Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Decorating with Flea Market Finds

Tour these stylish rooms, filled with flea market finds, for great ideas on how to display your own vintage treasures.

Changing lampshades is an easy way to update a favorite lamp. And in long rooms, old doors can be used to divide living areas to create nooks.

An 1870s weathervane takes folk art to high style on an antique table still sporting its original paint. Don’t be afraid to mix high- and low-style items. Mixing things up will keep your rooms interesting.

To add character to the dining room, Susan simply propped two vintage doors against the wall. Their rustic charm provides texture and interest. When working with architectural salvage pieces, take a cue from Susan and think outside of the box.

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Create vignettes with your favorite finds to infuse spaces with warmth and style.

Stacking this collection of 1800s-1920s blankets helps keep clutter at bay and makes a colorful display.

The weathered texture on this country table mixes well with modern chairs made from reclaimed wood.

If you prefer uncluttered spaces, keep your collections organized behind doors. This 1870s cupboard holds antique stoneware and glassware.

Timeworn pieces like the stool and oars mix beautifully with new linens. Make thoughtful choices when blending old and new, keeping in mind the overall look of the room you wish to create.

The blue hue of this vintage mirror is the result of natural copper aging. To age a new metal-framed mirror, use a patina gel, available at craft stores.

By Hillary Black
Photography by Mark Tanner
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We Love: Flour Power

Reuse what you have in romantic ways. Pick up home decorating ideas from items you may already have around the house. Today, we shine a little light on vintage flour sifters for many purposes they fulfill. 

Not only do we love vintage flour sifters for their nostalgic and practical appeal, but they also make colorful utensil holders.

You can find them in an array of designs at antique shops and flea markets.

Display them on your kitchen counter or atop the cabinets and fridge for instant country charm. Then place your cooking utensils inside for a look that will serve you a smile as you reach for the spatula.

Photography by Jacqueline deMontravel

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why I Love Flea Market Decor

I visited a flea market for the first time when I was eighteen years old.

I was eager to feather my first nest, and the deals couldn’t be beat. If my finds weren’t perfect, fixing them up was the fun part.

Even know, all these years later, giving a new home to a cool cast-off is my decorating style of choice. The office in which I write is filled with furniture and accessories from flea markets, antique malls and thrift stores, including a $30 wooden desk and a $45 buffet that were both transformed with paint and elbow grease. Among the mix you also will find an old brass lamp, a collection of cool vintage frames, original flower paintings….the list goes on. So, working on the Flea Market Décor website and print issues is always a labor of love.

Let us introduce you to spaces decorated in a variety of styles—from eclectic, romantic and farmhouse to mid-century modern, French, or a blend of two or more. Peruse our extensive directory of the best flea markets across the country and the world. Check our list of hot collectibles before you head out to search for your next big find. Follow our how-to guide to upcycling the next vintage piece you bring home with a horrid finish and beautiful bones.

Whatever you need, if you love flea market décor like me, we’ve got you covered.


By Rebecca Ittner

Source : Flea Market Decor

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Get the Look: Shabby-Chic & Vintage

Antiques dealer, Clara DiGiuseppe, shares the rules to follow to get her look.

  • Don’t buy anything new. Shop flea markets and antique shops, and always opt for vintage versions of anything you want.
  • If it’s painted, it’s better.
  • Practicality should be your guiding principle. Make sure you only buy what you can use and have room for.
  • Keep everything light. From furniture to textiles to the paint on the wall, keep your color palette light and fresh.
  • Always keep comfort in mind to create a truly relaxing and stress-free home. I like comfy furniture that is already beat up so you don’t have to worry about it no matter what happens or what your children do.
  • Stick to your budget. I really don’t have anything expensive in my house. If it’s too pricey, I refuse to buy it. Moreover, if you pay a lot, then in many ways you are stuck with it; you don’t feel like you can be creative and alter it or change it out if you are ready for something new.

By Jickie Torres
Photography by Mark Tanner
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Found and Transformed

Home. We all hope it is a place where we can relax, escape from the worries of the day, enjoy our families and friends, and have some fun. Those are tall orders! The beauty of flea-market-style decorating is that it fits every style and every budget. Love expensive French antiques? There are booths for that. Does your style run more towards mid-century modern, farmhouse, romantic or a mix of these? You’re covered. At flea markets, tag sales, estate sales, yard sales and antique malls across the country (and internationally), shoppers can now find something to suit their personal decor.

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Recently I visited the Long Beach Antique Market in Long Beach, California. There were booths filled with old jewelry, vintage dishware, collectibles of all shapes and sizes, furniture and accessories in every style, and odds-and-ends like buttons and old pictures. Industrial décor has been on the radar for a while now, but it seems to be gaining ground with the masses. While at the show, I found a booth dedicated to all-things industrial (manned by Bryce Jackson, who has a booth at Country Roads Antiques in Orange, California).

Sue Jackson, owner of Country Roads says, “I am a very big believer in home decorating with what you love. An easy way to start blending the industrial pieces into your home décor is to use such things as industrial tables as coffee tables or end tables. Also, the industrial spotlight lamps fit into any home décor.”

While working on this mag, I see the deep connection to home that is shared by those who decorate with collectibles, found items, and repurposed and made-over vintage wares. Their ingenuity and creativity are inspiring-many times I am left thinking, “How did they think of that?”

In each issue and web post, we feature homeowners, designers and bloggers who have transformed their homes and their lives while seeking vintage treasures. You will also find bargains for every budget and style, and a handful of how-to projects. May you find the inspiration to make your house into the home of your dreams.

By Rebecca Ittner

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

10 Vignette Ideas

Fresh out of décor ideas? Here are 10 of our favorite vignette ideas, picked out just for you. We hope that these photos will inspire you grab whatever’s on your back shelf and turn it into something beautiful.

Photograph by Jaimee Itagaki
Add a dash of panache to your craft table by adapting antique tableware to serve your creative purposes. A silver condiment caddy makes an excellent ribbon wrangler and salt-and-pepper shakers made wonderful glitter dispensers. –Jacqueline deMontravel

Photograph by Jickie Torres

Outfit a work space that is just as lovely as an afternoon lunch. A hobnail tumbler and a matching milk-glass compote make for a special table setting with flowers and punch. Brighten up your desk and use the vessels as the perfect organizational tools for the home office. Keeping your pens and tools in them makes a dull space prettier—and infinitely more inspiring.  –Jickie Torres

Photograph by Mark Tanner

To get Lizabeth K. McGraw’s cheery look, keep the area uncluttered; with more space between things your room will “breathe” easier—and so will you. Cover a wood table with a cozy tablecloth, and soften a sofa or chair with a slipcover made of an oatmeal-colored natural fabric, such as cotton or grainsack. Toss comfy throw pillows into corners and on floors for an easy, casual feel. Bring elements of nature—like the hydrangea centerpiece and red fruit on the table—into your décor. Make white the primary color in the room; use other colors sparingly for pops of color. Red and blue accessories always look right with white for a traditional summer palette –Meryl Schoenbaum

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Photograph by Jickie Torres
Backyard barbecues are one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Pesky insects finding their way into your refreshments? Not so fun. For your next cookout, repurpose an oversized cookie jar as a drink dispenser. A large ladle makes it easy to refill glasses and the lid keeps unwanted bugs out. –Jickie Torres

Photograph by Jaimee Itagaki

Looking for a new way to put antique tins on display? Vintage cookies and cracker canisters, tea tins and a variety of other metal jars make wonderful vases. Just check for water tightness, and if you detect a leak, simply line the canister with a plastic sandwich baggie. –Jacqueline deMontravel

Photograph by Mark Tanner

When the warmer weather beckons us outside, dinner gatherings are more likely to happen in the garden than in the dining room. Sometimes, however, cool breezes can wreak havoc on the tabletop, blowing up tablecloths and away napkins. A cute solution for the latter? Use an old clear glass candy jar with a lid and stack alternating patterns of fun, colorful paper napkins. It looks attractive and keeps napkins in their place. –Jacqueline deMontravel

Photograph by Mark Tanner
Got a vintage milk crate, egg basket or bread bowl? These small, colorful receptacles make perfect kitchen herb gardens. Line the bottom, if needed, to make it water safe, then plant a variety of common edibles such as parsley, cilantro or thyme. A delicious dish is just a snip away. –Jacqueline deMontravel 

Photograph by Jickie Torres
 This miniature wire dress form is a statuesque beauty on its own. However, why not put her to work the fashionable way? On a vanity it’s the perfect accessory to hang earrings, brooches and other fancy baubles. –Jickie Torres

Photograph by Jickie Torres
For your next dinner party, skip the fancy vases and rescue something that  would likely be destined for for the trash. Small marmalade, tapenade and baby-food jars make excellent bud vases. Use a set of three or four along the length of a table for a sweet centerpiece. –Jickie Torres

Photograph by Jickie Torres
Have a stash of Christmas cards saved from holidays past? Turn them into place cards for this year’s dinner festivities. Also try using vintage Christmas cards to add a sweet nostalgic touch to your holiday decorating. –Jickie Torres