Friday, August 31, 2012

Breakfast Parfaits

These delicious and easy fruit parfaits are a yummy treat for breakfast.  Cut your favorite fruit, add granola and finish with a yogurt of your preference.   Viola, breakfast is done.  Serve with juice, coffee, sconce and muffins.  Yummy....

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Visit To Skytop in PA

My husband, niece and I took a mini vacation and went to Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania last week for a couple of days.  This was our first time in the area so we were pretty excited to visit and explore.  We got the chance to tour a few little quaint towns such as Cresco and Skytop.  Both full of charming victorian and colonial homes, old style general stores and antique shops.  But the discovery of the trip was an amazing old world lodge perched high on a mountain in Skytop, PA.  This old grand hotel has the most breathtaking views of the mountains and lake....  Leave it to me to find this historic gem.  We took plenty of photographs both in Cresco and Skytop to share with my blogger friends.  Enjoy..



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Inspiration can come from just about anything.  Today, it was this very sweet and delicate cup and saucer from Nikko that inspired me.  It has been part of my collection for some time and it also happens to be one of my favorite pieces. 

The pink roses came from another arrangement that was reaching its final days.  I took the better looking ones to put this little vignette together...They actually match the pink rose on the cup and saucer.  How perfect!  I then placed a couple of floral pillows on a vintage chair, added a few linens and a simple dinner plate.  Take a look at the results.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Breakfast in The Garden

I have drawers full of pieces of vintage linens that I've collected through the years and they come into their own when family or friends come to visit.  On this beautiful and sunny summer morning however, linens, vintage china and silver pieces came together for this lovely breakfast in the garden.  The perfect start to a relaxing and pleasant summer's day for my husband and I.
This was my interpretation of a breakfast in the garden.  What could be more romantic... 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Vintage China

Yes, we love those vintage pieces that have a story to tell.  That exquisitely beautiful vintage china which evokes all the charm of a bygone era.  Here are a few examples of pieces that I have recently found.

I came across this vintage set at an antiques shop in Haddonfield, NJ.  The pieces do not show a pattern name but some of the dishes are stamped with a seal that reads Austria.  It really does not matter to me.  I just fell in love with these plates and thought it was a great purchase.  They are so dainty and beautiful.  I can't wait to use them in own of my romantic tablescapes.

Antique Garden Pieces

These vintage pieces are just lovely and full of possibilities.  They are full of beautiful details and quiet elegance.  Adding similar pieces to a garden provides warmth and soul.  

Farmhouse Style


High End Antiques

 Flea Market - Antique Shop Finds

A little bistro set I found at my local antiques shop.  This is the perfect addition to my backyard.  I had a small empty space on one of the corners of my garden and this set fit right in.  A few pretty linens, my recently purchased vintage china and we are ready for afternoon tea in the garden. 

Treasure Hunting

For those of you that love to scout for treasures in and around our state like I do, I give you some of New Jersey's most popular Flea Markets and Antique Centers. Good luck with your hunt and do share your finds with me.  I would love to see your new found treasures.

Collingswood Flea Market
1350 Highway 33/34
Open Friday & Saturday 9am to 8 pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm
Indoor/outdoor market with more than 100 indoor and 200 outdoor booths.

Columbus Flea Market
2919 Route 206 South
Columbus, NJ
Open Thursday through Sunday, year 'round.
Antiques, appliances, candy, cigars, collectibles, cosmetics, crafts, clothes, fabrics, fish, food, furniture, hair cuts, hardware, house wares, jewelry, linens, mattresses, musical instruments, pets, plants, produce, sheds, shoes, stationery, toys, tools, videos, wallpaper, and more.

Dover Flea Market Blackwell Street
Open Sundays, April Through December, 9am to 4pm
Located in historic downtown Dover and spread out over 12 city blocks. Conveniently located close to public transportation, food, and a nearby indoor antique center.

Englishtown Auction
90 Wilson Ave.
Englishtown, NJ
Open Saturday & Sunday, 8am to 4pm
Covers 40 acres of indoor & outdoor booths

Golden Nugget Antique & Collectible Flea Market
Route 29
Lambertville, NJ
Open Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday, 6am to 4pm
200 dealers, 250 booths, lots of artists and unusual stuff.

Meadowlands Flea Market
Giants Stadium
Parking lot 17
East Rutherford, NJ
Open Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm, year round
Over 400 dealers.

Neshanic Flea Market
100 Elm Street
Neshanic Station
Open every Sunday, weather permitting, 6:30 am to 1 pm. Plenty of perking

New Eqypt Flea Market Village
933 Rt 537
New Egypt, NJ
Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, 7am to 2pm, Rain or Shine.
It has over forty climate-controlled historic buildings (shops) some of which are original WWII Barracks brought here from Fort Dix in the early 1970's. , This is an old-time country Market with books, antiques, collectibles, furniture, gift ware, music, electronics, toys, clothing, hardware, household items, tools, bicycles, lawn equipment, jewelry, coin and gold exchange, etc.

New Meadowlands Market
102 Route 120
East Rutherford, NJ
973-450-1073 or 1082
Open Saturdays, special event days, and holidays, 8am to 4pm
The market features many unique items including fresh produce, carnival food, free entertainment and games. Admission and parking are free.

William Spencer Flea Market
118 Creek Road
Rancocas Woods, NJ
Market open March-December, on the e 2nd Sunday - Hours 9am-5pm. Ample parking. Over 150 dealers. Wide range of goods, collectibles, glassware, silver, antiques, advertising items, paper goods, coins, primitives. Quality oriented market. No new merchandise. Snack bar, rest rooms.

Burlington Antiques and Art Emporium
424 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
Open every day 11 am - 5 pm
There are 65 individual antique dealers.  You will find furniture, paintings, china, depression glass, kitchenware, glass jewelry and more.

Columbus Antiques Mall
2885 US Route 206
Columbus, NJ 08022
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays only.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Ample Parking.  Wide range of goods, glassware, silver, china, paintings, furniture.

Mountainhome Antiques
Rt. 390
Cresco, PA 18326

This was a little gem I found near the Pocono Area last weekend. It is an old fashion shop offering everything from architectural pieces, wrought iron fences, china, glass, art and much more. I found some great items here such as this silverplate ice bucket below. The best part was meeting and chatting with Marge, one of the shop owners. She was so helpful and sweet. She even posed for a picture for my blog.