Wednesday, May 4, 2016

THE LOCAL: Market & Kitchen...A MUST SEE

If you are lucky enough to spend time on Long Beach Island, NJ, there's a new Market in town: 
 THE LOCAL
Market & Kitchen
If you aren't able to be there in person please scroll through the photos below...
lots of eye candy for all who appreciate recycling, organic items, water conservation, and gorgeous surroundings. 
 The attention to detail used inside and out of this new establishment is amazing and oh so appreciated!!...
Take a peek at the many snapshots below and enjoy!  
If you happen to be in Ship Bottom, NJ, 
 be sure to stop by!  
I promise you won't be disappointed...
Barista heaven and look at that amazing seating area...
all made from reclaimed wood!
Baguettes, pastries & delicious baked goods
stock the beautiful concrete counters...
Lovely displays filled with all types of treats...
Wood plaques hang on the wall above the seating area
listing all of the hurricanes the Island has endured over the years...
LOVE the water barrels collecting rain from
the gutters to water their beautiful flowers and plants...
Organic types of display units are used all over the market..
A handmade barn door exhibits the great craftsmanship
showcased throughout the Market...
This counter bar was built using wood
from an old barn silo...
Concrete counters with subway tile...PERFECTION
REAL lanterns....again, LOVE & appreciate this detail!!
I'm expecting to spend lots of time in these chairs
enjoying some whole food & a great cup of local roasted coffee!!

Have a happy day,
Mariaelena

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lovely Dogwood clippings...

On this dreary day in May I looked out my window to see our very old Dogwood tree in full bloom...
I decided to grab my snips and clip a few branches  to brighten up the house...
take a peek!!!

I snipped a few more branches to use outside on our front porch...
Have a happy day,
Mariaelena

Friday, April 29, 2016

Small change, big look!!

I've been searching for a new desk chair for our family room...  We've used an extra kitchen chair for years...
I was lucky enough to stumble upon
 a great deal over at
 ARHAUS...
(if you haven't been, it's a real treat)...
take a peek....
Isn't she lovely???
I'm liking how the slipcovered chair softens the desk...
I actually purchased 2!!...they're so versatile
I can use them in any room here or at the beach house!


This is the view from the kitchen...
you can see how the new chair blends
with the other furnishings in the family room...

Have a happy day,
Mariaelena

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stormville Flea Market 4/2016

A teaser of Spring Markets to come...
Some of the vintage items for sale at the
Stormville Flea Market this past Sunday!!
I'm looking forward to a spring filled with 
tag sales and markets!!

Have a happy day, Mariaelena 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A painted piece: before it was the THING to do...

As I was spring cleaning our family room today it hit me that I painted this side table about 15 years ago.  I haven't retouched it once.  My mom gave this table to me when she was done with it.  She had picked it up at a tag sale and painted it herself about 20 years ago!!  
(she was painting pieces long ago...she'd paint you if you stood in front of her long enough...lol..)   
When I inherited it from her, I painted over her forest green & yellow sponge paint with white.  I decided to give it an aged look by using a dark stain...
I rubbed it on and rubbed it off. 
 (and although I LOVE and often use the chalk paints, 
 I continue to use this technique today) 
  I still love this piece!  
And now it's sooo in!  
Just goes to show you that
 neutrals and whites last forever & maybe painted furniture will continue to be popular for some time. 
Take a peek...



Have a happy day!!
xo, Mariaelena

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WHITE ACCENTS: here, there & everywhere...

If you follow along, you know that I accessorize with white all over my home.  I love the simple, classic, clean look white brings to any decor. 
Here are just a few examples in our BURBS house...
take a peek!


Have a happy day, 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A quick spray!!

My friend gave me this idea around Christmas time when she used some old hydrangeas to decorate her tree.  Today I gave these old, dried, brownish hydrangeas a quick shot with some white spray paint to freshen them up...
take a peek!!

BEFORE & AFTER
IT TOOK ALL OF ABOUT 3 MINUTES.
CAN'T GET EASIER THAN THAT...


Have a happy day,
Mariaelena


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