I love grey scale, and you know I love animals. Combine the two together and I’m head over heals. Today’s picks are inspired by just that. Enjoy!
Today I would like to introduce you to one of the sponsors who keep Lost & Fawned on the web. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Moe of Five Sixteenths blog this month. Moe is a vintage queen. Her shop, 516VINTAGE is chock full of beautiful pieces. Today she’s going to share some of her tips to incorporate vintage items into your home seamlessly.
Hi there Lost & Fawned readers! Are you enjoying Lost & Fawned’s new design as much as I am? I’m Moe & usually I blog about my creative post grad life over on the Five Sixteenths blog. Five Sixteenths also chronicles my indie biz dreams, creative inspiration, & my love of vintage. Currently, I run a small vintage shop, 516VINTAGE, with my boyfriend Zach. We’ve recently moved into a home of our own & can’t wait to display our personal collections.
Making a living space uniquely yours is top of the list when it comes to calling a house a home. Since our move in October, we’ve been slowly uncovering our vintage finds and planning out where they will finally live once our renovation is done. Zach & I can’t turn down a vintage radio, camera, piece of luggage, or colored glass & we love coordinating pieces that become important parts of what makes our house a home.
When it comes to adding vintage into your home, it may feel awkward blending older items with your modern decor. I’m here today to share with you three easy, non-intimidating ways to incorporate vintage into you home:
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Start with the kitchen – Colorful canisters or vintage dish ware will add a subtle vintage touch to an otherwise modern kitchen. Starting with the kitchen means you’re looking for functional pieces & if you’re looking for functional it means you’re going to be using it everyday. Go bold with something new or find coordinating pieces to fit your color scheme. Our favorite part of the kitchen is our set of mismatched vintage glass canisters. Glass canisters often get accidentally broken & chipped over the years & you’re more likely to find one or two in good condition so don’t be afraid to mix & match! If you’re wary of vintage, finding something interesting you know you’ll use & see everyday will easily make it integral part of your home. Becoming acquainted with vintage in the kitchen will make you comfortable looking for pieces to incorporate in other parts of your home.
add a pop of red with these small bowls
Add a pop of color – If you’re looking to ease in by starting a little smaller add a pop of color with a bright vintage bowl, colorful radio, or tray. Colored glassware is a perfect addition to any room as a decor accent. Throw in a tea light for mood lighting in your living room, use an assorted set of mismatched small dishes on your vanity, or use pretty milk glass in your bathroom. Zach & I often find odd numbered sets of glasses or single interesting glass pieces. An odd set of glasses, a single plate, or mismatched dessert dishes give you the opportunity to repurpose them. If you find a glassware set of seven, keep six in the kitchen & one with a candle in the living room. Look for pieces that coordinate with your color scheme. Collect a few odd pieces to create a one of a kind, colorful vignette.
Incorporate a few old books – Old books give a house character & creating a mini library is a great way to start a collection. If you aren’t so much into color, collect books in neutral tones. If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of color, find books in teals, blues, & oranges. Stack books on end tables or as accent pieces on shelves. It’s even better if you find books on topics you love! Old sets of encyclopedias can come in neutral, collegiate browns or bright colorful yellows with illustrated covers. Books come in all shapes, sizes, & colors so you’re bound to create an interesting part of your home with even a small collection.Because we just can’t seem to turn down a fun vintage item, our growing collection prompted opening the 516VINTAGE shop. More than we love collecting items, we love collecting stories and the 516VINTAGE shop is curated under that idea. We curate items for the shop just like we curate items for our : we want to collect memories & tell stories so that our home (and yours!) has a sense of history and character. Often we head to flea markets & garage sales over the popular thrift store because we like to hear the items’ stories. We want to know who had it first so we feel we can give it a proper home.
If you’d like to follow our creative vintage journey & find other inspiration for living a creative life, please check out the Five Sixteenths blog. I hope these three simple steps help you incorporate vintage into your home without fear.
Those of you that have been around for awhile, may remember these little beauties from my early etsy days. They were featured in Etsy’s curated Wedding Guide and they quickly became one of my most popular items.
When I ran out, I tried to track down more of them. They are vintage deadstock, and I couldn’t find more of them anywhere. Over the years I have still be searching. A few weeks ago while unpacking supplies I found a couple more pairs and listed them. Today I found another small supply of them hiding in the bottom of a supply box.
Everything I have left is currently listed here in my shop. They are such dear little earrings. Once they are gone this time, they are gone for good. So get your pair while supplies last! They would make a lovely little Valentines gift for your girlfriends or little lady.
For the last couple of months I have been working away at little projects here and there, searching for something new. I’m happy to finally bring you something new from L&F. Not only a new line, but a new home for all things Lost & Fawned. You can find my new pom garlands (custom, stock & one-of-a-kind), some old favorites and new L&F gear (like tote bags!) at the new Lost & Fawned Shop. Over the next month I’ll be stocking it up.
As I mentioned, I’ll be bringing back some old favorites too! One of my best sellers ever will be returning soon! I’m super excited and extra motivated these days. I don’t know where the sudden burst of energy has come from but I feel creative again.
The garlands I have in the shop currently are one-of-a-kind. One is made from yarn harvested from a scarf that was on it’s way out, and the other is made entirely from vintage yarn. I will soon be listing some stock garlands made of new yarn. And I will also be accepting custom orders for garlands in your choice of color for weddings, parties, photoshoots and nurseries. Contact me via this form if you are interested in getting a custom piece started.
I unfortunately just missed the holiday rush and cannot get anything out in time for Christmas. Lots of new styles, colors and products to come this winter. Thanks for standing by while I have been quietly at work the last couple of weeks.
This summer we added a few new accusations to our furniture collection. Usually these just end up being instagramed, but a few are so special the deserve a little more notoriety.
This weekend, my grandparents sent us home with a real treasure. Their framed Lincoln assassination newspaper has been hanging in their den for as long as I can remember. I have always admired it. After dinner on Labor Day they put it in the trunk of our car. By my understanding, it is actually a reprint from a few years after the assassination. Regardless, it’s a pretty special piece and is now in our dining room.
Near our home is a consignment store that specializes in furniture and home decor. Every month a piece sits in their showroom the price decreases. Each piece has a tag that displays the dates of the discounts. Jared and I stop in every so often to see what’s new and check on pieces we have our eye on. This spring we spotted this mid-century cedar trunk. We kept an eye on it, knowing it would be at it’s lowest price in August. One day at work, Jared’s mom surprised us with the trunk as an early anniversary gift.
It’s the perfect size to go over the intake floor vent in the dining room floor. We are using it to hold linens, blankets and spare towels. I love the brass hardware and dovetail joints.
It gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling to know that both of these pieces will travel with us and always be a part of our home. Maybe someday our grandkids will admire the paper and ask curious questions about where we got it.
This is the first real decorating I have done in our dining room since we painted. We are still on the hunt for a new dining set, but haven’t run across the right table yet. I’m also looking for some curtains for that window. I would love a floor length pattern there. A new rug in on the agenda as well.
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There is a story that goes back over 3 years to this one.
It all started when we went to one of our very first estate sales. It was also one of the best estate sales we ever went to. We found the most amazing mid-century office chair. It had a solid chrome base with chrome casters and and was upholstered in bright orange velor. Other than some dust it was in perfect condition, a great example of “they don’t make them like they used to”. We of course took the chair home for a bargain at $35.
At the time we were living with a roommate, and had little more than our small bedroom to ourselves. Jared had a desk in the room and I only used a laptop to run my blog, so the chair became his. It’s an amazing chair. This may sound borderline obsessive, but its the perfect height, super comfortable, sturdy and adorable. After 3 years of heavy use it’s still in great shape and shows no further wear. Seriously, it is a near flawless chair.
Over the course of these 3 years I have gone through a number of chairs. Cheap desk chairs, a pretty mid-century side chair and most recently an expensive replica desk chair. And through all of these I have whined and complained. None of them compared to Jared’s chair. We searched and searched and have never been able to find another chair like it. Until a few weeks ago.
On ebay, Jared found a mid-century desk chair. Chrome base, check. Upholstered, check. Good condition, check. Doesn’t need a lot of immediate work, check. Affordable, check. Looks comfy, check. As an early anniversary gift he bid on it for me and won. About a week later a HUGE box appeared on the doorstep. It took me about 30 minutes to put together (most of that time was spent looking for the screws).
And now I find myself blogging from my new, beautiful, COMFORTABLE chair. It has no arms, which is perfect for me since I squirm and tend to sit with my legs up, crossed, kneel and sit ways that are typically unconventional while working. I love it. I’m finally content with a chair.
I have a new favorite mug. If you didn’t know, I have a thing for mugs. They are my favorite vacation souvenir and I can’t resist cute vintage mugs when I run across them. This one has been my favorite lately. Here are a few other things that made me smile this week…
Hope your week is off to a good start! Happy Monday!
Welcome to my newest interview series! This one is a little different. Let me tell you how it works. I am asking some of my favorite bloggers and artisans to describe their most perfect day by answering a simple series of questions. It can be a fantasy day, or a very realistic day. They can be as elaborate and descriptive or simple with their answers. I think it’s going to be really fun!
Our first splendid day comes from Amanda of Rust Belt Threads Vintage (and her charming feline companion, Toulouse).
What time of year is it?
Summertime in Buffalo, sometime in July. My husband and I got married last July and both of our birthdays are in the month, so it’s always a fun time of the year. Plus Buffalo has the best summers.
Where would you be/go? What would you do?
My perfect day would be waking up, eating a homemade pancake breakfast, and heading out to several estate sales and thrifts. I always love going to estate sales in the summer, because there are more to visit and better pickings. Also when driving out to the burbs or the country for a sale, you’re always bound to find a garage sale or two. Once I’m all thrifted out, I would head to either my favorite Buffalo dinner, Amy’s Place, for a tasty lentil sandwich, or to Vera’s to get a classic cocktail and share a margarita pizza with my husband. The evening would be spent either having a potluck picnic at my house with friends, where we stay up too late hanging out under the stars.
What would you wear?
Since it’s summer, I definitely would choose a simple cotton vintage sundress from my personal collection paired with some flats. There’s nothing better then slipping on a dress and flats and heading out the door.
Thanks so much Amanda! Rust Belt Threads has an amazing selection of vintage apparel and home goods. Since it’s all vintage, you never know what Amanda is going to find next! Here are some of my spring-inspired favorites…
Stay tuned for more editions of One Splendid Day this spring and summer! I’m off to a cookout with my Grandparents on this lovely Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
How stunning is this dress? I just about fell out of my seat when I saw it. Salmon, Taupe and Gold? A gorgeous oversized floral? A perfectly tailored a-line shape with beautiful box pleats? Yes please! Ugh… further proofs they just don’t make them like they used to. Find this dress and more over at Dear Golden Vintage.
Images courtesy of Dear Golden Vintage.
Remember that mid-century ottoman I bought for $3? When we found it the legs were pretty beat up, the fabric was dated and musty and the cobalt blue was just a little too loud for our bedroom. But the ‘bones’ were sturdy and the price was right so it ended up in our Mini. A little bit of elbow grease and 1 fat yard of black linen later, it’s now the perfect beside table for our bed (the super-low-to-the-ground Malm from Ikea).
It’s much more minimal and we let the beautiful shape of the tapered legs do the talking. I spent a couple of hours on a Saturday cleaning the legs up using this tutorial from awhile back. I used a beautiful organic black linen ($15) from Avisa Organics for the simple upholstery job (pinned and sewed the corners and stapled under the bottom, it took about an hour). I finished by steaming the top and sides to remove any leftover wrinkles and give it a nice crisp finish.
I wanted it to be stiff enough to support a lamp or glass of water so I skipped adding batting or foam. I love how wide the top is. It’s a great place to stack my magazine collection to browse before tucking in for the night. And a little farm crate underneath holds more unsightly necessities.
I think it turned our perfectly lovely. And not too shabby for a project that cost less than $20 (of course I had the staple gun and products for the stripping process from previous projects). I still need to find an over-sized piece of art or SOMETHING to hang above the headboard. And I think we’re going to head in a very neutral place going forward (black, white, wood. etc).