Working a clean look is made simpler with the wonders of touch latch cabinetry. This hardwood cabinet finished in an antiqued silver foil is a perfect hideaway for those half full booze bottles you’re saving in case someone actually wants a liqueur… or God forbid a mixed drink. It also stores wine… but not for long.
Like many baby boomers, Richard and I grew up with pre-pasted themed wallpaper surrounding us. Homey copper kettles and tea pots repeated themselves all too often throughout our tiny kitchen, and ballerinas en point danced everywhere in my bedroom. Flocked damask wallpaper was often favourited by the same people who encased their couches in clear plastic slip(ery)covers. Appreciation for texture versus patterning took hold in the 70’s revival of grasscloth but colours and weaves were limited.
For today’s look we’ve cleaned and decluttered our nests and “bought into” painting out baseboards and mouldings, solid coloured spare furniture and neutral grey walls. Options for colour pops and patterning have been limited to accessories including toss cushions, lamps, art and area rugs.
The right wallcoverings can take your place from bland to “the edge of glory” a.k.a “WOW”. Wallcovering books are showing how to use this in your contemporary decor and retain the clean lines we’ve worked so hard to get without creating a 60’s flashback moment. Flip through some at Glam Vintage & Moderne for inspiration before everybody else does. You might even learn to love flocked damask.
It’s hard to find attractive kiddy friendly coffee tables. Constraining your selection to those without sharp corners or glass tops reduces potential finds. Sure, round tempered glass is fine but you’ll hate those gooey little telltale fingerprints that reveal your secret aversion to cleaning way too often. An attractive alternative is a reclaimed wood top like the one above in a unique “lozenge” shape. Kids would have a hard time killing this time-worn look as it is pre-distressed. Furthermore the campaign style iron base is handy for steadying wobbly toddlers.
In the past, cottage and waterfront homes were often decorated with real “dead” small mouth bass sharks and even dolphins. I don’t know if it’s having grown up on “Flipper” re-runs, but I find that decor that was previously living is just gross…not to mention bad Feng Shui and lousy Karma. Furthermore, dusting or cleaning those things has got to be a nightmare.
I “said” I was looking for a bed for my infrequent out-of-town guest, but honestly I got it for the “room”. It’s an office which just looked too officious…all books, manuals, computers, cords and supplies. Despite my efforts to soften its edge with art, area rug and a couple of lamps it was just plain ugly.
Canadian upholstery maker, Statum Designs makes this cleanly styled comfy daybed that’s heaven to curl up on. I bought it in the neutral fabric because a) I move a lot and more importantly b) I would get to accessorize it with lots of new toss cushions from Glam.
When Port Hope’s summer sale took place on the closed “street”, they called it the “Summer Sidewalk Sale”. Since it’s actually on the “sidewalk” this year, it follows that the “real deals” will be lurking inside the stores.
The important thing to note is that Glam Vintage & Moderne has up to 50% off on lots of great home decor and …”lean in”…it’s not seasonal stuff. There are discontinued draperies and vintage and modern art that can adorn your interior space at any time of the year.
It’s summer…or is it? You’ve probably got plans to sit on the patio sipping margaritas today. But if the weather should take a turn for the worse and it’s too cold or windy to go outside why not feel the season inside by setting up a bistro table with counter height stools near a window? Sitting at bistro height gives you that special festive atmosphere without actually having go “out”. It elevates your mood even before your first drink.
The faux driftwood grey grain on the ample hexagonal table top below works easily with 4 chairs and will not leave telltale rings after the party is over. The hand forged iron base has the old world craftmanship which says authentic “French Bistro”.
I remember my first brush with an Orchid Grower, a pharmacist who had made a hobby of propagating orchids. She was as proud of these showy little plants as grandparents are of their precocious little charges. I was confused yet intrigued with her commitment to this gangly ” flower”.
In the 90’s the orchid gained popularity with contemporary decorators for its simplicity and height. My mom anthropomorphized hers as she became plant mother and professed to know exactly what made them happiest.
It is interesting that Wikipedia says the “name comes from the Ancient Greekὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning “testicle“, because of the shape of the twin tubers in some species”.
Rather than employing an orchid sitter I did what the natives do… I put my orchid in a basket in a tree when I left my tropical home last spring.
I hope he is still there when I get back and will be happy to see me.
There is only one thing worse than a rainy day at the cottage…2 rainy days at the cottage. After you have played too many games of Snap and Monopoly what is there to do?
How about a game of “Cottage Makeover”?
Fish oil at Glam Vintage & Moderne
Fish Oil at Glam Vintage & Moderne
Surely it’s time to update your interior look. Put some cheery vibrancy in there because the prediction for this summer’s weather is dare I say it…dismal. Present these large oil paintings with FISH on them as Fathers’ Day presents and make him happy you made the spontaneous purchase at Glam Vintage & Moderne.