Sandwich Antique Market! It's back. I was giddy on Sunday morning.  Like a kid on Christmas Day.  Like some adults I know at Halloween.  I LOVE this market.  The gentle summer breeze in the air, the smell of musty wood mixed with the ever present bratwurst truck parked in the center of the park, the dusty road that winds around the fairgrounds. I love it all.  Most of all, I love the bargains and I love the authenticity of the products.  You never know what you will find.  Here are just some of the gems from May's vendors:

This vendor had AMAZING things. Raw Industrial. 
These letters are from a bowling alley on the south side of Chicago.
I tried to convince him to come back next month.
(Message me if you want his info).

Just one of 20 "booths" loaded with wood pieces.

I feel like this might be found on the set of Mad Men.

Love it when I find the ones with a slightly blue tint.

Had to have these vintage suitcases.
I plan to pair them with red ribbons. Stay tuned.

Reminds me of my grandma.

This was my favorite moment of the day.
My 8 year old son was fascinated by this object.

Just one more reason to love the
upcoming summer antiquing season....history lessons.

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show wrapped up at McCormick Place in Chicago last week.  It was a bigger show than I have seen in the past, but there was a lot of the same common products infused with new technology.  I want the candy!!! New stuff!!! Design!!!! Please!  Okay, I will settle down.  One of the best booths at the show was tucked way in the back.  Dal-tile.  They have an impressive showroom in Chicago and showed an equally impressive booth at KBIS. 
Here are some of my favorite new (and old) things from them:
I LOVE THIS so much.  Backsplashes are getting pretty predictable but this is so fantastic.
It is a Warm Waterfall blend of Marbles.

This is Blackened Elm on the floor. Tile. Not wood. So gorgeous.

Coastal Keystones in a Straight Joint installation.  Just the right amount of bling.

The fireplace features City Lights in Barcelona. So retro and yet so modern.

Stone A La Mod in Contempo White.  I adore an oval mosaic.

Zen Garden has Pre Consumer recycled content in it. Lovely and Green.
Now the question is....where to use it all?
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