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store love – urban prairie

store love – urban prairie

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016

In July, I did a quick road trip in Southern Alberta with my Mom and made a stop in Lethbridge.  I was really excited to visit Urban Prairie and the store did not disappoint. Check out these industrial shelves loaded with an assortment of great finds Sweet birdies A collection of wonderful pieces for your kitchen I love this ladder displaying various items by colour and type of finish The basement of the shop is full of wonderful items as well, like these enormous antlers More pyrex! A few Medalta crocks This spinning wheel would be a fantastic addition to a knitting store or my Mom’s sewing room The galvanized tub is identical to one I have and the automobile parts display had just the right amount of wear and tear. If you love antiques and vintage items, then I definitely recommend a drive down to Lethbridge and a visit to Urban Prairie.  Just follow their Instagram to see recent additions to the store and ogle...

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store love – the house of proust antiques

store love – the house of proust antiques

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

While visiting Okotoks this summer, I stopped into The House of Proust Antiques (2 Clark Ave, Okotoks AB) for the first time. The building was previously known as St. Peter’s Anglican Church and now houses a great antique shop. The interior is still open and instead of pews, there is a wonderful selection of furniture, lighting and unique accessories. Look at those great portraits on the wall! I love the original windows in the space. This cabinet is so lovely and is topped by a collection of vintage bottles.  I’ve been slowly buying glassware to store all my pantry supplies and I think I need to go back and pick up a few more for myself. A selection of items to dress up and use in your kitchen. A spinning wheel sits on top of a perfectly weathered farmhouse table. I keep spotting metal picnic baskets everywhere and wish I had room at my place for a few. I really love when a store creates a collection of similar items and these telephones look great. Definitely stop by The House of Proust Antiques the next time you are in Okotoks.  I also highly recommend lunch at The Heartland Cafe (another converted church) which is just down the street.  If you need more of an antique fix while stopping in Okotoks, then see my previous posts on Cozy...

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store love – mid-century antiques

store love – mid-century antiques

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

On a recent trip to Nanton, I was finally able to visit Mid-Century Antiques.  They’re open weekends and then by chance during the week which is why I haven’t been able to stop in before. The store has two floors and is full of wonderful mid-century modern pieces plus lots of other vintage finds. Check out these fabulous lamps A wonderful collection of cocktail shakers I think chip and dip bowls are making a comeback Colourful glassware lines the walls Amazing lights Eames airport benches proudly sit in the front window There is an amazing amount of SPARA West German pottery in the store.  The owner purchased stock when a factory closed and the second floor is full of racks.  I see a lot of West German pottery popping up on Instagram, blog posts, etc. and this is certainly a store to visit for a collector. I will definitely make sure I time my next visit to Nanton when Mid-Century Antiques is open.  It’s such a great town full of so many antique shops.  You can see my previous posts on Lost Ark Antiques and Sentimental Journey.  ...

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store love – 3 mile antique mall

store love – 3 mile antique mall

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

As we were leaving Bonners Ferry, Idaho, last month we made a quick stop at the 3 Mile Antique Mall. I love when antique stores have an outdoor area you can pick through.  The pieces just get better and better as they’re exposed to the sun and rain (in my opinion). A rusty anchor and a spittoon side by side. A basket of wooden rolling pins.  A collection like this would be great in a rustic kitchen. My mom spent a lot of time digging through the fabric. I love the blue glass on this washboard – very unusual. The colourful plastic children’s chairs would be perfect for a playroom. Vintage straw dispensers and a super cool milkshake mixer (BTW – I love when you order milkshakes and they give you a glass AND the metal cup). That’s it for my posts on all the fabulous antique stores I visited during my trip.  My next post will feature all my fantastic...

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store love – tra vigne

store love – tra vigne

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015

During our road trip last month, we spent the night in Walla Walla, Washington and stopped by Tra Vigne.  The store is located on Main Street and it was a great find as it was pretty late in the day and almost everyone else was closing up. I love that wall sconce and just found something similar for a client. I looked past the items and was a bit more focused on the great wooden crates that were housing them. I loved these old children’s boxes and they would add some great colour to a nursery. A beautiful Underwood typewriter (and now will forever remind me of House of Cards) Pyrex and items for the kitchen – who can resist? Walla Walla, was a beautiful little town.  I really do wish we had more time to explore...

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store love – west elm

store love – west elm

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

West Elm has finally arrived in Calgary and can be found in Mount Royal Village (868 16th Ave SW).  Before the opening party last night, I took a tour of the space. The store is already set for Fall and is full of lovely textures. Furniture and accents in orange and horseradish appeared throughout the store. West Elm has committed to spending $35 million directly to artisans who use handcraft techniques.  The Linework Vases are from the Santo Tomas Potters. I loved the hampers and discovered they are handwoven using millet grass and recycled plastic threads Each West Elm location carries locally made and designed products. Prints from The Paper Lover. Rustic signs from Rural Creative. Coasters created out of construction salvage by Big City Designs. MTHARU created these steel and concrete planters. A collaboration with Fishs Eddy resulted in these gilded word side plates.  They would certainly dress up any table. I was gifted a great tote bag designed by the very talented Alison Hui of The Paper Lover.  I also picked up the two missing plates from the collection of Dapper Animal Plates I bought at the Seattle West Elm store and a matching set of tea towels. West Elm is a really great addition to Calgary and I am definitely looking forward to my next...

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