Is there anyone out there from the Chicago area?


My friend and fellow blogger, Diana of FineDiving has opened a new resale shop in Lake Forest, Illinois. I’m not sure exactly how Diana and I met, but I have always loved the name of her blog! Yes, she “dives” for very fine things all around Chicago. And then she “repurposes” them. Check out her Etsy shop “Table for Eight”. Well, actually, she doesn’t have much in the shop at the moment….it’s all in her new store front shop: Lake Forest Resale Shop.








From children’s clothing and toys to Limoges china: they have it all!

Please…do go over and look around Diana’s blog. She has such good taste, and everything she has redone is really lovely. I NEED to have her come to my house and rework a few pieces!

And……..Diana has also written an e-book: “Secondhand Shabby”. Now, here is a really GOOD guide book to updating vintage pieces yourself.  In Diana’s words:

“So….I’m excited to introduce my downloadable Ebook, Secondhand Shabby: Ten projects for remaking thrift finds. Looking through the lens of the comfortable, perfectly imperfect style of shabby chic, I wrote this book to give you ideas and the know-how to show some repurposed love to thrift store finds.  Why shabby chic style?  It’s alive and well in design showrooms and in our homes, as the introductory tour of a great shop in Chicago well illustrates.”

“The book takes our love of thrifitng and upcycling and puts them together with projects both beginner and experienced makeover artists will like to do. There are makeovers to do in a small apartment as well as a basement or yard, and projects for crafters and those who like to go big with a sander.”

You can purchase the book directly from her site.