Monday, March 7, 2011

Aged Beauty

I like the idea of an eclectic mix of details in my home.

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Right now we're still living the Apartment Life, but when we get a house, I would like to have mainly new furniture, with a few vintage pieces thrown in to keep things interesting. The first vintage piece that we ever got was the recent Library Card Catalog that Brian gave me earlier this year. I am looking for a few companions for it.

On Friday I went antiquing with my friend Lauren who restores old finds. She's always on the lookout for some neglected piece that she can vamp up and give a new lease on life. I had so much fun that I went again the next day with Brian. We found this one store that had books and furniture that were older than the USA. It was such a marvel to see their collection.

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I really want to get an old bakers table with wrought iron legs but a thick wooden top, and would also love to have a cute secretary desk.

Do you have any vintage favorites that you've always wanted to have in your home?

23 comments:

Colleen Elizabeth said...

How lovely! I would love to have a vintage typewriter that works. I love writing letters to friends and it has been a dream of mine to send a typewritten letter...maybe some day.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

How old was the Pilgrim's Progress? What a find.

Dionne, could you come to visit me in Chicago and just paint the clock in todays art piece . . . on the wall of my apartment? So lovely.

fondly,
Glenda

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

I love these finds!! How fun it must have been to go antiquing and finding these. I live in a little apartment now too, and I love adding the vintage pieces I find to decorate :) Because there won't be any other home that looks like ours :) I really want a standing wooden wine holder! They're hard to find, so I'll probably just snag one up as soon as I find it, hehe - that's the fun part about looking for vintage treasures!

the chirpy bird said...

One might even be mistaken for thinking we're the same person!
hahaaha
love love love. Now hurry up and have that bunch here so we can meet in person!
xx tash

Dancing Branflake said...

Amazing finds! A Jefferson desk is something we are currently looking for.

Natalie Nicole said...

I love the front porch reading spot! Pretty throw pillows with details are a weakness of mine.
I've not gone antique shopping myself (yet), but I would like to get an antique piano stool to replace my industrial desk chair. I have a friend who has one, and I was secretly jealous the first time I saw it (and a little every time I think about it).

Mekkan said...

It's exciting to add vintage favorites one by one, isn't it. We're always looking for vintage carpets and fabrics which match our house. It's fun to display them on the walls or on the floors while changing them with the seasons. Hope you'll ran into your favorites.

Lovely Scribbles said...

I found an old secretary's desk at Goodwill last year that I'm absolutely in love with. :) I must say, though, that your library card catalog is amazing!!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

love that cash register! i'd love to find some lovely vintage lamps.

Notes from Holly St. said...

i love mixing old with new too...it gives the home so much more character!

Looking Glass said...

Love that beautiful old cash register.

~ Clare x

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I'm still Apartment Living right now and I've been holding off purchasing any new pieces since I know a cross-country move is in the cards for me. But when the time comes for a home, there will definitely be antiquing involved.

orchid said...

Wow, I love the vintage typewriter. Unfortunately, my house is so tiny (even though detached house) to enjoy decorating these things. I truly hope you'll be able to find your favorites and looking forward to seeing the pics of your fine arrangement♡♡♡

Jess said...

Did you go to Reeve's????? Too fun! And totally need to go to 18th Street in the Heights!

And HOW COOL to play Clocks at your wedding! That song sounds like magic to me :)

Punctuation Mark said...

what a cute drawing... love vintage shopping but in Miami it's hard becasue there isn't that much around here!

Sey said...

I have one favorite in my moms house. Her vintage table. actually she has a lot and I admire those incredible pieces.

Bethany Dirksen said...

I have always wanted an old library catalog! Oh man, jealous. I don't really have any old treasure yet, but am definitely planning on getting some when I have more money and space!

Melanie's Randomness said...

One day I want to have a vintage type writer and film camera from the 20's. =)

Melanie's Randomness

Dandelion and Grey said...

Gorgeous! I love you style, Dionne!

Meghan said...

For some reason I've always wanted a typewriter. There are some at a vintage shop here in Chicago, but I am waiting for our next home:)

Tender Branson said...

I want that cash register. That thing is sweet!

Rachel said...

Oh my...your library catalogue is fantastic!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh the front porch reading spot look so inviting... this is my favorite place in a house! xo