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contents J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 4

RENOVATE & DECORATE


20 Sweet Tweet
Ceramic pie birds are a whimsical way to
display your vintage style.
BY MERYL SCHOENBAUM

32 The Recipe for Retro


Styling
After a makeover, this little kitchen exudes
mid-century-modern charm.
BY REBECCA J. RAZO

38 Adventures in Artistry
Learn from a Portland artist how to give
new life to your vintage favorites.
BY SARAH YOON

54 Garden Variety
An interior/landscape designer creates a
signature look in her gardeners cottage by
layering vintage pieces.
BY H E AT H E R G R AT TO N / G A P I N T E R I O R S

66 Vintage Remix
This delightful cottage combines beach
and farmhouse elements, remixing and
reimagining the familys collections.
54
BY JENNIFER GAUDET

82 Sweet & Homemade 112 Building the Perfectly 128 Show Offs
A chef with a passion for interior design Imperfect Learn innovative ways to display your
shows how to mix classic furnishings and Create the home that is perfectly you favorite flea-market finds in style.
collected treasures in a home with soul pretty yet functional, casual yet stylish. BY JICKIE TORRES
and memories. BY JICKIE TORRES
BY STEPHANIE BJELKSTAM 134 Idea Notebook:
118 Refocus, Redesign & Cover-Up Artist
96 Pretty Romantic Repurpose Here are the best tips and tricks
European antiques and rustic accessories Discover how to take your dcor to the next for re-covering a sofa.
help create a French-country look for this level by rescuing vintage pieces. BY JICKIE TORRES
guest cottage. BY HANNAH HAGEN
BY MARGIE MONIN DOMBROWSKI 138 White Magic
124 Play It Again Find out how to style white for
102 When Life Gives Repurpose your flea-market treasures in fun freshness and sophistication.
You Lemons new ways. BY N ATA L I E E C H E V E R R I A
Host an old-fashioned partywith several BY JICKIE TORRES
varieties of lemonade, beautiful food, and 146 Room Recipe
vintage props and accessories. Vintage crates are a neat, inventive way to
BY HANNAH HAGEN display your flea-market valuables.

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SHOPPING COVER
The Flea Market Issue! 140+ pages of decorating, salvaging and

On the
8 Style Report upcycling38, 54, 66, 82, 96, 118, 138
Get style inspiration from creatures big and Vintage makeovers: 62 easy ideas38, 66, 96, 112, 118, 128
small to update your home for the season. Rescue recipes: From blah to beautiful32, 96, 102, 124, 134

24 Color Palettes Cover photography by Dominic Blackmore/Ideal Home/IPC+ Syndication


Use apple-green, cherry and vanilla to
create a fresh design scheme imbued with
a classic Americana vibe.

26 The Goods
From nostalgic finds with vintage vibes to
exciting pieces you can redesign and
repurpose, invite the old and the new into
your home this summer.

144 Resources

MAIL, NEWS, ETC.


6 From the Editor
14 Artistry
16 DIY Essentials

38 66
26 DO IT YOURSELF!
42 How to cluster vignettes for a romantic, homey look

47 Six steps to a dramatic art display

63 How to build the perfect vintage collection

81 Urban gardening: tips & tricks

93 Discover a chef/kitchenware designers three

rules of decorating

107 How to throw a successful summer party

122 Five tips for salvaging your home

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extra Style Report

CREATURE BY HANNAH HAGEN

Celebrate the little


things by adorning your
comforts 3

home with these quirky 1

creations.
2

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1. The lifelike quality of these magnets will bring


whimsy to your fridge door. Clear Wing dragonfly
set, $16 and tropical butterfly set, $10. (615) 374-
3667 or look for Doug Walpus on etsy.com.
2. Inspired by the strange and true tale of French
bees that produced multicolored honey after
feeding on M&M coloring, this mug is as delightful
as the story behind it. Blue Honey bone china mug,
$25.72. Visit katiespragg.com.
Barn Light Electric lighting
3. Quirky details make this robin croquet ball a
charming addition to any dcor. Mullanium Robin
comes in a wide variety of
on a croquet ball, $300. Visit thepicketfence.com.
BARN LIGHT ELECTRIC
4. The black-and-white design of these beetle WHERE VINTAGE AND MODERN COLLIDE
vases gives them a vintage vibe. Large scarab
vase, $160 and Hercules beetle vase, $135. (802) classic shapes and sizes to add
254-8930 or laurazindel.com. functional style to residential
5. Perfect for an outdoor party, these snail areas or industrial and com-
napkins will add just the right garden touch. mercial spaces.
Snail Napkin, $19. (646) 919-9400 or
ortolanorganic.com.
6. Store your special trinkets in style with these
colorful beetle containers. Armoured Guardians
porcelain containers, $35.50. (888) 338-8111 or
burkedecor.com.
800-407-8784 barnlightelectric.com
7. A garden scene come to life, this vase displays
the vibrancy of nature in your home. Small
Butterfly Effect glass vase, $72.50. (800) 782-
1967 or lampsplus.com.
8. The details of this delicate pitcher rise off the
backdrop to meet you. Miss Etoile large butterfly
garden jug, $31.27. Visit oliverbonas.com.
9. This collection, subtly sweet and reminiscent of
honey, is fit to pamper any creature lover. Honey
and the Moon No. 10 Collection, $30. Visit
Discover Casual
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10. This mug is both funky and adorable,

Personal Style.
adding character to your morning cup of coffee.
Kaunis Kauris mug, $26. Visit www.romantichomes.com
scandinaviandesigncenter.com.
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extra In Season

HOME (Flea-Market)
SHOPPING NETWORK
Our guide to the best online destinations for vintage and antique collections. BY BREANNA ARMSTRONG

GOING TO A FLEA MARKET CAN


be thrilling, overwhelming, Three Potato Four
exciting and, at times, crowded. threepotatofour.com
Unique items can only be found Three Potato Four opened its virtual doors in 2007 as an online retail store run by a husband and
if youve got the countrys best wife team. The shop was founded from their love of searching, collecting and their affinity for the
flea markets nearby, right? stories behind the objects. Shop here to find a mixture of early 20th-century Americana antiques
Wrong. You dont need to go to and found objects as well as their own unique line of U.S.-manufactured goods.
Round Top, Brimfield or the
Rose Bowl flea markets to score 1
some fabulous vintage finds.
1. Printed on imported Belgium
You can actually find them just linen, this 19th-century folk-art-
a click away online. inspired banner makes the perfect
charm for any wall. Complement it
In fact, sometimes the benefit
with the Portrait Study Series oil
of shopping online for your paintings that look like they just
one-of-a-kind pieces outweighs came off an early-20th-century wall.
Home Sweet Home Banner, $85.
the in-store experience: no Paintings mounted on ready-to-hang
lines, no competition. You have wood frames, $60$80.
time to browse, and you have 2. With this kit make your own
items from all over the world rope knot board inspired by the
iconic 1950s Boy Scout boards.
right in front of you.
Includes a 12 x 16 perforated
We have searched the display hardboard, length of rope,
Internet to scout out the best instruction sheet demonstrating 24
different knots and a predrawn label
online flea markets. Which one sheet. Tie-A-Knot kit, $28.
speaks to you?

3. This classic classroom


chalkboard features a
high-quality composition
surface with a solid oak frame.
The board is adorned with a
stamped leather Do Your Best
badge, a simple and positive
reminder as you note your daily
memorandums. Schoolhouse
Chalkboard, $110.

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FleaPop
fleapop.com
FleaPop is a free online market that combines selling and buying into the
ultimate go-to home-dcor destination. Whether a buyer is looking for
vintage, retro, country or industrial, FleaPop has a plethora of different
stores to browse. Just make sure you have a few hours to browsewith
so many wonderful products, you wont be able to keep your hand off
the mouse.

1. A comfortable and
unique design element,
this pale-blue and cream pin-
striped fabric pouf is a
sophisticated item that can be
used as a seat, or add a tray
to make it a coffee table.
Cream-and-blue-striped pouf
from Accent Tables & Stools 3. Create a curated
Shop, $375. tabletop with a one-of-a-kind
five-piece setting of mixed-
2. Prep it up with this pattern china from different
wingback chair thats been time periods, countries and
refurbished with houndstooth makers. The set includes dinner
and polka-dot fabrics, and plate, salad/luncheon plate,
add the perfect amount of bread and butter/dessert plate,
color to your home dcor. teacup and saucer. Gently used
Pink and green wingback green mixed-pattern china set
chair from Summer Color from Daisy Street Designs
Shop, $1,200. China Shoppe, $120.
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extra In Season

This Is Not IKEA Jayson Home


thisisnotikea.com jaysonhome.com
From mid-century modern, retro 60s, to shabby
style and unique art pieces, this site has it all. Let Edgy, yet elegant. That is the theme of
This Is Not Ikea be your personal vintage interior 1 Jayson Home, an online treasure trove that
designer. They do the legwork, so you dont have you may associate with chic new furniture
to. Their random things category and accessories. But did you know
is a blast from the past, that they stock a reputable
like most of their online vintage marketplace
featured finds. full of finds from around
the globe?

1
1. A rare find from the
early 20th century, this
French unupholstered
chair has great bones.
The chair can be
upholstered or simply
left as is. Antique
unupholstered barrel 2
chair, $1,495.

2. Dating to the
mid-20th century in
2 France, these unique
charts have a black
background once written
1. This retro toy hamper on with chalk. They can
has practical storage with now serve as surprising
an edgy design. The urban-industrial elements
wheels make it functional for your dcor. Vintage
and mobile. Retro Toy educational charts, $375.
Hamper, $115.
3. Eastern European
2. Unmistakably miners used to create
feminine and romantic, these lovely bottles in
add antique charm to between work shifts by
your dcor with this weaving wire around
colorful statement chair. wine bottles. Add a bottle
Vintage heart-back or two to your kitchen
upholstered accent or bookshelf for color
chair, $245. and a great conversation
piece. Vintage miners
3. Rediscover the joy bottles, $98.
of film in this instant
age with this vintage
Polaroid camera complete
with original box. Vintage
Polaroid camera and
box, $75.
3

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Antique Farmhouse Relique


antiquefarmhouse.com relique.com
Find industrial, farmhouse, From primitive designs to architectural finds and more,
shabby style and vintage this site features a large assortment of treasures from
reproductions all in one all over the globe exclusively for their online store.
lovely store. 1

1. A modern twist on a
1
sophisticated Old World
design, this rustic candle
chandelier brings elegant
style to any setting.
Grand iron candle
chandelier, $124.

2. This unique and


elegant bird feeder 1. This vintage Anchor
acts as a candleholder or Hocking jadeite bowl
bird feederthe perfect can be used as a mixing 2
romantic accessory in or serving bowl. Vintage
any garden. Crown bird 8 Jadeite Swirl mixing
feeder, $32. bowl, $59.
3. This industrial 2. Go industrial with
tractor-seat stool unique cobalt-blue and
brings a new spin to white French porcelain
statement seating. enamel numbers.
Tractor seat stool, $112. Vintage blue-and-white
porcelain enamel
numbers, $29 each.

3. These vintage hat


forms have been mounted
1 on industrial bases for
a matchless industrial
look. Set of three hat
3 2 forms, $599.

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extra Artistry

Making the BY MAG G I E A B R AT T E


PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THIS VINTAGE LADY

Pro Tips for Flea-market


Shopping Old New Again
IF YOUVE CRINGED AT TOSSING OUT pointing out flaws in an item to shave off a
old jars, memorized a list of local barn sales few bucks will likely just insult the dealer,
and flea markets, or felt your heart skip a and you wont get your deal.
beat when you come across an antique She also says keeping an open mind is a
skeleton key at the back of an old dresser mustif youre looking for something very
drawer, you may be an upcycler. specific, you can miss all the other treasures
Rebecca Wetter compares her Etsy shop, to be discovered.
ThisVintageLady, to a miniature flea market,
complete with repurposed and restored
items. I can take something thats considered
trash and bring it back to life, Wetter says.
Right now, Im obsessed with making
necklaces out of old keys, and cake plates
out of found candlesticks and plates. Think
about vintage finds as building blocks and
you open a world of creative possibility.
Wetter recommends taking extra hands
to flea markets and estate salestheres
shopping power in numbers, especially
when the markets are full of people who
may also want the bargain you are hoping
to find. Dont be afraid to ask for bargains.
Most sellers are willing to drop their prices
if youre buying several items. But be nice;

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extra DIY Essentials

Upcycle a Ladder into a Garden Planter

Take vertical gardening to vintage


heights with this easy project.
BY JICKIE TORRES

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SMALL-SPACE GARDENERS LOOKING FOR


ways to add color and character to their
yards will appreciate Phillippa Pearsons new
title Small Space Garden Ideas. Not only is the
book packed with smart and inventive ways
to make square-foot gardening feel lush and
full, but she has plenty of ideas for ways to
add colorful repurposed elements that
deliver a flea-market-packed punch. Here
she shares her tutorial for turning an old lad-
der into a creative focal point. Paint it in a
snazzy color, plant in vintage crates,
and presto, Phillippa writes. You have an
eye-catching, space-saving feature.

Upcycled Stepladder
TIERED PLANTER
What youll need:
Old stepladder
Tape measure and pencil
Wooden batten
Handsaw
Bubble level
Move the crates often
Electric drill and bits so each gets enough sunlight.
Wood screws Repot any plants that outgrow
Sandpaper in a selection of grades their containers. You could
grow some vegetables as
Exterior wood paint and paintbrush
minis, planting them close
Clear marine varnish (optional) CARE ADVICE: together and harvesting when
Vintage wooden crates, galvanized the crop is small and tasty.
metal tubs, terra-cotta pots Clean the ladder with a cloth
after winter to keep it fresh
Thick black plastic liner and scissors
and bright.
PVA glue or staple gun
Gravel or crocks
Multipurpose potting mix

PLANT LIST:
Basil Purpleleaf
Carrot baby round Atlas
Chile pepper Medusa
Green onion Feast Fi
Helichrysum italicum
Lambs lettuce
Pelargonium sidoides
Lettuces: romaine lettuce Lonjoits
Green, leaf Green Batavia and Seurat,
Reine des Glaces
Violets: Viola Blue Beacon, cornuta,
Trailing Lavender, Trailing Violet

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extra DIY Essentials

How to do it:
1 2
1. Take your stepladder and, starting at the second
rung down from the top, measure and mark a piece of
batten so that it will fit across the full width of the
ladder inside the frame, directly opposite the rung.
Cut the batten to size with a handsaw. Hold a bubble
level against the top edge of the rung, and mark this
point on the opposite side of the frame.

2. Position the batten so the top edge is level with the


mark just made; then screw it to either side of the
frame. This provides a second supporting rung for a
planting shelf.

3. Measure and cut to size 45 battens to create a


slatted shelf. They should extend 7 (20cm) beyond
each rung with an extra 1 1 of excess wood on 3 4
both sides; this excess will be cut off later for a finished
look. Arrange the battens so that they are evenly
spaced; then screw them in place to both rungs.

4. Once the battens are secured, measure and mark


pencil guidelines along the battens at the point where
they extend 7 (20cm) beyond each rung.

5. Cut along the guidelines to remove the excess


wood; then sand the cut ends smooth. Repeat steps
15 to make more planting shelves. Position the
shelves on alternate rungs to allow enough growing
space for plants.

6. Paint the shelves and ladder with exterior wood


paint and leave to dry. If preferred, paint your tiered
planter with a final coat of clear marine varnish for 5 6
extra protection against the elements. The vintage
crates would also benefit from a coat of varnish.

7. Drill drainage holes in the crates, if required; then


line them with the black liner, glued or stapled to the
base and sides. Cut a few holes in the base of the liner
for drainage.

8. Add a thin drainage


layer of gravel or rocks;
then half-fill the crate
with potting mix. Arrange
your plants with more soil
mix, firm them in and then
water. If you are using
galvanized buckets, there
Text andimagesreproduced by permission of DK, a
q

is no need to line them,


division of Penguin Random House (USA) fromSmall
but drill drainage holes if Space Garden Ideas by Phillippa Pearson. 2014 by
they dont have any. DK. All rights reserved.

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extra Cool & Collected

Sweet Tweet BY MERYL SCHOENBAUM


PHOTOGRAPHED AND STYLED BY JICKIE TORRES

Pie birds are a bakers best friends


when a venting session is needed.

Did
you
know
There is an annual
convention for pie-bird
collectors. This years
national event will be in
Branson, Missouri, on
September 1920.
Source: Randy Adrian

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IF YOU LOVE USING AND COLLECTING


pieces of the past, pie birds are some-
thing to crow about. Why poke holes
into your perfect pie crust to let off
some steam when you can add a bit of
whimsy with a sweet little bird on top?
Like the first flower of spring poking
through the ground, the birds tiny
head sprouts up from the pie to ensure
the dessert stays intact without any of
the fillings bubbling over.
Randy Adrian and his wife,
Stephanie, are avid collectors of mid-
century pottery. Their company, Adrian
Pottery, has been making and selling
pie birds and vents since 1992. The
company creates their own molds and
artwork. In addition to offering original
and holiday-theme designs, they
welcome special orders.

LIKE THE FIRST FLOWER OF


SPRING POKING THROUGH
THE GROUND, THE BIRDS TINY
HEAD SPROUTS UP FROM THE
PIE TO ENSURE THE DESSERT
STAYS INTACT.
Here, the Adrians share their insight
and advice about collecting pie birds.

HISTORY:
According to piebird.net, the pie-bird
design dates back to the 1700s. Made
of ceramic, porcelain or glass, they
originated in England, where meat pies
were often served to the family for
dinner, Randy says. Pie vents or funnels
were used to keep the crusted pies
from bubbling over. The funnel-shaped
vents allowed steam and heat to
escape while baking. Blackbirds and
roosters are popular with collectors.
Today, pie birds are used in baking fruit
pies to keep the filling inside.

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MARKET APPEAL:
With pie birds and vents available in a variety of
styles, shapes and sizes, there is a pie bird to
feather anyones nest. While the bird design is the
most popular, baker, chef and cook styles are
sought after as well. Their tiny size makes them
easy to display, their vintage design gives them
nostalgic appeal and their purpose makes them
practical as a kitchen tool.

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MAKERS MARKS:
Some of the leading pie-bird manufacturers
are Adrian Pottery (Missouri), Sammie Roberts
Ceramics (California) and Stuart Bass (England).
You can find their products on Etsy and eBay.
According to piebirdsunlimited.com, Stuart
Bass pie birds may be marked England or with
his initials, SB. Adrian Pottery pie birds were
marked AP 19922000, then stamped or
embossed Adrian Pottery USA 20002010,
and 2010now and marked inside with a
black decal that says Adrian Pottery ~ USA.

PRICING:
Pie-bird prices range from $15$25 for
common styles to $75$125 for detailed
Halloween-theme pie vents. Some vintage,
hard-to-find birds can be $75$500, while the
very rare pie birds soar to $500$2,000.

SEE RESOURCES, PAGE 144

Pie birds are still being made by


companies such as Spode, Pfaltzgraff
and Le Creuset. Visit replacements.com
for more information.
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Apple green,
Vanilla bean
Cherry on top
Give your kitchen a vintage update with the
help of plate-worthy colors and fun accents.
BY SARAH JANE OKEEFE

1
Rooster illustration by Anna See, $36 for
12 x 16 giclee print. Visit annasee.com.

2
Shaker, flush inset maple cabinet in
white. Visit plainfancycabinetry.com to
find a retailer.

3
Metal compost bucket with vintage
canning label, $29.99. (877) 967-5362 or
worldmarket.com.

4
Salt and pepper shakers, $19.95. Visit
plaidparasol.com.

5
Hand-finished stoneware mixing bowls,
$17.95 for 8, $24.95 for 10 and $29.95
for 12 . (347) 529-5122 or kaufmann-
mercantile.com.

6
Giorbello subway tile in light olive,
$78.74 per square foot. Visit wayfair.com.

7
Brushed-nickel glass pull in melon glass,
$14.31. Visit atgstores.com.

4 8
Apple Green, Vanilla Bean and Cherry
on Top paint. Visit valspar.com to find
a retailer.
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the goods

make it

Vintage
Embrace the nostalgia!
Go old school with these
products, and infuse your
home with vintage style
from any era.
BY HANNAH HAGEN
PRODUCED BY JICKIE TORRES

Every room needs a focal piece, and this


unique lamp deserves the spotlight. Boxcar
Electric by Joe Gibson at Revolution Design
House, $90 with bulb or $78 without bulb.
Visit colossalshop.com.

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Its the little things, like


Set the vintage tone with this vintage clocks on the wall,
attention grabber. White that will take your room
vintage phonograph, $99. to the next level. Infinity
(805) 604-0908. Instruments 9.5 Retro
wall clock, $24.42$36.99
(varies by color).
Visit wayfair.com.

Bring a bit of industrial style


to your workspace with this
desk organizer. Typesetters desk
organizer, $119. Visit
wisteria.com.

Listen to the classics on vinyl any-


where with this modern twist on a
record player. Crosley Spinnerette
portable USB turntable, $149.95. Visit
crosleyradio.com.

This illuminated sign comes in a


variety of shapes and hearkens
back to the 50s. Vintage marquee
lights, $230. (612) 217-1870
or lovefeastshop.com.

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the goods

This pillows colors will brighten up


your vintage dcor in a mod way. Eclipse
cushion in pink or blue, $70.23. Visit
everythingbegins.com.

Pillows are a great way to


carry design concepts
throughout a space, and this
Flight School Cover will do
just that for your vintage
style. Flight School Gray
With their clean lines and Collection 18 pillow cover,
50s-era style, these pillow $24. Visit chloeandolive.com.
shams celebrate simpler times.
Contemporary Cabin pillow
sham set, $29.99. Visit
modcloth.com.

Capture the essence of


the 80s era with this fun
accessory. Cassette-tape
hooked-wool pillow, $36.
(773) 472-3000 or
twinkletwinklelittleone.com.

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Add a pop of worldly color and


hippie style to your tabletop.
Bohemian Sugar/Creamer Set, $55. This dinnerware brings a
(212) 807-1391 or Apartment48.com. vintage European sensibility to
every meal. Damier-Rouge
Dinnerware, $12$55. Visit
maisondekristine.com/
damier-rouge.

Display these colorful votives


together to create vintage
ambiance. Vintage pink glass votive
holder, $6.50 each. Vintage green
tea-light votive holder, $5.50 each.
Chartreuse green vintage glass
candle holder, $5.75 each. Decorate your table
(800) 223-1106 or lunabazaar.com. with this adorable salt
and pepper set. Fawn and
Deer salt and pepper set,
$11.99. (888) 242-6633 or
retroplanet.com.

Dont hide your recipes in a book.


Display them proudly on the counter in
this adorable box. Midnight Garden by
Rifle Paper Company, $42. Citrus Floral by
Rifle Paper Company, $42. (703) 838-0355
or redbarnmercantile.com.

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the goods

Make a retro statement and use


this studio fridge to transform your
kitchen. Studio-size refrigerator,
$2,595. (877) 842-3269 or
bigchill.com.

With its gorgeous vintage


aesthetic and so many possible
uses, this bench is quite the crowd
pleaser. Issac Potting Bench,
$1,090. (706) 776-5858 or
chathamhillfurniture.com.

A nightstand that is sweet


and simple might be the
perfect touch in your bedroom.
Jenny Lind Nightstand, $199.
(800) 933-9904 or
landofnod.com.

Take vintage style on the go with a


spin through town on this classic bicycle.
Pure City Cycles The Abbey, $399.
Visit purefixcycles.com.

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For just the right touch of home-


made charm, use this embroidery
hoop as a wall hanging or prop it
up on a bookshelf. Home Is
Wherever Im with You 8
embroidery hoop, $36. Visit
etsy.com/shop/vintagejunkystyle.

Use these bookends to bring a


bit of old Hollywood into your
design. Film industrial bookends,
$47.99. Visit modcloth.com.
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cottage kitchens THE RECIPE FOR


BY REBECCA J. RAZO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PREVIEWFIRST
Retro Styling
STYLED BY KARINA DELGADILLO AND
VANESSA TEJERA
A little kitchen gets a main-course makeover with a
helping of mid-century-modern charm.

W HEN ARCHITECTS
and designers were
called in to rehab a small townhouse
kitchen, the homeowner knew
exactly what she wanted: a cheerful
space with a vintage vibe.
The client remodeled her master
bedroom in a retro theme, CoCo
Harper of Jackson Design and
Remodeling says. She liked it so
much that she decided to continue
the theme in other areas of her
home. [For the kitchen,] she wanted a
nostalgic design with retro-inspired
appliances as a starting point.
A set of vintage-themed Northstar
appliances in buttercup yellow
including a refrigerator, range and
range hood, and microwave
created the inspiration and color
palette the design team needed to
execute the homeowners vision.
The appliances are unified with
the kitchens Art Deco design
elements, such as the tile counter-
tops with black accent and simple
white cabinets, for a bright, sunny,
optimistic feeling that makes them
happy, CoCo says.

The curved countertop edges fit


within the retro aesthetic and
present softer, safer edges, says
CoCo Harper of Jackson Design
and Remodeling, which oversaw
this retro-kitchen remodel.
Retro-inspired appliances and
accessories and marmoleum
flooring laid out in irregular
patterns add to the look.

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White cabinets with recessed panels and


simple pulls complement the retro theme
without overtaking any of the other
features in the kitchen.

THE SMALL PORTABLE ISLAND ADDS


THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH
FOR THE SMALL KITCHEN DUE TO
ITS EASE OF USE AND MOBILITY.

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cottage kitchens
THE TEAM PAID
DESIGN FOR DUAL FUNCTIONS and aesthetically pleasing. The small portable METICULOUS
The design team opened up the spaces island adds the perfect finishing touch for the ATTENTION TO DETAIL
between the kitchen and the living/dining
small kitchen due to its ease of use and mobility.
IN IMPLEMENTING THE
areas, giving the home a much more
ATTENTION TO DETAIL KITCHENS VINTAGE
spacious feel, CoCo says. They also created
recessed space in the kitchen for the clients
The team paid meticulous attention to DESIGN, FROM A
washer and dryer, which were previously
detail when pulling together the kitchens MID-CENTURY-MODERN
vintage design, from a mid-century-modern
located in the garage, and concealed them style pendant lamp and retro-inspired
STYLE PENDANT LAMP
behind a door. The new indoor laundry area marmoleum flooring to period-authentic AND RETRO-INSPIRED
makes for easier access without disrupting
the flow of the overall design.
accessories. Such details as rounded corners, MARMOLEUM
yellow-tile countertops embedded with
Other dual-purpose amenities include a black-tile trim, incongruent rectangular floor-
FLOORING TO
peninsula countertop that pulls double duty ing patterns and recessed-panel cabinet PERIOD ACCESSORIES.
as a prep area on one side and bar over- doors add to the authenticity of the space.
hang/buffet on the other, as well as built-in This client lovesand I mean lovesher
shelves for extra under-counter storage. kitchen, CoCo says. Designing a retro space Over-cabinet shelves create
When installing sleek kitchen cabinets, the extra usable storage space in a small
that inspired the client so much and suited
kitchen. This Northstar retro-inspired
team also added built-in and open above- her unique interests and personality was the refrigerator helped set the tone for the
cabinet shelving, which are both functional best aspect of this project. design team during the planning process.

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STYLE FILE
TYPE OF HOME: c. 1980s Townhome farmhouse sink, mid-century-modern
pendant lighting.
BACKGROUND: The design client
wanted to continue a retro theme in her DECORATING COLOR SCHEME:
kitchen after remodeling the master Buttercup and canary yellow with black
bathroom in a similar aesthetic. accents, white, turquoise

DESIGN ELEMENTS: Tile peninsula INNOVATIVE IDEA: To give the space a


countertop, matching retro-inspired distinctly Art Deco feel, the designers
appliances, marmoleum flooring, under- installed shelves and a peninsula counter-
counter and over-cabinet built-in shelves, top with soft, curving edges instead of
hard, rectangular lines.

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SAVED SAVED SPLURGED


HERE, ISLAND A portable kitchen island is just
as functional as its built-in counterpart and is
APPLIANCES To set an authentic retro tone
while ensuring easy access to the conveniences

SPLURGED especially convenient in a small space where


flexibility and mobility are important.
of a modern functioning kitchen, the client
didnt mind ponying up for top-of-the-line

THERE BARSTOOLS/ BAR CHAIRS The retro


aesthetic is chic in design yet simple in con-
Northstar appliances.
FINISHES While you are sure to pay more for
struction. Dont spend a fortune on high-end authentic finishes, such as curved countertop
barstools when light aluminum versions with edges and rounded shelving, the lasting effect for
removable seat cushions remain faithful to accentuating a timeless period-authentic
the vintage vibe. ambience is priceless.
ACCESSORIES Vintage-inspired repro- LIGHTING A functional kitchen should be
duction canisters, cookware, stepstools and well lit in all the right places. Invest in quality
other accessories blend seamlessly with the pendant lighting, as well as recessed and spot
design and still function to todays standards. lighting as needed for your space.

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With imaginative whimsy,


Trish Grantham collects ships
in bottles whenever she comes
across them. I dont have a
really good one, but I just think
that theyre all amazing,
she says.

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ADVENTURES IN

A Portland artist gives new


life to vintage pieces.
BY SARAH YOON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET GUM STYLED BY JICKIE TORRES

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HOME IS YOUR PERSONAL SPACE TO RELISH LIFES


RICHNESSSO WHY CHASE AFTER TRENDS?
Trish Grantham, an artist and interior designer from
Portland, Oregon, encourages her clients to stay away from
anything super trendy. Instead, she advises them to go for
things that they love and see how they can bring it all
together.
Trish follows her own advice as she covers shelves and
windowsills with figurines, many of which are gifts imbued
with memories.
Ive been collecting vintage finds and art for 15 years...I
figure in another 15, Ill have an over-the-top floor-to-
ceiling art collection and shelves full of trinkets!
Although Trish jokes about her propensity to overstuff,
she understands that its an expression of her personality.
She is a collector, and she understands how your personal
style grows over time.
My house is a reflection of my life; it always will be. I will
never get rid of everything and start over, Trish explains.
The evolution of personal style parallels your growth from
childhood into adulthood. Its a lifelong project, she says.

Especially at night I have only


lamplight and its very moody. I like
moody, Trish says. She always paints
the living room darker than other
spaces, because its romantic and
moody atmosphere sets the tone for
the entire house.

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VIGNETTES MAY
SET THE MOOD,
BUT EVERY
ELEMENT PLAYS
A PART IN THE
ATMOSPHERE AS
A WHOLE.

CURATED
Collections
How to cluster vignettes for a
romantic, homey look.
SMALL CLUSTERS of trinkets can
look cohesive if you keep them
clean and tidy. Even the cutest
arrangement can look cluttered if
it collects dust and gets knocked
over by everyday activities.

FOSTER COMPOSITION by
juxtaposing tall and short or
wide and thin. Visual variety
helps draw interest. If all of
your items are short, add an
architectural element like the box
that Trish sets her little owls on.

BALANCE HEAVY AND LIGHT.


You have to choose a few walls
that you can kind of go nuts
onyou cant make every wall
covered in stuff. Hold back
once in a while so that your
vignettes are impactful and
not overwhelming.

ARRANGE BY THEME. They


have to have something that
brings them all together, Trish
advises. The hanging birds in
the dining room and the
silhouettes in the living room
cohabit peaceably because
they command their own
display spaces.

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Mostly collected from the 50s and


60s, the furniture has straight lines
and neutral colors that allow other
elements to take the stage. The
brown and beige sit back, while the
living room walls splash their own
drama across the room.

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EMBRACE THE DECADES


While the home is layered with textures and
patterns, Trish also layers with different eras. Most of the
furniture is from the 1950s and 60s. The table in the
dining room sports piano legs from the 1800s, adding a
dose of antique charm. Pieces from every decade really
make things look more real and more comfortable than
if you have everything from one store, Trish says. A rich
sense of character is built piece by piece.
Trishs propensity for embracing art of all ages
spreads from room to room. Paintings from the 1920s
Never even attempting to
create a deer collection, and 30s appear in the aviary above the dining table.
Trish added to her stash Even the Chinese checkerboard on the kitchen wall
each birthday and holiday is a vintage game set displayed as art. Vintage
as her friends brought dishes, a hallmark of everyday Americana, are
their finds to her. Whats
nostalgic remembrances.
nice with collections is
that people know what to
get you! SWITCH IT UP
Keeping with your personal style doesnt have to feel
static. Trish repaints the walls about once a year. The
neutral-colored furniture allows her to play with
dramatic paint colors.
Usually its around blue and green, and theres a
splash of yellow because that pulls it all together,
she explains.
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"Though Trish's entire


house is treated as a
display, you'll rarely see
her own art hanging on
the walls or nestled on
the shelves. She gathers
her inspirations in her
home, while sending her
art out to galleries and
Etsy buyers."

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GET THE LOOK

SIX STEPS
to a Dramatic
ART DISPLAY
CHOOSE A MOTIF. Trish collects
bird paintingssome of which come
from the 1920s and 30sfor her own
aviary. You can focus on natural or
even industrial themes.

DECIDE ON A MOOD. The color


palette can make the collection feel
antique or modern, romantic or
preppy. Choose a few coordinating
colors to set the tone, whether they
are warm or cool.

COLLECT THE PIECES AT GARAGE


SALES, ANTIQUE STORES AND
JUNK SHOPS. Sometimes the best
finds come from digging through
piles of dusty frames, so take your
time and enjoy the process. That is
all of the bird stuff that Ive collected
over the last thirty years, she
explains.

FIND THE ROOMS FLOW. Is the


architecture and furniture more geo-
metric or organic? Balance structure
with breezy arrangements or bring
more geometry with
strong lines.

LAY IT ALL OUT ON THE


GROUND to feel out your options
and find the right visual balance.
Once youve decided on a composi-
tion, get a few opinions before
punching holes in the wall.

HANG IT ALL UP. You can use nails


for a permanent display, or hang the
The dining table is a mash-up pictures with easily removable hooks
of centuries, with 1800s piano if youre going to rearrange the dis-
legs holding a modern table. play soon.
The rich curves in the legs
contrast with the straight, clean
lines of the flooring, recessed
cupboards and chairs.

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Trishs dishes are all eclectic


vintage pieces, bringing refreshing
variety to everyday life. She muses
over her mugs, Which one of them
am I going to choose today? In a
bold move that added a chic touch
to the kitchen, Trish painted the
bottom half of the walls black.

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Trish rearranges her displays often, moving


them from wall to wall. Though this could make
for very holey walls, Trish advises the use of
removable hooks instead of nails. Refreshing the
displays saves the home from stagnation and
keeps clutter under control.

DONT FEAR CLUTTER


With great artistry, Trish turns her many collec-
tions into beautifully arranged vignettes,
redefining the commonly negative view of
clutter. Im not against clutter! she says with a
laugh. If collections are arranged well, you can
create the most meaningful and gorgeous
displaysall it takes is an eye for composition
and a flair for the dramatic. Each display is an
opportunity for an experience. A lot of people
say that Im not an interior designer, but I build
installations. I create a set, she says.

When Trish moved into her


home, the kitchen lacked storage.
Instead of installing cabinets, she
bought wood and brackets. The way I
made them work was to paint them all
the same color as the wall, she says.

IM NOT AGAINST
CLUTTER! SHE SAYS
WITH A LAUGH. IF
COLLECTIONS ARE
ARRANGED WELL, YOU
CAN CREATE THE
MOST MEANINGFUL
AND GORGEOUS
DISPLAYSALL IT
TAKES IS AN EYE FOR
COMPOSITION AND
A FLAIR FOR
THE DRAMATIC.
Top | Attracted to pieces with character and
age, Trish found the Chinese checkerboard in a
friends shed. Now the board embellishes her
kitchen with its bright colors, textured wood
and a 50s vibe.

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Though many would limit their


decorative touches to more visible
spaces, Trishs artful imagination
draws her collections into the
recesses of her home. She removed
the doors of her closet to make
the room feel bigger, and then
simply decorated the inside to
make it attractive.

Tiny owls
embellish the
closet, creating a unique
vignette in an unlikely
place, proving that you can
always find room to
express your style.

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A shade and a linen curtain hang over


the bedroom window, inspired by Trishs
visits to a little vegan caf in Oaxaca,
Mexico. Contrasting textures layer over
the long, thin window, evoking the cafs
French influences.

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LIVE THE ROMANCE


Each display has the opportunity to create a
mood, so why not build a set? I want you to feel like
youre in a movie, Trish says.
Natural themes play out with Trishs collectibles.
Take a look at her collection of deer figurines or bird
paintings and youll see a forest-like warmth to her
home. Sometimes her fascinations are nautical; sail-
ing ships are scattered from the living room to the
bathroom. Theres something about sailors and the
ocean; its all romantic, she says.
Vignettes may set the mood, but every element
plays a part in the atmosphere as a whole.
I tend to like it really dark in the living room, Trish
says. The paint has a deep, blue tone. The lamplight
sends shadows across the walls. Spots of brighter
light reflect back to classic film noir, where the hard-
boiled detective stands under the street lamp. Its
very moody, she says, giving the home a sense of
alternate adventure.

SEE RESOURCES, PAGE 144

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The rich brown and soft white of


the bathroom create a serene
atmosphere, contrasting with the
homes dramatic color scheme.
Despite the bathrooms calm
colors, trinkets are tucked
everywhere, adding their own
whimsical touches.
q

For more about Trish Grantham's


artwork and interior design services,
visit trishgrantham.com.

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A montage of mirrors
and framed Victorian
curios are displayed with
a laminated-plywood
stag head, one of
Sarahs designs.

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t
g

Blooming with color and pattern, this gardeners cottage


i
proves that style can be cultivated
with personal collections.
B Y H E AT H E R G R AT TO N / G A P I N T E R I O R S P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y R A C H E L W H I T I N G / G A P I N T E R I O R S
S T Y L E D B Y F R A N C I N E K AY / G A P I N T E R I O R S

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R
ADIANT PRINTS, QUIRKY ART AND
vintage treasures blend together,
creating a colorful home for Sarah
Mitchenall and her family. Their small
abode once served as the gardeners
lodge for the neighboring Edwardian
estate when the two properties were one
just after the turn of the century. Now, Sarah
and her husband, Ben, have updated and
transformed the home, keeping the best of the
past and adding new, fresh style with a mix of
old and new pieces.

I PREFER OLD
THINGS.THEY
TEND TO BE
BETTER QUALITY,
AND THEY ARE
MORE UNIQUE.

WEED OUT THE BAD ELEMENTS


We just loved the look of the little cottage
with its quirky spire, weathervane and beautiful
windowsalmost colonial in its styleand, of
course, the amazing garden, which was at the
time completely overgrown and unkempt, but
it was the garden that I fell in love with, Sarah,
a landscape designer, says.
However, before the garden work could
begin, the interior badly needed updating.
Faded French fabric stapled to every wall
covered a multitude of sins; the bathroom and
kitchen had been badly installed in the early
80s; and the kitchen had varnished, painted
cork tiles while the rest of the house had
stripped floorboards.

Sarah uses patterned encaustic tile as a


signature thread through most of the house. In
the living room, its a small accent as a hearth
in front of the newly installed wood-burning
stove. In the kitchen, it comprises the entire
floor. A 1940s vintage mirror hangs from the
original picture rail.

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To add instant pattern and color to rooms,


Sarah used vintage wallpapers throughout
the house. Its a relatively inexpensive way
to bring a room to life, she says. I trawl
through eBay and other websites looking
for interesting designs. They are pieces of
art. Many wallpaper companies have
reissued vintage designs. Some sites to try:
littlegreene.com, secondhandrose.com,
Bradbury.com and designyourwall.com.

THE CLEAN-SLATE APPROACH


The couple replaced rotten windows;
stripped, filled and repainted trim and
molding; and painted all the walls white for
a fresh start. Then they got rid of most of
their furniture.
Mine was just old and mostly broken and
Bens was Ikea, Sarah says. It was all really
just junk, although we did keep our more
precious pieces, such as the artwork.
While they did start anew with filling
their dcor, they didnt necessarily buy all
new. I do prefer old things, Sarah says.
They tend to be better quality, and they
are more unique.

Opposite | German Poppy wallpaper bought on


eBay and an old pine bookshelf painted an
eye-popping pink create a fun mood in the dining
room. Sarah painted her furniture a bold,
bright color so it provides a pop of contrast to
her vivid wallpaper.

Top | This view of the entryway peeking into the


dining area proves that you can mix two bold
patterns in one visual space. The combo works,
because the color tones are similarly vivid and the
scales of the patterns accent rather than compete
with each other. Sarah found blue vintage wallpaper
on eBay, which was exactly the same wallpaper as
her parents had when she was growing up.

Right | An eclectic display of items including an


ostrich feather, an antique photograph and a
Victorian mirror sit happily with a 70s owl.

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Encaustic tiles available from


coachhousehome.co.uk are used
throughout the kitchen and dining
area. Simple cabinets are combined
with furniture-like pieces, including a
freestanding dresser repurposed as a
pantry/hutch. They are all painted in
the same shade of blue to unify
the collection.

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IN ADDITION TO
BEING COLORFUL
BOTH IN HUE AND
CHARACTER, THE
MITCHENALLS
DCOR IS FULL OF
SIGNATURE STYLE,
DUE IN LARGE PART
TO SARAHS
ABILITY TO MIX
ERAS AND STYLES.

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HOW TO BUILD
THE PERFECT
VINTAGE
COLLECTION
Interior/landscape designer Sarah Mitchenall
created her signature look by infusing her dcor
with special accents and meaningful pieces.
Here, she breaks down the best way to layer
vintage style.
BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
Old photos are an inexpensive way to add
instant history to any room. Choose subjects that
you feel a connection to. I love the black and
white photograph that hangs above the cabinet
in the living room. It is of three French brothers
just before they left for the war, and they wrote a
message on the back to their mother, Sarah
says.

SMALL HISTORIC DETAILS


Architectural salvage is a bold way to infuse your
dcor with age and patina; however, not all
statements have to be so big. I always wanted
an ostrich featherwhen I was a child, an old
friend of the family used to have them in her
houseso when I saw a woman selling them at
her remnants shop, I just had to have one. Its
very Victoriana, she says.

SPECIAL FURNISHINGS
Two Parker Knoll armchairs were flea-market
finds. They are so comfortable, and the color of
the faded velvet is exactly what I was looking
for, she says.

FLEA-MARKET ART
I had been looking for a print of the Mona Lisa,
but they are really expensive due to copyright,
Sarah explains. I found a paint-by-number
Mona Lisa at a flea market, and it was even more
perfect. Keep your eyes open for quirky artit
just might be the punch of personality your
room needs.

MEANINGFUL PIECES
Items with a history can be the most valuable
part of your dcor. The yellow laminated 50s
kitchen table was inherited from Bens great-
grandmother, so it has family history and is one
of the most used pieces of furniture in the
house, Sarah says.

Opposite | Sarah reupholstered


the old French headboard in one
of her favorite patterns: floral. Her
mix-and-match approach to the
patterns in her bedding is a great
way to add a flourish of feminine
style to a simple room.

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Top | A Victorian washstand is ADD COLOR AND PATINA


used as a deska great solution
The all-white scheme of the walls didnt stay
when you dont have room for a
full-size office space in the bedroom. for long. Sarah gave each room a colorful
backdrop; vintage fabrics now hang from the
Top right | During the windows and colorful rugs adorn the floors.
renovation, the couple installed a While the couple knocked down the wall
large round window to be the focal
between the kitchen and living room to
point of the simplified bathroom.
The stool, which Sarah painted in modernize the feel of their main living areas,
lipstick red, was destined for the they kept the Old World charm of the living
trash before Sarah rescued it. A room by installing a wood-burning stove and
hospital screen recovered in replacing the cork tiles with encaustic tiles,
vintage fabric is reused as a
adding color and pattern.
cheery room divider.

Right | Above the reproduction HOW TO BLEND DIFFERENT STYLES


pedestal sink, hangs a vintage In addition to being colorful both in hue and
mirror. An old enamel teapot is
character, the Mitchenalls dcor is full of
used as a toothbrush holder.
signature style, due in large part to Sarahs
ability to mix eras and styles.
I have always had a thing about specific
eras; at one point I had a house that was

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entirely 70s. Although now Im more inter- Sarah repurposed old items in a new
ested in the Victorian period, this house has way in her daughters room. A couple of
become more of an amalgamation of my old suitcases stand in for a nightstand.
They can be filled with extra items for a
different tastes, ranging from 19th century
storage booster.
through to the mid-20th century.
This blend is evident in the combination
of classic furniture paired with bright, bold
fabric as well as the colorful, repainted
furniture arranged next to traditional
gilded accessories and antiques.
Use old styles in a new way. I could
spend ages looking for vintage wall-
paper, Sarah says. I came across the blue
wallpaper in the hall on eBayunbelievably,
it was the same as my parents had at home
when I was around 6 years old. Sarah
paired the wallpaper with an antique-style
chandelier and modern black-and-white
curtains, giving the old pattern a whole
new vibe.

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Vintage
remix
-------------------------------
Reimagine your
favorite flea-market finds
and cherished pieces.
-------------------------------
BY JENNIFER GAUDET PHOTOGRAPHED BY
BRET GUM STYLED BY JICKIE TORRES

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Andrea Figlewicz uses


vintage mason jars to
display her sea glass and
seashell collectionsa
fun travel memento
commemorating the loca-
tions Casey has chased
the surf.

AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE FRONT DOOR


of the Figlewicz familys cottage, you realize that
this is a special home. The exterior of the 1915
house, a unique blend of Victorian and Craftsman
architecture, is trimmed with a bright seafoam-
green, hinting at both the surfside appeal and the
familys creative style. Inside, the dcor is colorful
and cozy, blending the best of beach and
farmhouse elements into one comfortable and
interesting home.

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DONT BE AFRAID TO
CHANGE THINGS
AROUND. EVERY TIME I
REARRANGE, NEW IDEAS
POP INTO MY HEAD.

The weathered spines of Andreas


vintage books help to balance the
bright colors in the room. Among
her favorites: a 1913 edition of Les
Miserables and her great-great
grandfathers Swedish bible.

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COLLECT AND REINVENT


When they moved in, Andrea and her
husband, Casey, modified their two-
bedroom home to suit their lifestyle, with
adjustments like a custom-made triple
bunk bed for their three children and
converting the garage into an office for the
photography business they run together.
Andrea sought every opportunity to
creatively showcase her collections and
reinvent her vintage pieces while
surrounding her family with special things
that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.
As a collector, I enjoy putting things to
good use and reusing old pieces, Andrea
says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea
markets and estate sales have been key
sources for finding well-loved objects
with a unique story to tell. I go to a lot of
estate sales. I also rummage during
large-trash weeks! I have found many
treasures that way, she says with a laugh.
Andreas largest collection is vintage
books, and she uses them in eye-catching
vignettes throughout the house.
Making a similar impact is her display of
vintage mason jars on the fireplace mantel,
which houses a collection of sea glass and

Top | Tiny dishes and


bowls make great
containers for
collections, adding
interest without
increasing clutter. The
vintage typewriter adds
a splash of retro
personality to this
earthy vignette.

Left | A true treasure


in the home of two
professional
photographers, this
vintage camera adds
interest to one of the
artful groupings inside
the bookcase.

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Mismatched chairs are painted


bright-turquoise and cheerful
mint-green, not only to make
them more of a cohesive set but
to help make the dining room
appear light and airy.

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shells, each labeled with one of Andrea saves small drink bottles
the various places the family has and jars to be reused in a multitude
of ways. Here they comprise a
traveled, from Morocco to Mexico,
casual centerpiece of pink flowers.
Nicaragua, Oahu, Tavarua and She says theyre great to save for
Namotu to their local beaches in the parties as an inexpensive way to
South Bay of Los Angeles. Every time decorate a large area.
we go to a new beach, I hope to find
sea glass! Andrea says.

CREATIVE REPURPOSING
In order to give purpose to her
collections and finds, Andrea
frequently reworks and reinvents
many of the well-loved pieces in her
home. Whether its an old bench that
easily moves from room to room for
extra seating or a vintage toolbox she
uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen
to find multiple uses for a single item.
The bedroom displays more
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Top left | Andrea created an art piece by


mounting Beach Boys album covers to the
walla special statement piece that is
perfectly accented by the eclectic,
Bohemian pillows and blankets beneath.

Top right | A nod to the homes


surroundings and the familys love for the
coast, the bright surfboard adds a pop of
color to the cozy neutrals in the
living room.

IN ORDER TO GIVE PURPOSE


TO HER COLLECTIONS AND
FINDINGS, ANDREA
FREQUENTLY REWORKS AND
REINVENTS MANY OF
THE WELL-LOVED PIECES IN
HER HOME.

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creative solutions, with customized rag


draperies that Andrea made from a top
sheet covering the closet and an antique
coat rack turned jewelry display hanging on
the wall above the dresser.
Andreas open-minded approach to
styling her home has allowed her
to bring a cohesive look to various unique
pieces collected over time. By embracing
change rather than shying away from it,
shes discovered how to make all of the
pieces she treasures blend together.
Dont be afraid to change things around.
Every time I rearrange, new ideas pop into
my head. And always pick up treasures!
she says.

PERSONAL PIECES
Treasures inherited and passed down
from relatives fill personalized nooks
and corners throughout the cottage,
enhancing its comforts. Both of the
homes bedrooms include sentimental
touches, such as the vintage suitcase
next to Andreas bed that stands in for a
nightstand. The floral purple trunk was her
great-grandmothers, its bright hue a

Top | The Hoosier cabinet


that sits in the kitchen is one
of Andreas favoritesa gift
from a family friend since
childhood, she has brought
it with her everywhere.

Right | Whether you start


small with a simple framed
chalkboard or go
large-scale with an accent
wall, chalkboard paint is
a fun and functional
customization in any
family home. The buckets of
potted herbs look great and
serve a purpose in
the kitchen.

Far right | The cottages


open shelving allows
bright vintage dishware to
be displayed proudly.

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ANDREAS
OPEN-MINDED
APPROACH TO
STYLING HER
HOME HAS
ALLOWED HER
TO BRING A
COHESIVE
LOOK TO HER
COLLECTIONS.

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The colorful quilt on the bed was a


purchase from Anthropologie, yet
pairs perfectly alongside an antique
dresser, vintage suitcases and a coat
rack turned jewelry display from
Andreas grandmother.

Andrea repurposed
an old frame to
make an earring
holder.

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testament to the family matriarchs


unabashed devotion to the color.
Even Andreas proudest DIY triumphs
incorporate family, such as the custom
triple bunk bed in the kids room hand-
made by her dad, along with Andreas
own beloved dollhouse, which she
passed down to her girls. One of the
quilts in the childrens room was hand-
made by her mother, who stitched it
together from her childhood clothing.
Finally, an art piece Andrea made
from old Beach Boys records inherited
from her husbands family makes an
eye-catching, graphic statement in the
dining roomvery fitting in a well-loved
home near the coast.

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The laundry room has its display of


vintage treasures, organized with baskets
and small bins.

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"Give your garden


vintage character by
reusing found items
in fun ways. This
child's chair placed
in a planting bed
adds flea-market
charm; the climbing
plants poke right up
through the seat for
a bit of natural
beauty."

Andrea transformed vintage


windows and wooden trays
into vertical garden spaces
and displays.

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URBAN
gardening:
TIPS & TRICKS
BE REALISTIC ABOUT SPACE,
and plan a size appropriate for
your location. Sometimes a small
piece of dirt is more
manageable than too much
space, Andrea says.

KNOW WHERE EACH PLANT


WILL DO BEST according to envi-
ronment; for example, grow herbs
indoors and grow carrots in a deep
pot.

BE COMMUNITY-MINDED! In
urban areas, the close proximity to
neighbors affords the opportunity
to share your plants. We designed a
planter on the outside of our front
fence right by the sidewalk
so that people walking by could
enjoy the smell of lavender and
rosemary, Andrea says.

USE RESILIENT PLANTS like


succulents to your advantage.
Along with providing a wide variety
of visual interest and texture, they
really will grow anywherewith
minimal attention.

Right | The beginnings of the family


garden can be seen here in the
backyard, with wood pallets stacked
into an outdoor table and pottery
used for storage.

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Sweet

Homemade
A chef with a penchant for interior design proves
that you can mix classic furnishings with a dash
of whimsy and a pinch of nostalgia to create a
casually elegant home.
WRITTEN AND STYLED BY STEPHANIE BJELKSTAM PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN LOF

Opposite | Old and new pieces, collected over the


years, combine on the antique bureau, where a
simple illustration, travel trinkets and vintage sil-
ver shine.

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A color palette of earth


tones with a hint of blue
permeates the living room
with its classic sisal carpet
and nougat-colored walls.
Overhead, Leila chose
industrial style gallery
lights throughout the home,
adding a curated feel to her
dcor. A whimsical
book-pattern wallpaper
from Colefax and Fowler
dresses the round-corner
walls, with bookshelves
built in underneath.

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The spacious and


welcoming hallway has
white-painted wooden
floors, just like the
other rooms, and a
striped wallpaper from
Ralph Lauren gives the
space a formal parlor
feel. Leila framed a
random selection of
decorative photos and
pictures in frames
purchased in various
markets and vintage
shops. The round hall
table is vintage and
holds stacks of
inspirational books.

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RESH, SEASONAL AND BRIGHT ARE WORDS YOUD Leila modified the old black
expect to see when sampling a gourmet menu at a cabinet in the kitchen by
trendy cafe. For chef-turned-designer Leila Lindholm, raising the upper part to
create a tabletop display
these are also crowning words to describe a happy
space. On top rest Chinese
style that embraces the outdoors, casual elegance and blue porcelain pots as
vintage charm. decoration. The kitchen island
When she found the lakeside cottage a few years ago, provides a convenient extra
the natural landscape was what sealed the deal. I really working space, with a second
sink behind.
feel at home! Its like living in the middle of a postcard, so
incredibly beautiful in all seasons, Leila says.
All that remained was to fill the home with warm
touches, a meaningful collection of antiques and
collected treasures and, of course, a stunning kitchen.

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INEXPENSIVE ART!
Leila loves photography
and has filled the wall in
the dining room with
photos from various
sourcessome clipped
from magazines, others
found at flea markets.
Framing them all on a
gallery wall gives the
collection oomph.
Under the sideboards
more suitcases give the
room a collected accent.

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The kitchen is the heart of the house


and has a French 40s ambience. Leila
designed the custom kitchen, opting
out of upper cabinets to create space in
the kitchen, while keeping the kitchen
gadgets close at hand.

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MAKE TASTEFUL EDITS


The lakeside cottage, built in 1922, had
historical provenance worth keeping. We really
tried to do the house justice and perform a
careful renovation. When you own an old
house, you have a greater responsibility and it
is important to refine what is already there
and perhaps restore something that was
removed. We have spent much time on details
to breath some life into what once had been.
Without disturbing too much of the original
structure and to capitalize on the airy light
that the ground floor boasted thanks to
ample windows, Leila chose to take down one
wall: the dividing element between the
kitchen and dining room. The result is an
open kitchen that leads to a seating area with
room for lovely dinners and shared moments
in the living rooms soft armchairs. I dont like
to feel trapped in small rooms, Leila says. I
need spacious rooms with high ceilings and
many windows.
Leila also converted the old garage into an
office and showroom for her product line. She
knocked out a doorway in between to
connect the room to the kitchenher other
essential workspace.

DESIGNING FOR YOUR Top | Leila cannot get


enough of cookware,
PERSONALITY
and her kitchen gadgets
Given Leilas penchant for designing are just as decorative as
kitchen accessories in every color of the they are practical. The
sherbet rainbow, one might think that kitchen has a countertop
Leilas home would be a little more pink, in Carrara marble, and
the walls have classic,
pastel and floral. But she has a real
cream-colored Biselado
preference for classic and timeless style. tiles.
I actually have several different styles
but always adapt a style for what Im
doing and create different purposes, she
says. When I decorate, I proceed from the
house and its architecture. I would never
pair a rural deco style with an Old
World apartment.
Her stately cottage therefore required
some sophistication and character. Leila
decided to mix a classic vibe with colonial
quaintness and American influences, as
well as some British elements.
In the hall, I wanted to create an
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A suitcase and a trunk,


probably from the 40s,
adorn the black cabinet.
Vintage trunks are not
only decorativethey
can hide storage items
from sight and yet keep
them accessible.

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IVE BEEN
COLLECTING
THINGS MY WHOLE
LIFE! SHE SAYS. IT
TAKES TIME TO
BUILD A HOME
WITH A SOUL AND
MEMORIES. YOU
DONT BUILD A
HOME ON A
MONDAY AT
IKEA, RIGHT?

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LOOKING TO ADD
INSTANT STATELY
APPEAL?
Hang wallpaper in a
classic floral pattern
for a simple way
to add Old World
sophistication.

The master bedroom offers a piece of English


castle romance from the 1800s with patterned
wallpaper from Ralph Lauren and a headboard
designed by Leila. The brass lamps come from
Ralph Lauren as well.

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ambience of a rowing club or a British club


house. Overall, its an expression of
Newport and the Hamptons. Ive wanted to
pair the styles with water, since we live by
the water, she adds.
The most important thing is to take it
slow. Give the process time, she says. Just
putting things out can easily look like an
exhibition. To create a home with soul takes
patience and time. Its supposed to feel like
youre really living there, thriving and
taking care. I may move things around and
finally they land in a kind of system.

HOW TO CREATE THE COLLECTED


LOOK
Often its the small quirky details that
make a house a home. The boxing gloves
hanging from Leilas liquor cabinet add a
touch of humor to a chic space. Leila also
added vintage trunks, a flea-market
favorite, to the tops of her curios for a bold
look (and extra storage space). As she
travels the world for work, Leila is on the
lookout for beautiful things that can
become treasured memories.
I always come home with a suitcase full
of gadgets and sometimes strange things. It
may be a paddle purchased in New York or
hand luggage full of porcelain. But thats
the best way to create life in a home.
Everything does not come from the same
place, but from different places in the
world, she says.
Leila also loves to check out
antique stores, flea markets, garage sales
and auctions.
Ive been collecting things my whole
life! she says. It takes time to build a home
with a soul and memories. You dont build a
home on a Monday at Ikea, right? she
laughs. Im in love with all my stuff and
have a little difficulty getting rid of things.

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LEILAS 3 RULES OF DECORATING


The small guest room adjacent to the
1. DARE TO GO THE WHOLE WAY. Choose a dark entryway has an English vibe with its
paint or a bright wallpaper for a wall rather than floral and romantic patterns in blue.
moving between white and gray. Otherwise, it is easy to Patterned wallpaper and a bedspread from
fall into mediocre style. Ralph Lauren add timeless appeal, while
the lantern in the ceiling, bought at a
2. MIX THE OLD WITH THE NEW. It gives patina and market in Marrakesh, gives the room
character to the interior. Leilas personal stamp.

3. MAKE A PLAN BEFORE YOU WORK. Make a mood


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Top left | Country charm abounds outside Leila's studio. Top right | A few samples from Leila's
line of kitchenware reveal her affinity for retro-inspired colors and styles. Bottom right | The
lush property features a greenhouse turned outdoor dining room. Bottom left | Leila sits in
one of her favorite spots in the house.

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For more on Leilas style and

q
shop, visit leila.se and
leilasgeneralstore.com.

Interior design has always


been dear to Leila, and her
recently released interior
design book, Welcome Home,
is filled with philosophies and
tips shes collected over a
career of style making in
Europe and Scandinavia.
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PRETTY
ROMANTIC
Warm white tones and vintage finds turn a guest cottage into
a serene escape.
BY MARGIE MONIN DOMBROWSKI
PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING BY FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

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W HEN CREATING A CLASSIC


COTTAGE LOOK, KEEP THESE THREE
WORDS IN MIND FOR INSPIRATION:
SIMPLE, SWEET AND COZY. IN THIS
1940S GUEST COTTAGE, COURTNEY
FROM THE FRENCH COUNTRY
COTTAGE BLOG PRESERVED MOST
OF ITS ORIGINAL DETAILS, FROM
RUGGED WOOD BEAMS TO HOMEY
BEADBOARD, BECAUSE WHY MESS
WITH A GOOD THING? WEVE TRIED
TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL COTTAGE
FLAVOR, COURTNEY SAYS.

In one of Courtneys favorite finds, she


spied this 20-foot-tall orchard ladder in
front of a neighbors barn and asked to
buy it off him, and he obliged. It became
the perfect thing to accentuate the
cottages high ceiling and add a quaint
touch to the living room.

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All Courtney needed to do was


highlight the cottages beautiful
architecture, which was already
full of character. By painting the
beadboard and the wood floors in
the main living areas a soft white,
almost gray hue, she instantly
brightened up the space and
added a small twist on tradition.
Vintage furniture pieces and
accessories throughout add
feminine charm, hinting at
Courtneys romantic style. Im
always inspired by vintage pieces
that are gold or worn. I dont like
things to be perfect; its so much
more interesting when they look
like they have a history to them.

Opposite | In keeping with the


period architecture, Courtney
added a wood electric fireplace
and white built-in shelves, which
she decorated with white
thrift-store dishes and books with
pages trimmed in gold. Im
always surprised how much good
vintage stuff you can find at the
thrift stores, she says.

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BY PAINTING THE
BEADBOARD
AND THE WOOD
FLOORS IN THE
MAIN LIVING
AREAS A SOFT
WHITE, ALMOST
GRAY HUE, SHE
INSTANTLY
BRIGHTENED UP
THE SPACE AND
ADDED A SMALL
TWIST ON
TRADITION.
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The bathroom features an old,


gray-painted sideboard that
Courtney had cut down to sink
height and repurposed as a
vanity. When we found it, it
was missing one of the doors,
Courtney says. We took the
other one off and use the
vanity to store our towels. It
was a crazy yard-sale find that
we didnt know what we were
going to do with when we
bought it.

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IM ALWAYS
INSPIRED BY
VINTAGE PIECES
THAT ARE GOLD
OR WORN. I
DONT LIKE
THINGS TO BE
PERFECT; ITS SO
MUCH MORE
INTERESTING
WHEN THEY
LOOK LIKE THEY
HAVE A
HISTORY TO
THEM.

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USE COOKIE
CUTTERS, MELON
BALLERS AND
POTATO CUTTERS
TO MAKE FOODS
VISUALLY INTERESTING
IN THEIR TEXTURES
AND SHAPES.

Since lemonade is the star of


the show, provide multiple
options. Try a few new tricks
like dropping fresh fruit, such
as blueberries or raspberries,
into the pitchers. For classic
lemonade, add a slice of fresh
lemon to the glasses.

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BY HANNAH HAGEN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRET GUM
STYLED BY SYLVIA ASSMUSEN

When Life Gives


You Lemons
Throw a lemonade party! Celebrate warm
summer sun, and refresh your entertaining style
with vintage touches.
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t HERE ARE FEW THINGS


more classically summer than
a lemonade stand on a hot
day. And now is a great time
to create one that both kids
and adults will enjoy. Stylist Sylvia
Assmusen has some wonderful tips
on how to jazz up this usual sidewalk
affair with a few vintage elements
and simple summery touches. As the
proprietor of and designer behind Madam
Palooza, a vintage prop rental company,
Sylvia is a pro at using stellar vintage finds
to create a memorable gathering. She
typically uses her expertise to help
craft beautiful vintage-style weddings.
But, for her, any event is worth a few
wow moments.
When styling this lemonade stand,
Sylvia reminisced about the summer
picnics her family used to have. Vintage
accents work well because they are a
celebration of history. Use items you are
familiar with and that have meaning to
you, she says, because if guests ask
about your treasures, you can share the
story behind them, which is what your
guests will remember.

Left | When choosing Opposite | This vintage stand


linens, select ones with lots is rustic, simple and charming.
of different patterns, colors Each element of dcor serves
and textures. In this photo, to enhance and draw attention
a bright solid and a polka to the main eventthe
dot pattern are layered lemonade itself. The yellow
together. The only rule here and pink roses reflect the pink
is to keep it rustic. Use and yellow lemonade. And so
natural-looking fabrics that do the pink linens on the table.
will tie in with the vintage Make sure each item you
vibe of the lemonade stand, choose to adorn your stand
while also keeping with has a purpose. Keep it simple
your color scheme. and summery.

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Using vintage elements


is a must. Classic glass
lemonade bottles,
red-striped dcor, caramel
corn and old-fashioned
candies are just a few
options. Placing these
elements atop the stand
will help emphasize the
vintage theme.

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When preparing an event, it is always


good to offer options. Popcorn, cookies,
berry cake and chocolates are just a few of
the goodies Sylvia prepared to accompany
the lemonade bar, which was stocked with
multiple fruity takes on the summer staple.
Sylvia recommends pairing salty with
sweet. I love the two flavors together, she
says. She also likes creating food that is
attention grabbing, and since food will be a
big part of your lemonade party, why not
use it as dcor? Use cookie cutters, melon
ballers and potato cutters to make foods
visually interesting in their textures and
shapes, she suggests. Also, add brightly
colored fruit and greenery from your
backyard for some simple summer touches.
I love the nostalgia, Sylvia says, Weve
all been to a lemonade stand, and to see it
still being used by children today brings me
back to simpler times.

SYLVIAS TIPS
for Throwing a
SUCCESSFUL
Summer Party
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH
FOOD AND DRINKS FOR YOUR
GUESTS. It sounds obvious, but dont
forget that there might be extra guests
who show up at the last minute. Its
always better to have extra food you
can send home in care packages than
to run out.

A GOOD VARIETY OF FOOD IS


ESSENTIAL, REGARDLESS OF THE
OCCASION. Your food choices dont
need to be gourmet, expensive dishes.
Finger foods are always a crowd favorite
but can sometimes look boring on a
plate. Add to the presentation of your
dishes by using fruit or flowers as
garnishes to mix in pops of color.

MAKE SURE TO INVOLVE YOUR


GUESTS. Play music, bring out board
games or set up an ice-cream station
with a variety of candy toppings, like
when you were a kid, and watch
the crowd gather around and share
their memories.

For more information on Syliva


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Assmusen's vintage prop rentals and


styling services, visit madampalooza.com.
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Discover how to create a family


home that is stylishly livable
and real.
BY JICKIE TORRES
P H O TO G R A P H Y B Y M YQ U I L LY N S M I T H
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IN THE AGE OF PINTEREST, BEAUTIFUL DESIGN


blogs and Instagram depicting everything from
the perfect home to the perfect outfit and even
the perfect lunch, its easy to feel like youre not
measuring up. Design blogger Myquillyn Smith
of thenester.com felt the crushing pressure of
this quest for perfection not only as a blogger
herself, immersed in this world of picture-
perfect living, but also as someone who didnt
always fit the mold of the happy homeowner.
Shes been a renter, a failed businessperson and
a mother whos moved her family around for 18
years into almost as many homes. Every time I
decided to plant down peonies or hydrangeas,
we moved before they bloomed. We have not
settled down into a cozy little white house. We
have not really settled down at all, Myquillyn
writes in her new book, Nesting Place: It Doesnt
Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful.
In the book she chronicles the lessons shes
learned as a renter and as part of the unreached
group of people of the design world that
struggles to create a beautiful home that works
for right now. We desire something more than
the next DIY craze or perfectly decorated space,
she writes. We want to truly love, appreciate
and use our homes. Yes, we enjoy beauty and
love a pretty room, but we arent willing to
destroy our finances or realign our priorities to
get there.
Fans of Myquillyns can expect to see her
candid takes on everything from how bad credit
and debt affect your home plans to how her
office really looks when shes not preparing to
photograph it for her blog. Its a wonderful
reminder for any fan of home dcor that theres
the beauty we create for inspiring ideas and
interesting photos and theres the beauty we
live in everyday. One may be messier, but thats
perfectly OK.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE TAKEAWAYS


FROM MYQUILLYNS DCOR PHILOSOPHY:
ITS NOT THE PHOTOS FAULT.
Dont forget that the images we see in both print
and online media have been primped and preened
Opposite | A modern graphic Myquillyn says most people almost as much as a bride has on her big day. The
pillow mixed with classic furnishings overestimate risk. Putting together second I was done snapping photos of my office for
makes a unique statement in this a plate wall might sound like a
Ladies Home Journal, I took that round tray off my
corner of the bedroom. Think about daunting task, but try figuring it out
ways you can mix eras and styles to as you go, and you may end up with desk to make room for a trusty pile of junk so I
create a personalized look. the perfect look. could relax and get some work done, she writes.

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DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT. TAKE RISKS TO CREATE YOUR Personal photos, custom artwork and
simple decorative elements combine on a
We put off doing all sorts of fun things DREAM HOME NOW, WHEREVER gallery wall in Myquillyns living room. We
because to do them perfectly would be entirely YOU ARE. can find rest in our less-than-perfect cir-
too much work, she writes. So instead of Its not money, space, time or lack of cumstances when we figure out that
having a slightly imperfect finished space with a creativity thats stopping you from trying no amount of striving can create the
few unpainted inches behind a permanent perfect life we think we are looking for,
things in your dcor that you want to do. Its
she writes.
toilet that no person will ever see, we have a fear of mistakes, nail holes and the
space that we hate. unknown results. My favorite things in my Opposite | Budget doesnt have to be
home are all results of taking a risk, and the a limitation; it can be a creativity booster.
BE A PROUD RENTER. things that didnt work out were also results To produce this graphic treatment for her
For many, being a homeowner is the bedroom wall, Myquillyn used white
of risk, Myquillyn writes. Having the things
duct tape!
classic American dream. However, for even I love was worth the risk of trying some
more people renting is a realityand things that didnt turn out.
theres nothing wrong with that. You will
look back and have fond memories of the NOT HAVING MONEY MAKES YOU
rental you currently despise. And choosing a MORE CREATIVE.
less-than-ideal home in order to have the For some women, not having money is
kind of home life, financial peace or family the number one obstacle to making a
circumstance you want is not the kind of change in their home. Never having money
decision you look back on and regret.

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for decorating is the very first thing that


forced me to get creative in our home,
she writes. It made me smart, inventive
and attentive. It also led her to use duct
tape on her wall to create a custom
pattern and focal wall in her bedroom
one of the most striking and lauded
features of her home.

LEARN HOW TO QUIET A ROOM.


Sometimes a room is so full of the
everyday things weve been looking at for
years that we cant even see what weve
got, she writes. How to do it? Take out
anything that isnt nailed down and leave
the big things like rugs, furniture and
lamps. When you move the little tiny
decorative piece of personality, you see
the room for what it is, and you might
discover that the wall needs to be repainted,
the drapes are outdated or instead of
constantly buying lots of little accessories
to make your home feel right, you should
simply slipcover your sofa.

Photos Myquillyn Smith. Taken You never know unless you Opposite | A dotty pillow and
from The Nesting Place by Myquillyn try. This big fish was a risky other black and white patterns
Smith. Copyright 2014. Used by buy, but Myquillyn loved the offset the pretty pink touches in
permission of Zondervan. results and the signature look the room, proving that theres
it creates. room for a little bit of edginess
in any space.

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R
efocus,
edesign &
epurpose
Learn how to rescue old pieces and
take your dcor to new heights.
BY HANNAH HAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN TEARE

DOES YOUR KITCHEN NEED A FACELIFT? ARE YOU EAGER TO


spruce up your bedroom? Sometimes what you need to salvage tired
rooms is already in your home.
Joanne Palmisanos second book, Salvage Secrets Design & Dcor,
helps readers refocus, redesign and repurpose by exploring the
concept of recycling small things in a big-picture design scheme.
Joanne describes how to breathe new life into items you already
have simply by reframing them in a new context. A homeowner
might choose to reuse old fixtures from the original kitchen in a new
design. A basket originally meant to hold laundry might work
perfectly as a side table. An old mirror, when framed in salvaged
wood, might now be the focal point of a room. The possibilities
are endless.
Joanne takes readers through a tour of inspirational spaces where
rescues abound and that prove that new isnt always better. Then a
do-it-yourself section and more than 350 photos will help you take
ideas and make them realities. Hang on to old treasures and keep an
eye out for secondhand goodies. Joanne Palmisanos passionate
descriptions and ideas salvage what you already have, and youll
discover designs that are both smart and stylish.
The intrinsic value, the history and the depth of character of
Before you completely gut your salvage pieces are hard to find elsewhere, Joanne says. The key is
kitchen, think about resurfacing or
knowing how to spot these gems, and this book, full of ideas and
repainting the cabinets. Some new
lighting and resurfaced cabinetry is all tips on how to find and use old materials, can help anyone get
this kitchen needed to look fresh again. started salvaging.

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I CONSIDER
SALVAGE
ANYTHING THAT
IS SECONDHAND:
RECYCLED,
RECLAIMED,
REPURPOSED,
VINTAGE,
ANTIQUE, EVEN
JUNK. IF ITS
GIVEN A
CHANCE AT A
SECOND LIFE, IT IS
ALL SALVAGE
TO ME.
JOANNE PALMISANO

Yes, its true! This homeowner


turned her laundry closet into a
cozy extra bedroom. Repainted
floorboards, now a peaceful ocean
blue, counteract the brightness of
the bed, and salvaged bi-fold
doors frame the little room.
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Repurpose old shoe racks or industrial shelving in


your kitchen as an open pantry. Being able to see
through to the wall behind gives small spaces an
airy feel. In this photo, the homeowner used
metal and wicker baskets, glass jars and ceramic
pots to create a French countryside look.
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5 TIPS FOR
SALVAGING YOUR HOME
1. PLAN IT OUT. Before refinishing,
repainting or redoing any piece, have a
clear plan and vision for what you want
the end product to be. Choosing the
right materials is very important.

2. USE SALVAGED WOOD. There are so


many different ways to refinish these
pieces, and often they are much better
quality than new wood.

3. ASK QUESTIONS. Most salvage shops


know who works with their materials. Get
ideas and recommendations from them.

4. LOOK ONLINE. Check sites like


craigslist.org regularly. Often people
post leftover materials from their own
redesigns; this means great quality at
lower prices.

5. START YOUR COLLECTION! The


good stuff at recycling centers and
salvage shops does not last long. So
start now and get it while you can. Build
up your collection before planning a
new design.

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Find items that will be focal points in your


design. They will set the tone for the rest of
the room. In this kitchen, the vintage sink
takes center stage and imbues the room
with a nostalgic vibe.

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A PLAY IT

Your flea-market treasures arent one-note


wonderstheyre multitasking marvels. Here are
a few ideas for how you can repurpose your
favorite finds in fun new ways.
gain
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JICKIE TORRES

for good
measure
With fabulous fonts,
interesting colors and
bold graphics, vintage
tape measures are a
charming collectible.
Turn one into a
bracelet with a buckle
kit available at most
craft stores. You can
simply rivet or sew
the bracelet into
placesince you can
get several lengths
from one 3-yard tape
measure, they are
great for gifts.

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not-so
junk drawer
Vintage desks are a
flea-market boon, but
orphan drawers arent
to be overlooked
either. We turned this
one into a recipe-card
holder charming
enough to leave out
on the countertop for
a bit of antique appeal.

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a new tool
of the trade
Antique toolboxes
boast unbeatable
patina with their
faded finish and
chipped paint. Why
not use one to inspire
you in the craft room
by transforming it
into a craft kit? Old
mason jars hold small
supplies, paintbrushes
and other crafting
tools, too.
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pin it
Clothespins may have
humble beginnings,
but with a bit of paint,
tape and sparkle, you
can turn these
domestic workhorses
into cute embellish-
ments for anything
from home office
memo boards to gift
tags or accessories.

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SHOW OFFS
Display your vintage finds with style and panache.
BY JICKIE TORRES
PHOTO BY JAIMEE ITAGAKI

TERRIFIC TRIM
Add a little oomph to your shelved collectibles by
embellishing your shelves with trim. Try strips of
lace, paper ribbon or fringe to add color, dimension
and charm.
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UNCLUTTERED COLOR not-so


Simplify your color palette to let vintage
junk drawer
finds shine. Here a white glass-fronted
cabinet keeps vintage fabrics, notions Vintage desks are a
and other flea-market crafting supplies flea-market boon, but
visible and neatly organized. Floating orphan drawers arent
shelves painted the same color as the to be overlooked
wall let collections on a shelf speak either. We turned this
for themselves. one into a recipe-card
holder charming
enough to leave out
on the countertop for
a bit of antique appeal.
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LAYERING ACT
Bring your antiques together in one focal point. Here a
vintage cabinet holds an array of flea-market trinkets.
Atop it is a collection of wooden trays, and above on the
wall is an assemblage of woodcut art. Together the whole
display is a wonderful mix of texture, patina and age.
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GO ALL OUT
Create a statement with
PHOTO BY JAIMEE ITAGAKI

not just a gallery wall,


but a gallery corner. A
large collection of
flea-market flower
paintings gives
this room an
unforgettable look.

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BOWL THEM OVER


Do something out of the box
and display your collection in
an unexpected space. This
set of vintage bowling pins in
the fireplace adds a touch of
humor and fun to a classic
living room. The effect is
bold, artful and sure to make
an impression.
PHOTO BY BRET GUM

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idea notebook

The
COVER-UP
Artist

Ready to tackle a big


project like re-covering a
sofa? Heres how to
measure up.
BY JICKIE TORRES
P H OTO S B Y R YA N N F O R D
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THOSE LOOKING TO UP THEIR DIY GAME HERES THE FIRST STEP IN ANY UPHOLSTERY PROJECT:
may have toyed with the idea of reupholstering HOW TO MEASURE FOR FABRIC.
before. Re-covering a chair or ottoman seems
simple enoughbut what if youve set your
sights on something major, say a sofa?
Upholstered furniture is the root of an
Measuring for Fabric
BY AMANDA BROWN

q
interior, says upholsterer and interior designer
Excerpted from Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Amanda Brown. In her new book Spruce: A Step- Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown,
by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, Amanda Illustrations by Allegra Lockstadt, Photography
by Ryann Ford, used with permission from Storey
set out to create a resource for beginner
Publishing.
upholsterers that she couldnt find when she
was a young designer on a budget looking to
infuse personal style into her furniture.
1. To determine yardage, lets begin by
writing down all of the fabric pieces on the
In the book, Amanda goes over six main
sofa so we dont forget anything. [Ill
seating styles that encompass most of the include my sample measurements so you
shapes and challenges that a beginner will can follow along]:
encounter. Her meticulous and easy-to-
understand method and helpful photos are not
only useful for arming a DIY fan with the skills Deck and tack band
necessary to transform new and old items, but Inside arms (ISAs) Seat cushion front boxing (SCFB)
also a great way for any design enthusiast to Inside back (ISB) Seat cushion zipper boxing (SCZB)
custom-create a personal interior. Through Outside arms (OSAs) Back cushions (BC)
upholstery, I could make any design Outside back (OSB) Back cushion top boxing (BCTB)
traditional, modern, or eclectic, she writes. You
Seat cushion (SC) Back cushion zipper boxing (BCZB)
can hire the local upholsterer to redo the chair
for you, but you cant begin to understand the 2. Dont forget to measure at the
design choices at your disposal without largest parts of each fabric piece.
The width of the deck begins just
understanding the skills of the trade. Through
inside the left arm and ends at the
every upholstered piece you complete comes right arm (74).
this understanding and the sense of how
3. Well measure the deck and tack
upholstery changes the look and feel of a room.
band as one piece. The front
portion of the deck thats covered
with the fabric begins 4 behind
the front edge of the sofa and the
tack band ends at the bottom edge
of the sofa (11).

4. Start where the inside arm


meets the inside back, and
measure to the front edge of the
sofa to get the width of the inside
arm (33).

5. Measure from the deck to the


top of the inside arm for the
height (17).

6. The width of the inside back


spans between the left and right
arms (73).

7. Repeat step 5 for the height of


the inside back (17).

8. The width of the outside arm is


the distance from the front to the
back of the sofa (36).

9. The height of the outside arm


is from the bottom to the top of
the sofa (23).

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10. Measure the length of the sofa


from right to left side to determine the
width of the outside back (80).

11. Repeat step 9 for the outside back


height (23).

12. Measure the widest part of the


space between the right and left arms
for the width of the seat cushion (73).

13. The depth of the seat cushion is


measured from the inside back to the
front edge of the sofa (31).

14. Divide the width of the seat cushion


by 3 to determine the width of the back
cushions (24 1/3).

15. Id like the back cushions to be 21. Roughly draw out the pieces on the leftovers, make some throw pillows, save
slightly taller than they were before, so fabric, stacking them until their heights for a rainy day or donate to a local
lets add 2 to the measurement from step add up to 54. elementary school for craft projects.
7 (19) and subtract 4 for the thickness of
the seat cushion (15). 22. As you draw, label the pieces so you
can easily see which ones have been
16. We still need dimensions for the accounted for, and write measurements
for width and height on every piece.
Calculating Yardage
front, top and zipper boxings. The width
of the front and top boxings can be When calculating yardage for a sofa, I
determined by using the following 23. After youve drawn everything, add
formula: front and top boxing width = the dimensions of the largest side-by-side always draw a diagram to visualize how
width of cushion + (2 x height or depth widths (80 + 26 1/3 + 26 1/3 + 26 1/3 + 83 the pieces lay out on the fabric. Be
of cushion). + 39 + 75 + 75 = 431). careful to orient the pieces correctly.
With railroaded fabric (fabric with
17. To determine the width of zipper 24. Divide the total by 36 (11.97). This patterns that unroll from right to left
boxing, add 10 to the width of number equals the number of yards, but
across the sofa instead of from top to
the cushion. lets add an additional 2 yards for welt
cord and any other variances that may bottom), height runs from selvage to
come up during the upholstery process, selvage and width runs from the cut end
18. We will make all cushions 4 thick, so to the fabric roll. Also, dont forget that
the height for all boxings is 4. so well need 14 yards total. Even the
most experienced upholsterers make there may be multiples of some of the
19. In the columns to the right of Width mistakes, so always order extra yardage pieces. For instance, there are two arms,
and Height, Ive indicated the in case a step goes awry. If you have and cushions need a front and a back.

approximate number of inches that


should be added to each measurement
for pulling and stapling and/or seam
allowances. Add these numbers to the
measurements we took in steps 2
through 18 to figure the final width and
height we will use to determine yardage.
By now, you should have a feel for how
much extra youll need for pulling,
stapling and seam allowances, but use
the table above as a cheat sheet.

20. Draw a long rectangle to illustrate the


boundaries of the fabric.

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q A Sofa Redo Cheat Sheet


Here are some more highlights from Amanda Browns Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Upholstery and Design on what it takes to reupholster a sofa.

1: HORIZONTAL STRIPS OF 3: PAD THE DECK WITH BURLAP to pulling. Tuck the bottom few inches
WEBBING give your sofa seat a solid give the base padding something to of Dacron under the inside back, and
foundation. Staple strips across the set up against. An edge roll placed then lay the Dacron down on the
bottom one way; then weave more along the front edge of the sofa deck deck. Spray adhesive on the foam
strips across the other way, weaving keeps padding from breaking down and Dacron. Be careful not to spray
them over and under each strip of and wearing out quickly where adhesive on the fabric!
vertical webbing until reaching the theres constant pressure from
other side. Use a magnetic tack sitting and standing up. 6: THE BEST WAY TO GET A
hammer to nail three upholstery TIGHTENED UP LOOK for your end
tacks into every stapled end of 4: SEW THE NEW DECK FABRIC result is a little bit of hand sewing.
webbing and all across the TOGETHER using the measurements Where the inside back boxing meets
wooden braces. you recorded in the first step. Then the top of the arm, begin a slipstitch
staple the deck fabric piece in place. at the back edge of the sofa and end
2: ADD THE OLD SOFA SPRINGS at the welt cord on the inside back.
BACK, evenly spacing them in rows 5: HOW DOES YOUR SOFA get that Hide the ends of sewing thread in
on top of the webbing. Special springy back? Dacron! Cut out a the crevice between the arm and
staples will hold them in place while sheet of Dacron large enough to inside back.
you use spring twine to bind the cover foam set on the inside back,
entire network together. with an additional 3 on all sides for

1 2

3 4

5 6

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read a room

MAGIC
Discover how to style
white for a look that is
refreshing.
BY N ATA L I E E C H E V E R R I A

WHITE IS A SPECIAL COLOR. SOME ARGUE


that it isnt a color at all. Yet the truth is white
actually contains every color of the spectrum
look at how a prism reflects light as a rainbow,
and youll see what we mean. In a dcor sense
its undeniable that white emanates a cool air of
serenity and sophistication.
Designer William Hodgins has devoted
his career to making a plea for the colors
magnetismhis signature mark is his use of
white and neutrals in a design scheme. He uses
the color to create rooms that are as
extraordinarily luxurious as they can be in a
quiet, understated way.
In his new book William Hodgins: Interiors,
Stephen M. Salny presents Hodginss work
through inspirational photos that will leave
you with a newfound appreciation for the
ageless hue.
Follow these tips on how to bring white to life
in any room:

STICK WITH CLASSICS. When you


decorate with white, you have a whole world of
possible color schemes at your fingertips. For a
refined look, stick with timeless combos such as
neutrals (for a calm atmosphere) or black and
gold (for something dramatic and alluring).

SEEK OUT PATTERNS. White without


dimension and texture can feel empty, so next
time youre scouting for new curtains or
looking to replace your headboard, choose
patterned pieces. Patterns create a fuller look in

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PHOTO BY OBERTO GILI

Multiple art frames in


various shapes creates
interest on the walls of
Hodginss master bedroom.

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read a room

William Hodgins: Interiors


by Stephen M. Salny, W.W.
Norton & Company, Inc.,
2014; wwnorton.com.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL J. LEE


an otherwise blank space. Dont be afraid to
pair multiple designs. A striped chair will look
good alongside floral curtains.

INFUSE SPURTS OF COLOR. Liven


up your whites by incorporating other colors.
Pops of blue, red, pink and more will keep white
from looking drab. However, try to stay away
from bold shades as they can overpower a cool
palette. If you want to go bold, keep it in small
dosesmaybe as part of a patterned pillow or
textured chair. Big solid uses of color work best
with pastels.
Keep minimalism in mind when adding
other colors. Dont combine too many hues. Try
utilizing a mixture of shades of one color for
variety instead.

CONSIDER DETAIL. White allows the


other pieces in your room to share the
spotlight. Fill your home with detailed furniture
to establish charm. Invest in cabinetry with
intricate moldings, place bouquets in cutout
vases, or purchase lighting with chandelier-like
crystals. Give the rest of your dcor the opportunity
to shine.

COMBINE DIFFERENT STYLES. White


keeps colors from clashing. Dont be afraid to
let different eras and styles mix. Fill your space
with a chair fashioned in French tradition
alongside a modern Swedish table. This will
create contrast in an unconventional way
without sacrificing your calm color palette.
White will act as a unifying force that will
complete your dcor.

MAKE IT PERSONAL. A white space can


act as a blank canvas for your personal mark.
Transform your home into a library if you are a
reader; display your favorite pieces if you are a Above | This pale-blue color Opposite | The dashes of red found in
collector. White allows you the opportunity to scheme maintains the tranquil this room are enough to energize the
make it your own. vibe created by the white space in room without disrupting the clean palette.
this room.

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL J. LEE

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How to Bring
SOPHISTICATION
into Any Room
Crave for elegance? Follow these easy
tips to effortlessly create an
atmosphere of sophistication the
William Hodgins way.

COLLECT ART PIECES. Transform your


home into an art gallery. Collect paintings,
photographs, and drawings from different
PHOTO BY LIZZIE HIMMEL

sources and display them in elaborate


frames. Gather sculptures and ornaments
and place them along a shelf. These will
create a worldly vibe.

GO FOR THE GOLD (AND SILVER).


Bring out your best silverware for an easy
way to achieve a sophisticated look. In
addition, purchase furniture with gold or
silver trims. Remember to polish your pieces
regularly to avoid tarnishing.

BALANCE IT OUT. Everything looks put


together when it comes in twos. Pick a focal
piece to act as the middle, and mirror both
sides of a room as best you can for balance.
Collect dcor pieces in pairs to ease your
PHOTO BY MICHAEL J. LEE

paralleling woes.

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS. Nothing says


elegance quite like a fresh vase of flowers.
They will look and smell amazing. Purchase
a vase that appeals to you, but make sure it
doesnt overpower the flowersa simple
vase will work best.

Top right | Its no surprise that


various shades of white and beige
would find their way inside the home of
William Hodgins. Hodgins adds contrast
to his calm atmosphere with the help of
another classic color: black.

Right | The classic detailing in this


room gives the space a polished look
and provides the perfect complement to
the artwork.

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For more information about Adrian Pottery, visit For more information about Trish Granthams art and interior
etsy.com/shop/AdrianPottery or on eBay, seller Weirich. E-mail design services, visit trishgrantham.com.
adrianpottery@gmail.com for more information on the 2014 Paint: Living room: Underwater by Behr, visit behr.com. Dining
Pie Bird Collectors Gathering. On Facebook, visit Pie Bird room: Spruce Green. Kitchen: Yosemite and Black Night. Bedroom
Collectors Gathering. and closet: Stratton Blue and Yosemite Yellow all by Benjamin
Moore, visit benjaminmoore.com.
Custom sofa: Perch Furniture, (503) 208-5128 or
COTTAGE KITCHENS perchfurniture.com.
Page 32 Artwork: Carson Ellis, visit carsonellis.com. Michael Paulus, visit
For more information on Jackson Design and Remodeling: Senior michaelpaulus.com/home.html. Lisa Congdon, visit
Interior Designer: Rosella Gonzalez; Assistant Designer: Karina lisacongdon.com. Emily Martin, visit etsy.com/shop/theblackapple.
Delgadillo; Senior Architect: Jim Groen. (800) 483-1738 or Kelly Tunstall, visit kellytunstall.com.
jacksondesignandremodeling.com.
Retro appliances: Northstar by Elmira Stove Works, (619) 465-0890
or ashwarmhearth.com. GARDEN VARIETY
Countertop: American Olean and Florida Tile, (858) 278-7828 or Page 54
sandiegomarbletile.com. Vintage wallpaper: Ebay, visit ebay.com.
Pendant lighting: Kichler, (800) 638-8875 or shop.ferguson.com. Jeeves bowler hat lights: My Deco, Visit mydeco.com.
Flower bedspread: Coach House Home, visit
coachhousehome.co.uk.
Carpets: Presidential Freedom in Urban Obsession from the
SmartStrand collection, 01480 479830.
Daughters bedding: Laura Ashley, (855) 396-6100 or
lauraashleyusa.com.
Birdcage light: Challieres, visit challieres.com.
Pedestal sink: Bath Store, visit bathstore.com.

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Rust-Oleum, visit rustoleum.com. Lemonade stand, vintage tins, bistro table and chairs set,
Mirror: Target, visit target.com. vintage lemonade bottles, vintage cooler: Madam Palooza,
Wooden Coca-Cola crate: Nifty Thrifty, (402) 685-5358. visit madampalooza.com.
Italian daybed, coffee table, bench, dining chairs, desk, kitchen Gumballs, pink grain-sack linens, dishes, glass pitchers: Home
tins, marbles, mason jars, Hoosier cabinet, suitcases: Vintage. Goods, (800) 888-0776 or homegoods.com.
Armchair, dining table, window panels: Ikea, visit ikea.com. Pink burlap, gold-dotted burlap: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft,
Couch: Sams Club, (888) 746-7726 or help.samsclub.com. (888) 739-4120 or joann.com.
Quilt: Anthropologie, (800) 309-2500 or anthropologie.com.
Rag pillows: Home Goods, (800) 888-0776 or homegoods.com.

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Black leather chair: Artwood, +46 320 181 00 or artwood.se.

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CRATE
expectations
See why you should never pass up
a vintage crate at a flea market.
BY JICKIE TORRES
PHOTO BY RACHEL WHITING

Creative Family Home:


Imaginative and original spaces
for modern family living by Ashlyn
Gibson, Ryland, Peters & Small,
2013; rylandpeters.com.

CREATING STORAGE THAT IS UNIQUE,


effective and fun is just a vintage
crate away when you look at this
childrens room for inspiration.
Mounted on the wall, the old crates
become deep shelving units. When
updated with casters, a crate For awkward nooks and corners,
becomes a rolling toy chest. custom-built shelving and cup-
Portable storage, whether it is boards can offer perfect storage
a box on casters or a vintage solutions and help to streamline furniture with lots of drawers that has
suitcase, is versatile and fun for your living space. been designed with organization and
children, Ashlyn Gibson writes Ashlyn explores many ways to storage in mind, she says. If you buy
in her new book, Creative Family design a fun family home and use old new and purpose-built storage,
Home: Imaginative and original finds in new ways. Look in junk you can make it your own by
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