Vintage Coppercraft Guild: Back in its Prime!

The warmth of copper has made a comeback to the style table, and this season is right up there with ‘seen and to be seen’. There are many great pieces to choose from, especially when it comes to vintage barware and home decor pieces made by the well known yet short lived company Coppercraft Guild.

Do you recognize their label?

BAR-3079-SZ Coppercraft Guild Roly Poly & Tray Set (3)

 

Coppercraft Guild was a top producer of copperware in their day, but if I told you they were the copper equivalent of Tupperware, would I have your attention?

Established in the 1970s, Coppercraft Guild was a direct marketing company out of Taunton, Massachusetts in the US. They specialized in high quality decorative houseware products that were made of solid copper and specially treated so they would not tarnish.

Like this sleek bud vase that doubles as a candle holder…

ACC-3078-SZ Coppercraft Guild Bud Vase (1)

Or this hanging kettle bowl planter that’s perfect for a small potted plant.

ACC-3080-SZ Coppercraft Guild Planter, Small (2)

But what set Coppercraft Guild apart was their use of a part-time sales force to sell product at home parties. Namely housewives employed as hostesses using a similar model to that of the infamous Tupperware home party system!

Though they were only in business a short time, Coppercraft Guild expanded their home party business into Canada. I was lucky enough to come across this vintage ad looking for prospective hostesses, and thought you might enjoy it, too!

Coppercraft Guild Image - Everything Zoomer 400px - blog

The ad says:

We need each other. We are looking for people like yourself to represent an established company selling a prestigious product through party plan sales. We feel Coppercraft Guild of Canada offers the most complete product line of solid copper and home accessories sold in Canada. Plus a hostess plan and recommendation program that is second to none in direct sales today. And we care. We care about each of our people the way any close family does about each of its members.

Fun, and as Coppercraft used to pitch, no other material is rich enough for company, yet informal enough for family! 

I had a hard time getting to the bottom of why Coppercraft Guild closed their doors, and actually never could verify for sure, but the chatter goes that the people who owned Coppercraft had a falling out. As a result the assets were divided and the company was shut down. Hmmmm…

Regardless, what we do know is Coppercraft Guild pieces were popular in their prime, and because the company was short lived, they are now treasures getting harder to find.

BAR-3079-SZ Coppercraft Guild Roly Poly & Tray Set (1)

Do you have any Coppercraft Guild pieces in your collection? If so, I would love to hear what pieces you have and how you acquired them. If not, all of these pieces can be found at Audrey Would!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Coppercraft Guild Ad courtesy of Connect Everything Zoomer - click image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller – please link and credit if you choose to use!

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

I was approached by online company Chairish, to take part in creating a style board for an ideal home bar using one of their barstool options as my jump-off. If you haven’t heard of Chairish, here is a quick introduction for you, taken directly from their website…

Chairish.com makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.

Buy. Sell. Adore.

I chose this set of barstools from the options Chairish provided.

Chairish Bar Stools

I love industrial chic, and with these handcrafted barstools I was drawn to the rich reddish-wood colour and metal frame combination. Another thing I like for a home barstool is a comfy back. Don’t get me wrong, there are fantastic sleek barstool options baring no back, but for a home bar comfort is key.

Since we’re nearing the threshold of the Holiday Season, I went with grunge industrial chic meets ooh-la-la sleek!

Love, love, LOVE these Chairish spiral pendants made from salvaged industrial-grade steel!

Chairish Industrial Spiral Pendant
I’m in favour of a great chandelier, but I’m partial to pendants for home bar designs. The problem is there are so many predictable pendants out there that have already been seen and done. It’s often hard to find something really distinct and unique.
Normally I’m not one for area rugs in cocktail bar spaces, but for a home bar I like them a lot, and I thought this handmade vintage Turkish rug from Chairish was a perfect ‘grunge meets glam’ choice for my ideal home bar space!
Chairish Turkish Rug
This rug was one of many left and forgotten in the back rooms of bazars, and believe it or not, it was at one time in traditional Turkish colours. Through a process of overdyeing in today’s modern shades, this rug and many others have been revived and brought back into today’s style.
With the reddish wood colour of the barstools, and the cool shades of gray, I opted to pull in some sleek vintage barware from Audrey Would! to complete this ideal home bar space. I liked the juxtaposition of rusty and worn to the sleek sparkle and bounce of light!
Audrey Would Barware Collage
And here is my style board where grunge meets chic!
Sleek Vintage Chic!

What’s your idea for an ideal home bar? Is it grunge, sleek and chic?

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs for Chairish pieces taken from Chairish.com – click on image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

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!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use. :-)

‘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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

 

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!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

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

Drinkware
audreywould.com

Vintage bar tool
audreywould.com

Drinkware
audreywould.com

Bar tool
audreywould.com

Red shot glasses
audreywould.com

Wall art
audreywould.com

 

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!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use.

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?

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

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

Photograph by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

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!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Images:

(1) Created on Polyvore - Floral, Not Stirred! by audreywould featuring blue home accessories

(2) Photo by Sheila Zeller – please link and credit this post if you choose to use!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

AudreyWould Web - Business Card - Smoke - Side 2-sz

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

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?

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use! :-)