Monthly Archives: September 2011

Monastiraki Flea Market


While in Athens, I was able to go to the famous Monastiraki Market. It was my idea of a perfect Sunday. We woke up early, took the metro to the Monastiraki Station, woke ourselves up over a cappuccino at an open air cafe while watching the hustle and bustle of the market enfold right in front of us.  People watching is one of my favorite past times so I felt right at home. Every Sunday at around 6am, antique dealers and local vendors arise early to fill the streets in hopes to sell their most treasured possession. It’s simply amazing. You will find the most intricate turkish rugs, pocket watches, candle stick holders, light fixtures, flower-pot,  handle knobs, and the list just goes on and on. While meandering around all morning, I made note that the Monastiraki Market would be a perfect place to find those ‘rare finds’ when T&M takes off.

Just the most beautiful pottery

I wonder what is inside?

I was obsessed with these. simply gorgeous.

Welp, I won't be learning Greek anytime soon:)

It would take a lifetime to get through all these

Only a matter of time

So many wonderful trinkets!

The perfect daybed

I really wanted this but the guy was charging 40 euro!

Lusting over.

I would love to put this in a child's room someday:)

obsessed with this pattern


I will be back, just wait!



I can successfully check Greece off my bucket list



Our trip was incredible. I could not have asked for better travel partners than these two lovely ladies. We had a FABULOUS time island hopping, dining out, drinking wine, laying on the beach, exploring new cities, meeting locals, admiring the landscape, eating baklava, soaking up the sun, and laughed together the entire week. I can successfully check Greece off my bucket list.


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Love these girls!














In my efforts to create an Etsy account for Theodore&Mabel, I came across this extremely talented artist.  Her profile is very vague, so all I know is that she is located somewhere in Europe.  But she creates  the most beautiful kilim, suzani, ikat pillow covers I have seen.  If you have a moment, check out her Etsy shop SUKAN! I just had to share some of my favorite pieces of hers with you. Aren’t they just gorgeous!

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Reupholstering. Is it really as difficult as it looks?


I have never really reupholstered anything substantial before. Growing up I have watched my dad continuously change the patterned fabric on our dining room table chairs to fit my mothers latest decorating fad, but all that consisted of was a staple gun and new fabric. I am dying to learn how to makeover a lounge chair or an ottoman with buttons.  I have so many pieces in my apartment that, let’s be honest, need some help. Look at these beautiful works of art….is it as difficult as it looks?

Rustic yet still classy

perfect for a front hallway!

Velvet and gorgeous!

There are no words.

burnt orange.

I mean if I could ever do that, WOW!

I would LOVE to have this chair in my life.

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Terrariums are being sold locally!


I am very excited to announce that Theodore and Mabel will be selling terrariums at the wonderful Wasco Nursery. Prices average around $109-$149, but we have a few in the $39-$69 range that make for the perfect housewarming gift! If you are interested in purchasing your own secret garden,  stop by Wasco Nursery located at 41 W781 Route 64 in Saint Charles, IL.  My friend, photographer Ryan Moore, went to Wasco yesterday and took all the beautiful pictures below. For more information on the amazing work Ryan does, visit his website I have been so blessed to have the most supportive friends and family help me out through out this new life venture. So, thank you Ryan for giving up your Labor Day to help me out!

If you have any questions about any of the creations you see or would like to personalize a terrarium, please feel free to email me at 

Photo Credit: Ryan Moore Photography. For more information on the amazing work Ryan does, visit his website