Recently I was contacted by William McDonald, Co-Founder of Rug Pad USA.com, a rug pad retailer outside of the Greater New York area about reviewing some of their products on AnthologyHouse. Initially I had reservations as rug pads aren’t the most glamorous to write about however they are a necessity. Especially for my 1920’s hardwood floor home.
What sets Rug Pad USA apart from some of their big box retail counterparts is there focus on manufacturing high end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made exclusively in the USA. They specialize in offering non toxic pads so you aren’t introducing chemicals into your home.
I had been using a cheap perforated rubber pad with my living room throw rug and it didn’t offer much traction. Since this space is a heavy traffic area and I’m known for switching out rugs as much as I do pillows, I knew I needed a durable pad that would be kind to my 50 + year old hardwood floors.
I opted for the 100% recycled felt Superior Lock Non-Slip Rubber Pad and couldn’t be happier. The rug is completely secure, does not slip and adds the right layer of comfort and warmth to our space. I highly suggest this pad for your Kilim and Soumak rugs.
The other pad I needed to replace was for my 5×8 shag rug that resides in our guest bedroom. I wanted something thicker that would help with sound and provide some padding for underfoot. I decided to try out Rug Pad USA’s Eco-Solid pad and couldn’t be happier. Not only does it add a layer of thickness, it helps mask the ‘click click’ of heals that are often heard from the floor below. I would recommend purchasing this pad for those heavy traffic areas that require a little extra padding. And an extra bonus – this pad comes with a 20 year warranty!
So if you are in need of a new rug pad and value USA made products, I suggest you investigate Rug Pad USA. With a variety of eco-friendly pads, free shipping, and 30 day return policy you won’t be disappointed.
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There’s still time to shop for the holidays and I have a collection of vintage pieces for sale that are all under $50. Send your friend or family member a piece of history with a vintage cocktail pitcher, ice bucket, or dress up their mantel with a pair of Staffordshire dogs. All pieces are available in the AnthologyHouse online shop on Etsy and will ship within 1-2 business days upon receipt of your order.
A new friend of mine who I’ve quickly come to adore asked me if I would help her decorate her guest room and bring some new life to the space which as of late, has become a dump zone for her three boys trophies, footballs, games, and books. We got a good start on the room – she picked up an amazing 1920’s brass bed frame – and she started clearing off shelves to make room for some pretties until we got to talking about her living room.
After: All decor centered around the client’s family heirloom painting hung above the mantel. I incorporated yellows and various shades of blue. Couch, chair, and coffee table are client’s.
After: Blue metallic lattice pillows, AnthologyHouse. Silver faux snakeskin pillows and mirror tray, West Elm.
And that is where the guest room project ends (at least for now) and we directed our efforts to her living room. My friend already has a knack for picking up vintage treasures (her basement and garage unveiled some goodies) but she wanted a fresh eye on how to rearrange and incorporate a few key pieces in her space while maintaining the traditional feel of her early 1900’s home.
After: Vintage Italian bar cart and vintage wingback chair, AnthologyHouse. Vintage barware accessories (client’s own and AnthologyHouse). Print and floor lamp (client’s own).
Below was my to do list and the small (yet essential) accessories I picked up to bring a little warmth and sophistication to her already stylish home:
Bar Cart – Scored a beautiful Vintage Italian Cart.
Vintage Reading Chair – Found a vintage wing back chair in smoke-blue velvet.
Colors – My client loves yellow and did not want any brass. I added warmth by bringing in hints of various shades of blue. I also wanted to capture a little seaside vibe to her room as she has a killer view of Puget Sound.
Accessories – I utilized accessories she already owned by shopping other rooms in her home. Sometimes it’s a matter of relocating a book, frame, or just moving a table from one room to the next to get a fresh perspective on a space. I also shopped for some vintage pieces and picked up a couple great accessories at West Elm to balance the vintage with new.
After: Bar cart close up with vintage and new accessories.
After: Side table and floor lamp (client’s), vintage owl low ball glass (AnthologyHouse).
After: We relocated this bookcase from the other side of the room to this space next to the couch. All accessories are the client’s, it was just a matter of shopping other rooms in her home to give a cohesive look with white and aqua accessories.
After: Close-up of bookshelf. Incorporated a vintage picture with her children’s sea life treasures.
After: Coffee table styling with a mirror tray from West Elm and books, a plant, and client’s own accessories.
After: Close up of mantel with new accessories and an old family painting.
I had a blast shopping for my friend and rearranging pieces she already owns in her home. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to revamp your space. Sometimes it just take a fresh eye and a little perspective – touches of gold are not so bad – and digging through treasures you already own can bring new life to a space.
So now that the living room has had a revamp, we are getting back to that guest room and can’t wait to share pictures once it’s complete. Our goal is to get it done before the holidays are here and guests need a place to crash.
If you are looking to revamp your space – from personal shopping to a complete one room overhaul – please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you!
This week I bring you a collection I curated for One Kings Lane and their new series, ‘Fashion-Forward Furniture’. The series features fashionable rooms that are inspired by our wardrobe and for this particular campaign, they asked me to pair my favorite statement piece of jewelry with a chandelier.
The Swedish Sterling Vermiel Wedding Crown was one of the first jewelry pieces I selected to pair with the French chandelier and although it was made exclusively for a Scandinavian wedding, I think it could be worn with a little black dress for a New Years Eve party. And be sure to check out the Vintage Chanel CC Logo Crown Earrings. They play off the wedding crown perfectly.
I hope you find beauty and inspiration in these pieces of past and present. I welcome your feedback and would love to hear which of these pieces are your favorite. And a big THANK YOU to Allison Burt Tilden of Votre Grande Soeur for recommending me as a guest contributor to One Kings Lane. I appreciate your support!
The holidays are upon us and it’s time to glam up the home with hints of white + gold. I just listed some white + gold vintage statement pieces in the shop that are staples for any well dressed home. And remember you don’t have to stow these pieces away after the holidays. You can continue to dress up the bar cart or nesting tables with accessories as the seasons change.
And for the month of November, if you live in the Seattle area and would like to purchase one of these pieces for your home, I’ll personally deliver and style (using your accessories) your new purchase for free.
I was recently contacted by Zoe Blake with My Bathrooms, a UK based online retailer specializing in offering high quality bathroom products at to the trade prices about being a guest contributor to AnthologyHouse. I couldn’t pass up her offer to write a post. Especially since she shares the same passion for incorporating vintage design into the modern bath. I’ll let Zoe take it away from here…
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Hi! My name is Zoe Blake and I would love to talk about how you can give your modern bathroom a classic timeless vintage look. As we all sometimes feel constrained by either space or budget to achieve a specific look in our bathrooms, this post will try help you solve them over come with ideas that are truly inspiring for your perfect modern vintage bathroom!
There is something timeless about vintage décor, and it is relatively easy to infuse a bathroom with a hint of vintage elegance while retaining all the benefits and convenience of modern plumbing. It is not necessary to fill the bathroom with vintage fixtures, fittings, décor features and so on, in order to achieve the charm and beauty of a vintage look, just one or two vintage touches are enough.
Claw-footed Bath Tub
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Old-fashioned bathrooms often feature free-standing baths that a tall man can’t lie down in! These are also impractical for a modern bathroom which tend to be smaller, but the effect can be achieved with a retro, bath tub. You can purchase a bath tub online from My-Bathrooms especially and add those lovely old-fashioned clawed feet to give it a retro look! They will be spacious for a tall man too and the standard size fits well in any bathroom!
Glamourous Wall Art
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Even if your furniture and fittings are stark modern appliances with little in the way of glamour or aestheticism you can still achieve that lovely glamourous look. Opt for an expensive, but durable wallpaper in an ‘old-fashioned’ or vintage style from Vintage Wallpapers. You may also hang poignant black and white images on the wall. Waterproof frames are available from many home décor stores that will keep the picture perfectly safe from steam and condensation.
Repurpose with Beauty!
As we learn to look after the environment more and more of us are turning to recycling, upcycling and repurposing in our décor: taking something old and perhaps unwanted and giving it a new lease of life. This can be renovating or restoring something to its original state or it can be transforming it into something new and unexpected (think pianos into bookcases, drum-kits into chandeliers and steamer trunks into bedside cabinets and coffee tables). Old window shutters are becoming increasingly popular either as shelves or storage units or, in their original usage, as window dressing. Sanded down, painted and formed into new bathroom features, old wooden shutters are a great way to infuse just a hint of vintage charm into even the most modern bathroom – and you can rest assured that you are also being green at the same time.
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Small Touches of Elegance
If you are constrained by space in your bathroom and feel there is little that you can do as far as adding vintage touches to your thoroughly modern bathroom, think again! Small things like drawer pulls and door handles, towel rails and light fittings and even floor tiles do not take up very much room, but can all be changed for vintage or vintage-effect replacements. Ornate, beautiful door knobs add a degree of classiness while vintage ceramic floor tiles add financial value and look stunning while they do so!
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Thank you Zoe for sharing your insight and knowledge of bathroom design and ways in which the home owner can incorporate vintage into the modern bathroom.
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About a month ago I had the opportunity to meet with a potential buyer about a bar cart I had for sale. After further conversation, I realized we both had a shared passion for vintage home furnishings and decor and jumped at the chance to show him the rest of the pieces I had available in the shop. Luckily for me, this buyer was Gibran Hamdan, a clothing designer and former NFL player who was looking for vintage furniture for his new Alial Fital headquarters and showroom where he designs and sells limited edition American made luxury menswear.
I asked Gibran about how he became the CEO and Creative Designer of Alial Fital. It’s inspirational to hear how he left his former football career behind to follow his passion and teach himself how to sew. He launched his new clothing line in 2011 and after gaining admirers from pro golfers (he became a sponsor of the PGA Pro Tour) and professional sports players who wanted quality yet stylish clothing, he knew he had to expand his operations and open a showroom in Seattle.
Gibran shared these pictures with me from his showroom opening on October 9th. And I am happy to see pieces he purchased from AnthologyHouse featured in his new headquarters in Phinney Ridge. The addition of the bar cart to the showroom is so stylish and glam.
I listed some new vintage furniture and accessories in the AnthologyHouse online storefronts on Chairish and Etsy and love how the subtle colors of each piece compliment one another. You can’t go wrong with Wedgwood blue, hints of pale pink, and brass.
While still obsessed with hunting for vintage home decor, over the past year I have been contemplating expanding my services and becoming an interior decorator. While not formally trained with an interior design degree, I have taken on some styling projects and have adored every minute of it. I have loved it so much that I am expanding AnthologyHouse to include interior decorating services. Be it styling a credenza, personal shopping for new + vintage decor, or a one room overhaul, you can select from three decorating packages that can be catered to your home decor needs.
You can read more about my decorating services on my new page, ‘Hire Me’. Please contact me at email@example.com if you would like to chat more about how I can assist you in styling your space. I look forward to working with you!
Today I’m happy to share a guest post from Tim Smith of Modernize, a site dedicated to bringing the home owner design inspiration through their photos, articles, and interviews with home design and remodel experts. Modernize contacted me recently about writing a post for AnthologyHouse on vintage home decor and how it can accentuate and give your home that added ‘it’ factor. I couldn’t resist and below share Tim’s post with you…
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Bring Home the Vintage
A few decades ago, the popularity of adding vintage items to the home and your wardrobe was deemed a trend. Today, vintage elements are featured in just about every home decorating magazine and blog out there. Vintage has become a classic component of interior design. From high-end decorating schemes to budget-friendly room makeovers, the charm, patina, and texture of something old brings depth and texture to even the most modern rooms. Vintage elements are the great equalizer of interior design — they can be found on the curbside, in thrift shops, at resale vendors, and in the most exclusive home accent boutiques.
So, how do you add that rich and timeless assortment of odds and ends to your own home? Here are two easy-to-find vintage favorites to add eclectic appeal to any room.
A favorite for function, cost, and presentation, vintage luggage is an easy passage to interesting vignettes in almost any room. Scarred suitcases with their dings and dents suggest world travel and adventures of heroines past. They are romantic and almost always replete with texture from scratches, scrapes, old leather, and other surface coverings. Look for interesting hardware such as hinges and latches. One consideration is to avoid baggage with musty or mildew smells — the odor is near impossible to remove. Select a good variety of luggage, in graduating sizes if possible.
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Once you have your old luggage home, vacuum them clean and wipe surfaces with a mild soap and water mixture on a damp cloth. Then stack them in a corner, open one with a pretty interior on a table filled with display items, tuck them under accent tables. Their patina and old-world feel will add a rich beauty to any room. Remember, too, you can fill them with odds and ends and organize at the same time!
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This is quick and easy, and so very versatile and functional. Add instant sparkle and organize tiny collections while putting your pretties on display. Glass jars, from old Ball Jars to elegant apothecary style jars, are an amazing tool for order and presentation. Find these affordable treasures at yard sales, vintage shops, thrift stores, and antique stores. Stock up, because you may never have enough.
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Wash old jars with mild dish detergent and warm water, rinse well, and towel try. For stubbornly dirty jars, use a grease dissolving detergent. Look for jars with lids that have patina and show their age. Many glass jars have air bubbles and vary in color from blues to sun tinted purples. Try to find a variety or collect your favorites to display in groups. Then fill them with your tiny treasures: spools of thread, vintage costume jewelry, food items in your kitchen, art supplies. The possibilities are endless.
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