Closing Time: Goodbye, Bradford Avenue

30 May

Closing Time. Open all the doors and let you out into the world.

Out into the World Wide Web, that is.

This blog is moving. I prefer moving over ending. 

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

Please visit my new website: www.gatherandbuild.com

It looks like this:

Gather & Build Website

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

This is a tiny bit bittersweet because you watched me build my first house here. And you watched me make mistakes and get things right. And you watched a business start, right here. So, let’s just take it with us.

The blog is right there in the tool bar. And all the posts from Bradford Avenue have been moved over so nothing’s lost. Every comment you’ve made here is now there. (I couldn’t part with your thoughts or this journey.)

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 (Note: If you never saw after pics of Bradford Avenue then you’re not alone. They are at Gather & Build for you now.)

So, let’s go together.

If you subscribe to Bradford Avenue by e-mail, you can do that at Gather & Build, too.

Or, Gather & Build is on Facebook—like the page so you can see blog posts in your news feed.

Gather & Build Facebook

And, since Instagram is a hands-down favorite,  Gather & Build  is there, too. So find @gatherandbuild on Instagram.  You’ll catch the occasional snapshot of @patsyandjune, too. They like to hang out around construction sites—quality control.

Gather & Build Instagram

 

In honor of closing one door and opening another,  I have this parting gift.  Click this.

Thank you for the contribution you’ve made to my life, Semisonic. You’re still with me. I’ll take you to Gather & Build, too.

Gatherings + Cinco de Mayo

3 May

In honor of a valid reason to eat chips, salsa, and all the tacos you can hold, I join you in celebrating Cinco De Mayo this weekend! I’ve gathered a few things—starting with these Hacienda Melamine Plates from Anthropologie—inspired by this festive holiday.

Hacienda Melamine Plate from Anthropologie

These stairs are only the tiniest sneak peek into a lovely Spanish Colonial home featured on Houzz. The work is that of Tim Barber, LTD Architecture. 

Spanish Colonial Home Stairs

This Avocado Mint Candle (also from Anthro) is the freshest candle yet. I love the scent and the packaging.

Avocado Mint Candle from Anthropologie

Trader Joe’s is hands-down my favorite stop for fresh flowers. Using cans is a festive and fun way to spice up your arrangements. Here’s an entire post dedicated to a fiesta decor.

Flowers in Mexican can

I’m looking for the perfect drink dispenser. Here are two faves:

Glass Beverage Dispenser CB2World Market Savannah Drink Dispenser

First, a glass dispenser available at CB2. I am also a fan of the Savannah embossed drink dispenser from World Market. If you’re looking for something acrylic, Target has good, affordable options.

And, finally, Larissa gave me this healthy and yummy recipe for fish tacos last week. She wrote about it on the LifeWay Women blog today. I made this for dinner twice last week…. It’s that good. 

fish tacos

Enjoy your weekend!

x,

amy

Every Thing Will Be Okay.

24 Apr

Sometimes when I’m feeling particularly get-me-out-of here all I want to do is run away. Let's Run Away Screen Print Art

Better yet.

Let's Run Away

But since it’s not always the most practical thing to run away—responsibilities, people I love, pets I love, and then the whole I-don’t-want-to-lose-my job-thing—instead, I say nice things to myself.

Like.

It's OK Banner

But let’s be honest. Somethings aren’t OK and you might want to take that sweet little banner and say, Do not be positive with me right now. This is a bad deal. It’s not OK. 

In that instance, I’d say go with this:

Everything Will Be Okay Screen Print

Because eventually everything will be okay.

Get something fun for your walls here:

Let’s Run Away and Every Thing Will Be Okay  and are by I Screen You Screen on Etsy. I’ve got a couple of prints from I Screen You Screen and I love them. This If You Work Really Hard print is on my office bookshelf.

It’s OK banner by Secret Holiday & Co. Let’s Run Away to a Beautiful Place is on Etsy via Print Press by Flea Market Trixie.

x,

amy

Gatherings: Best of the Web

17 Apr

Pretty things abound. Here are some things I’ve seen this week that I think you’ll enjoy.

I am the pickiest when it comes to coffee mugs. I prefer tall slender mugs to big bowlish mugs—the coffee gets cold quickly, too much surface space. And I like the way a skinny mug feels in my hands. This one meets my criteria.

Anthropologie Pinched Corners MugPhoto from Anthropologie

This mind-over-matter plant container makes me smile.

If I had to live in a barn I’d choose this Michigan barn.

Speaking of barns… West Elm has the sweetest Love Thy Farmer tote bag. And, I do love my farmers.

I’m into kale. I want to Jodi’s  recipe for crisp kale and brussels sprout tacos with avocado and white bean creama. Everything is good when it’s in a tortilla, right?

What's Cooking Good Looking: Crispy Kale + Brussel Sprout TacosPhoto from What’s Cooking Good Looking?

If you’ve got a bare wall in your closet and a few clipboards here’s a fun idea for your chunkier necklaces.

No matter how smiley the dustpan, I will likely never feel happy about sweeping.

Finally, my favorite wallpaper in removable tilesFor those of us who like to change with the weather.

Hygge & West Removable Tile Wallpaper by Oh Joy!Photo from Hygge & West

x,

amy

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You’re Invited! 12th South Home Tour

15 Apr

You're Invited. 12th South Home Tour

The annual 12th South Home Tour is this Saturday. Eleven fabulous homes are on the tour and it promises to be a day of neighborliness and inspiration.

While you’re in the neighborhood stop by Edley’s Bar-B-Que or Burger Up for lunch, grab some coffee at Portland Brew or Frothy Monkey, or drop in at Imogene + Willie, even if it’s just to say hi—they’ll be glad to see you.

Get your tickets for the tour here and come see us in 12th South!

 

Lately: An Eastwood Project Visual Update

29 Mar

The last time we talked there was a foundation. How ’bout I walk you around the project and catch you up on what’s happened?

While we are pretending, let’s time travel back a week. Let’s say I parked my car in the back alley behind the house and you just hopped out to find the crew hard at work.

Foundation. Meet your floor.And just like magic, we’re standing on the first floor in the hallway looking out multiple doors/windows. This will all become clear with time.

Eastwood First FloorHey, Brad, fancy meeting you here. We’re just looking around.

Eastwood First FloorLet’s go upstairs and see what the guys are working on. Stairs with a landing are my favorite kind.

Eastwood StairwayHello, second floor.

Second Floor DeckingWe’ll get out of the way so you guys can turn that pile of 2x4s into studs and walls.

Eastwood Second FloorThat’s the quickest tour I’ve got in me—proof that we really are building something. 

Street View
Thanks for reading, 

amy

Easy Updates: Leather Pulls

19 Mar

I’m in the mood to rearrange the furniture, paint the bedrooms, change the bedding—I blame spring. This happens every March. 

Here’s the next thing I want to do:

Update a dresser with leather pulls—so easy and affordable that I am looking forward to the next flea market to snatch an old dresser and get right to work. I first saw the picture below in House and HomeThis is my favorites of the ideas I found. It’s dark and moody—how we like our dressers, not our people. 

DIY Leather Drawer PullsHouse and Home

Just when I choose a favorite I realize that tabs are all the rage. Strips vs. tabs. The debate begins. 

Leather Drawer Pulls // Martha StewartMartha Stewart

leather pulls // dresserA Home’s World

Both House and Home and Martha Stewart offer an easy step-by-step guide for adding leather to your dresser’s mix. (Just click the links under the pictures and you’ll find a supply list and instructions.)

Leather Cabinet Pulls

Pinterest

And for the cabinets in your life:

Leather Drawer Pulls for KitchenRemodelista

leather cabinet pulls // elle decorElle Decor

Leather Drawer Pulls Bathroom CabinetFrench by Design

Leather Pulls Bathroom CabinetsA Home’s World

Should you decide to revamp a piece of furniture and add a smidge of leather to it, well, good luck and I want to see your before and after! Message me. You can totally do this! 

Thanks for reading.

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