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Saturday, June 6, 2015

At long last...

It's sad that the last blog post I wrote was when I changed the screen to "Spring."

It's every teacher's favorite season! This teacher's summer started yesterday and I could not be more excited. It was a l.o.n.g. time coming and I look forward to spending much more time with this little guy! 

I am also excited to get back into the swing of shows and sales. My next show is July 18 at the Junk Hippy show in Rosenberg, TX; I am about to order some new inventory for Barn Chic Boutique, more great organic cotton baby apparel from Milkbarn is on its way for BABY Barn Chic, and I will have some great vintage finds straight from my living room as we attempt to baby proof (at least one room in) this house! 

Today I received confirmation that I will be a vendor at the Rusted Gingham Barn Sale again this year after taking a break last year to have a baby - good thing I didn't try to do the show last November as my water broke the day of the sale! Looking forward to joining Suzanne and all the great vendors at this year's show on November 6-7 in Gonzales, TX. 

I am kicking off the summer season with a big sale at the boutique; take 20% off any order with discount code SCHOOLSOUT, and bump that percentage to 30% with a purchase of $100 or more (use discount code SUMMER30).

The adorable footed rompers from Milkbarn baby.

Looking forward to more blogging and junking this summer! I also hope to post about my stay at Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie last summer - talk about overdue! This teacher gets a zero for on time performance.

Here's to a summer of family fun and junking adventures!

Have a chic week,


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Too early?

I might have jumped the gun with this emphatic seasonal statement in my kitchen.

Even in Austin, TX, winter is in full force. We had a two hour delay at school this week (yes!). Guess I ought to just embrace it, at least through the end of the month (which happens to be today). But as soon as February is over, winter should be too.

Use discount code WINTER15 to save an additional 15% off your total purchase at Barn Chic Boutique- but hurry because this sale (and hopefully the winter weather) ends today!

Stay warm!

Have a chic week(end),


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Reveal: The Baby's Room!

Happy New Year! Yeah, yeah, it is almost February, but time both stands still and slips away from me these days. Since I have yet to share any pictures of the awesome room that is the 'baby's room,' I thought I would finally post a that my son is nearly 3 months old!

What I love most about AJ's room is the contribution of friends and family that came together for a warm and loving space for our son. I had a vision to create an Aztec/woodlands theme for the room and spent hours looking for great fabrics that would bring together elements like tee-pees, feathers, antlers, dream-catchers, and arrows. I am very much intrigued by American Indian culture and wanted to channel that vibe in AJ's room. Who better to help me turn this vision into a reality than my incredibly talented mom. If I had half the skills that this woman has in her left pinky I would be happy!

She made the curtains, changing pad cover, and crib skirt, but most impressive is the awesome tee-pee, which she surprised me with the weekend before AJ was born. These things sell for a couple hundred dollars at children's home decor sites, and my mom whipped one up that puts those to shame! She even stenciled around the sides and used coordinating fabric from the curtains. 

One of my other favorite focal points of the room is the pallet art made by the talented Julie of Vintage Soul TX

That piece helped sell me on the dresser I got at West Elm, which I agonized over for about six weeks before I finally bought it. I even carted the pallet into the store to see if the dresser would compliment the wood tones of the pallet. I pulled the trigger on the dresser when they said they offer a teacher discount; I'm a sucker for saving money! This is a nice piece that isn't just furniture for a baby's room, but rather can be used for years to come. It is made of reclaimed pine and looks great on the wall diagonal from the pallet.

The rack to the right of the dresser is actually a magazine rack that I ordered from Amazon and is the perfect diaper storage system! We are using cloth diapers and this rack is great for organizing the covers, inserts, and boosters.

The black architectural piece above the dresser was the initial inspiration for the black and white color scheme. This piece was in the room before when it was a guest bedroom, and I loved it so much I wanted to incorporate it into the nursery. I bought it at an antique store near my hometown in IL and love that there is a piece of history from my area in his room.

I went FTM (first time mom) crazy on researching a crib that would be safe, non-toxic, affordable, and stylish. The crib I first loved had horrible reviews for paint odors that lingered months after the crib was put together. I hadn't even considered the safety of the finishes or materials used in making the crib, but I then became consumed with finding one that didn't contain (such a high level of) harmful chemicals. I ended up getting the Sundvik crib from Ikea. European regulations are much stricter when it comes to use of chemicals and this crib had excellent reviews - and it is cheap and cute!

   (This was the only time AJ has been in the crib; he will grow into it soon enough!) 

Several of these beautiful photos were taken by my lifelong friend Rachel - follow her adorable photo shoots on her Facebook page! Her friends have the cutest kids  :)

We got the glider and ottoman from Buy Buy Baby where I tested Every. Single. Chair they had for minutes at a time during my many trips to that store this summer. I was thoroughly overwhelmed by all the baby stuff in that place and would retreat to the glider section to put my swollen feet up. I would say that off-white isn't the most child or pet friendly color for fabric upholstery, but it sure looks great in the room (and I bought the stain-removal package where they will replace the chair if the stain doesn't come out!). 

The ottoman has a handmade quilt from one of Andrew's family friends on top of it and I cover the seat of the glider with a towel since my hairy cat has claimed it as his new favorite seat in the house. Many a time I have gone in to rock the baby only to discover that my cat is in the chair. He has had a rough few months adjusting to our new bundle of joy, so I let the cat be and find another place to sit.

Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of our nursery! I am so happy with how it turned out and I love that it has so many personal touches from my mom and friends. I am one lucky mama with a spoiled little boy! 

Have a chic week,


Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Happy Holidays! I can hardly believe that it is almost Christmas and that our new baby is over 6 weeks old now! We finally got a Christmas tree on Saturday (December 20). The bonus to waiting until the holiday is almost over to buy a tree? Half off! There were five trees from which to choose and I would say it turned out pretty good for a last minute discount tree! I would have been happy with a Charlie Brown tree, but instead we got a decent good smelling fraser fir.

We bought the tree on Saturday, got the lights up Monday evening, and I think I will forgo any additional decorating. The smell and the lights are the two best parts of the tree, right?

So I only have two stockings. I know, I know, go get another one for our sweet baby boy. I definitely will, but for now, I improvised.

I am a holiday problem-solving guru.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Have a chic week,


Saturday, November 29, 2014

45% off everything at Barn Chic Boutique to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Well, it has been some time since I had a blog post, but there is a pretty good reason; my husband and I welcomed our baby boy three weeks ago! This Thanksgiving was extra special with our new son and both our families at our house - we have much for which to be thankful!


The holiday season is officially underway, and that means shopping! Today is Small Business Saturday; shop small at Barn Chic Boutique! From now until Sunday, December 7, use discount code shopsmall to take an additional 45% off everything, including already marked down merchandise! This is Barn Chic's biggest sale yet, and as always, any purchase $75 and over ships free. I hope you will check it out! 

Have a chic week,


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Almost 40 weeks! 40% off sale at the Boutique to celebrate!

Hello?! Anyone still read this blog? If you do, thank you so much! It has been several months since my last post, and there isn't a great excuse for it especially since I was on summer break until mid-August. Now that the school year is in full swing, my hands are full with teaching...and my belly is full of baby!

One month to go until the arrival of our baby boy, and that nesting instinct is in full force - but sadly my movement and abilities are not! For the first time in over a decade, I missed out on Texas Antiques Week, including Warrenton shows, Marburger Farm, and the big Pottery Barn teen furniture launch by Junk Gypsy. While I was sad to not be in the fields shopping this fall, I am excited to be preparing for our little one's arrival.

One thing I am focused on right now is selling as much of my current inventory from Barn Chic Boutique as I can. I am having a 40% off sale, so I hope you will stop by the site and check out the bags, jewelry, scarves and clothing. Though I have sold out of several styles, there is still lots of great merchandise left! Get an early start on your holiday shopping and get some gifts checked off your list!  Use discount code 40weeks and help me celebrate the nearing end of pregnancy and beginning of our journey in parenthood!

This is a photo from my maternity session (taken by my amazingly talented best friend Rachel of Rachel Wiegman Photography!) in which I am wearing my favorite Barn Chic Boutique dress. This picture was actually taken over two months ago, so you can just imagine how big I am now...

Have a chic week,


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Redecorating A Guest Room

This summer marks our fifth year in this house, and it is time for a little redecorating in one of the two guest bedrooms. Well, it's really more of a repurposing of the room, and that means an overhaul of the decor. I already parted with an end table at my recent downsizing sale, and I will be selling the queen bed too. The other antique pieces in the room will be staying: a great chippy architectural piece on the wall, an old china cabinet, and a sweet little black side table.

Here is the first piece I purchased to go into the room:

This picture not only identifies the room's new purpose, but also explains all the downsizing going on here at Barn Chic Antiques (though when it comes to my wardrobe, there is definitely upsizing happening!)... Andrew and I are very excited to welcome our first baby in November, so it is time to turn the guest room into a baby's room. Well not quite yet - my mom and sister are here to help at the Junk Hippy show this Saturday in Round Top, so we are leaving the room as is until after their visit.

The second piece that I purchased for the baby's room is a piece of pallet art by my talented friend Julie. I got this at her store's grand opening last Friday in Dripping Springs and left you all hanging in my last post as to which pallet I picked. Here it is:

I love it! It will be perfect for the room and I can't wait to see it all come together (and, of course, welcome our baby!).

As for Barn Chic Antiques and Barn Chic Boutique, they will continue to exist but I am going to take a little break - for how long, I don't know, but I am thinking this weekend's show at Junk Hippy will be my last for awhile. I certainly don't want to hang up my junkin' hat, and while I am enjoying hunting for fun decor for the baby's room, I haven't purchased anything to sell since March. If I still have lots of inventory left after this show, then I *might* take on one more local show in the early fall... sure hope I don't need to!  

Blogging was a lot less frequent this past spring; not only was I feeling miserable and going to bed pretty much after getting home from teaching, I also didn't have much to report on the antique front! I still love blogging and plan to continue, but the topics covered may not be relevant to the world of decor and may be sporadic especially this late fall and winter. I very much appreciate my readers and hope you will continue to follow my posts!

I would love to see you this Saturday, July 19, at the [air-conditioned] Lone Star Gallery in Warrenton (well, the address is in Round Top but the building is across the street from Renck and Zapp Hall - click here for a map!). The show opens at 9am, and if you are planning to go and want free admission, I have two free tickets to give out! Just comment on this post and I will get in touch with you.

 Have a chic week,


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Grand Opening of Vintage Soul TX in Dripping Springs

I am so excited to share pictures from the first weekend of Vintage Soul TX, the new shop opened by my friend Julie Crawford. I first saw Julie's fantastic vintage style (and trademark vintage sign) at the Junk Salvation show, but I actually met her at the Country Living Show in Austin back in May 2012. Ironically, I wrote the Junk Salvation post and showed a picture of her awesome vintage sign, but I commented that I couldn't find the vendor anywhere online to give credit. Julie then read the post and let me know it was hers, after we had met. Since then, we both have been vendors at the Rusted Gingham Barn Sales, and Julie has even shown at the Dallas Market in the Vintage Home Finds show. 

Julie is known for her custom painting and her recent shows showcase her beautiful painted pallets. Julie was painting pallets before painting pallets was hot in the world of reproduction! She also does interior design and consultation, so she is quite the decorating professional. It is only fitting that she now has a brick and mortar location to show off her great style. 

I knew I had arrived to her shop when I looked up the alley and saw this:

The old building is a perfect setting for her shop!

She is truly an artist with her fancy fonts and precision. 

The shop is on 300 Mercer Street (in Dripping Springs, TX), just past and behind the Gracy Title building; just as I passed the building, I looked up the alley and saw this sign and knew I was at the right place!

Upon walking inside, I spotted the trademark 'VINTAGE' sign!

She had cookies and lemonade for her grand opening, which was Thursday evening. 

Love that old map!

This was one of the window displays. 

And here is the other one. Look at that old megaphone!

What a great piece!

Julie's new store carries jewelry, clothing, bags, and plenty of decor. 

The displays are a great mix of rusted, tarnished, weathered, and tattered. 

Next to the cute dressing room is a ladder full of Miss Margo bags, with which I am now in love and eyeing for a future splurge.

Here is the shop owner herself standing in front of her new space - the limestone, weathered boards, and tin ceiling inside are the perfect backdrop in the adorable small town for Julie's great style. I hope you get to check it out in person.  Dripping Springs is on 290, about 30 minutes west of Austin, and Vintage Soul TX is open the first and third weekends of the month; you can stop by and visit Julie on your way to Wimberly Market Days (first weekend) and Fredericksburg Trade Days (third weekend).

Check back soon to see which pallet I bought! 

Have a chic week,


Friday, June 20, 2014

My Best Sale Yet

Today I had a 'downsizing sale' to reduce the look of hoarding in my garage. After moving out of the Austin Antique Mall at the end of February, I had mall inventory and my stash of show goods all crammed into one side of my garage. It was actually pretty amazing how well everything fit on that side, but the problem is that too much little stuff sitting on the great farmhouse furniture means that no one actually sees the furniture underneath the stacks of smalls sitting on top!

My mom, who painstakingly helps me wrap and pack the hundreds of smalls that don't sell at shows, recommended that I have a sale to pare down to my favorite Barn Chic farmhouse pieces for the next Junk Hippy sale. Smalls are interesting; they paid the rent at the antique mall, but they require way more time at shows (and haven't been as great of sellers as clothing and mid-sized items). If you are a vendor, you know what I mean - all those breakables that don't sell have to be wrapped, packed, and stored safely. (And you have to remember to actually put those crates of smalls in your trailer before you drive four hours home to realize you left one at the show...)

Selling ball jars and skeleton keys paid the rent for my mall booth. 

There was no better time than the first full week of summer for this teacher to tackle this sale. I spent a few hours one morning assessing the inventory, and afterward I thought to myself, "I really don't have that much!" Most of Wednesday was spent arranging and pricing what I wanted to sell, and I don't know who I was kidding when thinking there wasn't much.

This is one half of the garage. 

How all that fit neatly on one half of the garage is beyond me. And thinking about putting it all back away after taking it all out for the sale was overwhelming. But I am excited to say that mass amounts of these great goods are now in the hands of awesome vendors, creators, and lovers of junk all over the Austin area, so I won't have nearly as large of a task to put it away. Huge thank you to those who came out to shop the sale, and I will spotlight these great vendors, bloggers, and creators who now have a piece of Barn Chic in their inventory in a coming post. 

I tallied how many people came through the garage and it was less than 20. That sounds like it wasn't a good sale, especially considering that I have done shows with over 4,000 people through the can you believe that this sale with 18 people amounted in the greatest sales ever for Barn Chic Antiques? And zero overhead. I am one happy junker. 


Have a chic week(end),



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