Vintage Picks Of The Week – Miniatures

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

Today’s picks are brought to you by Linda at Selective Salvage

Pennsylvania Grain Painted Cupboard (17″x 8 “x 6.5”)

What I Like About It: It would be easier to list what I don’t like about this piece….which would be nothing. I love the yellow comb grain painting, the stylized form and most of all, I love the charming carved rooster adorning the back splash. 

How I Would Use It:  We are cupboard collectors, meaning cupboards of normal stature. I would love to have a collection of miniature cupboards displayed inside one of them and this particular piece is the one I’d start with. It is perfect. 

Antique Grain-Painted Cupboard offered by Austin T. Miller, American Antiques

 

German Apothecary Shop Model (16″x 30″x 16″ )

What I Like About It:   This apothecary shop would have been wonderful to visit back in its heyday in the mid 1800’s, but in miniature, it’s even more special. The cabinets and counter outfitted with scales, a mortar & pestle plus an assortment of bottles are fantastic. Top it off with the druggist sign. Heavenly. 

How I Would Use It: As a display piece in my bathroom in a spot where I could have fun rearranging all the tiny treasures. 

Antique Apothecary Shop Model offered by Bradbury Art & Antiques on 1stdibs

 

Salesman Sample Fedora (1.5″x 4 “x 3.5”)

What I Like About It:  I love salesman sample pieces, regardless of the product they represent. Couple that with the fact that I’m a fan of ’20’s mysteries where the heroes all wore fedoras and you’ll know what I like about this find.

How I Would Use It:  As a display piece on our living room shelves right next to the Dashiell Hammett books. 

Vintage Salesman Sample Hat offered by Simon and Simone on Etsy

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – mid century fabrics

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Laurie at NextStage Vintage.

Cotton bright floral print

What I Like About It: The colors, the scale, the pure happy. This vintage yardage from Sharon’s Antiques is delicious in every way.

How I Would Use It: This is a skirt just asking to be sewn. I’m not a tiny size, many vintage clothes are. My solution is to make my own vintage out of vintage fabric.

vintage fabric floral

Gray cotton with abstract people and animals

What I Like About It: Those crazy cute little humans in hoodies. The charcoal, black, white and pink…sigh…thank you antiquefabric.com for showing me something this wonderful exists.

How I Would Use It: This one would probably be best as a dress, perhaps one with a nice full skirt (and pockets).

vintage gray fabric

1950s atomic barkcloth

What I Like About It: Everything. Every. Single. Thing. It’s atomic, it’s barkcloth, it’s absolutely fantastic colors. From Etsy seller nicework in the UK.

How I Would Use It: This swank barkcloth would have to be used in some kind of home dec way, I’m going with valances.

vintage barkcloth

 


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Vintage Picks of the Week – Vintage “Apps”

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by JayDee at ThirdShift .

If someone were to ask you EXACTLY what time it is and where you are located on the Earth right now – QUICK! What do you do? Well it’s easy, right?! You pull out your smartphone and you can give them that information instantly.

What if these question were asked over a hundred years ago? You would have had to rely on one of these early “apps” to help you!

Antique Compass

What I Like About It: I’m not entirely sure why, but I have always been drawn to compasses. Maybe because I like the science about how the needle always points to the north. I especially love this antique compass from the 1860s – mainly because I find the look of it very cool and I love that it was created so long ago.

How I Would Use It: This compass deserves a space on display in a curio cabinet! Just think of all the stories this compass could tell, and all the conversations that could be started because of it.

available at TheCompassCollector, Etsy

Antique Sundial

What I Like About It: In addition to the compass above, I also love sundials. I love that they were invented to keep track of time throughout the day based on the location of the sun. It’s a primitive clock, and I really love that.

How I Would Use It: This gorgeous sundial should be placed on a patio table where you can actually use it and appreciate it. It’s an expensive piece, but with care taken, it would really add a lot of interest to your patio or deck.

available at 1stDibs

Antique Sextant

What I Like About It: I love the mechanical, steampunk look of this piece! I appreciate the precision and craftsmanship that goes into the construction of these vintage pieces. I really like how this is a functional tool that can still be used today.

How I Would Use It: Since sextants are commonly associated with seafarers, this piece would make a great addition to any nautical theme decor, such as in an entertainment area, bedroom, or lake cabin. 

available at AntiqueMarketVancouver

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week ~ Flowers for Spring!

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Dot at Attic and Barn Treasures.

I adore flowers! It matters not to me if they are indoors in a planter or on the fabric of my curtains and pillow or outside in my garden! I hope you enjoy this weeks picks and I certainly hope you visit these fine shops. Happy Spring!

Antique Floral Stained Glass

What I Like About It: So many things you could do with this! A perfect example of the craftsman ship from days gone by. We love the colors and detail!

How I Would Use It: I imagine this piece hung in a high interior doorway in a room with plenty of light or on a wall with up lighting. Wouldn’t that be simply gorgeous!

Antique stained glass window panel

Metal Flower Cart

What I Like About It: We can use this anywhere! And it already has the glass insert!

How I Would Use It:  This would be adorable on your front porch or in your living room as an accent piece. I would probably designate it to my porch and fill it with lovely yellow blooms!

Metal flower cart with glass insert

Floral Lightswitch Cover

What I Like About It: This is a rare breed and very hard to find! Painted metal lightswitch plates and covers are a thing of the past – and that is simply a shame!

How I Would Use It: Lovely for a girls room or bedroom or if you are lucky enough to have one – perfect for your garden room. I think this would live in my (sorry hubby dear!) master bath along with the rest of the floral and butterfly accents. 


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks Of The Week – In The Kitchen

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Tina at GirlPickers.

 

Vintage Butcher Block

What I Like About It: It would be a joy to cook if I could chop and dice on this beauty.   The worn edges and patina on the wood is perfect just as it stands.  

How I Would Use It: I wish I had the room to use it for it’s intended use but I would also be fine with it just being in the room to look at.  

Vintage butcher block

 

Antique Coffee Grinder

What I Like About It: I like that it is wall mounted rather than sit on the counter.  Circa 1930’s PeDe brand

How I Would Use It: I would  use this mounted to the wall above a coffee bar so I could enjoy fresh ground coffee everyday.  

Antique coffee grinder

 

Antique Sellers Cabinet

What I Like About It: I like the storage these old cabinets have and the enamel top which extends out for use.  

How I Would Use It:  If I had this, it would be a workhorse in my kitchen and it would make a fabulous place to display antique kitchen collectibles. 

Antique Seller’s cabinet 1927

 

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Vintage Baskets

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Pam at Vintage Renude.

Woven Wall Baskets

What I Like About It: What a fabulous idea! I adore the carefree look of this vignette. Perfect for updating your home for summer.

How I Would Use It: I would use these baskets just as they are to add some lighthearted decor to a wall for a quick easy breezy look.

Becket Gathering Basket

What I Like About It:  The color of this basket got me right of the bat. Antique baskets have such a wonderful patina from years of use.  They just get better with age.

How I Would Use It: This would be a perfect basket to roll up towels for guests or use for that nagging collection of magazines that always builds up in the corner.  It would even work for collecting the kids toys.

 

Anitque French Rattan Banneton, Bread Basket

What I Like About It: This gorgeous basket has such great lines. The shape is reminiscent of an old fishing kayak and reminds me of the sea.

How I Would Use It: I would set this in the center of the dining table and fill it with fresh fruit. Wouldn’t that make a lovely centerpiece?

 

 


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Vintage Picks of the Week – Black and White Photography

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Mary Ellen at AuntHattiesAtticVintage. Although these are not technically vintage items per se, the use of black and white photography draws on the body of work of many generations of artists who still continue to create inspire. These selections draw on that past and have an uncanny vintage appeal.

Flowers

What I Like About It: Flowers are beautiful and most often symmetrical. This is a calming image and contrasts the strength and delicacy of the bloom.
How I Would Use It: I would have a large print of this which increases its power and would love to place it in a bedroom.

Moth Orchid by John K. Deaton

Antique Cars

What I Like About It: All I can say is look at that chrome and how complex and beautiful this image and car grille is!
How I Would Use It: Perfect for a living room. It inspires fantasy of travel and a bow to our industrial past.

1933 Buick by Gary Whitton

 

Surreal Art

What I Like About It: I love surreal art in all of its glory.
How I Would Use It: I would like to hang this to see it every day looking back at me!

Untitled by Jason Gibbons

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks Of The Week – Bearing My Heart In My Hand

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

Today’s picks are brought to you by Linda at Selective Salvage

Antique Wooden Glove Forms

What I Like About It: I am an unabashed people watcher and my favorite group to watch are those who talk with their hands. Even from across a crowded room, you can fill in the blanks on the story they are telling without hearing what their lips are saying. 

Small wonder this hand-some group of antique hands spoke to me.  Oh the stories they could tell about the hands that were warmed by the gloves they helped create.

How I Would Use It:   As a sculptural accent on a mantel or shelf in my living area. Primitive, industrial or cottage style, whatever your decor, these glove forms would provide the perfect conversation piece.  

Antique Wooden Glove Forms available from “Lost Found Art”

 

“Flying Into Magic Love’ Magnets

What I Like About It:   I have collected hearts since I was a child.  As a symbol for love and unity, hearts with wings seem even more special. 

How I Would Use It:  I own several pieces of Kathryn’s fanciful work. These magnets adorn my refrigerator and make something as mundane as a grocery store coupon look good. 

Metal Folk Art Magnets available from Kathryn Arnett on Etsy

 

 

Fraternal Lodge “Heart in Hand” Axe

What I Like About It:  The “heart in hand” combination of two of my favorite things is a pictorial reminder of charity given from the heart. It has been used as a symbol for the Shakers and Amish sects and the Odd Fellows fraternal organization since the 1700’s. 

How I Would Use It:  If I were fortunate enough to own a fabulous piece like this, I would display it prominently as a reminder that the union of a loving heart and willing hands matter even more in the complex world of the 21st century.  

Lodge memorabilia available from RJG Antiques

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Antique Wicker

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Laurie at NextStage Vintage

Green wicker porch swing

What I Like About It: This antique porch swing from Antique Wicker in Berwick, Maine provides instant character. How many great vintage movie moments took place on a front porch with a swing?

How I Would Use It: It would best be used in a protected area, which I don’t have outdoors. I would use it in our subterranean imagination studio (aka-the basement) where it could be securely hung from the floor joists of the first floor.

green wicker swing

Antique Bar Harbor wicker chaise

What I Like About It: From Corner House Antiques in Sheffield, MA this chaise politely but absolutely insists that you unplug, disconnect and relax. It is functional today, but it brings with it the grace of back then. Choosing a cushion fabric would be tough, it would have to be durable, but it would also have to be era appropriate. 

How I Would Use It: Although this chaise is a generously sized piece of furniture, I would work it into the family room so I would have a constant reminder that the world doesn’t need me connected 24/7 and it’s not such a bad plan to put down the smart phone.

willow wicker chaise

French wicker laundry basket

What I Like About It: I’m not a fan of modern baskets, but my knees go weak over a great vintage basket. Especially one like this beauty from frenchvintagecharm on Etsy.

How I Would Use It: The danger of adding large baskets to your home is that they invite you to collect things you don’t need to keep like old magazines and newspapers. This basket should be a focal point, not a recycling bin, so I would use it to store nicely folded throws in the living room–it’s a double win, the throws won’t be thrown everywhere and the basket will add vintage charm. 

laundry basket


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Astronomy

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by JayDee at ThirdShift 

Tellurium

What I Like About It: From a very young age, I have been a backyard astronomer. To this day, I watch the night sky most nights that are clear, year-round – even in the Winter. In Minnesota. I’m fascinated by the night sky and all the secrets it holds. I have dreamed of owning a tellurium since I was a kid. This one is absolutely incredible – I love everything about it. It has a sort of steampunk vibe that I really like! 

How I Would Use It: This tellurium would have a permanent place on a coffee table in our great room – a highly visible place where everyone would be able to enjoy it!

Antik, 1stdibs

 

Astronomy Lithograph

What I Like About It: I love that this lithograph is black and white (my favorite colors) and I especially love how the stars are portrayed.

How I Would Use It: I would love to frame this print and use it in my office. Before I framed it, I would make large-scale copies of the print, then use the copies as gift wrap for those “out of this world” gifts.

antiqueprintstore

Antique Orrery

What I Like About It: An orrery is such a cool mechanical representation of the planets and the moon. Like a tellurium, I really like the steampunk feel of this orrery. I think it’s a fascinating piece of history.

How I Would Use It: I think this piece would be a fabulous addition to a home library or study. It should take center stage and be displayed for people to enjoy, and for people to not be afraid to touch it. It’s really a remarkable piece!

antique orrery

 


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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