Tag Archives: vintage

Can You Use a Window Curtain as a Shower Curtain?

In recent months, I’ve grown a bit discontent with my master bathroom and decided it could use a little freshening up.  While I love the original tile in our 1939 bathroom, it’s a bit of a challenge to decorate around. The grout looks dingy, the wallpaper is tired, and the trim could use repainting. Sometimes, […]

Friday’s Favorite Find And a Decorating Hack for Found Treasure

You probably know how much I love a good sale. But some of my favorite finds are actually from estate sales and yard sales, where I often discover an inexpensive reject that becomes one of my new favorite things! Here’s a short video showing you what I found this morning and how I’m going to […]

Christmas House Tour 2015

I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I’ve been a busy little beaver and have hardly had a moment to write a post this month! But I couldn’t let Christmas arrive without sharing a little house tour of my seasonal decor.     Let’s see if you can figure out what’s missing from my […]

What I Gave Up for the Perfect Appliances (and Why It Was Worth It)

The perfect appliances . . . don’t you have that ideal set of appliances that you dream about at night? Well, neither do I. But Mr. Man and I have been trying to decide on the perfect appliances for our period kitchen for years now – we’ve made do with frequent repairs as our old […]

When You Collect Portraits of People You Don’t Know

I am a collector of many things.  MANY, MANY things. One of my favorite collections is that of vintage portraits. My favorites are ladies from the 1950s and 1960s. My latest find is this lovely woman, circa 1952: vintage portrait from EBTH Currently, I have about 15 of these portraits. I have slowly collected them […]

Decoration Restoration with a Common Sharpie Marker

Earlier this week, my friend Elizabeth took me antique shopping for my birthday. I bought this pair of vintage bookends for $11 for the shelves in my home office.   They were a great deal, partly because of the chipping of the surface of both bookends. The damage on the black areas stood out the […]

How to Clean Second-Hand Upholstery

I have a little weakness for chairs. Vintage chairs. In their original upholstery. I wouldn’t consider myself a clean freak, but it does concern me that I sometimes bring home a 50-year-old chair that could be dirty. I don’t buy any upholstery from second-hand stores or Goodwill anymore because I am fearful of bedbugs, but I love […]

My Lamps Are Cooler Than Your Lamps

I have a secret place to get the coolest lamps. Do you wanna know where???   Nondescript stick lamps, be gone! Lamps are a great opportunity to add interest, color, and (well, duh) light to every room. There are so many great lamp styles and colors to choose from out there now, but there’s another […]

When Perfectionism Hinders Creativity

Or, “Hang It and They Will Come” I’m a collector at heart, rescuing treasure wherever I can find it. My latest obsession started several months ago, when I found a pretty piece of vintage embroidery art at an estate sale. It sat on the floor against the wall in my office for a few months, […]

Making a Library Nook Out of a Storage Space

For the last 14 years, there’s been a sliver of a room upstairs that I have used to store crafts, projects, and party supplies. Melanie G Photography This was the room at its best – for a pro photo shoot of my entire house. Believe me, most of the time the floor was barely visible. […]