Little Cypress Tree Love

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When I decorate the shop I follow many of the same steps as I do with my clients or in my own home. It’s all about layering. So when the products were all out and displayed, I still needed that extra something to provide natural texture and a pop of color. I immediately turned to one my favorite holiday plants, the little green cypress tree.

If you’ve read through my blog, you may remember my post a few years ago about me and poinsettias. (you can read about it here…confessionsofapoinsettiakiller )

Not that I don’t love a beautiful Christmas red poinsettia, but they are temperamental little things!  And let’s be honest, if you do manage to keep them alive with leaves and everything still attached, who wants that thing hanging around in July?

The little green cypress tree rarely fails me…from the teeny tiny to the tall and stately, that gorgeous bright green brings holiday cheer both inside and out. Start with a couple of small ones for your table or mantle, then plant them outside as a great centerpiece for your planter.  I have two that graduated to the planters on each side of my front door and twinkling with little white lights as I type. 🙂

Below are a few favorites uses for cypress trees I found on Pinterest.

How cute are these two wrapped in simple brown kraft paper with a little red star? I love the height they provide to this dessert table.

Cypress Centerpiece BHG

Pure JOY. Love the creativity! Just think of all the possible options that can be used. Cypress JOY

This so simple, yet gorgeous. I particularly like the combination of the metallic shine with the rustic natural texture of the trees.

Cypress Mantle

It doesn’t get any sweeter than these three. Struggling for a centerpiece? Line up three little trees and you will love the way it looks! Add the red for the holidays and change it up after the new year. The bright green will help get you through the grey days of January!Cypress 3 red bows

The little green cypress tree. What’s not to love?

 

meet “Belle”

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I’ve been in the market for a well-used truck for awhile.  I needed a shop truck – something inexpensive to haul furniture and all of the other great “finds” I come across for BEACHGLASS. My car just isn’t big enough –  and when the Mister bought a new SUV this summer, I could tell right away his hauling days were over. He gives me a crazy look when I ask to go through the Starbucks drive through in his fancy new ride, so I knew my next rusty, dusty piece of potential was NEVER going to fly.

So I put the word out that I was looking for an old truck. You know, “grandpa’s truck” – far from new, but well loved and driven little.

Well about two weeks ago we found her. My dad spotted an old Chevy for sale in the neighbor’s yard out at the lake. A sweet little blue and white “cream puff” as he described it,  that had belonged to his parents.

Hmmm…didn’t sound like the tough chick vintage truck I imaged. You know, the kind of cool truck that has that look like it has stories to tell?  But with the price tag under $3,000.00 – it was more important that it didn’t provide the kind of stories that started with me on the side of road. Continue reading

meet Stephen

I’ve been meaning to write a post on this dresser for awhile now…but with all of the craziness of opening the new shop it just seemed to take a hit on the priority list. Poor thing, he really is pretty cool.

Most of the pieces painted with chalk paint have a layered look that looks amazing. I love that look as well, but sometimes a certain piece just seems to call for something different.

That was the case with this old maple dresser. We’ve all seen his guy around before…if you are like me, your brother maybe even had a bunk bed in the same style. So maybe it was a little of me reminiscing or just the influence of my all-male household…but this dresser needed to be painted more masculine.

Here is a photo of the dresser before:

Stephen before

 

But with this simple combination of FrogTape and chalk paint in OXFORD by Vintage Market & Design …

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look at him now!

Stephen dresser

 

Stephen is for sale at BEACHGLASS for $375.

Meet “Rucker”, the round table

As I started filling in the shop it was obvious I needed a round display table for the center of the space. I have this amazing industrial cart in my garage that is just begging for a cool round reclaimed top, but I just don’t have the time right now to track it down. It would be crazy cool…but it will have to wait patiently for the proper makeover.

But when I was down at Home Inspirations to start to pack up to move my space, I was chatting with another vendor friend that I needed a round table. A customer overheard and offered to sell me hers. “It’s solid, round …but it’s oak and really needs to be painted” was how she described it. Hmmm…I may just be able to do that!

We arranged the deal and on moving day swung by her place on Rucker Ave and picked it up. It was the perfect size, but she was right…it was that yellow colored OAK – that was just screaming for a makeover.

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chasing deliveries

Shipments are arriving nearly daily and it has been interesting trying to stay a step ahead of them. When I placed early orders I made sure they were shipped to our house since there was so much work to be done at the shop and I knew any inventory would just get in the way of  the remodeling progress. But as things have started to come together, I started directing deliveries to the shop address. Particularly, the large ones.

How has that worked? Pretty much as you would guess. If I’m at home – they arrive at the shop. If I’m at the shop…I come home to the front door blocked with boxes. It’s just the challenges of opening up a new shop, so luckily it’s an easy fix once I’m officially open for business.

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paint, lights & floors

Before we started unloading the truck on Friday, I had to take a quick photo of the shop.

Remember this place? This is a shot taken from the front door looking to the right side of the shop.

Shop before

Wow…what was I thinking?

But take a look now…

shop floor 1

This shot is taken from the opposite angle looking toward the front door. I think it’s my favorite “before and after” 🙂

A huge thank you to my friends and family for their help. My sister for helping paint over all that turquoise window trim, and Aaron, Jenny and Marcus for all of their help with the floor. Couldn’t have done without all of you…and I’m so grateful!!

And a special thank you to the Mister (aka Charles) painting, lights, floors, loading, unloading…the list is too long. I’m a lucky girl.

Moving Day!

Yesterday was moving day! It was such a big day and felt like we made a giant leap closer to getting the shop ready to open. I have been hunting, picking and buying display pieces all over the place, and was beginning to fear that I was going to have such an eclectic mix of items that it was going to look terrible! I often wake up in the middle of the night struck by a “what was I thinking?!!” moment so strong that it would kill any chance of getting any sleep.  I don’t do well with the unknown…have you caught on to that by now?  So it was a huge relief to get some of the major pieces in place and have it look as good as I hoped it would. WHEW!   Continue reading

VMD Paint Delivery!

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It is like Christmas around here! Nearly every day something arrives (or say they will and don’t show up a-hem UPS freight…not getting those seven hours of my life back).  Some deliveries are coming to the house and others that include larger items are getting shipped directly to the shop. It’s been a little crazy coordinating it all and I’m not sure I can squeeze one more box into our garage!

One of the most exciting for me has to be ALL of the paint….and there is a lot of it! Each day a few boxes arrive with the promise from the great guys at Vintage Market & Design of more to come. My postal delivery man finally had to ring the doorbell the other day and ask what in the world I was up to…and could he please leave the EIGHT more boxes down by the garage?  What?   No Postal Crossfit up my entry stairs?!  I think the poor guy has delivered over thirty paint boxes alone to my front door. So of course I let him of the hook without giving away the fact he was saving me the trip of lugging those heavy boxes back down to the garage anyway. 🙂      Continue reading

It’s official. I’ve found “my” paint!!

VMD Collage

If you have been reading my blog you know that I do a lot of painting…and I’ve used A LOT of paint. This paint-that paint, chalk paint, milk paint, this wax-that wax…I have certainly done my share of experimenting and as a result…formed some pretty strong opinions.

So when I started researching paint lines to carry in my own shop – it was tough. I knew I had to carry a quality product that was easy to use and I felt confident selling and also have it make sense from a business perspective. Basically, if I was going to invest thousands of dollars in a paint line, I wanted to LOVE working with it and LOVE teaching others how to use it too!

Believe it or not…that was not an easy task.

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Crazy…party of One? Crazy??

It’s official. I’ve hit crazy. Between trying to get the shop physically ready (paint, light fixtures, new floor) procure display fixtures, cash wrap and point of sale and make about 1000 decisions on product inventory…I’m certifiable.

Yep, that means people I can no longer be held accountable for my actions. The rambling on to myself…please just ignore it. The dark circles under my eyes from searching the internet at 3am…pretend you don’t see them.  When you see me in the grocery store just staring at the bananas…don’t interrupt me, I just had another “amazing idea” and I’ll most likely forget it when I move on to the grapes.

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