Shopping Blue Ocean Traders At The High Point Furniture Market

Shopping Blue Ocean Traders At The High Point Furniture Market

If you know me a bit, you know how much texture – in all forms – is just ME. Old, distressed paint on wood, chunky faux finishes, or simply crunchy fall leaves arranged in rustic bowl. You also may know that we live just 20 minutes from the famed High Point Furniture Market. And shopping at Blue Ocean Traders. Twice a year, usually in April and October, designers, independent shop owners, and huge furniture and accessory store buyers arrive from around the globe to shop like crazy for about a week. So many locals crave the chance to attend, however, it is wholesale only, meaning to the trade.

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Shop My Living Room

Shop My Living Room

Often I am asked where I shop for our living room.

SO, here I am sharing exact sources for items like the rug, and items I have found that are quite similar to get the look!

Locally, near Greensboro, North Carolina, I love to shop The French Farmer’s Wife and Chartreuse barn shows for those unexpected finds. In the upper left photo, Steve and I made the old window header into a mantel. I discovered the chunky wood coffee table at a used store fixture shop. And the old columns were collected around town from flea markets and antique stores. My fave white leather Moroccan poufs were gifts from the ladies at The French Farmer’s wife.

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Turn An Old Mantel Into A Laundry Room Clothing Hanger

Turn An Old Mantel Into A Laundry Room Clothing Hanger

IT’S BEEN LIKE MUSICAL MANTELS AROUND HERE!

This little, very rustic shelf in rescue kitty Buggy Buggerson’s room is such a favorite of mine. When I found a very long, old, window header at our local Chartreuse monthly barn sale to convert into a mantel in the living room, I moved the old mantel into Buggy’s room above the bed. That meant I had this cute extra one and no place to hang it. For months it languished in the closet waiting for the light bulb to go off over my head.

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Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Last Saturday was a gorgeous, crisp fall day, full of unknown possibilities. I made a snap decision to ride over to the Chartreuse barn sale all by myself to wander. My goal: find a giant letter L for our daughter. You guessed it. No letter L. However, I spied a long architectural salvage piece thinking it was a unique crusty mantel, and that it would blend nicely with our rustic furniture and Moroccan rug.

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Our Tiny Rustic Powder Room Update

Our Tiny Rustic Powder Room Update

A couple of Saturdays ago I got up and decided out of the blue to do a tiny powder room update. How tiny is our bathroom? If anyone gains a pound, they’re out of luck. Imagine a laundry room as you come in the back door in our 70s ranch home. Now image a bathroom within it. There you go. I never appreciated this oddity until we had little girls running in and out of the house. And adults on the deck who had been drinking beer while babysitting barbeque.

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