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Pick-a-palooza

Everything we love about the Aberfoyle Antique Market. One Saturday in the spring and one in the fall, antiquers of all stripes head for Guelph, Ontario and the Aberfoyle Special Shows. It’s an event that attracts everyone from the fancy antique shops in Toronto to the young couples just furnishing their first apartments and looking for bargains. And […]

The Mother Lode

Can you believe this place actually exists? Well it does, and we found it! Not without a lot of trial and error though. But we’re going to let you in on the secret. Every year we drive from Ontario to New Brunswick to visit our daughter and son-in-law (an now our grandson)! We vary our […]

You know how it goes …

You promise yourself you will go to the gym after work. You pack your gym bag and head off in the morning determined to make it happen. But the day doesn’t go according to plan, you have to work late, and by the time quitting time rolls around all you have the energy to do is lie […]

The Real Rustic Farmhouse

There’s no doubt the rustic farmhouse style made popular by Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper will continue even though the show has ended (sigh). Like so many others, we love Joanna’s style and have been amazed to see rustic farmhouse decor showing up at mass market retailers like Amazon and Walmart. (You know it’s […]

Rustic Spring Mantel

Waiting (and waiting!) for Spring It’s been a miserable March. The days have been grey, the temperature has hovered around freezing, and the lake still looks like an ice bath. It may be spring on the calendar, but here in western New York winter tends to far outstay its welcome. Since we can’t go outside […]

The End of an Era

In every city, and many towns there is the antique guy. In Buffalo, it was Hank Sontag. Hollywood Hank, as he was sometimes known, was a fixture on the antique circuit in the Northeast for more than 30 years. When we talked to antique dealers from Northern Ontario to Southern Pennsylvania, they invariably knew Hank. His warehouses, first […]

Paddles + Plaid = Cozy Cabin Decor

5 ways to mix cabin and cozy for a fabulous celebration of fall. Now that the weather is finally changing and the fall leaves are a glorious display of red, orange and gold, most of us are in the mood for cozying up our homes and outdoor spaces with glowing fireplaces, warm blankets, and the bounty […]

Vintage Adirondack Decor From the Source

The Thrill (or was it torture?) of the Hunt. Every once in a while I insist on doing something fairly crazy for our business vintageadirondack.com, and this was one of my more harebrained schemes. I get Google Alerts every time rustic decor is mentioned on the Internet, and one Thursday in August I received an […]