What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Have any plans for some fun in the sun?

Vintage Picnic Sign

Source: Etsy – Banjo MDF Shop

Looking for some ideas?

Vintage Round BBQ

Source: Picnics in the Park Blog


Vintage Picnic Basket & Thermos

Source: Raggy Girl Vintage Blog


Vintage Constance Caravan

Source: Home Spy Shopping Blog


Vintage Pop Bottles

Source: Jackie Fogurtie Events Blog


Source: Apartment Therapy


Vintage Crate

Source: My Wedding Blog

Why not just pack up and go?

Vintage Picnic Set

Source: The Gracious Host

Kick’n it old style… never goes out of style!




What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?

Do you remember these antique windows I bought back in the summer?

Well, my brother was over the other day and he asked if they were blue or gray. I’ve always looked at them as gray, but decided to get out my Benjamin Moore colour decks and see what they had to say.

It was interesting because the leading is definitely a blue-gray, and in person is almost a perfect match to BM’s Eclipse 2132-40.

Eclipse 2132-40

The paint on the frames is also blue-gray, but depending on the light, dances between two different colours…

Pilgrim Haze 2132-50, the bluer undertone of the two, and a lighter shade of Eclipse.

Pilgrim Haze 2132-50

And Gull Wing Gray 2134-50, still a cool undertone, but with less blue in it.

Gull Wing Gray 2134-50

You can hardly see the difference between them here.

So this is another view of these BM colours next to the window. Keep in mind how the computer skews colour.

This is just to show you the slight difference between Gull Wing Gray (top) and Pilgrim Haze (bottom). And also so you can see how close Eclipse (middle) is to the colour of the leading.

This next close-up shot gives you a better look at how slight the difference is between Gull Wing Gray and Pilgrim Haze, yet what a difference there actually is next to the frame. Notice how Pilgrim Haze (bottom) almost blends with the frame, compared to the slight contrast of Gull Wing Gray (top) against the frame?

So in answer to my brother’s question, the frames are actually gray… a blue-gray, but still gray.¬†Did the frames look blue or gray to you?

I thought this was a great example of what it’s like to work with colour. One person’s perception or interpretation may not be another’s. Just like one computer may show the same colour completely different from another. And, if I was actually going to paint something to match the window, my next step would be to paint up large colour boards in these colours so they show true. Remember, the paint chips are only a place to begin!

Do you like to work with colour, or would you rather have someone work with it for you?



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Vintage Porcelain Door Knobs

When I shared my post on vintage glass door knobs, it was a huge hit. People love glass door knobs, and as one commenter shared…

¬†I was quite impressed with my apparent family wealth as a little girl, I mean really‚Ķwho else had a gramma that could afford ‚Äúdiamond doorknobs‚ÄĚ?¬†;)

And isn’t that the truth!

When we were out antiquing last weekend I came across this basket full of vintage knobs. And you know, porcelain door knobs are beautiful, too.

SZInteriors Photo

I love them all. I know the glass knob stands out like a sparkling diamond¬†among¬†the rough, but don’t you think the white porcelain knob holds its own in this crowd, too? Okay, I’ll admit, the white distressed knob demands its own attention, but we’ll save that for another day.

Seeing all these vintage knobs piled in a collectible heap, had me thinking about all the hands that turned them over time.

Source: Folk Lure Blog

And I wondered where they came from? What their next stop will be.

I love this one-of-a-kind wine stopper.

Source: Pinterest / Style Blue Print

When you see this, it’s such a reminder that the sky’s the limit for repurposing an object from one use into another.

But even just the simple beauty of vintage porcelain knobs can be appreciated for what it is.

Isn’t the patina of this antique door plate incredible?

Source: Etsy – Cracker Dog Trading

It makes the white of the porcelain knob just pop.

And so does this antique door lock.

Source: Etsy – Jack in the Box Vintage

Isn’t it gorgeous? Such attention to pretty details. No wonder vintage is in vogue!

And now with Annie Sloan chalk paint all over the scene, I couldn’t resist this blue door!

Source: Fresh Vintage Blog

Aged and weathered to perfection, I bet Annie can help you get this look.

I love the shape of this vintage porcelain knob.

Source: Just Chicken Sittin’ Blog

It makes me want to unlatch the door and step inside!

I’ve only shown you white porcelain knobs, but they come in other colours, too. The key is to find them and buy them when you do.

Source: Etsy – Maries Maison

What do you think of these ones?

There’s just something about the old knobs that can’t quite be replaced.

What are you up to this weekend? Will you be searching for something new with a vintage past?

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The Vintage Past of Kelly Green

With the resurgence of Kelly Green front and center, I thought it would be fun to step back in time and see what Kelly was up to in the good old days.

Do you remember this brilliant green?

If you were around in the 80’s I bet you do… but weren’t the 80’s just yesterday? Anyway, for a colour that was ‘so yesterday’, be ready to see a whole lot more of it in the coming year.

Especially in fixtures like this retro pendant.

Source: Green & Indie Design Blog

And in furniture like this Mid-Century Modern velvet chair.

Source: Caitlin Creer Interiors

¬†Or how about these Saarinen styled pieces, c. 1960’s?

Source: Manly Vintage

But if you really want to see Kelly Green in all her vintage splendor, then you have to check out what Murano glass brings to the table. Murano glass has been around for a very long time, and was popular in decor through the Mid-Century Modern era and into the 70’s.

The small island of Murano lies just off the coast of Venice, Italy. As innovators in the late 1200s, Murano glassmakers were ‘kept hostage’ on the island for fear of fire from their furnaces and to prevent the secret of their art from being replicated by the rest of the world. Murano glass masters today create traditional pieces to contemporary art glass and sculptures, figurines, paperweights, vases and even glass chandeliers. (Source: eHow)

We’re seeing Murano inspired art glass surfacing again, but the pieces you’re about to see are authentic vintage from the time.

Like these Murano glass lamps, c. 1960s.

Source: Swank Lighting Blog

They are pretty swanky, don’t you think?

And I love these ones, c. 1950s…

Source: 1st Dibs

I also came across some very cool and unusual Murano pieces.

Like this vintage Sommerso vase.

Source: Etsy

And this Sommerso free form Wave bowl…

Source: Mercer and Dibble

The shape of this bowl is typical of Murano art glass – random, curving, and definitely free form.

Another Murano piece you might think is a vase, but it’s not, is this sculpture exemplifying what art glass is all about.

Source: Amazon

Pure beauty that captivates your attention, and pleases your eye.

Back in the day ashtrays were an expected accessory in homes, and Murano glass made gorgeous ashtrays.

Source: Retrospect

I like the chunky weight of this piece, and how the green changes as the light hits it. Pretty exquisite, and definitely a statement of what was glamourized in its time!

Murano, of course, wasn’t the only creator of unique glass pieces…

How about this very cool orb ashtray?

Source: Stylehive

It’s a Mid-Century Modern Viking art glass piece.¬†Doesn’t this just exude the old boys club?

But we can’t let the boys have all the fun now can we?

For the ladies, a vintage Avon perfume bottle.

Source: Pinterest

A little bit of Hollywood Glam… what’s not to love?

You could vignette the little perfume bottle with this antique set of crystal candlesticks, c. late 19th Century…

Source: Spicer & Bank Blog

Or maybe a few of these Depression glass pieces…

Source: Etsy

Just think of the eye-catching displays one can create.

The possibilities are endless.

There were so many amazing pieces, I wanted to share them all. But green is one of my favorite colours, and I know it’s often a ‘love it or hate it’ colour, so I’ll stop here.

Well, okay… just one more. And only because the shape of this vintage art glass bowl, c. 1960s, is so pretty…

Source: Etsy

And I can’t believe it doubled as an ashtray! Can you see the grooves for the cigarettes? Oh, and if you’re looking to pick up a Murano glass ashtray, pop on over to Audrey Would! We happen to have this one available!

Murano Glass Ashtray, Green Swirl

Source: Audrey Would! Vintage Home

What do you think of the revival of Kelly Green? Are you a green person? Do you have any vintage pieces hiding away?

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Grain Sacks. Oops, I Left Out the History Part!

Yesterday I wrote about European grain sacks, but I really only showed you photos of how they’re being repurposed in today’s decor. I didn’t provide you with any background or history on them. So when I received a comment from my friend, Meesh over at I Dream of Chairs¬†asking a few questions… Well you get the picture. I couldn’t keep her waiting for the answers!

So here goes, Meesh!

1.   I wonder what the texture is like?

Well, in the photos it’s hard to tell. What would your guess be?

Here’s what I learned.

The texutre is rough and ranges from loose to tight and neat, but after many¬†washings with lots¬†of¬†fabric softener, you can tame the nubby fabric to feel a little softer to the touch. Of course the argument is that the texture is part of their appeal! But just to give you a little more insight, apparently these antique sacks are tough on scissors and sewing machines. Would you have guessed that? Of course when you think about it, this makes sense since the grain sacks were made to last for many years, as in decades of heavy use beyond how we’re seeing them used today. So naturally they would have to be strong!

2.   What are grain sacks made of? (not a Meesh question, but I thought she might ask LOL)

Source: Ebay

European grain sacks are made out of hemp fabric and very thick linen, and they range in colour from sun-bleached white, warm creams, to various shades of grey. They date back to the 1800s, the textiles were handwoven or homespun, and the sacks were stitched by hand. What’s so cool is the homespun fabric was actually handwoven from crops grown on the same family farm! Which leads into Meesh’s next question…

3.   Do you know of the significance of the stripe? Its colour or number of lines?


Source: Luma Direct

The striping is indeed very significant. As it was, farmers individualized their sacks with unique striping through colours and patterns. Some even initialed their sacks with the family monogram as a further way to make them identifiable. The stripes and monograms were generally stitched or stenciled on, but some wove their unique pattern of stripes into the linen instead.

Source: Acquired Objects Blog

And if you come across a German grain sack like these below, hang on tight because they are extremely rare as few survived the wars.

Source: Trouvais

You’ll find that German grain sacks are more commonly stenciled with¬†the farmer’s name. And something to keep an eye out for are hand painted sacks as they predate the stenciled ones. You might also come across sacks that have been inscribed with the name of the farm and the date it was established, or taken over by a new owner. Oh, I also learned the German grain sacks are a lot softer than most of the others.

So what was the point to all  of this? 

Farmers wanted to be able to identify their own sacks when transporting sugar, flour and grain to the market. And when the grain came back from the mill, the unique markings ensured the sacks were returned to their rightful owner.

That’s pretty much it in a… grain sack!

Source: Pottery Barn

And who knew I’d come across a perfectly monogrammed grain sack cushion for SZInteriors?

Source: Le Grenier

It’s made from a vintage Hungarian grain sack, and if I wanted to make it mine, would cost me $85 plus shipping from Australia!

Thanks, Meesh for asking some great questions! ūüôā

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Vintage Delicates for Valentine’s Decor

I was intrigued a while back when I read an article in Kravet Inspired News: The History of Lace. There was a suggestion, a hint that we’ll be seeing lace again in fashion and decor. Of course, this stemming from the lace adorned wedding dress of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

Here you see a close-up of the back of the dress.

Source: My Royals Blog

And ever since I read the article, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for some sign of lace showing up in decor. I don’t mean to compare this stunning gown to a doily, but there is a correlation in the intricate work because both are painstakingly created by hand.

So let’s take a look at some vintage doilies and lace.

Source: Jen Ulasiewicz Designs

When you think about it, the detail involved in creating a doily is pretty incredible. Not to mention the hours of time…

I grew up with doilies in our home. I watched my Mom crochet them, my Grandmother knit them, my aunts and friends of my Mom’s making them too.

Source: Country Living

Source: Country Living

Source: Ravenhill Blog

My Grandmother also made lace trim. She sewed the trim onto pillow cases, edged fabric table cloths and runners… and these pieces were often hand embroidered by her, too.

Source: Junk to Joy Blog

I never really picked it up as a thing to do. My Mom taught me to knit, and I crocheted a few things, but never doilies or lace. I think part of that was because times were changing by the time I was learning the craft. So doilies just weren’t in my decorating box of tricks.


Source: Southern Vintage Georgia

But I am very lucky to have some beautiful pieces from both my Mom and my Grandmother. One thing to keep in mind, shaping, starching and pressing is part of the care in having them…

Source: Carolyn’s Homework Blog

And this is something I’m not very good at. Did you know there’s a fine art to this, too?

So how are doilies and lace popping up in decor?

Well definitely we’re seeing the return of ¬†doilies in their traditional layering way,

Source: The Sweet Occasion

And lace wrapped around objects like this votive, adding a soft, feminine touch.

Framed doilies are working their way into vignettes…

Source: The Smart Fish Blog

And some are being hand-stitched onto pillows and curtain panels.

This adds a romantic feel to the room…

Source: Country Living

From one side to the other!

Source: Simply Pretty Wedding Blog

So if you’re looking for some extra Valentine’s flair, you might want to give doilies and lace another chance!

You never know what memories they will help you make ūüėȬ†But before you to head off to create memories…

I just have to show you this photo.

Source: Pinterest

Isn’t this a cool shot? The ocean is my favorite place to be, and I love driftwood, so you can see why I couldn’t resist sharing this one!

Anyway, just wondering, do you have any vintage doilies or lace? Do you use them, or keep them tucked away?

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A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

When you hear the name George Mulhauser, there’s probably one or two very distinct chairs, maybe even three that come to mind. But I bet this chair I’m about to show you isn’t one of them!

When I saw this reference to a mystery chair in House Beautiful

Quirky Green Chair

The mystery chair: Frank saw it in an antiques store, fell in love with it, and has no idea who designed it.

I knew I had to write this piece! For that mystery chair was this one I pinned about 17 weeks ago! And at the time I didn’t know anything about it either.

Pinterest via Wool Acorn / From House Beautiful

And then I came across this page on the Suburban Pioneer website.
According to the item description the incredible designer behind this unique chair was George Mulhauser. Who knew? If I had to guess the designer I would have headed towards Norman Cherner.


Doesn’t the curve of the back and arms remind you of the Cherner armchair? Well the arms minus the artistic scroll!

I love the sassy position of the arms and their scroll. To me  it looks like the chair is standing with its hands on its hips!

Here are a few more of the Mulhauser chairs I was able to find.

I’m not loving the fabric on this one…


But back in 2008 it sold for $2160!

I don’t mind the striped fabric on this swivel desk chair, but I’m¬†thinking the seat has been reupholstered.


Notice the seams and button detail? The other chairs don’t have this. Did you notice this chair is also without an upholstered back?

This next chair is not a desk chair, it’s the Mulhauser bentwood armchair.


See how the style has changed to a round base? This chair is also c. 1965, and in 2008 apparently it sold for $1320.

This armchair has been reupholstered in white vinyl, and it looks like the arm and seat base still need to be reattached.


Though it’s hard to see from this photo, the vintage ivory lacquer is most likely not original. Can ¬†you see how it’s lightly distressed on the curve of the arms?

How fun is this set?


It’s a Mulhauser Sultana set, and according to the write-up on Ebay, it’s very rare. The asking price is $6100 US, if that’s any indication of just how rare this set is!

And here’s another set I came across on So Eclectic blog. I love the story that goes with it…

Mary writes:

Look at this patio set. It’s so awesome with it’s lime green chippy paint, unique curvy wood, and the white faux leather.

And then she posts this UPDATE:

I believe that these are George Mulhauser Plycraft Chairs. Which would make them a whole lot more than what they were listed for in the store. Awesome. Wish I would have been able to snag these!

Isn’t that the truth!¬†Sometimes it helps to know what ‘exactly’ you’re looking at! But then you have to decide if it’s cool because you like it, or if it’s cool because you know the value of it. It’s subtle, but makes a difference.

And that’s why it’s so much fun to write these posts. I learn, and in turn try to share some of this with you! It makes thrifting and antiquing that much more interesting… you know, to have a little knowledge about some of the things you might stumble upon. And these Mulhauser bentwood pieces are a great example of that.

Did you know this chair was designed by George Mulhauser?  Have you seen it before?

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Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?

Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!

Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I ¬†have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding, ¬†no priming, and getting by with one coat?

And look at all the colours we got to play with.

So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?

These are the colours I chose to work with…

Paint Colours: Source 

There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.

Soft Wax Brush & Can: Source / Wax Images: Source

We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.

Here is what I did.

Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?

This one is my favorite.

Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?

I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.

Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.

The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.

We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!

So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by¬†Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!

So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!

Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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Vintage Trash Cans: I Forgot About Oscar!

When I wrote about vintage waste bins the other day I focused on the pretty little ones you would typically find in a bathroom, bedroom or office.

And then I got this comment from my DLBwest friend, Tracey Ayton of Tracy Ayton Photography. Have you read her blog?


So Tracey, this one’s for you!


Oscar the Grouch in his galvanized garbage can home.

Similar to this one here.


According to Urban Remains Chicago, this antique industrial trash can, c. 1910-20s, was made of heavy galvanized steel and reinforced at the joints with rivets. It was made by the Witt Cornice Company, now Witt Industries in Cinncinati. Founder, George Witt invented the first corrugated, galvanized ash can and lid in 1899 and patented it at that time.


These trash cans were historically placed in city parks…¬†oh, and did you know that Witt Industries is now a woman-owned business?

But if I let Oscar in on that little detail,¬†I’m pretty sure this is what he would tell me to do…


What do you think of Oscar’s vintage trash can?

I think it’s tr√®s¬†cool, too!

With a little Oscar style in your space…


¬†There’s a whole lot of personality in your place!

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Want A Critique of Your Blog?

Want some feedback on your blog? As in maybe there’s a lot to like about it, and maybe there are some areas that could use improvement, but you’re just not in the ‘know’ either way!

Heather from¬†Inspire Me Heather is hosting an ingenious ‘link up’ party. It’s for bloggers to receive critiques from other bloggers about their blog. And anything goes. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to play nice, it just means that being constructive and positive is the key. After all, with friendly feedback, a blog can not only survive, but thrive too, don’t you think?

So here’s how it works.

Go to Heather’s site, and sign up to participate. Your blog will be critiqued by two other bloggers, and you’ll be given two blogs to also critique. ¬†And don’t worry, this is a two-way street of anonymity. Only you and Heather will be in the know about the feedback for your blog, and what you had to say about those you evaluated. I think this is a great opportunity to take another step forward, don’t you? And what a fab idea to start 2012 off just right!

So pop on over to sign up now by clicking the button below…

You only have until January 15th, but there’s only room for 100 bloggers! Nothing to lose, yet so much to be gained!

And you know what? If you’re not a blogger, or you are but not participating in ‘Project: Blogging’, I’d appreciate your feedback too! Please email your thoughts to sheila@sheilazellerinteriors. If there’s something about my blog you think could use some help, or that’s not here, but you would like to see, I’d love to hear from you. Afterall, I write for you!¬†I would respectfully ask that you¬†not¬†use the comment section for this purpose.


Oh, and…

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