Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Closing Its Doors

Minutes from where we live is a lovely antiques shop.
Over the years, we have enjoyed going there on weekends to browse and to buy.
Unfortunately, the owner has decided to close its doors for good.



 With everything 30% off, we decided to make some final purchases.
A lovely painted console (along with the painted wooden vase).
 And a coffee table made from an old shutter.
Of course, new purchases meant changing things around in the living room.
Before.
And after.
My family complains that there's no room for us because of all the stuff.

Brenda at Cozy Little House wrote a post recently about living smaller without so much stuff.
It's a concept I definitely could embrace.

Hope you are having a great week.

44 comments:

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Too bad the shop is closing, but looks like you got some good deals! You have a lot of neat items in your living room :)

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I like the "after"

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
You're lucky for finding these valuable items and Mona's beautiful lamp fits perfect on this painted console! Great job. Oh sure there is plenty of room for ALL of you! Lovely living room; you can feel proud.
Hugs,
Mariette

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Tammy, Boy, I could have fun in that store...Sorry it's closing! Your living room looks great~btw! Enjoy your new purchases!
I am looking forward to living small(er) when I move in with Mom later this year. I have to seriously get rid of things. Have started with Craigs List, not too much interest yet~but I will keep at it.
Hugs,
Sherry

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...Glad you got some new "treasures" at the antique store. Good luck to the owners, now that they decided to close it. Looks like it was a really nice shop.

You know, sometimes I think of a little house, too, with a little plot of land.

It would be hard to downsize, though. Really, really hard. We get used to having "space" to walk around in (and yeah, to store stuff in.)

I read the blogger's write-up on a smaller space (the one you left a link to). She made some good points but I don't think I'd be happy in a house the size of a two car garage. Maybe in time I would.

However, now that I'm a Grammie, I like the idea of having a little house for the Grammie, where she can yell if she falls down. hee hee Susan

Diane said...

Too bad you will be losing one of your favorite shops. I still have my customers tell me they miss my shop and we closed 8 years ago. I think your living room is beautiful before AND after. Diane

Astri said...

So sad the shop is closing, but perhaps it is for something better for the owner. How about you opening a tea, goodies and crochet shop there? It would be lovely - you could move some of your things from home to the shop. :-)

Your home is beautiful, cozy and welcoming.

Eugenia Maru said...

Qué pena que haya cerrado la tienda. Se ven cosas muy hermosas.
La transformación de tu sala quedó muy bien.
Saludos

http://lulurulitos.blogspot.com (de todo un poco)
http://atrapadaenmisletras.blogspot.com (mis escritos)

Kit said...

I love your home and speaking from a person who has lots of collections, I don't think you have to par down at all. :) Kit

Mereknits said...

I think your room is wonderful, full of treasures everywhere. I love that it is bright and colorful, and cozy all at the same time. Remember those kids are boys, they don't get it anyway.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a lovely room! I think it's important to surround yourself with things you love. I'm sorry the favorite shop is closing but it sounds like you found some items at a bargain!

XO,
Jane

Debi Y. said...

Your living room looks very welcoming and comfortable - pretty too. I hope you are enjoying your day. :)

Plain Jane said...

Oh Tammy your home is beauuuuuutiful - full of such interesting things - and room for plenty more! Jane x

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Tammy, your new antique purchases are all lovely. A very unique store indeed. I reckon you have used up all your living space with lots of art and precious pieces. All very beautiful. Hugs Judy

Yvonne said...

Love what you did. Too bad that shop is closing...neat stuff. What are those hanging from the ceiling?
I cleared out lots of stuff when we thought we were selling the house. But now it's filling up fast. Doesn't take long to accumulate things. But it's nice to be surrounded by things that inspire you or things that you love.

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh what beautiful antiques! I am such a "collector" although nothing I collect would ever be worth anything but I do love it but I stopped....until I get up North again! LOL!
The items you got are gorgeous! Your living room looks so warm and inviting...a real home!
It's sad they're closing but thank you for showing us that antique lovers are everywhere!

My Grama's Soul said...

Just lovely Tammie

xo

Jo

June said...

I LOVE your beautiful living room Tammy!!! I think the console and vase are perfect. And WOW do I love the coffee table!
Every time I think I can simplify, I find something else I want :) But it does sound serene.
sending hugs...

Mistea said...

Lovely new treasures. Nice to see your cosy living space too.

Dagmar said...

I love what you have done with the before and after!
just so lovely!

Willow said...

Such a beautiful, interesting living room!

Createology said...

Your home is lovely and very homey for comfortable family living. Your new acquisitions are beautiful. I love your lampshade with the crocheted edgings. Blissful living...

by Teresa said...

What a wonderfully exotic room.. I love it!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Mary said...

Love the new purchases, love your cozy, comfy room.
How about the gorgeous elephant......as you didn't take him home perhaps I need to come rescue him. What a talking point he'd be in my garden!!!!

Tell those dear boys they will understand decor better when they are older and have to plan out their own living spaces!

Hugs _ mary

Serena Lewis said...

Some nice bargains though it's a shame the store is closing. Your lounge room is full of interesting things! I dream of living in a tiny house/cottage one day. I've been doing a lot of reading lately about living a more simple life. Thanks for the link. :)

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Gorgeous room, Tammy!

Makes me want to take a nap on the comfy couch :)

S
xo

Preeti said...

That's very sad when I see such shops and craft shops closing but then you made some good deals. My husband too feels that we have so many things at home and I guess we use only 40% of all we have. He is suggesting to live a zen like lifestyle .... I said I am ok , I just need my yarns and my daughter said she is fine and that she just need her online games ( forget about books;))
I will read that article too.

Preeti said...

Your living room is lovely...your guests will never get bored sitting there...lots of stuff to see around:)

Betsy said...

Your room is so beautiful with lots of well loved pieces decorating it. We keep talking about getting rid of things so we can travel more when we retire. A great concept but I get emotionally attached to things and don't want to face saying goodbye to them.
Blessings,
Betsy

All4MeggyMoo said...

Oh I love your living room, mine is more minimul and yours looks so much warmer and homely! I often think that my plain soulless furniture is boring and would love a living room like yours, My husband hates clutter and I am slowly bringing in nicer furniture when his guard is down ;)

Lyn said...

I love clutter and my husband is a minimalist sowe have to compromise !
X

kathyinozarks said...

sorry about one of your favorite shops closing. that is always so sad.
we have too much stuff too-but I would miss it if I didn't have it-

Sangeetha said...

Wow, the shop was filled with some really beautiful stuff. Pity it has to close down. A lot of the stuff seems Indian. Glad you got some good items. Your home is beautiful - before, after and always. :)
Love

Mrs. Micawber said...

What a fascinating-looking shop with such exotic (to me) antiques!

Your room is lovely and looks full of loved items. I'll bet everything in it has a story to tell.

Have a good weekend!

La Tea Dah said...

How sad they are closing. What a beautiful antique shop --- so different than the Shabby Chic Americana in my favorite antique shop.

And I love, love, love your living room --- both the BEFORE and the AFTER!

Poppy said...

Hi Tammy,

The 'after' with the addition of your beautiful new console and vase, somehow seems lighter and brighter! This room definitely boasts character!

Poppy

Yarni Gras! said...

what lovely pieces. I for one like the way your room looks. To me, it is cozy and inviting....a place for everyone to sit!

Eugenia Maru said...

Hola! gracias por ir a mi blog. Como te respondía ahí, a veces la ventana de los comentarios se esconde detrás de la página principal, por lo que debes minimizarla. Por qué pasa esto? cuando lo descubra te cuento, jajaja.
besos

Pearlin J said...

Your home is so cosy n pretty Tammy. How are you?

Melanie said...

Sorry that one of your favorite shops is closing, but lucky for you that you got 30% off those lovely antiques! I was just reading through the comments on Jane's blog (Blondie's Journals) and saw your comment about flying into O'Hare and staying in Schaumburg. Really?! Next time you do so, we MUST meet up! I am only 40 minutes from Schaumburg. :-)

Bead and Needle said...

I don't know, Tammy - T think your room is pretty PERFECT! And, you made just the right right purchases, too!!!! LOVE BOTH of those tables - and the vase. Sorry about the store closing - happy for your finds, though! Happy Saturday - Tanya

Pradeepa said...

I love your living room Tammy. What treasures you have! You sure must be taking awfully lot of pains to keep them all dust free, especially during those dust storms.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love the new look Tammy, I think the shutter table is beautiful!!

Kathleen said...

Shame your local antiques shop is closing down but you got some great buys! Your living room looks smashing - so much brighter and spacious. Plenty of room for all your lovely things and family too!

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