Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dare to be square.

I’m pulling together the parts & pieces for the set-up of my antique mall space happening later this week and thought I’d share my ‘decor board’ for the space.

That’s right. I’m going all Candice Olson in my 15 square feet.

These are the display elements of the space – the vintage fabrics will become mini curtain panels to add some texture & color, the chippy green boards are shelves that will go on a rusty metal bakers rack, the yellow slats belong to a crusty folding screen and the vintage square dancing wallpaper is just to make it all a little bit fun.

A question about the original use of square dance wallpaper: Which room? I have envisioned this in every room in the house and can’t quite figure it out.

The kitchen is my best guess. Or the ballroom, maybe, if you’re a very dedicated square dancing enthusiast.

And have a ballroom.


In an effort to keep costs down (and profits up, please), everything pictured, except the wallpaper, is from my personal stash.

Looks like I’ve been stashing more than vintage fabric lately…

Set up is on Thursday. Woo-hoo!

P.S. I bought the wallpaper here.  I plan to 'hang' it on my mall walls with thumbtacks.

And it turns out Square Dance is the official dance of Oregon.

It really is.


  1. Official dance of Oregon? Please God, No.....

    I'm sure your space will be just as creative and inspiring as your previous Camas one was. Can't wait to see it in person! Ooh, I'll be in that neighborhood Thursday. I think I need to check it out!

  2. I LOVE all the color in your vision! Looks like square dance is the official dance of many states (who knew they had official state dances?) I know your space will be wonderful and I send best wishes for Thursday. I'm hoping I can make it by there.

  3. How exciting! I'm sure your space is going to look wonderful!
    I've always admired your pillow.
    I'm sure I'll see you at Monticello!
    Have a great evening,

  4. LOVE all you've planned, and would love to see pictures of your finished booth!! Also hope to see in person when passing through from Nevada this summer to see the grandbabies.

    I was wondering the same thing about the wallpaper,(which room?). I agree, in the kitchen would be fun!

    Best of luck with your booth,

  5. Sometimes people have a tendency to reveal too much online, but this seems like an appropriate (and safe) place to say that my parents were prize-winning square dancers (sans cowboy hats and goofy skirts), and I don't think this wallpaper would have seen the light of day in our house. (I think my reply to your comment yesterday was eaten by my e-mail - it's a yes on 'worsh.')

  6. Love the colors you are showing. Waiting to see your space all decked out!
    Have fun,

  7. Wishing you much success with your booth. Love the decor plans for it! Sweet wallpaper. :)

  8. OMG! The house that my husband grew up in had a "rec room" in the basement. complete with a wood paneled bar and SQUARE DANCERS WALLPAPER! I can't remember if it was exactly like this, but I remember when I first went down to that room thinking how wierd the wallpaper was!


  9. You're teasing us with just a little bit of chippy paint!! Ooh, I love that dancing wallpaper, what a focal point that will be. Don't you love being able to set up ahead of time? Hoping your show is a huge success!!

  10. Love the colors (not overpowering so one can see your vintage offerings)...love the decor (so cute and appropriate)...love the chippy shelves (the perfect amount of shabbiness)!!! Can't wait to see the entire space!!! Good Luck!!!!

  11. Another fact learned in blogland about Oregon and the official dance as square dancing. That does not make me want to take it up....
    good luck tomorrow, may try and pop by and check out the jenga booth in person! Great, great color/decor tease.

  12. Hi! I just recently found your blog and just moved into a bigger antique mall space myself...TODAY in fact. I opened my original booth in October and sales have been so great I went a little bigger. I love your style and your picks! Good luck...I can't wait to see the pictures!

  13. Absolutely spot on. This will be the booth people will flock to. Color, kitsch, cute. Wish I were closer. Smiles...Renee

  14. Just found you via 'my salvage treasures'. spent a coupla hours browsing because your blog is fantastic. thank you,

    annemarie from toronto :)

  15. Love your blog, just found you and now I'm a new follower. I'll be back often. Smiles, Carol Mae

  16. I just know your space will be DELIGHTFUL!!!!!

    Have fun!

  17. I can hardly wait to see it. I thought about you setting up as we were driving home from the coast yesterday. Are you ready for the big reveal yet??

  18. Hi Amy - I just discovered your blog and am happily your newest follower. Your sewing projects are wonderful and I enjoyed reading about your adventures. Best wishes for your new antique mall space - your cheerful and chippy aesthetic is sure to draw a crowd!
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  19. Love the decor board idea for your space. And am really loving the wallpaper. I'm going to go check out your source now.

  20. Hi from Bend...Just a hop and a skip over the mountain!
    Congratulations on your new shop...My next time in Portland...I'd love to pop in.
    Oh, the long winter is, finally, saying goodbye! I just put my poor little posies outside three days ago (with a constant eye on the night time temps)!
    I love your wonderful blog! It's fun knowing you are close by!
    Blessings and sunny skies!

  21. I am a new follower and new to blogger. I just found you and adore your work. Love the mood, color, and definitely the dancing wallpaper. I love fabric, crafts and lots. Hope we could share :-)

    Thanks for sharing by the way!!


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