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.


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

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.

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


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“.

Curious Yellow

It’s time to break out of the cocoon you’ve been hiding in and investigate.

Loveseat, chair and ottoman grouping

Canadian made Grey Loveseat , Yellow Occasional Chair and Tufted Ottoman at Glam Vintage & Moderne

If you haven’t been out shopping lately you are missing one of spring’s great visceral experiences. Yellows ranging from “mellow” to “mustard” and the ultimate jolt “big yellow taxi” are popping out all over the decor scape.

Yellow Ottoman with button tufting

One of a Kind Tufted Canary Yellow Ottoman at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A good dose of live socialization ( will exercise your mind and give your texting thumbs a much-needed rest. Who knows what interesting conversation you could have about you and your decor?

happy faceGratify yourself instantly with a burst of yellow for your home and spread sunshine…

or just slip your new find into place  and toast another excellent decision.



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.

Colour without Commitment

Some furniture begs to be left alone, like pieces with “inlay” or seriously beautiful wood patterning like birds-eye maple.  For Richard it’s open season on painting anything that is not born beautiful.  When he ferrets through auctions and estate sales his artist’s eye sees things “as they can be”.

distressed Grey chinese cabinet

Distressed Grey Chinese Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne


Vintage Armoire with Painted InteriorI am currently in love with the idea of putting a bold paint colour in the interior of an open shelved or glass door-ed armoire.

Here’s what is so attractive about this to me;

1) This is an easy way to  introduce spring’s on trend bright colours without commitment.  You can change it easily as your room palette changes.

2) Actually doiing it yourself would probably take about an hour…no time commitment.

3) What’s it cost for a quart of paint?…No $$$ commitment

Armoire with yellow interior

Armoire with teal interior









The grey Chinese reproduction armoire available at Glam Vintage and Moderne would be a perfect candidate for a bold yet non-committal make-over performed by a timid do-it-yourself-er… before Richard charges extra for doing it..




Desk Set Revisited

Hepburn & Tracy in 1957 comedy "Desk Set"

Hepburn & Tracy in 1957 comedy “Desk Set”

I was thinking about furnishing my small office with some compact mid-century pieces other than myself.  Coincidentally, I made my entrance in the late 50’s along with the first “electronic brain”.  At this time clean furniture styling was overshadowed by the giant elevated computer room with reels and realms of paper output.

Mid- Century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Mid- Century Walnut Slatted Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

 Open Mid-century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Open Mid-century Console Cabinet at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Fortunately storage these days is limited to sticks and disks that can be slipped into a small drawer. This vintage slatted console with touch latch doors perfectly conceals all your unsightly electronic gizmos. Shelving and file cabinets are redundant unless you are from the olden days and still require hard copy back-up and or real books.

Vintage Mahogany Desk with Campaign styling at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Mahogany Desk with Campaign styling at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A vintage mahogany desk with criss-cross campaign styling would complete the look.  It provides loads of space for your laptop, iPhone, digital picture frame and energy drink and drawers to hide your tell-tale reading glasses, calculator and pre-historic pens and paper.


Ode to the Etagere

etagere on sale now at Glam

Metal and Mahogany Etagere on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Wikipedia correctly describes the etagere as a light piece of furniture originating in 18th century France which was named for its’ various levels or “stages”.  Then unfortunately they go on to describe it as shelving with long legs that fits over the back of the toilet.

WHY do perfectly descriptive words get dumbed down?  For instance the word awesome was once used to mean awe-inspiring or stunning spectacle.  Now it means “cool”.  And another thing, who would put their Hermes perfume on a shelf at the back of a toilet for a high-priced plumber to fish out later?   But I digress.

Anyway,  this campaign styled mahogany and metal etagere is only 24 inches wide and  its’ height at almost 6 feet makes for efficient use of your wall space to display or store stuff in the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.

Right now it’s marked down by over 40% which is pretty freakin’ AWESOME!