May 31, 2011

Our Luckett Finds

When we went to Luckett's Spring Market two weeks ago, my husband and I clearly weren't thinking because we drove my Mini Copper instead of his Jeep.  We left with a giant steamer trunk and a pair of beautiful sconces.  The sconces were easy to fit, the trunk...not so much.  After a bit of a struggle and a more than uncomfortable car ride, we finally made it home!

I decided this was the perfect time to do a little rearranging.  I moved our oil painting of Central Park, by local artist Jill Banks,  from our dining room to the bedroom and flanked the it with the pair of sconces.  To finish the space, I set the wonderful vintage trunk at the end of the bed.

What do you think of the new additions??

May 27, 2011

Friday Fave

We're currently in route to Connecticut to spend the long weekend with my parents.  Memorial Day is one of my absolute favorite holdiays.  Growing up it was always marked with our local pool opening, a town-wide parade, an amazing party thrown by my parent's close friend and artist Cindi Mullins and of course my mom's famous deviled eggs.  (I'm still trying to redeem myself from the year that I dropped the deviled egg plate walking into the party...ruining not only the eggs but the plate as well!)

While Memorial Day has evolved from my childhood, I still love holiday- the patriotism, the unity and of course the unofficial beginning of summer!

Jasper Johns (American b. 1930), Two Flags, mixed media on canvas
Auctioned by Sotheby's in New York on November 8, 1989
price realized: $12,100,000 (including buyer's premium)

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

{image via AskArt}

May 24, 2011

Luckett's Spring Market Finds

Old Lucketts Store, a wonderful antique store just outside of Leesburg, VA, held their 12th annual spring market this past weekend.  With over 170 different vendors from all over the country, yummy food, wonderful music and only a $7 admission's a great way to spend an afternoon!  My husband and I ventured the hour outside the city to spend Sunday afternoon browsing all of the different tents.  As we were on our way clouds starting covering the sky and rain started falling - so I took it as a sign that the moment we pulled in, the clouds cleared and the sun came out!

I cannot even begin to express my extreme love for everything at this market.  I was a kid in a candy store! I was overwhelmed and enchanted with all of the items!  Here are some of the most inspiring pieces -there were many!


It was shabby chic heaven!  What are your favorites??

Also, check out the store's website and blog!

May 23, 2011

Crawfish Boil

Yum! Yum! Yum!

The crawfish boil was a HUGE success and wildly delicious! The 90 pounds arrived first thing Saturday morning in a giant box.  We quickly got to work cleaning them off, preparing all of the fixings, picking up the beer and running other last minute errands.  We had a few first-timers and surprisingly, one was incredibly irked by the little mudbugs. It took three batches and several hours, but all of the 90 pounds was gone by the end of the night!

Of course crawfish aren't just a food delicacy, but also make alluring, whimsical works of art.

{image via  Deborah Newman Fine Art}

{image via ArtPaperGarden Etsy}

{image via Heirloom Furnishings}

Crawfish boils are also fantastic inspiration for cakes. Here's my husband's incredibly realistic groom's cake!

Hmmm...makes me hungry all over again!