Monthly Archives: July 2010

It’s pretty and it’s a wall!!

So remember my last post when I said I was going to decorate a wall? Well I did it! And I didn’t even break a leg or a fingernail for that matter. I might have sweated a little and my knees are sore today but we all know beauty isn’t really pretty.

So who guessed what it’s covered in? If you said burlap you were right! I am in love with burlap right now. It’s cheap, plentiful and it glues and staples on to stuff like you wouldn’t believe. I love that in a fabric. Except when you get glue on your fingers and then bits of the burlap begin to stick to your fingertips until eventually you look like the straw man….

I always forget to take a before pic so this is the closest you’re gonna’ get.

Yes – I’m quite proud of myself. Now keep in mind that this is going up a staircase so the angle is awkward to say the least.

Filled with pretty things…
Lots of vintage gold Syroco and wrought iron hooks
1953 “Chalk” Mirror
Fabulous picture of a crown on burlap….what else!

Keep in mind that this hallway is very dark and so my pictures don’t have enough light. Lighting is another project for next week. Please check back then.

Oh, and BTW now I’m probably going to have to do the other wall in burlap too. It’s too stinkin’ cute and when you make a nail hole and a mistake (as I usually do) you can pull it right out and no one can see all the holes in your walls. Genius……

What do you think….more burlap or no?

A pretty wall

Tomorrow is a big day for me at The Brick Basement. I am decorating a wall! I know that doesn’t sound so exciting to all of you but I can’t wait!!

I will give you one clue on my primary decoration of choice – it involves something tres’ chic and scratchy! OK that’s two…here are a few more.

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Picture Credit: Etsy My Adobe Cottage          
Picture Credit: Etsy Shop Green Owl

What is your guess? You’ll have to come into the store and check out my drab to fab wall makeover –  The Brick Basement 113 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton CA Dealer #16

Space Re-do

I’m trying a new font today…what do you think? 

I spent a few hours at the shop today redoing my space. Remember that back hallway space before you go down the stairs? I brought in quite a few new items and I thought I’d share them with you.

Golden Garden Crown

#1 A fabulous Garden CrownI’m calling it a garden crown because it is quite a bit larger that your average table-top crown that I normally sell. It would look awesome in your garden amongst the flowers or on a patio table with a fern in the middle. It would also look fabulous on top of your outdoor fireplace with loads of different sized white pillar candles in the middle. $19.50

 #2 French Magnetic Wall Calendar – this is so cute – so cute in fact that my daughter has already snagged one for her room. It is large and magnetic so you can even put your other magnets on it. I am always looking for a magnetic surface now that I can no longer stick anything to my stainless steel fridge. $22

 #3 Metal Crown Hooks – are you catching on to the theme here? It must be the English in me coming out. These are the four styles of crown wall hooks I have in the shop at the moment. They are sold individually and are pretty heavy but have a nice hook on back that you can actually put the top of the nail head into so they won’t fall off the wall and bonk you or anyone else on the head! These are $8.50 each.

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#4 Jade-ite! A whole set from my picking trip to Missouri. There are four dinner plates and four sets of cups and saucers. They are all being sold individually but if you buy the set you can have the original box they came in. These are a special set as they still have the foil stickers on them so they have never been used! Wow – they are so pretty. I must admit I did not take this picture and don’t have the bowls with my set. But this is a pretty picture – don’t you think? Cup & Saucer $14 Plate $7

#5  Wooden Table Display – this is so pretty! It is stacked with lots of lovelies on display in the store – so if you buy it you’ll have to “undisplay” it!! 

Well that’s it for now – I did unload quite a few other bits and bobs at the shop today. You’ll have to take a trip down to The Brick Basement to check them out for yourself. Remember the space in the back hallway by the stairs #16! And while you’re there check out all the other cute stuff in the store. Everytime I’m there I have to check it out for myself.

Love, Lisa xx

Picking in Missouri

I recently took a trip to Missouri over the 4th of July. It was fun for me as I love to go antiquing – my husband – I’m not so sure about! I picked up a few awesome things while I was there. And yes…I had to bring back two extra suitcases to haul my load.

I found:

One of these great old jars.

Two of these vintage carpenter rulers



           A cool vintage fan found in my mother-in-laws garage.
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A vintage sewing machine drawer.
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 And lots of these vintage postcards

Come into the shop and check out these finds and lots more at The Brick Basement 113 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA Dealer #16.

xoxo Lisa

French Country Style at Home

                             I “heart” this book….French Country Style at Home by Sebastien Siraudeau.

I’m suppossed to be reading a book for my Summer Book Club – but instead I’m perusing the pics in this book.

I love that table on the front page, I wonder if my hubby would let me sand down our table and paint the sideboards white? ……..a girl can dream……..