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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Midwest Field Report
Each spring I travel to the Midwest and find new places to shop for vintage items for my home renovation and decor. This year I promised myself that anything that I couldn't fit into my suitcase was off limits to purchase. That took discipline on my part. Though I took these pictures of some of the objects that I had to refrain from. Seeing them again in my photos makes me wonder who was the lucky shopper who brought these home.

Flea markets are so much fun but if the seller can’t ship then it rules out those large object. Here at second shout out shipping is easy and there isn’t any worry if the item can be sent.

My design tip: Have a shipping plan.
Enjoy this last weekend of May.

xo,

Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
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
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
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
TEAM Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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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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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

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

Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
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.

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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
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
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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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
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
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
The Writer
When you imagine some of our grandest writers, what kind of desk or table would you pair them with? A writing desk is personal, you can add your own style with unique vintage accessories that inspire. Thoughts become profound, clearly expressing them from such a personal place is a lot more interesting and fun.

Shop Second Shout Out's Antique and Vintage Desks.


This desk is in Charles Dickens’ London study. It is where he did most of his writing. It can be seen in the writer’s home/museum.

My design tip: A writing desk is for creating; a home office desk is for paying the bills and keeping files.

Have a beautiful last weekend, farewell to March.

xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
Photo source: Pinterest

 

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