Friday, June 21, 2024

5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack

Accordion peg racks are common finds at thrift stores. I probably see at least one a week at the local thrift shops. 
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
There are lots of different ways you can use this classic hanging racks in your home. Here are five ideas.
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
Use the peg reg as an ever-changing, decorative wall art piece. Add and subtract favorite items seasonally. Wire wrapped around a yellow glass bottle makes a hangable vase. The 1970 basket purse was a bit unstable on the peg so I used a rubber band to secure it. A favorite frame hangs evenly when placed on two pegs.
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
An accordion peg rack makes a great display for unframed art or photos. Tuck smaller pieces  in between the overlapping wood slats and hang larger pieces on wood pant hangers. These are all my painting practice pieces.
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
A more traditional use for a peg rack is to use it for coats, hats, and bags. It would be great in a closet or bathroom to hang favorite, frequently worn shirts.
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
The peg rack can be hung vertically and narrow wood pieces will rest on the pegs to make a display shelf. You need to use a nail or screw under one of the cross joints so that the rack doesn't move. I would secure the wood pieces with a bit of hot glue to make a perfect shelf for a favorite collection or small trinkets.
5 Ways to Use an Accordion Peg Rack
And the typical use for these accordion peg racks is in the kitchen as mug and towel holders. They look nice hanging on the wall under cupboards or above a coffee station. 

A few other ways to utilize these racks include drying flowers and herbs, hanging towels in the bathroom or outdoors by a swimming pool, displaying a vintage tablecloth collection, hang copper pots from one, or use to display a wood cutting board collection. There are so many ideas and ways to put these pieces to work in your home--be sure to pick them up when you see them!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag

If you love red, white, and blue decor for summer here is your reminder that you don't have to drape flags all over your house to achieve the festive look you are looking for. I believe flags are meant to be flown respectfully, not used as decorations. If you like to decorate with flags, that is great, I just don't.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
These recently sourced items add perfect vintage Americana style to any home. Keep reading to learn about the details on these thrifted finds.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The blue wood box is homemade and has lots of compartments in it. It makes a great display piece open, but could be set on a table closed as a lift that adds some color. The vintage white and blue tablecloth and other vintage linens add color and pattern.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The mosaic tile barn art is a nice piece of folk art. The red ceramic berry basket can be used to hold berries or flowers.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The colors in this vintage still life incorporate the summer scheme without being too literal.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
A cotton navy blue striped blanket in a red gingham lined wire basket holding a bicentennial plate and a faux red geranium all speak of summer.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
Blue tin graniteware, a gold bell sitting on red stool, vintage books all incorporate more Americana without being too over the top. Remember to have fun when sourcing new items for your home and look for things that convey the mood or theme that you want to create without being too literal. Subtle touches are better design than over-the-top.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Rustic Refined Vignette

Vignettes--if you have been here before you have probably heard (read) me talking about vignettes. Vignettes, displays, groupings, a still life, whatever you want to call them, are a simple and lovely way to bring your and your family's personalities into the home. Vignettes organize the small objects we collect and treasure and love into eye-pleasing displays that are interesting to look at. They help objects to feel connected rather than scattered about your home in a cluttered, willy-nilly fashion.

Here is a vignette I put together with recently sourced objects. While these items will be for sale in my pop-up shop, I am 'teaching" you how to create exciting vignettes. Keep reading to see why this works and how you can use these principals in your home.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Objects in a vignette should be interesting and mean something to you. They should provoke visitors in your home to ask questions and want to look more. Antiques and vintage finds, art that you love, pieces that you can't part with are all perfect for your home displays.

Start by gathering objects with a similar theme or feel. You won't use everything, you must play and edit as you go. Decide where you want to create your vignette. It doesn't have to be on a bookshelf. Vignettes can be on top of cupboards, on small tables, on a chair or bench, on a mantle. I placed this vignette on a small wood table. Because it has a pink formica top, I covered it with a deer wall hanging. You can't really see the deer scene, but it helps to incorporate the colors and texture and covers the ugly tabletop. 
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Use different materials--wood, metal, natural objects, fabric with texture. LAYER items. The art propped on the box edge against the wood blanket ladder can't be completely seen, but it incorporates color and invites you to look further.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Repeat colors and materials. There is green in the horse barn painting, in the branches, the candles, the pinecone pottery dish. This painting is a print on canvas. It is old and is by Robert Roche, circa 1960. It is entitled Saratoga Horse Haven and is more of a horse racing style. But the greens and wood horse stalls work with this more rustic style as well.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
The dark wood boxes and the lighter wood elements unify the vignette. The top on this small wood box twists and is a spice box. Sitting it on top of an old book makes it feel a little more important and not so "lonely" sitting on the corner of the big wood box.
wood spice box with a twisting lid
Brass candlesticks, a metal barrel hoop handle, a brass bell (in the small wood box) repeat the metal aspects. These brass candlesticks are very old and a real find.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Use items in an unusual or interesting way and solve problems creatively. I wanted to show off one of the beautiful pictures in this old 1958 Animals of North America book. There is a full page picture every 3 pages. The book is propped up on a wood box inside the wood box, but it wouldn't stay open on the picture side. An old wood pant hanger with advertising on it was the perfect solution. Not only does it hold the book open, but it adds another wood element.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Create loose symmetry in your vignettes. The candlesticks mimic the the upright sides on the ladder. The rectangle art and the rectangle book fool the eye into thinking that they are symmetrical. Symmetry and repeated elements keeps the eyes moving. 

The hoop handle on the small wood box introduces another shape that contrasts the square lines of most items. The round pottery dish matches the hoop handle
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
I like stuff--I like things with history, items that evoke a memory or are handed down. I love vintage art and nature and old stuff. But, believe it or not, I do NOT like clutter. I am maybe a maximalist in a minimalist way. Creating vignettes allows me to be both, to have the things but to display them in an organized way that is visually appealing.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
And my last tip is take pictures with your phone. When I first took a picture of this vignette, the table was too far to the left. I didn't see it with my eye, but did see it in the picture, oh and don't take it too seriously, have fun, add and subtract. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find

Rats, thwarted by Mother Nature again. I was all set to share an al fresco, summer table setting when big, dark clouds rolled on in. So, instead I staged this cheerful summer tablescape in our AIR BNB.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
When I think summer colors bright sunny yellow, blue, and green come to mind. Thrifted items come together with that perfect summery color scheme.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
A vintage, yellow gingham, square tablecloth with embroidered corners sets the tone.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
Bright yellow Fiesta Ware dishes, blue, tin, granite plates, and vintage, plastic, yellow cups with green cloth napkins in them all incorporate my summer color plan.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
Thrifted serving dishes add more color and a vintage, green, crinkle glass vase with thrifted faux sunflowers complete this happy table setting. 
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
I am looking forward to many summer meals on the back porch I just need the sunshine to get ready!

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Rustic Lodge Style Bench

When I purchased this piece of Ralph Lauren fabric from the thrift store, I knew I wanted to use it on a bench.
Rustic Lodge Style Bench with Ralph Lauren Fabric
This afternoon I made the bespoke bench.
Rustic Lodge Style Bench with Ralph Lauren Fabric
I first found a piece of plywood I wanted to use and then made a base for it with reclaimed wood.
Rustic Lodge Style Bench with Ralph Lauren Fabric
I didn't take any process picture, but I made the apron or frame and then stained it. I then used thick memory foam to cover the plywood piece. I secured the comfy bench top from underneath.
Rustic Lodge Style Bench with Ralph Lauren Fabric
My theme for my POP-UP SHOP this weekend is Country Cottage and Cowboy Cabin and most everything you see in this picture will be for sale.
Rustic Lodge Style Bench with Ralph Lauren Fabric

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Bringing Nature In and Lessons in Patience

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living in Montana offers up plenty of opportunities to practice patience, especially in the spring when I long for warmer weather. We are under a winter storm watch right. Yes, on May 22 we are expecting snow. It won't last long, just enough to make driving dicey over the next 24 hours and enough to perhaps break off leaf and bloom laden branches on trees and bushes.

So, I set outside to cut armloads of lilac blooms before the snow gets to them. But, the buds are not open and they have no sweet fragrance yet. I suppose it is for the best as they will probably better survive the winter storm as tight buds rather than blooming flowers.  Alas, more lessons in patience.
Bringing Nature In and Lessons in Patience
Instead, I opted to cut some branches from our Canadian Chokecherries and a volunteer honeysuckle growing in my hedge.
Bringing Nature In and Lessons in Patience
I placed the branches in a mason jar of water and set that inside a galvanized sap bucket I bought this past weekend at the flea market. I set the bucket in my front entryway.
Bringing Nature In and Lessons in Patience
They smell lovely and help to bring a little spring inside, regardless of what is happening outdoors. I am sure in a few days I will have little white petals all over the entryway floor--nature's glitter. Bringing bits of nature into our homes year round is always mood lifting and a  wonderful design choice. And hopefully, by the end of the weekend, patience will pay off and the sun will be shining on blooming lilacs.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds

I am pretty sure cottagecore is not anything new, but was alive and well in the mid seventies when I was a kid. I drew mushrooms and mice all of the time and loved thinking about forest fairies. So, putting together recently sourced items and some of my original art in a little vignette took me right back to my childhood. 
mushroom print
The red mushroom print is an original of mine. My daughter gave me print making supplies and this mushroom was the first lino block I carved. I am framing some of the prints to sell. 
Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds
This vintage crewel that I just found gives me all of the seventies vibes. The rainbow is perfect for the cottagecore look.
Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds
I found the old leather binocular case (and binoculars) at a local flea market. The case is pretty busted up, but the red interior was perfect with the other red items. I added some moss and mushrooms that I made from tangerine peels to the lid. 
Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds
The worn leather adds warmth and texture to the vignette and helps to ground it. 
Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds
The wall pocket with yellow mushrooms on it is a vintage find and is made for scissors. But, it also makes a perfect planter or vase. The red flowered quilt is the back of two 1970's, handmade quilts I recently thrifted. I am pretty sure nine year old me had a long, quilted skirt made out of this exact fabric.
Cottage Vignette with Thrifted Finds
The book the wall pocket is sitting on is a German art book, I loved the cover and I think it adds more texture to this cottage grouping.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom

Our guest bedroom has been what many guest bedrooms become--a dumping ground for this and that. Up until two years ago it had pink carpeting. This is what it looked like when we moved in--horrible vertical blinds, weird, on the wall lighting, a white and gold fan.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
When we moved in there were dolls on shelves behind plexi-glass in three corners of the bedroom. Those came out immediately and holes were filled, but not much else happened in the space.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
Then we rented out our home for one year and the renter who lived in this bedroom put a bazillion holes in the wall. Now, new carpeting and curated finds are coming together to create a guest room that will be cozy and eclectic and may look as if your eccentric, well-traveled great aunt lives in the space. 
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
The guest room is still a work in progress and the walls will get painted soon, but I wanted to share the headboard I made for the space and some of the items that are driving the design in here.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
This project started with a thrift store tapestry with beautiful embroidered flowers.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
I had an idea in my head and made a simple sketch to help the idea in my brain take shape.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
I cut the edge off of the tapestry.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
I joined together two pieces of pressboard to get the size headboard I wanted. I was going to staple on top of this pressboard and leave an edge for a reclaimed wood edge. Using spray adhesive, I secured a piece of memory foam to the pressboard. I then covered the foam with a white muslin.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
I then stapled the tapestry to the front of the pressboard along the foam edges. After finding the right pieces for the frame of the headboard and sanding and clear coating them, I attached them with screws screwed in from behind the pressboard. Using clamps helps when doing a project like this by yourself.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
We hung it on the wall using a French cleat. Before hanging it, I did attach side boards to create a clean look.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
The rug at the end of the bed, also a thrift store find, helps to anchor the bed and adds some of the colors I want to use--greens, reds, and pinks. The thrifted, velour, pink chair and the pink afghan crocheted by my grandma (who passed 38 years ago) add to the color scheme and the eccentric, great aunt vibe.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
Opposite the bed is my husband's armoire desk. I painted this green three years ago. A curated collection of art and objects add interest and curiosity to the guest room.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
I am still deciding on a wall color. We made add a wood wainscotting treatment to the bed wall as well. I will share the completed space when it it done. The headboard is comfy and is definitely a statement piece in the space. 
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom
The headboard took about two hours total to make and is unique and adds texture and personality to the room.
Tapestry Headboard for a Curated Guest Bedroom