Monday, September 24, 2012

Vintage Interior Design Blog | Vintage Swim: Get The Picture

Vintage Swim: Get The Picture

This weekend I had some DIY fun giving my new patio a vintage vibe. I had a group of small cactus plants in small terracotta pots. Even in groupings, they looked a little lonely, quite possibly because all of the pots are the same height. Here's a shot from Instagram

diy vintage patio

image via @pipandestella on instagram, styling by sana keefer

A plaster antique frame from the Pip & Estella shop (now I must keep!!!) was the perfect piece to bring attention to the a trio of cacti sitting down low. And there was no need for a riser because the negative space at the top of the picture frame looks kind of cool. 

Other plants were arranged on a higher surface to balance things out. I used a chair but other alternatives include:

  1. Stacked vintage crates
  2. A weathered stool
  3. Antique plant stand
Any vintage or antique frame will do the trick and the configurations are endless. Might you try it?
See what others thought.

Pip & Estella

Monday, September 17, 2012

Vintage Interior Design Blog | Vintage Swim: Case Of Curiosities

If you're a collector like me, you probably know that editing down your collection of objects at least semi-regularly is important to avoid clutter. However, we often have some pieces that we don't use day-to-day that were passed down from family or have sentimental value so giving them up isn't an option. My embossed, leather-wrapped traveling case is an example.

photograph & styling by sana keefer 

The modern day equivalent of this might be the make-up bag or dopp kit, this case was once used to tote cosmetics, small jewelry, customized stationery and monogrammed writing pens. I already have a place for many of those items, but the shells I found on my last beach trips in New York before moving here to Los Angeles (sentimental again!) had been sitting on the bottom of my vintage bar cart, visually lonely. In desperate need of organization, I put them on display giving the case new life and the bottom shelf a bit of organization. I call it a Case of Curiosities. Win-win. Have some finds you want to put on display at home? It's a good idea for retail display as well.

Make your own Case of Curiosities:

  1. Find a small vintage suitcase, carrying or traveling case. Any piece with compartments will work.
  2. Add pieces that are dear to your heart, whatever they may be and work them into the pockets, shelves and compartments. In my case, my shells were sort of blending in with the case since they are all natural colors. I spray painted one of my sea shells with a metallic spray to give it some glitz and accent the pretty brass hardware on the case.
  3. Find a place to show off your new case.
resources: traveling case - family heirloom, sea shells - collected in east hampton, turtle shell - collected, washed up on ft. tilden beach, rust-oleum hammered spray paint in bronze.

Pip & Estella

Monday, September 10, 2012

Vintage Interior Design Blog | Vintage Swim: Suitcases Suited For Styling

Vintage Swim: Suitcases Suited For Styling

You can never ever have enough vintage suitcases. Ever. They're fun for weekend trips and even better for everyday organizing at home. 

styling by sana keefer, photography by evan wathington

Here's how they come in handy for me and how they can do the same for you.

Open & Close:

  1. Atop a dresser, open with seasonal accessories like scarves, necklaces and bracelets. Many old suitcases have beautiful silk or chintz lining that you can show off. Tuck heirloom hankies in the pockets or hang pendant necklaces on the latch.
  2. Bedside, open or closed filled with books & magazines such as the old Domino collection you've been hoarding and grab a good read right before bed.
  3. Close them and hide them away under the bed with out of season shoes or accessories. They're much more interesting than plastic storage bins and this way if space is a concern, you can pull them out just when you need them.
Whether open or closed, vintage suitcases are where it's at when we're talking styling in the bedroom!

styling resources: olive and mustard center stripe suitcase - pip & estella for, modern pork pie hat - topshop, paisley belt - j. crew, geometric pencil skirt - anthropologie. 

Pip & Estella

Monday, September 3, 2012

Vintage Interior Design Blog | Vintage Swim: Perfume Bottles Make Glamourous Decor

Vintage Swim: Perfume Bottles Make Glamourous Decor

I always say I'm not a girly girly girl but when you get me in a room with with my friend Jenny L. that statement becomes an untruth. You'll hear phrases beginning with "OMG I love...  that dress, those shoes, those vintage clip on earrings" etc. My level of excitement would indicate that I am in fact a girly girl who would not only benefit from a vanity or dressing area but thoroughly enjoy having one.

styling by sana keefer photography by evan wathington

And no real vanity or dressing area is complete without shiny vintage trinkets so here is where the vintage perfume bottles come in.  Clearly they glam things up but we want utilize them without just creating extra clutter. Right? Here are three ways I use them:

  1. To hold essential oils because I've never actually purchased on of those gigantic bottles of perfume.
  2. As a safe spot for small but valuable jewelry that has the potential to disappear.
  3. Fill with mineral bronzer or loose powders that you can apply by fingertip.
Do you have a vanity in or dressing area? Any tips to share?

styling resources: 1940s glass perfume bottles, vintage hardcover book, brass writing pin and skeleton key - Pip & Estella,  Sea shells - found, vintage style postcard - Chelsea Market Baskets

Pip & Estella