Last Sunday I was invited to brunch and a blogger showcase at the Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors in Alpharetta, GA, and I was blown away by the talent of the dealers they have! There was so much inspiration and I came away with alot of ideas I’d like to try myself. Everywhere I turned, it was as if I were looking at the pages of my favorite blogs and magazines!
Queen of Hearts opened their first store 15 years ago and now has three locations in Alpharetta, Buford, and Marietta, GA. Each store is unique – dealers in Alpharetta feature products targeted to designers and decorators. Marietta is more of a traditional antiques store, while Buford has alot of dealers who are creatively repurposing old items for new uses, although I’ve seen alot of that at the Marietta location too. With over 550 dealer-merchants, Queen of Hearts is a one-stop shop for antiques and home decor.
If you are looking for a way to bring some of the latest trends you see on Pinterest and the most popular home decor blogs into your home, but you are not so DIY-savvy, you can shop the latest styles at Queen of Hearts and have the look you want without all the DIY work. Here is just a taste of what I’m talking about…
This sheep head reminded me of Miss Mustard Seed’s infamous cow head. And I love the ruffled burlap pillow too!
I saw more than one antique olive basket, similar to the one featured as Miss Mustard Seed’s pick of the month on Decor Steals recently. This was in one of Whippoorwill Antiques & Gifts’ booths.
These chicken coop wire covered lampshades have that farmhouse look that is so popular right now.
And here are spools of burlap ribbon like I’ve seen so much of lately online.
I found this cute burlap pillow for my aunt’s cabin. Her cabin is so cute, I’m going to have to show y’all pictures of it soon!
And I almost brought home this distressed hutch for my kitchen, but I’m holding out for a piece I can make-over myself.
This booth reminded me of Southern Hospitality’s colors with the blues and greens, and I liked the painting of the girl at the piano.
I thought of Between Naps on the Porch’s recent post about brass coming back in style when I saw this booth. That tray being displayed on a stand was eye-catching!
I loved the distressed garden lanterns in this booth (on the left), and I took home the little concrete rose wreath you can see up on the wall to the left. This dealer also does rentals of vintage china, stemware, tableware, chairs, farmhouse tables, and more, if you want a vintage look at your wedding or baby shower or for photography props.
La Bella Maison had more than one beautiful booth full of inspiration! They put some lovely soaps in our goodie bag!
The use of printed paper to make a “valance” and “curtain” treatment in this booth was such a great idea and really caught your eye.
There were several preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries like the ones I always see on Miss Mustard Seed.
Sweet Things sent us home with a rich chocolate chip cookie and I was so tempted by the pound cake they had for sale too!
Another inspiring piece was this painted glass table top done by Susie Goldenberg of Paintin’ the Town Faux. I’m not sure how it was done, but you can imagine a world of possibilities for decorative treatments like this to the underside of a glass table top.
Queen of Hearts spoiled us all very much with a generous goodie bag with treats from La Bella Maison, Under the Garden Gate, Art History Story, Sassy & Stash, and Brushstrokes by Mary Anne. Each of us got a bag with our initial on it in distressed wood. I haven’t decided yet what I’ll paint with the MMS milk paint, but I love the color – Kitchen Scale!
I have so much more I’d like to show you, but hopefully you are in the area and can stop in to find your own inspiration at the Queen of Hearts! If you’re not local, I encourage you to look for a similar type of market in your area. Queen of Hearts feels like my own Lucketts store, since I can’t get to the one Miss Mustard Seed sells at. There are antique markets like this all over the country though, and I’ve found them to be like a Pinterest board you can actually buy from! The dealers really showcase their talent in how they pull all of these great finds together to make one cohesive booth that you could almost move right into. 150 of their dealers are active on Facebook, which makes for an easy way to window shop from home. As you can see, it certainly isn’t a stale old antique shop. The products and design are very current with today’s trends. Thank you so much Queen of Hearts for a fun Sunday full of fresh ideas!
If you’d like to see the store from another person’s view, check out these posts from just a few of the other bloggers who were there:
Have you been to Queen of Hearts? If you’re not from the Atlanta area, do you have a market like this near you?