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.

 

 

 

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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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

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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“.

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 (i.e.shopping) 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.