We look forward to shopping Brimfield every May after a long winter's break from outdoor antique markets with kettle corn and frozen lemonade. Imagine our disappointment when yesterday decided to be FREEZING and overcast! But alas, we got a hot chocolate, and had a nice 10 mile walk through field after field of antique furniture, rugs, small thingies and weird naked headless mannequins. In case you ever want to visit yourself- read our tips on how to best shop the largest flea market you ever did see here. And scroll through our finds below to read about our vision for each piece!
It always amazes us how long a project can take to be fully complete- between finalizing decisions, waiting for orders, installing, and finishing touches. HGTV LIES PEOPLE. This is real life. And good things take time. Like this room. We are fortunate to have a lot of amazing clients, and our client Leah takes the cake. (Her dining room here.) She's easygoing, patient, trusting, and so fun to work with. We completed her living room a while back with the intention of adding built-ins when they were ready to commit and man we're glad they did. SO! Introducing Leah's living room befores:
This room was in major limbo and being tested for a few different paint colors when we started. Leah's an avid reader and writer, so she requested a space where she could store books, cozy up and read, and entertain friends. And obviously we found a space for that amazing antique Windsor chair. Enjoy! -e+d
New York is sunny today therefore I am HAPPY! And also on that note, the ladies of Rehabitat are feeling very fortunate to get to work with such amazing clients who trust our vision and style for their space. A lovely young family from a cute New Jersey town reached out to us for help with their very long and skinny family room. And let me tell you, this room had good bones!!! The walls were already a fresh shade of white with LOTS of windows, including a window seat and a super cool sliding barn door. They needed a floor plan appropriate for the oblong space with room for play, storage for toys, and lots of seating for lounging with family and friends. Their vintage modern-boho style got us excited to give them a fresh, clean look. We were sad to say bye to this Box for sure. Thank you for using Rehabitat, Heidi! You don't need to live anywhere near us to get a Rehab Box! If you want to read more about what they include and how one can be yours, click HERE.
You guys! Our shop is open! We're thrilled to finally share our vision for these vintage, one-of-a-kind, unique pillows and make them accessible to everyone on the internets! To celebrate, we're going give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, for-your-eyes-only look at the process behind these puppies. And also show you a lot of pretty photos.
We're always scouring at the nearest flea market, antique mall or vintage store and we've come across some pretty great fabrics along the way. Inspiration from the beautiful, vintage prints paired with our love for pillows, spawned the idea for our own shop, which will always have a unique style and changing product. As long as you, my dear kind sweet reader, create the demand. WINK WINK WINK. Cough* go buy some* Cough.
We started off by having custom pillows made out of our found fabrics for clients here and there, and realized along the way how much we love designing and specifying how each one should look. It's proven to be quite hands on, which is very gratifying. We chose a lovely linen for the back and a brass zipper that we especially love exposed, map each individual pillow for the best pattern placement possible and once made, style and take pictures!
Thank you for coming to our internet launch party, now go see the shop for yourselves and enjoy browsing!
Brimfield is like your favorite flea market on crack times a million. Which is very fun for the first 4 hours and then the hangry sets in and you no longer want to negotiate "just a few more booths" with your seriously hot, swollen feet and you've forgotten what you were supposed to be looking for and the sun is beating down on you and then you die. But yet, we are always excited when it arrives. There are great finds, great prices, it's generally a fun day as long as you're prepared to be overwhelmed at times.
Along with sharing our finds, we'll be offering a few tips to avoid all of the above and also where to find the donuts.
Tip #1: Always Be Closing. JK but most people will negotiate on price which is great. Sometimes, we feel a piece is worth the price, or it's already very low, but most of the time that's not the case so it never hurts to ask. Vendors will usually mention if they are flexible on price because they want to push their product to make room for new stuff.
Tip #2: If you have the time or are close enough to go for multiple half days, that might be the best. We ALWAYS buy all our stuff the first half of the day. The second half is spent wondering what the meaning of life is. (But it is really hard to leave. We tried and failed because there's so much to see and the fear of missing something is tremendous.) Also, when you go multiple days, you will have the chance to do the fields that weren't open the day before.
Tip #3: Wear shoes you don't care about because they will get trashed!
Tip #4: It was so hot the day we went that public schools closed early. So yeah. Prepare your pits accordingly.
Tip #5: We don't have any solutions for the best days to go, because some fields are open some days and some aren't. We usually go the first day because you don't want all the good stuff to be gone. But ultimately, not everyone is looking for the same stuff and some vendors don't show up until later in the week. So this one isn't really a tip.
Tip #6: Make a list and bring swatches!!! I was pretty proud of my shopping capabilities up until my first and subsequent Brimfields. I thought I was the energizer bunny of shopping but NO. Not here. It's so much to look at and you forget everything you wanted to keep an eye out for. So make a list of everything you'd like to leave with and glance at it throughout the day for a reminder.
Tip #7: Write down booths that you like and their location for next time. We spent probably an hour trying to remember where one booth was from our last visit and never found it!!! (Probably in an unopened field.) Get the app for your phone if you want to be all legit.
Tip #8: Miscellaneous. Bring lots of cash and your own cold water! Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring your own reusable shopping bags to avoid carrying everything in a plastic grocery bag from the vendor. And go early.
Tip #9: Avoid mid-day tantrums with Dell's Frozen Lemonade and Faddy's Donuts. IT WILL GET YOU THROUGH!
We love a good before and after as much as the next shmoe and we're happy to say we've got another one for you on this happy Friday. Our client Sach lives in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous New York City apartment with lots and lots of vintage charm. Beautiful exposed brick walls and tall ceilings come together to make the lovely bones that is her home. Believe it or not, this is the result of a Revive Box and we love it when we're local enough to style and photograph the finished product!
Sach has great taste and replaced her sofa, ottoman and drapery on her own and mounted the TV above the fireplace before we even began the project. We created a floor plan, specified a few additional furniture pieces, artwork, accessories and suggested some solutions to tricky spots of the room. We also got to work with my very talented artist friend, Michelle, to create the large abstract statement piece just for Sach. Basically, it was a fun project with a lot of collaborating and now I want to move in. I promise I won't not eat your pop-tarts and peanut-butter filled pretzels. Thanks to Sach for choosing us and letting us share your space!