I woke up extra early Saturday morning and tip toed from the bedroom so as not to wake up my sleeping husband. As the coffee brewed I grabbed a pad of paper and pen and in the quiet darkness of morning I started my list. I had big plans to explore some new territory, a you've survived the holidays so celebrate kind of day.
I Map Quested my course, south down 101 about 30 miles to an area I'd read about on blogs and in magazines and heard about from friends. I was excited as I added my camera to the list. I thought it would be fun to take you all along. After all, we're kind of birds of a feather here and chances are that if I liked something you probably would too.
My destination was Agoura Hills and my first stop was A Beautiful Mess, an antique boutique featuring an eclectic flow of antiques, design and oddities that all come together beautifully in simple elegance.
As I chatted with the shop clerk I asked for permission to photograph the store, telling her about you friends in blogland that would just love the inspiration found here.
As I returned to the car to get my Nikon I discovered I'd failed to add check camera for SD card to my mornings list.
Very disappointing because there was so much inspiration there. Oh well, I'll just have to go back - not that I need an excuse.
I loved the elegance of A Beautiful Mess
and I think you will too.
Just down the walk was a wonderful 9,000 square foot antique mall that featured finds from over 40 vendors with a good mix of old and new.
The window still showed bits of left over Christmas but I could tell that I would love it before I ever stepped inside.
So many things I love from places I adore!
Couldn't you just imagine this full of fabric in a sewing studio? Don't know about you but I could sure fill it up without a problem.
Don't be surprised if you don't see this French enameled table at the Patch in the near future. I just need to figure out where to put it. It kept whispering, take me home, take me home as I walked by.
Just posting these photos makes me want to head back there soon. There are a half dozen other antique stores in the immediate area and a sandwich shop for when you need a quick pick me up. A girl has to keep up her strength when working so hard doesn't she?
Tell them Suzanne sent you and oh, don't forget your SD card!
Encourage one another,