Have you ever wondered?
A common question that I often get is, “Who is Edith and Evelyn”?
I always laugh when hubby and I are out somewhere and the subject of my business comes up. When I mention the name, Edith & Evelyn, invariably we will get asked, “Who’s Edith, and who’s Evelyn?” I usually point to hubby and say, “He’s Evelyn, I’m Edith!”
Edith is my mother, and she was the strongest woman I have ever known.
My mother was a stay at home mom, as so many were in those years. When my father suddenly passed away at the age of 51, my mother found herself a single mother with no work experience, and two children at home to raise.
Instead of letting her circumstances weigh her down, she immediately went out and found work, sometimes working two jobs to provide for us. She already knew how to be thrifty and frugal, but she turned it into an art form. My mother was a creator, a picker, and a DIYer way before it was cool or trendy.
She knew how to create a beautiful home from vintage finds and castoffs, getting the look she wanted without spending a lot of money. Rising early on weekends, she would hit the yard sales, usually dragging me right along with her!
She scoured yard sales, flea markets, estate sales, and anyplace else she could find, looking for beautiful pieces, at bargain prices, to decorate our small home.
If she found treasures that needed repairs, she did them, and she would magically turn some of the most down trodden pieces into things of beauty!
Though her talents were born of necessity, Edith had an amazing, creative eye for transforming trash into treasure.
She knew how to “get the look” with minimal cost, and had a beautiful, comfortable style.
Twice a year she would have a big sale, selling her re-purposed wares for extra cash.
People in our home town would mark their calendars for Edith’s next sale because she had such great treasures!
My love of vintage and antiques comes from my mother, Edith. She taught me the art of “picking” and creating at a very young age, and showed me how to create a beautiful home, no matter the budget, using vintage and antique pieces.
She was one of the strongest, most amazing, resilient women I’ve ever known. If Edith were here today, her style would probably be called Farmhouse or Cottage style…..though she did love a little “fancy” thrown in here and there!
At the age of twenty five I moved to the deep South, and instantly fell in love with it’s people, food, culture, and traditions.
It was there that I met my wonderful husband and my second mother in this story…..Evelyn.
My mother in law was a gentle, petite lady with bright red hair, and always dressed to “the nines”.
Evelyn, a true Southern lady, loved beautiful things…..french furniture, fine china, crystal, silver, and pearls.
She was a collector of many beautiful things and could never get rid of anything.
Evelyn had a formal living room filled with French Provincial furniture, and a dining room filled with gorgeous antique pieces for entertaining. She never walked out of the house without looking like she was going to high tea, wearing several strands of pearls, and always matching shoes and handbag.
She was indeed a fancy, stylish Southern lady. She loved me like her own, and I her.
Evelyn’s style definitely leaned toward the French Provincial style.
Evelyn saw the beauty in everything………..including me.
She loved me like her own daughter and was the best mother in law a girl could ask for!
She and my mother were complete opposites, but hit it off immediately upon meeting the first time.
Both of these beautiful women heavily influenced and inspired my passion for decorating with vintage and antique pieces, as well as my love of french furniture.
When I began my antique business in early 2011, I felt it was only fitting to honor Edith & Evelyn by naming it after them, and so Edith & Evelyn Vintage was born.
I have spent so many years thrifting at antique markets, and finding those one of a kind treasures that make a home unique. Buying and selling vintage and antique pieces for E&E Vintage is a way to feed my passion, but also pass those beauties on to others to create their own beautiful homes. I curate our selection very carefully, only offering pieces that truly reflect my own style, or as I like to say, the E&E style!
I love to mix both of Edith & Evelyn’s decorating styles, mixing opposites like the gilt of a chandelier dripping in crystals, with a chair upholstered in burlap or an old grain sack.
Opposites do attract, and can be perfect together….just like Edith & Evelyn.
And, that is the story of Edith & Evelyn!