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Leather Shopping: A Cheat Sheet

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Leather shopping has never been this affordable! With leather dropping in price, it’s quickly become a luxury material that pleases both the eye and the wallet! And lets face it, the smell of new leather agrees with the senses much more than vinyl knock-offs. So lets look at how get you started with leather shopping.

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September 30, 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 |

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 |

A Beginners Guide To Vintage Accessories

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In my last month’s contribution to Vintage Shopper, I wrote a piece on how to build a vintage wardrobe using clothing basics. You will notice that I did not include vintage accessories. This is because I wanted to dedicate a whole article to the add-ons that will enhance your vintage wardrobe and complement these basics.  Vintage accessories are so important for a vintage look, especially when you are still building up your vintage wardrobe. They make for a stunning, decorative addition and not only do vintage accessories allow you the freedom to express your personality, they are an easy way to change up outfits. I often get more excited after purchasing a new vintage accessory item than a clothing piece, as I know that I will be able to produce a range of different looks that feel more ‘put together’. However, as important as vintage accessories are, it is also wise to acknowledge that over-doing them is never considered a good thing (unless this is your desired look.) So to correspond with my previous feature, here is a list of vintage accessories that I feel are important for completing your vintage wardrobe. (more…)

May 5, 2014 |

Five Tips For Buying Classic Cars

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Belmont Shore Car Show

Buying a car can be overwhelming. With so many working parts and different elements, an auto is a sizable investment that comes with some risk. This is even truer when buying classic cars. Since these cars are older, they are more likely to have some problems. This can make finding the right one and knowing a fair price somewhat tricky. If you are in the market for classic cars, it is important to know what to look for in your purchase. To get started, consider the following tips when buying classic cars: (more…)

April 23, 2014 |

How To Tell If You’re Looking at Antique China

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If you’ve inherited a set of China from a relative, or you’ve got you’re eye on a complete set of antique China in the window of a local antique store, chances are, you’ll be curious as to how old the pieces are, and perhaps more importantly, how much the antique China is worth.

Some antique China has  managed to stay completely intact for generations, and has been passed down through a single family for decades. It’s not uncommon for rare Victorian dinnerware to turn up complete, in a house clearance or car boot sale, without attracting attention to its possible value. (more…)

April 16, 2014 |

The Ladybug Takes a Sip of Russian Vintage

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A few weeks ago I had the chance to make one of my biggest dreams come true. I know it may seem strange, but for many years I have been dreaming with a fervid curiosity and interest in the hugely contradictory and controversial country called Russia.

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. But more than anything, I was curious to see what life meant there, how people lived and of course what vintage life means to Russians and where the coolest spots for vintage hunting were! (more…)

March 28, 2014 |

Thrift Shopper’s Guide To Buying Used Furniture

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You are strolling down the street when you spy a unique looking sofa in a thrift store. But you hesitate to take a closer look because you are unsure whether buying it is wise. How do you know that you are making the right decision when purchasing used furniture? How do you sort through a good bargain from a bad purchase? Here is a simple guide to ensure that your used furniture purchase is worth your investment.

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March 19, 2014 |

Vintage Women’s Clothing: A Cautionary Tale

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Vintage women’s clothing has undeniable charm. With one visit to a secondhand shop, you can purchase the cachet of a flapper in the Roaring ’20s or a bombshell Rita Hayworth look. Retro fashions might also appeal to you if you love one-of-a-kind looks; no one will be wearing your outfit when you attend your next party in a vintage Pucci maxi-skirt. But buying vintage women’s clothing isn’t without its consequences, so here are a few tips for making sure your latest vintage find is everything you expected and nothing you didn’t. (more…)

March 5, 2014 |

What Is Art Deco Jewelry?

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You may have seen art deco jewelry on an antiques television show. Or better yet, you may have inherited some beautiful art deco jewelry from a family member. Regardless of where you have seen it or how you may have acquired it, Art Deco jewelry has a long and interesting history of which you may not be aware. (more…)

March 4, 2014 |

Mixing Vintage With Modern Home Décor

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Some people like modern décor, others like vintage. But who says you can’t do both together? If you like both vintage and modern items or just seem to have amassed items from both eras, and can’t choose between them, then don’t.

The trick with mixing vintage with modern home decor themes, is to do it sparingly and deliberately. If you have too many items from more than one style era, it can start to look more like a jumble sale. By picking out key pieces, you can get a really nice effect. The staples of your home are the large furniture items such as your sofa, bookshelves, lighting, and coffee tables. The accessories are mirrors, photo frames, and table top items such as candlesticks and fruit bowls.  It’s a good start to have all the staple items in one style, and the accessories in another – putting vintage items on a modern backdrop, or vice-versa.  But what to place and how? (more…)

February 20, 2014 |

How to Decorate Your Home in the Art Nouveau Style

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Art Nouveau, meaning “New Art,” is a highly decorative art and architectural movement that began in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. The Art Nouveau style is viewed as a reaction to the mass production of the industrial revolution, marking a return to the skill of craftsmanship and a appreciation of nature. In our modern world dominated by technology, we too could benefit by surrounding ourselves with a few reminders of a bygone age of beauty, mythos and imagination.

Art Nouveau style is characterized by natural flowing lines and floral motifs. The hallmark line is called the “Whiplash Curve” which was created by German sculptor Hermann Obrist. Another key influencer of the movement was Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. His poster designs have stood the test of time, having a revival in the Seventies and again in the Nineties and still today. Here are some wonderful Art Nouveau style ideas to inspire you and help you master this romantic and opulent look for the interior of your own home. (more…)

February 17, 2014 |

Flooring Options For Your Vintage Interior

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Whether you are replacing a floor for a renovation, going through flooring options in new construction, or dedicating yourself to a vintage interior design vision, it can be very helpful to look to the past for inspiration. With a multitude of vintage flooring options out there, finding the right look is easier than ever. Here are a few products to think about when choosing a floor that will compliment your vintage style! (more…)

February 17, 2014 |

Create Your Own 1960s Inspired Retro Home Office

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Retro Home Office

There are many reasons why you might desire a home office; you might work from home, you might need a place for children to study, or you might just want a separate room for your computer, bills and tax forms.

Whatever the reason, a home office doesn’t need to be dull and boring. In fact, studies have shown that a creative work space actually promotes better learning and more productivity We’ll take a look at how you can create your own 1960s inspired retro home office. (more…)

February 17, 2014 |
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