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5 Vintage Home Decor Ideas to Give Your Space More Character

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By Jane Blanchard

Even though modern decor can be chic, there’s nothing quite like incorporating the vintage look to give a home personality. Like quilting, you take bits and pieces from different places and combine them into something unique with tons of character. Vintage decor can be used alongside contemporary to great effect, which is usually referred to as transitional style. One of the best things about vintage is how it gives your home that personal touch, distinguishing a room that could belong to anyone from a room that could only be yours. Here are five ways to make your home decor more vintage to give your space more character. (more…)

March 31, 2015 |

Transitional Design: Modern Design with Vintage Chic

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Have you found yourself lusting over the comfortable elegance of a vintage interior design palette? Drooling over the fresh, clean lines of a contemporary room? Like many, you’ve probably been left scratching your head over how to achieve a seamless combination of the two in your own home.

But you’re not alone. In fact, there’s an entire aesthetic dedicated to those who crave this hybrid style, which is perfectly dubbed ‘transitional design’. (more…)

October 14, 2014 |

Why “Ethan Allen” Is A Bad Word In Our House

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Newlyweds pay attention – It would be wise to run expensive purchases (say things over $1,000) by your spouse before you buy. I learned the hard way.

Here’s the deal – One day I bought an Ethan Allen couch. It was $1,200. I know what you’re thinking, that’s not too shocking considering today’s price tags, but this was 11 years ago. Even more shocking to my husband was when I announced it was being delivered. “What’s being delivered?” he asked. “Oh…..didn’t I tell you….” (more…)

August 7, 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Ten Steps to Decorating in an Eclectic Style

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One of the biggest buzzwords in interior design right now is, eclectic. Eclectic style is a swirl of vintage and modern styles mixed with well thought out details that brings the two sides together, and is set to be one of the biggest trends in home and living over the next few years.

But what exactly is eclectic style? From the outside, the word seems to have been coined to describe the act of mashing everything together, but a lot more consideration goes into eclecticism to find a coherent whole in a room with lots of elements.

Eclectic style goes against the idea that a room has to fit a single theme. Classic trends such as minimal, retro, traditional, arts & crafts and shabby chic are mixed together to create something completely unique. (more…)

April 14, 2014 |

Rustic Hunting Decor For Your Cabin

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rustic hunting decor

A hunting cabin is a traditional getaway, a place to get back to nature and after a day spent in the woods. It is somewhere to return to that is warm, comfortable and homely. Ideally, the interior should be cozy and reflect your personal hunting interests. Will this be your place of rest? A place you go for hunting trips? An extended den to visit with your buddies or a place to bring your family? Keep this in mind when designing the interior with rustic hunting decor. (more…)

March 7, 2014 |

Design a 1950s Kitchen And Work It Like A Retro Housewife

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Whether you just love Leave it to Beaver or you’re convinced that you were born in the wrong decade, giving your kitchen a little flair from the 1950s can bring your kitchen up a notch. However, when designing a 1950s kitchen, there are a few things to keep in mind and a few key items that will authenticate the style of your retro kitchen, making everyone feel like they stepped into the past the second they walk in. Who knows, maybe you’ll even change your name to June Cleaver. (more…)

March 6, 2014 |

Creating A Vintage Bedroom

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Ask any interior enthusiast what their all time favorite home trends are and 9 times out of 10, vintage tends to crop up. So how would you define the word vintage? What’s so appealing about this particular trend? When you choose to go vintage, your home benefits from rustic charm, a retro personality and lots of class, so you’re essentially getting more than your money’s worth here. (more…)

February 26, 2014 |

What Exactly Is “Art Nouveau?”

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As the 19th century drew to a close, artists of the 1880s and 1890s turned to a new style, Art Nouveau. Often considered the first modern art style because it looked to the present and future for inspiration instead of to the past, Art Nouveau was first showcased in Paris before spreading to London and around the globe. The development of Art Nouveau was a direct blow against the traditional separation of fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, and decorative arts because it focused on blending the techniques and motifs of both art forms into one unified artistic body of work. Instead of defining themselves as painters, sculptors or craftsmen, Art Nouveau artists defined themselves simply as artists and used their techniques on a wide range of materials and objects.

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February 25, 2014 |
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