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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Shimmery Gold’s & Christmas Reds
What I love about vintage ornaments is the pure elegance they have. When the gold Christmas ornaments age, they become that soft golden hue that is so lovely. Those are the vintage ornaments that I love to find.

This is a sure way to keep guests from roaming upstairs!

Beautiful delicate golden slippers in a row are a welcome place for St. Nick to leave a treat.

This simple golden hand drawn *NOEL* is charming.

Star garland in pale gold add a touch of shimmer to any space. I love to hang stars all year round!

Onto Christmas Reds ~ This is gorgeous, a pop of red in a winter blanket of snow.

Slight touches of red are pretty; they add a crisp Scandinavian feel.

My design tip: Mixing shimmery textures adds elegance to your holiday decor. A pop of Christmas red holds tradition and keeps decor fresh. Using a little of both with fresh greens is beautiful for your holiday home.
I hope you slow down, take a moment to savor the season; it’s truly a magical time of the year!

xo,

Gail

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“Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Presenting A Gift

Well it’s on! Tis the season of celebrating,entertaining,decorating and the excitement of gift giving. I like to think the gift appearance is like a gift in itself. The way it is presented appeals to our curiosity of what may be inside.
 

The thoughtfulness that goes into choosing a gift should equally continue to the wrapping and presenting.

The thoughtfulness that goes into choosing a gift should equally continue to the wrapping and presenting.

Vintage tins or boxes filled with surprises make a wonderful presentation.

Photographs and vintage papers make beautiful tags. Bows and ribbon carefully hand made with fabrics are a labor of love.

Creating a little bag with little elements glued on will be a personal touch.

Simple elements like ribbon, yarn, twine or string adds a pretty finishing touch to a package.

It’s fun to think of unexpected ways for wrapping a gift. This shirt is the wrapping and the gift tied all up and adorned with a pretty pin.
I love wrapping my gifts early in the holiday season. I seem to have more time to wrap and enjoy creating a lovely presentation.

Using scraps of fabrics and vintage jewelry is gorgeous.

Using scraps of fabrics and vintage jewelry is gorgeous.

Placing the wrapped gifts around the house becomes part of the holiday decor.

 

My design tip: Wrapping early can be fun, the gifts can become part of the home’s temporary decoration. A beautiful thoughtful gift should be worth a little extra time for a special presentation you will be excited to give.

Have a wonderful first Christmas weekend!

xo,

Gail

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Company's Coming

With the last Autumnal days upon us, it is time to gather, reflect and prepare our homes for our family and friends.

The colors of Thanksgiving are borrowed from nature. A present for our eyes and soul to experience.

As we prepare for our guests we might arrange fruits and nuts in a cornucopia like the Pilgrims.

If you were to peek in the dining room window from outside you might see the warm glow of candles, beautiful vintage dishes and linens gracing the table.

Using your most comfortable chairs for guests will ensure they stay for a long while.

After dinner I hope you have time to lounge about in a lovely worn leather chair, in a room filled with vintage books!  Simply sharing some favorite memories and being together.

My design tip: Thanksgiving should be about the grace and the meal. Simple natural elements with vintage is the perfect balance. From my home to yours “Happy Thanksgiving”

 xo, Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Vintage Door Hardware
This week I have been focused on hardware details for my custom doors. Scouting for some unique hardware is challenging, I prefer vintage.The Iron work is so beautiful, simply works of art.

This knob is from NY city schools, I would love to know the story behind this knob. Was it on a special door, or was it standard throughout the school?

These door knob sets sure look like silver to me!

A glass knob and a skeleton key is so pretty. I love to see old homes that still have these.

Love how this is used to hold back a curtain.

Have you ever been at a front door and wonder if you should use the door knocker?

Or do you play it safe and ring the doorbell!

A heart key plate, perfect for a little country door.

This lever handle is beautiful.

Iron work and weathered wood make such a beautiful combination.

The holidays are right around the corner, never to early to get some diy ideas!

My design tip: A vintage doorknocker will add character to a plain door. Glass knobs are a pretty option to add a little sparkle to powder bath and bedroom doors.
Have a beautiful weekend,
xo,
Gail
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Lovely Mirror Accents

There is something so beautiful about a vintage mirror. The missing silver of the mirror seems to become enhanced with age. Worn paint and gilding tell the story of the places it has graced.

This large 18th century French mirror hangs over my mantle in the dining room. I love this mirror and how the sunlight comes in and reflects off of it.

The way we entertain in our kitchen and dining spaces has become more elegant like a living room.

A fireside area with a large mirror is almost expected in today’s homes.

A silver leafed French mirror over the sink is beautiful.

A beautiful mirror makes this space elegant.

This large floor mirror makes the room size appear larger.

Beautiful mirrors accent a space simply with the beauty of the frames.

My design tip: In place of artwork, try hanging a beautiful vintage mirror. Be sure to have it hung professionally.

Have a beautiful weekend,

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

August is a special month...Our plans include trying to squeeze time to spend every last day at the the beach, lake or pool. Gardening till the sun goes down and wear our flip-flops with everything!

Living in SoCal we could do this at the beach when the tide was out. Love the flags, maybe its’ a special celebration!

Breathtaking!

Lovely table by the sea with lanterns and shells.

Strings of lights would be a romantic touch for a dinner party at the beach.

Simple found objects made this a cozy and special place. Lovely for a couple!

My design tip: A child’s wagon is great to transport everything you will want to take to beach or lake. Remember to have a couple rocks to hold the table cloth down!
Have a lovely weekend!
xo,

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

I had my hands filled with pretty pure white tulips, I laid them on a vintage iron garden chair, I never really noticed the pretty women’s face on the back of the chair.

 

I knew I loved this old chair for the details, but never focused on her face!

 

Love vintage garden furniture... I love how my wood pieces have become so weathered with a perfect grey patina.

 

I snipped some herbs from my garden with these old rattan wrapped scissors , I found them this way when renovating a very old house years ago!

 

Growing fresh herbs is like receiving a little love from nature!

 

Fresh flowers are so romantic!

 

This vintage french enamel water holder is perfect with some flowers on the door!

 

 

Find it here!

 
My design tip: Every day tasks large or small can be more fun with vintage finds. Garden tools and furniture will only get better with time.

What ever your space is or where you live there is always something vintage and fabulous just waiting for you to discover it!

Have a beautiful first weekend of February...
xo, Gail

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There is still time left to get spring bulbs and a few choice flower seeds in the ground for harvest between February and April

If you're on the East Coast it may be too late... : o ( but here in the West we still have a few weeks left

 

I like all flowers really... but I love the romance of a bouquet of Sweet Peas

 

 

 

Sweet Peas are really easy to grow too...love that part! A large pack of seeds will only set you back about $5 dollars. One seed packet will yield enough flowers for your arrangement's for the entire month of April and on into May

 

 

This was my "Sweet Pee Tee Pee"

 

This was my Pea structure from last year which I am using again I have moved it to a slightly different location because it just didn't get enough sun. 

My preference now is a Southern exposure but Sweet Peas are pretty hearty once they get going in about any location with decent sunshine.  Soak the peas seeds for a day or two before direct sow planting and give them plenty of water to prevent the seedlings from drying out

 

 

So what ever you choose for your garden....you can plant seeds, bulbs and bare root roses right now...

rain or shine the end result is nothing short of beautiful!

Happy Gardening

~Kelley~

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A Winter Wish ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

WINTER.... A favorite season of mine. I reminisce of my childhood growing up in the midwest with alot of snow, the sound of the large pines whistling in the wind.

How I loved the sound of a crackling fire and the glow of candles in the window of our old house on the lake.  My mom set candles in the kitchen window...

Truly a sight I will never forget...walking up our hill from the Lake when it was almost dark from ice skating, I could see the flicker of the candle in the window glowing inside the house. As if it was lighting my way home...

 

This vintage french enamel candle holder is a favorite, This afternooon I grabbed a few of my favorite vintage pieces, a cozy fur for my chair and went down to our wood area under the big pines.

 

 

I couldn’t wait to have cocoa in this pretty french cup... I gift from this Christmas from a friend.

 

Love hot cocoa... it was cold today here in SoCal so this was a perfect winter treat!

 

A pair of vintage white skates that I keep out during the winter to remind me of those fun times. My mom had a basket for skates on our porch that we just kept them in and the ice melted and dripped through the basket.

 

This pretty vintage spoon for my cocoa, a vintage clip on candle holder for a little candle glow...adds a touch of coziness for a few relaxing winter moments under the big pine near the wood pile. I relish the shorter days and love spending time enjoying the season.

 

My design tip: Relish the shorter days and be inspired to enjoy the season outdoors and indoors.  Grab some of your favorite vintage pieces, furs and blankets to refresh your decor. Adding candles and faux furs will give your atmosphere instant coziness! You will never look at WINTER the same!

My Winter WISH.... For YOU to enjoy a 2013 filled with inspiring “Vintage” beauty.

xo, Gail  

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

New Year’s Eve... Vintage Style

As we close the door on 2012 it is tradition to celebrate!

I hope you look back at the events of this year fondly. It is time to prepare for New year’s eve, a few photos from my home as we prepare!

Gentlemen of course could wear....a pair of Vintage wing tips.  This pair has sentimental meaning, they are from our wedding, The Hat box was a find from the 40’s.

 

A vintage tux with a glitter top hat is perfect for him.

 

 

A vintage silver brush that I use as a shoe brush for my gold silk slippers.

 

I will have a vintage silver tray filled with glasses for some evening cappuccinos.  I hope you pull out your vintage trays and platters for entertaining all year.

 

My favorite white vintage metal stool holds a special edition Evian water. I wrapped the seat of the stool with my favorite vintage apron, that was my Grandmother’s.

 

My design tip: Vintage fashion, vintage accouterments all tell a story about you and your style, take some time and figure out what you want your own style to say about you.

I hope you enjoy Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” my intention is to keep it light, fresh and inspiring with ideas. Vintage can be used everywhere, design, home, fashion and daily living. Thank you for visiting here at SECOND SHOUT OUT blog posts.

Have a beautiful New Years Eve! May 2013 bring Love, Good Health & Peace to all.

xo,

Gail

TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

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