Saturday, January 29, 2011

Annie Brahler's Euro-Trash

I first read about Annie Brahler and her unique business, Euro-Trash, a few years ago when she was featured in a Country Living Magazine article. She has built a successful import business traveling to and from Europe and scouring the countryside for antique "farmhouse castoffs". Here are some pictures from her beautiful home which I'm sure is filled with many of her great finds.

Photos from Country Living Magazine. For more on Annie Brahler and her business, go to
And here are a few pictures of Euro-trash designer Lizzie Carney's home which was also in Country Living.

For more on Country Living Magazine, go to

Cute Pics from Dreamy Whites

Here are a few more pics from one of my blog list favorites, Dreamy Whites. This is a girls' bedroom and I thought the ruffled pillows were so cute but she said they are actually pompoms you hang from Martha Stewart Crafts sold at Michaels.

A cute but simple idea.

The chandelier is an Ebay find.

Customer Piece

Here is a dresser I just finished for customer Jana. She's putting it in her nursery!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Paris Apartment

Today I'm blogging about Claudia Strasser at Her website says that she started her business opening a boutique in New York City. She offers shopping trips through the famous flea markets and brocantes of Paris. Wouldn't that be fun?

She also has a book showcasing her great style - "The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget". It is a beautiful book and is available on Amazon and I'm sure in local bookstores.

I'm adding her great blog to the blog list.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vintage Inspired Bedroom Makeover

I saw this on a couple of blogs on the blog list and had to share this beautiful bedroom. The decorator is Emily of "A Well Dressed Home" and the homeowner is Jennifer of "Memento Designs". You can look on either of their blogs for more pictures. Emily described the bedroom makeover as an Anthropologie-inspired revamp and the other photo I included of Jennifer's bridal portrait seems to have that great Anthropologie vintage look.

This really inspires me to want to do a bedroom makeover. If you ever do a room makeover, please send before and after pics, I'd love to blog about it!

The blog I received permission from to use the photos is Emily at A Well Dressed Home - Her blog includes Jennifer's blog address.

Unique Corner Table - $59.95

This is a very unique and cute handcrafted table made of oak or pine and would be perfect to fill any corner space. This piece is layered with antique white and french gray paint.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Booth at Vestavia Interiors & Antiques

Here is a neat door I just finished for Janice Roberts who has a beautiful booth at Vestavia Antiques & Interiors. She will have the door either for display or sale at her booth.

A Piece Painted for a Customer

Here is a piece I just finished for a customer. She bought the secretary here but it was painted the pale blue and didn't match her wall color so she picked out this color ("Porpoise" by Sherwin Williams) and brought me to paint - and I really liked it.

White Dresser/Buffet - $125.00 - SOLD

Antique White Ornate Mirror - $16.95

Robins Egg Blue Full/Queen Headboard/Footboard - $82.00

French Grey/Blue Full/Queen Headboard - 72.00 - SOLD

Antique White Mirror - $28.95 - SOLD

Chocolate Brown/Cream Console Table - $72.00 - SOLD

Stephanie's Pics

Stephanie is one of several customers at the shop who works at Francesca's at the Summit, which is a great store if you haven't been. Stephanie sent pics of several pieces she has bought at the shop that she and her fiance are buying for their new home. They usually will get me to repaint the pieces to match their colors. Remember if you see a piece in the shop or on the blog that isn't the right color to match your decor, I can repaint for you for a small additional charge!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pieces Coming in...

I won't get pictures posted until tomorrow but here are some new pieces coming into the shop: two mirrors, console table, dresser/buffet (this piece has no cabinets, it's all drawers, but taller than traditional dresser so would make great buffet), two headboards (I think they are both queen and I know a few people are looking for these so I will email you first).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Haley's "Mommywood" Blog

If you live in the Helena area, you are probably familiar with some local bloggers such as Hewy at and Leigh at talesfrombloggeritaville. I recently found out that a sweet customer at the shop, Haley Wood, has a great "Mommywood" blog. As a mother of two small adorable boys, she blogs about motherhood, travels, tips and more. Be sure to check it out!

Miss Mustard Seed

Today I'm sharing a wonderful blog - Marian is a freelance writer for HGTV and on her blog shares great tips on how to create a beautiful home with thrift store finds. She also has well written, easy to follow tutorials on everything from paint techniques to how to reupholster and make slipcovers. Guess what she used to reupholster the beautiful chair in the pictures - drop cloths! I'm adding her to the blog list - be sure to check it out!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thrifty Idea for a Burlap Dust Ruffle!

Here is a link to a photostream on Flickr and the third picture is of a bedroom where they have used a brown burlap dust ruffle. Here is a thrifty idea for a dust ruffle - you can purchase brown burlap at Hobby Lobby and just tuck the fabric between your mattress and box springs or use velcro to secure the fabric and then you can either puddle the fabric at the bottom or buy "Liquid Stitch" to hem. You could also use window treatment panels or valances (velvet or silk would look great) and turn longways.

Flea Market Trixie

I am sharing another great blogger today, fleamarkettrixie. She's a fellow weekend treasure hunter at flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores and revamping her finds and using in her home. I'm adding her blog to my list,

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The French Flea is a Birmingham, AL based business specializing in selling painted and distressed furniture, rustic home decor and more. It reflects a love of anything french, rustic, shabby, chippy paint, distressed! We currently have a booth at Greystone Antiques on Hwy. 280 in Hoover and The Blue Building in Alabaster. We also offer custom furniture painting and will be your "picker" or personal shopper and look for pieces you are in search of! To contact The French Flea, call Karen at 721-0578 or email!