A couple of weeks ago I was in LA on a photo project and while there we took a side trip on our last day. We shopped the fun Santa Monica Flea Market and also visited the beautiful Bountiful Shop in Venice . Sue Balmforth owner of Bountiful has an amazing eye and I’ve long admired her talent for blending American Country with European Antiques into gorgeous environments. I first read an article about Sue and her shop in a 2000 issue of Country Home Magazine (my favorite publication of all time) and have followed her ever since. Bountiful was closed the day we visited but Sue graciously opened her shop and even her personal studio space up for us which was such a treat. I knew it would be mesmerizing, but I had no idea how fast I could capture everything around me with my camera!
The shop was small but the overall impact was incredible. A grouping of black lanterns hung down from an open skylight window, casting the prettiest sunlight glow.
You know I love stacks of anything! Look at these classic red striped pillows~
White Dishes~ Can you ever have too many of these?
Velvet ribbon~Luscious colors~
Candles in pastel shades of hobnail glass~
And my favorite, Sue’s personal creative stash~
Another treat was spending the afternoon with the fun Editorial team from Romantic Homes Magazine.
Take it from me and put a visit to Bountiful on your bucket list:)
*All photos by Carol Spinski.