Bling Toss


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.

Statum Daybed

Daybed available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

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.



Throw Cushions and Daybed at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Throw Cushions and Daybed at Glam Vintage & Moderne




This is some sort of sickness…next thing you know I’m not going to be happy with the area rug.

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.


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..




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!

Deep Discounts Revealed

High glass coffee table on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

High glass coffee table on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

This generous tempered beveled glass, distressed walnut and antiqued metal coffee table is $500 off (and there is only one is stock).

Assorted area rugs on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Assorted area rugs on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Consider a quality wool area rug now 50% off to put underneath your fabulous new table.

Selected cushions and drapery on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Selected bedding and cushions on sale now at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Here’s the excuse you’ve been waiting for to treat yourself to a high quality bedding makeover. Spend your savings (of more than 65%) on a few pops of colourful new spring accessories like lamps, draperies and or throw pillows to celebrate this “steal”.

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.

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.