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Borotalco: The Green Box of Italian Nostalgia

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I know the Internet can sometimes be a weapon of mass destruction with all of the viruses, rumors, over-sharing and drive toward celebrity status. But I still have this kind of retro thought, which visualizes the Internet as being a “global community,” giving life to the Disney theme – it is a small world after all. And this is important, because I can read and share new things to expand or shrink my Italian world. For example, some time ago I reminded my Italian readers about THE label that for us, is not just a brand, but part of our recent history. That label is Borotalco. (more…)

July 23, 2014 |

A Guide to Cleaning Antique Furniture

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Cleaning antique furniture takes time, but can be enjoyable especially when your finished product is brought back to life. After years of exposure to dirt, dust and fumes, antique furniture can become coated in a layer of grime – this is referred to as the antique’s “patina”. Follow these steps for cleaning antique furniture. This guide will help you remove the dirt and oily grime without damaging the finish or wood. (more…)

July 22, 2014 |

The Vintage Look Project

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It cannot be denied, we love the vintage look. We dress in vintage or vintage-inspired clothing because it’s fun, creative, and a great way to extend our personalities into our wardrobe. After all, some of us were most certainly born in the wrong generation. Or so we’re told.  But wrong generation or not, casual or serious, if you enjoy swapping ideas and borrowing vintage looks from each other, we’ve got a treat for you! Which brings us to our announcement – the unveiling of the Vintage Look Project.

It shouldn’t take too many head-scratches to figure this one out. The twist here is we’re asking you and the vintage community to create a Vintage Look and send us a photo of yourself. So this is how the Vintage Look Project works, in a nutshell: (more…)

July 16, 2014 |

Lola Montgomery: Blogger of the Month for June 2014

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We saw some new faces contribute to our blog in June. A huge warm welcome to Sally, Gloria and Tom! If you haven’t checked out their posts, they are fascinating reads that show you how to distress your guitar and use the popular virtual word, Second Life, to create vintage themed interiors. Also, be sure to take a trip down memory lane with Lola’s, How to be a Ye-Ye girl, and learn how to make use of your vintage dresser with tips from Tom Watts.
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July 11, 2014 |

Alternative Uses for Vintage Dressers

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It seems like vintage dressers are quite ubiquitous. You will easily find them in flea markets and in antique shops. While the price may be right for these pieces, you have to wonder what other uses there are for these vintage pieces. Vintage dressers may have been intended to be storage pieces for clothes, but with their low heights, they can be used all over the house as a dressing table, sideboard, bathroom vanity and even a home bar. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to those options. Because there’s nothing as cute as using these fragile vintage dressers, you can add a bit of charm in the so many nooks and crannies of your home with these furniture pieces. (more…)

June 20, 2014 |

How To Be A Ye-Ye Girl

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Or At Least Add A Little Nonchalance To Your Vintage Style

I’m calling it. Ye-Ye is likely to emerge as my dominant style influence of 2014. The French Ye-Ye singers of the 60s were so named because if they didn’t know the English words to a song, they’d sing yeah yeah, or ye-ye. Brigitte Bardot is my eternal favorite, and lately old family records of Dalida and Francoise Hardy have been echoing through my house on vinyl. I started listening to Vanessa Paradis again, and raced a lineage from the girls of the 60s, singing Serge Gainsbourgh songs, to her 90s album – written and produced by the very 60s-inspired Lenny Kravitz. Their style was a particularly French version of the 60s – the girls often sported straight but textured hair with a fringe, amazing jackets and coats, and boots. My particularly favorite incarnation of the  Ye-Ye style is the one that sits just on the cusp of the 50s and 60s – with just the right balance of structure and movement in the hair and clothing  – and just before shift dresses took over the world.

My realization that I am a Ye-Ye girl all started when I produced my show Vamp & Burn at Wonderland Speigeltent in Melbourne, Australia, last year. (more…)

June 18, 2014 |

Baiyina Hughley: Blogger of the Month for May 2014

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May saw a couple of new guest bloggers join our thriving community! We’re really excited to welcome Baiyina and Lori to the team! Their first contributions were so such quality reads, they’ve both been nominated for May’s Blogger of the Month award! Be sure to vote for your favorite blogger via the poll below.
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June 9, 2014 |

Distressed Guitars: A Growing Trend

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I still fondly remember the day I bought my boyfriend a new Gibson Les Paul Guitar. He had asked for a swanky case for his rather low brow second hand instrument as a birthday gift but once in the music shop I simply couldn’t resist investing in a guitar that would properly grace the case. I will never forget the look on his face when he opened that case to examine the interior only to find an expanse of cherry sunburst looking back at him.

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June 6, 2014 |

The Beachcomber: A Second Life Bedroom

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My name is Gloria Silverstone and I’m a virtual interior design blogger featuring items from Second Life, a virtual reality game that parallels real life.  Although Second Life is a game, it is also a great trend indicator. My blog will provide tips, tricks and highlight emerging styles.  In real life, I have a background in design, art and marketing. (more…)

June 6, 2014 |

Designing a Vintage Inspired Nursery

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OK, a confession. I’ve been a vintage obsessive since my teens. I have several wardrobes worth of vintage lovelies crammed into a tiny house, and even more back at my dad’s house. Where, by the way, I haven’t lived for over ten years. And yet, when I had a baby a year ago, I had no idea that there was a whole other world of vintage finds just waiting to be discovered. Obviously I’d seen children’s vintage bits and bobs at fairs and markets, and muttered the odd ‘Aw, sweet!’ in their direction, but never more than that. My own wardrobe took precedence and I was a focused shopper. Then the boy came along, with his scrunched up red face and tiny fists, and it seemed natural to extend my love of vintage to include him too. It started with the nursery. The babe’s room is just as much a reflection of our tastes as the rest of our house, with an eclectic jumble of antiques and vintage pieces, and a smattering of art across the walls. In all, a truly vintage inspired nursery. (more…)

May 28, 2014 |

The Ultimate Vintage-Inspired Las Vegas Playlist

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There comes a time in every person’s life when they want to leave their crazy busy schedule and inhibitions behind and head to a place that parties 24/7, has buffets a mile long, and offers searing heat at 1 a.m. in the summertime. A place where you can visit the Eiffel Tower, Rome in the B.C.E. days, and a ginormous Egyptian pyramid. In other words, in the immortal words of Vince Vaughn in 1996′s Swingers, “Vegas, baby! Vegas!” Whether you are preparing to hit Sin City in person, or just want to bring back some memories of your days in the desert when you lost $10,000, here’s a vintage-inspired Las Vegas playlist to help get you in the mood. (more…)

May 27, 2014 |

Shabby Chic’s Enduring Popularity

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Tastes change and new trends regularly appear and yet the shabby chic style of interior design has remained popular since it was first given a name back in the 1980s. Shabby Chic was a label for the concept which was first coined by interior designer Rachel Ashwell and it has stuck. Whilst avocado bathroom suites, artex ceilings and stencilled walls have come and gone there are still many householders who cherish their shabby chic design schemes.
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May 22, 2014 |

Vintage Watches: A Must Have Accessory

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Today ‘vintage’ seems to be the buzzword accompanying all things fashionable in both clothing and design. The world of watches is no different with vintage time pieces and military watches in particular fast becoming the most desirable and sought after items. There has been a rapid increase in interest for these vintage watches and as such their value both as fashion accessories and collector’s items have rapidly increased, and I don’t mean that they have just doubled in value either – many of these collectibles are now selling for thousands of pounds, which is not a bad rate of inflation for something that was originally manufactured for and issued to a squaddie. (more…)

May 15, 2014 |

Three Furnishings You Should Buy Vintage

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Buying vintage is one of the best ways to incorporate higher-end, well-constructed and unique pieces into your home. But that doesn’t mean everything should be vintage. A vintage sofa might be an awesome find but with reupholstery and the cost of the fabric, you’re looking to pay $2500+ for a sofa. If you’re looking for style, quality and budget consciousness, here are my top three furnishings you should buy vintage. (more…)

May 13, 2014 |