After browsing pinterest, I see that I am lacking something very important in my kitchen, vintage dish towels. The dish towels that I have now are quite boring. Just a basic blue and green that I keep hidden in a drawer until I need to wipe off a pot. I think it would be great to add some vintage towels because they have so many different patterns and designs. I love how kitschy and cute they are and I think they would make wiping off wet dishes a little more bearable. They would look great hung from my stove during the day when not in use. I think they would also look great framed gallery style decorating my kitchen walls. Below are some of my favorites and click on my pinterest board to see more great designs.
adorable design, cocktail glass floral bouquet
cute 1950′s kitchen
who doesn’t want to match their dish towel to their dinner menu
how amazing are the colors in this design
love the typography and how detailed this design is
I think the sun is working a little to hard today
I am always a sucker for vintage embroideries. They are just too sweet
perfect with your morning coffee and donut
Now that I am in full-blown decorator mode whenever I hit a thrift store, vintage store, antique mall, estate sale, etc I am always on ” the hunt” for vintage art. We try to keep the price down when looking and won’t really spend more than 20 or 30 dollars on the piece. But one day when money is less of a concern I want to have a massive collection. Right now we have about four vintage pieces and they are a bit lonely and need some new friends. I have seen so many cool and unusual pieces when out and about in Austin that I would love to own one day. Below are some of my favorites from local shops in town. What I love most about vintage art is that it is usually one of a kind and I don’t think many people will have the same kind of art.
how cute is this little boy? I love his red lips and fish friend
I don’t care that this calendar is out of date. The bright colors and graphics are amazing
I am dying to bring this little guy home. The gold water bubbles makes this chalkware piece even more amazing
friends, love there big eyes and the fact that they are made from carpet
velvet Elvis that is living in a local brewery
the baby tigers even look angry
how random is it that he is posing with a giant loaf of bread?
looks like this cat is some sort of mosaic
love this velvet lady and all of her jewels
Love the bright colors in this lion portrait
Do you guys like to collect vintage art? Please send me some photos of your favorites
One of my favorite things to do besides decorate is organize. But the two really go hand in hand because I want my organization to not only be practical but also attractive looking. I must say my organizational skills drive Craig a bit crazy because I am constantly on the hunt for things. In my defense though, he gets to enjoy my crazy since we share this apartment and he usually likes my ideas in the end. I was doing a little searching on pinterest the other day to get some organizational/interior decorating ideas for our new home. Even though we have been in Austin almost three months we are stilling making changes to our apt and i am loving the way it is coming together. I can’t wait to post about all the different rooms soon. Anyways below are some of my favorite ways of organizing with vintage elements. I hope it inspires you to continue making changes to your happy homes.
I love this bathroom! The blue walls look amazing and I would love to cover my walls in vintage art if I had the space
the perfect home to organize all of my Corvus Noir Inventory by category in a vintage library card box
what a great idea to match your tea set to your chair. I love the pattern on pattern
vintage tin boxes used to hold anything. The display looks so beautiful together
would love to use this vintage locker in our office to hide all of the storage I have for Corvus Noir. All of the boxes that I have out on display
I am in the market for a vintage dresser since my Ikea one is falling apart. I would re paint the rusted areas and use new knobs to spice it up a little
perfect idea for extra storage in the kitchen and I love the way the vintage plates and tea cups are on display
would hang this vintage coke crate on the wall to house my collection of vintage animal figurines
Do you guys like to decorate and organize with vintage?
I was beyond thrilled when I scoured my own 1960′s Dorothy Thorpe glasses a few weeks ago at two different Goodwills in Texas. I think I literally did a happy dance right in the aisle. I first found a set of the letter Q and took 4 of them home with me. There were a couple of extras there but they had dead bugs in them and were beyond filthy. I decided I did not need to bring the dirt home with me. When we hit the next Goodwill two glasses with the letter C, for Craig were there and of course I snatched those babies fast. When we got home that night I hit Ebay to see if they were authentic Dorothy Thorpe and was so thrilled to see that they were! Such an amazing thrift find and each glass was only 99 cents. They go for so much more on Ebay, again a happy dance. Craig surprised me a couple of weeks ago and came home with a package from Ebay with a set of 4 glasses with the letter L. I keep one of those glasses by my desk so I can look at it every day.
am on the hunt to find two more C’s so they are equal to my L’s
these were meant for me, don’t you think?
the letter Q has no meaning to me but I would love to collect the entire alphabet
perfect for a jewelry like myself, always remember quality control before you ship out a design
our initials, don’t they look sweet together?
the collection displayed on our shelf in the kitchen. I have a few other different collections that I cropped from the photo of non Dorothy glasses. Will be doing another post on those in the future
I think I have said this many times before but I love Pinterest!. It is like a giant on line inspiration book that is broken up into
categories boards so easily for you. I always create boards for my collage posts because it keeps everything I need organized and with links as well for purchase. Such a life saver for a blogger. Pinterest is also such a great alternative to google. I find so much inspiration in it whenever i use their search board. I thought it would be fun to start a series on the blog of my pinterest inspirations and ideas. When I searched jewelry organization so many pins came up with such thoughtful ideas. I am really feeling motivated to clean up and organize the jewelry in my closet.
this ceramic hand is the perfect holder for rings and also fun to look at on your dresser
the tiny hooks are great for hanging any type of jewelry and I love how it breaks it up into compartments as well
amazing jewelry wall. all of the different styles mixed with a vintage tray filled with perfume. So nice and girly
the cutest deer plate and multi functional too for holding all kinds of jewelry
vintage plates are not only beautiful to look at but makes jewelry organization much more fun
color coordinating your jewelry trays makes your baubles burst with color, love this!
love this collection of jewelry knobs. I have hooks hanging in my closet that are not this pretty!
How do you guys organize your jewelry. Do you keep it hidden away our out on display?
One of my favorite things about travelling is checking out some vintage stores while away. You know me, I love to shop and I love my vintage so I always have to find some vintage destinations along the way. We hit up some fun vintage stores in both Memphis and Dallas. I allowed myself to buy one thing, a leather purse from the 80′s and I took a lot of pictures. When shopping, I am not only on the look out for vintage clothing and accessories but also home accessories as well. I am building quite the collection of vintage glassware, figurines, dishware and just love how it adds so much character to our home.
amazing neon clock. I would love to have a clock collection gallery style of different shapes and sizes
vintage cat art
1950′s vintage poodle party
how amazing would this look in a kitchen
vintage arm party
love collecting vintage lady head vases
gone with the wind plate
my one purchase, vintage 80′s bag
love all of the colors in this clutch from the 80′s
the perfect summer dress
cool sign, great store in Dallas
I think the vintage light would scare me even as an adult
What are your favorite things to buy when vintage shopping?
I was reading my brothers blog last week, Rivington Design House and was beyond excited to learn about a new vintage artifact that I had never heard of before, the hobo nickel. You know me, I love anything and everything vintage, especially when I can related it back to jewelry. I did a little reading on Wiki to learn more about them. Hobo nickels were created and popular from the 1910′s to the 1930′s. Artists basically carved images onto nickles because they were easy to work with. Hobo nickels became most popular after The Great Depression due to the increased job loss. Hobos, men who were jobless, started to travel to look for work and created artistic coins to barter with. They could sell a coin for a meal or a place to sleep for the night. The coins had all kinds of different designs, male faces, skeletons. Much different from love tokens which were very romantic and sentimental. I did a little browsing on line to find some of my favorite hobo nickels.
I would love to find some of these coins, drill a hole into them and turn them into pendants. Don’t you think that would be lovely?