Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Front and Center (My Hallway)

Lots of love to Nikki at Grand design co- she gave me a super sweet shout-out on her blog!  Wait 'til you see HER house! Also, mucho thanks to Brenda at  Cozy Little House as she featured my blog! Please go check out her wonderful blog!
Ok, kids, are you ready to see the other half of my hallway?  This is the wall opposite my front door, the huge coat rack, and the stack of suitcases.  My talented friend Melissa made the cute little picture frame (she knows I love me some numbers!)
This wooden rack has to be one of my all-time favorite/best scores!  (And a funny story, too.) I was at the local flea market a couple years ago with my nephew Alex, who was visiting from Arizona.  He was maybe 13 years old at the time, and whenever he comes to town, I call him my 'flea buddy' 'cause he loves to go and look for model cars he collects (used to), etc.  So I look down the aisle, and spy this shoe rack, and grab his arm (nearly squeezing him to death) and tell him I've always wanted one of these, I'm freaking out, but to be cool (even though I'M the one that needs to be cool!)  So we get to it, and it's a little rough, and not the greatest one I've ever seen, but hey, that's fine with me, and I ask the guy how much...drumroll please...and he says "how about 20 bucks?"  Well, I heard angels sing, and about passed out!!
So once I recover, I pay him, and we go to load it into my small SUV, and it won't fit!  Now what am I gonna do? Well, he asks where I live (about 15 minutes away) and he then OFFERS TO DELIVER IT! Having no choice, I give him my address, and as Alex and I left, I'm fretting "Will I ever see the guy again? He could just take my money and scram!" (Not that I cared as much about my 20 bucks as getting my great find!)  And Alex is just rolling his eyes and so amused that I'm getting worked up over this piece of 'junk'. It gets better...
We're at home waiting, and sure enough, the guy comes rolling in (I was so relieved) and this cute girl gets out of the passenger's side, and comes to the door...and we know each other!  She sets up at the flea all the time with gorgeous linens and vintage jewelry, and it turned out that she's friends with the guy who I bought the rack from!  We were laughing so hard because she said the whole way to my house she was giving him such a hard time about offering to deliver a $20 item!  But she was happy it was me, and I gave her a tour of the house.  And I've enjoyed this 'piece of junk' ever since! Just had to share that.
This is the next vignette in the hallway, which you can read about in a previous post here.  Our 'office' is off the hallway, so you see a little of the doorway leading into it.
The stairs are opposite the front door.  Two of the four pictures going up the wall are my  hubby's ancestors (his dad was gonna throw them out! in those gorgeous off-white frames!) and the other two I just found and added to the mix! I got the antiques sign at the flea market-it's painted on both sides and I think it's the real deal.
And finally, this is right before you go into the dining room, next to a hall closet.  I've grouped an old pillar with a birdcage on top, an old crusty gate, and a certificate from the 'College of Dentistry' from 1895!  I'll bet dentistry was a little different back then :)

Well, that completes my hall tour...hope you enjoyed it!  Have a wonderful night!
I'm linking to:   a delightsome life
                       faded charm
                       no minimalist here
                       from my front porch to yours
                       coloradolady
                       the brambleberry cottage
                       beyond the picket fence
                       katherines corner
                       have a daily cup of mrs. olsen
                       live laugh rowe
                       the charm of home
                       delightful order
                       french country cottage
                       my romantic home 
                       common ground
                       at the picket fence
                       rooted in thyme 
                       the shabby nest
                       maiden d'shade
                       stuff and nonsense
                       413 sparrow lane
                       homespun happenings
                       Southern Hospitality

64 comments:

  1. Love the wood rack and you really did get a deal girl!

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  2. Love everything! The pillar with the birdcage...the crusty rusty gate. Great frames. Everything comes together so well.

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  3. You really have some terrific finds...at great prices too! Love the white column and rusty gate.
    Mary Alice

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  4. Love your hallway... just as I've loved every other part of the tour so far! I cannot believe you got that rack for only $20... that's like a dream come true... usually happens at garage sales tho where people don't know what they have or don't realize that someone actually would pay money for something they consider junk!!

    Tania

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  5. This side of your hall is beautiful as well. My favorites are the framed pictures going up the stairs, the bird cage on the pillar, and the 'Antique 3/4 Mi' sign. Flea markets finds are the best!! Have a great day. ~ Jamie

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  6. Oh wow! loving that old rack! GREAT deal!! That McCormick sign had me at hello! That's our last name so we're always scouring for McCormick anything!! Your home is gorgeous and totally showcases your style! I'm loving this tour Susan!

    Polly

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  7. You turned some worn things into a great piece. You did an excellent job with the way your refinished and using them.Y ou never know who you will run into no mater where you go.

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  8. Beautiful! You did so good on the shoe rack, what a great story! Just love the way you put all of your treasures together!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  9. Love it!! Love the gate! Saw you on Treasure Hunt Thursday.

    Cynthia

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  10. You know, there is not a single thing in your house that I wouldn't love in my own home. I'm putting a link up here on my blog to give my readers something pretty to look at until I can get my home tour up. Thanks for commenting!

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  11. You have such a lovely home and so talented with your placement of antique items. Hopping by to say Hi. Visiting from Katherines Corner blog hop. I enjoy photography but yet to perfect that hobby. LOL I follow you as Kathy B. Please come visit when you can, your always Welcome. Http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

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  12. stopped by to check you out and love the hallway and the old pictures going up the steps and like the painted steps and the old gate , well I just like it all now don't I ?

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  13. First, I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment because if you haven't, I probably would not have found your lovely blog! OMGoodness, your home is a dream...I LOVE that gate!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

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  14. Your front entry and hallway are really beautiful. I love the wood rack and all the great antiques you have collected. I enjoyed seeing your collection. Blessings, Pamela

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  15. I love your blog. Happy to be a follower.

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  16. Thanks so much for linking up to LLR's linky par-tay. I love what I'm seeing... anything vintage and rustic, well, it kinda melts my heart. I would {love} to go flea market shopping with you ;)

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  17. LOVE that rack! One of those is at the top of my must have list - right along side a dress form like yours!!

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  18. Like it? I love it! So much texture and old junky goodness. Your story is too cute and all the signs make me swoon. Thanks for stopping over to Quirky Vistas to comment and follow. I'm now your newest follower!
    Liz

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  19. Your hallway is sooo interesting. So many neat things to see...love that...and it's wonderful that you have old family photos displayed.

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  20. Your hallway is fabulous! You put together such a wonderful mix of treasures.

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  21. Wow, you really have some cool finds - a great story - what a blessing he delivered and that you knew his companion! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday - I am now your newest follower,
    Kathy

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  22. Hi! I popped over from Grand Design -she just found you and had to point more of us in your direction! The photos on the stair wall are fantastic! Love that you added 2 more to known ancestors. Totally something I would do. :) Fabulous tour -glad you took the time.

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  23. Love all your treasures !!!! :) Francine

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  24. sooo beautiful!!!! I love your style!

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  25. Hi Susan!! What a sweet and wonderful comment you left for me! Thank you! Welcome to Blogland. :) You are going to make some wonderful friends here!
    I must say, I too, love your style! AND, your blog name is awesome!!!! I look forward to getting to know you better.:)
    xo,
    Karen

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  26. Absolutely lovely...every detail! I love the story about delivering the furniture, too funny! So glad you found us over At The Picket Fence and that you partied with us this week at Inspiration Friday! Welcome!

    Heather

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  27. Wow, your home is gorgeous!!! And I laughed so much at your flea market story! It sounds just like me when I spy something that I have been dying for and my oldest son looks at me like I'm a nut! :)
    I'm so glad you found my blog so I could find yours. It is just fabulous, and I'm your newest follower!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  28. I have heard the angels sing at times too!! That shelf is fabulous...your whole home is really precious. Enjoyed going back through your posts....welcome to blogging!

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  29. Great find! I love the rustic look.

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  30. Oh wow I love that wooden rack and everything on it!!! Beautiful!

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  31. I just love your home,and everything you collect.I just love the rack.I'm your newest follower.

    Kathy

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  32. Your hallway is lovely. You have some amazing vintage pieces and I am drooling over the ornate vintage frames. Beautiful!

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  33. I love your story on the shoe rack! lol!! Are you sure you're not related to me?? LOVE your STYLE....such a GREAT MIX and put together EYE CATCHING! Youcan notice your FANTASTIC FINDS! I also LOVE the VINTAGE items because most are MADE IN USA!! From one sweetie to another....Roxie

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  34. Thanks so much for linking up to TA-DA TUESDAY! This is great! I love all of the layers and beautiful vintage elements! JEALOUS!
    ~Misty
    413 Sparrow Lane

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  35. Love the col.umn and gate by your stairway! I popped on over from Brenda's Cozy Little House. I love your blog banner. I'm going to take a look around but I already know I'd love to follow along.

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  36. Susan I would be in heaven walking thru your gorgeous home! Thanx for sharing a small glimpse of it at THT! Hope you have a fab weekend.

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  37. Susan! Thanks for your visit to my blog! I am so glad you did as I am thrilled to have found yours!! You have style!! LOVE IT!! Can't wait to read through and see the rest of your gorgeous home, and all of your wonderful treasures! I am now following along (and you're going on my blog roll, don't want to miss a thing!! :)
    Maria

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  38. I LUV that wooden rack. Great hallway. Thanks for finding my blog, so I could find yours. Following you back.

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  39. Wow, you have some amazing finds and I love the way you have displayed everything! Your wooden rack... love it and what a steal! (Visiting from Cozy Little House... look forward to reading some more!)

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  40. Oh I just loved your tour and your story of the old shoe rack--great buy by the way! Thank you so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  41. I'm following along now too. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

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  42. $20 - you're amazing!

    Free deliver - you're a rock star!

    Love it and all your fabulous finds on that great shoe rack!
    Kelly

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  43. I love that story about the shoe rack. What a great deal! I think that needs to be the next hunt I go on. Such a great piece.
    Your home is fantastic, by the way. :)

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  44. Absolutely brilliant, I love your style and the way you put everything together is just perfect. CJ

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  45. Too fun...LOVE the story and the shelf...you lucky girl :) Laurel

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  46. Girl your hall is right up my alley. Love, love it! The rack is wonderful and what a steal. I have a pillar in my entry and oh how jealous am I of your metal gate piece. your pillar is more ornate than mine. Mine is just round, but still love it. Yours is a real beauty. Love othe old pictures and well let's just say I love it all. lol! Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. I love numbers too!

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  47. Thank you for dropping by my blog and following me, I have returned the gesture :) Hope you come back and visit again.

    Lee ☺

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  48. Yikes Susan!! this is fantastic...LOVE it and your entire hallway! thanks for linking up, I'll be sharing this on Vintage Inspiration tomorrow!

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  49. Fantastic find!! Love the shoe rack display and everything really! I will feature tomorrow on Home Sweet Home! Love your blog too. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  50. Hi Susan, I just wanted to hop over and let you know that I will be featuring this fantastic post on Share Your Cup later today.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  51. Just found your blog through a linky party and have to say that everything in your house is so inspired. I just became your newest follower and will add you to my blog list so I don't miss a thing.

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  52. What a lovely, inviting home! I am really impressed with your entry hall piece and how you've displayed your treasures. And I love those photos going up the stairs!

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  53. first time visiting your blog, I love it all! Off to read more of your posts, I love that map I see

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  54. Hello Susan! Found you from Common Ground blog! I love your style! I'm adding you to my sidebar!
    tot

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  55. Wow! I just LOVE your gorgeous home! (and there is not a piece of junk insight!) You have such a creative flair for displaying all your beautiful pieces. Thanks so much for linking last week, I'm following you and I hope you link this post as well. Just gorgeous!
    Patti

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  56. That is one fabulous shoe rack! I love that rusty gate and the ancestors pictures up the staircase. You do a great job with the vignettes.

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  57. Love your home and the antiques are divine! You got a sweet deal for the shoe rack, $20.00 (including the delivery).

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  58. I'm a little jealous when I see a home with staircase because there's something about stairs that makes a place seem larger to me. :)

    Arrielle P

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