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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!

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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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.

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.

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?

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

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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.

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

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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. :)