Color, Texture, Balance

Design buzz words that help bring a space to completion and in creating a boho vignette usually means baskets, fabrics, rugs, leather, wood, greenery, and a multiple mix of bright colors.  Interpretation of BOHO varies, of course, from the college dorm use of tapestries, furs, dream catchers, salt rock lamps and so on, to a very sophisticated Ralph Lauren or Genevieve Gorder  approach with high end or mid-century leather, international accessories, brass or brushed gold elements, vintage rugs, and much more.  My daughters love Boho and I’ve been itching to get out of my norm of neutral and subtle colors and styles, and so my vision of Boho started with the vintage Kantha throws and the Kantha scarves and Oohlong jewelry.  I then added rugs, painted the dresser as the base of the vignette, and incorporated a few other elements.  The vintage Kantha throws, the Kantha scarves, the vintage Turkish rugs by  and the IOD Transfers by on the dresser all bring in color and texture to the space by offsetting the solid, base colors of the  antique dresser.  The wood urn lamp and baskets are a calming, neutral and natural textural contrast while the chandelier, jewelry, gold Italian wood tray, and the gold gilding on the dresser add the bling and glitz.  Loving the new boho corner at Rust and Refind!   The only thing missing is the greenery (usually an essential element in boho design) but with no natural light in this corner of the shop, they don’t do very well (and maybe, JUST MAYBE, I’m not a very good plant caregiver) ;o) #bohochic #bohovibes . Come in and see us this April 5-7 weekend for our artisan market, open Friday 10am until 5 through Sunday 12-5!

Top Five Antique and Vintage Shopping Spots in the DC Area

Call it the Macy’s vs Gimbel effect (hopefully you all get that analogy) or just mere goodwill and sharing, but I am a huge supporter of other artisans, small business and yes, even my “competitors”…and I use that term loosely because I honestly don’t view them as such; we are all so different but yet the same if that makes sense?

The reason I’m sharing is not because I think I am an influencer, nor to get any “points” but because in this age of social media and online shopping, I am still amazed at how many of our customers have not heard of some of these, and, I hope to help urge you to shop local, small, and Brick and Mortar (B&M). There are several small businesses I and many of us support as well that sell online and out of their homes, but few have the overhead or offer the social/shopping experience that a lot of us in this industry work tremendously hard at providing for our customers. (Please no disparaging comments about this…as I said, I do support them, but this is about supporting the B&M) I won’t digress on that…sounds like another blog post for another rainy day.

So, with that being said, here are my faves. They are and have been on my list because

  1. I shopped there since I’ve lived here and before I even thought of having a creative business and they’ve rarely disappointed
  2. they are great sources of inspiration
  3. the people are great and promoters of others via word of mouth, social media support and/or are hubs for creatives and other small businesses that are too small for stand-alone B&M or prefer the market circuit
  4. the product is great and
  5. close proximity.
The Old Lucketts Store

1. The Old Lucketts Store – Lucketts VA

The Biggest and arguably the grand-mama of vintage hip (yes, that’s their tag line) of our area is The Old Lucketts Store. I remember my first visit here with a friend and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. And, to add to that, my first Spring Market? Oh my word…with over 200 vendors for three days? Seriously, a market on steroids. They’ve added a Design house that customers wait in line to get into, have 35+ dealers/vendors, and they host several smaller fleas, their Groundhog Day Sale, and two larger events (the Spring Market in May and the Christmas November Market) where outside vendors are invited to participate and sell their wares.

But the Spring Market is the biggun…and for three years now they no longer host at their location, but at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia. It will be my third time vending at the Spring Market (plus a few other markets there), and I and the other artisans of the Rust and Refind Artisan Market are happy to be vendors at this event for the first time together. Open Daily and for other special events.

Gypsy Faire Vintage Marketplace

2. GypsyFaire Vintage Marketplace – Lothian MD

GypsyFaire has a special place in my heart. These special group of ladies helped inspire me to open my own shop….they have a business model that I wanted for the Rust and Refind Artisan Market, they work together beautifully, have quite a following and a line waiting for entrance, and their energy and aesthetic is so charmingly refreshing.

Open once a month (the first non-holiday Saturday and Sunday of each month), they offer primarily painted pieces they recycle/repurpose, accessories, industrial, architectural salvage, retro jewelry and clothing, and more with a definite boho-gypsy vibe.

Rust and Feathers (Picture found via Yelp)

3. Rust and Feathers – Leesburg, VA

What can I say? They have RUST in their name. :o) . I discovered Rust and Feathers several years ago while doing my “vintage circuit” when the building was just a building but something NEW was going in. I anxiously awaited their opening and was in love instantly. They have changed some of the dealers since the beginning, but there’s always good vendors and good stuff!

You may recognize one of their largest, Ekster. I have teased them on social media that we need to have some kind of RUST expo (go ahead and research all the creative businesses with RUST in the name. Seriously, it’s a THING). They are open daily except Tuesday and are a multi-dealer and consignor shop.

Chartreuse & Co.

4. Chartreuse & Co., Frederick MD

I have a soft spot for Chartreuse & Co. Owner Virginia and husband Chip moved in to her grandparents home and converted the barns on the property to host monthly barn sales with a couple outdoor vendor events a year (their Spring and Fall markets that host outside vendors in addition to their regular dealers). I absolutely love love love the location, the product, the feel and vibe.

I have a few special vendors that are my faves here as well and whom are good people. When I visit, their spaces are the ones I tend to gravitate to and almost always buy something. I was happy to be a vendor at one of their Fall markets and felt that they spent special care in attending to the guest vendors. Watch out for their special tag sales where you can get great things for even greater prices, and they also sell several products on their online shop.

Sweet Clover Barn

5. Sweet Clover Barn, Frederick MD

I discovered Sweet Clover Barn quite by accident before Facebook was really a thing in this business and not a lot of people I knew had heard of them yet. I quickly added Sweet Clover to my Lucketts and Chartreuse circuit when shopping and always liked the charm and varied product at this artisan market. Make sure to visit their “Cottage” in the outside back of this converted 1900s barn, which changes designer themes monthly. Open once a month and over 30 vendors.

Rust and Refind Artisan Market

+1 = Rust and Refind Artisan Market, Aldie VA

How can I not include our very own Artisan Market? Years of looking for the right building, the right timing and the right group of talented artisans finally produced this Rust and Refind Artisan Market in July 2018. I am hoping you add us to YOUR list of favorites. Nestled in a little corner on the outskirts of Aldie, VA and located near our favorite BBQ, Hammerdown BBQ, we have been working hard at creating a one-stop artisan market that includes interior designers, fine artists, sign-makers, furniture painters, and antique, vintage and home decor and gifts.

We offer Paint Couture the Collection and Wise Owl paint products, Saltwash products, custom painted furniture and services, DIY group and private workshops and much more. We open monthly (first full and non-holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend), Wednesdays for paint sales and consults, and by appointment. We also invite guest artisans and sponsor several outdoor markets. Please consider supporting us by both visiting us at market and liking/following our social media.

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So, there you have it. My top five antique and vintage places to shop in the DC area to find good deals, get inspiration and that are located in charming towns, near wineries and can be destination “drives” in the country. There are so many more …perhaps another blog, or feel free to comment and add your own. Please help the small and local businesses by sharing, word of mouth, and shopping at their locations or their online shops (many of us do have that capability as well). *I am not affiliated with nor compensated for the top-five picks .

Until next time, Smile and make life fun! Brenda

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Washingtonian - Best Vintage featuring Rust and Refind - August 2016

Rust and Refind

After a career in the military, Brenda Potts has brought a globally minded approach to her antique and vintage finds—inside Mt. Vernon Antique Center—with an emphasis on European styles. She paints many of her pieces, too, transforming items such as fence pickets into signs and stairway balusters into lamps. She also handles custom work. 8101 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria; 703-619-5100.

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Washingtonian - Best Vintage featuring Rust and Refind - August 2016



Here is Geoffrey. Yes, I do name some pieces. Geoffrey got his name because he’s painted in Flannel Gray, which reminded me of the men’s cologne made by Geoffrey Beene. So, Geoffrey it was. Imagine him near a leather chair, cognac or bourbon in hand. Now I’m going British. Geoffrey is a vintage weiman table that had leather inlay totally destroyed. Lion head pulls, a single drawer. He will make his appearance at Rust and Refind today.

– Brenda



Meet Celia! A kidney shaped-desk/vanity. Before and after (below). With leather inlay in great condition, a sweet bookshelf in the back, she was showing a little neglect and needed some refinement. New paint, fabric touches. Glass top too. Perfect for guest room, bathroom, bedroom, little girls room. She eez very french, non? She’ll be ready for introduction today at the shop.





New Arrivals


Two new items arrived today… a transitional cherry wood dresser with a unique Greek key trim design; and a pair of dutch brass sconces replaced the candle brass sconces that sold this weekend. Pre snow storm!



Humble beginnings…


Rust and Refind: it’s the finding of old “things”, again, and the juxtaposition of rustic and refined. Redefined, Repurposed, Refreshed, Recycled, Renewed, Refinished. These are “R” words that infer new life into something old, worn, or that’s lost its appeal until seen in a new light. An eclectic mix of finds, or the opposites attract of home decor, both sides of the railroad tracks, if you will. A barn door and a chandelier, reclaimed floors and marble countertops, black and white, modern and traditional, farm and luxe. A home that has a collected over time feel is a home that tells a story. I am an upstate New Yorker (way upstate) that has lived in the south and overseas since I was 18. An Army wife since 1992, I’ve had to decorate many homes quickly, and collected a broad and eclectic range of must haves from all over the world and make those must haves work together. I have also learned to appreciate and like so many home decorating styles from the places we lived, visited, or from experiencing other peoples homes from around the world. This exposure helped me envision and see a redefining of decor in the American home. After years of watching HGTV, perusing home decor magazines, trolling antique shows, flea markets, barn sales, working at my friend’s antique shop in Clifton Virginia, my husband retiring from the military after 27 years and offering me some much desired stability, and my two daughters being old enough to be independent (one in college and the other in high school), I decided to turn this passion of finding and picking “things” into a business, and so the story of Rust and Refind begins. I’ve always felt like I needed to buy five houses so I can decorate each in a different style and with all the different things I find and like, but my husband’s response to that was “honey, just open a shop”. So, our one home has a sense of many styles and tells our story. Many of my friends are creative, designers, in the “biz”, thus it was a natural progression for me to pursue that path. I have a passion for organization, so I debated pursuing that path, but analysis, timing, and trying not to over think lead me to the decision to open Rust and Refind in November 2014. Our home was packed with inventory I had been collecting in the anticipation of a shop opening, and with the holidays approaching, and yearning to get our home “back” to a home instead of a warehouse, the search for a storage solution led to an opportunity to open space at Mount Vernon Antique Center. With very little analysis (unusual for me, but it just felt right) I decided to get my sign hung (with significant encouragement from my husband), my product out there and my inventory OUT of my house (well some of it). Wordy prologue out of the way, Chapter One begins. It may be more of a picture book. :o) I hope you all share in my story. I have my family and many friends to thank for their encouragement and support (and help) and I hope to see you at Rust and Refind.