Thursday, March 26, 2009


O.K. so what have I been up to lately... well being a mom... we know how busy that job is.. late nights around here.. I have been painting, organizing, making custom orders & refreshing my home studio.. I will post pictures when it is complete.. My kitchen is almost finished and I found the best Hungarian handy man who has helped me beyond words!!! The good news.. Verbena will be expanding with more room and will reopen after spring break with a new look & more space.. my mom who had the room cross from me is moving into larger space around the corner ( Mademoiselle Edie Gourmet) she will continue with her Charcutarie, cheese & chocolate shop and will be adding garden & antiques. I will be keeping my current space and taking over her old space in the Marion Block Building. Now I will have the room needed to spread my wings... Also my studio upstairs from the store we will be introducing ....Verbena's Salon....(A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). The salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical salons of the 17th century and 18th century, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people of a 'set': many 20th-century salons could be instanced.) I feel there is a need for a place where the younger girls can go, get creative & learn some of the exciting new & old crafts out there. Also a mom of a Special needs child I will offer creative classes for some of my sons classmates and their friends. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time and it is finally happening...a special place created to gather kindred spirits wanting to learn or teach a new craft, some of the classes we will offer are what we call our special project classes teaching sewing for the young girls or their moms, jewelry making the old fashioned way, painting , knitting & crocheting, piquette mosaic art, etc... so this is what I have been up to.. it will be a challenge but my heart is in it and have the support & help from some special & talanted friends who will be a part of this journey.. my sign up sheet is growing long.. so here it goes. Any questions feel free to contact me for details... (this picture is the inspiration for my studio)Ixoxoxo Laura

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


My incredible dad Roberto Venosa & his wife Martina sent me a few pictures from Paris... had to share. xoxo laura

Martina In Paris

Bonjour Martina..

My Dad!!!

what genes... he looks amazing ... health living, lots of love & joy!!!! He is MY inspiration!!!! xoxo Laura

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Salvage Heaven ... MORE PICTURES!!!

you got mail... love the shutter... .hello my friends... scroll down hope you enjoy some of the pictures I took to share some of my favorite finds... more to come... I had computer issues but am back on track. let me know what you think. xoxoxo Laura

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Garden friends...

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I am a metal glider fan... but this iron bed.. oh only $100.00

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old headboard made into a bench....

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Killer piece sink on top sorry for the brightness...

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This is the size of you!!!!! where would you hand this one!!!!

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Salvage Doors...

weather shades... what could be better..maybe hanging on my pantry or yours????

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back barn treasures.. mantels, old doors etc..

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Oh is this a beautiful piece!!!! It comes from Amish Country Penn. If you like primitive shabby styles in some of the creamiest paint colors the Amish are the best....

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Painted dresser...I actually just sold a similar piece... When my son was born fourteen years ago, I got into paining my old furniture for his room and then started to paint & sell pieces for customers ....there are so many pretty colors available... love this green color. I just painted an old armoir that was olive green a pretty shade of aqua with a brown glaze over it...

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the Gyspy Farm House has four barns in the back I loved this iron bench.. Oh can't you see fluffy down filled cushion made out of french ticking or just raw linen.. what would you do?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Salvage Heaven!!!

Hi back from my trip!!!! I am just checking in.. ... This stop was & is my all time favorite stop.. Gypsy Farm house... true Salvage Heaven ...I will post all the pictures tonight. Laura

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

In Full Bloom!!!!

Good morning from BEAUTIFUL sunny Florida.. snapped a picture this morning in my front yard of my fuschia colored azaleas that are in full very pretty.... I will be off to N.Y. for a visit and will return next week... wishing everyone a happy & healthy weekend.. and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!!!!. xooxxo Laura

Monday, March 9, 2009

Porch Magazine a must buy!!!

If you are not familiar with you will fall in love... a publication for bloggers to promote fellow bloggers, Porch truly keys into the newest, freshest and most happening artists, crafters, shop owners & just lovely creative souls out there!!!! I can't wait to get my copy this week!!! My little boutique... Verbena Nested Treasures is honored to be featured in this special issue.... Check it out & let me know what you think. xoxox Laura

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Garden & Antiquing!!!

A beautiful Sunny day here in Florida... and what can be better then spending it with your mom & good friend.. I can't remember the last time I played hooky.. is that what you call it? Just driving to little old historic towns... shopping ... eating good Southern Cookin and just stopping to smell the flowers... take a peek only a few pictures but something nice to share. xoxoxo Laura

Garden & antiquing

If you look closely.. really closely this man attached old windows to the top of the fence added a shelf and tin roof... really a great garden idea...

This Old Door

Just a great old door... I have a passion for them I would love to one day replace ALL my doors in my home with old chippy ones... would you?

Antique French Window Box

I fell in love with this old French window box sitting on top of a French Farm table...

Garden Art.

A fun idea...a garden pipe mounted on a board with a whimsy touch of our favorite piece... chandelier crystal...