Like many baby boomers, Richard and I grew up with pre-pasted themed wallpaper surrounding us. Homey copper kettles and tea pots repeated themselves all too often throughout our tiny kitchen, and ballerinas en point danced everywhere in my bedroom. Flocked damask wallpaper was often favourited by the same people who encased their couches in clear plastic slip(ery)covers. Appreciation for texture versus patterning took hold in the 70’s revival of grasscloth but colours and weaves were limited.
For today’s look we’ve cleaned and decluttered our nests and “bought into” painting out baseboards and mouldings, solid coloured spare furniture and neutral grey walls. Options for colour pops and patterning have been limited to accessories including toss cushions, lamps, art and area rugs.
The right wallcoverings can take your place from bland to “the edge of glory” a.k.a “WOW”. Wallcovering books are showing how to use this in your contemporary decor and retain the clean lines we’ve worked so hard to get without creating a 60’s flashback moment. Flip through some at Glam Vintage & Moderne for inspiration before everybody else does. You might even learn to love flocked damask.
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 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”.
Port Hope just voted Best Destination in Canada by Readers Digest
Spring Thaw on the Ganaraska River Port Hope Ontario
Of course you’ve all heard about Port Hope’s Float your Fanny (down the Ganny) races that take place every spring. On Saturday April 6th 2013 the town takes on a festive atmosphere as crazy crafts tackle the icy frigid waters of the Ganny.
Why do they do it? Why do they climb Everest? Beats me but we’re glad to provide the warm inviting luxurious interior antithesis to this for creatures who enjoy comfort and are content to catch the races “later”.
I’ll tell you why it’s “teal time”. Rich blue/green teal is “on trend” now AND it works in holiday decor. It’s a bright pop that isn’t orange but looks great with it. It’s green side has the hue of a shiny emerald. Using teal in your decor creates a retro look from the 1950’s and 60’s when interior designers were mad for it.
Teal and Silver Ornaments at Glam Vintage & Moderne
After writing this blog this morning I subconsciously dressed myself entirely in teal from “neck” to toe. Later I found this pic on the web and realized I hadn’t gone far enough.
Vintage Styles Scissor Lamp at Glam Vintage & Moderne
Richard brought this stunning lamp in a while ago but unfortunately the photographer (moi) couldn’t get a good shot so finally Richard took this “acceptable” one. I love its unusual copper/brown translucent metal shade. The weighty antiqued bronze retractable “scissor” base makes it perfect for a desk or a bedside table. It’s rather handy to bring the lamp closer so you don’t miss a single word of the “fine print” in that document/trashy novel.
Vintage Styled Mica Shaded Floor Lamp at Glam Vintage & Moderne
Here’s another vintage styled adjustable. This is done in “aged black metal” accented with solid wood details. The drum shade is made of natural Mica to complete the “arts and crafts” look.
The wire connecting to the shade even has that vintage look fabric covering…though this one won’t fray and leave dodgy live wires like a true vintage piece.
Use this over your favourite reading chair/sofa or hang directly over an occasional table or someone you are interrogating.
Vintage Styled Nickel Hurricane Lamps at Glam Vintage & Moderne
The shape of these frosted glass hurricane lamps along with their weight belie “vintage”. But the pristine nickel base and the dust-free electrical cord says “brand new”. These petite deco styled lamps work beautifully symmetrically on a console or a sideboard.
Another great “new” deco look is this double shaded lamp in frosted glass and chrome.
Art Deco Styled Chrome Lamp at Glam Vintage & Moderne
There’s something comforting about plugging in a lamp that has gone through current electrical inspections and codes. We’ve all been faced with a request to plug in a dodgy looking “antique” electrical cord. I usually just say ” I can’t reach it, would you mind?”