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The Vintage Modern shop offers curated, vintage style at budget-friendly prices. It’s like shopping with a team of interior designers without the designer price tag. And you never even have to leave your couch.

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh Your Space

Spring Refresh, Home Design Hacks, Home Design Ideas, Vintage Style, Vintage home decor, Upcycling, Design on a dimePamela DeweyComment

The birds are chirping. The grass is turning green (in places! I’ve seen it!). Spring is slowly arriving.

And with the start of a new season, many of us are ready for a refresh in our home décor too.

If you want to update your space, but your pocketbook is feeling a little light, don’t worry! Today I’m sharing five ways to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank.

1.    Paint those walls.

Painting a room or even painting an accent wall can drastically change a space. You can buy a gallon a paint for around $27-$40. That is a lot of transformational bang for your buck.

2.    Add some new art.

Sure, art can be really expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

Vintage art is often less expensive (not talking Monet here). You can also shop student art sales or art fairs. Or you can buy art prints and frame them.

My gallery wall is a blend of all these with a few original paintings mixed in.

 You can buy the  vintage cross stitch art  far left middle or the set of  two vintage carved wood art pieces  second and third row from left. 

You can buy the vintage cross stitch art far left middle or the set of two vintage carved wood art pieces second and third row from left. 

And if you can afford to support independent artists, I absolutely think you should.

Some of my favorite local artists are Ashley Mary (she sells some prints) and Joel Starkey. I also really enjoy the sassy embroidery from Erica Ross of That Sassy Stitch.

3.    Change out a light fixture (or 2).

I know what you’re thinking, light fixtures aren’t cheap. And certainly, some are very pricey. But if you skip the designer label, you can find some great reasonably priced options.

Buying vintage light fixtures is a more economical option. Or even upcycled lighting, like these custom macramé light fixtures available from us at the Vintage Modern shop.

Also places like Ikea, Home Depot and Menards have a surprising amount of good-looking lighting options. And I’m not talking boob lights here.

4.    Mix up your style with some new home décor pieces.

Tired of the way your couch looks? Buy some new pillows and a throw blanket. This will give your couch a new look without you having to go couch shopping.  

Sick of that same old coffee table? Add a new tray, a basket or maybe some new candlesticks. Suddenly, your old table will have a new life.

 Grab this  vintage wood candelabra ,  turquoise planter  and  vintage macrame wall hanging  for your spring refresh. 

5.    Declutter or reorganize your space.

You can also transform your space for $0. It just involves a little effort on your part.

Are your bookshelves looking overstuffed and dated? Try donating the books you’re never going to read, and then rearrange the ones you have. I like mixing in stacks, and then adding something like a candle or pretty rock to the top of the stack.

You can also sort your books by color. It adds a graphic design element to your scholarly collection. Or maybe it’s time to get rid of those fake flowers that have been gathering dust on your on shelf.

The important thing is to only hang on to the pieces you really love and that still resonate with your style.

There you have it! Updating your space doesn’t have to involve spending major bucks. It’s amazing what a little paint, elbow grease and a great piece of art can do!

5 Simple Ways to a Style a Bar Cart

Home Design Hacks, Bar Cart Styling, How to Style a Bar CartPamela DeweyComment

You’ve finally settled on the perfect bar cart. Whether its midcentury modern, shabby chic or glam, you know you want all the mixings for a perfect cocktail on your bar cart. And you want to look good while you’re doing it. 

1. Get your tools.

Make sure you have a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, corkscrew and an ice bucket. And if you’re a wine drinker like I am, don’t forget accessories like a bottle stopper and a wine aerator.

You also want to have a variety of glassware. Think highball and lowball glasses, champagne flutes, wine glasses, martini glasses and of course, shot glasses. If you’re a beer drinker, pick out a few pilsner glasses.

2. Add your alcohol and mixers.

It’s good to have basics like vodka, gin, bourbon and tequila. But keep your eye out for pretty bottles when you’re out shopping. Just make sure that pretty bottle is something you’re actually going to drink.

Then add mixers like tonic water, seltzer, soda, bitters and grenadine.

3. Organize it.

Divide your bar cart into different sections. Most people put their liquor bottles on the top shelf. Group similar glassware together, and any other collections you’re displaying on your bar cart.

If you are lacking cohesion, use a tray. A tray makes any group feel organized. It also adds a layer of pattern and interest.

 Grab this  vintage brass tray  with this amazing patina for $25.

Grab this vintage brass tray with this amazing patina for $25.

4. Add some color.

A lot of glassware lacks color. Vintage glasses often come in colorful patterns and styles. Seek out a few colorful pieces to add some interest to your bar cart.

Or you can add some brightly colored straws, drink stirrers or other cocktail accessories.

You can even use something as simple as lemons and limes for a bright spot on your bar cart.

 You can add this  8 piece set of pink vintage glassware  to your bar cart for $30.

You can add this 8 piece set of pink vintage glassware to your bar cart for $30.

5. Make it yours.

Have a collection of cocktail recipe books? Awesome! Stack ‘em up. Own a bunch of vintage tiki glasses? Pick a few of favorites, and group them together.

Your bar cart should reflect like your style. And more importantly, you should have fun with it. I mean, this isn’t rocket science. Just mixology. 

I guess the Twin Cities Really Loves Vintage and Feminism

Women in Business, Vintage home decor, Vintage Style, feminismPamela DeweyComment

Ever have one of those weeks that is super rewarding professionally, but just wipes you out physically and mentally?

Oh good. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Last week, I participated in two markets, the FeMNist Night Market and the Refind Vintage Market. The number of people that attended these events was awesome. I talked to a lot of different folks about macramé, mid-century style, event planning, sourcing, small business startups, etc.

At the FeMNist Night Market, I met so many talented women, who are doing so many amazing things.

And I was just blown away by all the vintage lovers I met at Refind Vintage Market. There are a lot of people (like me) that love vintage style in the Twin Cities. It did my heart good.

And then in between those markets, I sold and delivered a table and chair set to a lovely family out in Brooklyn Center, MN.

And now this lady, well, she’s TIRED. So please forgive the short blog this week.

 I know we've all been there.

I know we've all been there.

But thanks again to everyone that came out to the markets, and be on the lookout for new stock in the next couple weeks. I finally made some room in my house to buy some new pieces.

If there is anything in particular you are looking for, please feel free to reach out via email or social media. I may be able to help you find that perfect vintage piece you’ve been looking for.

Alright, I’m headed back to the couch for some much needed r&r.

Do You like Beer, Feminism and Vintage?

Minnesota Makers, Minneapolis vintage shop, Women in Business, Minneapolis Vintage ShopPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends!

Well, good news then. The Vintage Modern shop is going to be slinging our vintage wares at two markets next week. And it is even better news if you consider yourself a feminist, or like to drink beer.

Or all three. I mean, I really hope you like all three things. (But more so, the feminism thing.)

On Thursday March 8th, the shop is participating in the FeMNist Night Market at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE Minneapolis. The event is from 5-10pm and will feature female Minnesota artists, makers and businesses. We will be up on the second floor of the building, set up as part of the Wellness Lounge. So come chill out and say hi!

 

 The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click here for details.

The Vintage Modern shop will also be at Refind Vintage Market at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of Minneapolis on Sunday March 11th. The event is from 12-5 pm and will feature a curated selection of vintage sellers. So beer + vintage = a very good Sunday.

 The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click here for details.

The FeMNist Night Market is being put on by Still Kickin, Nora McInerny and The Coven.

Still Kickin is a charity founded by Nora McInerny and her friend, Lindsay. After Nora lost her husband to brain cancer, she created this nonprofit organization inspired by his favorite thrift store shirt. By selling t-shirts and other merchandise, Still Kickin is able to create “a safety net for other awesome people who find themselves going through awful things.” Every month, they pick a Still Kickin Hero and “give them the proceeds from our merchandise sales, donation-based workouts and other events held both in the Twin Cities area and around the country.

And on personal note, I am a big fan of Nora's writing. Her book, It's Okay to Laugh: Crying is Cool Too, meant a lot to me. The book is about love, grief, beauty, pain and all the other messy stuff in-between. Writing about grief is hard, and Nora does it with beauty and honesty. It made me laugh and cry, as promised. It is definitely worth a read. I've recommended it to just about everyone I know.

The Coven is a "collaborative community and co-working space for women and those who identify as non-binary" in Minneapolis. The community offers events and workshops and strives to empower its members to "become the absolute best version of [themselves] through connection, collaboration, and content."

The Refind Vintage Market is hosted by Minneapolis Craft Market and the vintage boutique, THE KEEP. According to their site, THE KEEP was founded "to bring a modern aesthetic to vintage clothing." The founders, Kathryn and Latricia, believe "the best looks come from mixing the PAST with the PRESENT."

Hope to see you next week! The shop will have some exclusive, new-to-you vintage merchandise available at these markets.

Women that Inspire Me: Larissa Loden

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, One of a kind furniture, Creative Inspiration, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

For my fourth installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, I am featuring Minneapolis jewelry maker, Larissa Loden.

I first discovered Larissa’s jewelry at Art-A-Whirl several years ago. As a long-time rock collector (Yes! Nerd alert!), I love gemstone jewelry. And well, Larissa’s jewelry is particularly striking. I was drawn to it immediately.

According to her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women who aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up.”

If that doesn't sound like the kind of woman that most of us want to be, I don't know what does. So yeah, sign me up. :)

The jewelry maker “is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.” So Larissa not only gets inspired by the materials she works with, but also by the women who wear her jewelry.  Again, women like you and me.

The first piece I purchased from her was this Lune necklace. Black is my favorite color, and I also am a big fan of agates. After I bought it, I was wearing the necklace almost daily. It is a fantastic piece.

 The  Lune Necklace  is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

The Lune Necklace is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

Not only is her jewelry unique, but her offerings are also accessibly priced. Her pieces are mostly in the $30-$50 range.

According to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Larissa states, “I’ve toyed with the idea of a luxury line. I just don’t want to price myself out of what my customers have learned to love.”

As someone who also tries to keep her prices affordable, I certainly appreciate Larissa’s commitment to her art and her customers.

Like many of us, Larissa started out making jewelry as a side hustle. She worked as an art teacher by day and designed jewelry at night. She now creates jewelry full time out of her Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Larissa also sells her jewelry at markets all across on the country, as well as offering her wares “at more than 300 stores, including the House of Blues hotel gift shops, The Getty in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Inspired by Larissa's fantastic creations, I painted this See the World Through Rose Quartz and Turquoise Oak Dresser. The dresser features genuine rose quartz and brass knobs from Anthropologie. I am just in love with this joyful color palette. This vintage oak dresser is available for delivery to Minneapolis and St. Paul Shoppers.

Get this one-of-a-kind upcycled oak dresser for $225!

Women that Inspire Me: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson

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Hi friends.

I have the third installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson.

Jessica and Phoebe are the comedians and best friends behind the podcast, 2 Dope Queens. If you aren't listening to 2 Dope Queens, you are seriously missing out.

Jessica and Phoebe’s show is my favorite podcast. Not only are these ladies funny AF, but their show features a slew of other comedians that are funny AF.

Not sure how you handle stress or sadness, but one way I deal is to seek out things that make me laugh.

How did I cope on November 9th, 2016? I listened to 2 Dope Queens, and I laughed. Even on that day, they still made me laugh. A lot.

According to their website, the show features “stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.” These two dope queens are also all about featuring women and people of color.

They've had on big names like Jon Stewart, Tig Notaro, Connie Britton, Kevin Bacon, as well as comedians like Michelle Buteau, Illano Glazer, Joe Mande, Aparna Nancherla and Lindy West.

 This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert.  "

This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert. "

Sure their comedy isn't for everyone. But if you think woke women you love rosè and the occasional fart joke are funny, they you will probably love their podcast.

You might recognize Jessica from her role as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show. When she debuted at age 23, she was the youngest correspondent on the show. She has also appeared on Season 3 of Girls and several movies and television shows.

Jessica also happens to be the star of the 2017 Netflix comedy movie, The Incredible Jessica James. The semi-autobiographical movie is, as described by the Guardian, about "a struggling Brooklyn-based playwright navigating the murky waters of modern romance while waiting impatiently for her big break.”

Phoebe has a solo podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, which I also really enjoy. On this podcast, she interviews “musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields--AND who aren’t white dudes!

She also writes and has been published in publications like Glamour, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. And NBD, her book, You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) was a New York Times Bestseller.

Phoebe has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Amazon original show, I Love Dick. If you haven’t watched this show, I highly recommend it. It also stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, and was created by Jill Soloway.

And now these seriously funny women have a series of 4 hour long specials on HBO. I've watched the first two, and the episodes were just as funny and charming as their podcast. If you don't have HBO, you can stream the first special for free here

So in honor of Jessica and Phoebe's love of rosè, I decided to create a bar cart. Because any self-respecting rosè fans needs a classy place to set their bottle on. But as sometimes happens, I didn't get the bar casrt quite done in time. So I will be adding the bar cart later this week.

Stay tuned!

 

 You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right   here .

You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right here.

In the meantime, I just added this seriously stylish glass decanter, which would hold A LOT of rosè or whiskey or water. Whatever. This vintage decanter will make your drinks look classy AF. So I think Jessica and Phoebe would approve.

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Bohemian Style Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Upcycling, Vintage home decor, macrame home decor, Home Design Ideas, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends!

I have the second installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson.

Emma and Elsie are sisters that created the blog, A Beautiful Mess. Their blog features DIY recipes, crafts, furniture projects, home décor, as well as advice about blogging and photography.

Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a personal blog in 2007, and then Emma started a food blog a few years later. They combined their blogs into one in 2010, and this version of A Beautiful Mess was born.

Their styles are ever evolving, but always inspiring. I can personally thank them for my love of all things pink, brass and marble. But their style is also fun and quirky.

I mean, check out Elsie’s before and after of her den. What a beautiful, zen space.

I also really enjoy that though their homes are beautiful, the spaces also are comfortable and lived in. The site states, “If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life.”

 

They understand paint gets spilled, dogs shed and sometimes, well sometimes you just make home décor mistakes.

But A Beautiful Mess is not just a blog. It is also “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.”

Elsie and Emma also have an online shop, Oui Fresh. Their store sells t-shirts, sunglasses, organizational items and their own line of essential oils and natural lipsticks and lip glosses. Their makeup is non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free and GMO free.

The pair has also written multiple books. They've written a photography book: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Idea for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. They've written a home décor and DIY book: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. And they've written a cookbook: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life...and still eat treats.

And if that all wasn't enough, these talented ladies have two apps. A Color Story and the newly launched, A Design Kit. A Color Story is a photo filter and effect app. A Design Kit allows you to add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and use different brushes to draw on your photos. I've just started playing around with A Design Kit, but I use A Color Story to filter most of my photos for the shop.

Plus Elsie and Emma try to keep their blog "focused on positivity and love" and they use the "business to try to give back" when they can.

So these insanely talented, creative stylish ladies also try to give back to their communities and are serious about clean living.

In honor of Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, I am sharing all things blush and brass that I have listed in the shop.  Shop the links below.

Women that Inspire Me: Justina Blakeney

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Hi friends.

I love Instagram. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what painters, crafters, interior designers and writers are creating.

I follow a lot of other female makers because I believe it is important to support other women making their art. And believe me, there are so many women creating beautiful things.

When I see what they are doing, I get inspiration for my painting and writing.

Because so many of these women inspire me, I wanted to share some of these women with you. Some of them I’ve spoken about before, and some of them are incredibly well known. And some of them are well known where I live, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

So starting today, I will be sharing a little bit about a woman (or a pair of woman) that inspire me. And then I will share some furniture or home décor I created or sourced inspired by these women and what they do.

First up on the list is Justina Blakeney. I’ve written about her before in my blog post 5 Bohemian Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home. Blakeney is the creator of the design blog, TheJungalow.com and the queen of all things bohemian.

 Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,     The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected       Homes

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes

Blakeney draws and paints. She is a pattern-maker, interior designer and a writer.

In addition to her blog, she has written two books, The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes. She is also a designer with multiple product lines.

You can now shop The Jungalow, and there is furniture, art prints, light fixtures, plates, bedding and planters. You can pretty much buy all things boho home décor there.

I love her #newbohemian style, which she describes as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But I also really admire how her creative passions spill into so many different areas. And she doesn’t try to limit herself, but explores all of these different pursuits.

I received a copy of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes for Christmas, and it is just as chock full of inspiration as her previous book.

The book starts out with several maxims, and below are two of my favorites.

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

I too believe in vintage and handmade and that objects made with love bring that love with them.

Blakeney is a truly talented women who has created a boho empire. And it all started with her blog, The Jungalow.

Here are some #jungalowstyle pieces I have available in the shop. I just added this Starburst Wicker Basket with Lid today, and I am kind of obsessed with it.

Be on the lookout for another woman that inspires me in two weeks!

3 Things I Want More of This Year

Creative Class, Minnesota Maker, Minnesota Makers, Make More ArtPamela DeweyComment

Happy New Year Friends!

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to make a fresh start.

But I’m not one to make resolutions because resolutions seem like things that tend to not get accomplished.

So you aren’t going to see any lists about cutting out carbs or cheese here. Neither of those things are going to happen. Nor do I want them to happen. Because pasta. And Camembert.  

And honestly, I would rather have more things in my life, not less. So this year, I am making goals about things I want more of.  (I know, I know, it’s basically the same thing, but I just think goals sound more productive than resolutions.) So here are my 2018 goals to bring more good things into my life (and into the shop).

1.      Make more art.

When I say art, I mean art in all meanings of the word. I mean paint more, write more and just in general, create more things. I certainly am not limiting this to just making things for the shop. I want to push myself to make all kinds of art in 2018. Because the more I am creating, the happier I am. And who doesn’t want more happiness in their life?

 This year I want to make more art. All kinds of art.

This year I want to make more art. All kinds of art.

2.      Express gratitude more often.

My mother definitely raised me to say thank you and show appreciation. And I certainly say thank you, but I don’t always say thank you about the really important things. Like when your friends make the four hour drive from Iowa to Minnesota hang out with you, even though your friend only has one weekend a month off. Or when a friend texts you and says, we haven’t hung out in a bit, we should hang out soon.

As a single person who lives alone (and don’t get me wrong I enjoy spending time by myself), I sometimes get a little isolated. That is why it is so wonderful when friends or family reach out. It shows they are thinking about me, and they miss me. It makes my heart warm just thinking about it.

So this year, I am going to be way less shy about expressing my gratitude for these moments.

And certainly for everyone who has supported my little vintage store, I am incredibly grateful for you. So thank you, thank you. I appreciate your support.

3.      Forgive myself more.

This is something I have written about before. I am pretty hard on myself. Having goals and aspirations are certainly important. I mean, I am making this list.

But if I don’t get everything done on my to do list today, that’s okay too. There is always tomorrow. And the next day. Not every moment of every day needs to be filled with productivity. You need to stop and be still and recharge sometimes. And I need to not beat myself up for taking time like this. That time is important too.

I’ve gotten into podcasts over the last few years, and one podcast I listen to is Death, Sex, & Money. During an episode, host Anna Sale interviewed actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn talked about being an overachiever. But she also talked about how she has started doing Should Days to create balance in her life. Should Days are days when Burstyn doesn’t do anything she should do, but only does things she wants to do. It’s a pretty spectacular concept, and I think one a lot of us could use in our lives.

So here’s to a new year filled with more art-making, more gratitude and heckuva lot more Should Days.

Cheers, friends. 

Happy Holidays from the Vintage Modern shop!

Vintage home decor, Upcycling, Upcycled furniture, Unique Gift Ideas, Minnesota MakerPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

For some of you, your holidays are winding down. For others, the holidays are just about to kick into high gear. I just wanted to take some time out to say, Happy Holidays! And however you choose to celebrate, I hope all your presents are well received, your eggnog boozy and your cookie supply endless.

And for any of you procrastinators, I will be delivering furniture and home décor locally (Twin Cities) up through Saturday the 23rd. That’s right! You’ve still got time to wow your favorite person with some one-of-a-kind furniture or vintage home décor.

And for any of my friends in Iowa, I will be visiting from the 24th-27th, so hit me up if there is a piece you’ve been eyeing in the shop.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

 I like to call this one the "exploded view" of the  Black and White Mod Maple Dresser .

I like to call this one the "exploded view" of the Black and White Mod Maple Dresser.

5 Unique Gifts Ideas for that Hard To Shop For Person

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Have one of those hard to shop for people on your shopping list? Someone who has a unique style and likes to think outside the box?

Well, we’ve got your back. Here are five ideas for a one of a kind Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever-kind-of-gift-you-need gift.

1.  Vintage Butterfly Terrarium – For the Nature Lover

Though these look like butterflies, these winged creatures are actually sunset moths. The sunset moth is native to Madagascar, and the brilliance of its coloring and shape rivals most butterflies.

Our vintage glass vitrine features two sunset moths posed on a driftwood branch paired with dried flowers in vase. This glass terrarium would look fantastic on a bookcase, coffee table or anywhere your loved one wants to add bohemian style vibes. This would make a great gift for a nature lover, or anyone who loves butterflies.

2. Hootin' Cute Vintage Owl Bookends – For the Bookworm

We think these owl bookends are extra cute. This bookend pair has definite 70s style vibes. Just imagine setting these little cuties on a bookshelf next to a collection of plants and macrame. This set would make a wonderful gift for the book lover on your shopping list. 

3. Swan Song Vintage Brass Planter – For the Brass Collector

Your favorite brass collector will love this sweet, little swan planter. It would look fantastic with succulent planted in it, or they can leave it bare to emphasize its brass beauty. Check one more thing off your shopping list, and grab this swan planter for that person who adores all things brass.

4. Cabin Chic Upcycled Plaid Valances – For the Cabin Junkie

Got someone on your list whose happy place is up north at the cabin? Or maybe just their version of urban cabin? We created these two matching plaid valances from a vintage Pendleton-style blanket.  Whether their cabin is up north or in the city, this pair will make the perfect gift for anyone who loves that rustic style.

5. Glam It Up Upcycled Wood Table and Chairs – For the Glamour Gal or Guy

This upcycled, vintage table and chair set would make the perfect git for anyone who likes the glamour in glamping, minus that pesky outdoors part. 

We painted the wood dining table and chairs with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. Then we painted the caning of 3 of the chair backs gold. And to really heighten the glamour, we covered the 4th chair back with white faux fur. Yes honey, (faux) FUR.

 Upcycled Black, White & Gold Table and Chairs Set

Upcycled Black, White & Gold Table and Chairs Set

There you have it. Those are our five unique gift recommendations for that hard to shop for person on your list. 

 

We Want to Celebrate Our 1 Year Anniversary with You!

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Hi friends.

It’s hard to believe, but our digital doors have been open for 1 year today. Woo hoo! Cue the streamers and popping champagne bottles.

Ok. Ok. Now that we’ve all settled down a little bit, I wanted to look back at some of my favorite upcycled furniture and vintage home décor pieces.

Who could forget the Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table? I was lucky enough to have my dad build me a similar table for my dining room. And then my dad built another beautiful table for the shop, and a very nice family in Chanhassen made it theirs. This table was definitely a labor of love.

The Shoe Collector Curio Cabinet and Upcycled Wood Dresser was one of the first pieces listed in the shop. I love how the copper drawer fronts contrast with the blush pink chalk paint. Oh and the marble paper lined shelves and black and white knobs. If I had a bigger master bedroom, you can bet I would have a piece just like this one. I sold this piece to a very sweet woman who told me her two year old said, “Pretty,” when he saw it.

The Everything is Coming Up Champagne Vintage Carved Dresser is one of my favorites for all the amazing carved details. And I just love how raspberry chalk paint compliments the reds and browns of the wood tone. This dresser sold to a lovely couple who had just moved into a new apartment in St. Paul.

I had some more help on this one! My mother made this Knotty by Nature Vintage Macramé Plant Hanger Curtain back when macramé was first popular. I love it because it is such a unique, well-made piece. And it went to a fellow maker in Minneapolis, so I know it is being well loved.

The moment I saw these marble and brass candlesticks, I knew we needed the pair for the shop. These candlesticks didn’t even make it to the website. I sold these to a customer at the Minne-Mile NightMarket put on by Minneapolis Craft Market in June.

Marble and Brass candlesticks 1a.jpg

 

Please remember to check the site frequently! I will be adding some new pieces that I’m super excited about this week. Also if you are on our email list, please check your inbox tomorrow for a special offer in celebration of our 1 year anniversary. And if you’re not on the email list, anyone who joins this week will also receive our special offer.

Thanks for shopping the Vintage Modern shop! Now let’s get back to that champagne.

 

Worry less. Do More.

Minneapolis vintage store, Minnesota Makers, Upcycling, Women in Business, Failure, Creative ClassPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I can’t even remember where I saw this saying, except it was somewhere down a rabbit hole on the internet.

But it really stuck with me. And it fits along with trying to not be so hard on myself. Like not everything I try the first time is going to be a success. Or even the second time. That’s ok.

Failure is a part of the process. I know I have talked about that too before, but it is a lesson I will forever need to learn and re-learn.

Because I am still pretty hard on myself. Like when I run out of time to get a project finished. Or when I work on a project, and it doesn’t turn out well. 

I feel like a failure. Even when I know I shouldn’t, I do. And then I don’t want to fail again, so…

Yeah. You can see where this is going. I beat myself up for not finishing things quicker. I get scared to try other things.

I worry. I worry. I worry.

So I like this mantra because it tells you to get out of your head. Don’t listen to that voice of self-doubt, and do the thing you’ve been wanting to do.

Like pom poms.

I’ve been all about pom poms for a while now. I know I’m not alone here.

I have two different sets of pom pom curtains in my house. I bought this little pom pom bag charm from Jefa Moda Mexicana at a Girl Creative event. Not to mention all the pom pom earrings I keep wanting to buy and then not buying. (I am pretty into smaller earrings now that my hair is super short. But still…)

So I finally bought myself a pom pom maker a couple of weeks ago. You can create pom poms without a maker, but it is supposed to be a lot easier if you have one. (Full disclosure: Making pom poms is not hard at all, but if you can make it easier on yourself, you should.)

The other night, I decided to try to make my first pom pom.

Admittedly, the instructions weren't great. But there was a YouTube video that showed not my exact pom pom maker, but one pretty close.

As I was watching it, I was thinking this is one of the most soothing videos I’ve ever listened to/watched. Haha.

When I was struggling to free my pom pom, I worried I would ruin it. (And maybe you’re thinking what kind of person gets worried about ruining a pom pom? This girl right here. That’s who.)

After I freed it and trimmed it up (I think this is where practice helps), I had a medium-sized purple pom pom. It’s not the worst pom pom ever. Nor is it the best pom pom ever.

But I had tried something new, and I had this pom pom to show for it.

 The not-the-worst-or-the-best pom pom.

The not-the-worst-or-the-best pom pom.

What a tiny thing.

But then not-so tiny either. I had done more and worried less.

So what tiny or not-so tiny thing have you been afraid to try? Why not just try it? Who cares if you fail? You can always try again. Or try something new.

I promise you that worrying less and doing more feels a heck of a lot better than doing nothing.

Everyone Does Better When We Work Together

Upcycling, Minnesota Makers, Creative Collaboration, Women in Business, Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Minnesota. For its beautiful lakes. For its amazing restaurants. For its fantastic music scene. And for the way it supports artists of all kinds. There is just a wonderful sense of community here. A willingness to help one another.

It’s about collaboration, not competition here.

It’s the old idea that two heads are better than one. Or that working together leads to better results.

I mean, it makes sense. No one is going to have the right answers all of the time.

Though I do a lot of things on my own over at the shop, I certainly don’t do it all. My friend Jeni designed my logo. My friend Rachel helps with photography. My mom is the mastermind behind the macramé, and she assists on furniture projects.

I can’t do it all. Multiple heads are definitely better than one. Believe me. They catch your mistakes, they help you improve and thank goodness, they lighten your load.

I don’t know about you, but some days it feels like I’m walking uphill both ways, and I forgot my phone at home. (Isn’t that just the worst feeling?)

So in that spirit, I recently joined up with Whym Local. According to the website, “Whym Local offers an online shopping experience that strives to strengthen community, giving people a way to shop local handmade home goods online. Shopping local means more dollars going back into your local community.”

That is exactly what I’m talking about. A group of people getting together to strengthen the community (Minnesota) and creating a better thing (an online collective of their work) in the process. People like Intermission and Wandermore.

Lindsay from Wandermore designs unique wall hangings like this head in the clouds wall hanging. I actually can’t believe is still for sale. Or this super cool tribal weaving. She has a website in the works, but for now you can see her stuff on Whym or over on her Instagram page.

Erin from Intermission sells “refinished unique, vintage and/or antique furniture and decor.” Her shop features pieces like this gorgeous, antique Art Deco vanity. She also has a website in the works, but for now you can follow her on Instagram and shop her furniture on Whym.

  Art Deco Vanity  from Intermission at  Whym Local.

Art Deco Vanity from Intermission at Whym Local.

And to top it off, Whym donates a portion of its proceeds to The Champ Foundation, which supports research and treatment for those with Pearson Syndrome. Pearson Syndrome is a multi-system disease that can include sideroblastic anemia and pancreatic insufficiency. It can also impair the heart, kidneys, eyes, ears and brain.

So not only does Whym benefit the makers and the community, it also helps support this wonderful foundation. Now see all the wonderful things collaborating can do?

5 Bohemian Style Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home

Bohemian Style Ideas, Jungalow Style, The New Bohemians, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Does the sight of a macramé curtain make you swoon? Are you all about patterns, layers and plants galore? Well, your desire for all things bohemian can largely be traced to Justina Blakeney's design blog, TheJungalow.com.

Along with being the founder of the go-to source for bohemian design inspiration, Blakeney is also a L.A. based designer and the author of The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes.

So just what is Jungalow style? And what does it mean to be a new bohemian?

Blakeney describes her style as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But more than just being a plant lady, Blakeney also believes “decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.”

In other words, Jungalow style is not about design rules, but more about letting your imagination loose and exploring design possibilities.

Though the Jungalow aesthetic emphasizes freedom, many of these new bohemian style homes showcase recurring design themes. So having just bought The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite bohemian home décor looks from Blakeney’s boho handbook.

1.     Embrace mixed patterns.

Mixing patterns is something I’ve started to do more as I get older and become more confident in my style choices. And Blakeney is a master of the pattern mix. She mixes stripes with ikat with polka dots with florals with paisleys and the list keeps on going.

If you want to try mixing patterns, select some colors you want to work with in your space. Then find pieces in a variety of patterns, but within the color story you’ve selected. That way even with multiple patterns in your space, the repeating colors will create a cohesive feel. And mixing patterns provides a truly one-of-a-kind look for your home.

 Mixed Patterns. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

2.     More is more. Or get down with layers.

More than using a variety of patterns, Blakeney is all about creating layered spaces. There is no room for Scandinavian minimalism in a Jungalow style home. Have a beautiful collection of necklaces? Hang them from a branch in your bedroom. Love plants? Why not turn your bathroom into a little rainforest?

Of course, there is a difference between maximalism and hoarding. Your collections should be organized and attractive. And all your layers should enhance the beauty of your space, not detract from it.

 Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes.

3.     Don’t be afraid to use pieces with some patina.

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of beholder. And anyone who truly embraces bohemian style is not afraid of decorating with pieces that have some wear and tear. One of my favorite pieces in my home is an old trunk that has bit of rust, some dents and more than a few paint splatters. I bought this trunk because of these imperfections. The paint splatters and dents just add to the character. Not to mention, it takes the pressure off having a pristine coffee table in my house. Forget to use a coaster? No big deal. It just adds more patina to the piece.

Or maybe you inherited a chair with peeling leather from your grandfather. So of course you want to hang on to it, because it reminds you of him every time you sit in in. Don’t worry! If you’re going for a Jungalow style look, a chair with peeling leather suddenly looks lived-in, relaxed and distinctly bohemian.

4.     Get creative! Repurpose that basket/pillowcase.

Not everyone has an arsenal of inherited pieces to add to their home. So rather than spending a bunch of money buying new pieces, embrace the new bohemian idea of repurposing existing pieces.

In one of the homes featured in the book, the homeowner took a woven trash can, painted it, turned it over and suddenly, it became an end table. Or like another homeowner does in the book, take a chair with a ripped out seat and replace the seat with pillow covers. And voila, you have chair that is even more beautiful than it was originally.

5.     Macramé!

This one should come as no surprise. Macramé is back in a big way, and it pops up all over the Jungalow style blog, as well as in The New Bohemians. My favorite piece of macramé in the book is the jaw-dropping chandelier pictured below. It has three tiers and tassel fringe. And to pair it with that striped ceiling, it becomes the epitome of new bohemian chic.

 Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes . You can see more of her home  here .

Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes. You can see more of her home here.

So those are my 5 favorite boho style home décor looks from The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes. Shop some of my favorite #jungalowstyle pieces below. And be on the lookout for more macramé coming soon!

Want an Armchair that Embodies Cozy Charming Chic? Think about a Wingback

Upcycling, Vintage Love, Buying Vintage is Green, Home Design Ideas, Bohemian Style Ideas, Home Decor Ideas, Mid-Century Modern StylePamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Over at the Vintage Modern shop, we are all about wingback chairs. I have a velvet, blush-colored wingback in my own living room.

With an open concept living room and dining room, the tall wingback shape provides a nice visual break between the two rooms. I also love the chair because it’s super cozy and adds some serious vintage charm to the living room.

So what makes a wingback chair so cozy and charming? The first versions appeared in 17th century England and were known as the wingback or the fireside chair. The chair was designed to be placed in front of a fireplace with the tall, winged shape protecting a person’s head and torso from drafts, as well as trapping the heat from the fireplace.

These wingback chairs were constructed from wood and little, if any padding or upholstery. Many of the chairs also featured cabriole legs, which is a leg that is shaped with two curves. The upper curve of the cabriolet leg curves outward, and the lower curve of the leg curves inward.

By the start of the 18th century, the wingback became cozier with the use of velvet and embroidered upholstery fabric, as well as being stuffed with padding like horsehair. It was also during this time that the wing chair began appearing in American homes.

American wing chairs were usually seen in the bedroom and were associated with elderly people. The chairs had a firm seat and provided draft protection, so the design provided the needed support for the elderly. It was this association that earned wing chairs the moniker of grandpa chairs.

In 1958, Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg chair, a mid-century modern interpretation of the wingback which featured no straight lines, only curves. The chair was designed specifically for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, and its unique, enclosed shape gave anyone sitting in the chair, a bit of privacy in an otherwise public space. The Egg chair is now considered an iconic example of Danish modern style.

The wingback chair has come a long way from being the so-called grandpa chair. Reinterpreted versions are available at Ikea, CB2 and many other modern furniture stores in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and fabrics.

That makes the wingback a versatile chair that fits well with many different home design styles. A wingback can be more mid-century modern like the Egg chair, traditional, farmhouse, Hollywood Regency glam or have a more lived-in, bohemian look.

After looking for another chair like mine for the shop, I finally found a vintage velvet wingback chair in a darker blush. This chair also has a subtle pink and blue dot pattern, which makes it a slightly more playful version of my chair.  And for some added visual interest, I decided to paint the curvy, cabriolet legs with a light grey chalk paint.

 We decided to add a little flair to our  Vintage Dark Blush Wingback Chair , so we painted the cabriole feet with a light grey chalk paint.

We decided to add a little flair to our Vintage Dark Blush Wingback Chair, so we painted the cabriole feet with a light grey chalk paint.

The result is that the Vintage Dark Blush Velvet Wingback Chair feels a little bit glam, a little bit boho chic and certainly, a little bit traditional. However you decide to style it, it has all of the cozy charm of wing chair, which means it will look equally at home in front of a fireplace, a dining table or in an office.

The #1 Secret to Success (And It’s Easy…Or Easier Than You Think)

success, Women in Business, Minneapolis vintage shopPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

It’s a bold statement. I know. It is especially bold coming from someone who has never felt particularly successful.

That someone being me, of course. And success is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. 

Do I have a full time job that pays the bills? Yes.

Do I own a house? Yes.

Do I have a master’s degree? Yes.

Do I have a wiener dog? Yes. (Ok. That is maybe no one else’s measure of success but mine. But I mean, I do keep him in kibble & sparkly bandanas. )

 If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

Now some other questions.

Am I married? No. I’m divorced.

Do I work full time as a writer? No.

Do I work full time as a vintage shop owner? No.

Have you had any of your fiction published lately? No.

What about your nonfiction stories? No.

Maybe some poetry? Nope. Not that either.

What about dusting? When was the last time you dusted the living room, Pam? Uhhhh…

My list of failures is always much longer than my list of successes. There is ALWAYS something that I am failing at. Usually there are many things I am failing at, all at the same time.

So I get discouraged. I convince myself I am a terrible writer. A terrible housekeeper. Just a terrible person in general that will never succeed at anything she wants ever again in her life.

But I’m sure none of you can relate to that, right? You are all wonderfully, happy people who get the raise, do the laundry, walk the dog and cook dinner from scratch EVERY NIGHT.

I mean, that is what the rest of the population does, I just know it. Or maybe not. Maybe there’s another possibility.

A friend recently told me maybe I am too hard on myself. It wasn’t necessarily a revolutionary thing to say, and yet, WOW, did I need to hear it.

I spend an enormous amount of time worrying about the things I don’t do well, or the things I don’t do at all (like maybe dusting the living room on a regular basis).

When you spend all your time worrying about ways you haven’t succeeded, it doesn’t leave a lot of time to acknowledge the things you have accomplished. And you have accomplished things obviously. And we can see from the first round of questions, I have too.

And also maybe more importantly, you and I should realize that success doesn’t always look like what we thought it would.

Am I Toni Morrison? No.

Will I ever be Toni Morrison? Well for obvious reasons, no.

The bigger point is, even if I don’t publish multiple, award-winning novels, I can still be a success.

So you really want to know the #1 secret to success?

Defining it for yourself and acknowledging it when it occurs in your life.

My success doesn’t have to look like Toni Morrison’s success. Your success doesn’t have to look like your next door neighbor’s success. Or your sister’s. Or your best friend’s.

And maybe that doesn’t mean writing a novel. Or having a perfectly mowed and landscaped yard. Or becoming a lawyer.

And you get to decide when you have achieved it.

It could be getting a raise, or it could be finally asking your boss for a raise (even if you don’t get it).

It could be cooking a fantastic meal from scratch, or it could be deciding you’d rather order pizza and spend more time playing with your kids (or your cat).

The important thing is to not be so hard on yourself all the time. It is great to set goals and work toward these things, but you should also give yourself credit for that— working hard. Putting in the effort is worth something too.  

So I am going to give it a try…

Have I had my writing published? Yes.

Am I being paid to write? Yes.

Do I own a vintage store? Yes.

Ok! Now who’s buying the pizza?

 

Does Your Grandma Like Rock and Roll? Well then, We’ve Got Your Saturday Planned!

Flashlight Vinyl Market, Upcycling, What to do on Labor DayPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I’m going to keep this week’s post short and sweet, or maybe short and a little punk rock. 

So did you hear? This Sat. Sept. 2nd, the Vintage Modern shop is offering its unique brand of vintage furniture, home décor and accessories at Flashlight Vinyl in NE Minneapolis from 10 am – 3 pm.

The Rock 'n' Roll Farmers Market will feature a mix of live music and DJs, makers, vintage sellers, food vendors/farmers and interactive activities from Flashlight Vinyl.

The Minneapolis Craft Market, who is organizing the event, stated, “This ain’t your grandma’s farmers market.” Which of course depends, on the kind of stuff your grandma is into. If she likes rock and roll, I say bring her along.

There is also a rumor burlesque dancers will be performing. I’m not exactly sure how that’s going work, but I'm looking forward to finding out!

For more details, see the event listing here.

Also each day this week on our Facebook and Instagram page, we are featuring vintage and upcycled items that will be available at the market. So if you aren’t following the shop already, head on over to Facebook and like us, or follow us on Instagram (or both, we don’t mind!), and you’ll get a sneak peek of the vintage goodies we’ll be offering this weekend. Like this dresser...

 This vintage oak dresser was made by Drexel. I added a coat of light grey and charcoal chalk paint, kept the original brass knobs added new square beveled brass-look pulls from Martha Stewart. It will be for sale Saturday at the Rock 'n' Roll Famers Market. 

This vintage oak dresser was made by Drexel. I added a coat of light grey and charcoal chalk paint, kept the original brass knobs added new square beveled brass-look pulls from Martha Stewart. It will be for sale Saturday at the Rock 'n' Roll Famers Market. 

Then mark your calendars, so you can get first crack at all the upcycled furniture and home décor goodness!

Hope to see you Saturday, friends.

Why Shopping Vintage is One Way You Can Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference, Buying Vintage is Green, UpcyclingPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I wrote this post before all the events transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, but I wanted to briefly address those acts of terror and intolerance.

I was horrified by the hatred and violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Emma Goldman said, "The most violent element in society is ignorance." White supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups are not only completely ignorant, but are also incredibly dangerous. And we cannot let hateful speech and actions like this continue. We must denounce this type of intolerance, and we must be vigilant in our denouncement of it. So to all my friends that are people of color, queer, transgender, Jewish, female, and all other the people these ignorant, violent idiots are rallying against, I stand with you and against this type of hatred. 

The rest of the blog was written as a reaction to the federal climate report that was leaked last week.

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This year has left many of us feeling helpless. There are so many causes that deserve our attention: police brutality, transgender rights, access to birth control, immigration law and let’s not forget—the environment.

Last week, I was reading about the federal climate change report in The New York Times, and it stated, “The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years.” 

So the world is getting warmer, as climate scientists have warned us for quite some time. And we are not doing enough to address it. There are still many that deny that global warming is caused by the actions of people.

I first learned about global warming in elementary school, and that it is caused by pollution. I never questioned my science teacher or the reading we did in our textbooks. I also tend to trust the 97% of the climate scientists that think global warming trends are likely due to human activities.

When I read things like the climate change report and hear about our country stepping back many environmental protections, I too feel a little helpless.

So what can we do to make a difference? Or more specifically, what can you do to help the environment?

You can shop vintage.

I know, I know. That sounds super self-serving. I own a vintage store. You’re absolutely correct.

But the truth is shopping vintage keeps these items out of landfills.

Remember our Stormy Sky Chic Upcycled Wood Dresser? I found that on a curb. It was in terrible shape. It took A LOT of repair work to fix that dresser. But fix it I did, and then a nice woman and her daughter purchased it for her daughter’s apartment.

But if I had not intervened, it is likely that dresser would have ended up in the garbage dump.

And who could forget our Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table? My dad built this table from boards removed from his family farmhouse. The house is no longer habitable, but the wood is certainly still usable. My dad pulled as much wood as he could out of his old home. He ended up making three tables, and has a fourth in the works, from all the boards he salvaged.

Obviously, not all vintage furniture or home décor is bound for the dumpster. But the truth is, some of it is.

There are plenty of people that don’t have desire, skills or time to rehab these items. And I get it. My life is incredibly busy too. I certainly don’t have the time to save every dresser on the curb.

But each dresser, pile of boards or old blanket that we rescue is one more step towards a healthier, less wasteful world.

 We made these  Cabin Chic Upcycled Plaid Valances  from an old blanket. Green decor can look pretty beautiful, huh?

We made these Cabin Chic Upcycled Plaid Valances from an old blanket. Green decor can look pretty beautiful, huh?

And every time you buy vintage, know you are doing your part in helping care for our planet. It is a small thing, but if we all band together and do a lot of small things, it can make a big difference.

Oh and you may just get an awesome brass planter out of the deal. :)

6 Things You Might not Know about the Vintage Modern shop’s Owner (And Only 1 Involves a Paint Tray Down the Pants)

Friday Introductions, Being a Introvert, Vintage LovePamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

In last week’s blog post, I promised to try to let go of some of my wallflower tendencies.

I've seen a lot of people posting these #FridayIntroductions stories on Instagram lately, so I thought I would try something similar. 

Hiiiiii!!! I’m Pam Dewey. I live in South Minneapolis with my wiener dog, Max. I love reading in my hammock, going to see live music, cooking, writing, shopping vintage and of course, refinishing  furniture.

I'm not well coordinated, and I spill paint, wine and really whatever I’m eating. I run because that is pretty much the only physical activity that I’m not horrible at. Besides bags. But playing bags doesn’t real burn that many calories. Especially if you drink wine while doing it. Which I do.

I own this online vintage store. I am also the boss, the designer, the shopper, the stylist, the marketer and the copywriter. And sometimes the photographer. (I'm getting better?!)

 It's me! This is a picture of me in my living room/dining room. You can see my formerly avocado buffet, one of the first pieces I painted, behind me. Photo taken by Rachel Fettig.

It's me! This is a picture of me in my living room/dining room. You can see my formerly avocado buffet, one of the first pieces I painted, behind me. Photo taken by Rachel Fettig.

But I don’t do it all myself. I have help. My parents both lend their expertise, as does my graphic designer friend, Jeni Adkisson and my photographer friend, Rachel Fettig.

So here’s a little refresher on how I ended up opening an online vintage store.

I have loved vintage since my mom started taking me to antique stores when I was about five or six years old. Right away, I loved all the sparkly, costume jewelry at antique stores.

I also loved the old clothing. I love 50s and 60s style clothing, Dior New Look style dresses with nipped waists and the paisleys and the floral prints of the psychedelic era. There was an extended period of time where I wished I was born in 60s, so I could have lived my true life as a flower child. 

As I got a little older, I started to frequent thrift stores. I searched for the clothes to complete my grunge wardrobe along with cute, 50s style cardigans.

I kept thrifting as I moved out on my own and needed furniture and décor to furnish my apartments and then eventually my house.

I wasn’t into interior design at first, fashion was really passion. But when my mom helped me furnish my first solo apartment, I began to understand how pulling a room together is similar to pulling an outfit together. You need a design concept, a little bit of money and a lot of creativity.

And then I moved to NYC and started working as a visual stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue. Not only did I learn a lot more about fashion, but I also learned about interior design.

I learned how to create a statement wall with some peacock feathers and a staple gun, how to build a chandelier out of Frisbees and how to design fabric flowers from muslin and liquid starch. I also met some crazy talented, wonderful people who shared their knowledge with me.

It was wonderful. It was exhausting.

I got burnt out. So I landed in Minnesota, back much closer to my family in Iowa.

I started refinishing furniture, basically sanding and painting vintage furniture to give it new life. I started with an abandoned dresser at my old apartment. I spray painted it silver and added new hardware. It looked brand new.

The next piece I refinished was a vintage buffet I inherited from my grandparents. Sometime in the 60s, my grandma painted it the at-the-time popular avocado green. I painted over the unsightly avocado with black paint. The beautiful lines of the buffet were accentuated with the new, moody dark paint. 

I also decided it was time to go back to school. I enrolled in a Strategic Communication Master’s program, so I could find a new career, hopefully something with writing involved. Along with fashion and design, writing has been my longtime passion.

Last spring while I was deciding on a Capstone project, I had a “(wo)man in the mirror” type of moment. I wrote about that moment here. It was basically a “who-am-I-and what-am-I-doing-with-my-life” type of moment, and it led to me ditch my original project idea. Instead, I decided to write a business plan. A business plan for this business, the Vintage Modern shop.

That is how I wound up creating this website and how you wound up here. And because everyone loves a list these days (me especially), I thought I would share a list of more get-to-know me stories. 

1.     In the 3rd grade, I discovered I loved writing. We were assigned a story prompt (something about adventure), and I had to attach page after page of notebook paper to finish my story. I do write BIG, but I was also like wait, I can just make up a story and have anything I want happen in it? That sounds fabulous. I was hooked.

2.     At one point, I was so into the baggy pants, oversized, thrifted men’s shirts look that my mom was completely fed up. She went to The Buckle (I know all you Midwest kids know what The Buckle is) and came home with bags of clothing. I kept one shirt. My poor mother.

3.     My great grandmother had a large collection of vintage costume jewelry. When she passed, no one in my family really liked the jewelry, except me. I only kept two necklaces and some earrings. This is something I regret to this day. Her jewelry was bright and sparkly and FABULOUS. I should have saved every last piece. I should have channeled Iris Apfel and lived in my big, sparkly truth.

4.     Whenever I write something that I am really passionate about, I lose time. I become so involved in the story or blog or whatever that I look up and suddenly an hour is gone. It is the best feeling. Because I am so happy to be doing what I’m doing that the rest of the world falls away.

5.      I find painting furniture relaxing. I often just throw down a drop cloth in my living room, put on a movie and start painting.

6.     Even though I often paint in the living room, I am an incredibly messy painter. One time I was painting the stairs to my basement, and I didn't think to buy a smaller, stair-size paint tray. I ended knocking into the paint tray, and it went down the back of my pants. That’s right, I had paint go down my pants. Now when I paint, I wear an apron and use a drop cloth. But I still end up spilling paint. Oh well. Life is messy. Better to make yourself happy and worry about cleanup later, right?

Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me! And thanks to Rachel for taking my picture. Truly, I am a lucky to know so many talented and generous folks.