Normally, I don’t think it is a good idea to refurbish vintage furniture. Oh sure, I am all for restoration, for matching up a piece with fabric from the correct era, but I have seen some hideous Victorian couches redone with 80’s fabric that have put me off of refurbishing. And sure, experimentation with retro-mod is great, as long as I don’t have to have it in my living room.
But Jeanne Connolly does a good job.
Her “green” furniture store, Vintage Renewal, has got some excellent pieces that make me drool. I am a huge fan of her “toddler” furniture. Especially the Retro Pony Chair:
Absolutely adorable. I love those pom-poms.
Now, I am not completely sold on all her combinations, but everyone has different tastes, right? Some are too shabby chic for me, and others are just wacky. But some of her stuff hits me just right. Which for Hubs means, right in the wallet.
Shop Jeanne’s designs at her Etsy store and her website. Buy green, buy vintage, buy thrifted!
I have put my cute plastic yellow butter dish up for sale in my Etsy store, if anyone was lusting after it.
Just make sure you take good care of her. She was such a good little dish…sniff….
I was going to do an Etsy Round-up complete with multiple sellers, when I stumbled upon Fondue’s fun shop. Pam at Retro Renovation has recently turned me onto the joys of vintage wallpaper, so when I saw the offerings at Fondue, I clicked my heels together in joy.
Tissue boxes, wallhangings, and receipt boxes have been covered with the most incredible vintage wallpaper and offered up at reasonable prices. But the best, I have to confess, are the lightswitch plates. Fondue calls these KitschPlates, and they are adorable. Besides the fact that it is a brillant idea to cover a switchplate with wallpaper (something similar was suggested by Queen of Fifty Cents the other day), they have some of the greatest wallpaper I have ever seen. Forget moderation! Buy a 1950’s French Maid:
And if this isn’t enough, Fondue also has a new kid’s store, fonduejr, which is adorable too. If nothing else, stop by to see the amazing wallpaper patterns!
The first item in today’s Etsy Round-up is a great pink desk from HausProud.
At $350 it is a leeeetle to expensive for my tastes, but it is a great inspiration piece. I love the pink paint – it is exactly the same pink as my kitchen! I also love how the top is elevated off the desk base. Love it, and one to dream on. If you dream in pink, that is.
Check out HausProud’s other items, too. There are some great ones. Especially this metal tray and these great white and gold starburst slipper chairs.
The bargain of the day comes from nostalgiaemporium’s shop. This great lot of vintage 1970’s contact paper, which is just awesome. Pam at Retro Renovation got me hooked on wallpaper recently, and this contact paper gives me that wallpaper fix.
It is a pretty good deal at $12 for the whole bunch. If you had some vintage kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets that needed a little coverage, this would be perfect. Or if you wanted to be vintage crafty….
Filed under Ideas, thrifting
I know everyone uses Ebay for their Mid-Century Needs, but what about Etsy? As the owner of an Etsy store, I am always first to point out all of the great stuff on Etsy. But besides the handmade stuff, there is also large vintage section. And for something to be vintage on Etsy, it has to be pre-1970s, which makes me feel a little better when buying.
Let the fun begin!
The first item is from myohmymaggie. This totally awesome atomic wall clock. I love this, and the best part is – it has been fitted with a battery!
The next item comes from Peacock Envy, one of my favorite places to be a Looky-Loo on Etsy. Check out this totally fantastic lamp:Isn’t this the most beautiful lamp? I started shrieking when I saw it. It is totally amazing, and that shade is fantastic. I love the speckled mint green body. If I wasn’t on this crazy quest to find a lamp in a vintage store on my own I totally would have bought it.
On a sad note, I believe this lamp has been reserved for someone. Oh. A little part of me just died. My hat is off to you, Izzy. You are going to make a great purchase.
For more great vintage, check out Peacock Envy’s blog.