Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shopping in Leesburg

On Sunday, I was in Leesburg, VA with my friend, Jeni.  I'd heard that its great out there but I'd never been.  Jeni shares my enthusiasm for all things shabby and vintage so when she invited me, I jumped at the opportunity. 

Jeni snapped a rare photo of me with the caption, "Melanie done snapping pix. Guy with his hand on his head, realizes he can't fit all this stuff in his car."  Pretty funny. 

Rather than traditional antique stores that are entirely antique and vintage items, the stores we visited were a mix of antiques in addition to new items and refinished items so there was a little of everything.

The first shop we visited was called On a Whim

Monogrammed guest towels ...

Not the best photo, but I loved this moss wreath.

These chairs had me thinking of my own chair that still needs reupholstering.

I almost bought this wire cloche.  Since it was the first store we stopped at, I passed on it.

Next stop was Lucketts.  I got my tea towel here.
I absolutely loved this chandelier!

Had to take a photo of this hobnail milk glass lamp.  I like that they combined it with a modern shade, but the shade seems a little short.  In any case, I wish I could have added it to my collection, but the last thing I need is another lamp. 

Pretty blue hardware ...

I saw quite a few green displays ...

I'd love to do something like this for Spring.

How awesome is this room?  The chandelier, rustic table, blue walls ... beautiful!

Another beautiful room in The Design House that is only open one weekend a month.  I can't believe they actually redesign the entire house - 3 floors - every month.  That mantle is incredible.

Another "almost purchase" was the tiny cloche.  Unfortunately, both had cracks. While I don't mind imperfections, these seemed like they could have gotten worse and broken the pieces completely.

The blue sideboard (console?) and owl prints caught my eye here.

We passed these chairs to and from the Design House and I thought the shape was so unique. 

I don't think my camera captured how beautiful the fabric was.

That was about it.  We didn't have nearly enough time to explore and as it was I had to race to make it to my dance rehearsal.  I loved it and can't wait to do it again ... hopefully, when we have a lot more time!


  1. I adore those monogrammed towels. I'll have my eyes open for those.

  2. I enjoyed this post so much Melanie! I love On a Whim but unfortunatley when I went I had my son with me so didn't have a lot of time to really browse...I'm hoping to go back this Spring and check out the Lucketts store as well! You got some great shot's:)

  3. Melanie, it is a good thing I don't live in Leesburg, VA!! Everything at that shop was gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. What fun you must have had.My favorite is the cabbage and rose pillow.

  5. omg! i grew up in VA and am going this summer! I NEED to go shopping now!

  6. This place looks like HEAVEN!!!! WOW!!

  7. That looks like just the kind of shopping I enjoy! What pretty things. I could have way too much fun there.

  8. here in wisconsin i never see stores like this..i would just never want to leave.

  9. Wow - beautiful treasures! I need to take a road trip! ;)


  10. What a super great shop! I love everything you took pictures of!
    Glad I found your blog.
    Have a happy weekend! ;-)

  11. It's great to see someone else who loves shopping at Lucketts!! My favorites are the beautiful outdoor booths ... I almost always come away with some sort of treasure.

  12. What a great shopping trip. Thanks for taking us along!

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  14. I love stores like that! I see that you've been to the Biltmore, too! I'll look around your blog and I'm putting your blog on my favorite list! Hugs! ♥

  15. Love it, please take me with you next time you go!


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