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.

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A Bust is a Must

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Moroccan Nobleman Plaster Bust at Glam Vintage & Moderne

There’s nothing like a substantial bust to command attention. Too often we use a lot of small decor items of various heights to decorate a flat surface.  A bust adds volume and girth and gives the surface a focal point. Bust in a contemporary room

Since most busts are rather expensive to procure, try to think of them as a blue chip decorating investment that will work with all styles from traditional to contemporary.

Bust in a transitional room

You’ll use the same one over and over again in various rooms for the rest of your life with a guaranteed dividend known as the wow factor.

Pillow Pop

Sofa with Pillows

Pillows that Pop on Bench Seat Sofa at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A  spring shock of bright colour can really wake up a dormant room.  A basic off white couch is an invitation to wreak havoc with accessories.  The bright bands on the candleholders transfer the pillows’ vivid colours throughout the room.

Toss Cushions

Toss Pillows at Glam Vintage & Moderne

It’s time to make some brave choices and decorate outside of the “subtle” box.  Whenever I think of the powerful effect of relatively inexpensive cushions in decorating I remember Marty Feldman’s sage advice in Young Frankenstein. Upon seeing Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory for the first time Gene Wilder says “What a filthy mess!”, Feldman (IGOR) responds “Oh, I don’t know.  A little paint, a few flowers, a couple of throw pillows”:

Marty Feldman's IGOR

Put some Spring in your Things

Spring is the Thing

Spring things available at Glam Vintage & Moderne, Port Hope

Northerners love the change of seasons…particularily the one that takes us out of winter.

With a little sunshine and a slight hike in temperature we are easily encouraged to think the worst is over and that “spring is here”.

Richard’s store reflects this optimism. In his fresh and silk floral arrangement he has repeated the colour palette and shapes from the hand painted reproduction of Quebec artist  Patrick St. Germain’s wall canvas in the background.  Richard then flanked his floral with reallite battery operated candles in spring green and  a few classic Grecian matt white ceramic urns.

Creating a sunny vignette like this in your home at this time of year can keep your spirits up without  the aid of cocktails even with a lousy weather forecast.  After this weekend Port Hope’s weather returns to near freezing temperatures, cloudy with a chance of flurries for most of the following week.  There must be some mistake…the groundhogs said this wouldn’t happen.

Only the Beginning

Winter is almost over and the holiday season is definitely over including year-end inventory clearances.  Glam is bringing in loads of exciting new and (new to Glam) vintage furniture and decor.  If you have not been in lately maybe this pic will entice you.

Glam Vintage & Moderne Feb 2013

Introducing Glam Vintage & Moderne’s new season

In this snap you’ll see a fresh tufted bench seat sofa with a new curvey cabriolet coffee table and a sweet aluminum skinned contemporary cabinet with an eye-popping Margaret Glew abstract behind it.  Richard has been at auctions, estate sales, galleries and gift shows.  And you thought he was off somewhere getting a tan…

This is “only the beginning, only just the start”.  Time to come out of hibernation and start foraging.

Consider Coral

3 Shapes of Coral

It’s  time to stage our houses for spring!

Get rid of that petal bare poinsettia and replace it with fresh spring flowers and pussy willows the traditional harbingers of spring.

At this time it may be nice to bring in something naturally bright and transitional like coral.  These fresh white resin copies on stands won’t mark the gorgeous soft matte lacquer surface they are resting on OR endanger their species.