Tuesday, July 24, 2007

House of Whimsy


Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Kimberlee Edgar's home in the East Bay. Kimberlee is a long time friend and antiques enthusiast. She has been collecting vintage items her whole life. Everyone in her family is a collector with eclectic and over-the-top homes. Kimberlee's Mom is an antique dealer/collector. Her Mom introduced Kimberlee to antiques when she was very young. They went to flea markets, estate sales and shops to uncover hidden treasures.





Kimberlee was fascinated with ribbons, ephemera and millinery items, and started her journey collecting as a young girl. Her Uncle was also a great influence to her collecting. He had an old barn set up like a prop museum with big chandeliers, taxidermy, top hats and more. Mesmerized by the barn, Kimberlee decided to sleep there instead of in the home. When she got older her Uncle would give her a trinket every time he saw her. They were always rare and unusual.

This really got Kimberlee going with collecting. Now her favorite things are top hats, holiday collectibles, dress forms, taxidermy, ephemera (paper) and anything unique. Her advice to newcomers collecting is to try and pick something rare and different which makes the hunt fun and interesting. Kimberlee and her husband Charles love to go antiquing. In fact, Kimberlee claims that Charles has an amazing eye for buying wonderful things. Sit back and enjoy the photos of their home. There is much too much to photograph, but you can get an idea of their whimsical house of curiosities! You can also check out Kimberlee's blog, Edgar and Edgar to see more of Kimberlee's unique finds. Thank you Kimberlee for the most enjoyable visit!









14 comments:

Colleen said...

As stunning as I remember it on my visit. Kimberlee has an amazing eye and a great talent for display.

Liz said...

I love your blog! Kimberly's Halloween collection is absolute eye candy.

Rochambeau said...

Wonderful, Magical, Fabulous! Kimberlee seems like such a fun person! Thank you for featuring her.

I like your blog!

oldflowers4me said...

hello darling girl- your friends home is may i say fantastic- i love every thing- singing and skipping-jo

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh my!! I'm asking Kimberlee RIGHT NOW if I can move in. delicious. thanks for sharing Kimberlee's home...
Lidy

Donna O'Brien - The Ribboned Crown said...

You did a beautiful job capturing Kimberlee's house! It's even better in person if you can belive that!

katiedid said...

Oh my goodness! It is fascinating! I must check out her blog. It's funny, I just now posted on my blog about light fixtures, and the first phot shows a crystal ship chandelier very much like the one in this house!

Ulla said...

Wow, what a dream come true! Kimberlee is such a sweet and charming woman, its so wonderful to see her home up close and personal!

Sweet Remembrance said...

Thanks for the photos Lynn! Kimberlee's house is certainly a place of delight!

edgar and edgar said...

Lynn....
It looks amazing. You did a wonderful job. I can't believe I live here!!!

Thank you....Kimberlee

jenny holiday said...

Tooo tooo too dazzling!! Just over the top fabulous!! Every itty bitty bit!! Kimberlee knocks socks off!! Thank you so so much for the incredible tour!!

I am just beyond excited to have found your blog today! Eye candy deeluxx!! Ohh.. just knowing you are here in blogland makes me a very happy girl! YAY!! :)

Thanks bunches for the fabulousness!!

xoxo Jenny

KJ said...

Thanks for the tour! I just stumbled upon your little Parisian palace! I'll be back...

kj

vintage flair said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour....I loved every photo.
Lori

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

gorgeous pictures!!! simply gorgeous!!