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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!

I guess the Twin Cities Really Loves Vintage and Feminism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 I know we've all been there.

I know we've all been there.

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

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

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

Women that Inspire Me: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson

Women That Inspire Me, Women in Business, How to Cope with Stress, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Vintage home decorPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned!

 

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

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

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

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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

Hi friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.