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Inspirations Found in Old and New Places.

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I have been a vintage shopper for as long as I can remember. I scour antique and vintage stores, and go to flea markets and garage sales…that is pretty much my life. So because of this- there are many brick and mortar stores featuring “new merchandise” that I have never been in before. I used to watch home decorating shows on TV and I see a lot on the internet. Today I got to go to two new stores for me that probably many of you have been to. I loved them both, but for different reasons.

Restoration Hardware just opened up in the Las Vegas area over the weekend. It was a beautiful day here today- so they had these huge doors open on both sides of the store and a wonderful breeze was blowing in. They have four floors, so plan to stay a while. If you are a fan of neutral colors and I mean only grays, whites and blacks….with some industrial tones thrown in- then this is the place for you. Room after decorated room of living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms with a few tables thrown in. Most of the items are not priced- so you need assistance for any information. The staff was very friendly and helpful.


It was a bit dark on the first three floors…and we started looking for color…we did see a red vase and a picture with some turquoise in it. It seemed to really blend together after awhile. But I must say, that it was very calming and relaxing to be in the simplicity of the neutral tones and the sparseness of the decor is something that really appealed to me..


The fourth floor is their outdoor area. Its a must see when its not 110 degrees outside. The staff advised us that you can hold meetings up there and also bring your lunch\coffee\etc… and just enjoy and relax in the space. It sounds like a great place to have a GGB get together for sure!! I loved the outdoor space especially with the nice weather.


Next stop was Anthropologie. No. I have never been there before. Yes. I have seen their stuff online- but never have made it into their shop before. Lots and lots of wonderful color!! New stuff that was made to look old. Loved it. Lots of different items- clothing, dishes, perfume, furniture, home decor…a little bit of everything. I was drawn to a huge floral piece hanging over a table in the front display window of the store. It was an arrangement- made with green jute, which served as the hanging vines; small and large cupcake papers that were dyed different hues of purple were made into circular flower shapes. Tied up and popped balloons served as the centers of the flowers. Leaves were made from paper. If you were not paying attention- and just glanced at it- you would never guess what it was made of. I took pictures…so you could see it.





I loved their painted furniture and they did a really cute ode to vintage furniture display on their main counter.


They had a huge display full of knobs for all the DIY projects. This is a place that I will definitely come back and shop at. I took a photo of this too, as I know you all love knobs.


The two stores were like night and day- but I am a huge fan of both now.


Its easy to fall into a rut and shop the same old places that you are used to. I am going to try to see a new place every week! Do not be like me- get out and see these stores…their designs and decor will give you much inspiration. And then check on your local Got Good Bones site- as you may just find a few pieces on the group to help re-create these great projects for your own home….


Johannah Back
I have been a picker\collector\decorator my whole life. I grew up in an eccentric family of artists and collectors. I studied Interior Design- but never finished my degree, as being a mom of two amazing children always seemed to close the door on my college pursuit. I know what inspires and motivates me.

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