Saturday, February 4, 2017

Decorating with Old Books

Vintage Books Decorating
Collection of Old Books, Great Decor find them at RetroChalet

I just love the way old books can add a statement to a room. Here is what I did with a stack of old blue books in my country home.  I have these for sale now, on Etsy, as a five piece lot here.  The books are comprised of old books that I found in my travels. They are imperfect, and I liked their messed up look. Each has it's own character, more so, from loss of original dust jackets.

Decorating Books  Old Book Lot at RetroChalet
Buy these old books at RetroChalet

The books don't have to be in great shape to show decor ability. In fact, I think the best thing about old books is how many hands they have been in, and how often they have been read.  How many eyes have they seen?

Pretty Poppies Vintage on Etsy , Old Books
Pretty Poppies Vintage stack of Old Books here $36.50

Pretty Poppies Vintage on Etsy has a slew of old books that would make for great book displays.  Above, the lot that matches yet has very distinct vintage looking spines would look great on the mantle or in a stack on your table!  Sometimes, just one book will make a great focal point.  I simply love this shop run by Amy from St. Paul, Minnesota!

Cutco Cutlery rare Cookbook Vintage Cookbook from PrettyPoppiesVintage on Etsy

Pretty Poppies Vintage Cutco Cookbook $9.50

This cute little Cookbook above, is rare indeed.  Most likely a premium or mail away for Cutco Cutlery.  These knives are still in use in my kitchen today, and let me tell you, stay sharp forever!  The above book would look adorable sitting on the counter as a display item or conversation piece, standing up in a napkin holder! Sometimes even single books are a great statement piece.

How to Display Your Books:

Old Milk Crate great for books At PrettyPoppiesVintage
This milk crate can be used to hold various books! $42 at PrettyPoppiesVintage

I am all about repuposing and perhaps things that you would not normally consider to hold books would be perfect to display books in your home. Above, an old wire milk crate would show off a few favorite books just fine!   Directly below, an old wire basket wrapped with rope could work in with a cottage or lakefront home, showing your favorite summer reads.   Below that,  a vintage magazine rack can hold taller books and magazines.
Cottage Style Basket for Holding Books at Pretty Poppies Vintage
Hold books and more in here, $36 at PrettyPoppiesVintage

old metal wire magazine rack at prettypoppiesvintage
Magazine Rack $36.50 to hold books & magazines PrettyPoppiesVintage

Crafting with Old Books: 

CindysPaperDesigns Folded Book Art
Folded Book Art Patterns at CindysPaperDesigns on Etsy.

Here's another interesting thing to do with old books, Cindy Fisher on Etsy sells Folded Book Art Patterns for only $5. You can download the pattern and make your decorating books into something great by cutting or folding the pages into a functional work or art!

Read more about this: on iramency blog

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Openslate Collectibles Jewelry Toys Antiques

Bakelite Dangle Brooch from Etsy Openslate Collectibles

Bakelite Dangle Brooch from Etsy Openslate   $75 here

Openslate Collectibles & More!

Openslate is curated and owned by Nancy of Southeast Texas.  In this store you will find vintage toys, collectibles, antique jewelry, modern and mid century modern, in addition to other antiques. Nancy runs Openslate on both Etsy, and RubyLane. Above,  a USA bakelite brooch from the 1940's in pristine condition makes a great gift for a collector of jewelry or vintage plastics.  

vintage brooch cross jewelry whiting davis openslate collectibles
Whiting and Davis vintage cross adorned with jewels, $75 here.

Above, a gorgeous 4" x 3" Whiting and Davis vintage cross features vintage crystals.  Nancy says, "I carry a large array of vintage items including dolls, dollhouse furniture, costume jewelry, estate jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor items and much more."    The store stocks a large selection of costume jewelry, we couldn't help but notice the toys for girls and boys!

Dollhouse Rolltop Desk from Openslate Collectibles on Etsy
Dollhouse Rolltop Desk , $24 here.

We adore this rolltop dollhouse item, from the 1970's, The tiny details make it worthy of any dollhouse. Leave in it's original form or use some chalk paint, and paint it to match your doll house! It even has tiny compartments for doll house sized letters! Pull open a door with the tiny knobs! How cute is this?  A slew of dollhouse items are the shop including a miniature lamp and kitchen set!

Amazing Spiderman ColorForms from OpenslateCollectibles
Amazing Spiderman Colorforms Toy, , $32 here.

Original colorforms still unused, and stuck to the original parts. Colorforms , yes, it's true I had these when I was a child. Nothing like taking the plastic removable stick ons and making cool scenes with them. You peel them off the board, and stick them on the backdrop. 

Spider Man ColorForms

ColorForms:  You can remove them and reposition as needed. 

Made of a plastic-vinyl they somehow just stick to the cardboard backing and removing them doesn't leave any residue. They were quite amazing. Finding a set in unused condition with all parts is rare considering how much they were played with .  

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Archival: Plant Stands Vases Home Decor

Archival Plant Stand Vases Home Decor
Editor Pick:  This plant stand looks great as is, or shabbied up with Annie Sloan paint. Find it, and other plant stands at

Do you collect old planters or vases?  Etsy shop Archival has a huge offering of mid century plant stands and vases. The "Regency" style above was made out of cast metals. I used to see these all the time back in the 70's as a kind...but now finding them is getting much harder.
mid century modern plant stand, bird stands at Archival
Round Geometric Plant Stand....Find it here.

Metal Mid Century Modern Plant Stand 

Look at this great mid century modern plant stand, above.  I assume many of the all metal ones were on people's sunporches or porches, and over time instead of being refurbished were thrown out. Now with their "rustic" look they look great in a foyer holding fresh or faux flowers. I would think also, you could repaint if you so choose, but I sort of like the vintage look.  Shipping will be fair, as it's a light item, and who would have thought it would look so great with wicker?

Wicker Plant Stand  Flowers vases plant stand Archival
Wicker Plant Stand, Mid Century at Archival.

These wicker plant stands look fabulous in original condition. I have to admit, I used to turn down rattan thinking that it would collect dust. Not so, it's easy to dust and not to mention you can paint it.  If you like that whole "shabby vintage look" I've discovered a great trick  painting with milk paints. I've used Annie Sloan but others work well too. One quick swoop covers the item in most places and gives it a flat vintage look.  Now you can take a second look at wicker, and see that wood, wicker, or bamboo plant stands, planters, baskets or vases may be the way to go.

Archival Plant Stands Wicker Bamboo Photo Prop

Archival has been on Etsy since 2012 located in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Candiland Art Vintage Art Decor Upcycled

Candiland Art Candiland Vintage on Etsy
Candiland Art Find it here!

Recycling and upcycling vintage is something I've been preaching and living for years. Now it seems I am not alone!  That's exactly what Candiland Candice does with her Candiland Art  Etsy shop from Conroe, Texas. Her art is made of 100% vintage components.  On top of that, she sells vintage., so what's not to love?  Let's delve into her Etsy shop a little further.

Re-Art Horse...@CandilandArt

This horse has been upcycled into functional decor for your home. Va-va-voom that's real gold you are looking at....using snippets of paper has transformed something old into something new and functional again. A great piece of artwork for your home.
Temple of the Scorpion Goddess Mixed Media Assemblage

Mixed Media Assemblage "Temple of the Scorpion Goddess" $60

Assemblages also adorn this shop. This sculpture above is made in an antique drawer, mixed with vintage components and would look great hanging on the wall. A conversation piece at that.  You can find wall art, gift ideas and even posters of the art to boot!

True vintage can be found here as well. The following items are rare and worthy of mention.

Vintage Sinclair Lubricant Bucket

Vintage Sinclair Lubricant Bucket $125

This Sinclair lubricant bucket is a rare fine, it's an early example of Sinclair Oil Company's claim to fame.  One of the oldest oil companies, it is family owned and been around over 100 years. Finding large buckets like this that aren't completely rusted out and with good graphics is hard. Note the small dinosaur logo on the front.

Samsung Vintage Phone

Galaxy Flashback! Seems like technology is moving so fast it's hard to think of rotary phones and Samsung in the same sentence. More often than not when we do remember rotaries it's normally "Ma and Pa Bell" as in Bell System phones, those big clunky models.   Samsung was also in the running and making handset phones all these years.  This is an early Samsung Rotary Phone, rare in the sense that black and red is highly desirable among vintage and phone collectors and also on a joint note that it's called Hi-Phone most likely for "high tech" ......  
What are these from CandilandArt? Click to see
What are these? Vintage Horse Combs! Find them here.

Rusty and Crusty collectibles are a stable in this shop. A true artist appreciates the beauty in the old, worn and forgotten. Whether you browse for vintage finds for your home, or to use the items and repurpose into something else, it's worth a look see.  The collection of curry combs above were to groom horses, sometimes with the shedding blades used to rid the horse of excess hair that had grown in the winter months. Most today are a mix of plastic.

Find out more at CandilandArt on Etsy.