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blue bell bazaar

hellooo, gorgeous. i just splurged bought this seriously rad chalkboard from gosia at blue bell bazaar for our living room. she’s starting to collect vintage frames and turn them into chalkboards- which i totally love. it’s such a simple idea but such a fun way to reuse two things you can usually find easily in thrift stores or at stoop sales (in ny at least). i’m trying to create a landing strip (well, more of a landing ‘spot’ as there’s so little room) with the help of carl and russell at repop so i thought this would be the perfect (paper-less) way to handle notes, to-dos and messages in the house. we’re redoing the whole living room so as soon as we’re done (about 2 weeks) i’ll have the full photos up- i’m so excited. it involves new seating, lighting, wallpaper, rugs and, finally, a radiator cover. woohoo for change!

if vintage frame chalkboards aren’t your thing, gosia just added a fantastic selection of new products to her etsy shop. there are tons of vintage tabletop pieces and odds and ends as well as some cool vintage charts, and julia‘s favorite, porcelain glove molds. click here to check out and shop gosia’s full collection at blue bell bazaar.

[ps: unrelated but equally cool- if you'd like to win a free piece of gorgeous mexican otami-inspired fabric click here!]

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so beautiful! I love using chalk boards for notes etc. — my mom used one when we were growing up to check us in when we came into the house at night – last one in locks the door!

Fiona Richards

this is so pretty – the frame absolutely perfect. I love chalkboards – they are a great excuse to try out your hand lettering skills.


SO pretty, grace! i am in the market for a chalkboard for my kitchen — i’m definitely going to check out bluebell.


i love that! let me know where you get a radiator cover in BK. i need some desperately but am afraid i have funky dimensions…


lucky you! that is one sweet chalkboard. can’t wait to see the revamped LR!


Wow, so beautiful! I emailed Gosia about this but I guess you were first. Great choice!


i’m so crushed! she sent me that email too, and i was just thinking of asking her to save it for me…..


Love it! Love the frames too… does anyone know where I could buy similar vintage frames… I have an idea to frame my 2 year olds artwork in pretty frames- probably paint the inside with magnetic paint & then keep changing the artwork.
I’d like to find a collection of vintage frames. Anyone know where?

Snapdragon Inn

Looks like I’m going to have to start haunting her etsy site, because this is beautiful and I have to have one! Does she post them directly to her site? I’m wondering since “jan” says something above about getting an email from her, wondering if there’s a pre-release list I can beg my way on to!

S, Reeves

Grace, if you get tired of this frame will you email me first? I’m in lurve with it. Thanks for telling me about this Etsy site.


Oh, Man — I wanted that chalkboard, and even emailed Gorsia about it — but y0u got it. It’s beautiful.


I have an old school (1902) with many large chalkboards 4’x8′ green and black. I would like to sell them. Do you know any resources that would be interested.

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