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Bountiful California

Bountiful California

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~

Cake plates~

White Dishes~ Can you ever have too many of these?

Velvet ribbon~Luscious colors~

Fabulous statuary~

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.




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  • Reply
    June 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Beautifully shot and written – made me want to jump into my computer screen! I am in love with your photography and I am in total agreement about putting this on my bucket list. (BTW, my “bucket” is a French farm bucket in zinc) lol.

    Just stopping by to say howdy and just loving all that you do and are.

    Big hugs

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      June 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Well Thank You:) Carol

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    Dawn Edmonson
    June 5, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Ohmygoodness Carol!!!! I can’t believe you went to Bountiful!!! What a dream ~ thanks so much for sharing pics with us girl…I had to pin a few!! hugs and love, Dawn

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      June 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Dawn,

      Bountiful was amazing and one of those shops that should live forever:) Blessings, Carol

  • Reply
    Paula Parrish
    May 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    You did a wonderful job capturing the pretty in your photos of this amazing vintage shop. Thanks for sharing. ;o)

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      May 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Oh Thank You so much Paula:) Carol

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      June 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Thank You Paula:) Blessings, Carol

  • Reply
    Brenda Schwager
    May 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Beautiful photos of a remarkable shop! I agree…that very issue of Country Home magazine was the BEST!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      June 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Brenda,

      If you ever get a chance to shop Bountiful-GO:) It is amazing as I knew it would be. Blessings and Thank You-Carol

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