Drab to Fab! Living Room Redesign

I love love love to share my own house when I can. Sometimes I feel so busy focusing on others houses that mine gets neglected! Ahh! I have to say have a robot vacuum has saved my life, in a world of endless dog fur! Finally we were able to finish the neutral grey paint in the living room and really spruce up the decor pieces with some real vintage fun.

Before:

Now don’t get me wrong, I love yellow and really contemplated keeping the yellow walls. The downfall? It’s hard to stay neutral with such a bright color on the walls. Also the previous owner didn’t spend the big bucks on the high quality paint and it started to wear pretty fast with the one-year-old and two big dogs in the house.

Now it’s pretty obvious that this room was void of all style previously. Worn couches and bland furniture and literally no decor at all. With such a warm room, I mean look at that bay window, the lack of style sucked all character right out of the house. The most I can say is that it was clean…

Once again can we say blahhhh. Also check out those folding doors in the back! Yeah I took those off basically day one. Our house is a classic New England Cape Cod style, with character intrinsic to the build. However, the lack of decor and the drab furniture made it look so bland.

After:

Ta-da!We added the neutral grey paint but kept the pops of yellow in the room to brighten things up, since the room already gets loads of natural light. I threw in some modern decor pieces in the oar and porthole-esque mirror. Of course I added a lot of vintage pieces to makes things look a little more unique and authentic. Here’s a close up of the tall table display and wall art focal point. The print is a Refined Relics original, you may recognize from the February Heirloom Box. Such a sweet throw back, a classic movie quote print in the gold foil font. The sheet music is one of my favorite vintage design inspirations, this particular piece is circa 1920. This vintage milk bottle makes an awesome vase, this one also comes from the 1920s.

Thanks for reading as always!

Surprise, you get to PEEK!!

Okay so maybe you are like me, have absolutely no patience and little self control when it comes to mystery. I get it, that’s how I roll too!! We have been racking our brain trying to figure out how to give all y’all lovely subscribers sneak peeks into boxes that you are ABOUT to order. I know you will, so just get to it already! So here is the low down on the next THREE boxes! Yay!!

We can plan themes and the modern pieces of the boxes months out, however we LITERALLY hunt down each individual vintage piece for each subscriber. We start shopping for those on the first of every month.

I hope you love the upcoming themes! So subscribe, support and of course share that love my luvs!

 

April: Bubble & Baubles

Okay so it has been a long winter for all of us. The snow is hopefully disappearing and the sun is shining so why don’t we focus on a little relaxation. The April Heirloom Box is all about the luxury, check below for a list of items that will be included!

Birchrose Co. Luxury Bath Products MSRP $22

Feat. Glamour, Refinery29, New Beauty, Nylon, Prevention Mag, Allure, Teen Vogue

Bathroom Decor Sign Sign MSRP $17.00

Dry Body Brush MSRP $9.50

GoodJuJuHerbal

Vintage Perfume & Miniture Bottles

 

 

 

May: Fete Des Mere (French & Mothers Day Theme)

Pinky Up Peach Ceramic Tea Infuser MSRP: $26.99

French Themed Print MSRP $15.99

RainCityDesignCo.

French themed antique books & Decor <3

June: But First Coffee

Parcel Island Print MSRP $18.99

One of my favorite artisan makers! Check out her etsy at Parcel Island

 

Pantry Textured Canister MSRP $21.99

Vintage Coffee Ads & Sacks

 

Spring Theme Table Setting with Napkin Fold How-To!

Okay I think y’all know that I am more than excited about Spring! Finally my home and table setting fits the changing season too! I wanted to make a setting that was a little more unqiue and has a vintage flair to it! I love to mix it up! Also I had to say goodbye to the little vintage bunny in the picture, who ever gets him in their March box…his name is Fred. Take good care of him! Ha!

What you need:

  1. Traditional napkin
  2. Decorative carrot (I got my at my local Homegoods, the whole package was $14.99)
  3. Vintage books — These can vary in cost but these are two that I had on hand – extra vintage brownie points if they are Spring themed or children’s books
  4. Round straw style placemat
  5. Farmhouse Style napkin or in my case I used tea towels
  6. Plate

Get the look:

  1. Place the placemat at the bottle
  2. On top of placement place an attractive plate
  3. Place the vintage book open on the plate
  4. Top with napkin with carrot tucked inside (Steps to the napkin fold I used below!)

How to tucked carrot fold:

Fold your napkin in half

And half again

Take the top corner and fold diagonally. Do this two more times, tucking the triangles in as you go. Make sure you leave a little showing each time.

Fold the right side of the square behind

Flip the napkin and fold the left side in

And wa-la! Gorgeous! Now just tuck that carrot in and enjoy this setting!

Chandelier Upgrade!!

Since we moved into our little Cape Code, this “chandelier” has been driving me absolutely crazy. Even if it was broken, I hadn’t made it to it on the never ending to-do list. This weekend I finally ripped out the old dingy, oh-so-boring light fixture. While I was at it, I opted to finally change the happy yellow walls to something a little more neutral. Gray! I know surprise, surprise. Most of our downstairs is Sherwin Williams Wet Pavement, which gives us a nice cool neutral palette that we L-O-V-E. I ordered this particular chandelier from Houzz, it is the Venice Distressed Wood Chandelier, and it looks just a gorgeous in person! Bonus it was less than $200!!

 

Installation

I feel like I am a pro at installing light fixtures after my last house in Texas, but this was my first try at this place. Lucky for me this was relatively easy, and mouse poo didn’t rain down on me for a change!  After about 20 minutes trying to figure out which unmarked switch would turn the power off to the dinning room I was ready to get rolling.

We don’t have super tall ceilings and this particular lighting fixture came with a really long chain, so I did have to wind it up a bit in the ceiling. Also because I wanted to scoot the massive 120-year-old oak table a little out of the walk way I installed a anchored hook directing into the sheet rock about 8 inches from the actual wiring.

If you do choose to do your own light installation, PLEASE be careful. Messing with the wiring can be simple but it is also super dangerous!

Don’t forget, Cordelia, observing the progress from the top of her newest toy, the chandelier box!!

The Final Product

I absolutely love the way it turned out!! Of course it also called for a shuffle of some furniture and decor pieces. I can’t help but obsess over the drama and contrast that it creates against the gray paint!

Friday Favorite: Liz Marie Blog

On Fridays I like to share some of my favorites Instagram feeds or blogs. Today I am sharing one that I have become absolutely obsessed with!! Liz Marie Blog!  If you are curious check her out at www.lizmarieblog.com!

 

Authenticity

Liz Marie Blog

If you follow my posts or are a subscriber, then you are well aware of our design philosophy of Authentic Design. I think that Liz’s home probably represents the best example of this I have found thus far. You can follow her on her journey as she restores her 1800s farmhouse in Michigan. Her vintage finds are absolutely gorgeous and are truly unique.

 

Neutral & Gorgeous

If you happen to check out Liz’s website or her instagram feed you can’t help but notice how she truly takes the neutral modern farmhouse palette and perfects it. She uses an abundance of white, off-white an beige to really make this look pop without risking being bland. Now this is a huge issue I see with the modern farmhouse lovers out there. I am generally left there rubbing my eyes from an all out assault of white, a complete white-out if you will. I’m am generally, totally over it. But Liz is an exception. She makes it work without over doing it. Why might you ask?? Because she is truly authentic in her design strategy. Unlike many who share their admittedly drool-worthy homes on social media, I don’t feel like Liz’s home blends in or looks like every other social media farmhouse guru. It makes me want to keep coming back to her posts over and over again to see what gorgeous goodies she has come up with.

 

More to come…

Like many of us chasing home decor perfection, Liz’s home is in a constant state of transition. Follow her on her journey as she beautifully and dutifully restores her home with a style all her own.

Vintage Finds: Milk Glass & D. Porthault Tea Towels

Hey there everyone! We are packed to the brim with all of the goodies for February’s Heirloom Box! As we get ready to say goodbye to some of our favorite pieces that we have picked up over the last month, we wanted to highlight a staple of this months box. Milk Glass!! It’s gorgeous, neutral and all the rage. If you are a subscriber then you will be receiving at least one piece of milk glass! Yay!!

 

What is Milk Glass?

Country Living Magazine – Brian Woodcock

Milk Glass varies widely and was originally produced all the way back in the 16th century! It became very popular during the Victorian area, with a resurgence in the 1950s & 1960s. Milk Glass has once again popular with the arrival of the Modern Farmhouse trend that favors white decor.

 

How About Truly Vintage Tea Towels!?

Things Most Delightful

Something we stumbled upon this time around was a handful of absolutely charming, D. Porthault vintage tea towels!! We cannot describe how exciting this find was! D. Porthault produces some of the finest French luxury linens! If you were to try to buy one of these individually you may be looking at a $30 auction price per towel! But don’t worry if you are a subscriber you may be lucky enough to have one of these beautiful hand towels all your own!

 

Stay tuned for more announcements, more vintage shares and sneak peeks into this months boxes!

 

 

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The Explanation

Each box contains a detailed explanation of each item and often a suggestion on how to style it. Previous boxes included ragtime sheet music from the Edwardian Era PERFECT for framing. Whether it is a classic 20s milk bottle, mid-century flour sacks, or antique books you are sure a conversation piece on your hands.

We Love Our Subscribers

Refined Relics is truly a passion project. We hope to be able to bring classic vintage awesomeness to all of the United States and Canada at a discount. We have unique relationships directly with Northeastern antique dealers, who allow to hand pick an amazingly curated group of items every month. This often means we have access to PRIVATE collections or previews to estates sales that are not available to the public.

 

Check out this video from our lovely and charming friend Wendy Bentley, and check out the love she had for her box last fall!!

 

January Heirloom Box Sneak Preview!

We are always excited to share our most recent release of our Heirloom Box! This month our theme is romance! We are super pumped to be able to share some of our favorite Valentine’s Day decor trends with all of our lovely subscribers! While every box is different some similarities will exist between each.

What to expect

A gorgeous teacup, hailing from the mid-twentieth century and is just bursting with old world class. The heart shaped garland is perfect for replacing your holiday decor and adding a romantic colorful flare. These hand dipped tapered candles are the perfect accent for a romantic dinner in with your sweetheart. One of my personal favorites is the antique French perfume bottle circa 1900, what says romance better than the French! Lastly, each box this month will include a Refined Relics classic movie quote print! The value of each box is over $75!

We hope you are as excited as me!

Not a subscriber, but you want this box??

Okay we’ve heard you! You don’t sign-up or you miss the deadline and still want this specific months box. Well we have the solution. While monthly or seasonal subscriber sign-up closes on the last day of the month and we will ship these out between the 15th and the 19th. If you absolutely want the box, but missed sign up please check out the rush box available on our website. These boxes will ship by months end and will be a single months purchase, without a reoccurring charge.

Valentine’s Day Decor that Has Us Falling in love

Christmas has come and gone, now you are looking forward to leaving holiday decor behind. What is next? Valentine’s Day of course!! As we push into the new year, it’s time to transition to pale pink and love themed decor. Are you as excited as we are?!  As we, here at Refined Relics Designs, have starting curating the January boxes, we have started to fall in love with some subtle, adorable Valentine’s Day trends. What are these decor pieces that have us goo-goo? Check out our list below!

Heart Garlands

Etsy: pomtree

This one is something that I think is subtle, understated and an absolute must for your Valentine’s themed decor. A perfect addition to hang on your mantel, replacing the empty space from the holiday stockings. You can really choose any color or theme for these bad boys. Of course Etsy is my favorite place to look for items like this, because I like the quality and authenticity you get with hand made items.

 

Watercolor Pinks and Reds

Refined Relics Designs

 

If you are fond of the modern farmhouse style then you may have a very neutral palette in your home. If you have lots of subtle color tones then your may be opposed to having bright pinks and reds on display. That is okay. Much like with the fall, you can still include pops of color through watercolor-esque accents. This can be accomplished through wall art, signs, pillows and throws easily.

 

Kissing booth Signs

Refined Relics Designs

These signs are adorable and super popular! You can find all sorts of these signs online, especially on surprise surprise Etsy. The one pictured here is actually a Refined Relics Designs original and we are totally feeling it this year. Extra points if you actually found a truly vintage sign, I never have!!

 

Rose Gold Anything

Easy: TheFulfilledShop

Okay I LOVE rose gold for pretty much everything, but it is something that I have been seeing a lot of as we go into Valentine’s decorating. I really thinks it adds a touch of class, glamor and charm. This script style balloon makes me absolutely giddy, and I think it would make for an awesome addition for a valentines or love themed party. It’s available on Etsy of course!

 

Blush

Refined Relics Designs

Now this blush color isn’t only for Valentine’s Day, it is a wonderful color all year round. I like to think of it as the grownups coral! It adds a nice romantic feel and cozy accent to any room. It is wonderful on a throw or accent pillow for a little extra glamor or drama in your decor.

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