During the winter our decorating drifts towards sumptuous fabrics, heavy woods and jewel tones. During this particularly horrendous winter in North America, record numbers are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or at the very least “cabin fever”.
By staring into light filled chambers we can trick our brain out of depression. It follows then that by “lightening up” our interior surroundings we may raise our spirits and give ourselves a “lift”.
Replace that heavy coffee table with an airy basket weave ottoman and or side table.
Change out the pillows on your sofa to the new on trend spring tones of mustard yellow,bottle green, coral or teal. If you are bent on staring into a bright light for treatment how about getting one with a colourful base, like the green one pictured below??
Vintage Tiered Mahogany 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”.
Vintage Styled Side Table/Chest at Glam Vintage & Moderne
This is an exotic piece that cries out for a J Peterman catalogue description. It’s a trunk made of leather embossed with an alligator texture sitting on a mahogany base. It conjures up images of Bombay, that is, before it became a ubiquitous fiberboard furniture company.
It’s 26 inch height makes it a perfect side table and its shallow depth at 13 inches will help you squeeze it into the tightest spaces…even the front hall.
Storage is the big bonus with this table. The interior is lined with a tea stained vintage wallpaper to authenticate the look.
You’ll want to show everyone what’s inside so keep it “clean”.
Reclaimed Fir Side Table at Glam Vintage & Moderne
What says Christmas louder than a fir tree? How about a pedestal table made from “reclaimed fir”?
There are 2 sides to the Christmas tree debate. Some feel “it’s green” to have a fake tree because no trees were destroyed and you can use the same tree year after year. The downside is that it will ultimately end up in landfill unless you retain it until it’s vintage and worth something ( har har).
The “truly green” support the fir growers and buy a real fresh fir tree that eventually decomposes or used in the building industry.
The ” OMG I’m so green” may opt out of the fir tree and opt for a gorgeous “reclaimed vintage fir” side table and place a classic festive faux arrangement (which can be stored into perpetuity) upon it… like this.
Reworked Oak Coffee Table and Round Walnut Side Table
Why didn’t I think of that? I was there when Richard purchased this perfectly scaled vintage oak coffee table. He said “I’m going to paint it”. My mind envisions the piece painted in putty colour then all in black and I am underwhelmed. Dang it if Richard doesn’t think of sending it out to have the inset top lacquered in a soft black and voila!
Similarly, Richard reworked a rather simple round walnut side table and treated it to a mirrored top which he antiqued himself. Once again …another splendid rejuvenation (that wasn’t my idea).
This chunky low “Charlie” lamp works well on a high side table like this. The intricate woven reed design contrasts against the clean round black drum shade with gold lining. Oddly (ha ha) my photography is not doing this lamp justice so I’ve included a close-up. Maybe you had better just come in and see it.
Boxing Day discounts generally don’t get me too excited. Generally the sale stuff is leftover Christmas that I don’t have room to pack away for next year. 15% and 20% off gives me some incentive but 50% has me teetering on grabbing stuff I don’t even need. Here are a few examples of the real deals: