vintage style

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.29

Good morning all! With all of the activities that create our crazy lives, it’s hard to find time to do things just for the fun of it. These quick and simple DIY’s will treat you to a little me-time, and great pieces to show for it.

 

I’ve never been much of a carpenter, but even I could make this amazingly simple Leather Handled Cutting Board from Almost Makes Perfect. What starts out as a plain piece of wood turns into a gorgeous testament to your inner craftsman.

 

 

Another in-kitchen idea: decorated tea towels. I know, I know, how overdone…But these Confetti Trail Tea Towels on For The Makers were too cute to pass up. What an easy way to add some color and fun to your kitchen!

 

 

I love mirrors–the crazier the better. These amazingly easy Salvaged Yard Mirrors by Killer B. Designs put a creative new (or old?) twist on your framing options. Who says all that junk in your garage is useless?

 

 

I still really can’t get enough of terrariums and air plant vases. Pile on some color with this super simple Paint-Dip Planters tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I especially love how she hung them on her wall–SO ADORABLE.

 

 

And lastly, I love the look of this coffee table serving tray and drawer from The Design Confidential.  A little more demanding than the others, after you channel your inner craftsman one last time, you’ll have it finished and ready to impress in no time.

 

 

Happy creating! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Bar Carts-A Timeless Trend

Lets talk bar carts- it seems they are an essential must have for every home these days. It’s a timeless trend that is incredibly versatile for entertaining year round. With the holiday season swiftly approaching {did I just say that?}, it is a perfect time to have your eyes peeled at flea markets, yard & estate sales for some vintage bar cart contenders. I have desperately longed for one for a while-they are functional, pretty, super chic & have limitless styling appeal. Recently on a thrifting trip with my oldest son, we found a mid-century modern tv cart in desperate need of some TLC. Immediately I knew it had potential, the sides where reminiscent of Jonathan Adler, it had big casters and the best part, it was only 5 bucks! I used a high gloss white paint, replaced shelving, primed and painted all of the hardware gold & layered in some chic and fun details, perfect for a summer soiree. My reveal is below, along with some stunning vintage bar cart eye candy that is sure to inspire you to see the potential beyond a little rust, a few cob webs & some well worn wood on your next flea market outing…..

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Dream Green DIY Vintage Bar Cart

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French Larkspur Vintage Bar Cart

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Jennifer Margolin Bar Cart Makeover

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May Richer Be Fuller Vintage Bar Cart

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Style Me Pretty House Tour From Hey Gorgeous-Incredible Vintage Bar

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Happy treasure hunting!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.15

It seems like this summer I know about 1000 people who have gotten engaged or married or are about to start a family–I’m still trying to break it to myself that I’m at that age where my friends and I could, logically, tie the knot. Whoa. Try telling me that again in about 8 years and maybe I’ll be more likely to believe it. As much as it would freak me out to even think about getting married in the near future, I have to admit I sort of really love looking at wedding blogs. So today, since it’s still wedding season for a couple more weeks, we’ll take a look at some ceremony necessities.

 

Announcing an engagement looks like one of the most fun photo shoots to do. I loved browsing through 100 Layer Cake’s engagement gallery, and these giant letters are such a fun and unique way to tell everyone your great news!

 

 

Invitations are also a great way to show some style with your announcement. Oh So Beautiful Paper has hundreds of amazing ideas on their blog, but I especially like this Modern Pink Letterpress set for its handmade, crafty, and beautiful feel.

 

 

Finding a maid of honor is either an easy decision or one where you have too many great options to choose from. For whomever it ends up being, ask them with this adorable Bestie Bubbly Box from Green Wedding Shoes. Both you and your MOH will love what’s inside!

 

 

Decorating for your rehearsal dinner or reception can often seem like a daunting task. For a summer wedding, these gorgeous blooms from Splendid Supply Co. serve as colorful centerpieces for the after-party.

 

 

And lastly, no wedding is complete with a cake. This AMAZING cake from Ruffled is one of thousands of photos you can use for some wedding inspiration!

 

 

With endless possibilities like this, who knows…maybe getting married isn’t so bad after all.

 

Have a great week!

Erin


Jennifer OBrien

15 Fabulous Ideas To Give Your Walls Instant Vintage Charm

Every year come early spring {after a long winter of being cooped up inside} I am so ready to hit any outdoor sale that will yield amazing vintage finds. It is so much fun to comb through years of history to discover a piece or 2 that you fancy & feel connected to. This summer I began bringing my 9 year old with me, who already has a well defined love of history. He has become my little sidekick and it has been incredibly exciting to unearth really cool old things together. The hunt & capture is the fun part, often there is an uncertainty of where to put these treasures when you get them home. The thing I adore about vintage styling is that there are no real rules just ways to find balance. So here are 15 fabulous ideas to incorporate vintage items to your walls that will give them instant charm…..

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1. Mix & match different genres of art with texture

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2. Use unexpected pieces as a focal point

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3. Layer vintage maps to add visual interest

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4. Use weathered materials to give that one of a kind look

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5. Frame large vintage maps or documents

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6. Layer vintage & traditional forms of art

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7. Mix vintage with modern art

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8. Use a variety of vintage items to tell a story

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9. Add an instrument & other vintage items to create a unique gallery wall Jeanne Oliver Vintage Hallway Wall Gallery{via}

10. Bring vintage details into to your kitchen shelving & walls

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11. Mix a variety of the same genre of art to bring continuity

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12. Use salvaged items to bring character to your walls

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13. Add simple shelving to display vintage collections

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14. Timeworn photos in a grouping adds a ton of visual curiosity.BHG-add vintage photos

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15. Balance your vintage gallery wall with similar frame tones

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Happy treasure hunting!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Modern Chic-A Trend to Reflect Your Personal Style

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the creative vision and voice behind the blog City Farmhouse. I am beyond thrilled to be here contributing as a Style Spotter for BHG and to be in the company of such incredible talent!

The idea of blending vintage +modern has quickly become a style trend I have fully embraced for many reasons. When I first began decorating our east coast home 3 years ago I have to be honest, I felt a little lost. I had so many ideas & styles running through my head as most people do when they buy a new home, that it was hard to narrow it down. Can anyone relate? Ever since I can remember I have had a crush on vintage, as a little girl shopping thrift stores with my mother, there was just something I felt connected to, plus it is eco-friendly, full of character & charm and who doesn’t love that. On the other hand I am also drawn to simple, clean, white & minimal. So there began my decorating pursuit to layer our home in vintage details with a clean & comfortable modern simplicity, hence my blog name City Farmhouse.

With this style trend I love that the emphasis is on personal style and originality. There are many interpretations of Vintage Modern Chic, so there is a great deal of creative freedom, here are a few tips to help you get the look…..

Add modern art to your walls or a focal point to give a fresh hip look.

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Repeat metals, textures &/or color to bring continuity to the space.

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A signature vintage piece blended with modern details, like this wall of black & white photos shows personality and makes for great conversation.

Love this salvaged door that opens to this rustic modern gallery wall and simple gray & white staircase

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Mix whites, metals and warm wood tones with vintage elements, like this cool sign.

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Introduce Lucite or other modern pieces to a rustic or traditional space to instantly give a stylish modern sensibility.

Erin Gates beautifully blends vintage & modern furnishings in her entry {shoot for BHG}

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Layer dark tones, vintage furnishings, gold & organic textures with white to give modern character & charm.

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Mix vintage pieces & warm wood tones with crisp white modern touches to create a clean & stylish space.

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Introduce rattan & mid-century modern with rustic pieces to achieve the look.

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Use vintage collections to compliment your modern furnishings.

A mix of old & new in this modern beach cottage. A vintage collection of paint by numbers gallery wall with a sleek headboard and side tables.

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Use white as a neutral backdrop for your blended styles.

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Add modern patterns, color & wood tones with white to create a comfortable & stylish retreat.

The DIY Show Off-beautiful mix of old & new with vintage modern touches that bring a warmth to the space

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Last little tip to “get this look”- have fun & enjoy the journey, let your own personal style shine through!


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.4

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I hope your long weekend is full of laughs, food, fireworks, friends, and family! Before you’re too busy enjoying all of the festivities, whatever they might be, take a look at these cuties:

 

This USA Cake from Oh Happy Day might just be the most adorable (and geographically accurate) cake I’ve ever seen. This sweet dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser that’s easy enough to make for even the most baking-illiterate of us.

 

 

I love the summery, sophisticated look of this laced back dress featured on Stripes & Sequins. Add a pair of flashy red heels and a couple red accessories, and you’ve automatically got an outfit that screams July Fourth.

 

 

If you’ve always wanted a hammock (like me), and live somewhere with a couple good trees to tie one up to (unlike me), let this Simple Summer Hammock DIY from Design Sponge inspire you to get to work! A couple yards of flashy fabric will add even more color to a blooming garden, and a space for you to relax and enjoy the summer days!

 

 

If you’re throwing a party over the weekend and need a last-minute red, white, and blue decoration idea, try this bright blue Seashell Vase I spotted on Brewed Together. Patriotic enough to stand out for the Fourth, but subtle enough to earn a permanent place in any room.

 

 

And lastly, check out this tutorial on how to make burger balloons from Studio DIY. They gave me a good chuckle, I hope they’ll do the same for you.