Saturday, June 18, 2016

Flea Market Flips

I. Love. This. Show.
Thrifting and flipping...right up my alley. Lara Spencer of HGTV is passionate about all things vintage and antique and is host to Flea Market Flip, a show in which contestants get $500 to score flea market finds they can buy, fix and flip for a profit. Lara, as well as her contestants each week, know how to spot a diamond in the ruff and transform it. Looking for a one-of-a kind piece, a vintage revival or just some inspiration? This show has that and more. 
Lara offers some basic tips to antique shopping:
*determine your style
*look for solid pieces
*check for labels
*take two trips through
*train your eye
*look for good bones, good lines and a classic shape
*you snooze, you lose
*keep on moving
*cash is king
*trust your gut
*grab it and go
*know the power of paint
*easiest flip...reupholstered chairs
*tell a story in your home
*buy things you love

I'm sharing some of my favorite internet flips with you including links to the before and afters and the creative eye behind each find. If you have the passion for junk and transforming trash into treasures you will surely feel the love for these flips.

You can read more about Lara Spencer here and you can find Flea Market Flip on HGTV. Check your local program guide for days and times.

"The best things in life are old, loved and rescued."

Friday, June 10, 2016

Deck The Walls

Shabby salvaged treasures for your cottage walls...
New items at Swede13 Cottage...stop in and browse a bit!

Happy treasure hunting...
enjoy the weekend.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Inspire Me

Pinterest never fails to leave me inspired when I type the word "art" into the search line. 
I created a board especially for all those inspirations which you can find here
I've also gathered a collection of my favorites to get your creative juices flowing 
or to just leave you awe inspired. 
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."  ~Degas

now go grab those brushes and get to work ;)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Let Freedom Ring

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing and blessed day 
in honor of those who have gone before us 
and those who currently serve...
protecting our great country and our freedoms. 
Please use my coupon code MEMORIAL20
in either of my two Etsy shops for 20% off your order.
Find time worn treasures and salvaged finds at Swede13 Cottage 
and modern cottage photography at Studio Swede13.

Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Your Cottage Library

Elegant vintage books bundled and ready for you...
Old book groupings are a hot commodity in my cottage shop. I scour old book stores, thrift shops and antique malls in search of a variety of colors and themes. Assorted ribbons, vintage keys, tags and beach decor adorn the tops of the bundles for added charm. If you have a specific color or look in mind, I am happy to create a custom bundle for you. Just send me a message through my Swede13 Cottage shop on Etsy. You may also click on each image below for a direct link. 
Thanks so much for being here today...

"One must always be careful of books and what's inside them, for words have the power to change us."
~ Cassandra Clare

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