Category Archives: Antiques

Easy Breezy

{via Vintage Room Style}

{via DesignSponge}

{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Bohemian Vintage}

{via Young House Love}

{via Your Home Only Better}

{via Roseland Greene}

I am insatiably obsessed with vintage fans these days.  Can you tell?

I just bought a vintage/retro style fan for my bedroom.  Pics coming!

Reader Question: Mirrored Tray Makeover

A sweet Spark! reader, Elizabeth, asked about the mirror hanging in my hallway:

and I am so glad that she did, because I forgot to share its story.

A few years back, I found the mirrored vanity tray (like the one below) at a local antique store for $5.  I see them all over the place, and they are usually under $10.

The one I found was really badly tarnished and it didn’t clean up very well.  The patina wasn’t gorgeous, but I hung it in a small space in my bedroom.

By the time the hallway makeover came along, I was tired of the little tarnished mirror and decided to paint it black and hang it on the gray walls to accent the ornate “filigree” pattern and give it a fresh look.

So, I taped along the edges of the mirror, covered the mirror with two layers of paper bag (newspaper will work too), and spray painted two coats of Krylon black on the front (let it dry) and then turned it over and sprayed two more coats of paint on the back (just the silver part, not the backing!).  It was too easy!

Also, mirrors are so easy to paint because if you make a mistake or don’t get the tape exactly right, and paint ends up on the mirror, you can just take paint thinner and a rag and clean it up.  No harm, no foul!  Just be sure to wear some latex gloves when dealing with paint thinner!

When I was browsing for images, I came across this similar mirror vanity tray makeover from Miss Mustard Seed (a really cool blog):

She found her vanity tray at a thrift store for $1.50.  I love the cream version above and think that a few of those pretties would make a lovely series hanging over a headboard or settee.

So, go check out your local antique store, flea market or thrift shop for a gorgeously inexpensive and easy DIY mirror makeover!  Thanks for the question, Elizabeth!

Have a question for me?  Drop me a line: needsparkblog@gmail.com.

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My DIY Bedside Mirrors

Hi!  Sorry that I never said good-bye during my week-long hiatus.  I rushed out of the house, and never had the opportunity to “get on the grid” while on vacation.  Isn’t that the modern definition of a good vacay?  🙂

So, as a follow up to my Bedside Mirrors post and inspired by this post by the MoS gals, I share with you my attempt at bedside mirrors!  I am thrilled with the way they turned out.  Especially for $60!

I made a trip to a local antique store (Forest Hill Antiques in Richmond, Va.), and stumbled across these two mirrors:

{Stamped Syroco, tagged for $48}

{Tagged for $30}

Although they are different, these mirrors have the same look and were almost the exact same dimensions.  The finish was slightly different, but I knew that I wanted to paint them, so that didn’t matter to me.  I bought them both for $60.

I took them home and hung them in the space to make sure that they were the right scale for the room.

So, here is the master bedroom before the mirror installation:

{Ok, I moved the ugly alarm clocks, baby monitor(s), kleenex boxes, etc.,
but I just couldn’t move the Divine Miz Annie from the foot of the bed.}

Here is a shot of the mirrors, pre-paint:

I actually really loved the look of the gold mirrors in the bedroom, and almost kept them this way, but as I mentioned, the finishes were different and although no one would have noticed, it was bugging me.  But, I loved the way the mirrors reflected the light from the dormer windows across from the bed as you can see from the picture above.

So, Matt unscrewed the frames off of the mirrors for me and I went to town on the frames with three coats of white Rustoleum spray paint.  We let them dry and put them back together.

And voila:

I am really loving the symmetry, balance, depth and extra light that these mirrors provide.  What an awesome $60 upgrade!

What do you think?

P.S.  Special thanks to my sweet pup, Annie, for being a good sport during my photo shoot.  Isn’t she a cutie pie?

Spring Inspiration: A Swedish Home

Ikea, Hanna Andersson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  As of we needed another reason to love Sweden….

Well, I found one.  Check out this amazing summer home.   The home is owned by Jill Sorensen, the blogstress behind Live Like You.  This gal has it all.  No really.  She founded Marmalade Interiors (an international design firm), she started a DC-based charity that helps victims of domestic violence, she is a mother, screen writer, producer, actress, and — wait for it — a fashion model! 

Each summer, she flees the heat and humidity of Virginia to spend time at this UH-MAZE-ING lake house in Torp, Sweden.   

I love the white walls and white painted floors in the entry hall with a pop of turquoise in the chandelier and warmth on the floor from the dhurrie rug. 

The console and mirror above are amazing.  Notice the wide striped paint — the aquamarine and white contrast looks great.  The picture above the chair is of her mother in a row boat. 

She even has a chic toy cabinet!  I love the shelf liners.

I would stay in this guest cottage anytime!  I love the white with the varying shades of blue, and that sparkly and dainty light fixture.  The turquoise console is fab.

And the view, HELLO!

Her son’s room looks like it’s right out of Domino Magazine — I like the use of the white and natural wood, the light blue walls and the white drapes.  Not too kitsch or matchy.  Lovely!

I will conclude with her design credo: 

1. Good design should be available to anyone to improve the quality of their lives.

2. Great style doesn’t mean big budget.

3. Your home should make you happy.

For more pictures, check out her post on the house.  Also be sure to check out her gorgeous portfolio

{Images Courtesy of Live Like You and Marmalade Interiors}

O Jewelry Tree!

These feminine and frivolous works of art have been popping up everywhere, haven’t they?  I was lucky enough to receive a jewelry tree as a gift last year for Christmas, and I love what an easy, convenient and beautiful addition it makes to my bedroom.

I have been eyeing these amazing jewelry trees handmade from antique tableware from Found Studio (artist is Caroline from Wanderings of a Wannabe!).  Each piece is one of a kind and she has them in all different color palates for ~$45.

I also love the simply and organic look of this (literal) jewelery tree from Sundance Catalog ($40).  It would look just right in any space.

I like the vintagey feel of this iron jewelry tree from PB Teen ($59), especially the glass finial at the top.

This whimsical fairy tale jewelry holder from Anthropologie ($128) would look good without bling!  I would love to set this on a shelf in baby spark!’s “big girl room.”

Urban Outfitters has a fabulous collection of jewelry trees:

{Spinning Bird Jewelry Stand, $32}

{Spirograph Jewelry Stand, $28}

{Lace Pedestal Jewelry Stand, $18}

I really think that a jewelry tree is a NEED, not a WANT, because afterall, where are you going to put all of that BLING that Santa is bringing you?!

happy weekend

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“Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want.”

— Anonymous (although sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

[Image courtesy of Country Living]

Favorite Things Friday!

All of my guest blogging prospects were smack dab in the middle of summer vacay, or heading out for sorties to fabulous locales for the long weekend.

So, I have decided to share some of my favorites from the room of my home that has received the most reflection and attention – my daughter’s nursery.  Next Friday, we will have an amazing interior designer guest blogging about his favorite things.  Here goes:

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This bubble gum lamp was one of my first purchases in my first house.  It now sits next to the glider and casts delicately tranquil shadows on the walls in the evenings (translation, 3am).  It’s like an oversized nightlight!

I bought this little chest of drawers at an antique store while on vacation in the Thousand Islands in upstate New York.  I fell in love with its miniature proportions, worn look and beautiful glass knobs.  The mirror hanging above belonged to my daughter’s great, great grandmother.  This ensemble sits at the end of the long, narrow dormer in the nursery.

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I could not resist these feminine, fun and whimsical birdy curtain holdbacks, aren’t they sweet?  They make me smile!

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This vintage Holly Hobbie plate hung in my bedroom growing up and its matching pair hung in my sister’s bedroom.  I flanked them on either side of a great Victoria Hagan mirror that I found at Target!  It’s fun to have familiar, sentimental and adorable items in my daughter’s room.  I am toying around with the idea of buying a few more plates from the set on Ebay and doing a larger display.

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There you have it – a few of the items that make me happy on a daily basis!  As always, thanks for reading.  Wishing you a very happy 4th of July!

P.S. I thought I would include my daughter’s favorite thing too – her BFF Longley, the stuffed giraffe:

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