Adventures with Abigail – Folly 101

I intended to start this blog “series” a while back and it just kept getting pushed off. I very casually call it a series, because there’s no schedule to it.

So what’s with the title? Abigail is my lunch buddy, and wonderful. Folly 101 is one of my favorite stores in Portland, Maine – it only made sense to make this my first Adventures post, because Abigail introduced me to it. This is not a paid post and I have received no product in return for this, I just love this store.

Abigail

Abigail is one of my favorite people I’ve ever known. She works at an architecture firm that our company works with. One day our companies had a meeting and we were both there. She was wearing a chunky sweater, had long natural wavy hair and not a drop of makeup on. Oh, and she’s southern. I immediately liked her. We bonded pretty quickly during our second meeting when she got a really shitty call and I immediately dropped my business mode and was like forget this meeting, and just hugged her. Ever since then her and I have met up at least once a week, give or take, to take a walk, eat gelato, drink hot chocolate, eat lunch, sit on a nook and vent to each other – whatever, we just get together during lunch.

She has the best life stories. Even if there is the rare sad one, you always somehow end up laughing you butt off. She’s one of those people who is modest, and you find out these stories in the most random ways, and you always feel better after you’ve hung out with her. We’re pretty similar in a lot of ways, and very different too. One, she’s a New Englander at heart who was raised, primarily, in the south. This means she’s a little rough around the edges, but also completely a southern lady. It is a hilariously wonderful juxtaposition. I don’t care if that’s the wrong term, it sounds right. I on the other hand, have an inner southern grandmother, but was raised in New England.

Oh, and don’t call her Abby, Gail, Ab, A, Big . She’s Abigail. If you meet her you’ll totally agree with me.

The point is – she’s fabulous. I told her a long time ago I would do this and she pointed out it should be called “Adventures with Heather”. I am, afterall, the one who walked through the city with a small plastic kiddie pool over my head. The one I found at Reny’s for 10 dollars for the pooches.

The point is, she’s probably right. This is my blog though, so in yo’ face Abigail (mwahaha). I know you’re reading this.

Folly 101

How do I explain this store? Fabulous-country-chic-rustic-modern-lovely-wonderful-perfect-*sigh*.

If you’re ever in Portland, please go to Folly 101, located (appropriately) at 101 Exchange Street.

The store is broken up into decor by color, with the back being bedding and baby stuff. I had to laugh at this photo. Baby and Abigail do not go hand in hand. I took this photo, laughed and said I was posting it on my blog. She said “Don’t you dare!” in her North Carolina twang.

So obviously here it is.

Here are a few of my other favorite things from this store – besides everything ever.

1.) Napkins

2.) Tea Set duuuhhhh

3.)  That book “Pale & Interesting”. Aptly named – it was indeed pale, and interesting.

Southern Pie! Are you? Do I?

There is nothing else I need to say about that. You know me, it’s obvious what I’m in love with about that.

The candles are really pretty, but I mainly took this photo because I like the layout on the table.

Everything. Everything about this photo. The rugs are so nice. The styling is amazing in this store. The mantle always has something beautifully displayed, the blankets hanging by the mantle are so soft and plush and under those lights are necklaces that are charming as the dickens.

These cute little votive glasses start at a few bucks each and would be great for a variety of reasons.

Leather handle nesting baskets. I am a sucker for baskets,  but when you put a leather handle on them I swoon a little – especially when they are nested and next to an interior brick wall.

Finally – I’m not sure this next photo needs any explanation but I will.

Rustic styled tray & a book on cookies. Not just any cookies. Bigfatcookies.

Done and done.

To be completely honest, I probably photographed some of the less awesome things about this place because I was too overwhelmed and running around looking at everything. I completely missed a photo of the old hoosier style cabinet filled with soaps and bathroom stuff, the front windows which are incredible and even a picture of the store sign.

I get slight amnesia when I walk in here.

The details:

Price Point: This store is on the higher side, generally. Despite how much I like it, I have never actually bought anything but that is because I’m so super cheap – and I wouldn’t even know what to buy because I like it all. There are some incredible deals here though. I saw a 3×5 rug for $25.00 – that’s pretty awesome. I might go back and buy it. Once we redo the house I will likely have a few things from here.

Staff: The staff is friendly, sweet, wonderful. When we walked in the other day I even saw a bridal consultant I had, at a different store, who was the nicest person.

Location: It’s located near the top of Exchange Street, and there’s street parking. With the plethora of great small stores in Portland, it’s worth it to find a spot and hit up a few places at once.

Just make sure one of them is Folly 101. You won’t regret it.

Much Love,

Heather

Livingroom Update

I left you hanging like a Naked Gun movie. You just know there’s going to be a sequel. It has been over a month, almost 2 months *eek* since my last post on painting. Here’s the thing, I like things to be perfect {like is key word here, reality = almost never}. I painted the colors, wrote a post – deleted it. Thought, “I’ll post when it’s 100% complete with all the finishing touches.”

I realized I would never post if I went by that thought. We painted the room simply so we didn’t have to live in a cave another winter before we start renovations. We’re not painting the Sistine Chapel here. I’m not even an interior decorator, or pretending to be. I’m just a chick who didn’t want to spend another Maine winter in a dark room with a party of colonial picnic buddies.

 



You know what the absolute best part is? This feels like a “practice run” to me. Since we’re going to renovate the entire house this is the perfect time to test colors, test out my “style” and realize how terrible I am at making decisions on my own house and decorating. I’m not even disappointed to find this out about myself, I’m actually pretty happy because I’ve been learning all along the way. And I get to tear it all down with no guilt.

I didn’t pick up the room before I took the photos either. There is literally nothing staged about these photos. I’m oddly proud of myself.

We picked up all of our paint from Sherwin-Williams {who in no way sponsored this post. They don’t even know this exists and would likely decline to admit their paint is on our walls}. The boards are Copen Blue, the drywall part is Reflection and the floor & stairs are Anonymous. Yes, I know I missed painting part of the stairs. I’ll get to it.

To bring it back even further, this has been the transformation of our living room over the last four years.

Take a look at the first photo again, and then look at this. Is it perfect? No. Is it a serious improvement I’m delighted with? Absolutely. Yes. Positively. Whheewwwwwww.

Of course there are still a few things to do.

  • Take the burlap curtain down, it’s not working for me.  It’s such a high weird window it doesn’t even need a curtain really.
  • Figure out covers for the other three windows. I like curtains at night, but it also helps retain heat in the winter. These aren’t the new high-end windows that they so clearly look to be.
  • Finish floating art above our new (to us, and free) solid cherry entertainment center. Someone we knew didn’t have room for it and gave it to us unexpectedly. The style fits nowhere in our house yet – but what does? It’s gorgeous. It’s solid and it’s the heaviest piece of furniture I’ve ever felt in my life. I love it.
  • Get (or make) a rug.
  • Paint the side of the stairs on the bottom.
  • Get that couch a cover.
  • Paint the ceiling, sort of (this is years away). We’re not sure where a closet will be, what we’ll have to cut, etc. A ceiling is a lot of work. Correction, this ceiling is a lot of work – so I’m doing it once and once only. It will eventually be totally white though.

Overall though, this room is pretty much finished. I’m painted out. We’re debating on painting a few other rooms in the house as well but for now – fuhgettaboutit.

Happy Perfectionism (Hardly),

Heather