Thursday, December 9, 2010

Junk Salvation Giveaways - 9 days of great giveaways!!!

This is  so much fun!!! Junk Salvation - The Funky Junk Sista's are having a giveaway!!!
You can finish some of your shopping or get some goodies for yourself. Head on over to their blog
and check out all of the loverlies that are being offered. There are three folks offering up bounty today!!

This is what I am offering today - This is to cute - french chic - Foo-Foo and holds alot of great Christmas goodies. They are made of sturdy canvas, hand-stenciled and topped off with feathery maribou.

If you don't win --booo --- but you would like one or more for your very own - I have them and the next two styles for just $20.00 including postage - I can have them to you quick, quick - so Santa has plenty of time to fill them up. Just leave me a message.

 Hand stenciled with vintage fabric top.
Ooh La La - Maribou, Vintage Black Velvet Rose and Tulle.

Now get on over there and win something!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!! White Christmas??

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I would love to show you pictures of our wonderful feast and the people that we shared it with but I was not quick enough to capture pictures of our mountain of food....and let's face it, pictures of people sleeping with their pants unbuttoned.... is well, just not appetizing.
It has been snowing here all day. It feels more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.
Unfortunently, you can't see how pretty the snow is in the light - it glitters.
Mother Nature is certainly going to give us a White Christmas here in Spokane.

I decided to do a bit of crafting in this chilly weather - 13 below last night.
I love glitter - not a secret. I found a lovely snowman that needed a little lift, so out came some of goodies and I dressed her and her little gal - yes, I made her into a Snow Lady - She is ready for Black Friday Shopping.

I don't think that it necessarily has to be a white Christmas only - do you?

Stop by the store on Black Friday. It is warm inside with lots of Christmas gifts and decor. We also will have drinks to warm you up and goodies to keep your shopping energy up.

I have a set of two of these chairs. I am not quite done with recovering them but they should be available in a day or so.
Do you think I should stencil them?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Farm Chicks and All that Glitter

Just got back from the All that Glitter open house. I have never actually gotten inside of this little shop but have longingly peered through the windows many times. It did not disappoint. The entire place, although smaller is impeccably decorated with to die for goodies. There are beautiful vignettes and original, handmade treasures everywhere you look. I was amazed at the detail and the, well, glitter. Anyone that knows me knows I love me some glitter. I have almost crashed my car looking at my engagement ring in the sunshine.
That being said, these ladies did not disappoint - even glittering cookies.

There were dreamy Christmas ideas and gifts as well.
I also got to meet Serena from Farm Chicks fame. I came around a display and she smiled her great smile and I acted like I just met the queen. ...well, the queen of junk anyway. She was very gracious and allowed me to snap a picture with her.

I immediately fled the scene. A small scene, but a scene never the less. I was excited to finally get to meet Serena in person. After retrieving my MAN from the car - you would think after 10 years he would be used to my embarrassing antics - we went and visited the festively decorated This Old House.
They also had gorgeous displays and great treats.

Both shops will be open tomorrow and have wonderful selections of Seasonal Decor and Gift Ideas.
After checking them out - come by and see what we have in store at Orphaned Decor.

Happy Holidays Girls!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vintage Ritters Sale this weekend!!

Mark your calendars for a great sale that is coming up this weekend. Vintage Sale at Ritters Green House - 10120 N. Division, Spokane. Saturday November 6th - 9AM to 6 PM and Sunday November 7th - 10AM to 5:30 PM.
There are going to be over 27 vintage vendors, handmade goodies, great Christmas decor and gifts, delish food and drinks and alot more.
We will be there with some special finds we saved just for the show. We have also been working on some gorgeous French Inspired, one of a kind, Christmas stockings and decor.
The shop will also be open for exploring. Please come by either the show or shop and find yourself some special treats.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How do you find all of this great stuff?? We go pickin'!!

.People ask us all the time, "Where do you find all of this great stuff?" I usually tell them that I shop all of the time and that I am lucky to have a husband that does demolition and we find great stuff left behind. What I usually don't tell them is exactly where or in what condition we find things in.
It is hard for me to leave anything with any potential at all behind.....which means, I drag home almost everything. Call the Hoarders Show now.
I also hear all the time about how my customers would like to have a store like ours. What they don't know is that it is not as glamorous as they might think. But, I love what I do and know that I am blessed to get to dig through the barns and deserated places to find previously adored orphans.
It is like a treasure hunt everything single time we got out. Sometimes we find gold... sometimes just fools gold.
My hubby says that we should use before and after pics for our tags...that way our customers will know from which there orphan came...everyone loves the story. I am sometimes afraid that if my customers actually knew...they may not take anything
Here are some pictures of our last Pickin' adventure.
It is usually a nice , long drive in the country with some great scenery.

And then you just get to it. Scouting out the overall pickins and then going through all of the piles for smaller goodies.

Look at that gorgeous carving on the back.

This chippy beauty is already sold.
Now over to the house and other out buildings.

The shelf and cute little black and white cart have also been adopted.

This is my sweety. He loves searching for treasure as much as I do.
Is that chicken....ummm, yes it is. It cleaned up mighty nice though and is ready for a new home.

So there you go...the glamorous life of a junk junky.
By the way, you can see some of the things that I found at the Ritter's Vintage Sale!!
November 6th and 7th.
Over 26 Vendors with great vintage and one of kind handmade gifts, furniture and home goods!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

We have been busy, busy.

It has been a crazy time. Autumn seems to be a busy time for vintage lover's!! Not complaining. We have been working hard to bring some great goodies to the store. We started out with this cute little desk that needed some lovin.

After alot of sanding, we ended up leaving the top natural and just covered it with some poly. It turned out so cute and is ready for a new home.
Please forgive the terrible setting. This is in the workroom.

I  love to see what customers do with the pieces that they choose from us. Recently a wonderfully talented photographer came by to see what we might have for props. He bought a Paris, chic hatbox. I thought, what a nice added something to a glamour photo...boy did I underestimate.
Let me show you the wonderful work he did with it. 
The gorgeous head was not included.
Gary Peterson happens to be the best Wedding Photographer in the area - obviously, he is also very talented as a fashion photographer.
You can take a look at this other amazing work at

We also have been working on goodies for some upcoming shows. We will have some updates and peeks very soon.
By the way... come by tomorrow and mention our hatbox photo and get 10% off your purchase.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It was a great show!!

The Two Women Show was great fun. The farm is gorgeous, the weather was perfect and the shoppers were happy. This was the perfect show for us. We had alot of great folks that came out to support all of the vendors. There was live music and the most unbelievably, delish homemade pie. I think over the two day show I ate at least half of one myself.

Here are a few pics of our booth. We didn't really have alot of time to take pictures - we basically got cleaned out the first couple of hours and I sent my junk hunk back to the store to pick up more goodies!!

I am ashamed to say that we didn't really get alot of pictures of the other great booths.

At first I went with the French Country look - but by the end of show we went with whatever we could find to fill the space. I learned an important lesson about what sells at the shows and how much more I need to prepare.
Much of the time there were so many people in our booth that it was tricky to help folks...which was nice.

The entire farm was gorgeously - it that a word - decorated with fall color. It was a perfect weekend.
The Two Women are having a Christmas sale....I think I may just have to spend some time with them again.
They have a great little shop on the back of the farm with vintage goodies, handmade jewelry and lots of terrific gifts. Stop by on the weekend and check it out.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

On with the Show!!! Two Women Show in Spangle, WA!!

I am so excited to say that I am going to be doing my very first vintage sale!!! I had the pleasure of meeting two of the sweetest souls - Dianna and Fielding Chelf. These two women were gracious enough to take time from their busy schedule to visit my little shop.
Dianna and Fielding put on the Two Women Art and Antique Show in Spangle, WA - twice a year. The fall show this year will be held September 11th 10am - 6pm and September 12th 10am - 4pm. There is live entertainment - Irish Dancers and the Wylie Family Band, Great Food and lots of wonderful vendors.
It is never too early to start your holiday shopping! This is wonderful fun for the whole family and is just a few minutes from downtown Spokane.
Come on out and enjoy some autumn, country air and fun!!
Click on the link at the right to take you to the Two Women Page for more information.

I will be showing some sneak peeks of what you can expect from Orphaned Decor in the next few days....also, let you take a look at what the outside of our building is shaping up to be.....stay tuned.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Judge a Book/Building by it's Cover?

The first of July, I will have been in my little store for a year. I have special things planned for my anniversary...but more about that later.
When you open a shop, there are many things to consider, size, traffic and mostly location, location, location.
I live in the neighborhood that our shop is located in. I love the neighborhood. A mix of older homes and neighborhood businesses. Nice lawns and gorgeous old buildings and homes. Growing up in the neighborhood, our shop was a square dance store for years and years. Gorgeous costumes and crinolines were everywhere.
The building that houses our little shop is on a corner, which is nice for parking and lots of room for me to be able to set goodies outside to entice customers to come inside and visit. Sometimes my girls (customers) will playfully curse me because I have put some sweet something outside that they just couldn't drive past. I also hear about how their car just swings around the corner when they try to drive by.
I also hear several times every single day..."I have driven past your store forever and today I decided to stop." Or " I drive by here all the time and I JUST saw your store." They are surprised when I tell them that I have been here for a year!! I hear how the inside of the store is so much nicer than they thought it would be. I always feel complimented when I hear that.
Last week I was across the street and looked back at our shop...It was more than sad. I guess what they say about love being blind is true. For one moment I saw the shop as others must see it. It is a cute little, non descript building with a god AWFUL paint job. The large area in the front where I thought I didn't really need a sign...well, I do. Nothing about the place says...please stop and visit.
I have over 35,000 cars drive by a day. I need to make the outside reflect all of the hard work that I do on the inside to make special things for my customers.
So being that I just renewed my lease for another year, I am changing things up.
Inside and out. I am adding additional sales space in the downstairs area....and well... you won't recognize the little building in just a few days.
Now, I am ashamed to say...this is what it looks like now....

Please visit in a few days to see the AFTER.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Farm Chicks Sale!!

Everyone in junk land knows that the best show ever is taking place this weekend in Spokane. I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the legandary Farm Chicks Show. However, with everything going on with family and life in general - I was not able to participate in the festivities at the Fairgrounds. That isn't going to stop us having a great time though at Orphaned Decor. After you stop by and visit all the wonderful vendors at the fairgrounds, stop by and visit Orphaned Decor for more vintage, handmade and handpainted goodies. We have brought in some gorgeous new goodies and have Farm Chick inspired displays. The best things are that we have free close parking, free refreshments and if you mention this posting - you get 15% off your entire purchase. We are located just 5 minutes from the fairgrounds at 2030 N. Hamilton.

1. Head north on N Havana St/Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds toward E Olive Ave
Continue to follow N Havana St 0.8 mi
2. Turn left at E Mission Ave 2.3 mi
3. Turn right at N Hamilton St
Destination will be on the right

I hope to see some of your great finds and meet some new friends!!! Come and relax, shop, eat, drink and be merry!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Is black the new black???

I have beem away from blogging but have been reading all of your blogs faithfully. My mom has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and we are ralling as a family to provide care and support. Please keep my parents in your prayers.

Now I will admit that I am a die hard, shabby chic, white loving alot of you out there. But, that beautiful black is starting to really grow one me. The more I see and do for my customers...the more I like it.
It is funny, some pieces just scream, " I want to be white!!" or "I must be black!!" Don't act like I am crazy know you hear it too!! Lately, more pieces are aching to be ebony.
I was lucky enough to get some good pickin's from one of my Junk hunks demolition jobs. I brought home a great salvaged cabinet. It was first rescued from a school house and then from this old farm.
It is sturdy and dirty...just they way I like 'em. I cleaned him up and gave him a new coat of black beauty and....well, you be the judge.

This would be perfect in any room that needs extra storage. Who can't use extra storage??

I also love the French Apartment look. I know, I am always a little late when it comes to next big thing. I decided to try my hand at some of the great stenciling that I have drolled over on other blogs.
First up, this cute little pair of chairs. They had great lines and the gal that I got them from said she paid over $60.00 a yard for the ugly fabric that was on them...pssst....they saw her coming.
I think they turned out pretty cute.

I even cut my own stencil... which I will doing alot more of. It is very easy.

Of course, after the success of the Paris chairs - I went stencil crazy...running around stenciling anything that didn't move. I know you that you have done this too....right? You have done this before...right?

This is a sturdy, old waterfall dresser that had seen better days. Now she is gorgeous and ready for a new French home.

And last but not least, I decided to jump on the number train. I love all of the numbered pieces of furniture and decor. I had again, a sturdy but dirty chair that needed rescuing. I painted it black and free-handed a loverly No. 5 on the back. Why 5? I like the way it looks...just that simple.

I really love that classy, sophisticated black look. Kind of all growed up. Maybe, black is the new black?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Finally back and Thankful.

It has been awhile since I have posted. It has been an interesting time. No matter how well we seem to plan, life continues to throw us the curve balls.
It is amazing how I take some things for granted...for instance, health. Not only the health of myself but the health of the people that surround me. I guess maybe, that is why life does shake you make you appreciate what you have and to continue to remind you to plan...and to slow down.
Recently, my parents have gotten old. I say recently, because it seemed to happen all of a least that is the way that it seems. I am not sure exactly when or how it happened. Silly sounding, I know. It makes me wonder if I was just too wound up in my business and work to notice or if I was just in denial.
My dad has had health issues for a long time but always still seemed happy and strong. He is still happy but is frail and can't help with my mom's ever increasing needs. She has always cared for him and now can barely walk. They need 24 hour help. It has been an awaking of sorts. They are getting older and so I am....hmmm.
I have always been in good health. A couple of weeks ago, I started to feel under the weather. I thought that I had the flu that everyone else in the world seem to have. I ended up having to have emergency surgery. I have always been one of those people that just worked through it...but it didn't work this made me feel a bit vulnerable and fragile.
I am fine now and my folks seem to be doing a bit better too...but it is eye opening and I will do my best not to take anything for granted.
One of the things that I will not take for granted is my family, the people that I care about.
Time marches on no matter what is happening. Winter becomes spring - things come and go - my business continues.
Despite all the things that have happened in my life, my shop is thriving!! That is a wonderful thing. I have gotten wonderful support from the amazing folks that stop by the shop and by friends and family that helped me through.
Thank you to all of you.
That being said....we have some been shopping and adding to the goodies in the store as fast as we can possibly can.
I am usually good about not taking things home from the shop but this is one of things that I am lusting after.
It has already been sold!

It is a gorgeous, antique buffet that my Junk Hunk refinished in a beautiful black. It is so elegant and solid walnut. I love the original hardware that he was able to reuse. I think it would look perfect in my dining room. I have a feeling however, that it won't last that long.

Here is another picture...I just love this.

I also have another new addition that I certainly will keep for my own.

This is my new grandson. He was born Saturday. His name at this moment is "Baby". I am hoping that he will have a proper name before he starts pre-school.
And so life goes on. Please forgive my rambling and absence. Come by and visit if you are in the area. We have new goodies and gossip almost every day.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Story of Sleeping Beauty

It as been warm here for the last two weeks. At least warm for here - in the 50's last week. This time last year we had record snow fall. My wishing for spring may be working.
Since it has been so nice, things have been incredibly busy at the shop. It has also given us a chance to do some painting.
Last week we found the sweetest, antique full size bed. It was in beautiful condition except for the finish. It is the kind with all of the romantic embellishments and the curved footboard. I love the look of these beds. They are so feminine.
The person that gave it up had had it for about 50 years and she bought it from an antique shop.
We tried to salvage the original finish but it just wasn't salavable...sooo.... out came the primer and the creamy cottage white paint. She now is ready for a new home.
This bed is beautiful. I would put it in my guest room if I could get it up the stairs. I have one of those great old homes that have the cute little rooms upstairs. Unfortunently, you have to scale a very curvy set of stair to get there.
Here are some pictures of this "Sleeping Beauty". I could stay in this bed all day.

This is a close up of the graceful headboard.

Lovin' that curvy footboard.

I am working on finishing up on a curvy dresser shown in a previous post that will
match this bed perfectly. I love when a plan comes together.

I also am working on lots of girlie, pink goodies to go along with this Sleeping Beauty.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

And the winner is!!!

It has been so, so busy at the store. It is a wonderful problem to have. We have been moving things and out so quickly. We have been shopping, painting, arranging and starting all over again.
My sweet chaise has found a new home...I am sad to see her go....but a sweet woman bought it for her sister as a surprise gift. She will undoubtedly be loved and cared for, for many years to come.
I have been working on some crafty goodies when I have time to add to the shop. I have always loved the crocheted rag rugs, so decided to try my hand at one.

I used some vintage fabrics and think it turned out pretty well. These are wonderful because they are completely machine washable and so soft but heavy duty.
I am working on some other's with the shabby chic colors. I am happy to take orders for these pretties as well. Cost is only $38.00 plus postage if you would like one for your home.

Even though I love white and pink - I love the simplicity and sophistication of black. We have added some wonderful black pieces to the store.

This is the sweetest, little vintage vanity. It has the arms that you can add fabric to, to make a skirt. It also has shelves to display your fab high heels. We painted it Paris chic black and added a mirror to the top....and wouldn't you sold before I could finish the display.
I also tried my hand at adding some vintage chic to some of my smaller orphans. I love the vintage sheet music look and thought I would try it out.

I am not great at photography but tried to give you a close up look. I am also not as talented as many of the talented artists out there but thought they turned out pretty cute. I think they will easily find new homes.
My jun

My junk hunk took on a bigger project. I love the look of this solid maple china hutch in chic black.

This pretty gal was a little sad looking and outdated, but she had great lines and the nicest plate rail....a little make up was all it took to bring out her natural beauty again.

A great place to display your ironware or some hot red dishes for Valentines decor.

Now for the announcement you have all been waiting for. I wish I had something for everyone that left a kind comment, signed up to be a follower or sweet enough to tell their friends about my blog. It was so excited for me to sign in everyday...many times a day...and see more folks and more kind words.
The lucky winner of the drawing is Dixie of French Lique!!! She has a wonderful blog and is a kind soul.

Thanks again to everyone for playing along. Please continue to stop by. I will have to have another giveaway soon!!! It is just too much fun!!!!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Blame it on the Snow!

I wish I could blame my not blogging yesterday on the snow...but I really can't. So back to our giveaway!!
We got just skiff of snow today and then a whole lot of freezing rain. It was a bit like a skating rink everywhere. But that did not stop the pink ladies from coming out in droves. I love when a group of girls come in and shop together. They have such a good time and it just makes me happy to listen to them and meet them. By the time many of them leave I feel like we have been friends for years. I have been racing to try to keep up with things flying out of the store. It is a good problem to have but it is challenging.
Today, a gorgeous, antique vanity was adopted before I even had it put back together. A loving grandma snatched it up for her grandchild. She and my hubby had it loaded into her car before I could snap a picture of it. I also found homes for big, antique dresser with mirror, a vintage table and chairs, a pair of upolsterd chairs, a antique record cabinet and lots more...I have lots of space to play and lots to paint...yeeks!!
I love finding homes for older pieces. I love that other's can see the beauty and character of the previously adored.
I am starting to put out some of my Valentine goodies. I love to decorate for Valentine's Day...probably because I love pink.
I chose this little loverly to add to the giveaway trove.

I couldn't get a great picture of this pretty little heart. It is covered with lots of glitter and has the cutest little cherub on the other side...I could not get it to turn out at all. You will have to believe me when I tell you it is sooo adorable.
I am also going to include a hand poured candle made by the most wonderul candle maker named Valerie. She uses re-purposed containers and soy/palm oil for long, burning, delishious smelling candles. She does alot of different fragrances but including lots of whites and pinks especially for my shop. I love opening the door in the morning - it smells like heaven.

I have lots of new goodies coming in - furniture, jewerly and more candles and soaps perfect for your Valentines sweety.

Tune it tomorrow for more peaks.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's a balmy 20 degrees - But it's time for Show and Tell.

Today I am joining in with My Romantic Home for Friday Show and Tell. I absolutely love her blog and the gorgeous blue hues of her home make me swoon.
I tune everyday to what new beautiful things she is going to share...I want to "play house" in her house.

Today I want to share a new collection that I decided to start...well, I am not sure that I can call it a collection yet. You see I found the prettiest, vintage cake topper at a yard sale this summer. The woman that was selling said it was her mom's. Her mom was married in 1960. I am not sure why she was selling seems like something that you would want to save. I could not pass it up. It is like new and so beautiful and pink.

I bought it and brought it home. I have been on the lookout for far I have only found a couple of ring bearer pillows but I will keep looking. I love the hunt.

The next thing I have to show is something I actually found. I got this piece for just the hauling. It is not as pretty as it could be but I think it has potential.
Hopefully, I will be able to use it for show and tell next week...looking pretty.

I think I am going to use this in my dining room after it is done.
Head on over to My Romantic Home for other great Show and Tell goodies.

If you would like to enter my giveaway - please feel free to leave a comment on the posting a couple of days ago.
Thanks for stopping by.