Today’s Inspiration

Make it an awesome day!

 

 

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover!

We have all heard the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We generally think of people when we use it and that’s a perfect time to apply it! I taught that to my students for the 21 years that I worked in the classroom. Now, as someone who spends her days surrounded by antiques, I have found a whole new use for the saying!

Antiques are often found in their worst possible shape, rusty, broken, missing pieces, and they are overlooked as unusable. For instance, we had this old blue metal doll crib. It was rusty and wobbly. As I carried it outside for people to see as they passed by, I kept thinking that it had a purpose and could shine again, so I bought it and took it home.

Here is the crib before and after:

I spray painted the crib with copper paint. Then I added an old wood drawer. I spray painted it a bright turquoise and added vintage hardware. I added a container of flowers and a chicken waiting for a place to roost, and I turned a rusty crib into a flower container. I could also see it in my house holding books or toys for my future grandchildren! (Just a side note, all of the items in the “after” picture came from the store except for the flowers.)

Another item that we often see that is definitely not usable as it was originally intended is the wood ladder. We see them in many sizes! I decided to use mine as an outdoor display unit. I didn’t change the ladder at all but I do change what goes on the ladder by season (or whim!). Here are two examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can decorate with a theme like red, white and blue or birdhouses or things you love to collect – for me, it’s small animal figurines made of stone or iron.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in taking the rusty and broken antique and turning it into a treasure that brightens up your home, inside or out!

As always, we want to see what you have done with the items you buy here in the store.  Send us pictures!  We would love to feature your “don’t judge a book by its cover” projects! Don’t forget to take before and after pictures!  I sometimes get so excited by my project, I forget the “befores”!!!

We’ll see you when you stop in to say hi!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Let us NEVER forget

 

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Congratulations!

The staff at Lafayette Antiques and Home Decor would like to congratulate all of the graduating classes of 2019! Whether you are graduating from Kindergarten or college, it’s such an exciting time of life! Best wishes to all!

NOT Just for the Birds!

Happy Monday! With the warmer weather, I started hanging some bird feeders I bought for my new yard. I can’t wait to see them filled with birds and most likely I’ll get a jay or two! I thought about bringing out some of my antique bird cages to hang in the trees but then decided they were safer in the house!

What do you do with your antique and decorative bird cages? Do you hang them up with a plant in them? Do you put a decorative faux bird and possibly a nest in them? I’ll admit, that has been the extent of my creativity, until now!

Adding something you collect is a wonderful way to get a 360 degree view of that special collection. There are no rules! If it matters to you, display it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding candles can give a room a subtle glow to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can also add a small lamp and make your antique bird cage a light source.

 

 

 

What do you think about the idea of putting a collection of like-colored items or like-themed items together? We have so many great little pieces in the store that would fit into this idea!

 

Finally, there is this practical idea which I really like! My little miner’s cottage doesn’t have a lot of storage so an idea like this makes practical very cute! You can also stack towels, place makeup supplies in decorative containers, or add Mason jars filled with cotton balls, etc.

 

 

Remember, whatever you choose to do with your bird cages, please come by to share the results. In the meantime, enjoy the spring weather, the sounds of the birds chirping and all of the new fresh flowers that keep popping up in unexpected places!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

 

As Cute as a Button!

“As cute as a button” can be about anything absolutely adorable, including buttons! How many of you have loose buttons on top of your washer or dryer, in the bottom of a drawer (or two or three), collecting in a jar, and that’s all they do…collect…and collect some more with each new loose button or extra button on a new shirt. I put mine in a jar now! They look adorable, some might say “as cute as a button!”

We have lots of buttons in the store and it made me wonder (I do that a lot!) what I could do with buttons… Well, there are so many incredible ideas that I thought I would share some here!

You can display them in a salt shaker with a pretty ribbon or a button flower bouquet!

                 

There are button flowers to display in a jar

and button pictures galore!

       

       

I really love this last idea because I have an antique Bingo cage and cards and this would be a great way to show one or two of the cards!

No matter what you choose to do with your buttons, you know that we always want to see the finished project!

Please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met yet and then head off to find buttons, frames, shaker jars, and whatever else you might need to complete your project. Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Did You Know?

Did you know that this store has 7 ROOMS and 3 FLOORS???

Most people who walk in are completely surprised by this fact!!! From the outside, Lafayette Antiques & Home Decor is a quiet little unassuming shop. Then you walk in and find you are in a wonderland of antiques that will take you on a walk down memory lane…

I cannot count how many times I have heard, “Oh, my grandmother used to have that in her kitchen!”

“We used that kind of phone to make calls and I would stretch the cord as far as it could go!”

“I went fishing with my dad and he always kept his worms in an old coffee can.”

 

Three floors??? Yes, we do!

                   

When you walk in, you will be on the first floor. Standing here, you will find the original wood floor from the shoe store that once occupied this part of the building. This space contains beautiful antique cabinets, jewelry, china, Fiesta ware, a random rooster or two, and Nancie, Carolyn, or Jen waiting to chat with you as you check out!

 

Walk up four steps and you will find yourself in the world of vintage crates and more in Green Frog Antiques, everything kitchen in Gramma K’s, a hallway of treasures…

 

and more rustic riches in a room full of crocks and trunks and western figurines.

 

 

Heading down the wood floor hallway, you will find a few steps taking you down into the basement where you can still see the old garage door that opened to the garage where Terry used to work.  (Ask Nancie about Terry.) Down here you will find a room dedicated to vintage baby clothing and toys, sewing items, handmade doilies and quilts, and my favorite, teacups just waiting for a Sunday afternoon tea party and a group of giggling children. We also have fishing supplies, a stove or two, old windows, a corner full of frilly dishes and pictures that take you back to the Victorian days.

 

This is just a little snapshot into the three floors and seven rooms of Lafayette Antiques.  When you are ready to wander back in time, please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met yet and then head off onto your journey. Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Today’ Inspiration

Good morning beautiful ladies. I hope you week is going GREAT!

I am ready for camping season, but it looks like I will be camping in my driveway. State park prices went up to $36 per day. Ugh, guess they needed to, but that is 10-12 bucks more a day.

 

Thanks for stopping by today, and every day to see what we’re up to!

Have an awesome week.

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

Let’s Talk Crocks

Let’s talk about crocks! No, not those cute little shoes perfect for summer wear! Those beautiful stoneWARE pottery pieces that were once used to hold food before the days of refrigeration.

They were watertight and could hold a wide variety of items. Well, now we don’t need to hold food in them! We have a wide variety of crocks in the store, different sizes and shapes, with limitless possibilities for use in your home!

These two are my favorites! I don’t use traditional end tables in my home so a large crock would be perfect in my meditation library next to my reading chair! And what a great way to display your collection of antique kitchen gadgets!!!

I also use a crock for a doorstop because the stoneware is heavy, so think about bookends or holding up an old bookshelf that has just a bit of a lean but you just can’t part with it!

Entertaining is another great time to re-purpose your smaller crocks! You can put your Grandmother’s flatware out in a crock if you are serving your delicious meal banquet style.

We all know what Nancie uses her crocks for…planters!!!

   

Whatever you use your crocks for, please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met, and show us pictures of what you have done! Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

Today’s Inspiration

 

Good morning to all of you beautiful ladies!! I hope your week is going awesome and you have some awesome spring weather to enjoy!

 

Thanks for stopping by today, and every day to see what we’re up to!

Have an awesome week.

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy