Tour Time!

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Fall floral created by Richard Cadoret, owner/interior decorator at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Tomorrow is annual Port Hope House Tour day and for shops in the ‘hood, especially Glam Vintage & Moderne,  it’s “showtime”.

Richard Cadoret, Glam’s owner/interior decorator has created a welcoming window and floral for house “tourists” to enjoy.  He’s also “inviting”  all his display furnishings  “to leave”.

The savvy shopper knows this really means that he’s clearing all regular priced stock at 25% off and providing up to 50% off on items that won’t work in his upcoming “winter” vision.

Doors open at 10 am tomorrow.   Prepare to seize the savings.

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Glam Vintage & Moderne‘s store window celebrates the fall tour with a warm yellow Canadian made occasional chair accented with a glazed painting by Patrick St. Germain

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Kid friendly Coffee Tables

Reclaimed Wood & Iron Coffee Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Reclaimed Wood & Iron Coffee Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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.

Round Marble Coffee Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Round Marble Coffee Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Another great choice is a round marble top on an iron base.  This one isn’t climbable and the patterning would disguise most sticky messes until company comes.

(Having thwarted your child’s efforts to sabotage your tables, you can only hope they don’t see your walls as a blank canvas.)

Keep Fish “in” the Water

fish plaqueIn 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.

Fish on stand at Glam

Fish on a Stand under Fish Oil Painting at Glam Vintage & Moderne

 

The organic concept of “fish” in decor can be lovely if they are “representational”.

Here are some perfect examples of clean cottage decorating.

No fish were harmed to create these tranquil visuals.

 

Blue Resin Whale at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Blue Resin Whale at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Bling Toss

 

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.

Statum Daybed

Daybed available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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.

 

 

Throw Cushions and Daybed at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Throw Cushions and Daybed at Glam Vintage & Moderne

 

 

 

This is some sort of sickness…next thing you know I’m not going to be happy with the area rug.

Orchid Envy

A close-up of Orchid texture in oil and silver leaf at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A close-up of the Orchid texture in oil and silver leaf at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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”.

Ilona Biernot Orchid at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Canadian artist Ilona Biernot’s Orchid at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Photo from Just add Ice Orchids

Photo from Just add Ice Orchids

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 Greek ὄρχις (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.

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Your Loft or Mine?

linen sofa against brick wall at Glam

Oil painting by Charlene Lynch at Glam Vintage & Moderne

I gotta say I am proud of my loft.  It’s what my friends call “a good hang”.  I think it looks put together but not in a contrived sort of way. Repetition of colour provides cohesiveness to the room and varying textures make it interesting.

In this vignette at Glam, Richard created a loft-like feeling. The tones of the 60’s styled Canadian made sofa marry well with the original oil painting and the vintage suitcase. The contrast of the clean tailored tufted sofa and simple suitcase showcase the warm brick wall backdrop and the russets and taupes in the oil painting.  The chartreuse toss cushions add the surprise hit of colour.

Tufted 60's influenced linen sofa at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Sleek Kravet polyester silk sofa at Glam Vintage & Moderne

I know you expected to see my loft here but that would mean I would have to tidy vacuum and dust on a day when company’s not coming and that’s “just not done”.

What Moms Want

No mom really wants things that aren’t a little frivolous or somewhat decadent.  After all it’s  Mother’s Day.  It’s time to spoil her.  Lay it on thick because during the rest of the year you might forget to show her how much you care.  Here’s a good excuse to go above and beyond and keep your good standing on the baked goods recipient list.

Teal accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne, for mom

Teal accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne, for mom

Say it with decor accessories.  Punctuate her living space with one of springs on trend colours like teal or orange.

Tabletop Accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Tabletop Accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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Let the other siblings buy the ubiquitous flowers and chocolate while you dazzle her with lasting fun decor accessories to ensure “mom always likes you best“.