Archive | March, 2010

Staging Vintage Collections

vintage beach sand pails displayed on a ladder

Looking for a unique way to display your vintage finds?

Grouped together, vintage objects can be transformed from interesting to attention-grabbing.  Whether your collections are quirky, sentimental, textural or simply color-driven, here’s a few display (and mounting) ideas that are easy to replicate in a home workshop.

Vintage 1940’s childrens wooden blocks are mounted on a custom steel base making them viewable from all sides.

These pairs of antique croquet posts are cleverly mounted in maple blocks painted blue.  Clustered together, they’re a super display idea for a game room. This textural and nostalgic arrangement is a great conversation starter.

Three shelves of doorknobs is a lot more than I have to show off at the moment but I have saved some of the original circa 1925 door hardware from my rug shop and this picture has given me inspiration on how to group them together for maximum visual appeal.… Continue Reading


Chalkboard Decor

metal drawer cabinet with chalkboard painted sides

Versatile pieces can be easily moved from room to room

When in the market for new furniture keep an eye out for great pieces with good bones – things that can be used in various rooms in the years to come.  Items with a touch of chalkboard have such a classic feel, mixing with most decorating styles.  This solid wood hutch features ten drawers with blackboard inserts.  Its shallow depth makes it a nice selection for the breakfast area to store extra linens and tableware.  The rustic finish gives it that vintage feel and, best of all, it would function well in any room.… Continue Reading


Sliding Door Closet Wall

sliding doors on a built-in bedroom closet wall

An elongated wall in this San Francisco condo bedroom was converted into a modern double-duty storage zone.

Opaque glass-front French-style doors painted out in white trim are what sets this closet apart and keeps the wall looking open and light. Flanked on both sides by a pair of doors, the center section contains built in drawers that rise halfway up the wall, leaving the lighted area above open for display.

A pair of sliders to the right opens to reveal more drawers, plus a flat screen television above. The design is by the award winning San Francisco duo, Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran.… Continue Reading


Retro Cottage Kitchen

shelf details in the green retro cottage kitchen

Three shades of green worked well with the owner’s collection of jadeite dishware.

When the owner of this wonderfully fresh retro kitchen bought the 19th-century house, the shelves and cabinets were a mess. She knew the kitchen needed a transformation and that green would be the color because it reflected all her collectibles.

To establish a vintage feel, celadon green for the cabinets was mixed with mint-green for the table and checkerboard floor. Then, a darker “awning” green was added to anchor the beadboard wainscoting.  All three shades worked together and because they tied in visually with the owner’s collections of jadeite glass dishware, glassware and vintage accessories.… Continue Reading