cff FAVORITE FINDS 18: SHAKING THINGS UP | Simple and Serene Living


Friday, July 30, 2021

I decided to do things a bit differently for Friday Favorite Finds. I'm always finding new blogs to read, new places to shop, and other fun things when I am perusing the web, but I never seem to find a way to share them. 

With that in mind, I am shaking things up.

The first thing I want to share is the new to me antique cabinet I found. I have been looking for a piece of furniture for several weeks, with no luck but when I walked into the thrift store yesterday, there it was. 

antique wood cabinet

Look at all of that nice bare wall space above it. I will share what I do with that in another post. 

New Lovely Reads

Have you all looked at my Lovely Reads page? I am always finding wonderful blogs to read and I am adding them to the page as I find them. 

I'm sure that many of you know Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable. She has great home decor and DIY tips, so if you haven't visited her yet or in a while you will definitely want to do so. 


Do you know Ms. Toody Goo Shoes? She loves to travel and share it all with us. I will be living vicariously through her from now on. 

Home Decor

You may have noticed the vintage brass candlestick lamp on the new to me antique cabinet. I bought the pair of them in 1980 and they are still beautiful with their original black shades. 

vintage brass candlestick lamp with black shade

Shop for a similar lamp.

I have a definite weakness for beautiful vintage and antique plates and although I do sell many of them in my Etsy shop I also have a large collection of my own.

I hate hiding them away in cupboards so I display them on shelves and hang them on my walls. 

blue and white transferware plates display

Plate hangers always seemed to be expensive, but I found this pack of ten plate hangers at a reasonable price.

Another thing that I collect and love is baskets. When you live in a small space baskets make a great storage solution. 

In my bathroom, this vintage wicker laundry basket holds extra towels.

vintage wicker laundry basket holds towels

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TV Watching and Reading

I have to admit that I am an Olympics junkie. I love all of the sports, but when I am not watching the Olympics, I watch season five of  The Heart Guy on Acorn TV.

The Heart Guy

It's hilarious, and it doesn't hurt that he is pretty easy on the eyes.

I have to confess that I get most of my books from the library, because I just don't have space for a lot of books and because I can't afford to buy many books.

There is one book that I treat myself to each year and that is the new Louise Penny Inspector Gamache mystery.

Louise Penny The Madness of Crowds

This year's Book, The Madness of Crowds, will be out on August 24 and I have preordered mine.

Shop for your copy

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  1. I love Louise Penny and this series. I have my hold for the book when it comes to the library as in ebook! I can't wait!

  2. I am going to check out The Heart Guy on Acorn. Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend. xoxo

  3. I really enjoyed all the various links to go to!

  4. I love Kim and her story telling.

    You always share great finds.

  5. Thank you SO much for including my blog on your list! What a nice surprise! I'm going to check out The Heart Guy - I'm looking for a new comedy to binge -- after the Olympics end!

  6. Laura, what a lovely surprise!! Thank you so much, I'm truly honored to be mentioned in your post. And I love Amy's posts, too. I was just showing her lovely views to my kids high up! Yikes!!


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