Travels to the Famous Brimfield Show (A Neophyte’s Telling) – Part 1

I had the immense pleasure of traveling to the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show these past few days. The outdoors show first launched in the 1950’s, and has grown to  be known as a “must-see” by all Antique aficionados, a gigantic spread of dealers over about a 1/2 mile strip along Route 20 in Brimfield, MA. If you add to that description the fact that the dealers extend back from the highway about a good 500 foot stretch, well, you do the math!

As an interior designer who blogs and has a strong social media presence on Twitter, I was lucky to be invited to a Brimfield “tweet-up” and meet my colleagues IRL (In Real Life) in an inviting tent, decorated by the talented and very kind Shane Inman, designer at The Inman Company with the help of a lovely young woman named Jen.

The Brimfield tweet-up was hosted by two hard working and very talented women, Gretchen Aubuchon, founder and editor in chief of Fashion and Decor, and Cynthia Bogart, creator and editor of The Daily Basics, an online “magazine” reuniting a community of lifestyle bloggers. They hosted a fabulous event!

Without further ado, I take you on my journey, inside the tent and on the field, as I push my shopping cart on gravel and stop to take some photos.

Brimfield Tent decorated by Interior Designer Shane Inman. Bar constructed with Benjamin Moore paint cans! Benjamin Moore, along with Robert Allen Design, Aubuchon Hardware and Company C were some of the event’s sponsors. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Designers Laurie Gorelick and Elizabeth Benedict eager to start shopping with the Brimfield Tweet Up Cart! 
Brimfield Tweet Up Cart TAG detail. Note the clever ribbons and lost and found ID info!!!

 

Paintings at Brimfield. I really enjoyed these. Unfortunately the vendor could not tell me the name of artist. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Van Briggle Vase. A superb specimen for collectors. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
European Linen sold by the yard at Brimfield. The vendor is Austrian and travels all over Europe to bring these back. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
European Linens by the same vendor. I just loved how she organized her cutting area with all the mini bolts. The fabric can be used to make runners, cover chairs, dishtowels, etc. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

Fabrics were in and I saw lovely vintage fabrics:

Vintage Table Linens at Brimfield. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
More vintage linens.

I found myself drawn to groupings of objects:

Collection of Tartan napkin rings and other small objects sold by vendor Craig Ringstad. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Colored glass containers artfully displayed by Cobalt Turtle Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Sand dollars on a silver platter arranged by the talented South Porch Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
South Porch Antiques interesting arrangement of little treasures. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Another favorite: collection of wooden dumbbells offered by South Porch Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Stunning Swedish antique clocks by Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Gorgeous Swedish secrétaire by Lone Ranger antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Detail of the same piece. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

I could resist the humor of this shot:

Swedish chairs wearing red plastic cup booties in lieu of rain boots!

More armoires and secrétaires by the same vendor:

Swedish Antique Armoire. Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

 

Swedish Antique Secrétaire. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

 

Rolling Pins at Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Detail of rolling pins texture. Loved these! Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Dried pressed flower art at Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

More to come, but it is time for me to go to bed!!!! Take this in, and the next batch will be ready before you know it :-) Enjoy a fabulous weekend!

WEST ELM Mania

Okay, I love WEST ELM. I promise I was not paid to say this! But it’s a fact. This most interesting company is growing at a very fast pace, introducing (still) affordable lines and great accessories, showcasing artists and designers, florists and other talented creators. I drove to Boston the other day to pick up some furniture at the West Elm Store on Brookline Avenue. A lovely sunny day, and a wonderfully styled store with such friendly customer service!

I met the very talented Becca Olcott, owner and florist at PETAL FLORAL DESIGN, presenting her wonderful bohemian floral creations at the WEST ELM Pop-Up Flower Shop. Now, what is that, you ask?! Fresh flowers and arrangement advice from a West Elm favorite local florist are offered on a few Saturdays in a few cities in the nation. A flower shop is literally set up temporarily for the day, as shoppers browse and stop to purchase flower arrangements or simply take in the beautiful selections.

WEST ELM Pop Up Flower Shop in Boston, MA with Petal Floral Design
Becca Olcott, owner of Petal Flower Design, at the West Elm store in Boston, MA
Becca Olcott from Petal Floral Design, and one of her amazing floral creations at West Elm Pop Up Floral Shop

 

Bouquet by Becca Olcott, Owner of Petal Floral Design, prepared for West Elm Pop-Up Flower Event

I am sure you will agree Becca’s creations are simply superb. I love that they don’t appear rigid and uptight but, rather, offer a relaxed yet subtle and refined assemblage. Becca Olcott specializes in weddings and social events in the new England Area.

On another note, here are a few photos of the superb styling I encountered at this West Elm location:

West Elm Pillow arrangement in soft grays and yellows.
Ash, Salesperson at Boston West Elm, demonstrating how comfortable the sofa is! Ash was very helpful with my purchases that day.

 

I particularly enjoyed the selection of white vases, containers, candlestick holders:

Collection of glass and ceramic containers at West Elm.
Colorful Napkins at West Elm.
Napkin holders. West Elm.

And finally, I thought this little CURIO table lamp was a smashing idea: The glass “cloche” allows you to display whatever strikes your fancy!

Curio Lamp by West Elm

 

Next post, I will share an article on lovely fabric prints I found at the Boston Design Center recently. Have a grand weekend!