Gateway to imperfection…

My Home-as-Scrapbook philosophy makes me constantly re-invent displays and vignettes around the house. I’ve been hauling this old gate around for years, but finally found a wall for it in my new home office.


It has been so much fun pulling all my priceless treasures out of shoeboxes to display them. I’m using all kinds of things to connect them to the gate…binder clips, clothespins, S-hooks, a bracelet, and…vintage jewelry. Clip earrings are the most fun!

AND…it’s MAGNETIC! This is going to be a fun project for a long time!


You can’t tell it, but it’s really BIG.  44″x 52″


MORE West Bottoms!

West Bottoms Antique District
Kansas City, Missouri

I came away junk-drunk from my first First Friday in the West Bottoms, and Day Two was equally intoxicating. The vendors there are creative, clever, and passionate. It’s a big party where you get to buy really cool old stuff. If you like architecture, history, antiques, or food trucks…you’ll like the West Bottoms — it’s just plain fun! My Day Two finds…

Bella Patina
1320 W. 12th Street (directly across the street from the 12th Street Bridge)
Open only on Warehouse Weekends (first Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
A long-time West Bottoms shop with 3 floors and over 25,000 square feet of vintage and antiques. Lots of design inspiration here, and really cool hand-made Kansas City gear.


Really cool cafe on the third floor…


1101 Mulberry Street
Open every weekend and many Wed/Thursdays
Don’t be fooled by the store’s name. It’s chock-ful of fun home decor items, some vintage items, fun hand-made stuff, cool local stuff (including Charlie Hustle shirts) and creative lighting…as well as painted furniture. Their Christmas store was FABULOUS…


1300 Liberty Street
Open First Friday weekends + Tuesday-Saturdays for Boutique
Vintage, antique, farmhouse, and urban-inspired decor in an ultra-cool historic building. These West Bottoms pioneers have accumulated 3 floors of fun…


1222 W. 12th Street
This market re-opens on February 5, with many of the same wonderful vendors as Studio 1404.


1107 Hickory Street (get it???)
Open First Friday Weekends only
Cool vendors in an ultra-cool building…(I know I say “cool” a lot, but it’s the West Bottoms…it’s cool…).


And there are STILL MORE cool West Bottoms shops — guess this is going to have to be a 3-part blog post!!!