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.