Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Beautiful Mess & A Grand Opening & A Giveaway!!!


I was honored when I was given the opportunity to photograph the

grand opening of my new FAVORITE store, A Beautiful Mess.

I love the name!!!

You may all know the talented Kymberly Fraser of 3 Fine Grains?

Owner Kymberly Fraser, Karen Chambers, Victoria Stoehr, Marilyn Thompson,

Tina O'Flaherty and Leah Cox along with The Junk Girls,

have creatively come together and opened this stunning store, A Beautiful Mess.

This haven of gorgeous antique finds along with Kymberly’s Antique German Grain sacks, is

defiantly unique, fresh, and one-of-a-kind!

These girls have serious skills, and are so talented and super friendly!

Each vignette of the store screams

take me home!!! You will not leave empty handed.

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I spoke with the lovely Kymberly and I wanted to share it with you.

Kymberly started this whole beautiful mess with antique German grain sacks before, Pottery Barn

and Restoration Hardware, Kymberly started collecting

her unique collection a year before it was even on the market.

She is the true pioneer of this line.

Her back ground of 11 years in interior design helped tune her vision of what we see today as art in her


When I spoke with Kymberly I can hear and see her deep passion for what she does. She is truly behind

this beautiful mess personally and artistically. This is a dream come true for her.

Kymberly sells these treasure all over the country.

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Kymberly also finds the rarest French pieces and incorporates it into her work.

Her pillows and French postal sacks where featured in October issue of Country Living. Four gorgeous

pages to drool over.

Grab a copy and you can see this amazing feature. 

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A bit of History.

Some of these stunning Antique German Grain Sacks date as far back as 1796.

Farmers, seamstresses, common folk often used these German Sacks to carry their work in.

They were also used as luggage. They would commission artists to design the gorgeous labels we see on them


The Germans did not skimp on beauty.

Antique German Grains sacks where expensive even in that time. Some have patches on them, because people

would use them time and time again. You can differ the ones that children would patch because the yarn the

children would use

to patch them would appear larger. How cute is that???

Kymberly would love  everyone to have a bit of history. So, she has created smaller pieces so that

anyone can afford a gorgeous piece of history.

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Ok, I will stop yapping so that you can enjoy the rest of this lovely store!!!

I took tons, and tons of images and had a hard time picking what I wanted to show you.

So, if you are in Agoura Hills, California, YOU MUST stop by and see A Beautiful Mess.

But, if not  A Beautiful Mess can ship anywhere in the United States and Europe.

If you are interested in anything you see here,

Email: ABeautifulMessAntiques@yahoo.com



Call the store 1-818-874-9092

The  address is:

A Beautiful Mess

28875 Agoura Road, California

(Whizin's Shopping Center)

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Ok, Ok, I will stop oozing…


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A packed house!!!

They had

Music, Cocktails & Hors d' oeuvres.

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A lovely photo of all the creative genius behind

A Beautiful Mess!

From left to right.

Marilyn Thompson, Karen Chambers, Kymberly Fraser, Victoria Stoehr,

Leah Cox, Tina O'Flaherty.

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Husband and her best friend Geoff Fraser,

Daughters, Brielle 16, Grace 9 and sweet Scarlet 6.

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One more thing!

My dear friend Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage is hosting

and amazing giveaway for this Antique Alles bag!!!

Alles means everything in German. The everything bag.

Retail value $365.00


image (this image by jenny)

A generous gift

from the 3 Fine Grains and the Fraser family!!!

Giveaway ends November, 6th.

Have a beautiful day friends!




  1. Hi Lulu, you did a fantastic, top notch job photographing the store! I'm in love with the aprons, among other things. I'll be stopping in on my next visit to town, as I've been receiving notices in my email for the past couple weeks. I can't wait to shop there, thanks for the gorgeous preview, tami from the high street cottage

  2. Hi Lulu, I just came across your blog...it's SO
    beautiful! I love when I find a blog who's author is not only talented but is rooted in the Lord.
    Thank you for sharing your God given talent with others. I will visit often.

    Hug from the OC, Irma

  3. Hi Lulu, Your photographs are wonderful and what a fabulous shop. I see lots of goodies there that I would love to take home. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    xo, Sherry

  4. Lu,
    I love your photography, it's beautiful (as always).

  5. Awesome job! Looks fabulous wish I was closer, love it all~Cheers Kim

  6. Gosh! This place is awesome!!! I wish I could be able to visit and shop...... Love love love!! Well done Lu!!


  7. What a beautiful shop !!!!......love it !! well done !!........good luck !! .lovely sunday.....love Ria...

  8. How wonderful to have a new shop nearby. Thanks for sharing such lovely photographs ~ looks like I will have to visit just to see that fabulous sage vintage door!


  9. W*O*W! I could stop with WOW but I won't:) I am in love with this wonderful shop! Gorgeous ladies who created it and their family!

    I have that issue of Country Living and remember the display or gorgeousness:)

    Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing ALL of this and making me drool! Great photography work by YOU!

  10. OMGosh! I wanted to just skim through and not bother..but WOW...what a great shop! I am so inspired just looking at it...I can only imagine how much fun it would be to see it in person. Lovely shop...lovely photo job! Hugs- Diana

  11. You're sooo right... I wouldn't leave empty handed!! Absolutely gorgeous shop! Thanks for sharing it with us, Lulu!
    Happy Halloween!!
    Hugs ~ Jo

    p.s. Now I'm headed to Jenny's. :)

  12. p.s. Ooops... I meant Jennifer's... sorry. :)

  13. This is beautiful, I don't think I could ever leave. Your pictures are stunning, capturing the beauty! Thanks for sharing with us, happy spooky day to you :)

  14. I.want.to.go.there.
    Soooo bad! What a great store filled with wonderful things!!

  15. what a gorgeous...gorgeous...gorgeous store! Maybe they will open up a second "Mess" here on the East Coast someday! A girl can dream can't she?? Bonne Chance to them!

  16. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous Store!! Would love to go there someday!

  17. I would love to explore that store! I am in love with the things made out of vintage cloth sacks and would so love to win this giveaway. Please put my name in the hat.


  18. ~*~*What an amazing and beautiful store!!! Thanks for sharing Lulu!!~*~* Hugs,Rachel ;)

  19. Great pics. Love the book tower. The store looks larger in these pics than it is. It sure filled up with good looking people and things.
    How you feeling? You are so talented, Lu. I hope your future is always filled with lovely images.

  20. Wow, what a shop!!!
    And beautifully photographed, as always!

    Big hugs,

  21. I wish I lived closer so that I could go to this amazing new store! Just my thing! Gorgeous store filled with lovelies!
    Your photos are fantastic...your really captured the vibe of the event!
    Have a wonderful week!

  22. oh my how could you not ooze about this amazing store. I so wish i could visit, could spend hours in there. Love the photos!

  23. Great photos and a beautiful store.

  24. What a beautiful shop ~ would love to shop there! Your photos are just beautiful too, thank you for sharing with us!

  25. Wow...what an amazing store..and your photos are beautiful!

  26. I fell in love with everything! Beautiful pictures!


  27. WOW! What an incredible store! It's easy to see why it's a fave. Your photos are totally awesome. I love your blog too! ♥

  28. What an enchanting store!! Your photos are great!! I love the little herb stakes.. spend it like you got it??? How whimsical is that! :)

  29. That store is amazing!!! Love the big typewriter keys wall art.

  30. Seriously awesome!! They need to open up a store in Michigan! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  31. lovely photos! thx for sharing & inspiring...

  32. Such a wonderful place....
    Thanks for such a lovely post quality ♥

  33. I could move right in.....big sigh...:)

  34. am so glad I found your blog! LOVE every moment spent reading and learning here! Am now a google follower.

    cathy b
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com
    @projecthope7 twitter

  35. So Beautiful...thank you LuLU! Awesome pictures! A Beautiful Mess is truly a BEAUTIFUL PLACE to shop!!! xokathee