Tag: Decorating

Sleek Vintage Chic in a Home Bar!

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…

2014 Victoria Vintage Expo: What A Blast!

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…

‘Propping’ for Victoria Vintage Expo: A RetroTable Makeover

‘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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Audrey Is Attending! Will We See You There?

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 Street! Friday the doors open at 4:00 pm and are staying wide open for…

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

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 this, and of course, giving you first dibs to find them in the boutique!…

Votive Holder Becomes a Vase!

Votive Holder Becomes a Vase!

I’ve had this pretty cool set of  chunky glass votive holders for quite a few years now, but have stopped using them. In fact, I even set them aside to donate with my next thrifting purge.

Chunky Glass Votive Holder

I still actually quite like them, but you know how it is. Sometimes you just move on.

And I really had moved on… until I brought home a bunch of tulips the other day. I have vases, but I was feeling restless, and wanted a change.

For some reason these votive holders came to mind, and then it all fell into place.

Chunky Glass Votive Holder turned Vase

Sometimes it pays to think outside of the box!

Tulip Collage

An unexpected bonus – the inverted dip for the votive became a great stabilizer for holding the tulips upright and in place!

Tulips in Votive Holder

I have decided to keep them after all. Whether or not they’ll see candles again is hard to say, but I know they’ll see tulips again soon… I have three of these chunky vessels and I think a trio for Easter might be kind of nice!

How about you? Have you given something a new purpose lately? If so, what did you do?

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

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!…

Fratelli Reguitti: Sometimes Major Changes Are Just Small Tweaks!

Fratelli Reguitti: Sometimes Major Changes Are Just Small Tweaks!

You might have seen this little teaser from the weekend… Are 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…

Let’s Tumble Up! Vintage 2-in-1 Water Carafe & Drinking Glass

Let’s Tumble Up! Vintage 2-in-1 Water Carafe & Drinking Glass

In light of Saint Patrick’s Day, I am featuring this sweet green Art Deco piece from the Audrey Would! collection. Learn a little about its roots and see how our modern day Audrey might incorporate this 2-in-1 piece into daily use.

This piece was made by the Dunbar Glass Co. out of West Virginia in the early 1930s-40s, and was called a  tumble up set. The small glass known as the tumble doubled as the lid. Today these sets are commonly referred to as bedside water carafes, and a hotel I recently stayed in actually had a set very similar to this one on each side of the bed!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Glass Tumble Up Set

Dunbar Glass Co. was in business for 40 years, between 1913 and 1953. They began making household glassware in the 1920s; sadly the factory was later destroyed by fire, and as a result Dunbar glassware pieces are harder-to-find collectibles. This green tumble up set is one of Dunbar’s later pieces, but because of the fire is actually quite rare.

The more common tumble up sets were produced mainly in the 1930s and were typically made of pink Depression glass. These pink carafes usually had ridges around the body and base, with the tumbles matching the ridges in their design.

Dunbar Glass Pink Tumble Up Set

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The design was later modified as you can see here in the green set.

Art Deco Dunbar Glass Bedside Water Carafe - Green

Notice there are no ridges at the base of the carafe, they are around its neck instead, and the tumble is without ridges at all. The newer carafes also had a pouring spout shaped into their rim, but the key design modification was in how the tumble fit the carafe as a lid. In the earlier sets the tumble fit over the outside of the carafe’s neck, but with this carafe you can see the tumble fits inside. This was a definite improvement in the design, because the tumble could be replaced after use and the water would not roll down the outside! If you look back at the pink carafe notice the difference in the rim and the tumble lid?

I can see how useful a tumble up set is for its intended bedside purpose, but how about our modern Audrey? How else do you think this Art Deco piece might be incorporated into today?

This is what I see…

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

Yes, I think this little tumble up set would be perfect at a desk. In today’s world we spend a lot of time at our desks, and staying hydrated is key.

But we also have modern technology that doesn’t play well with water as a contact sport!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

I think with the tumble up set, our modern Audrey can have both.

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

What do you think? Is the 2-in-1 tumble up something you might choose to use at your desk?

UPDATE: SOLD

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

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…