Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:44
Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Something about Autumn has us nesting about, getting cozy and preparing for more entertaining at home. Thoughts wonder a little about gifting and the holidays. Opting to use things we already have in a new way is very eco friendly. It’s cool to find a new purpose for something vintage. We are loving something all over again in a creative new way.
We love candles. Turning vintage oilcans upside down, vintage cheese graters over a lit candle are a couple of ways to see the pretty glow indoors or out. This would work with battery-operated lights as well under the graters.
Vintage sweaters made from cable knits, cashmere, cotton, wool etc. Easy to craft one of a kind pillows from the body, cuffs and waist bands for cups, candles, sleeves for bottles and vases. Add vintage embellishments and you have something truly special for your space or gifts. Use that vintage sweater your grandma gave you or the vintage one you’ve been eyeing, but it’s really not your size!
A vintage equestrian bridle. Repurposing this as a towel holder for guest towel or bar towel would be unique.
A wood wire spool, a cool vintage find, wondering how to use it? This is a piece that needs to be able to move. Installing 3 industrial wheels would be perfect. Adding a cushion for seating made with vintage grain sacks would be awesome. Raising it on legs would work well for a small bar paired with vintage stools.
My Design tip: Think about vintage pieces with new ideas for use. Be creative, if something has a story hang on to it and you will find a way to enjoy it a second time.
A beautiful Autumn weekend to you!
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