Vintage French and Equestrian Style

If you are a fan of vintage French and equestrian style,
you have found a home at A Touch of Mink.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Taking a Break

Hi everyone-after 2 great years of working hard and selling and learning a lot I have decided to take a nice long break from the vintage upcycling biz. I am not quitting all together but I am slowing waaaaay down and my postings will be infrequent. I will be focusing mainly on larger pieces like French tables and of course the chairs I've come to be known for, as well as personal design work. I want to thank you for following my site and keeping up with me as I worked my way through building my business. Your support has been very much appreciated.

We also have some exciting news around the farm in that we have expanded our barn and are taking new boarders on to our property. I'm excited about my new role as barn manager and anything that allows me to spend even more time outside with my best buddies is a wonderful bonus adventure for me! I'm really excited about our upgrades to the property and glad it all survived this last snow storm we are still digging out way out of!

Thank you again for all your support and as always if there is something in particular you are looking for please don't hesitate to contact me.
Blessings to you,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Home-The Formal Living Room

Here's a little peak at my house. When you get to the bottom you can read a bit about why I'm blogging on this and how I brought this room together. Hope you like it! :)
A portrait of my maternal Grandfather sits above the fireplace.

Note the settee/sofa is placed on the wall, instead of across from the focal point, which seems to work for some unknown reason.

The demi-lune is actually a French table I got at Goodwill for $5. I painted it, sawed it and attached it the wall with L brackets. Voila! A demi-lune.

Tater likes the cushy down pillows on the settee. This wall is huge and I'm slowly filling it with sconces and my collection of transferware and neoclassic statues and vases.

The dried hydrangae set the color palette for the entire house, as does the collection of blue coral and Wedgewood below.

The urn is filled with antler sheds and branches from our yard.

The little gray French desk with ormolu mounts is one of my favorite pieces and sits on the wall opposite the settee. Are those Christmas presents sneaking their way in the room?

My fave striped Bergere chairs sit regally in front of the fireplace.

Happy Holidays Everyone! I've been taking some much needed down time and I've cleared out nearly everything from my 2011 inventory to make room for a fresh start in 2012. I've decided to slow down and really enjoy this wonderful holiday time. I've also decided to blog a bit about my own home. I've never really done much blogging about my own digs before because I've always thought "oh who wants to see pictures of my house?" Then I thought, since I sell out of my home and so many people ask me about my finds, maybe I'll jump into a little blogging about it and hope you don't think it self absorbed of me.

I'm starting with my living room. This has been the toughest room in the house as it is not a traditional box shape and the focal point-the fireplace and large windows, sit opposite the opening so it is difficult to anchor the room. Plus, it's the first room you see when you are in my entry so I wanted it to be really striking. It's taken me 6 years to figure this out, but finally I have it working. Nearly EVERYTHING in this room I bought on CraigsList and it's wonderful quality furniture. I did this entire room for under $1,000. The most expensive thing in the room is the Evette Ethan Allen settee, but I hardly paid a dime for it. The gal I bought it from, bought it new but then moved, so never used it. I was the lucky customer who benefited from her move! Yipee! Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know that you don't have to go to these pricey stores and pay a fortune for these items new. You can do this too!

The box style cream Bergere chairs are $1,700 each brand new at Calico Corners. I found them for next to nothing in perfect unused condition. They are big and comfy and fit my husband just great. My last addition, and the pieces that finish the room are the striped Bergere chairs in front of the fireplace. They are just pretty.

The only thing that is left to do in this room is the flooring. I would love this room to have a marble floor or even just hardwoods. Now I know THAT won't be under 1,000 so we will have to wait. The carpet is really throwing me off though. But I'm happy for now and we are enjoying building fires on these cold nights and relaxing in this room. I hope you enjoy the photo tour. Blessings, Kiama

Friday, November 25, 2011

Flea Free Until 2012 and a French Gray Table and Chair Set

Wow, I was super busy between September and November and did five vintage markets! Woof, that was a lot! But boy did I have fun and I met a lot of very cool people. I decided to take December off from the markets and just take a breather and enjoy some down time with the family and of course, work on my own home for the holidays. This down time will also provide me the opportunity to...drum roll for new inventory! Hot dog!

I do have a few last things I'm selling in 2012. Several tables and chairs (the set pictured here is $95 for the table and $275 for the 6 chairs). And of course if there is anything you are looking for in particular give me a shout. I just might have it hiding- awaiting the arrival of the new year and a new market.

Happy Holidays and blessings to you all in 2012!

xoxo Kiama

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Touch of Mink's Last Flea of 2011

Hi All,
I have one last vintage market coming up this Saturday at the Second Saturdayz Vintage Market in the back of building #30 in Sandpoint, Magnuson Park. This is going to be a very special flea indeed as the owners of Willow Nest (Linda and Ludmil) will be joining us and 25 other vendors for the day with their amazing booth. If you are not aquainted with Willow Nest you can check them out at Linda and Ludmil moved from the Pacific Northwest to Texas some years ago so it is a real treat to have these veteran vintage purveyors in our midst. This will be a great show you won't want to miss. Click on the Second Saturdayz link on the left of my blog for more info. Hope to see you there! Kiama

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Sneak Peak at my Booth at Ruffles & Rust Vintage Market

I am so thrilled to be part of the Ruffles & Rust Vintage Market this weekend. Set up went great today. Just a few more chairs to add tomorrow morning and some fluffing and we will be ready for the doors to open. If you'd like to come by just click on the Ruffles & Rust link to the left of my blog for directions. Admissions is $8 and the doors open at 9AM Saturday. Ruffles & Rust was recently voted as one of America's top 10 vintage flea markets by Romantic Homes Magazine. This show is not to be missed. Watching the other vendors set up today got me so excited. It's a gorgeous show! Hope to see you there! Kiama

Monday, October 10, 2011

Some Pictures from Second Saturdayz

Though I wasn't able to be at my booth for the day at Second Saturdayz my trusty friend Traci from A Mix of Madness was good enough to man the booth for us both. Here are a few pictures from a great day.

The next place you can find us will be at the big Ruffles & Rust flea October 21st and 22nd (you can check it out by clicking on their link on the side of my blog). There will be over 85 vendors there and it is a show not to be missed. It was just ranked in the top #10 flea markets in the nation by Romantic Homes Magazine. My only problem will be focusing on selling rather than buying everything I see! Hope to see you there! Kiama

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Where You Can Find Me

I'm doing quite a few shows between now and the end of the year, so I thought it would be helpful to share the list. I hope to see you at one of these venues! :)

October -8th Second Saturdayz at Magnuson Park
October 21st & 22nd Ruffles & Rust at The Monroe Fairgrounds
November 3rd, 4th and 5th Pickering Barn Craft and Antique Show in Issaquah
November 12th Second Saturdayz at Magnuson Park
December 10th Second Saturdayz at Magnuson Park

Links to Second Saturdayz and Ruffles & Rust are on the left under favorites. I'll provide info on Pickering Barn as it approaches. It's gonna be a crazy time of year for me but I'm so looking forward to it all! I'll have tons of French chairs (as usual!) some Gustavian inspired pieces, pillows and so much more...see you soon. :)