Many years ago I found a lovely set of vintage place card holders at a flea market in New York. Alas I’ve never used them. Our dinner invitations are of the more informal kind and don’t require carefully laid out seating arrangements. Of course I could employ them in alternative ways, say, to describe different dishes at a buffet table. Unfortunately I usually don’t think of this until after the party is over.
So they sit in their pretty little box wrapped in tissue paper, whence they emerge once in a blue moon to be admired by me. But today their moment of glory has come. I’ve decided to share them with the world – or anyway with those who care to read this blog.
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There are several kinds of kitchens. Some have every imaginable gadget to make the cook’s live easier. Some are so minimalist it’s hard to imagine they are actually ever used to produce a meal – and some are a combination of the two.
And then there are the ones that immediately make you feel at home. The ones everybody squeezes into during gatherings, no matter how spacious the rest of the house. Rarely are they flawless, but their chips and chinks and mismatched decor only enhance their appeal.
With a little imagination it’s possible to recreate this well-worn lived-in feel. A distressed cabinet or table, some vintage items hung on the wall or displayed on open shelves – be they family heirlooms or flea market finds – go a long way to make your kitchen everybody’s favorite place to hang out .
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I hope to have inspired you to add your own vintage touches to your kitchen. As always I’m looking forward to your comments!
A few weeks ago I posted some charming ideas about giving a second chance to those multipaned windows often discarded during renovation. I have a weakness for mirrors, I find it intriguing how they open new perspectives in an otherwise restricted space. That’s why the mirror window on a garden wall caught my attention. Here it is again:
The entrance to our house is a narrow walled passage, a place that definitely can benefit from a little extra perspective. I figured this would be the perfect spot to recreate this concept. Here it is – alas at the moment it is still a fairly poor imitation of the original …
The rain season is bound to start soon, and I hope the plants will grow in nicely then (and maybe our cat will even stop destroying the orchids as she keeps climbing up the tree ….). So I thought it might be interesting to post a picture every six months or so to keep track on how things are changing. Stay tuned.
Multi paned windows are a signature feature of the Portuguese colonial architecture in Brazil, they are also common in traditional farmhouses in the US and many European countries. Often they get replaced during renovation and can be picked up for a song at salvage yards.
They can be repurposed in a great number of ways, adding a touch of shabby chic to a home – here are just a few inspirations. Hope this gets your creative juices flowing.
There is something magical about vintage suitcases. They hark back to a time when traveling was either glamorous or an adventure – or both. Each of them holds their own secrets, locked inside forever, even if the keys have been long since lost and the latches snap open easily with that familiar sound.
Maybe you are lucky enough to have inherited one from a relative and know some of its history and its journeys – or else picked up a few at a flea market or a thrift shop like I did and the only clues to their past are some faded labels.
They add instant charm to any decoration and their use is only limited by one’s imagination. Not to mention that they provide great storage space.
The brown leather case on top I actually rescued from a New York City dumpster, the other one came from a thrift shop. I especially like the Cunard Line stickers on that one.