Category — Vintage Decorating
I love it when I am shopping for one thing, but I find something even better instead. I practically sprinted for this AMAZING mid century brass lamp last week. The brass color, the patina, the stylish bulbous head, the sexy curves. Oh it’s soooo good! And it works! The only thing is that it requires small round bulbs, like for chandeliers. So that’s a bit of an extra expense. But she is so worth it. She’s too pretty not to use. I have not rewired it. I don’t think I will either because the cord is in perfect condition and the base is covered in the hard plastic so I don’t think there is any damage. I love to shop at thrift stores for my home!
Do you rewire your vintage lamps? Leave me a comment!
June 27, 2013 2 Comments
When I moved into my little 1954 suburban ranch house, the sweet lady who lived here before had some very handy shelves installed in one of the rooms. This made it easy to decide that this would be my work station/desk area since I tend to be a clutter-bug and really could use the vertical space.
I have never liked modern office organizational products. They lack style and personality. So I quickly went hunting for affordable vintage objects that could double as desk accessories to help keep me organized. You don’t have to spend a fortune on cool office products. You just have to slightly reinvent. I was able to find these beauties at my local thrift stores.
A vintage record rack works perfectly as a file and paper holder. I’m very visual so I have to see my important papers.
A clear acrylic napkin holder makes a perfect stand for my computer. It’s equally as stylish and takes up zero visual space.
Another napkin holder, this time much more elegant, makes a pretty letter sorter.
How about you? Do you use vintage items to help you stay organized when you work? Tell me about it in the comments below!
June 6, 2013 6 Comments
Help! I moved into my new house five months ago yet my vintage jewelry and accessories are still in boxes on my bedroom floor. Not exactly a domain for inspiration or relaxation. I used to have a Heywood-Wakefield vanity, but that is going to be sold and waiting patiently in the garage. I actually don’t really want another vintage vanity. As pretty as they are, they never seem to have enough storage space for my massive collection of vintage jewelry.
I have been looking for a more practical jewelry armoire. The problem is they didn’t really exist in the mid century. At least I can’t seem to find any. With the exception of this one…
And best of luck to anyone trying to find a George Nelson jewelry armoire. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Hm. Maybe I can hack one!
So I was ready to settle for this modern armoire with a definite mid century look.
The walnut stain is perfect with my current bedroom furniture. But the universe is against me right now. This style is sold out! An espresso color version is available, but it’s way too dark. I am back to square one. So I am asking for help!
Does anyone know of any mid century, retro, vintage inspired, not ugly jewelry armoires to control my chaotic jewelry collection? Leave a comment!
May 8, 2013 No Comments
I am a thrift store snob! I was pulling out of Starbucks when I saw a new-to-me Goodwill. It’s located in a city that I would not say has a reputation for style, but I thought, hey you never know.
I will admit publicly that I am not the most organized person so these beauties were quickly MINE! Not only did I cure my need to discover vintage treasure, but I can get organized in style. Who would want an MDF shoe organizer when they can have these?
When I opened one up, the treasures continued. The original order for with the cutest design. If I could order more from this company using THIS order form, I would!
May 2, 2013 8 Comments
I hope you had a lovely weekend. But if you dread Mondays like me, here are some images of some lovely roses I picked from my overgrown rose bush. I hope they make you smile like they did me. Have a lovely Monday!
Oh, I picked up these very glamorous ceramic white and gold rimmed dishes at one of my favorite thrift stores a few weeks ago. I love how they frame the vase. I’m sure there was a third piece in the set’s previous life.
October 24, 2011 3 Comments
As much as I love and worship vintage, I don’t dress in vintage head to toe. Just like I don’t decorate my home in vintage head to toe. I love the look of a modern twist with my vintage, or a vintage twist with my modern. And interior designer and home accessories redesigner Tamara Kaye-Honey totally gets this. House of Honey is her design company and vintage home accessories line. She tastefully reinvents vintage pieces into glamorous home accessories and furnishings. I love that her taste is not typical mid-century, but very much of the era. Honey has such an eye for whimsical pieces and unexpected combinations of patterns, color and styles. She borrows from many different decades and mashes them all up without looking gaudy. I think that’s the gift that comes with great taste – you can put anything together and it looks fantastic!
If you find yourself in the Pasadena area, check out her inspiring studio and shop, House of Honey in South Pasadena. Otherwise you can find some of her pieces right now at Joss & Main, my new member-only shopping addiction. Need an invitation? No problem!
August 15, 2011 3 Comments
When you are in your mid 30-somethings, rights of passage like home ownership and babies are the center of conversation, or at least your thoughts. I know it has been for me, at least the home purchase part after many failed home purchase attempts over the last 8 months. But now, thanks to House of Honey’s new blog, I’ve got baby on the brain too. Well baby furniture anyway. If I had a kid, this would be my furniture of choice. Who needs Winnie and Mickey or Noah’s Ark like animals when you can have chic and bold? Contrast is good for their little eyeballs right?
If you aren’t familiar with House of Honey, stylist and designer Tamara Kaye-Honey is a vintage and modern home style genius. She mixes vintage pieces with modern touches, revives retro relics into stunning home furnishings. Her showroom and shop is an absolutely inspiring space. You have to come to South Pasadena and marvel at her work. I am so excited that she blogging. Now I can get regular fixes of vintage modern home design.
May 18, 2011 No Comments
This post is sort of a dagger to the heart. I live in a very small, very cute, but very small 1950s home. The closets are basically non-existent so I have resorted to storing shoes in long plastic bins under my bed. Not ideal but at least they are not all over the floor – mostly. I so desperately want more floor space so I can house my shoes in a delicate cabinet such as this one. I would purposely buy prettier shoes just to display them. I love using vintage furniture because it’s not only practical but beautiful.
P.S. If you want some tips on great closet organization, Lucky magazine has an amazing spread on closet storage. Very informative.
photo: via This Is Glamorous
March 22, 2011 No Comments
I was browsing through Refinery 29‘s website when the image of a black and white striped (my vice) clad woman sitting in a room with red walls caught my eye. I love the bold graphic of her outfit, an homage to Coco Chanel, and the vintage details of Ce Ce Chin’s apartment. Ce Ce is the designer of cult fave shoe line 80%20. It’s obvious vintage is a huge part of her life because her home and designs are loaded with vintage flair.
Another fun surprise was the amazing gold jewelry box in the lower
left right corner. See it? I have one EXACTLY like it! These mid century jewelry boxes are a must have for me. I own way too much jewelry. Plus they are like little home accessories.
March 8, 2011 No Comments
Watching American Pickers last night, Valentine’s Day to be precise, Mr. Debutante and I were discussing “mantiques”. Luckily, I’m not overly girly, at least I don’t think so, but I do occasionally try to convince the man of the house that hot pink tufted furniture is no reflection on his manhood. And then I discovered Manly Vintage via Thriftcore.
Manly Vintage’s mission is “to cultivate and promote the idea that style is not emasculating, that men can and do enjoy good taste, and good design is appropriate for all men, everywhere. ” I love this mantra. And it describes my husband perfectly. Athletic fit shirts and “retro sexual” style are not him at all. We constantly try to find a balance in our tastes for our home.
Manly Vintage is a perfect common ground blog for both of us. Beautiful images, gorgeous furniture, and two men’s perspectives on good design.
February 15, 2011 No Comments