Color of the Month May 2017

May! The garden has really really sprouted and we’ve begun yard work. We’ve been chopping down scrub trees, done a bit of weeding,  and I sold my beloved vintage Knoll patio set to help pay for the new roof, but purchased another cool vintage set that folds easily for storage. Stephan dug out a new area in the front of the house and we’re working on new plans and plantings. This is the worst allergy season I think I’ve ever had but I’m hanging in there. I also just turned 40. I’m still processing that a bit, but the over the hill theme inspired this black and white and red color of the month, ha. IMG_20170501_190227 Fave vintage: thermos, graphics on the cloth box, coffee tin banks, canisters, kitschy bowling item, tiny salt and p’s, strawberry jar, and Ebonette cups n saucers. may blog Fave vintage: cute tablecloth, Knowles Ebonette dishes, red striped napkins, and a few hosta leaves for interest.
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April 2017 Color of the Month

Better late than never! Here you go April color of the month! Stephan wanted orange so I whipped up these little stylings.
April color of the month vignette! Fave vintage: mom Florida mug, juice glasses, salt n p's, pop cans, and orange mugs. Grounded on a super awesome Vera tea towel!

April color of the month vignette! Fave vintage: mom Florida mug, juice glasses, salt n p’s, pop cans, and orange mugs. Grounded on a super awesome Vera tea towel!

blog april color tableApril 2017 color of the month table setting! Fave vintage: melmac plates, glasses, milk glass cups, awesome tea pot, great tray, orange napkins, using a retro bedspread as a tablecloth for a real pop! And an artgoodies butterfly towel! #vintage #tablesett  
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I’m adding a little more color into these designer fabrics for the pillows! I started out with my traditional block prints and then designed from there. NEW 16×16 cotton pillows are now available on site for Pre-Order and ship early to mid April! 3 16x16 pillows Little Lux Mockup500 IMG_20170226_111722994 IMG_20170226_113857666 AND, NEW organic tea towels heading your way soon, soon, soon! Available to ship early to mid April as well! They will be on site in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!   2 new towel mockup BLOG    
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March Color of the Month!

Color of the month! Let’s talk green! The flippy floppy early spring feeling weather has me thinking double time about gardening! The tulips, crocus, and daffodils are starting to peek out and saying hello. We are talking about garden expansion and revamps and can’t wait to get planning and digging. So, color of the month March 2017 is green in honor of plants!
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Fave vintage: Louisiana alligator salt and pepper shakers, spaghetti drizzle roly poly glasses, mugs from Japan, depression glass creamer and goblets, candy apothecary jar, and cut glass goblet. Grounded on some plastic doilies.

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Fave vintage: square melmac dishes, milk glass bowls, straw weave tumblers, melmac platter, tablecloth, and my polka dot napkins!

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NEW designs, products, and a new place to shop my goods!

I’ve been playing around with surface design and color to bring you some new items and products. They are available if you click here on my Society6 shop.  You can purchase everything from: mugs, pillows, zippered pouches, blankets, rugs, travel mugs, phone and laptop covers and cases, shower curtains, tote bags, etc! The selection is quite vast and it’s been fun for me to create a different set of items for my customers. mugclubmix pouchesmix society6pillows
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Color of the Month February 2017!

Color of the Month February 2017!!! Valentine’s is a couple weeks away and so festive red and pink vintage seemed the way to go. Plus with everything that’s happening these days sending a little extra love out into the world seems necessary.
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Fave vintage: Homer Laughlin hemlock sugar, red salt n p’s, what’s your drink glasses-love these! Scarlet tanager glass, red rose picket fence glass, first aid jar, Valentine hankie, and red apple chalkware knife holder.

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Color of the month table setting February 2017! Fave vintage: the stunning like new tablecloth, Homer Laughlin hemlock dishes, pink depression glass bowls and oval piece, pink snowflake glasses, anchored on pink edge napkins with my usual vintage twin star silverware. Oh and how sweet is the tiny milk glass vase with trick dianthus! I did a special vintage setup so you can see it in person at @lightgallerygr this month in GR and get your hands on these pieces!

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January Color of the Month!

Wow, sorry you guys, I seem to keep getting behind on my blog posts. Hope your New Year is off to a great start! The only thing missing here this January is the SUN! How about some winter blues for this month’s color of the month! And it won’t be long until the February edition! Just around the corner!
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Still working on a project in the usual spot so here’s a temp move to the kitchen nook. Fave vintage: bubble pedestal cups, Shawnee small blue vase, bluejay glass, tulip glass, n Swiss Alpine bowl with original tag from my personal collection, the rest are available in my vintage shop! Oh and anchored by a bold vintage napkin.

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Keeping it pretty simple. Fave vintage: plastic doily tablecloth (also used at our head table at the wedding) over an aqua tablecloth, bold napkins, Swiss Chalet plates, awesome sour cream glasses, and Fleetwood fiberglass or melmac serving bowl.

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Home for the Holidays 2016 edition

Oops, I thought I published this! Sorry friends! Guess I was too busy enjoying home. This year was extra festive in several regards. Stephan and I are celebrating our first holiday together and I also put up the most vintage holiday decor ever. 3 aluminum trees, more displays, pine garland and after a long hiatus on gift giving we’ll unwrap a bounty of surprises under the tree this year. And as always I’ve got well over 100 vintage holiday items in my vintage shop so you can add to or start your own collection! 

The dining room table set with festive plaid and the displays in the background.


The great wall of all vintage holiday display! Well, far from all but it does house quite a bit of the collection!


My new display this year. I nabbed this wood shelf house at a thrifty this summer. It was dark brown, hunter green, and golden yellow…nothing a little spray paint and sanding couldn’t fix! I put my more traditional red and green pieces here and I love it!


A local photographer, Matthew Provoast came and shot some interiors for holiday. Aren’t they great! 2 of the aluminum trees are in this room, the other on the front porch.


Photo by Matthew Provoast. A rare glimpse into the other side of the dining room. This year I added garland decor on the window.


Photo by Matthew Provoast. I saved this sign a few years back out of an old barn at an old farm just outside GR. I had to borrow a van to get it but I knew it had to come home with me! Here’s Stephan and I striking a pose.


Another one by Matthew Provoast. The snow makes the color of the door pop and the arrangements I made compliment it too. Snowy front door entrance.

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WEDDING Food and Drink and more Decor!

And now for wedding food and drink and a bit more decor! We wanted to have high quality delicious nourishments for friends and family. We like good food, local food, and handcrafted food. So, in honor of falling in love over tacos we had Donkey Taqueria here in Grand Rapids bring in the good stuff! It’s a favorite place of ours, if you haven’t been there you should go! We had 2 types of tacos, the potato for our veggie friends and pork carnitas for the carnivores, plus salad, rice, vegan beans, and let’s not forget the chips and guacamole for cocktail hour. SO good! The great thing about all this deliciousness is that you could make them up just the way you wanted so it really catered to all the friends and family, from vegan to vegetarian, to gluten free, everyone was super happy and thrilled when they discovered the menu. We’re talking seconds and people admitting to going up for thirds, ha.

Thank goodness Cat took a pic of her food plate, doesn’t this look SO good! Yummmm!!! All served on vintage dishes!


Oh my gosh, I LOVED how these all looked together. Here’s a close up of a couple more neutral vintage plates, vintage silverware, glasses, and my giant collection of vintage napkins sure came in handy!


Here’s a look at one of our settings. We moved the picnic tables provided by the venue into several neat rows, styling them with vintage dishes, my milk glass vases down the middle with our home grown zinnias, and fern leaves as the table runner. It was the perfect blend of color, vintage, and woodsy warmth for our fall wedding. As I mentioned before, dishes, and all sorts of vintage props can be rented from Deanna at Gypsy Soul Antiques! We sure had fun picking out all these gorgeous pieces!!!! You’ll love working with her!

And for drink we had a couple of amazing beers from Greyline Brewery. One of the smallest yet really the best brewery in all of Grand Rapids, or Michigan for that matter. It’s run by our talented friends, there’s no one that knows beer better, a la Nate Walser, supreme beer master. If you know anything about beer you just had an exclamation point go off inside your head. Go visit Greyline and you’ll find a cool old mid century style building on the NW side with sophisticated chill decor, great food, and lots of brew to choose from! And needless to say, our beer loving friends were QUITE pleased with the drink option. We also had some wine at the wedding, and coffee served up in my grandma’s 40 cup percolator and in vintage cups and saucers. I had a pic of the little kegs inside of the vintage laundry tubs but I can’t find it! They fit quite nicely and right into our decor!

Here’s a shot of the sewing machine bar that held coffee, wine, cups, and cups for beer. Deanna and Doug created this piece just for me with vintage sewing machine tables on each end and an old door in the middle. How fitting, wouldn’t ya say!


A little cake close up, loving the doilies, and there’s a peek at the pies. I used some vintage yardage I had a bolt of for the table to add a little color and vintage style. I see the table is ready to intercept the taco goods here too 🙂 Oh and how cute is the cake on the large jadeite stand!

Now, let’s talk cake! Our talented friend Genevieve made a darling little carrot cake for us, yummy! I purchased some orange doilies made of sugar for some simple decor on the outside and used a little handmade ceramic cake topper I purchased years and years ago in the early Etsy days from a store called Melabo. Simple and sweet! In addition, Genevieve made some hand pies, oh my, SO good! They flew off the table as I knew they would! I loved having little pies at the wedding. As you may know I find pie quite sentimental, as I’ve posted before, I used to make pies with my grandma growing up and her rolling pin and pastry cutter are among my prize possessions. We also had more of those delicious apple fritter holes we had at the brunch, heaven. You should also take this opportunity to check out Genevieve’s CSA here in GR, Save the Season.  AND she’s the chef at Life Fuel, a healthy meal service here. She’s one smart talented lady!

So pretty! The jadeite stand from Deanna at Gypsy Soul is the perfect piece to display the cake!


It’s SO appropriate that the pic of these hand pies is a little blurry. They went FAST! Apple, cherry, and blueberry, that’s what my grandma used to make for us three kids. I love it so much!

Now here’s a little takeaway we made. My mom and I and then my mom and dad canned delicious little jars of homemade marmalade using my grandma’s recipe. Another little way to bring her into my day. I then cut little pieces of vintage fabric for inside the lids. marmalade And here’s a shot of our head table. I wanted something different and a little special of course. We were seated in front of the gorgeous stone fire place, bunting and a paper flower accented it while a sweet framed vintage print of 2 orioles sat on the fireplace.  I styled 2 vintage fiberglass Herman Miller chairs from home into the mix, just the right color! We had a small table we could easily get in and out of, a feature floral arrangement, and a thrifted orange sheet worked perfectly under the vintage doily plastic lace tablecloth we got together at an estate sale. Lovely delicate features setting our table off from the rest. I also styled a small table for family with a vintage tablecloth and special floral arrangements. head-table

Here’s a fave pic of us.

All in all it was the most beautiful relaxed day filled with great food, drink, dear friends, and family, and most of all love.

I adore this pic, surrounded by the beauty of nature in a quiet spot away from it all. We look forward to the future together. Growing like these beautiful trees in the ever changing landscape of life.

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