Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vintage Bottles


I have a thing for vintage bottles.


The other day I searched craigslist for some...


never expecting to find any.


I did find some.


But I found a whole lot more!


From the minute I picked up the phone to call about the bottles I could tell this adventure wasn't going to be about bottles.


I felt an immediate connection with Leslie, the woman selling the bottles.


She told me she couldn't meet me half way as she was too busy packing up to move and that I'd have to come to Morgan Hill to pick them up.



Never wanting to go on an adventure alone I talked my ever patient Mom and good friend Catherine into coming along for the ride.


It took us about 1 1/2  hours to reach Morgan Hill. When we arrived at our destination I excitedly jumped out of the car and opened the big wooden gate which led us up a short drive to one of the most idyllic settings I've ever seen.


 Leslie and her friend Carli greeted us as we pulled up to the 2nd house on the property.


 They invited us in for a look see as we couldn't contain our oooohhhs and aaaahhhs!


Check out the reclaimed barn wood floors!
 

I swooned when I saw her collection of shells and bottles!


Here's Leslie telling us how she lovingly restored both houses on the property which have been in her family for years.


She was so gracious in allowing me to take some photos even though she was in the midst of packing!


She stripped all the original doors and trim to expose their natural beauty







My Mom and Catherine listened intently as Leslie shared a little history about her family's property.






Leslie lives in this cozy house and rents the one next door.




Back downstairs...


in the garage, she had more stuff for sale.


I couldn't resist the old distressed red wicker table hidden beneath the stereo speakers!


She offered us this lovely upholstered piece for free but we couldn't fit it in the car!


I didn't want to leave this beautiful place or it's lovely owner and her friend but I made them both promise that we would keep in touch and that they had a standing invitation to come and play with me anytime in Alameda this summer!

The moral of the story is you never know what you'll find on craigslist!

29 comments:

Kathysue said...

Ooooh! Terri I see what you mean you found not only a treasure in the bottles but in the house and it sounds like in Leslie. AS you have always said you find people as treasures. What a dear person you are my friend, xo Kathysue

Debby Lee said...

Love those floors! Sounds like you had a great time & made some new friends! xo

Kerry said...

You have the best adventures Terri! I want to come and play with you and your mum!

Privet and Holly said...

I love that Leslie's house has a name. It is a custom that you see a lot in Great Britain and in a few areas in the USA....Carmel, CA comes to mind.... Morgan Hill. LOVE the name and the HOUSE. What a sweet sanctuary. I'll have to start thinking of names for my house. {I've already dubbed my car Stirling, 'cause it's silver.} There is a lot of inspiration in this home to bring home to our own....Thank you, Teri! xx P&H

A Perfect Gray said...

so much fun....and you know, gal, I am a bottle NUT! I loved what she did to those doors...what a neat adventure....

Hamptontoes said...

What a sweet story about the unexpected.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Wow! What an adventure. I adore vintage bottles. I saw some today at an antique mall that had different letters on the outside and something that looked like pearls on the inside. Soooo cute!
Brenda

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

That's fantastic and I just love those bottles! I've been so afraid to use craigslist as I see so many warnings from others about scams and dangers...but look what you found!!! Great bottles & a great new friend! I'm so going to head over there and take a look...Great post!!! Beth

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

You just have the best Mom, she is always up for your adventures. Hey, I would go too if I lived closer. Have the best Mothers Day Terri with that great Mom of yours Much love. XO

cityfarmer said...

... too bad every craigs list experience is not this good ...

you are one blessed shopper girl ...

you'd better peek at my wicker wrapped bottles before they disappear ...

missn u

joanny said...

What a precious new friend you made --- and what a lovely home -- if it were mine it would break my heart to leave it. I spy a beautiful old gas range in the kitchen -- it looked like my Mom's kitchen and gas range...sigh -- she is gone now and Mothers day is coming...
So sweet you and your Mother get to share in adventures together that too is one of the precious gifts of the day besides meeting a new friend. You have many gifts my dear blog friend -- many worthwhile gifts of the heart.

Such a treasure you are in sharing this blessing.

Joanny

ShirazandFrenchBlue said...

WOW, what an adventure, thank you for that beautiful story, of findings and freindship.

Beach House Living said...

Some of your bottles look like they have a lavender tint from exposure to UV rays/the sun. If yes, you lucky luck girl.

Those are in quite clean condition too.

What a wonderful home. That french chaise in one of the photos is so nice.

FrenchBlue said...

Oh Gosh how fun was this!?!?! Your right you never know. I found Lynn on
Ebay! That red wicker table is adorable and so you! Those old floors are killing me~~~
XO

Beach House Living said...

Therese,
Now now, I thought we discussed 4-5 things?
I think some more tags, like scroll, metal, black, rusted etc. might be a good idea.

By the way I forgot to mention those are fab floors in that house. All around great. No wonder you enjoyed your day there s much.

XO
Rita

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Loving the floors in that house. A lovely post, as always! Happy Friday!

Lumo said...

You always seem to have exiting adventures while treasure hunting...

Pretty bottles... I have now gerberas on mixed bottles on our dining table, five simple gerberas and few srands of long grass look much "more" that way than if they all were placed only in one vase.

Cashon&Co said...

i love that window in the last pic and all the recalimed floors. what a fun journey!!!!!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Therese!

How wonderful to discover your beautiful blog!
I was blog hopping, and I believe that I found you by way of my friend Suzanne at Privet & Holly.

Gorgeous photos! I've got a weakness for vintage bottles too, and what a wonderful discovery you made in the process of seeking these out.

So nice to meet you!

Anne

The Zhush said...

Another post that just leaves me saying "WOW"! Her floors and wood doors are stunning! And I love the idea of collecting vintage bottles, what fun!

The Zhush said...

ps: Happy Mother's Day to YOU Therese!!!

My Castle in Spain said...

What an amazing find and what fun !! ah..yes vintage bottles are great..
Have a great week end and Happy Mother's day!!
:-)

lisaroy said...

What a great post - you had me with the vintage bottles but then, like all your posts, you took us on another one of your great adventures! what a beautiful, comfortable home! : )

shari @ little blue deer said...

Gorgeous home! Isn't that such a cool story?? Can I just tell you that I LOVE your posts? You have the coolest life, and it is so much fun to follow along on all of your adventures!

SPLENDEROSA said...

T, I understand exactly how you feel. I love collecting "things" and when I get on the hunt it is bewitching to me. I think your mom rocks...tell her Happy Mother's Day from me. I'm so happy to have met you guys. (I haven't forgotten the 7th follower thing...soon). xx's

Leah said...

What an amazing littlle adventure you had! Those floors were so amazing. You could tell all the love she had for the place and the work she put in it! Lovely blog!

City Living Girl said...

what a charming adventure! Just love vintage bottles, hope you got some great ones! Great post!

Kathysue said...

Hi Terri, thankyou for your sweet comment on my cobalt post.I think with your home some blue and white porcelain would be really a cool addition. Glad you liked the video, kind of hit home didn't it? Have a wonderful Mothers day tomorrow,xo Kathysue

love jenny xoxo said...

What a cool experience! I do some craigslist-ing and everyone I've meet has been nice but nothing this cool :) I could really use those wicker chairs too...