimsy. She's graciously taken the time to share a bit about herself, her favorite tip and some of what inspires her style. I hope you'll enjoy reading about her and seeing some of her favorite finds--be sure to stop by her lovely blog and say hello!

I was introduced to vintage junk early on when I attended sales with my mom and grandmother. And I haven't stopped looking for good junk since! My favorite things to find are chairs and things for my garden including gates, old mirrors, concrete figurines and pagoda statues. I'm a sucker for things painted light blue or aqua.

My best tip is to find a local place that sells estate goods and definitely hit the yard sales if you live in a good area for that. You'll be surprised at what you may find.

As for my style, I guess I'm a little bit country, but I like ocean colors and incorporate a lot of blues in my decorating. I have several prints throughout my home of vintage travel posters from places I've been and loved, including Cannes and Nice. I've used the colors in those prints as inspiration for the rest of my home. I prefer old to new and as a result there are area's in my home that I feel are not completely decorated since I am holding out for just the right thing. I think it's better to find something you really want and identify with than to decorate with something that will be outdated and you will be tired of in a short time.

Prior to blogging I read many magazines and used their photos and articles to help me shape my tastes, my favorite magazine was Cottage Living (sadly not in print any longer) and also Country Living. Blogging is a great way to find inspiration from many talented and creative people. Smiles, Kim

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Curbside Coup: Lloyd Loom!

Happy 4th everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe day spent with the ones you love!

I would like to apologize for not being as attentive as I should be with the blog lately. I own a small vintage cottage style shop with my mom and we've been very busy gearing up for the "season". I will try to be much better about this in the future!

I wanted to share something with you today which is an example of American ingenuity, and one of my favorite finds to boot: a vintage PINK Lloyd Loom hamper.
Lloyd Loom furniture looks like wicker but was actually made from twisted kraft paper in a process created by the founder Marshall Burns Lloyd. You can read more about the history here. Lloyd Loom can be recognized by its destinctive weave, its sweet feet, and its signature trim.

Once again I was out with my mom and it was her sharp eyes that spotted this at the booth of a man at the Waynesville Spring Antique Show which is held on the streets of Waynesville, OH. I shrieked when I saw it. The sweet man, had marked it $16 dollars but told me I could have it for $14. I still have a hard time believing it! This is my second piece of Lloyd Loom ( I also have a smaller rectangular shaped turquoise hamper). which is often gold.