Friday, April 27, 2007

Goings-on in Rural Somerset!


I've just had such a fun day today, that I couldn't wait to share it with you!
After an hour and a half drive down country lanes, through Bluebell woods and past meadows filled with wild flowers and home to spring lambs, I arrived at a friend's door.
Liz kindly welcomed me into her wonderful Somerset home to browse amongst her stock of vintage treasures.
This is the sight that greeted me as I walked through into her garden.

Liz kept us in tea and coffee all morning, with the offer of lunch too!
Inside one of her barns, she had arranged her fabulous array of vintage textiles, costume and decorative pieces. The walls were strung with fairy lights and lamps lit every corner. Tables were covered in lacy clothes and shelves were arranged with style.
Please come browse with me.......







I could have stayed all day - I am sure I must have missed something!
Thank you Liz, I had a lovely time! x
Here are my purchases:

Vintage textiles, including a pink apron printed with roses.

Hand painted coat hangers, ribbon and lace.

And I could not resist these fun buttons, perfect on vintage fabric bags!

43 comments:

  1. Oh i can see why jou had such a great time... i think i could live in her barn!!! Love the vintage pink apron!

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  2. Niki, Your friend certainly knows how to make you feel at home. I wish I had been there.

    Love all the twinkles!!:))

    best wishes Ginny

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!!! It looks like something out of a magazine. I love what you picked out, especially those sweet hangers.

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  4. Lucky, lucky you! It all looks so wonderful! Wish I could have been there!

    D~

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  5. wish i were there... nothing beats a barn full of vintage treasures! lucky you =) debbie

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  6. What a wonderful day! I especially like the coat hangers too. Hadn't your friend gone to so much trouble displaying all those lovely items?

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  7. Too bad the Concordes have been grounded - I'd hop on one and join you in a second! Looks like a fabulous day!

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  8. What an alladins cave of vintage goodness!

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  9. Wow, what a place, looks beautiful and full of treasures.
    Penny.

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  10. Wow, what a nice friend. BEAUTIFUL! You are so lucky to live in such a lovely place. I hope I can visit one day.
    I love your blog. Please visit mine sometime.
    Rosemary in California

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  11. How much fun! You're so lucky to have that great shopping experience and find some sweet treasures.

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  12. Aahhhhh...When can I come to visit Liz? :)
    Lovely things. You would have a hard time dragging me out of that barn!

    Kimberly

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  13. Lovely pics! STumbled upon your wonderful blog. Wanted to say HI, not just be a lurker. lol
    Niki's Ventures

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  14. Hi Niki - Now I've seen your photos I wish even more that I'd been able to squeeze in my hoped for visit to Liz's. You obviously had a super time - and isn't it a lovely route through the countryside! Sue xx

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  15. Niki, that had to have been pure heaven! Of course you had a great time! Her barn and all of her goods are amazing! I love your new treasures too!
    xo,
    Kim

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  16. What a wonderful place, wish she was my friend!

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  17. Oh what a perfect day! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Thanks too, for your sweet wishes on my blog :-)

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  18. Wow, what a wonderful day! I love everything! Those buttons and that apron are sooo pretty!

    Thanks for saying Hi on my blog..I am going to add you to my favorite, I just love your blog!
    Heather

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  19. Anonymous2:02 pm

    Wish I could jump into the picture and do some shopping and tea drinking myself! Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the breat blog! Cheryl

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  20. Oh dear Liz, why did you leave me out????!

    Is this a dream?

    And now I want a barn....

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  21. WOW niki! What a fabulous display. I am eyeing up those hat boxes, wish I could have rummaged through it all too. And the little table and chairs are so sweet. What a perfectly vintage day!

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  22. What a great barn, wish I was closer, I'd be visiting it too!

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  23. Total heaven - lucky you!!

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  24. Oh I'm so sad to have missed this. I was busy this week but will see you and Liz on Tuesday for sure.

    Love your Fothergay curtains in the last post and coincidently bought a pair myself last week. If you find they are too busy for you I know a good home for them ;-)

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  25. What a lovely way to spend the day browsing through such a collection and sharing tea and good company.

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  26. You always take my breath away...stop on over for a short chat!!

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  27. What a wonderful day you had and what pretty things you brought home. I really like the hangers. I think I will make some for my granddaughters!!

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  28. What a wonderful time you had and the treasures.. I did my own shopping as I enlarged the photos! I saw the french pressed coffe..my fav.What a quaint home your friend has a true cottage style! hugs NG

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  29. wow, look at all that stuff ! Glad you had a wonderful day. Brilliant blog, I'll put you on my side bar if that's ok - Julia x

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  30. What a great post...I do SO love your blog!!!!

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  31. I think I'd still be there browsing if I'd have gone with you - so much prettiness in one room. I bet you had a wonderful day.
    Kim x

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  32. Hi Niki, how wonderful! I think I would have enjoyed a sit in those lovely chairs and a cup of tea - I see the cat was relaxing too!

    What lovely treasures you bought too!

    Clare x

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  33. nicol5:13 am

    Oh my you are a lucky girl! I adore Bath and I can see from these photos that on my next visit I will have to look you up and join you in some shopping!!Thanks for the visual feast!

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  34. How wonderfull time you had! I´m amazed, what can be incide the old barn :)

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  35. Wonderful; I'm sure you will love playing with your things. Have a good time!

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  36. oh my! What wonderful finds. I wish I was there....

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  37. Thanks for you work, is very good, and have a good day

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  38. Why oh why do we not have events such as this? sigh... life over the pond always seems so charming and rural--I love that. Wish I could have attended, but thanks for sharing it with us!

    lauren Mumford

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  39. What a treasure trove. fabulous place.

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  40. Oh My! What a wonderful place. I adore everything but especially the buttons. I so love buttons!! xoxo

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  41. un endroit magique pour une belle exposition ! Lovely loom painted !

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  42. I love the colours of her loom chairs!

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  43. Oh my so many TREASURES! I love it! I love your blog too! Happy Spring!
    Stephanie

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Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx