Sunday, January 16, 2011

Suddenly I See...

A very sweet customer happened to be at Country Roads while I was there

on Thursday asked if I would do a post about my sense of style.

this how my love for vintage began...

when I was twenty eight I took a trip to Las Vegas
and met one of my dearest friends who is a celebrity
bodyguard. Finding out that he lived in Los Angeles and I
Orange County we decided to stay in contact after my return
He had traveled the world and had such a great sense of style
you know how refined the taste of an Englishman is!

One day he phoned asking if I would like to go to a wonderful
flea market on Melrose Ave. I said "whats a flea market?"
He replied " its a place where you will catch a lot of fleas"
I said "ewww why would I go?" he replied "trust me you will
love it" and he was right I was in LOVE...

my style is simply based on what I love,

what speaks to me when I am out

I buy nothing I would not put in my own home.

I do have a masculine sense about me so I am

very drawn to industrial and items that

are statement pieces...

even as a young child my mother would tell me

that I had a good eye. I never understood till now I always thought

" actually doesnt she mean I have two good eyes"...

I love how my eye sees beyond the purpose of the object

and will bring forth a new way to showcase it

I stylize like I dress

Shoes first, then the outfit

I know that sounds crazy but I pick the shoes I want to wear

each day and build my wardrobe around that...

Normally I stay neutral in color

but this old salvaged green mirror called my name...

this White desk that I refinished found a new home today

I spent hours sanding to achieve that classic worn look

that I wanted for it...

thankfully I found a rustic oval table out

in the garden at the store to

replace it with till I finish a few large pieces that will

debut in February...

this farm table spent hours upon hours with me as we

groomed her for the debut she made this morning

in my second space...

I will be posting the winner of the "blog makeover" Giveaway

on Tuesday!!!!

To the Orange County Gals

Country Roads will be open tomorrow from 10-5

the dealers have eye candy that is

knocking it out of the park!

to my dearest Murray thank you for taking this "puppy with big paws" and

showing her how to find her sense of style!!!


all grown up now



It's me said...

Hi Kate...lovely things you show us today....can you send that great flower frog from the third picture to me ??? it is so so so great i love it i will it !! hahahahahha...please please......i am so so so sweet !!......hihihihi!! lol......happy day and new week love love

Melanie said...

My Goodness, Kate. You are stunning!! Everything about you... your sense of style, your "two good eyes", your heart. You're like a breath of fresh air. :)

Have a wonderful week, my lovely friend. And have fun creating your paper roses.

Love and blessings to you,

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kate,
I love your sense of style and your story of how it came to be. Thanks for sharing.


Polly said...

What a wonderful post! I love that you took your customer's request and created this informative post that is also a tribute to a friend!! You've definitely got a good set of eyes that see the beauty and purpose of something long forgotten! love it.

Have a good day!


Polly said...

Great post today, as always. It is so interesting to find out why people collect what they do. Your Mom was right, you do have a 'good eye'. Fifi is looking for fabulous homes to put in her new book and magazines. Your home would be perfect. It really needs to be put in print for everyone to enjoy:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Stefanie said...

So very beautiful!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

Great story...I'm still trying to find my style, but I think I'm getting there!

Vintage Market Place said...

I love how much you really interact and get to know your customers Kate, that really shows your a caring wonderful person.
This story of style is so cute. Look at what one flea market created! BEAUTY
Your space is so gorgeous and I am loving the industrial look to it all
Can't wait to get there to see it all.
I will give you the heads up when I am headed your way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,
GORGEOUS!!! Your style is just beautiful, and I love how you mix it up with industrial finds. I am dying to come in and see your space since you re-did it. Thank you so much for always leaving me the sweetest comments on my blog, I really do appreciate it! You are such an inspiration to me!
Have a lovely week.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello Miss Kate! I too just buy what I love, no style in mind just the right thing that feels good.Though you do an amazing job! I am loving a few items and wishing you had an online shop.I am also enjoying your playlist.~Cheers Kim

P.S~Your gift will go out tomorrow,no mail today.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a great story Kate! Glad you shared it with us! Hope you have a wonderful week!

June said...

I adore your sense of style Kate! You have so many great pieces in your space. Drooling over the chair sitting on top of the table. I love things like that!

I think once someone has ever gone to a flea market, there is no're hooked!

Thank you Kate, for your sweet message. I love it when you stop by and say hi!
hugs to you...

the old white house said...

Hi Kate! I loved this post, what a great story! Every photo is just beautiful and your taste is impeccable... and I love that you choose what you are going to wear by what shoes you want to wear! Both you and your booth are gorgeous! Theresa xoxo

All That Jazz said...

You do have a great eye! Your displays are so artistic. Like you, I shop for goodies that I would want myself (and sometimes, I do keep them, more often than not lately, LOL!) Sometimes I only "keep" them for a while then they end up in the shop because one can only have so much stuff (right??)
Hope you had a lovely weekend!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Kate, your photos are awesome... and what a beautiful style you have, thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne

style{d} said...

Kate loving the booth!! You have found some great pieces, your style comes naturally... I am having a hard time not shopping for myself. :)

Robyn said...

Kate, that was such a fun and lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I love LOVE everything pictured...gorgeous! I'm having a little give away, stop by if you have a moment!

Marie said...

What a fantastic story Kate! I love your style, and a big fan of your shop. It's a good thing I don't live too close or I'll be there all the time. I still got my eye on that beautiful statue and your greige table is lovely. Of course, you were gorgeous as a young lady, and now even more gorgeous with a beautiful character.

No name said...

You and I dress the same way! Shoes first and then the rest falls together perfectly! I cracked up at "doesn't she mean I have two good eyes". lol

You have great style personally and in decor. I'm in desperate need of some masculine pieces to balance out the feminine. I've been working on it. If I could only come shop at your store....all the problems would be solved.


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