Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Decorating with Vintage Doilies...

I love decorating but find it challenging when it comes to my own abode... I recently acquired some vintage doilies thinking I would take them into the shop to sell. I remember my Nana having them all over her house. On the back of chairs, tables, etc., she had wonderful doilies everywhere!

Not a doilies kind of gal, what to do with these crafty pieces of art? Light bulb goes off and the next thing you know... It looks like winter has exploded inside my home with these wonderful "snowflakes" all over the windows, above our fireplace, etc.

What a wonderful and inexpensive way to incorporate a little handmade vintage into your holiday decor! I used Elmer's glue spray adhesive to attach our doilies aka snow flakes to the windows and doors. What other vintage textiles could I use to add to my fireplace mantel? Vintage cotton stuffing for snow trees and vintage yarn wrapped around tree limbs found in my front yard.

When the lights are out, and only our white christmas lights are glowing, our doilies complete our Holiday Winter Decor.  You can find them at any thrift store, yard sale or flea market. Some are so intricate and detailed that they should be framed as art.  Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Win This Metal Card Catalog Cabinet from Vintage Inc.! Holiday Giveaway 2010 | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

Wanted to share a little Holiday Magic with our friends, family and wonderful customers; Apartment Therapy showcased our cute little metal file cabinet in their Holiday Giveaway 2010 last night. We are so excited about the 4 million plus Apartment Therapy Readers visiting our website! Here's the link for your chance to win this adorable little guy and other faboulous goodies from Apartment Therapy! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vintage Wedding Bells...

Vintage recently had the opportunity to provide some store items as props for a wedding photo shoot with local photographer , Tina Sargent Tina Sargent, Photographer Wizard ... Tina a regular vintage customer when she's stateside has used our furnishings and decor for several of her photo shoots over the past few years. Tina emailed us recently to let us know that her wedding shoot at Barrington Hill Farm in Dade City was featured today on 100LayerCakeBlog with a link to our shop's website. Tina's photography is breathtaking, original and unique.

Thank you Tina for giving us the opportunity to contribute a few of our vintage pieces and decor for this lovely wedding shoot and to be apart of the happy couple's special day! If you are planning your nuptials and would like to add a little vintage charm to you're wedding decor, feel free to stop by the shop or contact us via email Vintage Wedding Decor Inquiry. You can also visit us on-line at: Vintage Website for ideas, inspiration and ideas. Local events planner, Oliver Events staged the farm and did a wonderful job... How romantic and timeless...

Please make sure to set up a consult with Tina for unique, beautiful and original photography for your special day.

Another wonderful vintage customer and one of our first customers 3 1/2 years ago, Matthew Wengerd, provided the Fabulous stationary through his company, A Fine Press.  Many thanks to 100layercake for the post!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Vintage Fall Decor

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love decorating for fall... Pumpkins, burlap, twigs, goodies from my local craft store, etc. Here are some pictures of our living room area that I have decorated for Halloween. I have incorporated vintage goodies from the shop www.vintageinc.biz and from my personal collection. Happy Fall...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Big Bertha Has Left the Building...

Can you become to attached to furniture? For me the answer is YES! Big Bertha left today for her new home, a recording artist studio out in Los Angeles! She was a real beauty and I hope her new owners will love her as much as I did. Bertha is the huge 1800's postal cabinet  we fell in love with. Too big for our home, she kept me company at the shop. I know it sounds crazy but I will miss her.  Goodbye old girl, enjoy LA!

Friday, August 27, 2010

maviemamaison: My latest vintage find... Jeweler's Cabinet

maviemamaison: My latest vintage find... Jeweler's Cabinet

My latest vintage find... Jeweler's Cabinet

This wonderful jeweler's cabinet is going home with me... I have so many ideas for it. Of course I don't own enough jewelry to fill it up ( I prefer vintage furniture for gifts...) but I'm sure I can find something to fill it with. I'll post more pictures later once I find the perfect spot for it. Happy Friday everyone...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kitchen Update... If You Want to Call It That.

You would think with summer being slow in the retail business that I would have time to get my kitchen remodel finished? Not so much... but here's a few pictures of some things we have done recently... However, I did find time to re-do my studio/office, start on a re-design of my girl's bedroom upstairs and work on my closet :)  I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Memory Cabinet

Last week, my brother and I had to go through our mother's belongings. As we were sorting through  items to be donated, things to keep for our children and looking at old photos I realized that I didn't want them in a box put up in a closet somewhere. She had a robins egg blue china cabinet from the 1960s that she used to display family photos, her bible, things of importance to her.  I realized at that moment that I wanted her cabinet to come home with me, a part of her.

Her cabinet spoke to me as I started to fill it with some of her treasures, photos, keepsakes as well as my own. Our styles were never the same or I didn't think so until I started blending our things together to have on display in her cabinet. I re-decorated our entire dinning room around her cabinet. Eclectic, fun and colorful just like my mom, Robbie June. Her cabinet has become my memory cabinet of her and our life.

My children have added their own treasures to our "Meme" memory cabinet. Notes about loving and missing her, things that remind them of her. Now when I walk through my dinning room on a daily basis, I am reminded of her and it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy the photos of my dinning room and that it inspires you to create a memory cabinet of your own.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Mom

My mother died recently and unexpectedly.  I miss her very much. The "Gypsy" in her family, she was always moving us from place to place and never settling down for very long. We had some great adventures, my little brother Paul, Mom  and me. Tennessee, Kentucky, California, New Mexico, Washington State, Florida, Alabama, Georgia ... She wasn't into the "homemaking" thing, never owned a house or seemed very interested in decorating. I remember always taking a small treasure of our last "home" before we would move onto the next.  She did the best she that she knew how and that's all that matters. She'll always have a permanent home in my heart.  I love you Robbie June Leffew.

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's a Small World...

A recent trip to Disney World brought back memories of my childhood and lazy summer days playing barbies, house with my baby dolls, climbing trees, banana popsicles and watermelon! Our six year old, Sofia celebrated her birthday at the Magic Kingdom  and enjoyed every second excluding "melt-downs" as to why she has to wait in line when it's her special day (birthday)... 

Walking down main street and watching Cinderella's castle rise above you... Wow! We ARE on Vacation (even if we do live 30 minutes away and its just for the day)...

Visiting the magic kingdom inspired me to create a playroom in our formal living room for the girls. Now they can color, draw, play house, barbies, school, read, create. I'm working on some designs to incorporate some of the wonderful set designs from the ride into their rooms and play room.  I hope these pictures bring back special memories of your summers, family vacations, and play-time. Enjoy your summer.

p.s. It's a Small World is my favorite ride of all times and Sofia's too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

vintage shoe stencil boxes... if you love shoes, you will love these!

Vintage wood shoe boxes used to store stencils from a shoe factory on the East Coast. These boxes are made of solid wood with red or black lettering stenciled on the front to indicate the shoe width and shoe style. Constructed of a thick solid wood, boxes have wood divider inserts (some composite board) as well as the bottom of the boxes. Sizes are listed below, height and depth may vary a few inches (1-2). Wonderful to organize your office supplies, kitchen cook books, craft supplies, etc. Shop on-line at www.vintageinc.biz or stop by the shop... 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Objets Trouves Bling Trash Chandelier Yields $13,148 Euros

The White Chandelier by Winnie Lui

Winnie Lui jewellery designer turned lighting designer with the creation of White, her spectacular chandeliers in which objets trouvĂ©s meet bling and trash is made equal to treasure through the application of uniform color. I would love to have this wonderful piece hanging in my dinning room! It is absolutely stunning and the fact that it is made from found repurposed objects is amazing in itself!! Another project to add to my "Junk-to-do" list. 

The spectacular design is made from unique pieces sourced to create the elegant limited edition of 50 individual White chandeliers. White will be the main show stopper when showcased during the Space & Design event for the London Design Festival. Price: $ 13,148 Euros

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Studio Sneak Peak

Here's a sneak peak into my office/studio where I spend my time when not at the shop. Storage comes in different shapes and sizes... Mixing old with the new makes the piece more interesting and unique to your space...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day...

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are first-time mommies, mommy's in-waiting, mother's who are now grandmothers, moms who are saying goodbye to their college-bound babies and moms who get lost in the day-to-day activities of life and to moms we've lost. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone

Saturday, May 1, 2010

poems on mirrors

Lotta Agaton: Write on the mirror! How cool is this?  I love fonts, numbers, random phrases, etc. My next project! A wonderful and interesting technique to personalize your space. I can totally see this in a  nursery or in any room for that matter! 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I'm moving to my garage!

If my garage could look like this... I would move out there in a heart beat. Photo via www.castlegibson.com  Check out the rest of their website for more eye candy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Down in the Drain

Our 9-year old has some of her artwork on display at our local Museum of Art. We are so proud of her!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shades of Grey

I'm in-love with the color grey, once thought to be a cold sterile color now brings life and warmth to  my living room. I love the contrast with the original 1920's windows, doors and moldings. I used Dutch Boy Paint's Cathedral Gray. You can see in the first photo that our living room was originally a pale yellow. That part is almost done and I will post more photos soon. Every color you can imagine goes well with it. Now for the rest of my house!