Vintage Charm and Sunday Morning Coffee

My collections of vintage items mean I always have a little something that can add some vintage charm to any room.

Happy Easter and thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, recipes, and my love for vintage charm.

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I have been vintage shopping and collecting for what seems like forever and I literally cannot remember a time when I didn’t shop at vintage flea markets or antique stores.

I have been in love with vintage items for as long as I can remember.

Even when my children were small, the second Sunday of each month was “me time” to go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Maybe that is why I still get up really early to head to flea markets. Or maybe I just like getting there first so that I have the best pick.

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Years ago when I was first creating our home, I discovered shopping at the vintage flea markets was an incredible source for things like dressers, armoires, lamps, plates, glassware, and quilts. These items were inexpensive and they added a layer of history to our new to us home.

I usually go to a vintage flea market with a few specific items that I am looking for. For years I have shopped at a booth where vintage quilts were sold. I found some amazing, beautiful quilts for very little money. My quilt collection grew to the point where I began giving quilts as gifts and lately I have had to stop collecting them because I ran out of places to store them!

Having something that you are looking for is really important so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all of the items on display at vintage flea markets. If you are looking for something(s) specific, it makes the hunt much more streamlined and efficient.

Vintage Etched Footed Glasses

Vintage glassware is another item that I am always on the hunt for. Whether I see cranberry glass or etched glassware, I always stop and take a look. And of course, attempt to negotiate on the price.

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You may be aware of my cranberry glass collection. It began when my mother-in-law gifted me some cranberry glass that had been in the family. I was mesmerized by the incredible color of the glass and so the next time I went to a vintage flea market, I kept my eyes peeled for it.

I think perhaps my favorite thing about vintage shopping, whether at a flea market or an antique store is the anticipation of finding an absolute gem. The thrill of the hunt I think is what it is called. You never know when you move something aside and find a stack of plates in a gorgeous pattern. Or when a vendor has two pieces of cranberry glass displayed but when you inquire, they tell you they have the whole set!

Something New

In sad news, my most favorite of all time magazine, from the woman who, in my opinion, is still the queen of all things home, has published its last issue.

The May issue of Martha Stewart Living is the last that will be published. I am still in shock.

I am really happy that I have many old issues of the magazine so I can still sit and flip through the pages, admiring Martha and all of her amazing talent.

On a happier note, my dear friend and publicist Christine Chitnis wrote the cover story for the last issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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Let's Organize a Kitchen

I spent a lot of time in our kitchen this week. It may sound corny, but twenty-plus years after our kitchen remodel was completed, I still love it, just as much as the day it was finished!

For the blog this week, I spent an entire afternoon decorating cupcakes and another afternoon making lemon vodka drinks. And just so you know, I do cook dinner almost every night and I love it.

I wrote a blog post about traditional white kitchens a few weeks ago. I would love to know what your thoughts are on the subject. It caused quite a stir.

Waco Spring House Tour in the Kitchen

I created a traditional white kitchen in our Waco Airbnb and am in the process of designing our kitchen for the beach house remodel. I am really excited to go from a tiny galley kitchen to a full-size kitchen large enough to include an island and our dining table.

Can you guess what our new kitchen in the beach house is going to look like?

Beach House Tour Week One Kitchen Before

Sugar and Cloth shared 21 Mother’s Day Homemade Gift Ideas.

Happy Happy Nester shared Ideas for flower Gardens.

My friend Micahel from Inspired shared Parmesan Truffle Popcorn. Wow!

KariAnne at Thistlewood shared a Coastal Beach House Tour of her family home in Cape Cod.


Another busy week and I know you aren’t surprised! I had so much fun making the flower cupcakes sharing our outdoor kitchen and fun outdoor party. I also shared three lemon-themed posts which included a lemon-themed table, a DIY to make lemon plates, and some lemon cocktails.


I am still in shock about the news regarding Martha’s magazine but wanted to share this great article 30 Spring Dessert Recipes Featuring Rhubarb, Strawberries, and Lemon. At least all of her creativity will still be online.


Are you inspired by my collections? Here are some of my favorite vintage-inspired items that you might also like.


Did you know you should sleep at night with absolutely no lights on? Here is why.

Lots of fun is happening on the blog this week. We are sharing How to add color to a bedroom, an update on the beach house construction, a DIY May Day basket, a fun new table in the Carriage House, a peony floral wreath, and more!

If you ever have items you would like me to share let me know! I am always looking for ideas.


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19 Comments

  1. I always enjoy my Sunday morning coffee ready your Sunday Morning Coffee blog! 💗 I’d love to go vintage shopping with you!! Oh the treasures we would find!!

  2. My kitchen is all dark oak cabinets from 1978. I have always wanted a white kitchen and I’m finally getting one. My husband is building me new cabinet doors and we are going to be repainting the cabinets inside and out. So I, for one, and a fan of white kitchens.

  3. If I had one wish it would be to go to Martha Stewart’s gigantic tag sale that is coming up soon. The photos of the items that she is selling are what vintage collectors dream about. Happy Easter.

  4. I enjoy reading all of the stories and articles you put on line.
    It was a surprise about Martha Stewarts magazine shutting down. I always liked reading through it.
    I love the idea of a white kitchen with pops of color changed out from time to time.

  5. When I receive your e-mail it’s confetti time!! Well thought out ideas, executed in easy to understand terms, and I appreciate your listed shopping sites. You offer the gentle encouragement that I can try something I see and create it. I am not overwhelmed by the overall layout, but enjoy the wonderful creation it is. Thank you.
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  6. Leslie,

    Happy Easter. I can’t wait to see how you transform your Ventura beach house kitchen. I’m guessing it will be white!

    Kim

  7. Leslie,
    Happy Easter to you and your family.
    I really enjoy your posts.
    I just received the Martha Stewart Magazine thinking it was my first issue since I subscribed recently. Now it’s the last. Sad.
    Your beautiful cranberry glass is luring me away from my blue glass. I plan on moving soon to a different area of our country and will change to the cranberry color.
    You are a wonderful inspiration. Thank you.
    Blessings,
    Nancy Carr

    1. Thank you so much Nancy! I so appreciate your kind words and support. Thank you so much, and best of luck with the move.

  8. Leslie: I am new to your blog but love it so much! I noticed in catching up on your blog posts this morning that you mention battery operated remote control lights for the attic bedroom bookshelves. Can you do a specific post on the type you used? I have some shelves that are so dark. I’d love to figure out the best lighting for that area. Thanks!

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