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

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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

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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.

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.