Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Paris Street Market: September 2015

We've been busy getting ready for our next trip to the "Paris Street Market" in Littleton, Colorado, on Saturday, September 5, 2015.  We'll have some fantastic finds for you in our booth!  Plan to arrive early to snatch up some wonderful painted furniture as well as unique found items that will be perfect in your home this fall.

We can't show you everything...... but, we wanted to give you a little sneak peek!

We have one dining set with 4 chairs (one captain's chair and three side chairs) painted a warm distressed gray.  They will be upholstered before we bring them.  The dining table, with two leaves, has a beautiful wood top with the legs painted in the same gray.  You'll have to wait to see the table there.

This piano bench is also painted in a warm distressed gray.  The top opens to hold sheet music or whatever you like.  The vintage 3-drawer chest has a distressed wood finish and would work great as an end table or for bedside storage.  The fun "Antique" sign and fall gourds are the finishing fall touch.

This vintage sofa table has great unique legs and is painted in a distressed gray granite finish.  It would be perfect as a sideboard in a dining area or behind a sofa, or you could even use it as a writing desk.

Here are a few primitive pieces.  The old wood chest was possibly used as a blanket chest.  It has dove-tail joinery and was put together with hand-forged square nails which date it to the 1800's.  It has been "touched on" with love and would be a perfect coffee table.  Several of the rusty found pieces include an old tin can, a rake, and some antique wood presses.  The little wood high chair is precious too.  There is nothing quite like old wood and rust to warm up a home.

And a few more fall touches just to get you in the mood.......

Hope to see you at the Market,
Kandy and Karli

Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to Use Leopard in Your Home

I, come to find out, have inherited quite a few things from my Grandma Doris Lee (she's my mom's mom). From her I witnessed the joy to be found in hosting a great party. I love jewelry and glitz. I like to pour through magazines and recreate looks for myself. And I love leopard.

My grandma started wearing and decorating with leopard and has never looked back. I don't blame her. Leopard print can often times be considered a neutral!

When I saw the two great chairs (shown below) at The Vintage Vine, at an amazing price by the way, I knew a blog post was brewing.

Leopard Chair
How to use leopard in your home

You might be thinking to yourself...leopard doesn't fit in my decorating style. Well, I hope this proves you wrong.

Let's start small. Consider leopard pillows as an accent. Here, we're shown how leopard can add some graphical interest in a peaceful, neutral setting. Keep it simple.

Leopard Pillow
Photo Courtesy of Arianna Belle
Or in this case, the pillows are in a very bright, cheery space. Somewhat industrial and vintage in nature. They provide the eye with a soft place to land amidst the shocking orange. (PS orange and leopard is one of my favorite fashion combos too!)

Leopard pillows with orange
Photo Courtesy of Niagara Novice

Now let's move into furniture upholstered with leopard fabric. Again, starting small, this lovely little frenchy chair has been painted green and the seat has been given a fun leopard fabric. Look how this is paired with simple wood floors, a white hutch and a large print rug. This adds just the right touch of whimsy in the simple space.
leopard and green chair
Photo source unknown
Now let's get a little bigger. This is a fully upholstered chair in a preppy, feminine space. This homeowner is not afraid to have some fun with her décor and doesn't take herself too seriously. I love the orange bench, all the wood tones and the touches of black. Again, if you really look at this picture, the leopard almost recedes in the space and just reads as a neutral color in the corner of the room.

How to use leopard in your home
Photo Courtesy of My Domaine
Let's end this leopard party with two of my personal favorite examples. I think these are probably the most realistic ways to use leopard chairs based on how I decorate my own home and the style I know many of my friends are going for.

The first is an example of how you'd use two leopard arm chairs in a seating area in a living room. The beauty of the two chairs we have at the store right now is (besides the price!) that they are a matched set. They are begging to be used together. Imagine the space below with the second chair and perhaps a little loveseat in your front sitting room. All that white is the perfect backdrop for some really funky chairs!
Leopard chair around cofffee table
Photo Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
And finally, what if you put the two chairs in your bedroom?! Have some fun and get a painted dresser. Make the room a little bit eclectic and boho. Like I said before, the leopard and black chairs will be a neutral in the room, so you can add orange or plum or green. Go feminine with light pink. Go bold with turquoise.
How to use leopard in your home
Photo Courtesy of Yes Missy
I hope this provided you with some inspiration! Now seriously, go down to the store and buy those chairs before I do. I think writing this post has just about convinced me to do so.  

All the best,

Friday, August 7, 2015

Brick and Mortar

Update November 2015: We are not longer vendors at the Vintage Vine. You can find us at Unlisted: An Artisan Boutique and Market. We are thankful for our time at the Vintage Vine.

Where's your store?

Do you have a shop?

Where can I find you again?

Up until last weekend, the answer to that question was, "You can read the blog and find us at the Paris Street Market once a year."

And that was a bummer. We wanted more. We wanted the chance to build relationships with our customers and set beautiful displays and curate a set of merchandise to make people happy.

And then it happened.

They say timing is everything and they don't joke! Karli started doing research into vendors like us who had been successful at opening a retail store and she stumbled upon the website One phone call to the shop and the rest is, as you say, history.

The Vintage Vine is the cutest little store located in Historic Downtown Littleton. The building itself is a craftsman style home. The manager of the store and concept, Stacey, is a hard-working, kind-hearted, keen-eyed woman. Along with Stacey and seven other vendors, we now share the space---and boy what a lovely space it is!!

We have a portion of the back room, which we share with another absolutely lovely lady named Polly. Ironically enough, Polly and her daughter share their business as well. Could this be any more perfect?!

reupholstered accent chair
So, we hope you visit the store if you're ever in the Denver area. We hope you'll follow along on the store's Facebook page and the website to keep up to date on all that latest happenings.

We are grateful. We are excited.

And, yes, we do have a store you can visit us at!

All the best,
Karli and Kandy