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I love antiques. My home is filled with them. I’ll admit that’s partly out of bargain-hunting necessity but mainly because, in many ways, I feel that antiques are better — better construction, better lines, better attention to detail — just better. They have a character, charm and history that new and mass-produced can’t match.  

Take this winsome little vase. I discovered her at a rural flea market this spring covered in decades of grime. The milk glass color and classic Greco/Roman shape drew me in while the $1 price tag sealed the deal. Honestly, I didn’t recognize it as an Avon bottle until I’d cleaned her up enough to make out the label.

Avon perfume bottle filled with gardenias

My vintage Avon "Grecian Pitcher" originally held bath oil when sold in the '70s, now it's my go-to vase for short-stemmed flowers like gardenias.

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Growing up, my mother, grandmother, aunt — everyone in the family had matching dinnerware in their kitchen cupboards. Everything was super matchy-matchy and super boring-boring.

I’ll admit — I’ve regrettably fallen into the same ho-hum pattern. Those all-in-one dinnerware boxes are so darn convenient! But, I’ve been on a mission to break my family’s tradition of boring. It’s time.

I’m determined to buy all sorts of vintage plates to add variety in the kitchen. The varying colors are stunning, the looks are so different from anything in today’s mass market and let’s face it — they’re just plain pretty. The juxtaposition of styles takes me to a happy place.

This display of plates found at houzz.com is the exact look I’m shooting for. Come on, even if you’re not an antique/vintage-style lover, you have to admit that there’s something appealing about this colorful presentation.

Vintage Plates

What’s your take? Do you prefer dinnerware that matches, or are you interested in going rogue like me?

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Not only is June a popular month for weddings, in my opinion, there’s never been a better time to be a bride.

There’s no shortage of DIY wedding ideas for crafty, budget-conscious brides. As a Pinterest lurker, my favorite wedding trend is the rustic-chic look, but who said brides should have all the fun?

Leah McCall, creative director and owner of Whimsical Gatherings, shared a few of her favorite arrangements and tablescapes that can be crafted for any event.

For something old and something new, Leah used vintage spice tins with fresh flowers encased in a glass cloche. The floral arrangement was made with Mimi Eden garden roses, Dusty Miller ornamental plants, Queen Anne’s lace, and tuberose. To create a memorable conversation piece for a family reunion or dinner party, incorporate your heirlooms into the table decor.

Bring personal heirlooms and treasures to the table, like this vintage floral arrangement by Whimsical Gatherings.

Photo by Dixie Pixel Photography

Need more space for guests or a buffet? This DIY table made with saw horses and barn wood is an easy, inexpensive solution. Leah wrapped cotton and thistle around the chandelier she found at a flea market. Candles and flowers give the party a rustic-elegant theme that can form the backdrop to either a formal or casual affair.

This DIY wedding table is perfect for a rustic-chic party theme. Designed by Whimsical Gatherings

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Decorating with fresh blooms is ideal for a summer garden party, but pricey. Rather than large centerpieces, create several small arrangements. If you don’t have enough containers, craft your own. Along with her collection of small white vases, Leah created vessels with tin cans wrapped in kraft paper and lace, adorned with Midori silk ribbon and antique brooches. For this tablescape, she used Coral Charm Peonies, Dusty Miller and scabiosa pods.

DIY tablescape that can be mimicked for a rustic-chic party theme, by Whimsical Gatherings

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If you’re working with a limited supply of blooms, this bridal bouquet is proof you don’t need flowers for a vintage-chic arrangement. Leah created this masterpiece with cotton and brooches.

Whimsical Gatherings created this cotton and brooch bouquet for the bride wearing a southern-style wedding dress. It can be copied for a flowerless arrangement at any party.

Photo by Dixie Pixel Photography

You don’t need flowers or a wedding gown to craft an elegant party. Let the blissful look of nuptial DIY trends inspire your next event.

Photos by Dixie Pixel Photography

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I’m sure some of you grew up RVing in a 1950s Shasta camper during the summer months. Well, now your neighborhood birds can camp in the same style. Etsy shop owner jumahl created this birdhouse using retro turquoise accents and corrugated aluminum. Aside from its design aesthetic, the aluminum door is a squirrel deterrent so the birds can eat in peace. I love all the details — including the curved awning, wheels and trailer hitch.

 Vintage Trailer Birdhouse

Now if you could only teach the birds how to make S’mores and sing popular camping songs — that would be a sight to see!

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I’m not a mother yet, but I’m already taking notes about great products for tots, so I’ll be all set on the nursery decor front when that day comes. (In the meantime, my friends get to benefit from my research at their baby showers.) One company I’m loving right now is Aunt Bucky, for their perfectly funky crib and twin bedding, not to mention their quilts, apparel and decor.

aunt bucky bedding

I have an annoying compulsion to match everything, so I always appreciate when a design has done a bit of the pattern mixing work for me. Aunt Bucky’s stuff has an eclectic feel to it, as though it was cobbled together from leftover vintage fabric scraps, but the color palettes keep it cohesive. I’ve bookmarked the site, but I secretly hope Aunt Bucky will branch out into dog beds soon so I can have a bit of their flair in my place before I even get preggers.

[Via: the boo and the boy]

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Our friends over at Food Network are throwing a fantastic Thanksgiving party called The Communal Table on their blog FN Dish today. The idea is that FN Dish is providing the turkey, and they asked that the rest of the food community (including you!) bring side dishes and desserts. We at Design Happens were honored when we were asked to “set the table” for the event.

Without a doubt Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. A day dedicated to being thankful for the good things in your life, eating delicious food with your loved ones and no pressure of buying gifts? Genius! Personally, I like a homey holiday with an ultra-relaxed vibe, a handmade feel and absolutely no worries about getting gravy on the “good” linens. With that in mind, a little bit of inspiration from the October color of the month, and a dash of the whimsy from Constance the trailer, I created this Very Vintage Thanksgiving mood board:

thanksgiving vintage table

 

To achieve this cozy look I chose a mix of rough-hewn items, some real vintage items, and new products that have a warm and friendly feel. Ceramics, bold vintage colors (like teal, red and orange), thick glass and beautiful faux-mercury tie together a farmhouse table that seems as if it could’ve been set in the 1940s. I kept my own grandmother—who raised a family through the 40s—in mind when choosing the individual salt-and-pepper shakers (some of her favorites table accessories), the charming turkey gravy boat and the vintage floral table runner. The playful pumpkin candles mixed on the table with wildflowers in a mason jars are all the decoration the table needs leaving room for the real centerpiece of the day: the bird.

How about you? How do you set your table for Thanksgiving? Do you pull out your best china for this special day? Are you low key and food-centric? Tell us in the comments!

Setting the table above [clockwise from upper left]: Personal salt-and-pepper shakers, Etsy; ”Give Thanks” banner, HGTV.com; chevron salad plates, Etsy; jadeite dinner plate, Fishs Eddy; turkey gravy boat, Williams Sonoma; silverware, BHLDN; pumpkin candles, Greenhouse Design Studio; faux-mercury turkey platter, Etsy; animal place card holders, BHLDN; mason jar flowers, Haystack Needle; cloth napkins, Etsy; wine goblet, Fishs Eddy; turquoise farm table, European Paint Finishes; table runner, Vintage in Vogue; dining chairs, Room & Board; background pattern, Flavor Paper wallpaper. See all of these items on my Pinterest as well as a couple more that didn’t make it onto this board. 

 

 

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Can you believe it’s November? Every year I psych myself up to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for the initiated, but even though I start with the best of intentions, the month always gets away from me. I don’t blame it on my talent or general stick-to-itivness, of course. Clearly the problem is my lack of a functional writing space. A room of one’s own, if you will. Or at least a desk of one’s own. Like this breathtaking vintage leather top desk from 1stdibs.

green vintage desk

This classy-yet-sassy little number is a French piece from the 1970s that still has the original leather top and brass detail. It’s been lacquered a delicious kelly green, and is straight from a Beverly Hills estate. Quite a history, no? If this desk could talk! I’m certain the desk’s interesting pedigree would inspire me to write an equally interesting novel while sitting at it. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Tell me in the comments! (Maybe we’ll all find writing buddies there.)

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As you know, teal is our October Color of the Month. Many of you agreed it is the perfect color for fall, and I have to say, I happily agree. I was all about mustard-yellow going into October, but I think I’ve found a new favorite color. My nails are painted a glossy shade of teal. I recently picked up a deep teal dress. And now I think I can finally say goodbye to summer without too much separation anxiety, all thanks to my new best friend. The hue instantly struck a vintage chord in my mind. Retro teal electrics, hand-blown glass and mid-century modern kitchen wares. Check out some of my favorite vintage teal finds.

Entertaining with the Color of the Month: Let’s Talk Teal

HGTV Color of the Month October Teal Colors Etsy Accessories Teal Trending Color HGTV Design Blog Design HappensAll from ETSY: 1. Vintage Avon Fish Cologne Bottle :: FunVintageLiving  2. Vintage Swingline Stapler :: WiseApple  3. Vintage Boston Champion Pencil Sharpener :: swagJUICE  4. Large Samsonite Biscayne Luggage :: theoldgoat  5. Retro Motorola Electric Clock :: BeatriceinBlue  6. Cathrinehom White and Teal Lotus Cooking Pan :: MidModMomStore  7. Nelson McCoy Vase :: alamodern  8. Mid-Century Modern Chair :: SocietyInc  9. Vintage China Dish :: vintagebitsandpieces  10. Vintage Ceramic Plates :: thecupcakekid

In what form would you most likely use teal in your home? Slathered across your walls in a shade from your favorite paint collection? In bold accents? A dose of vintage fun?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Now that the main living areas of our home are nearly complete, it’s time to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! In general, I wait to purchase the bulk of my home accessories until I’ve lived in a space for a few months. After all, how will I know where to settle in to read my favorite book, or how I prefer to stash my keys?

Indeed, the power of home accessories are not to be underestimated, and I’ve rounded up some goodies below that I’ve had my eyes on for longer than I care to admit. Luckily, I’ve acquired a few and am well on my way to a fully accessorized home!:

Shopping- Erin Loechner

My dreamy accessories wish list.

My style hasn’t changed a bit since the beginning of our renovation, and I’m still craving functional pieces that marry industrial, vintage and modern Scandinavian touches. In other words, metal, wood and black/white textiles are always high on my wish list:
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