Monday, August 11, 2014

 Home on the Range….

When Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler decided to take their print and leather goods company, The Local Branch, on the road, they needed the perfect trailer to make it happen. With four weeks and $3,000, the couple transformed an Airstream trailer into a cozy home and studio that they now live in full-time as they travel the country selling their products.

 “We were both really excited to take on this project, but we had to learn it all, including carpentry and plumbing, as we went,” Edgerton said. “There was a lot of trial and error.”
"Beyond the flat tires, broken window, layers of gross green slime and old wallpaper, we saw potential."  

The couple, crafters at heart and by profession, rolled up their sleeves and applied their signature aesthetic to the trailer’s interior, crafting a space that functioned not just as an inspiring studio, but a genuinely homey house on wheels.

“There is an inherent story and history behind everything we collect,” Edgerton said about their home décor. Their bison skull came from a small trading post in Sedona, Arizona, while their 48-star flag came from a stop in Freehome, Georgia.
The couple now sells their products out of their trailer at craft shows, music festivals and pop-up shops throughout the country. They have also made a point to pick one-of-a-kind décor items for their home from various spots in their travels.  Wouldn't they be perfect for our "Spectacle of American Vintage?"

Serving as home and studio, this gorgeous camper allowed Mackenzie and Blaine’s business, The Local Branch, to get out of town and stretch its roots. Check out all of their travels on Facebook HERE.  “We’ve been all over the country, from San Francisco to Brooklyn, New Orleans to Portland,” Edgerton said. “No matter where we are, we’re always home."

*The preceding story and photos were taken from features done on Design Sponge HERE  and the Today Show HERE.  We discovered them on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with their style. 

 No, they won't be coming to Bella this time, but perhaps next year
Go to their Facebook page and show them some love…and tell 'em Bella sent ya!

Stay tuned


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reflecting on the past...

via Zsa Zsa Bellagio
 One of the most important elements in decorating is light.  Back in my photo styling days, I learned that no matter how beautiful your set was, if the lighting was awful, everything was awful.  During that career, I found myself in residence at some pretty dingy brownstones and found the best cure for a dreary interior was light.  Not necessarily the light bulb kind; but reflective light.

via Oopsy Daisy
 You could hang a mirror and instantly create a window (by reflecting a window) so it was like adding little portholes of light.  If the mirror was large enough, or you created a grouping, it could visually expand the room. (Just imagine this setting with the candles lit for an evening dinner!)


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via Studio 180 Shop/Etsy

I've never considered myself a collector, that is, until it comes to old mirrors.  The "skanky-er", the better!  Over the years, I've collected quite a few and now I proudly display them going up the stairs.
This photo was taken of my house by Funky Junk Donna, at Bella 2012
Another of my favs is a huge mirror in the entryway.
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I also love collections of hand mirrors... 

Found at Country Living Magazine
via Pink Pig Westport
...but what really sets my toe to tappin' is a mirror hung in the garden! 

via BuzzFeed

Check out these beauties created with concrete frames!  How awesome would they 
be propped in your flower beds!  
What do you think of this mirror creating the look of water?

via Apartment Therapy
What's your favorite decorating gimmick?

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cabin Fever

I took my daughter to camp this past weekend.  It is a week she longs for all year.  The camp itself is full of rich history and time-worn cabins mixed in with the new and sits peacefully on the banks of the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee.
What is it that we love and will endure the lack of air conditioning, a constant coating of bug repellent, and less than glamorous rustic surroundings?  It must have something to do with the crackle of a campfire at night, the sound of crickets and frogs, getting to stay half the day at the craft cabin, and plenty of delicious food!

Somehow, the best sleep of our life is with a box fan at our feet.

It makes me so envious of this adorable little family that lives the life daily at a sweet little camp in Wisconsin.
Do you remember the original Parent Trap movie with Haley Mills?

Tereasa Surratt and her husband, David Hernandez couldn't bear to let this storied Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, so the Chicago couple bought the camp in disrepair and set out to restore and rebuild the glory of what once was.
Image and story courtesy of Midwest Living Magazine
The 86-year-old camp has had many lives, and by the 1990's the camp had fallen into deep disrepair.  David, a former camper at the location, saw a chance to save a legacy.  He and Tereasa bought the camp in 2004 and have restored it lovingly a little piece at a time.
Compliments the Lettered Cottage

Renovations uncovered lots of treasures and Tereasa used them to craft each of the property's unique spaces as an authentic set piece picturing a moment anywhere from the 1920's to the 1960's.  With only a budget of $200 per space, she completed the look by shopping flea markets and secondhand sales. She lays out her strategies in her book Found Free and Flea.  You can also visit her blog HERE
The whole place is like one big, walk-in time capsule, complete with a 1960's Wagoneer.  The camp dog, Frankie, is a perfect accessory as well.
I won't spoil it for you- so please go take a look at their site and read the article from Midwest Living HERE .  (Read how she discovered a whole set of vintage Fiesta ware behind a false wall when remodeling the kitchen!)  Pinterest is full of cool photos as well.  Heck, just Google it and you may become as totally smitten as I am.

I admit, this isn't breaking news.  It's been in lots of magazines and I think was probably big news in 2010.  I've always been a late bloomer…. how could I have missed this?????

Anyway, thanks for dropping by!