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!

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!

 

 

Friday Favorites: Five Instagrams You Need to Follow

If there are a couple things that I love it is: Friday, friends and amazing home decor instagrams. Is there anything better than perusing a well done, gorgeous Instagram? Chuck full of envy inducing gorgeous pictures or their homes or personal designs! I have gathered a list of my favorite instagram accounts that I think YOU should be following!

 

Photo Curtesy of @cottonstem

@Cottonstem

Erin seems to live a charmed life, she shares her gorgeous home and family through her beautiful Instagram feed. Her images can make me down right drool over her vintage inspired design. Her mix of shabby chic with more glamorous pieces are an obvious draw to her feed.  Her home always seems to be perfectly organized, it makes you wonder how she manages such perfection with children in toe!

Photo Curtesy of @bentleyblonde

@bentleyblonde:

Not only is Wendy a lovely person who I have had the joy of working with, her posts (or videos on youtube) are absolutely gorgeous. Her warm and sweet personality shows through in her pictures and anything she posts. She hits the modern farmhouse style nail right on the head in all of her images. Plus, you can always catch one of her haul videos to find out exactly where she got each of her pieces displayed in her home.

Photo Curtesy of @idreamofhomemaking

@idreamofhomemaking

Jessica has a beautiful feed with a neutral palette and a splash of color. I can’t help but love her true modern farmhouse style with all its rustic glory. Even with her large family she somehow manages to have the time to make her home look so picture perfect. Trust me Jessica we are all jealous.

Photo Curtesy of @purejoyhome

@purejoyhome

I think what I love about Liz Joy’s feed is the mix of images of her family, outfits and her gorgeous home. Its never boring and it’s always drawing me in. I love that she is able to mix in a lot of pink with her neutral tones, which adds an amazing famine flare to her pictures and her decor. I also have to love another colonial loving New Englander out there. Plus we both have Joy in our names!

Photo Curtesy of @ourvintagenest

@ourvintagenest

This is a popular Instagram among modern farmhouse style enthusiasts. I think it goes without saying the feed is absolutely gorgeous, I wouldn’t include one with subpar imagery. I personally love Alicia’s pictures given her use of grey throughout her home, something that I am also a HUGE fan of. She’s not scared of color, although generally on a muted scale. Something that can be missing from many of the farmhouse styles out there.

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Why?

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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!!

 

Untouched Rustic Farmhouse, Yes Please!

We all dream of finding that diamond in the rough. That fantastic rustic farmhouse just waiting for us to rescue it, or for it to rescue you. I recently stumbled on this one online and I must admit I am drooling. I am totally unabashedly, head over heels in love with this truly untouched 1890s farmhouse. When I first saw articles about this house I really got giddy and knew I just had to share! Oh what would I do if I had access to this massive ornate farmhouse.

Lets take a look at the details!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

This 4,000+ square foot farmhouse is true to the Victorian Era, packed full of incredible ornate details. Most notably the railings of the farmhouse porch exhibit amazing design.

Wholly Shiplap Batman!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

Are we seeing an entire room of the authentic whitewashed paneling we have all come to know and love, thanks to the Lovely Joanna Gaines? Yes! Absolutely amazing, such drama to this room. Although there is obviously a ton of work to be done, this room still has so much appeal.

Look at these windows!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

I am a sucker for big rooms with lots of light. Take a peek at these massive windows in this room! These windows are also pretty characteristic of the era. Big panes of windows became popular during the Victorian period, and they really shine here.

What about that staircase?

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

Now this isn’t the grandest staircase I have ever seen but It is certainly eye catching. A nice solid, appealing staircase is another must have on my renovation dream check list! I can’t have been the only little girl who dreamed about sauntering down a grand staircase as a princess or perhaps a Jedi…don’t judge me.

 

 

What would you do with this lovely home? Comment below!

 

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