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Now is the time to get your front porch decked out for Halloween!
Here is a round up of some ideas to get you started.
Gather all your old galvanized pails and turn them into pumpkins for your porch. Use a black charcoal pencil and white chalk to draw jack-o-lantern faces on your pails. Fill the pails with twigs, gourds, or small pumpkins and you have a great look.
There are so many clever ways you can decorate your porch using vintage pop crates. Stack them and fill them with fallen leaves, colorful gourds from your garden, or small pumpkins. Save crate to hold bowls of candy, too!
Use a collection of vintage sign letters to spell out messages to your trick-or-treaters.
Use a vintage mirror to create a spooky ghost look. It’s sure to scare away visitors!
Finding vintage decorating inspiration for your modern home by browsing periodicals and books from a favorite time period is a vintage lover’s happy place. House and Garden’s Complete Guide to Decorating (1953) is powerhouse mid century resource; a stylebook with pictures, illustrations, descriptions and guidelines on lots of the home decor trends from the 1950s.
The chapter on contemporary decor feels like it could have been written to describe vintage modern, a happy co-mingling of pieces from past eras with pieces from today:
Contemporary is based not on an abstract idea but on the way we actually live. Here are some things it has added to our rooms:
A sense of comfort and peace, a feeling that this is not a formal parlor but that a live family belongs here.
The uninhibited approach to decoration, which boils down to confidence in your own taste.
Furniture that blends with easy grace with old or new neighbors, that can be used appropriately in almost any room.
We narrowed our focus onto two rooms from the contemporary chapter that (with some modern updates) are as appealing today as they were then. Let the inspiration begin!
Unlikely roommates from different worlds: the Asian Coromandel screen, the furniture with simple lines that makes the natural wood grain shine, the antique chair with the floral cushion and the saturated color of the rug complement each other to make a room comfortable. The key is to find the right blend of colors and textures and scale that works together. Of course, the best rooms come together from serendipity and scouting, but here’s some shopping ideas to get you started:
Art makes a room pop, whether set on a dark wall or a light one. Mixing and matching art that you like makes it personal, because like artist Fred Babb says, “Good art won’t match your sofa.” The art wall above is well curated with interesting subjects that have a companionable thread of similar colors. Adding houseplants and a mix of books you love personalizes the room even more. The large sideboard is quite a statement, however it provides copious storage and a generous horizontal surface for displaying treasures . Add seating that stresses comfort and a coffee table that stresses function. Final touch, an unexpected pop of gold gilt in the form of a chair or a pedestal to add a little old world charm in an otherwise modern room.
Domino magazine’s feature on author Jenny Komendo’s house is a picture perfect modern take on the decorating ideas expressed so well in the vintage House and Garden book. Rooms to live in, furniture from different eras that gets along and most of all, confidence. Thrift store dresser, comfortable seating, ultra modern table and eclectic art. Perfect.
“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” — Marshall McLuhan. One more reason to BUY VINTAGE
Cake pedestals are a fine thing. They can elevate a box of store-bought cupcakes to a gourmet delicacy. And they are also quite versatile around the house for both decorative and functional uses. As summer winds down, you might be feeling that urge to tweak your decor just a bit. Go no further than your serving pieces; grab a pedestal that is way too pretty to be hiding in a cabinet and treat yourself to a quick change up.
Stacked pedestals offer multiple layers of storage, convenience and style. Easy to arrange materials for your current projects and keep them close at hand. While this is probably not a great long term storage solution, it does keep your work surface tidy and makes you feel elegant at the same time. Design from HGTV.
Gain a little counter space and elevate your dishwashing game by using a pretty pedestal to elevate your dish liquid and hand soap. Find a pretty bowl to be a sponge caddy (if you’re still using a sponge after the horrifying bad press sponges as bacteria colonies got this summer–ewww). Design from Liz Marie Blog.
Pretty perfume bottles deserve more than to collect dust on the vanity. Tiny works of design, collecting them on a pedestal gives them a chance to see and be seen. Add a little WWAD (what would Audrey do) touch by snaking a string of pearls through the bottles. Design from Helpful Homemade.
If you’re enamored of the tiny succulents that are sprouting everywhere, the power of many has much more design punch than the loneliness of one. Group three little plants on a cake pedestal for a temporary display. Don’t forget to add a saucer, you don’t want mineralization from watering to mar your pedestal surface. Design from In the New House.
Whether your keep a stash of jars or you have to raid your recycle bin, pedestal plus jars plus snips from the garden makes a sweet summer impression. Sneak in some shells from the beach or stones from a hike. Add some of the magical-mystical-make-everything-amazing battery powered micro lights to soften the earlier twilights of late August. Design from Southern State of Mind.
“Every man’s got the right to decide his own destiny.” — Bob Marley
“A little simplification would be the first step to a rational life.” — Eleanor Roosevelt