Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pottery City Gallery...My new favorite store

In my quest to add some vintage to my modern home, I decided to search the Internet for some local thrift and antique shops.  I came across a website that listed antique stores and found a place called Pottery City Gallery that is just minutes from my house. 

I thought for sure it had been closed down.  East Liverpool is a really sad town.  The economy is really bad and a lot of the businesses downtown have closed up.  So one day while out and about I convinced my husband to see if it was open and it was.  We didn't have time to go in, but I know that I would soon.

A few days later, we ventured inside Pottery City.

The first floor is massive. There is so many different things to look at.  If you collect anything, I am sure you will be able to find it here.  Although, I have been looking for world globes and didn't have any luck. They had one that was $30 and I thought that was to much.

There is tons of pottery of course.  East Liverpool was a big pottery town back in the day and Homer Laughlin, who makes Fiesta ware, is just across the river.  So there is tons and tons of Fiesta ware here.

At the top of the stairs on the second floor, there is a bin full of old license plates.  I thought that was really cool.  There are a lot of projects I would like to do with old license plates, but I never knew where to get them.

The second floor also has a bunch of light fixtures hanging from the ceiling that are for sale.  I LOVE this one.

And this one.

The third floor is not quite as big as the first and second floors, but still more fun stuff to go through.

I stumbled upon this display of milk glass on the third floor. 

I love these white leather chairs.  I am very into tufting right now.

That's not all.  There is a basement full of furniture.

Look at all these different chairs they have.

I am really glad I found this place.  It is so much fun to go through and look at all the different things.  I started collecting vintage cameras and they have lots of them here.  I just can't afford to buy everything all in one day.  Is it wrong that I want to go every day?  I don't even want to go in Ikea every day.  I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever in Ohio.

Do you have any antique malls in your town that you frequent?  Let me know about them.  I would love to find other places like this.  Maybe they will have some world globes that I have been looking for.

Until next time...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ikea Hack Malm Dresser Window Seat...For Dogs

I am finally finishing up the dog's room/mudroom.  Now that I crossed off this window seat, I only have 3 more projects to finish and the room will be done.  Yay!  It only took about 9 months to complete.

Here is the window seat and it is for the dogs.

I started with this Malm dresser from Ikea.

MALM 6-drawer dresser IKEA Extra roomy drawers. Smooth running drawers with pull-out stop.
Because this dresser fit perfectly in front of our large window in this room, I thought it would be cool if I could turn it into a window seat for the dogs.  Some of our dogs like to look out the window, but they didn't have a good spot to do it.  So I decided to go for it.
The first step was the upholstered top.  We cut a piece of plywood the same size as the top of the dresser.  Then we covered the plywood with 1 inch foam and wrapped it with batting and the green velvet fabric.  We finished by stapling the fabric to the underside.  My husband suggested adding the tufts.  I didn't do the tufting the appropriate way.  I just hammered furniture nails down through the fabric into the plywood.  I am really glad that I added the tufts.  The spoiled rotten pillow was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  All the rest of the pillows were made by me with fabric I already had for the most part.
The second and final step was painting the drawer fronts.  I have been seeing a lot of ombre dressers out there in blogland and I really liked the way it looked.  I thought it would really tie in the other greens that are in the room and it did.  I love the way it turned out.
Here are how the dogs enjoy the window seat.
I didn't show you the steps yet, but you will see them in the final room reveal.  They are located on the right side of the dresser.  That is how the dogs get on top of the dresser.  The 2 dogs in the picture are the ones that utilize the window seat.  Our chihuahua will get on it occasionally and our other min pin doesn't want anything to do with it.  He is a scared boy.
So that is another look into the almost finished dog's room/mudroom.  If you are interested in seeing the reveal of this room, become a follower of my blog.  You won't want to miss it.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vintage Modern and Flea Market Glamour

I know vintage isn't anything new in the design world, but it is kind of new to me.  I have always bought brand new furniture and accessories.  I also thought vintage was too country or grandma-ish for me.  But now that I have been exposed to work from designers who use vintage items in their designs like The Novogratz, Emily Henderson and The Junk Gypsies, the look of vintage modern is really growing on me.

I have decided to venture out into the antiques world to see what cool things I can find to incorporate in our house that will mesh well with my baroque and Hollywood Regency modern pieces.  So far, I am really enjoying looking through all the old stuff.  I even stumbled upon this great antique mall in our crappy town of East Liverpool, Ohio.  My husband isn't as excited by it all.  He hates old things.  He thinks I have lost my mind.

I will be doing a post on this great antique mall in my town a little later, but in the meantime here are some of my favorite vintage modern rooms.

 I love this fancy, but yet simple bathroom.

Jonathan Adler
 Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler's NY duplex
Jonathan Adler
I love the rooms with the vintage signage if you didn't notice.  The
other weird thing is that I really like all the white rooms with punches of color.  For a long time, I despised white walls mainly because I lived in so many rentals where I wasn't allowed to paint the white walls.   Now, I am perfectly fine with all the white walls.  It is funny how your personal style can change over the years.
I can't wait to add some vintage style to my designs.  What do you think about Vintage Modern or Flea Market Glamour styles?  Are you adding any vintage pieces to your decor.  I would love to hear your thoughts on it.  Until next time...