A Few of My Fav’s South of the Boulevard

This weekend Nanette is going to be running the show south of the boulevard in Sherman Oaks. I was by there Tuesday to snap some shots and found a few items that peaked my interest. Maybe you’ll like them too, but if by chance we don’t like the same things trust me when I say if you like vintage there’s a lot to be found!

Here are some photos of my favorite items at our south of the boulevard Sherman Oaks estate sale.

Find more information and photos on the listing page.

4.16.15
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Giving Thanks.

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Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday. The weather in LA is unpredictable but lately (last few years) hot. The beaches are without many tourists but with Angeleno’s taking advantage of the good weather there can still be weekend traffic in Malibu (best beaches, yea!!). But there’s way more sand this time of year, the sunsets are tremendous, the hiking payoff is stunning views without smog (sometimes… this is LA), and those winds make the valley gorgeous as well! Plus, everyone on the East Coast is freezing and we’re still chillin’ in sandals and going to estate sales. Oops! This just turned into a post about how much I love LA. 

Back to Thanksgiving. I’ve been so busy all year long that I worry a bit I haven’t been as grateful to everyone who makes my life a happier one to live and having the season turn to a time of year that is about giving helps me slow down and think about how nice it is when we all share – a smile, fruit from our own gardens, kind words. Unlike it’s glamorous cousin, Christmas, Thanksgiving is about sharing not receiving. It might have it’s past but I like to take it for what is; a time to be aware.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who attends our estate sales, everyone who thinks of us when they have a friend or client in need of an estate sale, anyone reading this blog. Thank you for your support. We value your patronage. We value your feedback too – please, if you have ideas about how our service can improve your experience don’t hesitate to share it with me. I love hearing from you guys! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

11.21.14
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Holiday Baked Brie

In 2006 my now husband invited me to meet his friends at their annual T-2 holiday party (think Thanksgiving potluck with leftovers). I needed an easy holiday cheese recipe that could be pre made and finished on site, lucky for me my then colleague had this (apparently Paula Deen) recipe in her back pocket. Ever since then it’s been my go-to and most often requested holiday dish.

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My Take on Paula Deen’s Baked Brie

1 wheel of brie
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon brandy (butter / oil works in its place)
1/4 cup nuts of choice (I use walnuts)
fruit & crackers for serving

Combine brown sugar, brandy, and nuts in a bowl and mix – cover and chill. I usually skip the cover and chill part of this step simply because of time, it always turns out well. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. I like to cut the top off the brie leaving a small boarder of the outer portion, heat for 5 minutes. Take out of the oven, pack on the sugar/nut mix, and stick it back inside for another 5 minutes. Just pay attention, you want to make sure the brie is soft and oozy but that the nuts and sugar are not burnt. 

Serve alongside fruit and crackers. 

Trust me… you’re welcome! 

11.18.14
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DIY Thanksgiving Decor

I love this DIY for Thanksgiving! It incorporates fall leaves, it’s inexpensive, and adds a bit of natural glam… gold is definitely my color preference but you can choose any which color you like. And it is so easy. So get yourself to Home Depot, grab a bottle of spray paint and get to work. I think this one explains itself – no instructions necessary. 

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11.17.14
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A Vintage Thanksgiving Bar

I think we can all agree that vintage decor is awesome, and mixing old with new is a great way to create an interesting vibe. I love using this method of decorating in my home decor but it’s equally as wonderful when entertaining. In fact some of my favorite vintage pieces are table top entertaining ones!

Inspired by the Tea Thyme Cocktail I served at Thanksgiving 2013 I thought it would be fun to do a pre-Thanksgiving styling run with some new items I picked up at Target (Oh Joy! for Target that is) and some of my good old vintage barware. What do you guys think – love the combo of contemporary and vintage!?

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I just love this vintage egg holder and he’s big enough (barely) to hold some twigs of thyme or cut limes and I think he’s exactly what this bar set-up needed to add a little life to the scene. The candle holder and cocktail shaker are new items, everything else (minus the liquids of course) are vintage. 

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I never thought I’d own a set of crystal, especially crystal that is soooo thin! This stuff gets flea bite marks if you look at them the wrong way, yet I wouldn’t want to live without (anyone know where I can find some more?). Because of that this beautiful vintage Rosenthal crystal set only sees the light of day a few times (at best) each year and that’s the way we do to make sure things last around here.

And how about that Oh Joy! for Target pitcher in the background. Just picked it up the other day, it complements my style and is a natural fit with my entertaining items! I can think of so many uses for it. 

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Table runner is Oh Joy! for Target. The brass tray is vintage, I purchased it from the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago. But if you’re the market I love the Perimeter Tray in Brass available at Heath Ceramics. The geode coasters are vintage but you can pretty much find them anywhere these days. Marble pillar candle holder is Crate and Barrel, I purchased mine this time last year but you can get the same ones on sale – lucky you!! 

11.12.14
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