50 Shades of Beige

Bold Area Rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Bold Area Rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A customer came in yesterday lamenting her previous décor choices.  She said “I really have to do something about my place, it’s so boring…  I call it “50 shades of beige”.

Area rug samples at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Area rug samples at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A quick fix for this problem is the introduction of an area rug with strong colourful graphics.  The one on the left of this picture picks up where “boring beige” left off.  It’s New Zealand wool, made in India and reasonably priced.

The customer knows it’s just the right thing but still needs the husband’s “approval”.  Seems the last time she tried to slip a pair of lamps into their home unnoticed, he secretly found them and hid them from her.  She thought she was losing her mind and finally confessed the apparent theft to him.She is now fully disclosing all decor purchases to him while suppressing a giggle about her ever- growing handbag collection.

Coral is the new Pink

Wing Chair at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Modified Wing Chair in fresh Tapestry with Coral Pouf at Glam Vintage & Moderne

In the 70’s standard décor colours were dusty rose and teal green.  If you were edgy in the 80’s you painted your living room walls in light pink instead of builder’s beige.  Also light peach was a popular shade for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Thank God we are out of that century.

Now coral, salmon and hot pink, the stronger warmer sides of pink, are on trend.  This I can live with.

Afterglow by Tad Moyseowicz

Coral & Hot Pink Afterglow photograph by Tad Moyseowicz

Queen Anne Chair covered in Salmon Aztec fabric at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Queen Anne Chair covered in Salmon Aztec fabric at Glam Vintage & Moderne

For some reason I relish the return to old fashion…I’d wear high wasted pants, bell bottoms and even shoulder pads again…but my stomach turns when I think about actually working teal green or peach into my décor anytime soon.

Say it with Vintage

Vintage Tiered Mahogony Sise Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Tiered Mahogany Side Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Brass and Glass Side Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Vintage Brass and Glass Side Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Quality vintage pieces lend credibility to your sense of style.  How many times have I heard the “catty” describe their friend’s decorating style as strictly “Homesense” (meaning it’s chock full of cheap faux distressed lightweight reproductions).

We décor challenged watch decorating shows for trends and “the rules of interior design”. Here’s what I’ve learned from Richard. “When you feel yourself sliding down the path of cookie cutter decorating, losing your sense of style all you need to do is  slip a vintage find or 2 into the mix.”

Adding a good vintage piece says “I am secure in the knowledge that I got at least one part of this room right”.

The Fairest Mirror of them All

Baroque Mirror at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Baroque Mirror at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A front hall mirror should make a statement.  It’s more about bringing sparkle to your decor than reflective clarity.  After all we’re not trying to apply liquid eyeliner in front of it…OK lipstick maybe.

Baroque Mirror Reflecting Glam Window

Baroque Mirror Reflecting Glam’s Window

This Baroque styled embellished mirror will add impact upon entry to your interior (that is  after you’ve already wowed them with your exterior decor).

Baroque Mirror Rosettes


Its antiqued panels are held together with gilded rosettes…the old fashioned way. Antiquing gives the mirror a haze which reflects a kinder image not unlike the use of gauze on cameras.

Guests might take a quick look in it to see that their hat, tie, or hair is where it should be and be pleased with absolutely everything they see.

Colour Camp

Statum Designs Sofa and Chair available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

“Accessorizing” with bold colour is on trend.  A neutral sofa is enlivened with loud toss cushions and often placed across from a pair of chairs in patterned fabrics picking up on the wall colour and sofa.  Most of us (even the meek like moi) “got” this lesson and are practicing this at home.

Chandra Area Rug available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

For those of us who want to step outside the box and get a little more daring with our home decor …add a modern graphic or floral area rug for that splash to instantly update your look.

The truly courageous will go one step further and purchase the ultimate audacious accessory…  a large original canvas with highly saturated hues of paint including bright pinks, blues and yellows.

I dare ya.

OK I double dare ya.

Abstract Floral by Stacey Camp at Glam Vintage & Moderne

She came, she saw, she bought

Jane Lockhart gives advice at Glam Vintage & Moderne

It was a great day at Glam.  Lots of customers came with their phones, sketches and Ipads to ask Jane Lockhart about their design dilemmas and she got right to it.

Expecting a “decorating diva”, the crowd was delighted to chat with this sweet humble girl next door TV personality and author. 

It was a great surprise to find that Jane’s posse includes (our lost but not forgotten friend) Karen Kirk Canadian Living‘s design blogger and writer who took these great pics.

Jane paid Richard the ultimate compliment…she bought one of his vintage finds and some pieces from the exquisite Eastern Accents linen line.  Needless to say Richard is already planning another “Jane Lockhart” event at Glam!

(blog followers can still win the chair mentioned in the previous blog by filling out a ballot at Glam Vintage & Moderne by Sat. Oct. 13, 2012)

Meet Jane At GLAM

Jane Lockhart Interior Designer

Join us at  GLAM Vintage & Moderne on            Saturday, October 6, 2012  2 – 4 pm

        share the afternoon with

               Jane Lockhart

Interior Designer & host of W Network’s Colour Confidential

And if that’s not enough…YOU COULD WIN a gorgeous Downey Chair (in a woven terra cotta fabric with tack detailing) provided by Statum Designs, the Canadian manufacturer of Jane Lockhart’s furniture line.

Downey Chair by Jane Lockhart for Statum Designs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Assuming we can eliminate fishing, where else could you have this much fun, receive expert advice and win something big in Port Hope for free?  See you at Glam Vintage & Moderne, 48 Walton St., Port Hope, Ontario

To Re or not to Reupholster

Vintage Dining Chairs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Richard refreshed this set of Georgian dining chairs by using a coral linen fabric.  To be honest when Richard bought these chairs I was on the fence.  I thought the doohickey  on the top of the chair back was too fussy.  This flashy bold print makes the doohickey less conspicuous.  I love the chairs but I still can’t stand the fact that Richard was right.

Obviously cost is a major consideration in the “whether to reupholster” question but the bigger question is whether the “bones” of the piece are worth saving.   A second opinion from an interior decorator (like say Richard) can help you decide if it’s trash or treasure.

A client chose this bright geometric pattern to put a new spin on this honey coloured arts and crafts Morris chair.

A picture truly is worth 1000 words.

His or Her Chair

Faux Leather Chair & Mid-century Modern Lamp at Glam Vintage & Moderne

The faux grained chocolate leather and studding gives this chair a  strong masculine appeal.  Its scale however, takes it out of the mancave and into any genres’ living room or den.  In this pic the chair is treated to some upscale needlepoint cushions and flanked by  burnished rolling campaign end tables.  The mid-century modern styled glazed lamp has a interesting rustic botanical motif.

I think she I mean he would love it!

Pattern Primer

Our 20 something delivery guy was “mesmerized” by the pants I was wearing.  He said he liked “the pattern” and added  ” is that paisley?”  Close enough I thought while the shop girl said she was surprised he knew this.  The delivery guy said ” I know lots of patterns for instance herringbone and houndstooth“.

Herringbone Hardwood Flooring

Houndstooth Chair and Ottoman

The shop girl said ” I bet you don’t know damask“.  He said “I know that it would be something a housewife would like because…

(wait for it )

Damask Wallpaper Panels



This has been another “Port Hope moment” brought to you by Glam Vintage & Moderne.