Friday, October 3

Bring It!

It's the first Sunday of the month, which means it's time for the big 'ol Alameda Flea Market. When I head to the flea market, or am just out shopping for fun new additions to the apartment, I carry my "trusty little designer's helper pouch". Okay, it's not really called that, but the name does kinda fit. When you have your handy, dandy pouch along with it helps take the guessing out of whether a flea market or yard sale purchase (which, do remember, you can't return) will work when you get it home. Or whether that fabric or accessory will compliment your living-room paint. If that pillow will really offset the sofa color the way you've been envisioning.

Amy Butler fabric wristlet from Lula Ballou.

Wristlet Pouch from GlamBaby.

I personalized this interior designers’ kit to suit my own purposes. I found a cute zippered fabric case (clear plastic cases, or even a cosmetic bag work just as well, if you like to be able to see your tools and find them quickly and easily). I'm just a sucker for fabric and pattern. These are a variety of some really cute pouches you'll be proud to carry around.

Leather 'Squirrel Showdown' Bag from bonspiel.

Inside, I carry with me a small tape measure, notebook & pen, my room and furniture measurements or floor plan, fabric samples, swatches and paint colors for the various rooms I'm working on at the moment. For inspiration, I throw in scraps of ideas and my wish list for design projects or objects I might be hunting for. With all of these tools accompanying me, I'm feeling a bit more comfortable about those spur-of-the-moment purchases. It's kinda OCD, which I admit I am, but it does come in quite handy, indeed. Oh, and it's always good to carry your digital camera along too, if you need to take a quick snap should you have the luxury of giving a purchase a bit more consideration.

Pretty in pink from Obscurities Hot Glass.

How about using this pretty vintage beaded clutch fromThe Turnip Truck?


Michelle said...

this is one of those head smacking, "duh, why didn't I think of that" great ideas.

Sarah said...

That is a great idea! :) Since I'm moving into my first every condo that is owned!! in about a month, I'm going to follow this great tip! Thanks! said...

What a great idea! I've been bedspread and nightstand shopping for two different rooms. This would be really helpful.

mia said...

Love flea markets. Won't be coming back to SF anytime soon but when I do I must remember this one.

Thanks for an incredibly inspiring blog.
Happy Weekend!
Mia, from a very cold Sweden

binal said...

Oh pouches!
I love them!
I think I will make a post on my pouch collections:)

Thanks for an inspiring post!


Grace@PoeticHome said...

Great idea Victoria! The paint samples are clutch for choosing the right colors :)

Have a wonderful time this weekend, and I hope you find delightful treasures!

m.bibelot said...

what a great idea! Now I need to prepare my own pouch for tomorrow. Maybe we'll bump into each other:)

Julia said...

So smart! I ALWAYS forget the dimensions of the space where I want a new dresser/bookcase/chair.

I recently came across this pouch loveliness

eM said...

I've been meaning to put together something like this for quite awhile - thanks for the kick in the pants!

jenny said...

fab idea! thanks for sharing it with us. I barely remember to take a tape measure with me, and may possibly, if I'm lucky, have that scribble on a bit of paper with the measurements of the spot in my hall that needs a cabinet of some kind...

thank you - inspiring us to live simply and beautifully!

i'm Carrie, lovely to meet you... said...

Very creative Victoria, I've got to hand it to you, fantastic idea. I ditto Michelle's sentiment.

Ok, off to shop for my very own "trusty little designer's helper pouch"... hee hee. Although, I'll have to think of an appropriate name for mine...

Something like "trusty little gal-who-will-buy-everything-and-anything-without-proper-guidance's helper pouch :)