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5 Unique Gifts Ideas for that Hard To Shop For Person

Bohemian Style Ideas, Buying Vintage is Green, Home Decor Ideas, Unique Gift Ideas, One of a kind gift ideasPamela DeweyComment

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!

Home Decor Ideas, Home Design Ideas, macrame home decor, Minneapolis vintage shop, Minneapolis vintage store, Minnesota Makers, Upcycling, Vintage Love, Upcycled furniture, Vintage home decorPamela DeweyComment

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.

Hey Girl (And Guy), Did You Know I Write a Blog?

Women in Business, Content MarketingPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Here's a confession: I am not the best salesperson. 

But I own a vintage store?! Yep. I do. 

Because I love refinishing furniture and finding vintage gems. 

I am particularly not the best salesperson when it comes to selling myself. (And not in a lady of the night kind of way.)

It makes me uncomfortable to list off my accomplishments or talk about my best qualities. I am not particularly great in an interview. (And let’s not even get into giving a presentation.)

I'm an introvert, and all of these things fight against all my wallflower tendencies.

It is much easier for me to tell you how great my best friend’s band is (really it is) or talk about how I just discovered this amazing writer.

This puts the person I am talking about in the spotlight, and lets me hover comfortably in the shadows. 

It is one reason I love writing so much. It is a solitary activity. It is just me and my laptop.

And if you are writing fiction, you can disappear into your characters. Your characters can say all the beautiful, clever and brave things. Which is a truly lovely thing for an introvert, believe me.

But I write things other than fiction. I write creative nonfiction (which is essentially about me), and of course, I write this blog.

This blog is certainly not all about me, but as the owner of this shop, it is about me connecting with my customers and providing them useful content.

Since I am the one writing the beautiful, clever things on here, it is probably time I took ownership of that.

Don’t worry because there is no chance I am going to become one of THOSE salespeople. I just don't have it in me. But I am going start acknowledging that what I provide here is helpful and interesting. (There I said it!) And I am going to be a lot less shy about sharing it.

Because I think you’ll like it. But if not, that’s cool too.

Who doesn't love a good Ryan Gosling meme?! Source

Who doesn't love a good Ryan Gosling meme?! Source

So hello again! I’m Pam Dewey, and I own this online vintage shop based in lovely Minneapolis, MN. I also write this blog.

And I am going to keep writing and sharing my content. Wallflower tendencies be damned.

Not Leaving the Couch during a Netflix Binge is Okay, but Sitting Still on Your Business is Not

Women in Business, How to Suceed in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

“If you sit still, you die.”

Taken out of context, this phrase seems a little dramatic. Ok. Very dramatic. And what does it mean? That if I keep sitting on the couch, bingeing Orange is the New Black, I’m going to die?

No, no. Of course not. Binge away. (The newest season is great. Seriously.)

When I was completing my degree in Strategic Communication, I took a Media Management class, and our professor taught us ten axioms to help us succeed in the business world.

Number three on the list was the above, that if you sit still, you die. The idea is that to remain successful in business, you and your business must be willing to evolve with the shifting market/economy.

The business landscape is always changing. So your amazing product that is selling so well now might not be doing so hot after your competitor comes out with a new, improved version.

Or maybe the economy takes a dive, and suddenly no one can afford your $2,000 dog house. (I’m sure it’s a great dog house, but I mean, Fido could settle for something a little more economical?)

And if your company doesn’t react as the economy plummets, or your competitor puts out a better product, you know what’s going to happen?

That’s right. Your sales are going drop. And you could be at risk of going out of business.

Because why wouldn’t people want the better, new product? Or the cheaper product?

It makes sense, right? Changing market = the need to respond to that change.

I had this in mind when I launched the Vintage Modern shop in November.

I can’t say the market or economy has suffered any drastic changes in the last eight months. But I have paid attention to what vintage goods are selling best, and I’ve reacted to that.

When I first launched, I had a small offering of used clothing, culled entirely from my own closet. There were some great pieces in there because not to brag, but maybe even more than home design, fashion is my thing.

But the clothing didn’t sell.

Admittedly, I was spending a lot more time promoting the furniture than the clothing.

But selling the clothing wasn’t happening. And I didn’t want to sit still. I wanted to pivot and focus on what was working.

So I removed the clothing from the website.

Will I revisit selling vintage clothing someday? Maybe. I’m not sure what the future will hold.

But I know I made the right decision for my business at the time. I didn’t sit still. 

So unless we’re talking a Netflix binge, sitting still is not a good thing. It can prove incredibly detrimental to your business.

But if we are talking about bingeing Orange is the New Black, then by all means, pass the popcorn ‘cuz I’m not going anywhere.

 

Amazingly, this dresser is still for sale. But I wouldn't sit still on this for long. This beauty won't last.

Amazingly, this dresser is still for sale. But I wouldn't sit still on this for long. This beauty won't last.

Rejection is a Good Thing. No. Really.

Dealing with rejection, Roxane GayPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

"I have become accustomed to rejection."

These words used to greet you when you arrived on writer Roxane Gay's website. If you google the phrase, her website is still the first result.

It seems ironic now. Gay is a New York Times bestselling author who has written five books (six+ if you count her World of Wakanda comics for Marvel) along with numerous fiction and non-fiction pieces.

I mean go to her website. Her writing has been published over and over again. And it's good. Really good.

And yet, Gay titled her blog this way for a reason. Before Gay was a known name, she received her fair share of rejections. And she still does.

As this Bustle article suggests, most creatives deal with rejection. A lot of rejection.

This is part what makes creating art so difficult.

Not only do you need determination and talent to create, but you also have to go through the process of sending your work out in the world. And then hoping against hope someone else considers it worthy of being published/bought/listened to/admired.

It is an incredibly daunting prospect. I mean to me personally, it is an incredibly daunting prospect.

I have spent a long time being afraid of rejection. It has kept me from writing. It has kept me from sending my writing out to publications. It has made me afraid to try new things, like say, starting my own business.

Before I went live with theVintageModernshop.com, I wasn't sleeping well. I was waking up with backaches.

I blamed my old mattress. So I ordered a new one because I am the type of person who doesn’t function well without a full night’s sleep. But the mattress was never really the problem.

I wasn’t sleeping because I was scared and stressed out.

I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to get everything ready in time. I was scared my website wouldn’t turn out well. I was scared no one would buy anything from me.

But mostly, I was scared of putting myself out there and being rejected by the world.

But I despite all this fear, I did it anyway.

Last week, Gay read from her new memoir, Hunger, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. In addition to reading excerpts from the book, she also answered questions from the audience.

A woman asked her about how, as a shy person, she has the confidence to put out such personal material and risk being rejected.

Gay replied, "I don't wait for confidence. I just do it anyway."

It is good advice. And obviously, it has worked out for Gay. 

I certainly didn’t feel confident when I launched the shop. I still don’t.

But that's the point. What really matters is your willingness to make yourself vulnerable.

You must look past the fear and risk being rejected.

Write the story. Paint that canvas. Create a business plan.

Your first few stories/paintings/end tables may not turn out. That’s okay.

I painted some end tables hot pink a few years ago. The tables looked amazing, but when you tried to set anything down, that item stuck to the top of the table. (Pro-tip: Don’t paint outside when it’s super humid. Your paint won’t set correctly, and you will have a sticky table top situation.)

So I learned how much humidity affects drying paint. And I have not repeated that mistake since.

Still feeling afraid? Follow Gay’s advice: do it anyway.

Make some mistakes! Get rejected! And keep getting rejected! Getting rejected means you're taking risks because you know failing isn't the worst thing. 

Nobody becomes a great writer overnight. Not even Roxane Gay. 

 

It pretty much sums up how I feel about life in general. :) Note the MORE CREATING line. Grab this print here.

It pretty much sums up how I feel about life in general. :) Note the MORE CREATING line. Grab this print here.

My #1 Way to Stay Organized (And Not Freak Out)

Women in Business, Organizational TipsPamela DeweyComment

If you’re like me, your life is awfully busy sometimes. Even a little overwhelming.

While I was in school, I often felt overwhelmed. I had homework to do, a full time job, various writing projects like composing a blog, editing a blog, writing press releases and working on my flash fiction. Plus the regular stuff like doing laundry, mowing the lawn, working out, visiting family and let’s not forget, having fun! (Having fun should always be a priority.)

I had a lot on my plate.

Even now that I’m out of school, I still have a lot on my plate. I have the shop now, and I still have a day job. And my various writing projects + all that regular stuff.

That means staying organized is incredibly important. And how do I do that?

The answer may not be revolutionary, but it is effective.

I make lists.

This was my packing list for Saturday's Minne-Mile NightMarket Event. I surely would have forgotten something important without this little list. But I didn't, and the event turned out great! It was so wonderful to get out and meet new people.

This was my packing list for Saturday's Minne-Mile NightMarket Event. I surely would have forgotten something important without this little list. But I didn't, and the event turned out great! It was so wonderful to get out and meet new people.

You might be surprised how satisfying and effective a list can be. Not to mention multi-purpose.

Going to Target? Make a list of the things you need to buy. And then stick to it. You will save $$$. (I occasionally make this happen.)

Taking a trip? Make a list of all the things you need to pack. Then check the items off as you place them in your suitcase.

Getting ready for a big event? Make a list. This can be a simple To-Do List, or you can go all in and create a more elaborate Excel document or calendar.

When I was getting ready to launch the Vintage Modern shop, I made a list of all the things I had left to complete, created an Excel document and then I divided these tasks into groups, grouping about 3 tasks into each week. Not only did this keep me on track time-wise, but it also made my VERY long To-Do List seem doable.

And that is probably the best thing about making a list. Even when it seems like you have a million things to do, if you write it down on a piece of paper and then start crossing things off, you have a visual reminder that your gigantic list now has one less thing on it.

And it is a great feeling to drop it down from 1,000,0000 to 999,999. I mean that is a whole digit off your list, right?

Let’s Take Our Relationship to the Next Level…Come Shop the Vintage Modern shop in IRL!

the Vintage Modern shop, Women in Business, Minne-Mile NightMarket, Minneapolis vintage storePamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Whew. We’ve been busy. Our apologies for being a little MIA lately.

But we haven’t forgotten about you! We’ve just been busy scouting new-to-you vintage home décor, as well as refinishing more fabulous, vintage furniture.

We added another vintage dresser to the site last week. Our Stormy Sky Chic Upcycled Wood Dresser is painted and distressed with a light grey chalk paint. We also added some sparkly, crystal knobs to amp up that shabby chic factor. Grab it here for just $140.

We also have a beautiful buffet that is almost finished, and we are super excited to show it off.

Show it off we shall, and that’s where you come in. We know you love shopping online, but we also know you like to get out from behind that computer screen sometimes.

So if it feels like it's time to take our relationship to the next level, we have to say, we couldn’t agree more. 

The Vintage Modern shop will be selling our vintage wares, including furniture, clothing, accessories, home décor and a small crop of succulents, at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd from 5-10 pm.

The event is hosted by the Minneapolis Craft Market, and along with our shop, there will be over 25 vendors selling vintage and upcycled merchandise. 

So don’t be shy! Come out to South Minneapolis on June 3rd and shop the Vintage Modern shop IRL.

And don’t worry, we always bring flowers. ;)

This cute little cactus and other vintage merchandise will be available exclusively at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd. See, we said we'd bring flowers?!

This cute little cactus and other vintage merchandise will be available exclusively at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd. See, we said we'd bring flowers?!

5 Easy Steps to Hack Your New Home Design Project

Minneapolis vintage shop, Home Design Hacks, Design a Color StoryPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a bit of a home design nerd. I get really excited about picking out new paint, rugs, light fixtures, and then pulling all these items into a cohesive project. Like my entryway redesign that I did a few months back. Or my living room redesign which is still ongoing.

How do I get started on projects like these? It usually starts with a particular piece of furniture or maybe a paint color. And then I find items that compliment that inspiration piece. I basically build a color story around that item.

Wondering what a color story is? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

I was talking to my friend and her boyfriend about my booth for the upcoming Minne-Mile NightMarket, and how excited I was about the color story I selected.

And her boyfriend was like, “Wait, what the heck is a color story?”

A color story is basically a set of colors you select to design a home, an event or even a tablescape. This group of colors, or color story, will guide the items you buy for that design project.

By selecting a color story, you are essentially eliminating some options and giving your project a focus. This is incredibly helpful if you are designing an entire home, or say planning how to display merchandise in a 10 X 10 tent.

Using a color story will also prevent your house from looking, like Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess quips, “a little bit like a crayon box, or different sets for a quirky girl television show.”

1.      Check out Pinterest and your favorite stores for inspiration.

Pinterest is amazing for planning design projects. You can create a board specifically for the project you’re working on and then pin all your ideas to the board. If you’re using the Pinterest app, you can just pull up your inspiration while you’re out shopping too. Super convenient.

I am diehard Target fan, and if you’ve been paying attention over the last few years, the discount store has really stepped up its home décor game. The Target I frequent has also created an area where home décor is merchandised much like what you would see in a department store. And you better believe this area always has a color story going on.

2.      Pick colors you love, not just what is trendy.

I love design trends just as much as the next gal, but I also know that just because a color is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for me.

Blush pink is really popular right now, and I admit I am a huge fan. But I’m not going to paint my entire living room blush pink.

I like blush pink, but I don’t like it THAT much.

When I repainted my living room, I painted it black and white. Not only is black and white a classic color palette, but I have also loved this combination since about the third grade. I think it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be changing my mind about black and white anytime soon.

3.      Head to the paint store.

If you are designing a room or a home, I like to start with paint first. It really sets the tone. Plus if you’re buying new furniture it makes more sense to paint the room before you get all your new, beautiful pieces in there. I don’t know about you, but I am an incredibly messy painter.

4.      Let’s go shopping!

As Elsie from A Beautiful Mess suggests, “I like to build my color story like a pyramid, placing the biggest priority (both money and time spent on decisions) on the more permanent ‘bones’of my design first.” In other words, after the room is painted, you should be looking for your sofa, dining room table or headboard, depending on your project.

So head back to your favorite stores and start shopping!

You want to buy the bigger items first and then fill in around those big statement pieces.

5.      Embrace a little color story anarchy.

Not everything you buy has to fit in your color story. Say your color story consists of black, white, gray and blush, but you find these amazing turquoise pillows.

Buy those amazing turquoise pillows! (Especially if said pillows are on sale!)

Being too matchy-matchy can get boring. So don't be afraid to mix in small doses of other colors, especially in things like candles, pillows or other items that are cheap and easy to change out.

Maybe you'll decide down the road the turquoise pillows don't work at all, but then you're only out a few bucks.

But really, I think you'll be happy you bought the turquoise pillows. ;)

This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd.

This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd.

Our Favorite Boho Chic Home Décor Trend

the Vintage Modern shop, vintage macrame, macrame home decor, Minneapolis vintage shopPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Over at the Vintage Modern shop, we are all about embracing the idea everything old is new again. I mean that is literally what we do, we make the old new again.

Our favorite boho chic look that has reemerged as a home decor trend is macramé. It is popping up all over our favorite design blogs—Design*Sponge, The Jungalow and A Beautiful Mess—in the form of macramé plant hangers, wall hangings and curtains.

For those of you unfamiliar with macramé, let us help you out. 

“Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot (a variant of the reef knot) and forms of ‘hitching’: various combinations of half hitches.” -Wikipedia.org

It was popular in the U.S. during the 1970s, lending a bohemian flair to clothing, jewelry and of course, home decor.  However, macramé’s history extends much farther back than that.

“In the Western Hemisphere, macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic migramah, believed to mean ‘striped towel’, ‘ornamental fringe’ or ‘embroidered veil’.” -Wikipedia.org

The art of macramé spread to the U.S. slowly.  

“Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes and belts from macramé.” -Wikipedia.org

Whatever its origin, we really like the chill vibe a piece of macramé adds to a space. It feels both old and new, perfectly vintage modern.  

If you are feeling the macramé vibe like we are, grab our latest addition. It is an epic macramé plant hanger curtain that was crafted by my lovely mother. (What can I say, I come by the crafting/DIY thing pretty honestly.)

3 Strengths that Help Women Crush the Business World

Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

“For years, as I said earlier, I sort of fought the idea that women are ‘different’ than men…Hey, we’re all just people, and each one of us unique…I always resisted the notion that either gender-men or women-might possess inherent qualities that made it inherently ‘different’ or ‘better’ at business than the other. But as recovering research analyst, I always try to let the research speak to me, and when I started to drill down on these issues, what I found surprised me. The research shows that women do bring ‘different’ traits to the office that are good for business.” –Sallie Krawcheck Own It: The Power of Women at Work

I am with Sally here. I have also fought the idea women are inherently different than men.

I think it's safe to say many of differences between men and women are caused by how the differently our society treats men and women. (Like how we are paid differently, how our bodies are viewed differently, etc., etc.).

But if we accept that men and women are inherently different, we can reject the idea that women need to act like men to succeed in business.

In her book Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck shares her experiences as the former CEO of Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, as well as the current CEO of Ellevest. She explores how women can use their traditionally female traits to their advantage.

More specifically, she lists 6 strengths that position women for more business success than their male counterparts.

For this post, I focused on 3 strengths that resonated particularly with me.

1.        Women are better at relationships.

Krawcheck writes, “There is research to back up the claim that women are more empathetic, better connectors, and natural relationship-builders- all skills that matter enormously for success in business.”

Before I launched my business, I took a strengths assessment to determine my top 5 strengths. I thought learning my strengths would help me leverage these skills to build my business.

The assessment revealed my number one strength is empathy.

I use my empathy whenever I am thinking about how to improve my customers’ shopping experience. It is the reason I keep my prices low, as well as why the shop offers free shipping and free delivery.

2.        Women love to learn.

Krawcheck writes, “Increasingly, I’ve recognized that we women love to learn and that we do better at jobs which we’re acquiring new skills. We’re 57 percent of college graduates and 62 percent of master’s degree grads. And we don’t just love to learn; we’re also good at it: a recent analysis found girls making higher grades than boys overall.”

Like I said, before I launched my business, I completed an assessment to learn my top strengths, a move I thought would teach me more about myself.

But before that, I was working toward my master’s degree in Strategic Communication. I developed the idea for the Vintage Modern shop as a Capstone project for the program.

3.        Women are more risk aware. 

Krawcheck writes,“So what can women’s risk awareness offer to businesses? For one a lot more transparency. For another, a lot better decision-making. Our risk awareness not only means we make fewer mistakes, it also means we have a greater ability to dial back from the mistakes we do make. As leaders and managers, it means recognizing the difference between confidence and competence. It means us actively working to know our blind spots.”

The business and marketing plan I wrote for the Vintage Modern shop was incredibly thorough. My professor jokingly referred to it as “the Moby Dick of Capstone projects.”

I wanted to make sure I understood how much it cost to start a business. I also wanted to understand the market I would be entering, my competition and my target customer.

Evaluating all these things helped me figure out if my business could be successful.

Happily, I learned that the market wasn’t oversaturated, and my Moby Dick of a paper led to opening the Vintage Modern shop.

As previously mentioned, in her book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck gives an additional 3 strengths women can use to their advantage in the business world. She also includes a lot of other useful information about succeeding as a businesswoman.

If that interests you, I would recommend grabbing a copy from your local library or bookstore

  

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

The VM shop's Top 4 Trending Colors for Spring 2017

Top 4 Colors for SpringPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

It is officially spring, and it is finally starting to look like it in Minnesota. Tulips are popping up, birds are chirping and the wiener dog manages to find all the muddy spots in the backyard.

Some signs of spring are more welcome than others. (Insert winky face emoji here.)

It also has me feeling like it’s time to breathe some new life in my space. My new sectional arrived, and it is wonderful.

The tufted cushions, the chaise, the mid-century shape, and the color. The mixed grey color will help with the previously mentioned muddy wiener dog.

And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels like freshening up their space. Furniture has been moving out of the store at a pretty good clip the past few weeks.

With that in mind, I am starting to work on some new pieces, and I am thinking about what colors are really inspiring me.

1.     Blush Pink

I am not over this color. It is just so light and pretty. And as soon as I paint it on a piece of furniture it feels instantly transformed into my new favorite piece. Especially when paired with brass hardware. And it just so happens, I just finished an end table in blush pink. With brass pulls. I am kind of in love with the pulls too, I must say. There will be plenty more blush showing up in the Vintage Modern shop.

2.     Grey

At one point, nearly the entire interior of my house was painted grey. It is a fantastic neutral and far more exciting to me, than say beige. (I recently informed my mom that I will NEVER paint anything beige. Haha. Just not my shade.) Grey has so much versatility. It can be moody, serene or warm. Some greys just feel really cozy, like a favorite wool cardigan you might wear on a chilly spring day.

3.     Bright Green

Pantone declared Greenery the color of the year for 2017. Greenery is just what it sounds like, a bright cheery green that resembles the green of plants and trees. I particularly like the idea that, “Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.” That is exactly what I’m talking about. Spring is nothing if not a time for new beginnings.

4.     Yellow

Yellow just screams spring. It is daffodils, dandelions and the buttery center of daisies. I am seeing different shades of yellow from bright Sunshine Yellow over at Elle Décor to a more pale, buttery yellow over at House Beautiful . Either way, yellow adds warmth and light to a space, like a little ray of sunshine. That’s why we painted our Rocking on Sunshine Upcycled Bentwood Rocking Chair a buttery yellow. We thought it would be perfect to brighten up a nursery or any little nook that needs some warmth.

So those are my top four favorite colors for home décor this spring. Are there some colors that should have made my list? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll keep that in mind as I’m working on new pieces for the shop. I am always happy to hear from my customers.

4 Ways to Create an Unexpectedly Beautiful Tablescape

China, Dinnerware, ServewarePamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I never used to like to set the table.

It was one of those things my mom asked me to do, and I begrudgingly agreed. Because I was kid. And my mom was the boss.

So I laid out a fork with a napkin tucked underneath. Plate. Knife. Spoon. And then a glass filled with milk.  Because my mom wanted to make sure we all had strong, healthy bones.

Not my favorite chore, but certainly better than dusting.

Then as one does, I got older. And it turns out I like to cook and entertain. And I really like to decorate.

Setting the table no longer feels like a chore. It is more like, oh goody, I get to set the table. (I know, I know, I'm a nerd.)

Designing a table always starts with a germ of an idea. Am I going glam? More bohemian? Are we eating al fresco? Will there be wine? (And the answer to that is always, yes, there will be wine.)

Then I hit Pinterest, look at Design*Sponge or flip through some magazines.

Over the years I’ve realized some of the most beautiful tables are those that use unusual elements in unexpected ways.

Certainly, you can use china and crystal to make a table look beautiful. And I do love that look.

But sometimes, you want to create a tablescape with a little more daring, or maybe you’re just tried of the same crystal and china look? Whatever the case, I thought I would share some ideas for creating more unexpected table settings.

1. Mix natural elements in. I am not talking just about flowers here because flowers are pretty expected right? What about placing a pear on each one of your plates? Or creating a centerpiece out of moss?

http://www.designsponge.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-table-spartan.html

http://www.designsponge.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-kids-table-rinne-allen-lucy-allen-gillis.html

http://www.designsponge.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-table-victoria-smith.html

2. Use mismatched vintage dinnerware. This idea has gained a lot of popularity over the last several years. You can use mismatched vintage plates or mismatched vintage stemware. The idea is to do it in way that is looks intentional and cohesive, instead of like a great big mess. And done correctly, the results are stunning.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2016/03/home-tour-elsies-breakfast-nook.html

https://instagram.com/p/-MMmZbREQ9/

3. Use formal and informal elements. In other words, don’t get hung up on using all the china with the crystal. Think a little outside-of-the-box. Maybe you use your tiered marble serving tray, but you pair it with a tie dye tablecloth? 

http://www.designsponge.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-tables-matt-armendariz-jennifer-hagler.html

http://camillestyles.com/summer/midsummer-night-soiree/?slide=1

4. Make it all about the food. This is not a great idea if you are serving meatloaf. I mean I love meatloaf, but it just isn’t that pretty to look at. This works better if the food you are serving is particularly visually appealing. Think a beautiful cheese plate with charcuterie, artfully assembled salads, antipasto skewers, roasted game hens, etc. If your food is ready for Instagram, then it is a perfect focus for creating a beautiful table.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/09/classic-panzanella-salad-recipe.html

http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/2823108

http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2014/04/melon-proscuitto-and-mozzarella-skewers.html

But for me, the best part of creating a beautiful table is sharing it with your family and friends.

 

Thanksgiving table at my house with a moss centerpiece. I basically covered a silver platter in moss and then added some flowers in vintage bottles.

Thanksgiving table at my house with a moss centerpiece. I basically covered a silver platter in moss and then added some flowers in vintage bottles.

This is picture taken of an appetizer platter I created for my birthday last year. There are few things I love more than a good cheese plate. This one was complete with the melon, prosciutto, and mozzarella skewer recipe I linked to above. Seriously, so good and so pretty.

This is picture taken of an appetizer platter I created for my birthday last year. There are few things I love more than a good cheese plate. This one was complete with the melon, prosciutto, and mozzarella skewer recipe I linked to above. Seriously, so good and so pretty.