2014 Victoria Vintage Expo: What A Blast!

The long awaited 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone with a bang!

With vendor booths sold out and an eager crowd lining up at the doors, the Expo got started off in full swing. Vintage goodness was overflowing, and customers were ready to shop. The entertainment over this 2-day event was stellar, and the vintage attire donned by vendors and customers alike was way too much fun!

In a venue like this it’s hard to really capture the presentation of each booth, because visually there is just so much going on all around you. I promised to share pics of Audrey Would!’s little pop-up boutique and did my best to freeze-frame a few sparkly moments in spite of the visual goodness at every corner and turn.

This is my set-up, and honestly, I did iron the table cloths before-hand. Eegads!

Audrey Woud! - 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo

If you play a little I-spy you might recognize some of the display props from previous posts… like my vintage suitcase, the crates made from pallets and the newest addition of the little retro table.

Here are some close-ups of the displays…

Barware and a few Svend Jensen spiro pieces.

Audrey Would! Barware

A few of my favourite pieces that sold, the Ronson cigarette box, and some Coppercraft Guild coasters. More on Coppercraft Guild coming soon!

Audrey Woud! Vintage Home

Ooo-la-la, the sparkle of gold and the Culver ‘Valencia’ ferris wheel cocktail caddy which has found its way to a new Los Angeles home!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Lots more barware, stemware, sparkle and charm with many of these pieces now settling into their new homes.

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The silver pieces brought many questions about cleaning, and one kind lady shared that she used to clean silver many years ago with Polishing Wadding. I haven’t heard of that, have you? Do you know where it can be found??

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The China Ritz set is another of my favourites, and it too, has found a new home. #Happy sigh.

Audrey Would! 1940s China Ritz Tea Set

Steak knives with Bakelite handles were also a conversation hit. A few gentlemen shared stories back and forth from when they remember using them ‘back when…’

Audrey Would! Glo-Hill Flatware

I also promised to show you how the little retro table got integrated into the set-up. Here it is set on top of a lower row of tables. I did this to create an elevated surface allowing for more pieces to go on display.

DIY - Retro Coffee Table

And just for fun I decided to show you a few of the pieces in this section that sold. I think this little table was a stroke of good luck and meant to be!

Audrey Would! Retro Coffee Table - DIY

For Audrey Would! this was a very successful event. It was so nice to see familiar faces from last year, and to meet new ones this year. I would like to thank everyone who stopped by the booth - your support is genuinely appreciated.

I look forward to bringing more vintage treasures to you soon, and don’t forget Audrey Would! online. If you don’t see what you are looking for, drop me an email – I might have it but it may not be listed yet, and if I don’t have what you are wishing for I’m happy to go searching!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad you did!

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‘Propping’ for Victoria Vintage Expo: A RetroTable Makeover

If you’ve been following along then you will remember all the DIYing that went into ‘propping’ for Audrey Would!’s booth at last year’s Victoria Vintage Expo. If you missed all the frenzy, there was…

(1) A pine bookcase that got Hollywood Glammed!

Pine Cabinet B&A

(2) A piano bench that jumped on the glam safari, too!

Piano Bench B&A

(3) And a little side table that was given a redo.

Side Table B&A

This year Audrey will be back, top of the stairs again in Booth #38, and will have one more DIY prop to introduce.

I paid $7.00 for this little table and all its well-loved retro beauty…

DIY Retro Table Makeover - Before

Then subjected it to the bliss of semi-gloss black paint!

DIY Retro Table Makeover - After

You will find this refreshed piece at the Vintage Fair among Audrey’s booth mix. This year we have a few layout tweaks along with all the sparkle and glam of last year’s look. To see where this mod table fits why not drop by?

Have you marked the dates? September 26 and 27 at the Crystal Gardens in Victoria – see you there!

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A Treasure Request… A Treasure Found!

One of the services I offer through Audrey Would! is treasure hunting by request. There is no guarantee that every request will be met with success, but you can be assured that I will scour and hunt, look in every nook and cranny to try and make your treasure wishes come true!

And that’s exactly what I did for one of my customers this weekend. I am thrilled to share that I was able to make one of the items on her wish list come true!

This is the treasure that has found a new home - a 1950′s Marinex chafing dish from Brazil.

Marinex Silver Plate Chafing Dish, Brazil

Marinex Silver Plate Chafing Dish, Brazil (3) 600w

 

You can see this piece is in excellent condition – and this was before I gave the stand a quick buff!

Marinex Silver Plate Chafing Dish, Brazil (2) 600w

When I found this piece it was without the glass tealight holder – you can see on the stand where it is supposed to sit. I am used to that with pieces like this one, and I always try to have a few extras on hand. Yes, this little chafing dish will arrive with the tealight holder and a fresh tealight intact!

In my quest I actually came up with two options, and will be featuring the other one at the Victoria Vintage Expo Sept. 26 & 27. One little hint, it’s not a chafing dish, but it is another stunning piece!

If you are wishing for a treasure or two, I hope to see you at the fair, and remember, I’m happy to treasure hunt for you, too!

 Thanks for stopping by!

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Audrey Is Attending! Will We See You There?

Yes, it’s that time again and Audrey Would! will be there!

This year’s Victoria Vintage Expo is taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 26-27 at the historic Crystal Gardens at 713 Douglas StreetFriday the doors open at 4:00 pm and are staying wide open for longer this year until 10:00 pm. Can we say, ‘excited much’?! On Saturday the doors open at 10:00 am and don’t close until 6:00 pm! Whew! I’m excited and I hope you are too! Will I see you there?

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So, I bet you are wondering what Audrey will feature this year? Well, I can tell you it will be more of the same, but this year there is a greater focus on the Art Deco era and all the Gatsby-like entertainment ware and paraphernalia that goes with it! So that means barware, tabletop pieces, and pretty much anything that sparkles and is Gatsby cool!

Here is a little glimpse of some vintage ‘Downton Abbey’ activity-inspired barware, but don’t worry, there is more sparkle and glam coming, too!

Glitz & Glam: After the Hunt

Drinkware
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Fox hunting, pheasants and flasks! Fun, right?

What vintage treasures are you hoping to find? If you send me a message I might just have what you’re looking for, and will be sure to tuck those treasure aside!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope to see you at the Vintage Fair!

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Wabi-sabi: The Art of Imperfection

Wabi-sabi. What is it, and what does it mean?

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art or aesthetic of accepting and appreciating the beauty of the imperfect. Three characteristics among many that make up the fundamental basis of wabi-sabi include simplicity, asymmetry, and asperity- roughness or irregularity of surface.

I tend to embrace the imperfect, because in the world of vintage there are many beautiful pieces which include some with small imperfections from their journey along the way. At Audrey I work hard to offer pristine vintage pieces, but you will find the odd perfectly imperfect treasure in the mix, which will be noted in the item’s details.

This image is the inspiration behind today’s post.

Wabi-sabi Dish

I love the unusual shape of this dish, and the cheerful little flowers. If you look closely you will see a pretty finish to the glaze… and if you look again you might notice a white spot on the front edge of the dish. This is an example of wabi-sabi. The white spot is actually a small chip. One could be disappointed about the chip, or choose to embrace the imperfection and appreciate the dish as a whole for its overall beauty.

I was not dining at home, I was enjoying a meal out. To be served my dessert in a chipped dish intrigued me, because as you can see it did not take away from the presentation, yet this confident move is not generally anticipated when dining out.

What’s your take on wabi-sabi. Would you embrace the chip of this dish, or would you be disappointed and tuck this dish away?

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PS – the dessert is grilled pineapple up-side-down cake. Have you seen my latest HOUZZ picks?

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Elderflower Martini Vintage Style

What’s not to love about a martini? Any variation, any way, any style!

Have you ever tried the Elderflower martini? Enjoy this modern twist on the classic cocktail – so perfect for a summertime sip!

Elderflower Martini 697

Yes, you can find these martini glasses at Audrey Would!

Periwinkle Blue Martini Glasses

They really are that colour, and they really are that pretty! Cheers!!

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Ronson Silver Plated Cigarette Box… Yes, Modern Audrey Would!

It’s not what you think!

I was so excited when a long time family friend offered Audrey Would! this silver plated Art Deco cigarette box. I love featuring unique pieces like, and of course, giving you first dibs to find them in the boutique!

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box

This tabletop cigarette box was made by Ronson in the 1940s, and was a popular item for coffee tables back in the day when smoking and glam went hand-in-hand. We know things have changed a lot since then, so it was great fun envisioning a new use for this vintage piece in today’s setting. Here is just one way I think our Modern Audrey would put this Regency piece to use.

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box (1)

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box (4)

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box (4d)

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box (4c)

Ronson 1940s Cigarette Box (4b)

What do you think? Can you picture this piece on your vanity, too? How else do you think our Modern Audrey might integrate this beautiful piece?  I bet you have some great ideas of your own to share!

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DIY Modernist Vase: Inspired by West Germany Matte White Porcelain c. 1960s

So you love Mid-Century vases – modernist – matte white porcelain, Kaiser, made in Germany circa 1960s. Are you okay with the ‘look for less’ concept? I am. You know I love my authentic MCM pieces, but I couldn’t resist this DIY temptation any longer!

I bought this vase a million years ago when Superstore was a new phenomenon and I was enamored with a $7.00 price tag.

Faux MCM Vase - Before

I never really loved the colour, but at the time it fit my decor. Shhhhh, hush with the gasps!

Well, all that has changed. My less-than-a-look has turned into a look-for-less by using up part cans of spray paint, first a primer and then a gloss.

Faux MCM Vase - In Progress Collage

If I wasn’t using up paint I had on hand I probably would have opted for matte instead of gloss, but in the end the high gloss isn’t so bad.

Faux MCM Vase - After

What do you think?

This is how the transformation looks from all sides…

Faux MCM Vase - After - All Sides Collage

Gallery style.

And from a distance in context…

Faux MCM Vase - In Context

I didn’t go out and buy anything for this makeover, and it took me about an hour from start to finish – most of that time was spent ‘watching the paint dry’ as they say!

I know the lines may not be exactly classic Mid-Century, but I’m okay with that for this faux variation.

How about you? What knockoffs have you DIYed lately?

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Fratelli Reguitti: Sometimes Major Changes Are Just Small Tweaks!

You might have seen this little teaser from the weekend…

Fratelli RegiuttiAre you wondering what it is?

This piece is not major in terms of its size or even addition to the actual decor, but it is a major piece when it comes down to function and feelin’ the love!

It is designed for, and destined to take care of scenarios like this… gotta love those cords!

Before the Valet (2a)

Anyone else out there appreciate? No, honey, I’m not throwing you under the bus! ;-)

You see, I am partly responsible…

A few years back in a moment of empathetic male camaraderie,  my Dad handed over his clothing valet to hubs. But somehow it ended up becoming a place to hang my grandmother’s quilt, and well, a DIY project for me! Hehem…

So lately I’ve sort of been keeping my eyes open for a replacement valet while on my treasure hunting rounds, and finally last week this 1950s Fratelli Regiutti option appeared!

Fratelli Regiutti Gentleman's Valet

Fratelli Regiutti, an Italian designer behind some well known 1950s furniture pieces including this gentleman’s valet, and variations of it. Don’t you love that, a gentleman’s valet? They were originally made to hang up suits. You can see from the teaser pic, how well made Regiutti valets are. All I really had to do was give this piece a wash-down, clean up the brass shoe rails, and wax the wood. This piece is not at risk of a makeover… for now.

Once in place, this is what happened to hub’s corner of the lair…

Fratelli Regiutti Gentleman's Valet

Yes, the boxes were hidden underneath! And, I promised not to ‘borrow’ this valet for any other use!

What small tweaks have you made that impact major change? Have you ever heard of Fratelli Reguitti? What do you think of his gentleman’s valet?

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Multi-purposing Ombre Barware: Transitioning Flowers from Morning to Night!

Vintage barware can be so much more than meets the eye – you just have to see it with a different eye! Here I take an everyday floral bouquet, and present it in a bouquet of vintage ombre vessels showing you how to multi-purpose the barware, and transition flowers from morning to night!

These are the ombre vessels I started with…

Vintage Silver Ombre Carafes & PitchersFrom L-R, a 1950-60s Vitreon Queens Lustreware carafe, Libbey carafe and Vitreon Queens cocktail pitcher.

I also selected an embossed ombre roly poly (below). This roly has a lot of its ombre worn off around the embossed pattern, so it’s become a spare in the Audrey collection – not for sale, but too pretty to ignore. The everyday bouquet you see is a simple mix of flowers in deep reds and white. To honour this coming Saint Patrick’s Day I picked up a pot of Irish Moss and some extra filler in bright pops of green!

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly

I’ve put my own spin on a current and popular  trend to group different but similar vases together with the same type of flower. See more of the latest trends over at ProFlowers blog here! Instead of staying with the same flower, it’s the mercury fade (ombre) that I’m highlighting as the common theme. My twist is taking the every day bouquet from a daytime setting to an evening presentation!

Ombre Barware as Vases

These mini brandy snifters are more seconds in Audrey’s mix, but I refuse to say, all is lost. I opted to incorporate candles into this theme and decided to use them for tealight holders instead! Pairing candlelight with the ombre’s reflective surface was simply a natural fit.

By planting the Irish Moss in the roly poly, I was able to camouflage the worn ombre, and give this vintage glass new life.

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly as a Planter

The flicker of candlelight made the embossed pattern come alive.

Embossed Ombre Roly Poly in Candlelight

To reinforce the silver reflective theme, I’ve set the roly on a 1960s Park Sherman crystal coaster with a silver plated rim, and the tealights on Kimiko mercury glass coasters.

And to pull everything together the arrangement of flowers, candles and coasters have been set out on a vintage Canadian ‘Silhouette Quality’ tin tray with a leaf pattern that reinforces the cut stems and greenery.

Ombre Vessels in Flower Arrangements

I’ve set the tray on layered linen tea towels to warm and soften the feel of the cool, reflective surfaces, to define the overall presentation, and to pull together the colour scheme. The tea towels are what make this presentation work by day, giving it a cheery, relaxed feel.

I’ve kept the floral presentation more casual by adding Bear Grass, allowing it to whisp freely and umbrella the tray.

Vintage Canadian 'Silhouette Quality' Tin Tray

It’s the deep coloured flowers, the candles and reflective surfaces of the sleek, elegant ombre that make this presentation work by night!

Silver Ombre Vessels as Vases

Do you notice how the linen tea towels blend and almost fade away? If you really want to change the feel for the evening, just lift the tray and remove the tea towels – it’s that simple!

A recap of tips:

  • utilize vessels beyond their intended purpose – here it was vintage barware
  • pick your common theme and run with it – in this case, vintage pieces with reflective surfaces, candlelight, and deep red flowers
  • draw the eye into the whole scene – I did this by using similar but not identical pieces positioned at varying heights
  • integrate layering and texture – I layered the main vessels onto the tray and coasters, and brought the whole presentation together by placing it on the layered tea towels
  • group and run the odds – the larger vessels are grouped together, the candles and coasters placed out front, and I’ve used odd numbers of like things
  • think subtle reinforcements – here, the connection of colour in the flowers to the tea towels, reflective surfaces of the pieces to the flickering of candlelight, leaf pattern on the tray to cut stems and greenery – all work together to reinforce the overall presentation.

Vintage Silver Ombre Barware as Vases

At this time of year you can lighten things up with pretty pinks and yellows, purples and whites, but I like the drama of deep red against the silver tones in these vintage barware pieces… even though I know Audrey Would ‘think pink’!

What floral presentations are you noticing and loving these days? What items have you seen multi-purposed to stand in for vases instead?

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