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Gail Smith-Peterson

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

A touch of a soft romantic pale pink changes the aura of a room. Pale pinks work so well with vintage. I love the warm faded tones. As we live these last days of August, I think of Pink as the color of luxe & romance.

Pinks are feminine yet can be handsome in a modern vintage space. This pure and the calming color has something for everyone who has a light heart & inspire a romantic spirit.
These photos are at home. A little tradition I began at home for August. I have fun adding some pale pinks to my decor to celebrate my anniversary {today} & my birthday! Being the only female in the house it makes my favorite month really special!

My favorite pink of all, my wedding dress which I designed.

My design tip: If there is a color you particularly love, however the rest of your crew isn’t on board with it everyday maybe bring it in for a short while. It will make everyone happy.
I hope your day is filled with love and a little pale pink.
 
xo,Gail
Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Pinterest Photos 8,9 & 10 by Gail Smith-Peterson

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

Keeping It Summer Simple
Summer vintage style is all about simple elements. Furnishings that have many uses, character that adds something special to our homes.

A vintage metal stool, this one belongs to me. I love using it for everything. An extra seat or to double as a table to hold milk and cookies for a little summer snack.

Some pieces that may inspire you to put on your vintage scout list!

Small vintage objects can be set on window sills and moved around where ever you want to enjoy them.

My design tip: Summer is the best time to collect items for your home that may need some painting or work. Set up a little repair station outside & enjoy the last days of summer.
xo,
Gail
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Photo source: Photo 1 by Gail Smith-Peterson 2-6 Pinterest

 

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

Vintage Transportation With Flowers
Summertime is when we get to see a lot of special vintage autos, scooters & bikes out and about. There is something about a sunny day that turns a simple drive into an extraordinary little adventure in a vintage car. In honor of August why not look at a few with some flowers!

This vintage pick-up is simply cool, I can see it parked near a dinner party with flowers & deserts on the tailgate.

A great county road marker!

At a vintage tent sale in my grove, I decorated the grill of my vintage car with a bouquet of daisies! It set the vintage vibe of the sale.

My design tip: Have some fun and decorate with some fresh flowers on your vintage auto, scooter, bike etc. next time you have a gathering! It’s a great conversation piece & memorable.
Happy August, a beautiful first weekend to you!

 xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
Photo source: photos 1-8 Pinterest
 Photo 9 by Gail Smith-Peterson

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

Quintessential Outdoor Garden Houses

Summer is the season for entertaining. Living in southern California we have an opportunity to host a lot of outdoor gatherings. Having spaces outdoors extends our footprint beyond our main living quarters. Last week I talked about charming summer getaway homes. A sweet blogger commented saying she’d love to see some outdoor spaces. Vintage of course!
I will start the gallery with my favorite space.

This is our vintage garden house. We use it for entertaining and I love that I can see it from my kitchen. It’s my favorite space. Made with reclaimed building materials.

Hear our some others I found for you. I hope you are inspired to build your own and used recycled salvage material where you can.

My design tip: Simple spaces add value to your home and property.

xo,Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
Photo source: photo #1 by Gail Smith-Peterson  2-9 is Pinterest.

 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Small Getaways Big on Charm

Summer is the season when we dream of a small getaway cottage. A vintage charmer, a little place that we could simply get away to. Here is a dozen you just might fall in love with. Just add vintage accessories and furniture!

A beautiful weekend to you,

xo, Gail

TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

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Photo source: All photos Pinterest

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Couture Vintage Bridal
Traditionally when we think of bridal, our color vision is White. Lace and satin gowns with flowing veils and beautiful bouquets. I was thrilled and honored a few weeks ago when I was invited as one of four special guest stylists for a luxury bridal runway show in San Diego, Ca. The Wedding Party Bridal Show. My assignment was to pick four models, eight gowns from groups that were offered. Story boards, complete with make-up and hair. Accessorizing our own designer couture looks for each gown. I was honored to share my vintage style brand last Sunday. A beautiful venue for the bridal industry and for Brides. My hope was to inspire them to dream the beautiful possibilities of a vintage wedding!
Here is a look at the Casual Love Elegance brides. Stacy Childers Photography who’s beautiful eye behind the camera captures all.

“Seasons”
Starting with “WINTER”

A vintage french enamel candle holder, long opera gloves, a vintage black beaver hat & heirloom jewelry.

WINTER is snowflakes, woolens & bells, I made this headpiece with felted woolen snowflakes that have tiny bells that quietly jingle like a sleigh in the snow. She has a bracelet too made to match.

“SPRING”

Simple spring nests, twigs are elements from nature. White vintage French linen cuffs embellished with heirloom rhinestone broaches for a little sparkle.

Of course the garden inspired this headpiece for Spring. I wasn’t sure how I would design and construct this, but my vision was pure spring garden.

A tiara of moss, fennel & brussel sprouts.

“SUMMER”

Summer is breezy, scents of lavender. Turning a vintage wall basket into a bridal pack with lace straps and fresh lavender was simply perfect.

A beautiful tule dress, I was inspired by our lemon grove to fill my favorite vintage french basket with lemon branches. Fragrantly elegant.

Every bride should wear something blue, this heirloom blue rhinestones were just what I needed to make a bracelet.

“AUTUMN”
A vintage bow and arrow bag filled with long stems of lovely stock, a vintage mink fur puff made the sweet luxe wristlet. Earthy twigs were shaped for her crown.

Autumn harvest comes to mind so I found the perfect white root vegetable.

A vintage white tule apron that was my grandmothers would be the perfect piece to bring elegance to the harvest.

Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons are unique, just as the seasons of life.

Stacy Childers Photographer who’s beautiful eye behind the camera captures the special moments weddings are made of.

My design tip: A Vintage lifestyle is about creating a story with objects that reflect nostalgia. Beauty can be brought to everyday life through simple pieces reflecting how we live. Style isn’t about following a trend.

A beautiful weekend to you,
xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out
Photo sources: Photos by Gail Smith-Peterson and runway photos special permission from Stacy Childers

 

 

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

One of the first pieces of furniture to be acquired when setting up a home is a table. It invites everyone to come together at one place.  Also it’s one of the most used pieces and will be keep the longest. A table isn’t just 4 legs and a top sitting in a space… It is significant. Especially a vintage table.

A vintage table hears the stories of the family and friends who have lingered there long after the meal was over and the dishes were cleared.

It holds all our firsts. First meals, First kisses, first babies, first homework, first friends & first holidays.

It also holds the warm of those who have graced it. Nostalgic moments of laughter and tears over the years, warm reminders of times we hold dear.

Your table reflects your style as well.

Simple sturdy industrial.

Primitive yet beautiful.

A little over the top and fun.
Perhaps and heirloom piece passed around the family.

One of my most treasured heirloom antiques is my grandparents first table. It is a small table with two leafs that fold down. The receipt is still glued to the bottom with their names and address. Well over 100 years old and still sturdy. A significant piece that holds our family’s stories. Someday I will pass on their sweet table to my family.

My design tip: A vintage table is always my first choice when recommending furniture. Choose wisely for a table that reflects your personal style. Don’t worry about little imperfections if it’s vintage, those are wrinkles that have been earned.

A beautiful Saturday to you.
 xo, Gail
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Photo source: All photos Pinterest

 

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Happy Easter!!  “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Simple entertaining many years ago involved gathering outdoors to share a packed meal. A picnic. When I look at old photos of my family I see those special occasions. I scope out the details in the picture to see the vintage design details. Especially love it when there is a picnic photo. Many times I have thought, we should take the time to simply throw a picnic.

Simple and inviting.

Try not to use paper or plastic.

Bring anything you like for a picnic.

A vintage suitcase can carry the picnic items, then it becomes a table top.

Vintage crates can be filled too to transport food and dishes, then utilized as risers.

A little clever shade might be useful. This can be made easily with vintage sheets.

This vintage tin is perfect for holding the sandwiches

I hope you will be inspired to gather your family and friends for a picnic.

Design Tip: There are no rules, enjoy the moment!

xo
Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Vintage Rustic Containers

Sometimes a rustic vintage container catches your eye, you pass it by simply because your not sure what you could do with it. Spring is the perfect time to plant your favorite flowers or herbs in containers. They are unique, easy and you can place them exactly where you want to see them. Shop Vintage Baskets + Vintage Utilitity and Storage + Antique & Vintage Outdoor Furniture

Vintage watering cans and galvanized buckets can be filled and placed anywhere. Drilling a hole in the bottom ensures proper drainage.

Boxes,crates and old wooden trunks make great containers. If the paint is worn and chippy with old advertising on them, even better!

A simple vintage bakers pan. The perfect little reminder its spring.

Vintage wagons are perfect for container gardening. Easy to move anywhere.

A favorite of mine are these vintage goat wagons. A little scarce to find.

Simply stunning

Galvanized buckets can be found in all sizes and shapes. Work well in pairs.

Wine barrels have great character and versatile. Dwarf trees, vegetables and strawberry’s do well planted in them.

My design tip: If space is limited, a rustic garden container is perfect. A drainage hole is essential. Simply bring the container inside for the evening if your having a party!

A beautiful Saturday to you, Happy Spring!
xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out
Photo source: All photos Pinterest

 

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

Vintage Farm Accoutrement
A beautiful old barn or a cupola with a weathervane brings upon us the image of farm or sea side living. One item can symbolize something so special. I love how one simple farm or sea accoutrement can bring a country fresh feeling to interior spaces.

Starting a collection, then simply mix weathervanes with other items you love.

Love the large scale of these.

Who new weathervanes are glamorous.

A beautiful entry featuring vintage weathervanes.

Charming

Stunning works of art, these vintage weathervanes should be seen and appreciated. Reminding us of a country life on the farm, or a sea cottage.

My design tip: Vintage weathervanes are nostalgic pieces of our history. Incorporate them in any condition to your space the older the better. Vintage ones are treasures so if you find one, don’t pass it up.

xo, Gail A beautiful weekend to you.
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out
Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

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