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Hong Kong Vintage

My husband and I were in North Carolina for vacation last week. Here’s a great vintage store in Charlotte we visited called Hong Kong Vintage & Recycled. They sell clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, and home decor items. Visit their website!


Photos from Hong Kong Vintage & Recycled website



Designers’ Show House

Don’t miss the 38th Annual Designer’s Show House! This event put together by the Bellarmine University Women’s Council features over 30 Louisville interior designers. The designers each take part in redesigning part of a home that is for sale. This year’s home is owned by Dr. and Mrs. Andrew West and is being marketing by Semonin Realtors. The house is a 1920 Scottish Tudor Home with over 7,000 square feet of living space.

Tickets are only $15 so make sure you stop by as the Show House ends September 25.

Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Designers will be in their rooms from 5 to 7 p.m.)
Sunday – noon – 5 pm


I know I’m a little late in the game but I finally got a Pinterest accountt! Follow our pins as we not only showcase designs and crafts but also local and regional design and crafts.  We’re going to use Pinterest as another way to highlight Kentucky artists and designers as well as the surrounding states! Let’s shop local together!

This astro turf/fake grass chair is from Crib Fashion but you find similar benches like this at Garage Bar on Market Street in downtown Louisville. To make your own just purchase some astro turf or fake grass from Home Depot or Lowes. They often have rolls for sale that have been cut wrong. All you need is an old bench or chair, a staple gun and some glue. It’s cheap and a fun way to dress up your outdoor furniture!

So Mid Century

Check out these cute engraved decanters and mid-century bar from the blog So Mid Century. The glasses say His and Hers and the decanter says Ours. so cute! So Mid Century is a blog by Lexington (KY) photographer and artist Lucy Chesnut and boyfriend Bryant.  Lucy had the glasses and decanter custom printed and found the bar second hand. Follow their journey as they renovate their new home in mid-century style featuring DIY projects, great vintage finds and more!

For glass screen printing in Louisville check out Steve Heine at Cranium Glass

For your other screen printing needs check out Louisville companies Monkey Drive and Mad Pixel.

Just Creations

Just Creations is a fair trade retail store and non-profit organization. Situated in the heart of Crescent Hill on historic Frankfort Avenue, this store is the only one of its kind in Louisville.  I have the fortune of being on the board of directors there but I was a customer long before that.  They sell everything including baskets, coffee, dresses, notecards, artwork and toys. It’s the one place in town where you want to be a consumer. Because Just Creations is a fair trade store, they pay fair wages for the products they buy. This provides people overseas and in the US with money to provide for their families. It’s the kind of place where you learn the stories behind the products and then you want to buy everything because you know it’s helping people put food on their table.  Below are some of my favorite Just Creations products that I own.  The woven purse is from Egypt, the red scarf from South America, the baskets from Africa.

Stop by Just Creations and get yourself some fair trade international treasures.

2722 Frankfort Avenue. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6PM.

Home Spotlight – Jacque Parsley

Today we’re taking a peek into the home of Louisville artist Jacque Parsley and her husband Dr. Robert Solinger.  This couple lives in the Crescent Hill neighborhood in a restored barn. The architecture and layout of the house are unique which add interesting elements of design. They have an extensive art collection, in-home gallery walls, artistic furniture, a spiral staircase and more! Jacque and Robert don’t abide by the conservative rules of hanging art and matching color schemes. Their design taste is bold and exciting.  Their home is a mix of museum quality work with the fun and whimsy of a circus. It’s absolutely gorgeous! We could go on and on but the pictures will speak for themselves.


Scarlet Hope – Bedroom Makeover

I’ve started a philanthropic design project decorating a bedroom in the Scarlet Hope house in Crescent Hill. Scarlet Hope is an organizing working with women in the sex industry. It’s a great program, and the only non-profit of its kind in Louisville.  They recently inherited a large mansion in Crescent Hill to serve as a home for women transitioning out of the sex industry.


My project is redecorating one of the bedrooms.  I’m responsible for taking down wallpaper, sanding the walls, painting, furniture, and decorating. Today I took down the old wall paper and spackled the walls to prep for sanding and painting next week. Here are some before shots of the room.


Follow Fly Away Fox’s journey as we transform this space into a welcoming bedroom. We’ll be restoring vintage furniture and creating handmade items – all fair trade, all local, and all fabulous.

Learn more about Scarlet Hope

Salvo Collective

July 1, marked the opening of a new era in Louisville design. Salvo Collective, located on Shelby Street in the East Market Galley District, combines high end style with Kentucky craft. Focusing on repurposed and recycled materials, the 15+ artists span across a variety of mediums from wood furniture, glass,  bicycle spoke lamps, and leather bags.  As one looks at the merchandise, it’s easy to see that each artist has a unique style but there is a common theme that ties it all together. I wanted to buy one of everything and take it home!  My favorite items were the bicycle spoke lamps, limestone washboard sink, and the leather owl clutch bag.  Prices vary from more expensive (furniture) to more affordable (ceramics, jewelry, stationary). There is something for everyone though, so make sure to check them out at the next gallery hop downtown or during their hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11-3, Friday & Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-4. Follow their facebook page for updates on new products, events, and more!

Learn more

Some photos courtesy of Salvo Collective

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a company that has been offering fair trade items from around the world for over 50 years.  They are one of the largest fair trade organizations and provide products to retail stores, operate an online store, and sell at festivals across the country.  As their mission statement says,  “The company encourages artisan partners to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure each product offered has been crafted responsibly. ”

Buying fair trade is not much more expensive than purchasing other items. I love buying fair trade because I know that the money I spend goes to feeding families, providing sustainable work and economy, and brings a little culture to my home. Providing everything from furniture to incense holders there is a large range of products for every style.  Learn more. (You can even create a wedding registry on their website!)

Here are a few items that I love.

Grazing Zebra Stool handpainted and made of Jacaranda wood from Kenya. $74

Laminated Bamboo Vase from Vietnam. $44

Tree of Life Tapestry from Peru. $160

Pyramid Paper Lampshade from India made with handmade paper. $24

Paisley Tablecoth from India. $44

Bamboo Bowl from India. $28

Modern Vintage

I am definitely all about upcycling furniture and buying actual vintage pieces but not everyone wants to drive out to peddler’s malls and dig through thrift stores.  Many people are intimidated and not sure where to even start looking! Some people don’t have time or the means to restore old furniture. For those of you who fall under any of these categories, Ikea is an easy and affordable way to add a vintage feel to your home.  I buy most of my stuff second hand but I also have  items from Ikea like rugs, lamps, and a kitchen island.