Gwen Moss Was Here! March 20, 2013

Do you know Gwen Moss, the blog written by the lovely, smart and multi-talented Leslie Harris? No? Well, I hope you find an extra few minutes to wander her way!

Leslie is an energetic woman who, from my vantage point, never stops learning. She’s not afraid of risk or change. I believe I read that she practiced for years as a psycho therapist! That translates into “way smart” in my dictionary! She’s a wonderful writer, a student of life, that speaks from the heart, about mothering, decorating, entertaining and life’s challenges. (Do “entertaining” and “life’s challenges” go hand in hand for you?! Sometimes, they do for me!)

She and her friend/business partner stopped by yesterday, to see what I was up to. What a treat! She looked so official, with her professional camera gear around her neck! She wrote a sweet post about the shop, that I just had to share!

Thank you Gwen Moss, a.k.a. Leslie Harris!


The Treasured Home…my latest discovery!

by Gwen Moss, original post found at:


Don’t you love discovering a new, stylish place to shop?

Especially when it’s filled with unique antique pieces and charming items for your home?

Well, yesterday I finally had a chance to stop by and say “Hi” to my fellow blogger Barbara Bussey, who is the owner of The Treasured Home. And I was so impressed. Seriously, if you’re in the vicinity of Fair Oaks and Sunrise Boulevard you have to pull in and see what Barbara’s done in only three months.


This is her new place.

Don’t you love that black and white striped valance?

Barbara’s got wonderful taste and it’s obvious in the way she decorates her shop. When Kirsten and I walked in, it was all decked for Spring with glorious shades of green everywhere.


Are you looking for something special to create a pretty tablescape? There’s plenty to choose from here. Books, designer placemats, pieces of silver and glassware…


Toile and rich oriental rugs warm up the shop and make it feel cozy.


And I love these oversized lighting fixtures from Ikea, don’t you?

Barbara blends old and new to create such a fun personality for her shop. Psss…ask her about those floors when you stop in, you’ll never believe what they are.


When we arrived Barbara was getting ready to teach one of her painting classes. She’s so busy, running her shop and teaching classes…and on her spare time she’s always on the hunt for something special at flea markets and garage sales.

We stopped in unannounced—my camera in tow– and she was so gracious and warm.


She has a small studio set up in her shop for her furniture painting classes and it’s a great chance to meet other creative women while learning how to spruce up your latest project.


This is a shot of some of the Maison Blanche (Chalk-Based) and Miss Mustard Seed’s (Milk) paint that she carries in her store.


These pillows initially caught my eye, but then I fell in love with this vintage crib. What a wonderful way to display her pillows…


It was hard to know where to focus my camera…


I wanted to show you all the cool items but there was just too much.


Hmmm… I could see these adorable moss flowers dangling over my Easter dining table…


and nothing makes me happier than seeing a crusty old urn for sale…


I think this chair would look pretty next to my white painted bricks.


Have you been invited to dinner lately?

I think these heart-shaped sachets made with vintage fabric would make a pretty hostess gift.


Besides items for your home, there’s some pretty jewelry displayed in vintage frames filled with chicken wire and hanging on the walls. And while we were there, Kirsten bought a pair of lovely earrings. Kirsten is my friend who seriously cannot pass up a jewelry counter without buying something. (Don’t worry, her hubby never reads this!)


This piece of shabby chic beauty was out front. Now wouldn’t this look great decorated with moss and a bunny for Easter?

I hope you liked my little tour. If you get a chance to visit Barbara, please tell her “Hi” for me!

Right now I’m off to finish some painting. And then I’m working on a few springtime floral arrangements with Kristen for our first little job. Yay!

Here’s where we were yesterday, doesn’t it look like a slice of heaven?


Here’s Kirsten in a thick coat because it’s refrigerated in there!


I’ll keep you posted….



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  1. Donnamae on March 21, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Oh…how fun…great post! You do have quite the store there…so many interesting things! And I am going to stop in some day…don’t know when, but I am! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to California! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on March 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      You know, we have a room ready for you and your hubby! We’ll leave the light on!

  2. Cindy@ZoeyJune on March 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What a charming and well deserved review of your beautiful shop! And she’s right…it is amazing what you’ve done in such a short time. I can’t wait to visit again.
    Happy Spring Barbara!

    • Barbara Bussey on March 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you, Cindy! How’s your shop doing? Great, I hope!

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