Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shabby Pink Summer.

A few outdoor Summery pics and l hope you also enjoy reading a few tips l came up with for decorating with vintage finds, (most of them learnt the hard way:-)) and if you'd like to read some vintage shopping tips you can find them here and here
1.Be specific....Know what "look" you're after, whether it be Frenchy, Shabby, Scandy, Beachy....or any combination of these, (or something else completely). That way you'll only bring home things that fit YOUR style....there's a hell of a lot of old tat out there just begging to be hauled home by the unsuspecting novice:-) l should know l've done it plenty haha... so defining and refining certainly helps narrow down what you KNOW will work best in your space. Having only the things that truly reflect what we're about, makes for a more individual, and cohesive look. 
2. Be my experience it's best not to be bringing home things that don't work unless you (or someone) is motivated to fix it. Cupboard doors that don't shut, latches that don't catch, sofa's or chairs that need upholstering or bits that need replacing, all require time and skill.....otherwise we just end up with rooms and garages full of crap we'll NEVER use.....Of course if you can change or alter it so it serves a purpose then that's great, projects are a fantastic way to stretch our skills and imagination, as long as we know for SURE we'll get to do them.
 3. Be restrained....Having a similar colour palette throughout our interior walls gives a more contemporary and unified look to our spaces, each room will flow naturally and easily from one to another and it also gives our eyes somewhere to rest which is important if our collections are a bit chaotic, colourful or hotch potch:-))

 4. Mix old with new....some of the most striking rooms seem to have a lovely balance of contemporary pieces mixed in with the vintage. This doesn't necessarily mean NEW...(hell almost everything l own is vintage), but it just looks more interesting and "now" if at least some of the things in the room are modern and funky. The addition of vintage relaxes everything and just takes the seriousness out of it all....and we DO want to have fun with our decorating...It offers a more comfy, user friendly way to live in our spaces, not only for us, but our family, friends and pets as well. 


5. Keep it's not ideal to allow our collections to grow out of  control, especially those we display. This doesn't mean never adding to them after they're a certain size, but if we apply the one in and one out rule, or sell on, or trade off pieces that no longer appeal (so much), our collections will remain far more manageable into the future. When fashions and trends change in a few months or years we might want to collect something else entirely and don't want to be stuck trying to get rid of oodles of things that no longer suit our taste or space.... even the most loved collections tend to grow old and stagnant, so rotate your collections, move them around and renew them every so often so they remain fresh and vibrant. 
6. Special considerations.....having said all of that, there will always be those star pieces we collect or inherit that are FOREVER keeps....those that truly resonate with our heart, whether it just be totally beautiful, sentimental or lovingly handmade. These are our future family heirlooms, along with their stories and memories that we can pass from one generation to the next, creating a sense of history for our loved ones for many years to come.

Forever New top with beaded ruffled sleeves......hope l get to wear it before the weather turns cold:-)
Stunning casual Summer catwalk looks from Roberto Cavalli.
 Well that's it for now.....have a wonderful rest of your week, thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

New, Old and Antique

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend..... a bit of a mixed bag of photo's for you today, a whole lot of random's l've taken lately.

Old singer sewing machine drawers l bought at the market ($20), they were pretty rough when l found them, but was happy enough with them once they'd been mended, sanded and painted. l totally forgot to take a before pic as usual....but just think, dark and brown :-)

My ruffled bedskirt arrived from the States a couple of weeks ago and l was THAT excited to put it on the bed and see how it looked....PRETTY....

 Pink (my fave) Florentine tray l found while at my daughter's in Adelaide. The crown compact was bought at an opshop on the way home. Hubby patiently? waited outside while l had a quick? browse...haha!!
The art nouveau glass (circa 1900) was found at the opshop for just 10 cents....l love it. The barbola mirror had a couple of missing and broken flowers so l glued on a few matching porcelain roses l had to make it look complete again.  
Rachel Ashwell shabby lovely. 
Awsome bag, hardly grey scarf from Cotton On, love the bit of fluro pink in the tassels.

It's Begonia Festival weekend in our town.....three days of events including an antique fair. Of course l went and checked it out this morning. The stallholders kindly let me take some pics of their stunning French Jumeau dolls. The  flower seller and the doll group are automotan's which the stallholder wound up so we could see them moving.

A new splattered painting l did for the art show which is also on this weekend. 
It was fitting l should find these old wedding cake toppers since hubby and l celebrated 30 years of marriage this week.....yeh l was a child bride....hahaha..
Our children sent us to the coast for the weekend as an anniversary present and this is the early morning sunrise captured on my iphone from the balcony where we stayed.
Thanks kiddo's we loved it...... 
Anyway....hope you enjoyed the post....thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time,