Cutting Edge Wallcoverings

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.

Taupe Grasscloth in Glam Vintage & Moderne designed bathroom

Taupe Grasscloth in Glam Vintage & Moderne designed bathroom

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.

Candice Olson Collection of Wallcoverings at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Candice Olson Collection of Wallcoverings at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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.

I double dare you.

 

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Bistro Time

Bistro look insideIt’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”.

Hexagonal Bistro Table with Chairs at Glam

Hexagonal Vintage Styled Bistro Table with Distressed Chairs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

 

French menu on blackboard

 

To further enhance the mood , tease your guests by creating a blackboard promising ridiculous French specials that you’ll never make.

Comme ca.

 

 

 

Cottage Life with Dad

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”?

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.

Bone Mosaic Chest

Bone Inlay Chest of Drawers at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Bone Inlay Chest of Drawers at Glam Vintage & Moderne

It doesn’t sound pretty or vegan but it’s both. Use this resin stand-out in a room that needs a focal point or otherwise lacks character.  Mother of Pearl bone inlay furniture was originally created for India’s palaces.  Now, thanks to Richard, mere mortals with taste can enjoy this intricate detail too.

Deep Discounts, the Harbinger of Spring

New spring accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne

New spring accessories at Glam Vintage & Moderne

In a perfect decor world, inventory would flow on a “FIFO” basis.  The “first (piece) in” would be the “first out”.  To the retailers dismay most customers are wowed by the new stuff, hence product often flows on a LIFO (last in first out) basis.

Vintage Furniture on Sale at  Glam March 2014

Discounted winter and new spring “finds” at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A savvy customer recognizes that smart retailers will discount the old stock to make room  for new,  just to be sure that their showroom never looks “tired”.

If you have not been reading between the lines here… let me spell it out for you:

Glam Vintage & Moderne’s new spring window in on trend colours is evidence that all furniture and accessories that have seen winter are ON SALE NOW.

You could be the “FIFO” with the best for less.

The Great Divide

Sectional Sofa available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Sectional Sofa by Statum Design available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Retailers deal with open concept spaces all the time, but this architecture is relatively new to most homeowners.  Take a page from a store’s decor book and create several vignettes within the open concept space to create interest and warmth.  Dividing the space with dressing screens or shelving can close the space and defeat the look.  A sectional like this fabulous contemporary piece from Canadian manufacturer Statum Designs along with an area rug can define the “living room” portion of your open room.

Statum Sectional in Bella Granite

One of the perks of  this configuration is the close proximity to the kitchen area for munchie replenishment.  The fabric chosen for this sectional is Bella Granite which feels like buttery suede but wears like the polyester it is…perfect for dropping food and drinks on.

Plan to Avoid Cabin Fever

This recent weather blip doesn’t have to bring you down.  You can use these shut-in days to do something other than barbecue and eat the thawed contents of your freezer and drink your wine cellar. Your WiFi may be down and your electricity may be intermittent, but planning projects and creating goals for 2014 can be done the old-fashioned way.

Glam Vintage & Moderne's Window January 2014

Glam Vintage & Moderne’s Window January 2014

ice stormRichard’s store window tells the story. You can thank ice loaded falling branches for this break from the entrapment of technology and the time to actually browse through magazines, fabric samples and wallpaper books for inspiration.