Category Archives: Decorating

Decorating with Antiques: Door Plates and Fashion Plates

Here’s a fun way to integrate a variety of small decor items — my friend Erin did this for me shortly after I moved into this house.  We have here some Eastlake hinges from the 1880s, antique monogrammed doorknobs, an … Continue reading

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Timeless Gems from Eastlake’s “Hints on Household Taste”

While 19th Century British author Charles Eastlake often gets a bad rap for being a pretentious, opinionated snob (and yes, that’s true to an extent), I found some charming little pieces in his classic Hints on Household Taste.  Opinionated he … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Antique is the Fairest of Them All!)

The other day, we were visiting a distant cousin who had several very nice antique pieces. Let me clarify; some formerly very nice antique pieces. “This buffet belonged to my great grandfather. We refinished it and replaced the mirror.” (Whereupon … Continue reading

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Vintage Double Cola Tray as CD Holder, and DVD Organization Tip

I know that, in this enlightened age, most people have their music on their iPod and have gotten rid of their CDs.  For those of us clinging to the older ways, however, here’s my latest storage idea. It all started … Continue reading

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Decorating with Antiques: My New (1925) Chandelier!

Working at an architectural antique store that specializes in lighting has the unfortunate side effect of making you a chandelier snob. And that 1980’s chandelier — bright, shiny, cheapy, lacquered brass — it was hanging in my dining room. And … Continue reading

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Decorating with Vintage Pieces

Last night, my friend Jade and I stayed up way too late arranging stuff. I can clean and arrange other people’s stuff — I can sagely advise my mom on what needs to leave her closet, clean my sister’s dresser … Continue reading

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A Productive Day! (And Some Vintage Decorating)

This morning, I hopped out of bed, went and got an emissions test for my CRV (and mentally cursed the politicians of Davidson County), talked on the phone to my best friend from college, and spent the afternoon at my … Continue reading

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