‘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

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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!

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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?

Victoria Vintage Expo 2014

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

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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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Mixing DIY and Vintage Glam for a Modern Vintage Look

The much anticipated VintAGEous Fair in Victoria has come and gone. It was a lot of fun and a successful day with a huge thank you to Sarah Rempel for her stellar organizing of the event, and to all the customers who stopped by!

In prepping for an event like this there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, and for me one of the things I focus on is presentation. How am I going to maximize my space, feature a variety of pieces AND keep them safely on display? This time around I decided to have some fun juxtaposing a rustic vintage look with the vintage glam of Audrey Would! Do you remember these pallets I posted on Facebook and Instagram?

Pallets

A super big thank you goes out to Leigh Davies for parting with them! Leigh had a plan for the pallets, but passed them on to me instead putting her own project on hold! I’m guessing the pallets had something to do with Mid-Island Ink Depot,  ‘the’ place to buy toner cartridges in the Cowichan Valley! Leigh is ‘Mrs. Ink’ in the mix of Chris and Leigh, Chris of course being Mr. Ink!

So the pallets…

I asked my Dad to turn them into rustic crates. My idea was to pack them with inventory selected for the fair, and then use them to display the pieces. When you’re in a limited footprint it’s important to utilize your vertical space, and in this case my footprint was a 6′ table, so I had to create my own verticle!

These are the first four crates. My Dad’s neighbour, Bryan came up with a few more pallets and that was enough for me to end up with seven crates!

DIY Crates from Pallets

I wanted reasonable gaps between each slat to allow a little light in. With presentation in mind I also toyed with giving each crate a sanding and watered down staining for a more weathered look, but decided to leave that for another time!

When I’m pulling inventory for a fair I always do a test-run set-up. I find this really helps me narrow down the pieces and once there, makes set-up go quickly and smoothly. In this case, because the crates are made with pallets, I had to figure out which ones ‘fit’ best together. They’re all ‘roughly’ the same, but some slats are a bit warped, others not perfectly square.

Here’s a little look at my ‘Operation Basement’ test-run! This is an 8′ table, so I’ve taped it off at 6′. The pieces off to the side are back-up pieces I selected to replace items as they sold.

Test-run Table Set-Up - VintAGEous Fair

Like any behind-the-scenes, you can see there’s a lot less glamour than meets the public eye! I think that’s part of the challenge – to envision each display regardless of its surroundings. At the fairs you have no control over the backdrop, so all you can do is focus on your own display.

Another thing I try to do is put out a good selection while still keeping it presented. Less is more as a general rule of thumb, but for fairs I pack more into the space than I normally would. I try to layer the pieces down and bring them out while staying focused on theme, visual interest and overall flow. I place sparkly pieces where they will catch and bounce the light, and with this display my hope was the pieces out front would draw the eye to what was displayed in the crates.

Display Collage

Remember I said you have no control over the backdrop of your space?

Display Set-Up - VintAGEous Fair

In this case my table was set up in the daycare area of the Fernwood Community Centre!

Another part of my presentation is to draw the eye up, and with this display I featured larger pieces with chrome, and stood a crystal tray behind the glasses for sparkle en mass! This is where having a sign also really helps!

Display Set-Up - VintAGEous Fair

Behind the sloped trim is actually an access ramp to the area, which worked well for where my table was placed. Everyone coming down the ramp was able to see my table, and I hope the shiny sign and sparkle of the pieces helped catch their eye!

Since the Oscars were hot on the heels of the fair, and by now you all know the inspiration behind ‘Audrey’, this was my center display.

Disply - Center Section - VintAGEous Fair

Audrey Hepburn with her Oscar for the leading role in Roman Holiday, her first Hollywood movie and first leading role! I featured the tall clear decanter with this display, because it reminded me of the Oscar Audrey is holding! Here Audrey is attending the 54th Oscars.

In keeping with the theme, this year we watched the 86th Oscars at home in vintage Audrey Would! style…

Audrey Would! - Vintage Pieces - 86th Oscars

  • Northern Divine caviar served in a classic bamboo stemmed coupe;
  • Prosecco in sleek vintage Czechoslovakian crystal coupes; and
  • Ceasar salad in the vintage Baribocraft bowls I featured here and here.

Simple and elegant at-home-chic. So much fun! There is something to be said for classic vintage, don’t you think?

If you weren’t able to attend the VintAGEous Fair, you will find many of the pieces I had there over at Audrey Would! I am working on listing more pieces for you to see, so  don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for something special, or saw a treasure you wished you’d picked up. I am always happy to help!

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