Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vintage Eye Candy; Wheaton Report; Bookend


My husband's parents were visiting for a few days, and my mother-in-law, Sue, asked about a field trip to Wabash, Indiana, where she'd heard there was lots of great vintage buildings to see. Boy, was she right! Come along with me for a little visual tour:

Wonderful old limestone carriage house; Indiana is one of the largest producers of architectural limestone in the country. Look at this beauty:

Many of the lovely old homes have been completely restored:

And some were in process:

Downtown, there were more beautiful buildings, including the Charley Creek Inn:

Look at the wonderful old windows in this downtown shop:

This old charmer could have been on a side street in Paris:

I always have a soft spot for Carnegie libraries:

Inside the library are some wonderful oils by Hoosier artist Homer Gordon Davisson, which date from the turn of the last century:

Isn't the domed reading room spectacular?

I was loving all the vintage details scattered all over town, including the library's clock:

The crumbling facade of this building was amazing -- it was in the middle of restoration. I am assuming this finish won't be there much longer, but couldn't you see it as the background for an Anthropologie catalog shoot?

Here's some architectural details from the same building:

Love the old bricks in these stone steps:

Beautiful ironwork was everywhere:

Period detail also included lots of great old signage:

From retro:

To Deco:

All in all, we had a great time! Wabash is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area -- about and hour and a half south of South Bend and the same distance north of Indianapolis. Book a room at the Inn and make a weekend of it. There are several lovely state parks in the area, too, but I could stand and stare at the buildings all day long!


Saturday was the last Wheaton Antiques Market for this season, and the show had never looked better. The hall was full, including several new dealers, and the outside was packed with vendors brought out by the nice weather. Sales were respectable, although we didn't sell much furniture. Many thanks to all who came out to support the show! Art and architectural were our strongest sellers for the weekend. We stopped at Mishawaka Antiques and restocked our space there Sunday on the way home. The store looks amazing -- be sure to come by. Click the link on our show sidebar for details, or look for them on Facebook.


I was in Target yesterday looking for the new Vintage Decor, which I couldn't find, but I did come home with this:

I always like Matthew Mead's projects, and this issue is full of good ideas. Check it out. And continue to enjoy the wonderful weather. First day of spring -- TODAY! xo


Mary Hamer said...

ooo...do you still have that yellow chair available? If so how much? I am hoping to be at the next Kane County show.

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Hi Mary! We still have the chair. Come see us at Kane. xo