Monday, November 16, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Family Ties

Even though we may have never met them face-to-face before, the familiar faces we collect on our thrift and vintage adventures quite often become family once we bring them into our homes and our lives. That's how I feel about Cheryl Maeder and Gary Antonio of Gardenhouse who gave a heartfelt welcome last week in West Palm Beach to The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects and Flea Market Objects.

Much like the collection of random, thrift oil paintings that Cheryl and Gary have grouped in their home and created a funny family tree of interwoven stories and characters to create relationships, (Can you spot Gary and Cheryl among the portraits?) the gathering of delightful people at Gardenhouse was a testament to Cheryl's welcoming spirit and lovely soul.

Being that Cheryl and Gary are beloved members of the West Palm Beach community -- one that they joined just few years ago from San Francisco -- she easily enlisted delightful people to make this event one of the best The Find has encountered while on the road.

Sharon McCormick-Keiley of the Community Redevelopment Agency and Paula Martin of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County came on board with Gardenhouse early on to create and promote the memorable event, which drew more than 100 fabulous people to the design destination. Local establishments, such as Café Centro, Jade Kitchen and Sunset Grill, donated catering so delicious that it was completely gone by evening-end. And if that weren't enough, Jennifer Bell of The Sugar Monkey, brought sweet confections so tasty that they disappeared as quickly as they were set out! I can't thank them enough for their generosity.

Here I am trying out my clean-shaven face with my new friends Cheryl and Gary. Aren't they adorable? Just like the portraits that Cheryl so lovingly assembled in her home, I think we look like we've known each other forever, don't you?

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. I so agree with the grouping of unknown faces from someone's past - the mind leaps to fill in the gaps of their personalities... Your newly clean face looks smashing - xo Julie

  2. Great post and you look fabulous.
    Now, I wouldn't want a portrait of a family member naked from the waste up. :) make believe or not.

  3. I try to keep my blog very family friendly, and completely overlooked the topless lady, being that I was so completely focused on the adorable Cheryl and Gary's funny poses. The more I look at this photo, the more I notice how unhappy she appears to being shown shirtless! Thank you for the coments! Stan



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