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Gail Smith-Peterson

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

7 Ways to Refresh & Re-inspire Your Home For Spring

Are you feeling blah about your home? It’s been a long winter for some of you. Windows are tightly shut, curtains drawn to keep the winter drafts out? I have put together a list of 7 things you can start on today to re-inspire you. Spring is the renewal of all the things we love, which undoubtedly includes the space we call home.

I have put them in order for you to achieve the best Aha factor!

TIP #1 ~ Rearrange the furniture. Make a plan on paper, it’s helpful to see what fit’s where.

TIP #2 ~ Remove the curtains & clean the windows. It’s amazing how different and airy a space becomes. If you need privacy think about adding a fabric shade.

TIP #3 ~ Find a vintage unframed canvas or one you already own. The subject should evoke spring. Water, floral’s or a farm etc. Something you love.

TIP #4 ~ Fresh potted greens. Never silk or plastic. Ferns, ivy, herbs like rosemary make wonderful indoor plants. They also provide oxygen to a space and are easy to care for.

#4B ~ Fresh flowers. I cut flowers from my garden. A pretty jar like this can hang anywhere.

TIP #5 ~  Lanterns and candles. Burning candles adds romance as well as a comforting light to a space day or night.

TIP #6 ~ White Linens preferably vintage for table,bed and slipcovers. They add a casual relaxing texture and the smell of fresh linens is refreshing.

Tip #7 ~ #7 Lastly pretty dishes. Mix and match your heirlooms or start a collection of vintage pieces. Light in color. Stack them on buffet, hang them as art. Use them everyday and enjoy them.

My design tip: When you edit a space and re-arrange furniture, give the space a good cleaning. The room takes on a re-inspired feeling. Try borrowing pieces from other rooms. Have fun with it.

xo,
Gail
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Photo source: Photos 3 & 4B by Gail Smith-Peterson all others Pinterest

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

Color palettes of Ink & Paper are so classically versatile. I love the simplicity & pure style. I really do think that Black is the new White.  White spaces come to life by adding some ink....

Individually a piece stands as if it was on display.

 

Loving this vintage writing desk.  I imagine an old glass ink well and fine white linen paper.

The dark black ink tone of these wood sliders and beams is stunning.

A little design secret, small spaces appear larger when painted in ink tones.

Simple black chalkboard walls. Why not spell it out!

Timeless vintage is luxurious.

A space to hang around. Now we’re on the same page!

My design tip: Add some ink to your white spaces. Furniture, textiles and accessories are easy to incorporate. Try adding a vintage piece you love.

A beautiful Saturday to you,
xo, Gail
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Enchanting Ireland ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Every year St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide. Over the years seeing images from Ireland, it has a spot on my bucket list. Today I found some beauty to appreciate and inspire us till then.

The beauty of Ireland’s countryside where it meets the sea is breathtaking.

Romantic cottages clad with stonework, painted with bright colors, thatched roofs & the lushest gardens imaginable.

This oval shaped country house is truly a piece of art.

A rural country house just says home...

Amazing Irish chicken coop made with peat moss. Roofed with thatch.

Interiors are stunning by Irish architects.

A peak at a new Irish inspired kitchen. Fresh, clean with thoughtful organization.

With all the beauty Ireland has, these Irish horses are certainly to be treasured.

They are colorful Irish cob – Gypsie  Vanner horses.

Just gorgeous.

We love their Irish dogs too, Irish setters.

We love wearing something green...so we won’t get pinched!

If we listen carefully, we might hear an echo of Celtic music and the celebration at the oldest Pub in Ireland established 1198, The Brazen Head.

My design tip: The colors of Ireland reflect it’s natural beauty of the grass, sea and mountains. Using them in accent pieces will add some Celtic inspiration to your space.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
xo,Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Accessorizing The Garden

With anticipation of much needed rain here in Southern California I began to prepare my gardens for spring. Planting, trimming, weeding and fertilizing. Then crossed my fingers for rain!  While doing so, I realized a potting bench would of been very useful. I’m going to get started designing and building a potting bench this spring using reclaimed and vintage materials.

There are many types of potting benches

Some have access to running water.

Drawers and shelves for holding seed packets, hand-tools a collection of vintage watering cans would be perfect.

Potting benches are so versatile. Utilitarian and beautiful, I see them indoors as a serving buffet, desk or even a kitchen island.

It may be still snowing and you might not be planting just yet, but it’s the perfect time to feel inspired and plan what accessories you will need in the garden this spring.

My design tip: Using vintage and reclaimed materials for a potting bench is a great DIY project. Figure out what size works best for your space and have fun building a one of a kind garden accessory.
A beautiful first day of March to you, Spring is on it’s way!

xo,

Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ The Working Kitchen

There is nothing cozier than a working kitchen. A highly organized space where passion and creativity meet and prepare delicious meals. More than a kitchen, it’s a labor of love. Personally reflecting the style of it’s chefs.
Visit our vintage Kitchen+Tabletop Collection

With open shelf's everything is easily found at a glance. Almost appears.

The library ladder gives easy access to the upper shelves. Importantly keeps everything in reach.

A small scale kitchen infused with vintage charm.

Vintage simplicity and function is beautiful in a working kitchen.

Open shelves are practically a necessity. Notice, you rarely see closed upper cabinets.

Open, organized and well-stocked shelves are the essential elements of the working kitchen.

My design tip: Adding vintage dish-ware and unique items to your working kitchen will inspire a cozy space filled with culinary creativity.

A beautiful weekend to you.

xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Photo source: Photo’s 1-5 Pinterest, #6 by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

 

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

When there is brick or stone in a space think about this, does it feel instantly cozy? Maybe brick connects us to the warmth associated with fireplaces. Brick laying is an art. There are so many beautiful patterns that can create a one-of-a-kind story. Old worn brick has history and character. Using reclaimed brick or stone is the perfect way to add some history and vintage aesthetic to any project. In Southern California it’s rare to see homes built with brick. Brick or stone is always integrated into my design projects.

A brick room is old world gorgeous and fashionable.

 

An instant gallery wall for show casing beautiful objects.

Industrial chic, yet cozy.

Aged lime washed beams and white washed brick. Love the combination.

A kitchen with brick is stunning, has that heart and home feeling.

Brick is versatile, a great back drop for a huge gilded gold mirror to set against.

Perhaps you’ll find brick in your space, expose it a little bit. While keeping some of it covered with plaster, It has natural aged appearance.

My design tip: Brick is timeless. Finding it in your space is a treasure. Try cleaning it and appreciate the time that was taken to lay each brick one by one.

A beautiful continued Valentine’s weekend to you,

xo, Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Romancing The Home

A Romantic living style begins with passion. It can be true and show itself in many forms. Admittedly I’m an incurable romantic...My love for nostalgia, old photographs, family heirlooms fuel my passion towards old homes and restoration. I see every old home having a dance. A history and a future.  How we care for our homes, shows we love them. Doing simple and thoughtful things for people is showing them we love them too. Embracing my romantic style at home with my family full of boys is meaningful. It’s my way of showing my boys the softer side of life.

Romancing the home with objects we see everyday remind us of moments we’ve shared. These heart shaped beach rocks were collected by my son for me on the beach.

Flowers are sentiments of the heart. I keep a container of fresh flowers on my door always. French Enamel Container available here at SSO

In my foyer this antique urn is never bare. Tiny roses and a rosemary topiary fill it for Valentine’s

Gardening is nurturing and caring. Heirloom English roses are my favorite. Beauty and fragrance all in one. Climbing roses like this EDEN adds romance to the exterior of our home.

Preparing a little desert on vintage dishes and setting it up in our garden house for my husband is usually a little distraction from working on our house for a few minutes.

Every morning I light a scented candle in the kitchen. Glowing candles are warm and comforting. I love this heart shaped candle, we bring it out for valentines each year.

A note saying  “Go to the bench” a cold treat awaits you. Something unexpected that shows and shares a thought, I’m thinking about you.

 

My design tip: For a romantic decor infuse it by things your passionate about. Objects that have nostalgia. Collections and nature are not expensive, but priceless to the heart.

A favorite quote, wishing you romance everyday.

xo,Gail
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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Winter Whites
I love whites... I have my own specific shade that I am drawn to. I call it Winter White. The richness and textures are so romantic and cozy.

Winter is the season to enjoy textiles. Let the comfort of throw pillow and blankets cozy up your space.

A pair of vintage white skies...what a find. That delightful texture, is from many seasons on the slopes.

White birch trees have a beautiful white papery bark.

A gorgeous vintage house, I sure would love to peak inside, I can only imagine the beautiful architectural details and craftsmanship.

This would be such a cozy space to enjoy an afternoon nap.

Large windows letting the winter light in. The paneled walls are very elegant.

My favorite white is Winter White. I think it’s a vintage classic.

My design tip: Choosing white accessories for your winter spaces will be beautiful. A light feeling to start off the new year.
Have a gorgeous weekend,
xo,

Gail
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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“Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Some Vintage, Some Place Blue

Are you in love with the color blue? It isn’t for everyone, yet it is for everyone! Each shade of blue is remarkably pretty and unique. Each blue symbolizes it’s unique color.
A blue door offers a friendly welcome.

Painted walls and trim in soft blue make everyone look beautiful, in addition a  color that’s uplifting, instilling a calmness to a space.

Textiles and wallpaper in tones of blue are fresh and timeless.


Vintage transfer ware dishes in shades of pale blue. I would love a stack of these!

This is a beautiful bed ensemble, the wash of a blue light is beautiful.

What a pretty French vintage sofa, I love the simplicity of the fabric with the detailed French lines of the piece.

Do you dream all things blue?

These blue felt acorns are so adorable and delicate.

My design tip: Introducing a shade of blue in your home is helpful to keep it calm and fresh. Choose a shade just right for you.

I hope you have blue skies everyday!
xo,

Gail
Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Seasons Greetings From My Home To Yours ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

I hope your enjoying this magical season. It’s my favorite time of year. I love to see how others decorate their homes for the holidays. So since this is a near Christmas post, I thought it would be fun to share a little of our French-Nordic woodland inspired decor and favorite traditions with you!

The tree is chosen by a vote by our family. We have a little technique {family secret} how we conduct our search for the best tree!
I love how the fresh tree adds such coziness to the room right when we put it up. We elevate ours on a vintage railroad cart. This is pre-decorated!

I use fresh evergreen garlands, wreaths, and little lemony evergreen trees and twinkle lights. Glitter crowns and a carefully placed little bird for the old vintage black top hat.

Season’s Greetings hangs under dried hydrangeas, from falls last blooms.

A hand made woolen felt heart wishes all a “Merry Christmas” with some evergreens I cut from our pines.

A little gathering of angels, all different and unique just likes each of us!

Boxwood wreath and evergreens hanging in the kitchen around my vintage scale.

Each Christmas has it’s own memories; One of our favorite traditions is our Christmas Eve dinner here at home. A sit down dinner, fireside that’s true to our casual Loves elegance lifestyle. Dress code: The men can wear jeans, though must wear a crisp button down collar shirt! Something about dining by candles and the warm light of the fire make this so memorable and special.

 

Simple little stars hung in the foyer to the Boyz rooms.

I love using nature inspired elements in my decor for the holidays like this nest and birdie.

Vintage suitcases that I have collected are filled with my special ornaments and holiday decorations. They are stacked in the living room all year. Tagging them with the dates lets me know what is in each one.

Our holidays include Miss Chloe our Tibetan Mastiff. Freshly coiffed for Christmas, She prefers outside lying in the dirt! {Her coat is extremely thick this time of year so she won’t stay indoors long!} We also have a Saint Bernard puppy, Mr. Lincoln.{no picture} He will be one year soon. We love our dogs; they are a special part of our family and our Christmas memories.

On Christmas Eve my husband reads the Christmas story. Those are precious moments of stillness and excitement all in one. Christmas is magical for those who believe... I believe! I hope I always hear the Christmas bell...

My design tip: Decorating a home for the holidays is preparing our home to be a welcoming, cozy place for gatherings throughout the season. It’s truly about lovingly adding a few special touches made to share the beauty of the season with others.

Warmest Christmas Wishes,
xo, Gail
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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