Friday, March 23, 2012

The Winner!


Thank you for the wonderful comments on what your Folk Story means to you.  It was fun to read such inspiring thoughts!  And the lucky winner…through a random drawing is…


Congratulations Jill!  Please send me your email address so I can get your subscription set up with Folk Magazine…

Thanks again to all who participated.  We’re packed up and heading to Chicago for the

Randolph Street Market Spring Fling!

If you live in or near the Chicago area, you must come check out this awesome vintage show…Hope to see you there!



Friday, March 16, 2012

A Folk Story and a Give-A-Way…

Have you seen this magazine yet?


If you haven’t heard of this…you don’t know what you are missing!


How would I describe this magazine???  Well, the folks over at Folk really state it best…

” Devoted to presenting a fresh and youthful interpretation of simple country lifestyles, we focus on the stories that make America our collective home sweet home. FOLK reaches across the many representations of American Country style to unite our country, celebrating personal expression in our homes and lives.

                   We are all about the country, sweet tea, indie music, antiques, roadtrips, small towns, comfort, home, artists, locally grown and locally made, one-of-a-kind art, open spaces, photography, patriotism, simple living, and the little things…”

205899014183446161_3JAByqUA_fCOVERIII251357222922154190_GWV7ZbcY_fI am truly in love with this magazine and you will be too…full of fresh ideas for real home decor, great food, and inspiring articles by some truly talented contributors…  

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Issue IV is out now and it is amazing!  I encourage you to get a copy quickly so you don’t miss one beautiful beat of this new publication.  And, better yet…hop on over to their Facebook page and follow along also. And more better than that…check them out on Pinterest…I can sit on there all day long!

Or even better still, how about a free one year subscription to experience FOLK Magazine!  I want to hear from you…with ONE sentence… about what your American story is…we’ll select a winner to be the lucky recipient of a FREE 1 year subscription to FOLK!

How cool is that!  It’s our first give-a-way and we couldn’t be more excited than to show off this great publication!

Oh…and here’s a sneek peak for issue V…


So, what are you waiting for?  Here’s how you can be entered to win:

  1. Leave us a comment here on our Shambora Studios blog- Let me know what your idea of the American story is to you…one sentence! Simple!

2. Head over to our Shambora Studios Facebook page and let us know how much you want to experience FOLK Magazine for another chance to win. 

We will draw a winner on Friday, March 23rd!

How easy is that!



p.s.  All photographs are courtesy of Folk Magazine’s Blog, Pinterest and Facebook pages…please follow them on these sites for more info!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Paint, Paper, Pallets and a Window…

We had a very busy week at Shambora Studios.  We installed a window, a new line of merchandise, and completely remodeled our booth.  So, prepare for a long post!

When a space opened up at Logan Village Mall last November, we had to move in pretty quickly…it was right before the Holiday Open House and we wanted to take advantage of the great traffic and shopping opportunities.  So, we set up shop as best as we could and then set off on our regular Holiday schedule.  Then after the New Year a bigger and brighter space opened up and we had to jump on that as well!  So, we moved in as-is…no chance to really refurbish the room first like most vendors do (which is so much smarter!)

Well, finally this past weekend we had the time to go in and really make the room our own.  We spent the night painting, cleaning, hammering, arguing ;), gluing and painting some more…but we’re so excited with the results!


Please forgive my photo quality…forgot my digital camera so I had to use my phone…someday, maybe someday, I’ll be able to afford a nice camera to capture those beautiful images so many of my fellow bloggers are able to do!

So, we literally emptied the entire place…

IMAG0721 The room was a shade of yellow which I wasn’t happy with at all.  It just really did not do any favors to my merchandise.  The first thing we did was change the light covers…HUGE difference!

IMAG0722 The side wall is covered in pegboard.  Unfortunately, there is nothing but a very stinky old unfinished wall behind there, so we had to seal it off.  My very generous friend Renee had a roll of heavy brown paper so I proceeded to decoupage the entire wall with it!

IMAG0723We decided to cover the back wall with pallets…I’ve seen so many awesome pictures using these and have wanted to incorporate them into my display for some time.  This was the perfect place to do it, and thanks to my wonderful friend Mark, we picked some up for free!

In lieu of painting the back wall, we thought it would look cool to have burlap showing through the slats, so I covered the entire wall with panels I had in stock.

IMAG0725 I should have taken a photo of patient hubby installing the panels, but I didn’t.  I was focused on completing the painting so we wouldn’t be there all night long (which we practically were anyway!). I, of course, changed my mind on the layout so he had to do some modification.  Tried his patience, but it turned out much better!

IMAG0724I changed the room color to a soft grey.  Again…immediately made a huge difference in the feeling of the room!  The grey has a slight blue cast to it which is exactly what I was looking for…

We planned on pulling up the carpet and utilizing the cement floor…however we discovered that it had been painted a couple of shades of not-so-pretty blue.  So, for now, we put the carpet back down until we decide what to do!  With the rug down and all of the changes, you really don’t notice it anymore so I think I can live with it for while longer…

IMAG0735IMAG0729   IMAG0728IMAG0733We installed shutters and my favorite chippy aqua door over the brown papered wall.  Really brightened up the room! 

IMAG0732 IMAG0730 IMAG0731 IMAG0742 IMAG0741IMAG0727We’re pretty excited with how it turned out!

Also, last week we installed a new window display for the month of march and re-merchandised the outside nook of my booth, adding in jewelry and new vintage print t’s!

IMAG0712IMAG0713 The t’s are $19 and are available in cream, mushroom, and silver.  There is a mix of 5 different fun vintage inspired graphics…

The jewelry is all handmade by me as well…using ReLoved vintage pieces that I have collected while junking, picking, and shopping!  Custom pieces are also available…just email me!

IMAG0715 For the window I went with a Garden theme…it’s a teeny window so I couldn’t install everything I planned, but I thought it would be nice to get a jump on Spring!

IMAG0716IMAG0717 IMAG0718 IMAG0714Poor Hubby was put through the ringer this past week…He works his normal day job, then had three very, very late nights at the mall,  running errands, building, loading, unloading, painting, hammering and drilling for me.  I did make him a big steak dinner last night but he deserves more…:) 

Again, thank you for your patience with my camera-phone photos!  I promise that someday soon I will be able to wow you with fabulous images but these will have to do for now!

So now I’m off to work on designing for two decorating clients and preparing for upcoming shows!  Next up is Randolph Street Vintage Market in Chicago and then we start our season at Kane County Flea Market.

And…don’t forget about the big one! 

The Vintage Marketplace

is making it’s debut at the Springfield Flea Market and Antique Show May Extravaganza.

Click on the links…mark your calendars…save your money…buckle up and enjoy the ride…

It’s going to be an exciting season!






Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nashville Re-Cap

So I’ve been MIA for some time now!  For a supposed “off season” it’s been quite crazy!

Between traveling to Chicago, restocking our booth at Logan Village Mall, new design clients and surgery…time has just flown since the show.  Things should be back to normal (whatever that is…) this week, but I wanted to FINALLY share some photos from The Vintage Marketplace today!

IMAG0531The booth space was awesome.  We were surprised with a much bigger space and a prime location within the show.  Thank you Jon!  We were able to put out everything we brought along and having the wide space gave us the ability to really play up several vignettes.  To date, this was my favorite set up for any show!

vintage marketplace 0212 010The antique “daybed” sold quickly, as did most of the larger pieces of furniture.  Chairs, lighting and mirrors were also a big hit! 

vintage marketplace 0212 009vintage marketplace 0212 016vintage marketplace 0212 017   IMAG0558vintage marketplace 0212 021Load out was much easier…we went home with much less!  A huge thank-you to everyone who visited us at The Vintage Marketplace in Hendersonville!  

One of my favorite parts of the show was meeting all of the wonderful vendors who were participating.  Some of us began emailing and blogging with each other in the weeks leading up to the show, and it was great to meet everyone in person.  There was such a great mix of styles and TONS of talent and inspiration!

And we are now very excited to take part in the upcoming Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield Antique Show and Fleamarket!

Here’s a peek at some of the vendors who will be coming to Springfield…

vintage marketplace 0212 045ImaKdee’s Recycled Recreations

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Bloomsbury Loft

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Nostalgia's Cottage


Many of you have been loyal shoppers at the Springfield Antique Show and Fleamarket, but this May is going to be special.  The Vintage Marketplace will have it’s own area under the “big tents” in the center of the show where we will show you how you can incorporate vintage charm anywhere in your home, no matter what your style is!

Be sure to keep up the the latest info here:

Vintage Marketplace Style


Alright, off to plan my window installation for March at Logan Village Mall!  Working on a garden theme…look for pictures to come soon on that!

And…a very fun post coming with a give-a-way…

You won’t want to miss it!

394668_344823872199771_252309821451177_1638731_844705484_n hint…hint…:)