Flea Market Storage Solutions

February 28, 2012

We made it to Florida without any hitch although I did get a pat down at the gate just before going on to the plane.  I guess I look very suspicious.  Between the 3 of us, we had 10 pieces of luggage to maneuver and I thankfully checked four right off the bat but it was still trickier than I thought to herd two kids and 6 bags.  Who knew?  The girls traveled really well and they were so excited to see their dad at the end of the trip, who they hadn’t seen in 6 weeks.  It feels so great to be together as a family again.  Our rental is furnished with big box deals and is sorely lacking in storage.  None of the bedrooms have dressers so we will be living out of our suitcases for the next several months.  I’m content with this right now but eventually it might be nice to bring some character back into our living space.  A large house is something I’ve never wanted and I could really go for Jessica’s sweet little cottage that Lily featured yesterday.  It just feels more manageable, realistic and comfortable.  And let’s be honest, if you are one to keep up on design trends, it’s much more affordable to redecorate smaller spaces.  The downside of a small space is that it can look cluttered rather quickly and it takes discipline to win the battle.  Rather than resorting to expensive and sometimes unattractive storage solutions, there are plenty of vintage alternatives out there just waiting to be found.

Graham & Green

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

House to Home

The Fisherman’s Cottage

Tara Sloggett

Tine K Home

Better Homes & Gardens


Graham & Green

Martha Stewart

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

The warm weather here is exactly as I have been dreaming and I’m looking forward to getting through a few more obstacles so that we can really start settling in.  There is still a pile of paperwork to conquer and our belongings will be in transit for another week or so.  Today, we’ll spend some time at the pool, go for a walk and then drive my husband to the airport.  Just three days into our arrival, he’s off on a business trip for the rest of the week.  Life has already begun.  Speaking of which, I must go.  The girls have been waiting patiently for me to finish this post so they can go for a swim.  Cheers!


1 andrea { 02.28.12 at 9:01 am }

These are great! I love the top one from Graham and Green, but do you know what this piece is called? I looked in kitchen under new spring finds and found the pink cabinet/bathroom piece, but cannot find the other…I am in love with it!

2 janis - pinecone camp { 02.28.12 at 9:07 am }

Rachel, it must have been quite something travelling with all your stuff and your little girls. Sorry to hear about the “pat down” (I recently had to go through the human x-ray machine. Ugh). I love all these storage ideas. That birdhouse is especially cute! Have a great day in sunny Florida!
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3 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 02.28.12 at 7:56 pm }

Oh, no worries about the pat down. They asked me if I wanted some privacy behind a screen but I declined. What have I got to hide? I’ve gone through the x-ray machine too. Not to get too political since this a design focused blog after all but security in airports is a big farce.

4 jessica { 02.28.12 at 9:32 am }

so beautiful inspiration!
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5 colleen { 02.28.12 at 11:56 am }

oh such wonderful storage!
Glad you are there safe and sound!
Find a smaller home with a great pool…so everyone can visit!…hahah!
Love the pink cabinet…let us know when you start hunting for treasures!
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6 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 02.28.12 at 7:58 pm }

Small house + guest house + pool = fun!
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7 Karissa { 02.28.12 at 1:35 pm }

Some great ideas! I love the first photo, pastels are so pretty and look lovely in the kitchen.


8 viv { 03.01.12 at 10:30 pm }

Seriously, these inspiration decor photos are totally rocking my world. You have impeccable taste and I discovered your blog through Pinecone Camp via Pinterest. Your home is beautiful and I’d love to have a similar vintage green cart like yours or that chalk map of the USA! It is chalk material isn’t it?
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9 Birch + Bird { 03.01.12 at 11:06 pm }

Thank you Viv and welcome to our blog! Yes, it is chalkboard material and was found for us by one of our friends husband’s…you should have heard us squeal when he unrolled it :)

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