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    Aug 7th, 2013

    Cottage Style

    Cottage BedroomWhen I think of Cottage Style I think comfy, cozy and laid back. But not your grandma’s cottage. A more contemporary cottage is less cluttered but still has all the cottage charm. Eclectic furniture-finds mixed with slipcovered furnture add to the casual, organic feel. It’s a perfect style for coastal living but can be found in the city as well. I was working on a photo-shoot years ago in New York City and we found an apartment on the upper west side that was done in an Americana Cottage Style. A mix of red, white and blue plaids with pine furniture and rustic, paint peeling, cupboards. We were transported to another place by entering that apartment. If I were still living in New York City I would probably have a minimalistic cottage loft. My oasis in the middle of Manhattan.

    coastal cottageIf you are looking for a more coastal look then think Martha’s Vineyard or Key West. Bring in lots of Blues, Whites, and Stripes. Add just a few nautical elements but don’t be too literal. Too much of that and you will feel like your in a theme room at Disney. Especially if you live in the city…just a touch. Select your accessories carefully and edit the room if it starts to look cluttered. The result will be a more contemporary cottage style that fits in the 21st century.

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    Mar 1st, 2011

    Tufted Furniture

    A little vintage, a little right now!

    tufted-furnitureThis is a classic look that instantly adds sophistication to any room. Robin Bruce is creating tufted furniture in a 21st Century way. Unexpected fabrics and new lines give this classic a new life.

    Robin Bruce by Rowe offers a line of tufted furniture that is affordably beautiful.


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    Sep 5th, 2007

    What is Mid-Century Modern?

    Mid-century modern is a design term applied most frequently to residential (and some commercial) architecture, interior design and furniture. Related to the Space Age, the International style and Googie, mid-century modern translated the ideology of Modernism into a sleek, cool, yet accessible lifestyle. Mid-century modernism was more organic in form and less serious than the International Style. Scandinavian and Finnish designers and architects were very prolific at this time, with a style characterized by simplicity, democratic design and organic shapes. They had an influence on Mid-century modernism in the rest of the world, including the US. Mid-century modernism has become popular in recent times, and has influenced contemporary modern design profoundly.

    Standard designers of the mid-century modern era include: Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Hans Wegner, and Craig Ellwood.

    Posted in Vintage Home | leave a comment » | Posted by Susan

    Jan 10th, 2002

    An Air Devine

    Period authenticity continues to gain prominence among historic home owners desiring to recreate the past in their homes with as many details as possible. One avenue to maintaining authenticity which is gaining popularity involves incorporating the use of restored antique and vintage electric appliances in home or building renovations. One of the few antiques that can capture the charm of the past while serving a utilitarian function is vintage electric fans. In days of old these machines were manufactured with such quality and longevity in mind that many have stood the test of time and are finding purpose once again in renovations and new homes. Antique and vintage electric fans were manufactured in ceiling, desk, and other styles including pedestal versions, making them as suitable in today’s interiors as they were during the last century. Vintage Fans, L.L.C. www.vintagefans.com specializes in reviving these examples of industrial art, which were originally manufactured from the late 1890s to the 1950s.

    Like many vintage appliances, electric fan styling followed the design trend of the day. From Antique ceiling fans with early Art Nouveau inspired design to table fans incorporating Jet Age styling, virtually any design theme can be completed with the use professionally restored electric fans. For more information contact: www.vintagefans.com

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    May 19th, 2001

    Renovating Your Old House

    By Susan Clifton

    Tin Ceiling tiles

    If you love old houses or old furniture then you need to know about Renovator’s Supply. For generations they have been helping in the restoration of old houses. So before renovating your old house visit their site for products ranging from plumbing fixtures, hardware, lighting, incuding architectural cornice and moldings.

    Tin Ceiling tiles

    I love their fabulous tin ceiling tiles. They carry 19th century reproductions that are carefully crafted from real tin. This is a look that is very popular again. I always loved the tin ceilings in my New York loft years ago.

    Tin Ceiling tiles

    Don’t forget the details.

    When restoring your home the details make a big difference. Elegant glass door knobs, brass register’s, period plumbing hardware, and door hinges. Window hardware is a must. They have it all.

    We are pleased to be a Renovator’s Supply affiliate. Click the logo for on-line shopping at www.rensup.com

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    Sep 10th, 2000

    Vintage style kitchen remodeling

    The hot trend today in restoring old homes is to restore the kitchen to reflect the period it was built. But what do you do about the appliances? There are many companies specializing in restoration of vintage appliances. Whether your kitchen was built in the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s or even the 50’s you can find the appliances needed.

    AntiqueAppliances.com has great examples of vintage Ranges and Refrigerators all carefully restored and ready for installation. This Magic Chef was built in 1937 and is an 8 Burner Gas Range with 2 baking ovens and 2 broiling ovens, a warming compartment and a high-back shelf with a fully functional “MeasuredTime” clock. Click here for more information.

    heartland appliancesBut if vintage appliances do not meet your culinary needs and you’re looking for state-of-the-art technology, there are vintage-style appliances in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Heartland and Elmira Stove Works manufacture fabulous nostalgic looking appliances in the finest quality ideal for an old house.

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    Apr 20th, 2000

    The Rebirth of the Roaring 20’s – Art Deco Design Reborn

    There is only one Art Deco. Originally known as Art Moderne and deriving from the 1925 Exhibition International des Arts in Paris, this period affected architecture, furniture, and fashion like no other era did before or after. Art Deco was born out of the revolt of the whimsical, fanciful curves of its predecessor, Art Nouveau. It was the only era to see furniture as “interior architecture”. Americans wanted a simpler, more classic form of art and architecture. This, along with the impressions of early Roman, Italian and Greek influences solidified Art Deco not just a movement, but a bonafide historical period of time. It’s span stretched from the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression of the 30’s, until 1940.

    Existing treasures from this era include the Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building, both in New York City, as well as the Park Central Hotel and the Greystone in Miami, Florida. (Ocean Drive in Miami’s fashionable South Beach is considered to be the Art Deco capital of the World with an entire district dedicated to its cause.)

    What was it about this period that makes its timeless style continuously emulated? Whatever the reason, today more than ever before, historical designers have felt a rebirth of Art Deco. Historic interior specialists are noticing a definite upswing in the market for this type of design. It’s clean classic lines, vibrant colors, and gracious forms are showing up in furniture, art, and fashion and surprisingly shows no signs of slowing.

    One of those historical interior design firms is Circa Century Interiors in Atlanta, Georgia. Circa Century specializes in the historic recreation and renovation of Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco interiors.

    Circa Century Interiors creates designs for homes, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and any other space interested in the true authenticity of the Art Deco era. Shaynee Holmes, Allied ASID, VSA, ADS is the firm’s senior designer and owner. She credits an extensive knowledge of historical interiors, fabrics, furnishings, and color to accurately re-creating these masterpieces. The firm travels worldwide for the cause of preserving or re-creating these architectural works of wonder.

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    Feb 10th, 1999

    Collecting Depression Glass

    Anyone familiar with flea market shopping has seen the collectible glassware known as Depression Glass. Mass produced from the late 1920s through the 1940s, much of the glass was given away at movie theaters, with an oil change or with the purchase of oatmeal. My mother remembers dish night at the movies.

    Recently I met Joyce Nichols at a Depression glass show and she told me a story about an old box of oatmeal she used to use as a display at the shows. The Sandwich pattern bowls were given away with this cereal. Someone saw the box and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. For the box! You never know what people collect these days.

    Depression glass was made in many colors — pink, red, yellow, green, blue, lavender and amber. There were also many patterns. Collectors today, work hard to complete their sets. You still can find this beautiful glass at reasonable prices although there are some types of glass that is of finer quality from that period that is a little more of an investment. Rare items are usually butter dishes, serving pieces, or lids. I searched for years for my lid to the sugar bowl. You can also find glass lamps.

    Many of the patterns are very deco in their styling. Mixing and matching patterns and colors can make a very creative table setting. Most collectors use their glassware. It is very durable although I admit I keep it out of the dishwasher.

    If you are looking to start a collection of Depression Glass, I suggest you purchase the book “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass” by Gene Florence. This is the guide that many dealers use to price their merchandise. It is the perfect book to familiarize yourself with the different patterns and their colors.

    Collecting Depression Glass can be a fun and rewarding hobby while adding charm to your home. Visit these links for more on Depression Glass.

    Posted in Vintage Home | 2 Comments » | Posted by Susan

    Jul 1st, 1998

    The Armoire

    The armoire has been rediscovered and re-invented. Today we find the armoire in every room in the house. In the family room or bedroom it conseals the television and stereo. In the bath, it serves as a linen closet and in the kitchen, of course, a pantry.

    But there was a time when the armoire was “the” clothing storage unit. All cultures have their version of “The Armoire”. From Mexico to the Orient, the Armoire has its place. The styles can be casual or ornate. You’ll find all types of woods, inlaids, carvings, and painted techniques.

    This pine armoire from Northern Europe, collapses to eight pieces, making it easier to transport through tight doorways, up narrow stairs etc. It was crafted with tongue and groove joints and the heavy cornise holds it together with no tools needed. Amazing!!

    In France “The Armoire” was the pride of every provincial housewife and a sign of her prosperity. Many of the antique armoires you can find today, as well as the reproductions, are French Provincial. In the United States there were many beautiful armoires from the South or maybe you would prefer a simpler shaker style closet.

    This federal period armoire features sliding trays on which folded clothing was stored.

    Today you can find many reproductions. Some are made of old wood, to give a genuine antique look. They are usually already outfitted for your media center. If a reproduction is what you want, find one with good craftsmenship. Think of it as a future heirloom.

    Posted in Vintage Home | leave a comment » | Posted by Susan