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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. 

 

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.

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. :)