I have a pillow problem. Anywhere I go, I instantly want to look at the pillow section and leave with an armful of pillows I DON'T NEED. It never stops me, and one of my favorite places to pillow shop is Urban Outfitters, which is where I stumbled upon these velvet flower pillows with tassels. Since velvet is my go-to fabric this time of year, I fell in love with the pillows and decided to practice self-restraint, telling myself I could make one and save a few bucks. Continue Reading
This just in… the '70s are back! Okay not exactly, but we've noticed a major trend lately – modern '70s style textiles are popping up all over the blogosphere. Think vintage but with a modern twist. We're loving this boho chic look, so today we're sharing ten of our favorite picks.
This cozy looking blanket has all the fantastic '70s-style fringe you could ever want, with a slightly modernized color scheme. Continue Reading
The home decor world is operating mostly in throwback-mode right now. What used to be tacky is now tasteful, and looking dated doesn’t matter as much. Walk into any big box store like Target, West Elm, or CB2, and you’ll see interpretations of designs and color schemes that originally surfaced over 30-40 years ago. From the resurgence of treatments like terrazzo to the re-introduction of wicker, what’s old is new again. Continue Reading
Forget wallpaper! That’s a thing of the past, at least when it comes to this amazing geometric printed wall! Can you guess what it was printed with?!
I’ve seen Sharpie Paint Pens used for a lot of neat projects, but this one takes the cake. Though it took some time (10 hours) to create, it cost only $10 and seems like it costs hundreds! Visit Vintage Revivals to see how she did it and you can too! Continue Reading
If you read my blog post (and resulting comments from my fellow Curbliers) about granite countertops, you’ve discovered several reasons why a lot of people hate them. High on the list were coldness, chipping and its ‘busy pattern.’ I’m going to throw out another reason not to like it: It’s not FUN. What would constitute a fun countertop? How about these very retro solid surface specimens:
I’m sure there are some of you out there with a great bottle cap stash, or could easily accumulate caps after a party of some kind. So, what can you do with so many caps? How about your own custom serving tray? After a few colors of spray paint, these caps were ready to be set into something called Acrylic Water (I’d never heard of it- yes, sometimes I live under a rock). A 48-hour wait later and you have a one-of-a-kind tray! Continue Reading
Whether you call it a caravan or a camper, there’s no denying that this makeover is downright magical!
And by magical, I mean you can almost see the pixie dust floating around the edges. I LOVE IT. Bright, bold hues are my favorite kind and I love seeing them applied in unique ways, i.e. to a 1964 caravan. This particular traveling wonder belongs to Kris Wade, the owner of The Best Little Vintage Van in Vegas*, a mobile boutique that sells hand-picked vintage wares.
As AMC’s Mad Men emerged as one of television’s most beloved and well-recieved dramas, its stylish, 1960s aesthetic crept into our lives in other ways: women’s dresses moved towards the high-waisted, eyeglasses became fuller and more austere, and many developed a new interest in the classic cocktails and high-balls from the two-martini lunch era.
And of course, the wonderful set dressing and styling has had quite the impact onto trends in home decor. The latest issue of the UK magazine MidCentury features an article entitled “The Mad Men Effect,” in which author “Huma Qureshi assesses the impact of this stylized drama on our home décor.”
“Step inside the Mad Men world, and you’re surrounded with covetable mid-century styles (Roger Sterling’s olive green deep buttoned couch; the Drapers’ padded velvet tufted headboard; handsome teak sideboards with tapered legs) that have triggered a widespread enthusiasm for vintage design. Continue Reading
On Tuesday, I gave you some of the elements that go into Building a Mad Men Bar, and today we are going to transform this vintage wooden piece into our own.
I’m loving the bold look of black and white chevron pattern and want to combine this secondhand dark wood cabinet with a chevron pattern to create my own Mad Men-style bar.
To create a chevron paint finish you’ll need:
- a quart of high gloss white paint
- a quart of high gloss black paint
- 2 paint brushes
- painters tape
- drop cloth
- a piece of cardboard
To get started, lay out your drop cloth in a well lit and highly ventilated area. Continue Reading
If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that’s all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.
I’ve assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper’s office create an air of elegance we’re sorely missing these days. Continue Reading