Granted, Mr Faudre’s style is not for the weak of heart. His rooms are a Mrs. Clean Fanatic’s worst nightmare. His theory is basically layers, layers and more layers…then add one more item. But the overall feel of his designs are that the rooms look “lived in” – as if they have been there for generations. While many of us do not have the budgets or even the access to surround ourselves in what I call “Faudre Frillery” – I still think it is more than attainable by relying on second hand stores, estate sales and even garage sales. Oh – and lets not forget eBay.
But, one of the most amazing experiences of my life occurred during this trip. We awoke early on Saturday morning to get breakfast and head out for shopping before a mid-day show. I am a news junkie – always have been. My morning starts out by opening my eyes and reaching groggily for the remote to turn on the news. That morning, I did not have the volume on very loud, but when I looked at the screen and it was flashing that “Princess Diana” had been killed, I screamed out loud and called out to my friends to come watch. It was an amazing thing to see such a huge city completely come to a stop. Being Americans in England during this tragic event was surreal. Our hotel was about a block from Kensington Palace. We even went to the candlelight vigil that same night. I will never forget the mounds and mounds of flowers and gifts left in front of kensington Palace. It was a very sad time.
So today was a doctor’s appointment with the Urologist. Yep – you guessed it – still no birthing. The cat scan revealed there has been very little movement. I am going back tomorrow to discuss what my options are. I won’t bore you with those details. When I arrived for my appointment, I was told the doctor had rushed out for an emergency and would be about an hour late. So my lovely niece, Katie, and I looked at each other dumbfounded. What to do? We certainly did not want to sit in that dreary office for an hour. So, I decided to introduce her to one of my fave second-hand stores. She has just recently married, and she loves my home and its style. It was only a few minutes right up the street. So off we went. I helped her pick out some goblets for a steal. Katie got four of one and four of another. I spotted four soup tureen lids (just the lids? What happened to those precious little soup bowls?). I thought how cool would they look hanging on a wall like plates. hmmm….might go back for those. She picked up a few odd and end pieces while I was just meandering around the store. Keep in mind I have been on Vicodin for a week now so my meandering probably looked a little strange. That’s when I spotted my find – or my score! It was a precious little lamp…and the price tag my friends….$5.00!!!! I did not even know if it worked, did not care. Katie loved it, too. She said it would have been perfect on her little kitchen hutch. Well, Aunt Barb was thinking the same thing, too. What a quandry! Should Katie’s adoring Aunt Barb be the nice Auntie and let her have it? She really did like it, and it would have been a nice gesture.
Gesture-Smesture! That baby came home with me. I’ll make it up to you, sweetie. 🙂
Five bucks!!!! What a SCORE!
Here it is on Barb’s hutch! (wink)