vintage style

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Jennifer OBrien

Reclaimed Wood — A Hot Trend & 15 Fabulous Ideas For Using It

Reclaimed wood has quickly become a hot trend in home décor that I am fully embracing. The worn layers, tones and textures can bring a pleasing rustic aesthetic to any design style. There is just something warm & lovely about each piece and each has its own distinct story. I have a little crush on reclaimed wood myself and started a collection about a year ago. I live 25 minutes from the country {North Fork } where there is an abundance of farms, farm stands, wineries, beautiful beaches, historic towns & homes and plenty of reclaimed wood. Living so close I have become well versed at scoring the best deals on wood but recently found another source that was unexpected-the Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you haven’t been go and check it out, hint-their prices are amazing! There are so many original & creative ideas out there for using salvaged or reclaimed wood but here are 15 of my favorites……

15 Fabulous Ideas for using Reclaimed Wood-BHG

1. LightingBHG Dreamy Whites-Recliamed Wood Mason Jar Light

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2. HeadboardBHG Five O Eight-Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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3. FloorsBHG Gather & Build Reclaimed Wood Floor

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4. FramesBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Picture Frames {via}

5. Wall Art-ArrowBHG recalimed wood arrows Natalme

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6. Sliding Barn DoorBHG Bob Vila-Reclaimed Wood Sliding Interior Barn Doors

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7. Ceiling BeamsBHG Recalimed Wood Ceiling Beams {BHG}

8. MantleBHG Recalimed Wood Mantle

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9. MirrorsBHG Recalimed Wood Mirror Frames{BHG}

10. Farmhouse TableBHG Recalimed Wood Table

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11. Planked WallBHG Recalimed Wood Wall {BHG}

12. Console TableBHG Reclaimed Wood Console Table

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13. Rustic SignBHG Rooms For Rent-Reclaimed Wood Sign {via}

14. ShelvingDezeen Folklore Recalimed Wood Floating Shelves

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15. Planter BoxBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Planter Box

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Amazing ideas right?!

Keep your eyes open to the possibility & have a beautiful day,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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…..

Vintage Bar Carts-A Timeless Trend

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Dream Green DIY Vintage Bar Cart

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French Larkspur Vintage Bar Cart

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Jennifer Boles Bar Cart-Emily Henderson

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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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The Everygirl-Tiffany Leigh's Home

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Waiting on Martha-Beautiful Vinateg Bar Cart Styling-Pom Poms

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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…..

15 Fabulous ideas to give your walls vintage charm-BHG Style Spotters

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