Author: Sheila Zeller

Downsizing. Well, that was fun! ‘Small’ Peek Take 1

Downsizing. Well, that was fun! ‘Small’ Peek Take 1

Downsizing. The modern day buzz. You hear it in coffee shops, see it on magazine covers, bump into it around each corner. But what does it really mean? How do you go about downsizing anyway? Well. I thought I knew. We decided now was the right…

A Vintage Hat Box for the Total Experience!

A Vintage Hat Box for the Total Experience!

If you’ve followed along with Audrey Would! on Instagram or Facebook, or places sZinteriors tends to pop up like sZinteriors on Facebook, then you might remember my hubs and I made a trip to Portland last summer. And part of that trip resulted in a custom hat for the Mr. being…

Modern Kitchen Design with Retro Style: Pantone 2016 Meets Big Chill!

Modern Kitchen Design with Retro Style: Pantone 2016 Meets Big Chill!

Welcome to my modern retro kitchen!

When I was invited by Lisa Tilley, Community Coordinator for Big Chill, to create a style board, well I was excited! You see, Big Chill specializes in cutting edge retro inspired kitchen appliances. They are designed based on the look of Mid-Century models, but with more function and space than Betty Draper would know what to do with!

And the colours? Oo-la-la, the colours!

Big Chill Standard Colours

These are the standard colours offered by Big Chill, but don’t fret. If you want something else there are over 200 custom colours to choose from!

For my style board, I was challenged to use a Big Chill stove as the centerpiece. We know the stove is the heart of the kitchen, and with these stoves, no need to question centerpiece! Now if you’ve followed along with Pantone’s dual colour surprise of the year, then you know it’s all about Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz. And of course, Big Chill can accommodate!

I have created two identical style boards for you to see just how incredible the heart of the kitchen can be!

The first style board features Big Chill’s fabulous 36″ retro stove in Pink Lemonade topped by the matching retro Bungalow Hood.

Retro Modern Kitchen - Big Chill Pink Lemonade

In keeping with the retro inspired stove, I chose to go with classic black and white tile flooring. And because I am a fan of industrial chic, have gone in that direction with the pendant lighting and the brick behind the stove. The marble clock, artwork and area rug bring in a few modern touches, and the vintage teacup and Mid-Century pitcher shake hands with the era that inspired the stove. I picture exposed raw beams with large, undressed windows, and maybe stainless, quartz or concrete countertops. I envision a simple table with dark, watered down stain applied to the top, paired with sleek mismatched EamesWegner and Cherner chairs…

In the second style board you see the same stove and range hood featured in Big Chill’s versatile Beach Blue.

Retro Modern Kitchen - Big Chill Beach Blue

I have left the Rose Quartz swatch in the mix to demonstrate just how versatile this Beach Blue is. I wanted you to see that pairing Rose Quartz and Beach Blue in the kitchen in no way feels like the nursery of pink and blue twins!

And when you take a second look at the teacup, notice how each feature colour gets pulled in. The key when working with these modernized retro colours is to let them steal the show! Everything else in the room should play a supporting role, but never try to compete.

If you could pick one of the nine colours above, which colour would you choose? If you could only pick between Pink Lemonade or Beach Blue, what would you do? And how would you work with Pantone’s 2016 shades of pink and blue?

Thanks for stopping by!

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I was invited to write this post, but this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Style Boards also created by me.

 

 

 

 

 

Skeleton Lamp Shade: I Finally Found The Perfect Lightbulb!

Skeleton Lamp Shade: I Finally Found The Perfect Lightbulb!

Taking a fabric covered lamp shade and turning it into a skeleton shade. See what kind of lightbulb was used in this exposed shade style!

November 11, 2015… Lest We Forget

November 11, 2015… Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day, November 11th, 2015… Lest we forget.

5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have!

5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have!

I was happy for another opportunity to create a style board for Chairish. My last board featured Chairish bar stools in a sleek vintage chic home bar setting… more on that here. This time it’s all about the essentials every bar cart owner must have! Well now, this is definitely a style board that makes me feel right at home.

Chairish provided these six bar carts to choose from, but definitely check out their bar cart section to see the full suite of options!

Brass Bar Carts

I opted to feature this 1940s solid brass beauty:

Sheila Zeller Interiors - Brass Bar Cart

I love the simplicity of this piece, it’s sleek lines and elegant oval shape. I am a weak-kneed fan of classic Hollywood glam, and just know this bar cart is dying to showcase some glamorous barware, sparkle and shine!

Instead of featuring typical barware basics for bar carts, I decided to highlight five essentials that are often overlooked. That’s right. These five little essentials can take your bar cart from ‘doing it right’ to down right cool-worthy (underscore)!

The 5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials

Here’s why and where you can shop to grab ’em quick:

1. Decanter Tags

Chalkboard Hang Tags - Sur La Table

I think you need at least one decanter if not three, to set the tone. They are showy and useful, but it sure helps to know what’s inside! Engraved silver decanter tags are super stunning and on my list of favourites for sure, but I’m all over these chalkboard labels. They let you change things up easy-peasy, and it doesn’t hurt that they are sleek in black but still keep things fun and light.

2. Cocktail Napkins

Georges Briard Cocktail Napkins - Poolhaus Vintage (Etsy)

Nothing serves a classic cocktail in a classic vintage coupe better than a beautiful napkin. We’re used to so many awesome paper choices, but why not go green on this? These vintage napkins are pure linen and designed by Mid Century great, Georges Briard. You know who Georges Briard is right?

3. Coasters

Black Lacquer Coasters - Chairish

No, not just any coasters! This brass bar cart is screaming for a touch of classic Hollywood Glam, and we have that in spades with these vintage black and gold lacquer coasters. And why coasters anyway? Well, they’re great for the stemless cocktail glasses, and they add a touch of cachet!

4. Cocktail Picks

BAR-4383 Cocktail Swords, Toledo (1)

If you’re going to serve a classic martini then you’ll need skewers for the 3 olives please! Actually, you will garnish many-a-cocktail and will be glad to have a swanky set of cocktail picks, or in this case vintage Toledo swords. Throw out the wooden toothpicks. There’s no place for them here!

5. Bottle Opener

Brass Crab Bottle Opener - Chairish

Your bar cart is a statement piece and it’s meant to pop. Well, that’s exactly what this brass crab will do. Who knew this shiny crustacean was actually a bottle opener in disguise?

You can go in many directions with your bar cart, there are just so many options and styles. But if you’re going with a brass bar cart like this you will want to stock up on glam barware basics, add a garnish and some splash with these forgotten essentials of the bar cart mix!
Bar Carts - 5 Forgotten Essentials
 And so… what’s next on your bar cart essential list? These Georges Briard cocktail napkins are definitely on mine! Update: I couldn’t resist!! Wanna see… click here!
 Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs for Chairish pieces taken from Chairish.com – click on product images for direct link to each source. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Mid Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table: Re-Staining Makeover

Mid Century Modern Glass Top Coffee Table: Re-Staining Makeover

You might remember, in August I sourced this Mid Century glass top coffee table from Used Victoria. I wrote about the downsizing story behind it here. My original plan was to paint this little table black – another display prop for Audrey Would! This turned into a re-staining project instead. I’ve never really tackled…

Working With What You Have: Improvising a Pop-Up Booth Display

Working With What You Have: Improvising a Pop-Up Booth Display

The Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone for Audrey Would! , and I promised to share how our display island was created by working with pieces we already had – my favourite way to go! It was simple, seriously, but that’s often the case. Sometimes the hardest part is the…

Victoria Vintage Expo – Vancouver Island’s Hottest Vintage Event!

Victoria Vintage Expo – Vancouver Island’s Hottest Vintage Event!

If you follow along then you know I’m planning and prepping Audrey Would!’s booth for the HOTTEST vintage event on Vancouver Island! You will find us at the Victoria Vintage Expo on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26. So excited!!

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This is the third year for the event, and we’re thrilled that it is also Audrey’s third year to participate. If you missed out last year, you can catch my wrap-up post here. Just a little taste of what to expect from Audrey Would!, top of the stairs in Booth #38! (Floor map of Booth locations here)

Find full EXPO details and more on Audrey Would! here.

Thanks for stopping by, can’t wait to see you there!

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A ‘Used Victoria’ Buy Made Me Pause and Reflect… Downsizing. What’s It All About?

A ‘Used Victoria’ Buy Made Me Pause and Reflect… Downsizing. What’s It All About?

As September kicks into high gear and the Victoria Vintage Expo draws near I have been shifting my focus to this year’s booth presentation. This has me clicking through the Used Victoria ads for potential DIY options. And so I picked up this table… it caught my…