Before and After China Closet in Dixie Belle's Lucky Lavender

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The After Picture

I was asked to do a Facebook Live video for Dixie Belle Paint Company as I am a retailer.  The video is at https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint/ .  It ran rather long and got broken up into two parts but I really wanted to show a soomewhat finished product. Here's the real deal  You can view both videos at https://www.facebook.com/LaVintageDecorAltoona/.  Here's a Before pic for you too!  I enjoyed this makeover, inspired by the tissue paper that I decoupaged inside.  Stop in the store at 601 N. 4th Ave. in Altoona, PA for your Dixie Belle Paint products, our advice and if you're lucky, the china closet!

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Posted on September 12, 2017 .

Vintage Coastal in a new build

My work is all about reviving old pieces and designing existing spaces into something pretty and practical.  This time, I got to refresh and repurpose for a brand new build!  How exciting!  I usually like everything old, but there's something so thrilling about a brand spanking new house!  

The room the homeowner wanted my help with is a sunny guest room with Plantation shutters that looks out to their pool.  The walls are a soft and light seafoamy gray green. I helped her outfit the room with vintage pieces she already owned and a special pair of bedside tables assembled from existing elements.

Take a look!

Here are the shutters that set the tone for the coastal feel in the room.

Here, the cherry bed, which came from LaVintage Decor, got washed in Fluff from Dixie Belle Paints, and distressed with gray and black wax.  The bed is flanked by shutters, decorative shelf brackets, shelf and light fixtures; all used, refreshed with paint and assembled to form bedside tables complete with lighting provided by a simple Edison bulb.  The shutters keep the room casual as they appear to lean against the wall.  I had fun designing them!

There's still plenty of room under the shelf for a basket if extra storage is desired.

Ready for my close-up...

Ready for my close-up...

The dressers belonged to the homeowner and were a lighter stained wood, a little worse for wear.  Fluff and Mason Dixon Gray from Dixie Belle paints, were chosen for the transformation.  Most of the original knobs were kept and repainted, while new glass knobs from Rustic Brands, replaced the top knobs.  Dixie Belle paint and Rustic Brands Reproduction Hardware are both sold at LaVintage Decor Studio, Antiques & Gifts.

It's a wrap!  All that's left is for the homeowners to enjoy and settle in their new home!  It feels a little warmer when there are vintage pieces mixed in with the new.

 Call LaVonne at 8149348928 for design help in your old or new space.

Posted on December 16, 2016 .

While you were out...

As a big fan of Home Improvement TV, this has become a favorite game of mine.  My son and his family recently went to the beach for a week after having just moved in to their new house.  This gave me a chance to get busy on a small downstairs bathroom that needed some love.  Most people might go top down, but I started bottom up.  

Before, during and after.  The previous homeowner started to lay a new floor and stopped, leaving dried adhesive on the floor.  A new quality, textured vinyl plank floor was installed.  Any small gaps in the flooring were later concealed with Dixie Belle Swamp Mud and Tobacco Road Gel Stain.  

Before, during and after.  The previous homeowner started to lay a new floor and stopped, leaving dried adhesive on the floor.  A new quality, textured vinyl plank floor was installed.  Any small gaps in the flooring were later concealed with Dixie Belle Swamp Mud and Tobacco Road Gel Stain.

 

Then, it was straight to the top.  A two tile dropped ceiling had seen better days.  Wainscoting was used as a new ceiling treatment, along with trim and corner pieces.  This added a certain coziness to the room.

Then, it was straight to the top.  A two tile dropped ceiling had seen better days.  Wainscoting was used as a new ceiling treatment, along with trim and corner pieces.  This added a certain coziness to the room.

The medicine cabinet got a makeover by replacing the old yellowed plastic light cover with a piece of seeded glass, Edison bulbs were installed and a pair of new knobs were added to replace the existing one remaining.  The unattractive vent got disguised while still   keeping its functionality as it vents to the side.  Ledge shelves were added to provide a place for art which can be changed out when they tire of it. Photography here from Andrew Dierks, available at LaVintage Decor.  The walls were coated with a soft gray.    

The medicine cabinet got a makeover by replacing the old yellowed plastic light cover with a piece of seeded glass, Edison bulbs were installed and a pair of new knobs were added to replace the existing one remaining.  The unattractive vent got disguised while still   keeping its functionality as it vents to the side.  Ledge shelves were added to provide a place for art which can be changed out when they tire of it. Photography here from Andrew Dierks, available at LaVintage Decor.  The walls were coated with a soft gray.  

 

The sink was dated with its gold swirl, so it was treated to special Tub and Tile paint for a clean white look.  The faucet handles were destined to be replaced, but the only handles in the store had a warning that materials in them were known to cause cancer.  Really?  We weren't going to use them, so I used Dixie Belle's Shine on them, which works great with the new Rustic Hardware knob in mercury glass.  The cabinet was treated to Dixie Belle's Hurricane Gray with VooDoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road.  Lastly they were coated with Gator Hide, another Dixie Belle product, to stand up to moisture in the bathroom.  Both Dixie Belle and Rustic Hardware products are available at LaVintage Decor Studio.    

The sink was dated with its gold swirl, so it was treated to special Tub and Tile paint for a clean white look.  The faucet handles were destined to be replaced, but the only handles in the store had a warning that materials in them were known to cause cancer.  Really?  We weren't going to use them, so I used Dixie Belle's Shine on them, which works great with the new Rustic Hardware knob in mercury glass.  The cabinet was treated to Dixie Belle's Hurricane Gray with VooDoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road.  Lastly they were coated with Gator Hide, another Dixie Belle product, to stand up to moisture in the bathroom.  Both Dixie Belle and Rustic Hardware products are available at LaVintage Decor Studio.  

 

So, another inexpensive makeover is complete.  No need to replace everything to have a fresh look!

Posted on September 19, 2016 .

Kitchen Brightening

Don't know what to do with your dark cabinets?  Contact LaVonne from LaVintage Decor and get a paint transformation and FREE design consultation.  This kitchen got a makeover which started with cabinets and snowballed into new wall color, countertops and appliances.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here dark cabinets took a bath in Dixie Belle's Buttercream paint with Grunge Glaze distressing.  They were finished with a Satin Clear Coat. The cabinet pulls, which the homeowner was going to replace, got a new lease on life with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  Already into the makeover, the homeowners decided they wanted new wall color, but not sure which color direction to turn.  After offering a few suggestions, this turquoise blue was chosen.  It is paint with primer, so short work was made of a big job. One coat covered the previously sage green walls.  The soffit was painted in the same treatment as the cabinets to give the illusion of cabinets that reach to the ceiling and enlarge the feeling of the room.  The counter tops and appliances were on the homeowner's wishlist, and the makeover inspired the changes take place sooner.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here dark cabinets took a bath in Dixie Belle's Buttercream paint with Grunge Glaze distressing.  They were finished with a Satin Clear Coat. The cabinet pulls, which the homeowner was going to replace, got a new lease on life with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  Already into the makeover, the homeowners decided they wanted new wall color, but not sure which color direction to turn.  After offering a few suggestions, this turquoise blue was chosen.  It is paint with primer, so short work was made of a big job. One coat covered the previously sage green walls.  The soffit was painted in the same treatment as the cabinets to give the illusion of cabinets that reach to the ceiling and enlarge the feeling of the room.  The counter tops and appliances were on the homeowner's wishlist, and the makeover inspired the changes take place sooner.

The homeowner had lovely graphic wall art of a fork and spoon.  She had considered replacing it, but it took on new life, with the bold new wall color.  The black table and chairs also pop off the color.

The homeowner had lovely graphic wall art of a fork and spoon.  She had considered replacing it, but it took on new life, with the bold new wall color.  The black table and chairs also pop off the color.

Taking a cue from the existing Fork and Spoon graphic art, a solution was needed to cover an old wall phone jack.  Here, a canvas was covered in wallpaper, then a vintage tarnished utensils were adhered.

Taking a cue from the existing Fork and Spoon graphic art, a solution was needed to cover an old wall phone jack.  Here, a canvas was covered in wallpaper, then a vintage tarnished utensils were adhered.

Details...details.  An existing paper towel holder that was wood stained and had a Pfaltzgraff design on it got a makeover as well.  Painted to match the cabinets, the detail was inspired by the kitchen art.  A gold filigree was adhered to a black background and a crystal was applied.  A little bling, as in the wall art.

Details...details.  An existing paper towel holder that was wood stained and had a Pfaltzgraff design on it got a makeover as well.  Painted to match the cabinets, the detail was inspired by the kitchen art.  A gold filigree was adhered to a black background and a crystal was applied.  A little bling, as in the wall art.

There you have it.  Another kitchen with a fresh outlook.

Posted on September 7, 2016 .

Little Girl's Room Update

Recently I was honored to update a little girl's room.  The furniture was the homeowner's when she was a little girl and now is using it in her daughter's room.  Sturdy furniture with gold accents had yellowed over the years, and a new, brighter look was desired to update it. 

The top pictures show the old finish with the gold trim.  Note the center detail of the low dresser.  In the bottom pictures, you can see that the center detail was painted over for a cleaner look.  The pulls were changed to silver and various paint treatments were done on the dresser using Dixie Belle Chalk Paints, sold at LaVintage Decor Studio.  The new color of the dressers is Buttercream, and the borders around the tops and on the fronts of the dressers were treated to a two part Metallic Silver paint.  The detail on the legs was accented with Hi Ho Silver Glaze.  The medallions on the bottom skirt of the dressers were treated with Shine, in Silver.  Shine is a Dixie Belle product that is much like gold leaf.

The dressers are a match with the crib now.

The dressers are a match with the crib now.

A old mirror that had stickers on it got a makeover to match the rest of the furniture.  The wood Dixie Belle applique , also sold at LaVintage Decor Studio was applied to the top of the mirror and given the Silver Shine treatment.

A old mirror that had stickers on it got a makeover to match the rest of the furniture.  The wood Dixie Belle applique , also sold at LaVintage Decor Studio was applied to the top of the mirror and given the Silver Shine treatment.

The ceiling fan got a makeover as well.  Previously pretty in pink flowers were replaced with a chevron pattern done in Mint Julep and Lucky Lavender, inspired by the colors in the curtains.  The homeowner replaced the shades on the fan with new white ones.

The ceiling fan got a makeover as well.  Previously pretty in pink flowers were replaced with a chevron pattern done in Mint Julep and Lucky Lavender, inspired by the colors in the curtains.  The homeowner replaced the shades on the fan with new white ones.

So there you have it, a few updates with paint and existing furniture will provide enjoyment for another generation.

Posted on September 7, 2016 .

Kitchen and Bath Update

When you buy a house, sometimes the kitchen and bath need updating.  Of course, they are the most expensive rooms to update!  As I always say, paint allows you to work some magic and make what is old look new again without breaking the bank.  In this home, the kitchen is nice and open to the living space, but the finishes make it look dated.  Some Dixie Belle paint in Drop Cloth, Mason Dixon Gray and Bunker Hill Blue updated the cabinets and coordinated with the homeowner's belongings.

Here's a before picture of the kitchen.  Nice, right?

Here's a before picture of the kitchen.  Nice, right?

Here's an after shot of the painted kitchen.  The previously dark cabinet in the foreground is painted to match the rest of the cabinets, as well as the dark trim above the back cabinets.  This gives the whole space a more open feeling.  The counters were painted with Gray.  Some glitter was added in for subtle shine and then multiple layers of polycrylic.  The homeowner has since updated her faucets to the same oil rubbed bronze color the cabinet door pulls were painted.  They were previously chrome and gold.  

Here's an after shot of the painted kitchen.  The previously dark cabinet in the foreground is painted to match the rest of the cabinets, as well as the dark trim above the back cabinets.  This gives the whole space a more open feeling.  The counters were painted with Gray.  Some glitter was added in for subtle shine and then multiple layers of polycrylic.  The homeowner has since updated her faucets to the same oil rubbed bronze color the cabinet door pulls were painted.  They were previously chrome and gold.  

Elements in the new design included some furniture from LaVintage Decor Studio.  The wide sofa table was requested by the homeowner and custom built by Dave Beach of Fox Chapel Iron Works.  It has since been lowered about 6 inches.  The table backs up to their scrumptious modular sofa and allows for casual dining and additional seating when they entertain. The tabletop is made from century old reclaimed hickory wood.  The stools are from Dane Noel, another vendor at LaVintage Decor, providing an unexpected industrial vibe.  This was the homeowner's suggestion after seeing the stools in the studio.  This couple was so easy to work with because they knew exactly what  they wanted, yet they were open to suggestions.  In an adjoining bathroom/laundry room, they chose a towel rack and toilet tissue holder, also from Dane Noel, in the same industrial style.  Their choice in those accessories, along with keeping the color of the walls and cabinets consistent make the whole living space cohesive.  Stop in to the studio to see the bath accessories they chose and see if they would work in your interior!

Elements in the new design included some furniture from LaVintage Decor Studio.  The wide sofa table was requested by the homeowner and custom built by Dave Beach of Fox Chapel Iron Works.  It has since been lowered about 6 inches.  The table backs up to their scrumptious modular sofa and allows for casual dining and additional seating when they entertain. The tabletop is made from century old reclaimed hickory wood.  The stools are from Dane Noel, another vendor at LaVintage Decor, providing an unexpected industrial vibe.  This was the homeowner's suggestion after seeing the stools in the studio.  This couple was so easy to work with because they knew exactly what  they wanted, yet they were open to suggestions.  In an adjoining bathroom/laundry room, they chose a towel rack and toilet tissue holder, also from Dane Noel, in the same industrial style.  Their choice in those accessories, along with keeping the color of the walls and cabinets consistent make the whole living space cohesive.  Stop in to the studio to see the bath accessories they chose and see if they would work in your interior!

Custom made ledges were the idea of the homeowner, and provide a gallery wall for photos.  They now hold black and white photos of the couple's wedding.  As the family grows, the ledges can display children's artwork.

Custom made ledges were the idea of the homeowner, and provide a gallery wall for photos.  They now hold black and white photos of the couple's wedding.  As the family grows, the ledges can display children's artwork.

It's not easy being green (counter tops and tub), or a chrome light fixture or boring oak cabinets.  These finishes were high fashion when the home was built or last remodeled, but they needed to be updated for these homeowners.  Paint and LaVintage Decor to the rescue!  Tub and tile paint transformed the counter tops and tub, while the light fixture took on a new life with paint, new bulbs and shades.  A new similar fixture would have cost hundreds of dollars!  The cabinets were painted with Dixie Belle chalk paint, available at LaVintage Decor Studio in colors to coordinate with the bedding in the adjoining bedroom of this master suite.  Yankee Blue with Whitewash dry brushed on and distressed with Grunge Glaze, transformed the cabinets.  The homeowners have since replaced the faucets in the oil rubbed bronze finish and now coordinates with the updated light fixture as seen below.

It's not easy being green (counter tops and tub), or a chrome light fixture or boring oak cabinets.  These finishes were high fashion when the home was built or last remodeled, but they needed to be updated for these homeowners.  Paint and LaVintage Decor to the rescue!  Tub and tile paint transformed the counter tops and tub, while the light fixture took on a new life with paint, new bulbs and shades.  A new similar fixture would have cost hundreds of dollars!  The cabinets were painted with Dixie Belle chalk paint, available at LaVintage Decor Studio in colors to coordinate with the bedding in the adjoining bedroom of this master suite.  Yankee Blue with Whitewash dry brushed on and distressed with Grunge Glaze, transformed the cabinets.  The homeowners have since replaced the faucets in the oil rubbed bronze finish and now coordinates with the updated light fixture as seen below.

Top left shows the shower walls and tub before it got covered in a blanket of white paint, especially made for tub and tile.  The back wall shows the gray pattern of the tile, and the side wall has one coat of paint on it.  The finished tub and vanity, ready for the homeowner's beautiful white ruffled shower curtain.  

Top left shows the shower walls and tub before it got covered in a blanket of white paint, especially made for tub and tile.  The back wall shows the gray pattern of the tile, and the side wall has one coat of paint on it.  The finished tub and vanity, ready for the homeowner's beautiful white ruffled shower curtain.  

It's a wrap!  The couple got an update, for much less than new cabinets, tub and sink, and fixtures.  Call LaVonne at (814934-8928) or stop by LaVintage Decor today to arrange for your FREE in-home estimate.

Posted on June 17, 2016 .

Courtney Ann Boutique

I recently had the pleasure of designing the Courtney Ann Boutique, located at 1801 Valley View Blvd., Rear.  Owners Courtney Pielmeier and Kristin Finochio have had an online store for over a year and recently rented space for a brick and mortar store.  The space was formerly an office and needed a makeover to become a retail space cute enough to showcase the adorable clothes that Courtney Ann Boutique offers.  Check them out at www.courtneyannboutique.com, www.Facebook.com/courtneyannboutique/ and CourtneyAnnBoutique on Instagram.  But I digress!  Back to design.  Let me show you some befores and afters and shamelessly remind you that if you are looking for budget design for retail or real estate staging, LaVintage Decor may be the answer for you.  Call LaVonne at 814.934.8928, email lavintagedecor@gmail.com or contact me on the site.

Here's a before.  Glass block windows, vertical blinds and paneling.  Says office, not boutique.

Here's a before.  Glass block windows, vertical blinds and paneling.  Says office, not boutique.

And then there's this commercial carpet.  I had to stare at it for awhile before I could make it say boutique, but once it came to me, I took color cues from the pattern.

And then there's this commercial carpet.  I had to stare at it for awhile before I could make it say boutique, but once it came to me, I took color cues from the pattern.

In the south, a red door says welcome, here it kind of says " stay away".  It had to go.

In the south, a red door says welcome, here it kind of says " stay away".  It had to go.

Kristen wanted a coffee bar, so a repurposed dresser and some shelves filled the bill.  Reimagined chairs painted a pretty pink provide a place for waiting and give the vintage boutique vibe the owners wanted.  Lace helped the windows make the transition.  Pinks and grays make the carpet make sense in this space.  The paneling got whitewashed to provide that shabby feel.

Kristen wanted a coffee bar, so a repurposed dresser and some shelves filled the bill.  Reimagined chairs painted a pretty pink provide a place for waiting and give the vintage boutique vibe the owners wanted.  Lace helped the windows make the transition.  Pinks and grays make the carpet make sense in this space.  The paneling got whitewashed to provide that shabby feel.

Former office cubicles provide a great changing room.  Vintage chairs and the client's own accessories provide a symmetric, shabby dressing room.

Former office cubicles provide a great changing room.  Vintage chairs and the client's own accessories provide a symmetric, shabby dressing room.

Storage was provided by adding a row of canvas drapery suspended from galvanized pipe fittings and conduit.  

Storage was provided by adding a row of canvas drapery suspended from galvanized pipe fittings and conduit.  

Repurposed finds combined with new mirrors, and united by paint, provide a proper three way mirror, lit by a chandelier fashioned from a vintage pole lamp fixture, Edison bulb and chandelier crystals

Repurposed finds combined with new mirrors, and united by paint, provide a proper three way mirror, lit by a chandelier fashioned from a vintage pole lamp fixture, Edison bulb and chandelier crystals

Courtney wanted a vanity in the bathroom, but lack of space and budget concerns led to this quaint solution.  A former tabletop gets a corner cut out, supported by cleats and a random table leg, all painted out in one color unifies the found objects.  The clients accessories are perfect on the little corner table.

Courtney wanted a vanity in the bathroom, but lack of space and budget concerns led to this quaint solution.  A former tabletop gets a corner cut out, supported by cleats and a random table leg, all painted out in one color unifies the found objects.  The clients accessories are perfect on the little corner table.

One long rack with shelf provides lots of space for hanging, then a second shelf was requested to accommodate the maxi length skirts and dresses.  See how cute these clothes are?

One long rack with shelf provides lots of space for hanging, then a second shelf was requested to accommodate the maxi length skirts and dresses.  See how cute these clothes are?

Wooden racks with galvanized pipe fittings and conduit, painted out in gray provided the racks needed for clothing.  Vintage wooden hangers painted pink and decoupaged with floral images provide a place to showcase special outfits.

Wooden racks with galvanized pipe fittings and conduit, painted out in gray provided the racks needed for clothing.  Vintage wooden hangers painted pink and decoupaged with floral images provide a place to showcase special outfits.

A case fashioned from repurposed windows makes a lit display counter for jewelry atop back to back cubbies that create storage on both sides.

A case fashioned from repurposed windows makes a lit display counter for jewelry atop back to back cubbies that create storage on both sides.

The clients reconfigured the racks to suit their needs and brought in some of their existing racks to accommodate their inventory.  

The clients reconfigured the racks to suit their needs and brought in some of their existing racks to accommodate their inventory.  

Posted on March 29, 2016 .

Living Room Refresh

Many of us have lovely rooms and nice things but sometimes furniture arrangement gets us stumped.  This living room is shaped like a bowling alley and most of the furniture was placed at one end.  Also, the client's ultra modern TV seemed a little out of place in the classic surroundings.  A few changes transformed the space.  An ottoman was brought in from another room, a new settee made from repurposed chairs came in and the furniture was rearranged.  These changes made the room feel cozy and more balanced.

Beautiful room with most of the furniture all on one end of the room.

Pulling the love seat forward and putting the desk behind it defined the office function necessary in this client's living room.  The ottoman provided a place for extra seating, and a substitute for a coffee table (the kind you want to put your feet up on.)  A settee fashioned from repurposed chairs the client had were refinished with chalk paint to provide additional seating and help fill up the room.  A chandelier made from a repurposed vintage light fixture, chandelier crystals and an Edison light bulb was added to the corner.  After the client and I took a few long looks at it, we decided it will be lowered a tad.  A triptych was made to disguise the back of the computer monitor from the living room view.   

Pulling the love seat forward and putting the desk behind it defined the office function necessary in this client's living room.  The ottoman provided a place for extra seating, and a substitute for a coffee table (the kind you want to put your feet up on.)  A settee fashioned from repurposed chairs the client had were refinished with chalk paint to provide additional seating and help fill up the room.  A chandelier made from a repurposed vintage light fixture, chandelier crystals and an Edison light bulb was added to the corner.  After the client and I took a few long looks at it, we decided it will be lowered a tad.  A triptych was made to disguise the back of the computer monitor from the living room view. 

 

The opposite end of the living room got a face lift by adding a shelf above the window, resting on  gold leaf brackets that hold a window scarf which disguises the top pleats of the drapes.  The other windows in the room have cornices above them.  This gives some importance to the top of this window and balances the action at the opposite end of the room.  Some vintage marble lamps added much needed lighting to the space.  The television disappears when not in use by placing a folding screen in front, matching the one at the opposite end of the room.  These were also the client's and needed some repair.

A few simple changes and some budget friendly pieces like the chandelier, window shelf and settee transformed this room.  Call me today at 814.934.8928 if you are struggling with furniture placement and your room needs a face lift.  It costs less than you think!

 

Posted on March 13, 2015 .

Tale of Three Bathrooms

Patty and Jim DeRosa had me back to update not one, not two, but three bathrooms in their home.  It all starts with a plan.  First I drew up my ideas for their bathrooms and met with Patty for her approval.  She and Jim liked the designs and the work proceeded.

I'm pleased to say that the end results of the rooms did not stray too far from the original design.  Click on the design image to see both design boards.

Let's start with the Master bath.  

The Master bath had a pink Jacuzzi and lighting on the medicine cabinet that dated the room.  Jim disliked the deep red color so a neutral tan was selected.  White became the complimentary color starting with the tub.  No, the tub was not replaced, but painted with special paint designed for tub and tile.  The medicine cabinet got updated with new lighting and all the hardware was painted as well to a silver color.  The floor got covered in a floating vinyl plank and the wall opposite the tub got outfitted with two large cabinets from IKEA for storage.  The curtains were replaced with a 2" white wood-look blinds.  A repurposed chandelier was added to the design for some charm over the tub.  The window over the tub got a Gallery Glass paint treatment to retain the window's functionality.  

This picture shows the tub before the faucets were replaced.

On to bathroom number Two.  This small bath sits off the living room.  The walls are covered in a panel board.  To change the color, a bonding primer was used and then painted with this beautiful butterscotch.  The oak vanity set was antiqued and the shades were replaced on the lights.  A new 12" x 24" tile was used on the floor and a repurposed shutter replaced the existing curtain on the linen closet beside the shower.  The shower curtain from the upstairs made its way downstairs and was embellished with ribbon sewn along some of the stripes.  A new picture purchased by Patty is on one wall, while her existing pair of pictures behind the toilet were redone with internet images embellished with ribbon, tape and metal pieces.

Both Patty and I both agree that Bathroom 3 might be our favorite.  The paneled wall took on a spa-like blue color and the floor was tiled in the same 12" x 24" tile as the bathroom 2.  There were natural wood shelves in the room and another outdated medicine cabinet.  The hardware went to oil-rubbed bronze.  Patty and Jim purchased a new faucet set which is soon to be installed.  

Notice the angled edge of the medicine cabinet at the top and bottom.  These features along with the light, dated the room.  The section of mirror with the lights on was removed by Jim.  We removed the doors and I sent them off to Allegheny Glass who was able to cut off the angled part of the mirror and door, leaving a flat edge under which a row of cubby shelves were placed.  The light fixture came from IKEA.  The black fixture benefited from some strategically placed bronze acrylic paint.  

The shelves which are now painted white got some style with some mismatched knobs.

Posted on January 21, 2015 .

These are a few of my Favorite Things...

Handmade Christmas presents were a big hit at my house this year.  Here are a few of the outstanding gifts we received that were made with love.

Evan Falbo made these awesome lights using Mason Jars and Quikrete.  He formed the top and bottom of the light using plastic bowls as forms to pour in the Quickrete, added the jar with light before it was dry and then painted them..  I LOVE the natural look of these lights!

This retro apron was a hand-sewn gift from Lindsey Falbo.  How cool!  Kind of makes me want to put a dress and heels on to hang around the house.  Ok, maybe not.  Lindsey plans to have an Etsy shop soon that she will sell her aprons; as well as handmade bow ties and lingerie.  Something for everyone.  We'll keep you posted on that.

While I'm wearing my apron, I can bake up these cookies in a jar, a wonderful handmade gift from Julia Wertz.  The instructions to make these Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies are handwritten on the top. Mmmm...

Also in the Santa Clause basket from Julia were these wonderful bath goodies.

How simple and beautiful are these creations?  Amazing handcrafted mixtures such as Mint Pine Bath Salts and Vanilla Green Tea Detox Bath are folded in these papers with ribbon and bejeweled trims.  Talk about pampering!  

The new year brings hopes of a LaVintage Decor Studio and Gift Shop.  It is my hope that I can convince this trio as well as my other creative family members and friends to help stock the shelves with these handmade treasures.

Posted on December 30, 2014 .