Let’s get outside!  This weekend in High Point NC, you have the opportunity to stroll the Johnson street historic district during an event called BLOOM: The Art of Living.  Stroll the streets to visit retailers and restaurants, and be sure to purchase a ticket to view the gardens of Bloom which feature six designer-created outdoor living spaces.  These spaces include products from the designers, retailers located in the Johnson Street National Register of Historic Districts, and products from some of the High Point furniture market showrooms.

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Cloches on white pedestalsShabby, rusty,chippy cottage charm is exactly what you will find at Spade and Broom.  This delightful shop occupies most of the bottom floor of a charming cottage home surrounded by garden, yard, and pond.  Just walking among the furnishing and curiosities on the property invites you to take pause, slow your pace, breath deeply and enjoy the browse.

Repurposed desk painted white

The space is light and bright, and jam packed with vintage furniture brought to new life in a shabby chic style.  Abundantly white, carefully distressed, and lovingly refinished.  I met the shop owner Kristen who was so gracious and very willing to share about the process she uses to create her shabby,rusty, chippy cottage charm.  Sprinkled here and there are a few color options other than white, like the little yellow side table above.

Shabby Chic

Among the furnishings are table linens, vintage clothing, mirrors, and accessories to complement this style. Stock is constantly changing.  A preview is posted to the Spade & Broom Facebook page on Wednesday,  those new things will show up in the store on Thursday.  A bonus is that the prices will not disappoint.

Cobalt Blue Salt and Pepper Shakers

Bird cage and desk

vintage linens

We arrived on a Friday as the owner was bringing in some salvaged windows to fill in where items had been sold, apologizing that she felt the store always looked a little empty by Friday.  I thought it looked pretty stocked, but if you are wanting first dibs of what you see on Wednesday, in the preview, you may want to hurry on over.  It always makes me curious about what I may have missed.

Spade and Broom Logo

Spade & Broom is located in Trinity NC.  If you make your way there be sure let them know you saw them on the Living With Color Designs blog.  When I walk among these charming repurposed pieces I can’t help but wonder about the previous owners, the life this piece has already had.  Then I smile for the new possibilities for all this shabby, rustic, chippy cottage charm.   –  Marianne


Bringing you more color inspiration from the farmers market today.   Yesterday’s post gave you a little floral color inspiration from the farmers market and today I bring you a little color inspiration from the beautiful produce I saw.

There is no mistaking that red is definitely the vibrant color of choice for produce.  I could not get enough of all these beautiful red tomatoes.  From cherry, to grape, to roma, to german johnson tomatoes, they all provide a color jolt to your senses.

cherry tomatoes Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

Grape tomatoes Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

Roma tomatoes- Farmers Market with Living With Color DesignsGerman Johnson Tomatoes

Purple shows up with both bold and subtle strokes. Check out the divine color inspiration of the dark purple blackberries and their aqua containers. So beautiful.  Eggplant has found it’s way to some of my table arrangements before, it also makes a colorful addition to any meal.  Stalks, leaves and beans even get a dose of purple.

Beautiful blackberries - Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

Blackberry - Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

Fairytale Eggplant


purple and green beans

If you had told me, before I went to a farmers market, that beans could be beautiful, then I would have thought you were crazy. But look at these intriguingly beautiful purple and green beans.

Next we have the color green. One of natures favorites. Get inspired by the various shades of green in these okra, peppers, green beans, and onions.


Peppers farmers market green beans onion stemsAll pictures above were taken at the Moon Creek Farm booth, really beautiful produce.  I ended up carrying home some blueberries, peaches, and tomatoes.

baskets of tomatoes tomatoes

I could not resist just a few more pictures of tomatoes from another vendor.  I just love them all lined up in baskets.  Hope you have liked today’s color inspiration, brought to you by the farmers market and natures produce.   –  Marianne



What a wonderful way to end my July the Fourth weekend.  My sister and I decided to take a little trip to the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.  I always love to go there.  I get so inspired and energized by all of natures beautiful bounty.  It only takes a couple of seconds and you will feel it.  Your blood pressure will drop, your body will begin to relax and, yep, you will probably even feel a little joy.  I imagine that is exactly the reaction that God intended for us toward nature.  The feel good stuff is just the beginning.  The farmers market is a visual feast of color inspiration.

Beautiful bouquet Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

I’ll start with a little farmers market floral color inspiration.  Isn’t this bouquet just beautiful? I had to take this one home.  I picked it for the beautiful combination of vibrant purples and oranges. I also like the contrast of delicate soft blooms paired with more sturdy architectural blooms.

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zinnias- Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs




Ah, the bucket of blooms. If you work with flowers you know what this is.  Inevitably you will have some stems that break leaving these beautiful flower heads that you can no longer use in a tall arrangement but you just can’t throw away.  A great way to use them is to put them in short packed arrangements in small containers where you only see blooms.







Zinnias are wonderful summer flowers.  They are perfect to have in gardens you create with little gardeners because they are easy to grow from seed and make great cutting flowers. I really should plant some of these with our youngest granddaughter because she loves to pick the blooms off our flowers.  She really would be confused if we handed her some scissors and let her cut  as many as she liked.




Zinnias Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs







There is just something about buckets and buckets of flowers.  The colors, the scents, it all just awakens your senses.






Fresh cut bouquets- Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

Summer Fresh Flowers booth at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market




The booth with the most beautiful flowers and creative flower grouping of bouquets was, Summer Fresh Flowers from Newton NC.  Mai was so sweet and helpful. She eagerly gave out advice and suggestions. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors questions. Typically they are experts at what they do and are happy to make recommendations.  Her creativity and color sense was reflected in her bouquet flower pairings. Color Inspiration could be found in each one.



mums- Farmers Market with Living With Color Designs

The farmers market is also a great place to take pictures.  The great subject matter and indirect light will make you look like a pro.

sunflowers- Farmers Market with Living With Color DesignsSome of these gorgeous sunflowers went home with my sister.  They are also a personal favorite of my oldest daughters.  To me nothing says summer flower more than a sunflower.  Unfortunately our attempts to grow these at home have been thwarted by the deer that frequent our yard.  Must be a deer delicacy.   All of the pictures above were taken at the Summer Fresh Flowers booth.

Unique assortment of flowers Farmers Market with  Living With Color DesignsA little further down the way I found these flowers in a bucket.  What an unusual and interesting combination.  Unfortunately the owners had stepped out of the booth and I was not able to get the name of these interesting stalks.

Pink flowers -Farmers Market with  Living With Color Designs




I can’t resist just one more picture. These pinks are really beautiful.  Oh, look, my Vionic sandals are trying to make their debut.  I got myself into a little bit of foot trouble with my life changes.  My feet were not prepared for the sudden explosion of exercise that was placed upon them.  But all is well thanks to Dr. Regal, some custom inserts for my tennis shoes, and these little supportive sandals.





So, next time you are looking for a little color inspiration, head on out to your local farmers market.  The trip may also turn out to be good for your soul.  Check back tomorrow for some more farmers market color inspiration and in the near future a surprise collaboration that will be sure to inspire.   –  Marianne