Now here’s a brilliant idea that combines two of my very favourite activities: antiquing and brunching. Kate, of Beautiful Days, and Heidi, of White Loft Studio, set out not long ago, determined to scour their local antique shops to find inexpensive pieces and bring them home to use as inspiration for a fabulous al fresco brunch. What ensued is all sorts of lovely, and it’s a challenge that I’d be happy to get on board with. See the rest of their genius adventure right here in the gallery!

From Kate of Beautiful Days… While treasure hunting for unique finds for our client’s special events, I always come across pieces that stand on their own and can inspire an entire celebration instead of simply adding to the decor. This notion inspired the challenge of taking a day to seek out a few unique pieces that would act as the centrepiece of an attainable, easy to replicate inspiration shoot.

One sunny day, super talented and creative Heidi of White Loft Studio and I headed out along route 1 in Wells and Ogunquit Maine to dedicate the morning to treasure hunting, and then bring our pieces back to my shop to style and shoot our entertainment inspiration. This was slightly ambitious as we were banking on finding just the right pieces without spending a ton of money. We wanted it to be a realistic challenge that would inspire others to seek out special finds that didn’t break the bank and could enhance any special celebration.

One of first shops procured a great set of etched glassware, and a few tall cocktail glasses – perfect for drinks! We continued the hunt without much luck – we eyed a few fantastic finds, but they were usually too expensive or just not quite right. A last minute turn-around brought us to a spot that I have always wanted to scout out and it ended up being THE perfect location! A set of linen cocktail/luncheon napkins, a few glass pedestal bowls, and an old galvanized double-washtub was a must have and really the pivotal piece that inspired us to create an alfresco sunday brunch with mimosas and champagne cocktails on ice!

Our finds combined with some pieces in the Maine Prop House inventory and Heidi’s fab retro metal chairs and linens, we pulled together an easy sunday brunch for the ladies complete with simple ingredients: fresh fruit, local eggs and spring greens, and of course a mini bar using the old double washtub. We completed the setting wtih seaonal forsythia and daffodils cut right from my yard…simple, pretty, and a table you could linger at for hours as long as the sun shined and the drinks stayed cold.


Styling & Photography: Heidi of White Loft Studio | Design & Styling: Kate of Beautiful Days and Maine Prop House

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