Hi everyone! Welcome back to my special feature: Vintage Blog of the Week. Today I’m recognizing one of my favorite bloggers, Rita, who blogs at Panoply, a beautiful blog about beautiful things. Rita has a terrific eye for all things vintage and antique, which is evident in both how she decorates and what she sells. She began blogging on Epiphany (January 6th) 2013, so she has just celebrated her 2nd anniversary–well done Rita!
Rita’s blog is aptly named–both her home and her antique booth are filled with “a wide-ranging and impressive array” of antique and vintage wonders. She is both a collector and a seller who manages to prevent the business from completely overwhelming her home. In fact, last year, she did an insightful series on purging and organizing her home.
Here we see her sunroom, where not too long ago she added some jungle-themed decorative items.
Here’s a peak in one of her bathrooms. I fell in love with this antique, marble-top table the moment I first saw it. I think it may have been sold by now. Rita often “fosters” her finds for a while before taking them to her shop to sell. Aren’t those legs gorgeous?
One of Rita’s collections includes Quimper, which you see in this beautiful tablescape. In the post, she provides some interesting background information on this French pottery, along with some additional photographs.
Another of her collections: purses. Have you fallen in love with this gorgeous display of beaded purses? Rita has terrific taste in everything–collecting, decorating, and gardening, but these purses are exquisite.
Here’s a close-up of one of her purses that I discovered on her antique beaded purses Pinterest board. I think her purse collection is museum quality.
Another of Rita’s collections is miniature books, which she very recently wrote a fascinating post about. When she writes about her collections, she provides valuable information about the collectibles, their history and sometimes even the care required to maintain them. This depth of writing sets her apart from the crowd.
Rita shops at all sorts of places to add to her home decor, collections, and business. She shops auctions, estate sales, antique stores, and–my personal favorite–the curbside. While I think of Rita as a soft-spoken, elegant Southern lady, she is not afraid to dive into a curbside treasure trove and do a little pickin’. Love it! (BTW, this post was picked up by the magazine DYI Decorating Addict.)
Rita sells carefully selected and displayed antique items in a local antique shop with two of her sisters. Each of the three of them has their own style, which she describes here. Together, they make up the powerful force behind Panoply (though Rita writes the blog).
Isn’t that map terrific? It would look perfect in a study or family room. Love the watering can and the white bench, too.
Did I mention that Rita is an avid gardener? She and her husband landscaped their entire property and it is stunning. When I look at this photo I want to pour myself a glass of tea and sit myself right down in that lounge chair and rest a while.
Rita has attended two different Antique Roadshow events. Alas, neither she nor her items made it to the shows, but she did have her photo taken with Mark Walberg. She wrote all about her AR adventures on her blog–a very fun, must read post.
Not too long ago, Romantic Homes Magazine featured her guest room in their May issue. I can certainly see why.
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