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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Richard’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.