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I did an earlier post about the popularity of barn sales here, and one of my favorites is Ekster’s barn sale in Hamilton Va. They were open this past weekend and I went with a few friends. It was four of us total, so we took 2 vehicles (which is a good thing we did because I needed both to bring back my purchases! Ha!) All of us have recently purchased or are in the process of purchasing new homes, so it was fun to help each other with design ideas.
Ekster Antiques is owned & operated by Caroline Verscoor and Jon-Paul Saunier. You can read all about them & their fabulous barn sales here

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Loved this cute cherub fountain! I have a thing for cherubs (or putti), I will do a post on that later!

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She always has a great selection of reclaimed wood tables & chairs (sorry for the bad pics, I’m still using my i phone!)

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My friend Wendy bought this table…don’t you just love the iron base??

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So many interesting cabinet choices

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Coffee tables, chests, console tables

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Loved this Demi lune table! And Zebra hide

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This one came home with me :)

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Chandeliers

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Artifacts

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An instant collection of coral & shells

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Architectural pieces

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Chairs

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Even a Mora clock! (drooling)

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A few more of my purchases…I had to have the cute rusty bench!

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And sweet Miss Caroline behind the check out desk. Ahhhhh…..so much fun & it was a gorgeous day (we went this past Sat)
If you haven’t been to one of her sales, you must go!

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The bench went in my basement as you come in from the garage, I still need to hang art or a mirror

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The table also went in my basement between two Ikea chairs (notice the cherub on the table) LOL

Any barn sales in your neck of the woods? Id love to hear about them!

H~

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Hi everyone, I know i haven’t posted in quite a while. I’ve been catching up on other blogs & just taking a small break from it. I did purchase a few new things for my house & thought I should share them with you. Remember the sofa in my living room?

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Although its a beautiful velvet, I never really loved how dark it is & have been wanting to get a light slipcovered one. I plan on using this room a lot for reading & blogging when the hubs has the tv on in the family room. I can’t concentrate with all that noise in the background! So I also want something deeper that I can curl up on. I looked at every slipcovered sofa I could find and decided on this one from Restoration Hardware

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The Belgian track arm in the natural colored linen (which is a creamy white). One of the things I was concerned with as far as the RH slipcovered sofas are concerned is that the seat cushion tends to look a bit too “sloppy” for my taste so I opted out of the down fill on this one & went with the standard cushions…I happened to see one at the outlets with the standard fill & it looked more normal. Let’s hope I like it! Too bad they didn’t have one in the fabric I wanted….would have saved me ALOT of money!
I also decided to order two slipcovered chairs for the head of my dining room table to pull some of the lighter feel up there

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Since the two rooms are so open to each other, I thought it would tie them together nicely. I ordered the slipcovered track arm chairs in the same fabric

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While I was at it, we needed a new desk for Jays office. He started working from home about 8 months ago & so when we moved into this house I knew the office space would end up being his :(
I was used to having the office for myself, its where I paid bills,worked on payroll, etc. But for the most part it was just “pretty”. Now it has to be “pretty” & functional (for both of us) so I figured the French partners desk would be a good choice

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There are drawers on both sides so he has his space & I have mine. This has already been delivered since it was not a custom order & it is working out great. I guess I should show you a glimpse of the office “before” & where it’s at now, although its far from finished.

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Don’t you love the wallpaper & window treatments? No worries it did not take me long to get rid of both! Here is what it looks like now

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The lantern is from Wisteria.The large chair isn’t staying, I’m thinking about a comfy chaise..maybe something like this

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Except with the arm on the other side. Im liking the darker fabric in here though, so i dont know yet, gonna keep looking. It has to be something comfy because this is where the dogs hang out all day while daddy works! Plus i love to curl up here as well, esp in the summer months where i get a perfect view of the pool & pond. We also need to get a pair of desk chairs…matching or his & hers???

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I am forced to use this stool for now…how pitiful!

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I’m only showing you the top half of my built ins..the bottom half is still a mess!

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I promise to post pics when the new pieces come in. Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. It’s a rainy cold Sunday here in Va so we are having a lazy day :)

H~

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