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The Epic Wedding Location, Ribbon Chapel is a wedding venue designed by architect Hiroshi Nakamura whose beautiful creation brings out the romantic in all of us. Located at the Seto Inland Sea Resort in Japan, the building rises above the trees with criss-crossing spiral stairs that softly come together at the top. This is appropriately symbolic for an event that’s centered around the journey, bond, and the uniting of two lives and families.

The modern-yet-minimal looking exterior plays with our perception, and the strands look as though they are floating on their own. Thanks to its transparent interior, the stunning effect not only adds to the building's aesthetic value, but is the way that the structure supports itself.

There’s the belief that it’s bad luck for the couple to see each other before the ceremony, and Ribbon Chapel seems to have planned for this superstition. Each person can climb or descend the stairs separately and out of sight, therefore keeping their good luck intact. Guests can observe the union from the yard below and later take in the view of the Setouchi Sea at the observation deck at the top of the chapel.

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Cottage Fresh
Even the tiniest of cottages is endearing. A cottage is a place to relax and have only a few things to furnish the space. There is always flowers, painted surfaces, usually white and a window or door that lets the quiet breeze in. Slip covers are a practical and lovely idea for cottage furnishings.

 

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day…. Still not to late!

Shop for this Vintage Mother's Cup here at SSO

 

My design tip: To lighten up your space for summer, think cottage fresh. Simple and cozy.

Happy Mother’s Day!

xo,
Gail
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Timeless Travelers
As we welcome May with the excitement of summer it’s time to think about adventures and travel. Packing up and hitting the road is one of the best ways to see this country. Going to places out of the way and setting up the perfect camp to enjoy the full beauty of it all, is adventurous and charming. To give you some inspiration for a vintage camping vibe I found these for your timeless travels.

Perhaps a day trip is all you need to get out of the office and enjoy your own area.

Camping has and always will be a travel experience for all ages to enjoy.

My design tip: If you’re setting up your first camper, select a theme and build around it. Half the fun is finding vintage pieces for your timeless traveler.

Welcome May; make a picnic and travel safe.

xo,Gail
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Mother's Day is approaching here's a few of our favorites at SSO.

I Love You Mom Vintage Plant and Garden Spoon Markers

Jars + Jugs

Preserved Hydrangea Mahogany

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Since Mother's Day is approaching here's a few of our favorites at SSO.

I Love You Mom Vintage Plant and Garden Spoon Markers

Jars + Jugs

Preserved Hydrangea Mahogany

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Why we love Cafe’s
Thoughts of a cafe seem to entice us. Perhaps because we know it’s a space that will be well designed and have delicious food. You know the kind, I’m sure.
Sometimes the ambiance is a bit quirky or just so creative we get distracted looking at every detail. Comfy with lots of vintage style. Those are always fun to find. The exterior alone is almost enough.

Check out some of the cafe's I'm fascinated with. This first photo is a cafe in Amsterdam and Second Shout Out sells the Industrial Hanging Lamps shown - we just love them.

 

My design tip: Take a que from a cafe, translate that welcoming feeling into the place you call home.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend,

xo,

Gail

TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

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Ceiling Medallions
More than function, lighting sets the ambiance of a room. Looking up at a ceiling seeing a beautiful medallion enhances the fixture even more. Historical homes sometimes incorporated the medallions as part of the entire ceiling pattern.  A special art, we don’t often see today.  Architectural elements like these vintage medallions are treasures, so if you find any don’t think twice about buying it!  I have a few beauties waiting to be incorporated into my projects. Check out Second Shout Out's beautiful Antique Italian Medallions.

Watch this video

Beautiful as art.

My design tip: Simple lighting can stand out with a ceiling medallion. Drawing the eye to moldings or a coffered ceiling.
 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Calabria is a peninsula in which the Apennines descend into the sea in the Aspromonte. It is bounded on the north by the Pollino National Park, which it shares with bordering Basilicata. Calabria has 800 km of shoreline; the mountains are never more than 40km from the sea.

But Calabria contains startling natural beauty and spectacular towns that seem to grow out of the craggy mountaintops. It has three national parks: the Pollino in the north, the Sila in the centre and the Aspromonte in the south. It's around 90% hills, but skirted by some 780km of Italy's finest coast (ignore the bits devoured by unappealing holiday camps). Bergamot grows here, and it's the only place in the world where the plants are of sufficient quality to produce the essential oil used in many perfumes and to flavour Earl Grey tea. As in Puglia, there are hundreds of music and food festivals here year-round, reaching a fever pitch in July and August.

Admittedly, you sometimes feel as if you have stepped into a 1970s postcard, as its towns, destroyed by repeated earthquakes, are often surrounded by brutal breeze-block suburbs. The region has suffered from the unhealthy miscegenation between European and government subsidies (aimed to develop the south) and dark Mafia opportunism. Half-finished houses often mask well-furnished flats where families live happily, untroubled by invasive house taxes.

This is where to head for an adventure into the unknown.

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Vintage Spaces
The spaces we live in are inspired by our individual tastes, surroundings and our climate.  The one common old thorn in the side, is the budget. The advantage of any budget is we can become quite clever and creative with the means we have.
Personally I live resourceful and all my projects have a tight budget. It’s all about the squeeze to get things in, that where the fun begins. Vintage living fits beautifully with those criteria. See if you can spot all the vintage elements in these spaces! Check out SSO vintage furniture and vintage accents to get the looks below.

My design tip: Vintage items if purchased at a fair value will not only retain their value but possibly may appreciate over time. Be sure to care for them properly.

A beautiful Spring weekend to you!

xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Easter
A little delightful inspiration for decorating your Spring home and entertaining family and friends.

My design tip: Lighten up spaces with fresh linens, removing anything that seems heavy.

 
Enjoy all that Spring will bring… Happy Easter.
xo,

Gail
TEAM Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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