Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Monday, January 30, 2012

Notes from Market

Hello, Hello????  Anyone there?  I KNOW it has been a very long time since I last blogged.  I’m pretty sure my sweet sister is the only one who noticed! haha… No excuses.  I do want to say every time I think about giving up blogging I think of all the nice people I have met in Blogland and it makes me want to get back up and start again.






A week or so ago I attended the Dallas Gift Market.  People are always saying to me, “Oh how fun!  I would love to go!”


Yes, we do have a lot of fun but I have to say it is also very draining. So much walking, so many showrooms and so many decisions to make.  After 23 years in the silk floral business I have recently made a decision.  As plans progress I will give you more details but when your 20 yr. old arrangements start appearing at the thrift store, it could be a sign it’s time to change things up a bit!  I took a picture of a very, very old floral arrangement of mine I spotted today at Goodwill:


DSCN5650_1634 probably around 1995, going price today…. $4.95!


Here’s what I discovered at market.  Color of the year is Tangerine Tango.


Paint colors if you are interested:
Benjamin Moore 2013-10 - Outrageous Orange                         
 Sherwin Williams Fireworks SW6867
 Valspar Richly Red WV36015
 Ralph Lauren Bold Orange IB63
 Behr Volcanic Blast S-G-210


I don’t think I’m ready to paint a room or even a wall with this color but looking around my home I see that over the past few years my reds have turned to a rusty and even a reddish orange.  My dining room which you have seen many times is actually called Cajun Red by Sherwin Williams.  I can see using a few accent pieces in Tangerine Tango.




What REALLY surprised us was all the VINTAGE shown in many, many, many showrooms.

Here are the windows which greeted us as we entered market:








Burlap was everywhere.  We saw lots of tartan plaid and owls.  Lanterns are still really hot too.


One thing I will tell you now is I plan to incorporate some decorative accessories along with my silk arrangements and

yes, maybe even a few thrifted finds!

I’m excited and I feel like God is leading me in this direction.  It’s a good feeling to be excited over a new twist with what I have done and enjoyed for so many years.


Thanks for stopping by 47th Street once again.  Nice to see you.  I hope you’ll say hi so I will know you were here!




Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Donna, it sounds like you had a fun trip to the market! I'm excited for your new direction...follow your heart! You can't go wrong!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow...this sounds fun but I can imagine all the walking! When I start to feeling tired I tend to stop "seeing" things.

I have heard about the new color of the year through a few blogs. I think it would be great as an accent color as you described. It's a nice change from all the blues and grays.

I'm looking forward to seeing what your next venture will be. You are in my thoughts.


Sonny G said...

Thanks for the photos. It was fun and interesting looking through them.
I love all the plaid they are doing..

I'll be going to the NC market in march and I hope they'll let me get some pics.

I MIGHT be able to use the tangerine in tiny increments, like a napkin print but thats probably as far as I'll go with it within my personal decor.

Good to see ya~!

Sonny G said...

Hi Donna.

ORB is rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint- at lowes and home depot. its a very very dark brown that looks black yet isnt as harsh.

thanks for coming to see me.

Susie said...

Donna, Thank you for popping over to my blog. I have few visitors, so I truly appreciate each one:):)I can't remember seeing your blog before. But I will be looking for it now. I love the window with the plaid pillow and sleigh bed. Smiles, Susie (She Junks)

NanaDiana said...

Donna- I am so glad you found me today because now I can follow you back. Isn't it interesting how our life ebbs and flows and what was once all the rage becomes a dust catcher on a shelf?

I think I am going to have fun poking around your blog! I haven't been to the Chicago market in years but it WAS fun...and draining!

Hope you have a wonderful week. I am your newest follower- xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hi!! I am not ready to embrace orange but I do think the adding of vintage items to arrangements is a great idea! Burlap and owls are still hot huh. Something to think about. hugs, Linda

Miss Char said...

I think I may fall in love with some of the new looks....even the orange wall colors.

Babs said...

Donna, That sounds so exciting and creative, especially using accessories and thrifting finds. I've seen a lot of buzz about Tangerine,and I've also seen "out and about"...a lot of turquoise. Guess they will be the new colors for a while. Love your dining room color. Thanks for visiting.

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This all are so decorative moments show in the show rooms.This blog is really enjoyable and full of entertainment.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I know exactly what you mean about blogging. I do the same thing! Think of giving it up when life keeps getting in the way..or the other way around..but I don't, so I understand. Me...I'll be here even if it is seldom..I try, I really do! :)
I'm glad you are back!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I've always heard that "market" is fun but yet a lot of work. Still, I hope to experience it one day. Thanks for the tips on what's "hot" now...tartan, lanterns, owls.....that's good to know!!! Glad you had a good time!!!

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arrielle_p said...

Like all the colors in that bedroom, tangerine is my favorite color too. You give me so much idea in that bedroom. Thanks!

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