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With big ideas and a limited budget, a Chicago couple breathes new life into an old Wisconsin lakeside camp. A restored midcentury home dazzles with an inspired collection of vintage furnishings from the 1950s and 60s.


In the Louisiana lowlands, a vintageloving family builds a rustic farmhouse from scratch.


Within a neutral palette, Joanna Madden creates intriguing displays of vintage collectibles.


A canny collector creates a whimsical wonderland from marvelously mismatched yet cohesive furnishings.


A Pennsylvania landscape serves as an upscale antique setting for its owners’ American folk art collection.


A homeowner introduces her shabby chic vintage style to a new buildergrade house.


Vintage furnishings transport Jennifer Kuller’s Arizona rental back to happier times.

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A stem-to-stern makeover transforms a trailer into a magic carpet ride. Use old bindings and book pages to make beautiful accents that will add texture and character to your decor.


From delicate hankies to backcountry bandannas, these small scraps of fabric pack a big decorative punch.

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Plan your trips now to find vintage treasures from March through June.


Visit L.A.’s Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market to score some fab finds.


Gather on the lawn for an old-fashioned soft-serve soiree.


Everything is bigger in Texas and the semi-annual Antiques Week, held around the tiny town of Round Top, is no exception.


DIY decor and vintage collectibles give this English wedding reception an emotional appeal.


Fashion a greens-laden tablescape for a sumptuous spring get-together.



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Publisher—Stanley R. Harris Editorial Director—Phyllis Goldstein Editor-in-Chief—Debra Wittrup

In this, our flea-market issue, we show you

some of our favorite flea markets and vintage events that simply shouldn’t be missed. I’ve attended many of them myself and have the vintage treasures to prove it. But if you’re new to the whole experience of shopping a flea market, all the wonderful wares on display may be a bit daunting. Where does one begin? How do you buy what you love and not end up with a hodge-podge of unrelated (even if glorious) stuff? First, it helps to go to a new flea market with someone who knows the lay of the land, so to speak. An experienced visitor knows where the best dealers are, who deals in particular styles or types of merchandise, which venues in a large event are worth a visit, and which can be passed by. That alone can save valuable time and money. If you don’t know what kinds of vintage artifacts really speak to you, try not to start buying right away. See what’s on offer and how much various dealers are asking for similar items. If you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, write it down in a list and carry it with you. You will experience visual overload so it’s handy to have a reminder of why you’re there in the first place! Since large stuff catches the eye first, look for your big items, like furniture, in a first tour around the stalls. Those will be the pieces that will be snapped up right away. Take a second tour for the “smalls”—accessories, jewelry, and fabrics, for example. Look with a creative eye. If you love a chair but the upholstery is dated or stained, imagine it in a different fabric. If the shape of an object is fabulous but the finish is damaged, consider it under a new coat of paint. Be realistic, though, about what you can achieve without professional assistance. Finally, if it’s unique or speaks to you (screams “take me home” in fact), go ahead and splurge. Loving it and living with it is its own reward. Know the score and you’ll score big!

Art Director—Kristin Cleveland Managing Editor—Janet Mowat Associate Editor—Diane Speros Copy Editor—Janet Bjugan Production—Tracy Burg Photo Studio Manager—Narvas Scates Studio Assistance—Elaine Anderson,

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Contributing Writers—Fifi O’Neill,

Charlotte Safavi, Debra Steilen, Deb Wiley

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Take a cue from Joanna Madden’s home (page 64) and learn accessorizing tricks that bring a neutral palette to vibrant life. Photography: Rikki Snyder


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spring & summer vintage markets

The warm-up in spring is the herald to the start of flea market season, so plan your trips now to find vintage treasures from March through June. NORTHEAST

BRIMFIELD ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES SHOWS *Three times a year in May, July, and September 5,000 vendors Held along a one-mile stretch of Route 20 Brimfield, MA THE VINTAGE BAZAAR *Twice a year in June and September 140+ vendors Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Road, Salisbury, MA CLOVER MARKET *Winter, spring, and fall shows 100+ vendors Ardmore, PA BROOKLYN FLEA *Every weekend PHOTO BY CARUTH STUDIO

100+ vendors Brooklyn, NY

Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Shows

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400 ANTIQUES MARKET *3rdLAKEWOOD weekend of every month, except December 500 vendors 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA ANTIQUE CENTER *ANDRENNINGER’S FARMER’S FLEA MARKET Weekly 500+ vendors Mount Dora, FL



900 vendors Shipshewana, IN RANDOLPH STREET MARKET FESTIVAL *Monthly, May-September 250+ vendors, indoor and outdoor Monthly, October-April 75-90 vendors, indoor Randolph Street neighborhood, West Loop, Chicago, IL COUNTY FLEA MARKET *TheKANE first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month March-December 1000+ vendors Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL WHAT CHEER’S COLLECTORS’ PARADISE FLEA MARKET *Three times a year in May, July, and September County Fairgrounds, What Cheer, IA WALNUT ANTIQUE SHOW *Annually on Father’s Day weekend 300+ dealers Walnut, IA MARBURGER FARMS *Twice a year in March/April and September/October

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350+ vendors Located halfway between Round Top and Warrenton, Texas, on Highway 237 AND THE TEXAS ANTIQUE WEEKEND Twice a year in March/April and September/October Thousands of vendors along a 25-mile stretch of Hwy 237 Round Top and Warrenton, Texas

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BOWL FLEA MARKET *2ndROSE Sunday of every month 2.500+ vendors Pasadena, CA REMNANTS OF THE PAST *Twice a year in April and September 75 vendors The Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA THREE SPECKLED HENS *Twice a year in May and October 65 vendors Paso Robles Event Center, Paso Robles, CA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE *FirstALAMEDA Sunday of each month 800+ dealers Alameda Point Naval base, Alameda, CA

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market


PORTLAND EXPO ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW *Three times a year in March, July, and October 1,100 vendors Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR PLUCKY MAIDENS JUNK FEST *Three times a year 60 vendors Portland, OR CHICKS ANTIQUE SHOW *FirstFARM full weekend in June


300 vendors Spokane County Fairgrounds, Spokane, WA

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flea market finds

Among the vintage trends, there are many items that offer enduring appeal.

1. Architectural salvage

Old house parts range from the immense, such as porch gables and columns, through midsize, like doors, fireplace surrounds, shutters, and windows, to the small, such as corbels, grates, and hardware. When sound and intact, they can add vintage character as parts for a new structure. Or use the less-than-perfect on a shed or as decorative accents in the home.

2. Trunks/suitcases

Old luggage packs a real punch. Look for large, flat-topped trunks to repurpose as coffee tables or cushioned seating. Opt for a vintage humpback trunk for optimal storage capacity in a bedroom, family room corner, or on the porch. Suitcases can be adapted for myriad uses such as side or bedside tables, stacked or underbed storage, or hanging cabinets. Choose sturdy pieces with unbroken hinges and clasps. Check interiors carefully for mold or mildew.

3. Chandeliers





Vintage chandeliers are seldom found at bargain prices, but you can be assured that your purchase will stand the test of time. Old fixtures with a good finish and a complete set of crystals are worth snagging on sight if they’re in your price range. Make certain the wiring is intact or can be repaired easily. If you’re looking for something to rehab, brass can be painted and replacement crystals are available through lamp parts stores.

4. Silverplate

Collect silverplated flatware and hollowware for service and decoration. Tarnished trophies, bowls, and urns bring a wonderful patina to bookshelves, tabletop, vanity, or mantel. Look for silver plated over a copper base or for heavier, and highly collectible hotel silver, which resists tarnishing. If you prefer the gleam of silver, a little elbow grease will bring shine to all but the most tarnished pieces.

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TIMELESS TIPS If you plan to use your treasures as they were intended, look for those in good condition.

5. Midcentury furniture

Made to last and simple in design, midcentury furniture can blend into almost any decorating style. An upholstered piece with original fabric in good condition is a treat to find. Always test sofas, chairs, and tables for stability. Lessthan-perfect upholstery can be replaced and scarred frames can be painted, but wobbles may spell trouble. Unless it’s in good shape, steer clear of veneered wood pieces, as any damage may be irreparable.

6. Typography/signage

The typography trend is big in home decor, which makes signage and sign letters highly collectible. Available in all sizes, styles, and materials, from small plastic menu board letters to large metal marquee signage, you can focus on one letter, one material, or mix and match for an eclectic collection. Hang a large metal letter in a grouping above a sofa, include a series of letters on the mantel, or hang an old metal or wood advertising sign as a work of art and you’ll have accents that (almost literally) speak to you.





7. Mirrors

You can never have enough mirrors. Collect them in all shapes and sizes to use as trays on tables or to layer on a mantel. Fill a stairway with a gallery of mirrors to bounce light through the narrow space. Hang a series of art deco celluloid hand mirrors on a bathroom wall. Lean a large framed mirror against a wall as a statement piece.


8. Textiles

Vintage fabrics are a treasure trove for the creative DIYer. Pieces in good condition, such as tablecloths, curtains, runners, yardage, and quilts, can be used as intended. But even pieces that show stains, tears, or wear can be cut up for upholstery, pillows, lampshades, and even artwork. Be prepared to pay top dollar for old linen, barkcloth, ticking, and sacking yardage. But midcentury and modern tablecloths, tea towels, and yardage are still available at bargain prices.

9. Obsolete technology

Vintage fans, clocks, cameras, movie projectors, typewriters, and telephones may have succumbed to the digital age, but in their sculptural beauty, they’ve found a place in home decor. Mass a group of cameras or clocks together on a bookshelf or table. Line up a series of fans on a mantelpiece. Set a vintage typewriter and Bakelite telephone on a modern desk.

10. Ironstone

Whether you want the stark simplicity of pale white earthenware or prefer the decorative punch of a piece of transferware, collecting ironstone is a purely aesthetic experience. By focusing on one type, you can build a cohesive grouping of unmatched pieces because they are united by color. Ironstone is heavier than porcelain or other earthenware and has a lovely cream luster. Many, but not all ironstone pieces carry markings to identify the maker.

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good reads

new ideas for vintage design

These beautiful books take you from sublime considerations of style to practical project applications.

There is a movement among bibliophiles to preserve, protect, and promote the bound book. Author Lisa Occhipinti’s Novel Living is a hymnal to this cause that teaches readers how to collect books, build a library in even the tiniest rooms, and create projects, such as this wall-hung lighted book box, made from a basic wood crate, that stores volumes without taking up precious floor space. NOVEL LIVING: COLLECTING, DECORATING, AND CRAFTING WITH BOOKS STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book, November 2014; U.S. $24.95 / Can. $27.95

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World renowned paint effects guru and color expert Annie Sloan considers what makes a successful interior. She explains how to achieve your chosen style by creating moodboards and analyzing key factors—scale, focus, display, and layout. Examining nine popular decorating styes, Annie explains the key techniques you’ll need to recreate these styles in your own home. ANNIE SLOAN’S ROOM RECIPES FOR STYLE AND COLOR Cico Books, 2014; U.S. $35

Rustic barns and gardens for weddings are among today’s top trends. Stylist Fifi O’Neill knows how to transform such venues into gorgeous prairie-style celebrations that seamlessly blend the rugged with the elegant. PRAIRIE-STYLE WEDDINGS By Fifi O’Neill; Photos by Mark Lohman Chronicle Books, December 2014; U.S. $30 Vintage Style *


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industrial chic Adding a rugged patina can instantly update a home, while keeping it a classic. Whether a cool, fully-functioning fridge, or a repurposed factory cart on rusty wheels doubling as a coffee table, an industrial furniture element or home accent adds texture and depth to your decor. When shopping flea markets or antique stores, keep an eye out for vintage metal and wood furnishings and old factory fittings and hardware. For instant gratification, try these retail products to get onboard with the look.

COLORFUL KITCHEN A vintage style refrigerator adds instant cool and often great color to any kitchen. The company offers more than 200 colors to pick from— or you can have your appliance custom-colored. Go two-tone if you can’t decide! Other large kitchen appliances are also available, including a retro range, hood, and even dishwasher. BIG CHILL ORIGINAL SIZE FRIDGE Available at, from $2995

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YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS As if taken right from an old roadside attraction, these figures are created with a rustic antique look, and each piece is 12”, 24” or 36” tall, 4” deep and equipped with a hanging bracket for easy wall installation. They also look great leaning against a wall. VINTAGE MARQUEE LIGHTS Available at, starting at $159

GO CART Besides adding an industrial edge to a living room, what’s best about this coffee table is that it’s on wheels, so it can be moved easily to clear the floor for a party or game night, or be repurposed temporarily in another space. UMA ENTERPRISES LOFT WOOD UTILITY CART/COFFEE TABLE Available at; $241.99

COOL STOOL This barstool, which pulls up perfectly to any kitchen counter or tall desk, has a distressed finish on metal legs. It comes in red and white, easy colors to match with any style. MOE’S HOME COLLECTION 29.5” BAR STOOL From Moe’s Home Collection, available at; $189.99

EASY ELEGANCE This lovely chair comes in Brilliant Otter, Parchment Cream, and Silver Blue colors. It is a welcome addition to any room, either as a pair bridging a fireplace in a living room, or as a single in a bedroom nook. The muted hues, simple yet flirty lines, and classic tufting (very on-trend) will bring a refined texture to industrial decor. AVE SIX COLTON VINTAGE STYLE BUTTON-TUFTED VELVET SIDE CHAIR Available at; $263.99

RUSTIC ARTWORK Nothing is more personally vintage than old family photos. Turn some of your favorites into wall art. You can choose a mounting in wood, canvas, metal or acrylic. Try hanging a triptych above a sofa. Go black-and-white or sepia for an old-school look. Instant art! PICTURE BUNGALOW Available at; prices vary

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CREATIVE CAMP With big ideas and a limited budget, a Chicago couple breathes new life into an old Wisconsin lakeside camp. photos by Mark Lohman


words by Debra Steilen

styling by Sunday Hendrickson

Stump stools—which camp owner David Hernandez cut from fallen trees—offer rustic seating options on the Tree House porch, opposite. An old camp blanket adds color. Vibrant fiberglass canoes (vintage, of course) punctuate the beach in front of Camp Wandawega’s swimming pier.

TIMELESS TIPS Let collectibles inspire a color scheme. In this room, pastel dishes = yellow chairs.

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When you think about it, Tereasa Surratt and her

husband, David Hernandez, spend all their time telling stories. During the week, the two creative directors for Ogilvy + Mather Chicago come up with inventive branding campaigns for their clients. But on the weekends, Tereasa and David create layered visual narratives for Camp Wandawega, a once-neglected campground they bought in 2003. Today Camp Wandawega boasts dozens of renovated guest rooms and literally boatloads of charm. But its legend began 80 years ago when Chicagoans built Hotel Wandawega—a speakeasy near Elkhorn, Wisconsin—in response to Prohibition. In the decades that followed, Hotel Wandawega became in turn a house of ill repute, a wholesome Lake Resort, a retirement home (“Vandavega”) for Latvian priests, and eventually a church camp for Catholic Latvians. It was in the 1970s—the decade of disco and détente— that the latest chapter of Camp Wandawega’s story began. Because it was back then that David vacationed at Wandawega Lake Resort with his relatives, and Tereasa grew up in a family for whom yard sales, tag sales, and barn sales were a way of life—a harbinger of things to come. “I learned at a very young age there were treasures

Feathered arrows echo the colors of Fiesta ware displayed in the Lodge’s breakfast room, opposite.

From upper left to lower right: Verdant green walls frame vintage vignettes in the Hotel building’s Card Room. Streamlined Heywood Wakefield furniture offers comfy midcentury-modern seating; a sleek blond buffet supports space-age lamps; and a 1950s bar displays retro glass sets beneath Honest Abe’s watchful eyes.

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Taxidermy cast-offs rule in the Lodge’s cozy living room (formerly the camp restaurant), where an old entrance sign on the river-rock fireplace surround dates back to when the camp was inhabited by Latvian priests. Tereasa modified a big-box store chandelier by adding naturally shed antlers.







have it, David and Tereasa eventually met in Chicago, got engaged, and bought the 25-acre camp to keep it

origins—dating from the 1920s to 1960. “If you walk into any summer cottage that’s been

from being turned into cookie-cutter lake houses. Thus

owned by the same family forever, you’ll see a similar ap-

began 10+ years of traveling to Camp Wandawega every

proach,” Tereasa adds. “They didn’t walk in and redeco-

weekend to repair buildings and redecorate one room at

rate. They didn’t gut. They layered remnants of things

a time. Inspiration started with curious pieces unearthed

from their city homes on top of what was already there.”

on the site: textiles, dishes, housewares, and furniture

Something else those families probably didn’t do:

that hinted at all the different lives—and lifestyles—

Furnish their cottages with mass-produced plastic stuff

once associated with the property. Expanding those

purchased at department stores. So Tereasa and David

found items into collections meant an unending scav-

did all their hunting and gathering at yard sales and thrift

enger hunt to find compatible pieces—with Wisconsin

stores (her specialty), craigslist (his specialty), eBay,

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TREASures on display

Tereasa Surratt, author of Found, Free & Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures, shares these tips from her book for turning such items into eye-catching decor. FOCUS ON FUNCTION. Start with a basic need, such as storage, when designing interiors. Then, find an innovative way to address that need with collectibles. Use Thermos bottles as vases, for example. PARE IT DOWN. Choose only the most interesting pieces to put on display. Giving objects room to breathe showcases them in a more dramatic way.

1. Branching Out Twig furniture adds a woodsy note to one of the rooms. 2. Bottled Up Vintage Thermos canisters earn their keep by holding what Tereasa refers to as “pretty weeds.” 3. Fashionable Flannel A pair of Pendleton plaid shirts hang around to warm chilly visitors. 4. Go This Way Who can get lost when wood arrows point the way to key destinations? 5. Instant Style Tereasa wrapped a thrift-shop chair’s seat cushion with an antique Irish-wool sweater, then added a chenille letter “H” for Hernandez. 6. Oh, Deer! Hanging from the 16-foot-high ceiling of Tom’s Treehouse (named after Tereasa’s dad) is an antler chandelier made from sheds found on hiking trails. 7. Framed Finery Yesteryear’s paint-by-number paintings create a cohesive grouping in one of the Cedar Cabin’s bedrooms. 8. Light Show A line-up of brightly colored lanterns adorns the Cedar Cabin’s white-painted rafters. 9. Lakeside Living Near the lake, a teepee found on craigslist shelters a full-size futon on a deck built from salvaged wood. 10. Fabricating Charm Vintage bark-cloth curtains line the window of a cabin that once graced a roadside motor court. 11. Ski Style Timeworn waterskis mark the Boat Shed (originally built to serve as an outhouse), where Dan and Tereasa store life jackets and oars.

LOOK FOR SIMILARITIES. Unify a motley assortment of objects by restricting yourself to a simple color palette or an intriguing theme—such as paint-by-number pooches. SPRAY ON STYLE. Take mismatched chairs from revolting to room-ready with a hose-down, some wood glue to stop the wobbles, and a can of spray paint. LEARN MORE AT WANDAWEGA.COM

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A paint-by-number scene became a wall mural, thanks to an overhead projector and paint chips matched to the kit’s original oil-paint colors. This woodsy retreat is reserved for Charlie, David and Tereasa’s four-year-old daughter.

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Disguise doors by making them part of the decor.

and occasionally at the side of the road. Object by object, they built an inventory of collectibles whose collective story says summer camp, lodge, and family vacation. The Holy Grail? Things related to Camp Wandawega, Tereasa says: postcards, articles, letters, and especially photographs of camp interiors from 1925 to 1941 (the


Repurpose vintage swimsuits and sports equipment as room decor, and you’ll create an atmosphere that vibrates with energy (and nostalgia). Bright Pendleton wool blankets offer functional fashion.

speakeasy and bordello years). “We embrace all the layers,” Tereasa says. “We want evidence of different styles and different eras that always feel very Wisconsin and very Midwestern.” Their approach also included sticking to a budget of approximately $100 to $400 a room. That’s because the campground’s dwellings initially included the main Lodge, the bunk house—aka the Hotel—and three cabins. The couple added a fourth cabin, a Tree House for adults,

Old felt pennants, attached to a bedspread, hark back to times when vacationing families collected souvenirs instead of selfies to remember good times, above left.

An ode to camp life, this bedroom displays retro athletic gear: modest swimsuits, a bright life jacket, timeworn oars, a glass “quiver” of arrows, and wood tennis rackets, above right.

three vintage Boy Scout camp tents, two teepees, and a trailer shaped like a canned ham. “We’ve been weeding it out ever since,” Tereasa says, “and replacing each piece with a thoughtful one that tells a story. I use every piece in that space to intrigue visitors and invite them to spend time for a while.”

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AIRSTREAM DREAMS A stem-to-stern makeover transforms a trailer into a magic carpet ride. design & photos by Sarah Schneider

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For Sarah Schneider, being surrounded by comfort and beauty while camping is a must, opposite. That’s why she brings along string lights, linens, throws, rugs, and other stylish accessories.

A cream-color linen sofa anchors the front of the Airstream’s cabin, which serves as living room, dining room, and master bedroom, as needed.

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Expand your visual horizons by adding mirrors to the mix. Wall-hung models bounce light around the room as they reflect your sense of style. Mirrorinsert cabinet doors sparkle at ground level.

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How do you give an oversize

silver bullet a stylish personality? Ask blogger Sarah Schneider (@ lovesarahschneider), who transformed her Airstream trailer into a family-friendly home on wheels. “Making my spaces feel like home is what brings me happiness,” she says. “The Airstream is no exception.” Sarah started the makeover with a neutral palette. She painted ceilings, walls, and cabinetry white, and installed pale flooring and customized taupe-color window treatments. The camper’s original sofa was salvaged with durable indoor-outdoor linen. The next step? Adding playful punches of color. Vertical bands of rose-motif wallpaper tempt the eye to travel up and down between the

This home on wheels is comfortable and inspiring…while feeling wild and free. Rose-motif wallpaper adds fresh color and a lively pattern to the formerly dark cabin, opposite. (Sarah painted walls and cabinetry white for the makeover.) White hardwood floors offer a beachy feel.

Black-and-white patterned chairs and a fold-out table turn the sofa into a dining set-up, above. (Bonus: The chairs fold up and out of the way when not in use!) Sarah’s Wandering Star pillow inspired the rest of the interior, as well as the trailer’s nickname.

White cabinets and octagonal backsplash tiles make the tiny kitchen feel more spacious, right. New butcher block counters instill warmth.

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domed ceiling and floor, making a cramped space feel taller. Mix-andmatch pillows add whimsical colors and textures, especially the “Wandering Star” model that inspired the trailer’s nickname. The back bedroom’s twin beds get their boho chic from layers of coverlets and fringed throws in blues, teals, and pinks. And the living/dining area gets its energy from a pair of chairs with high-contrast upholstery and dramatically patterned wood legs. Cabinetry hardware changed, too, going from a single style to an eclectic mix of shapes, hues, and textures. “Hardware can change the look,” Sarah says. “It’s like jewelry [for] your cabinets.” Outside, Sarah added a striped awning, twinkle lights, and flamboyant linens that embellish their surroundings, making camping more fun. “The Airstream is small, so utilizing outdoor space is key,” Sarah says. “It’s amazing [how table linens] can make even your outdoor space feel homey and beautiful.”

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1. Luscious layers of color—plus a versatile sofa—turn the front of the trailer into a comfy, cozy bedroom. Textured linen drapes (cut to fit) safeguard privacy while letting in light and a fringed rug offers softness underfoot. 2. Wrapping trees with crocheted blankets and twinkling lights creates a magical atmosphere for a party. A canvas tent accommodates overnight visitors. 3. A striped awning shields the sitting area from the sun, by day, and provides a handing spot for string lights that illuminate the night. 4. Comfy, cozy, and utterly charming, the back bedroom is tucked away behind a knotted macramé curtain. 5. The trailer’s petite bathroom includes a sink made from an old farmhouse bowl. 6. Graceful brackets support a wall-mounted shelf that keeps books—and a hand-knit doll—close at hand. 7. Vibrant patchwork bedspreads turn twin beds into dream machines. Metallic fabric and luminous dots add shimmering style to plain pillows. A tiered-fringe pillow offers standout style.

TIMELESS TIPS Change the look in a flash with pillows that boast intriguing colors and textures.

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Palm Springs Panache Chris Menrad decorates his restored midcentury home with an inspired collection of vintage furnishings from the 1950s and 60s. photos by John Ellis


words by Charlotte Safavi


styling by Sunday Hendrickson

Midcentury Mix Chris’s living room decor is inspired by the home’s period, including a custom carpet in the style of Raymond Loewy, and vintage chairs by Arne Jacobsen that came out of the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen, opposite. New and Old A Dunbar sofa is freshly upholstered in slate grey and pulls up to an Eames Elliptical table. The pottery is vintage, above left. Butterfly Wings William Krisel redesigned the landscaping for the exterior with a geometric look. It combines crushed brick and different shades of gravel, above right. Cruise Control Chris’s 1961 blue Cadillac is parked outside the home. Scenic mountains and swaying palm trees rise in the background, left.

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Homeowner Chris Menrad is no stranger to

Palm Springs or to Twin Palms Estates, the first midcentury modern tract housing development built by the George Alexander Construction Company in the desert resort city. The famous father-and-son builders made their reputation in nearby Los Angeles by creating easyto-construct, postwar houses for middle class families. “I bought the place back in 1999 as a vacation home,” says Chris. “I used to live in Laguna Beach. But I moved here full time three years ago, after switching careers to real estate. I now purchase and flip similar houses.” The renowned architect William Krisel designed the houses, including Chris’s, in Twin Palms Estates. All the homes had a 1600-square-foot footprint, with a floor plan that was rotated for individuality. Outside, façade finishes were of brick, rock, or stucco, and there was variation in rooflines, lending each house a customized feel. Inside, three-quarter-high walls and exposed ceiling beams kept costs down, but lent to the aesthetic appeal. “When I first walked in, I knew straightaway that it was right for me,” says Chris of his three-bedroom house. “I responded to the lightness, the airiness, and the interesting architecture. My roof is inverted, not gabled;

Airy Welcome A collection of Blenko glass and a table with a Lucite base set the tone in the entry for the home’s airy, light, clutter-free feel, above.

Fresh Flowers Over the years, Chris has collected Fifties-era Ikebana Japanese pottery, which was made for holding flower arrangements, topiaries, and other potted plants, right.

Tulip Time New chairs in the period style pull up to a vintage Saarinen tulip table found at a home shop in Los Angeles, opposite.

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“My furnishings are in natural shades. The color comes from my art collection.” –Chris Menrad

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Accent in Color Period teapots, crockery, and a fun laminate tray are easy ways to add pops of vibrant color in the neutral kitchen, top left.

Enticing Entertainment Chris enjoys entertaining friends on his patio, which is decked with cacti in pots by Architectural Pottery, left.

Kitchen Redux Using birch paneling and floating cabinets, Chris remodeled the kitchen to look and function as it would have done in the Fifties, above.

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Pegboard sliders are handy and add texture.

I later found out it’s called a butterfly roof because of

architectural photographer Julius Shulman (1910-2009)

its shape.” He pauses, then adds, “I still love seeing the

who had recorded homes over the years, including those

beams, the way the structure of the home is expressed,

in Twin Palms Estates.

being able to see the mountains and palms through the

“At some point in time, my house had been repainted

unusual ceiling lines. The house gives me complete pri-

white on the inside and beige outside; the kitchen was

vacy, while connecting me to the outdoors.”

definitely newer than its age,” says Chris. “It’s when I

Chris found the home in good shape in the late ‘90s

saw Shulman’s vintage photography in color in Flaunt

(he is the third owner) and lived in it for many years be-

Magazine that I realized what these homes would have

fore renovating. He used this time to learn about the area

once looked like. I became inspired to remodel.”

and its architecture, as well as to build a collection of

Chris grew so involved in the process that he even

period furnishings. When it came to tackling a remodel,

tracked down William Krisel, beginning a collaboration

he was deeply inspired by the work of the American

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“I like a clean look, without a lot of clutter and with lots of light.” –Chris Menrad

“I first contacted Krisel in the middle of my renovation,” adds Chris. “He came to Palm Springs and saw the project firsthand, while it was moving along. He was so impressed by the careful job I was doing that he offered his assistance on all the details. He even shared the original house plans with me. He obviously knew how everything had been done, the original colors and materials. I ended up matching paint via vintage chips on eBay. I wanted the palette to resemble what had been there, and the bathrooms and kitchen rebuilt in the original style.” The exterior was freshly painted a sage green and the interior, an off-white hue, brightening things up. Weathered brown paint showcased the ceiling beam details.

Rocking It A totem sculpture by Stan Bitters rises high and creates interesting shadows in the rock garden, above left.

Fresh Faced Sage green paint connects the enclosed patio with the master bedroom, which is washed in natural light. The Swan chair is by Arne Jacobsen, above right.

Side Swept A vintage lamp called “the bat” by architect Gae Aulente adds shape and character to a clean, linear bedside table, right.

For Art’s Sake Pops of brightly colored art enliven a guest bedroom in the home, featuring a mirrored wall to double the pleasure, opposite.

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Add definition to architectural details, like the painted ceiling beams or fireplace brick, by accenting them in a contrasting color. Keep the walls in neutral or pale hues to allow furnishings and artwork to shine.

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Floating shelves provide visually light display space.

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Chris also switched out his combination shag carpet and tile flooring in favor of Fritztile in Terrazzo floor tile throughout, for continuity. “I chose to leave in the original windows,” says Chris. “Even though they’re not as energy efficient as they could be, I didn’t want to lose the look and the light. They’re so much a part of the house,” he adds. Chris furnished in keeping with the home’s roots, using new and old furnishings in natural colors and organic shapes authentic to the Fifties era and style. Though most of his furniture is from that time, his collection of colorful artwork is contemporary, adding vivid hues to neutral rooms. Chris also collects vintage cars from the period—“I like to rotate them regularly through the carport,” he says—as well as pieces from Architectural Pottery, planters he uses both inside and outside the home. “It works beautifully for me. It’s the perfect house, with great views. I feel happy there and couldn’t have asked for a better home,” he adds.


Bright Lines Linear blinds add a dash of privacy and filter the strong desert light. A simple dresser pairs well with other clean-lined furnishings in the room, left.

Twin Peaks Over two twin beds original to the home, ceiling lines soar with framed graphic vintage posters above. A clerestory window lets in more light, above.

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Aiming for Authentic Redoing a vintage house doesn’t mean everything has to be a period piece. Furnishings and accents just need to blend and have the right character. GET STARTED by studying visuals of the era you’re looking to

“MY FURNISHINGS have those very organic forms that were

FOR THE KITCHEN, Chris replicated the look with more modern

THE ORIGINAL ROOF would have been topped with

TO GET A COLOR match when painting inside and out,

emulate: movies or TV shows; vintage architecture, home or lifestyle magazines; books; period hometours. That

all about the exuberant modernism of that time,” says Chris. “Almost every piece in the home is from that

materials, such as white Corian, instead of Formica, for countertops. He saw this as an upgrade that didn’t

gravel. To add some energy efficiency, yet maintain a similar feel, Chris replaced it with a foam roof, which

Chris used vintage paint chips and period imagery to find similar hues. The newer paint has the added bonus

way your eye can be trained to achieve that style by any means.

era, or could have been purchased at the time the house was built.”

detract from the birchpaneled kitchen he was going for.

he then topped in crushed rock.

of being more durable and environmentally friendly.

Scan a page with inspiring text to create a decorative pillow. A yellowed-with-age book page provides the image for the transfer used on the front of the pillow, while a floral design gives the back of the pillow a vintage vibe.

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Feeling Bookish Don’t toss old damaged volumes. Use those loose bindings and book pages to make beautiful accents that will add texture and character to your decor.

photos by Nic Gourguechon


produced by Jodi Harris

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Bring the bookworm aesthetic out of the library and into any room of your home.

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If you’re a passionate bibliophile or just agree with Billy Baldwin’s statement that “the best decoration in the world is a roomful of books,” chances are you’ve got plenty of old tomes sitting around. And it’s hard to throw them out even when they’re falling apart. Donate the books still in good condition that you don’t read anymore to a library, school, or charity, but for those that are outdated or damaged, give them new life as do-it-yourself projects for your home. As a bookworm, you’ll love bringing the library look to every room. No matter how much you love to read, there are bound to be old dictionaries, encyclopedias, or textbooks gathLace together two covers to create a gorgeous textured book vase, opposite. Place a flower arrangement in a Mason jar full of water and set it inside the book covers to make a lovely centerpiece for lovers of vintage volumes.

Add vintage style to an old glass jar used as a votive. We found some old line illustrations in a damaged sewing book. Simply use double-sided tape to wrap the illustration around the outside of the jar, then light it from behind, above left.

We came across an old music book that was badly damaged but still held several intact and quite lovely illustrations, above right. If a book will be recycled anyway, carefully tearing loose and framing some of the pages as wall art is a thrifty upcycle!

Cover a plain-jane lampshade with time-worn book pages that layer the lamp in texture and type, right.

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ering dust in a closet or basement, and lovely old volumes with pages falling out or bindings coming loose. Even books suffering water or pest damage can yield a few pages for use in crafting. If you love the look of these projects but don’t have a stock of past-its-prime reading material, head to a library book sale, charity thrift shop, or a tag sale. Look for old books that offer beautiful typography, wonderful page patina, decorative spines, and charming illustrations or line drawings. They are usually very affordable, too, so stock up and let your creativity write the next chapter in your home’s decor.


Give a simple mirror frame artistic status with a coating of page scraps, above. The old paper brings warmth and texture to the unique shape of a framed mirror.

Print a favorite snapshot over a time-worn book page to add a vintage background patina to an everyday photo, left. Mount the portrait in a pretty frame.

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YOU WILL NEED ∞ Fabric (washed, dried, and pressed) ∞ Pillow form ∞ Computer scan of book page ∞ Iron-on transfer paper

step 1

Scan the book page at a high resolution and enlarge the image. Flip the image in a photo program so that the words are backward. Print the image.

step 2

Place the paper face down onto the fabric and iron transfer following the manufacturer’s directions. See page 142 to make the pillow.


∞ 2 complete book covers of equal size ∞ Drill ∞ Jute twine

step 1

Measure, mark holes evenly down the long edges of the book covers. Drill the holes.

step 2

Lace the covers together on both sides with jute string. Tie knots on the inside of the covers to hold them together. Stand the covers up in a square


∞ Selection of matching or coordinating frames ∞ Vintage book illustrations

step 1

Select a variety of illustrations that will look good hanging in a grouping together. Choosing from a single book source should ensure that the images coordinate well.

step 2

shape on a table. Insert vase of flowers.

Place the images in frames. Unify a group of old frames by painting them a matching color and give them a patina with a coat of dark wax or glaze.


Printed photo



∞ Drum or shallow drum lampshade ∞ Book pages ∞ Glue gun and glue sticks ∞ Double-sided tape

step 1

Choose book pages a bit longer than the lampshade. Accordion-fold each page evenly and tape page ends together using double-stick tape.

step 2

Using the glue gun, tack the pages onto the shade, being gentle if your old paper is brittle. Use pages made of thicker paper for a sturdier lampshade.

YOU WILL NEED ∞ Mirror frame ∞ Mod Podge (gloss) ∞ Book pages ∞ Foam brush

step 1

Tear pages into small pieces and layer them around the frame. Brush Mod Podge on a piece, lay on the frame, and gently press to adhere. Continue layering on pieces until frame is covered.

step 2

Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the entire frame and let dry completely. Add a final coat to seal the piece.

YOU WILL NEED ∞ Inkjet printer ∞ Book page

step 1

In your photo editing program,

adjust the size of your photo to match as closely as possible the size of your book page. If it’s a color photo, change it to black and white. Print a test image on regular paper to verify size/placement.

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FLEA SEA �by� the

An intrepid interior designer and photography stylist take on L.A.’s twice-monthly Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market to score some fab finds for their discerning clientele. photos by John Ellis

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words by Charlotte Safavi


styling by Sunday Hendrickson

In front of an evocative backdrop of vintage fabrics and antique clothing, along with a blue vase full of fresh zinnias, Sunday tries on some old red leather gloves while inspecting Pam’s find.

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GETTING INTO THE MOMENT, Pam sits on an old lyre-back dining chair while Sunday holds up a patterned lamp with a parasol shade. Their photographer, meanwhile, snaps their picture like an old-timey shot, using the backdrop in the Marche aux Puces booth for ambiance.

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Old fabrics and blankets have many different uses in home decor. Use them for their intended purpose if in good shape, or cut up for projects, if damaged.

Set goals

“It was all palm trees, airplanes and junking,” says photography stylist Sunday Hendrickson of attending the Santa Monica Airport market held every first and fourth

Sunday of the month on the west side of L.A. “Pam and I were on a high!” Sunday had chosen to go junking on a whim, as she had never attended this particular flea market in Los Angeles, which is the home of several regular and impressive venues, including the Rose Bowl Flea Market, but her shopping companion and good friend Pam Balla, an interior designer, was on a mission. Pam frequently works on several homes at once. During the time of this flea market junket, Pam was in the process of furnishing two coastal homes, one in Hawaii and one on Coronado Island, as well as a barn that she was helping remodel into a house. Adding flea market finds to newer furnishings is a trick many designers use to layer and add personality to a decorated house. “Collected” and “curated” are major buzzwords in the industry today. The Santa Monica Airport market has all the usual junking delights to sift through—and more. There’s the regular assortment of furniture, from Victorian parlor sets to midcentury modern buffets; estate jewelry; fine china and old silver; garden accessories; architectural salvage; shabby chic; global paraphernalia; tribal rugs; chandeliers and lamps; vintage posters and contemporary art; and a great selection of vintage and couture fashion.

Keep an eye out for vintage advertising or marketing letters. This is an oversized “S” for Sunday—great for hanging as art in a room.

Holding an old pane she picked up as salvage, Sunday happily poses with designers Kathryn Ireland and Pam.

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make it fun

The fourth Sunday of the month also has an early bird special for an extra $2 admittance (the regular fee is $5 for the day) and there


Sunday’s favorites shared their contact information if you can’t get out to the market anytime soon. MARCHE AUX PUCES Vintage decor ROSEMARY WARREN (917) 656-5510 Mannequins and floral wreaths ROGELIO SANDOVAL (818) 429-6896 Lanterns MAUREEN LESTELLE Paint-by-number paintings DISGRACELAND Buddy Wallace (310) 223-4141 Credit card signs VIKKI HENDERSON (561) 533-3933 1940s jewelry, Bakelite THE JUNK DRAWER Anne Goepel (323) 463-9700 Chandeliers JANICE PERLIN (818) 235-6374 50s and 60s collectibles MICHAEL KLOCK (310) 455-0171 Collectible furnishings

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are apparently more vendors on hand. In any case, Sunday and Pam made a fun date of it, playing around, inspecting items, trying things out, and even shopping for goods, when the price was right. “I even got a lot of offers on my pink Fred Segal cowboy boots,” jokes Sunday, adding, “Okay, one offer.” “Pam found this brass nautical mirror that could work for either of her coastal projects, and she now has to decide if she flies it to Hawaii or skips it to the island across the bridge from San Diego,” says Sunday. For her barn remodel, Pam also found a white enamel milk pail, with what Sunday refers to as “lots of personality. Translation: kind of beat up!” This being Los Angeles, there was no shortage of celebrity on the day the ladies went to flea shop. They saw Rosemary Warren of millinery fame, manning her own booth chock-full of exquisite ornamental hats, each a work of vibrant and decorative art. They also snagged a selfie with celebrity designer Kathryn Ireland who was lugging an old sign that said “Wine! How classy people get wasted.” It was a full day at the flea!

A CHAIR OF MANY COLORS offers a gorgeous painted patina that would make a fab conversation piece on the porch or in the garden. It holds a vintage silverplate champagne bucket that will polish up nicely, as well as a freshly touched-up old gilt mirror.

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Beneath a pretty on-trend tufted red bench are hatboxes, which are great for stacking up and storing things.

MINERALS AND STONES are timeless, rather than vintage. They can be integrated into vintagestyled bookshelves with ease or take pride of place on a coffee or side table. Beyond, the vendors are busy transacting business with motivated and discerning shoppers.

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Shop smart

The showman’s touch, however, went to a vendor (Marche aux Puces) who had designed and installed a black-and-white architectural

French house backdrop to better showcase his wares (old chairs, Victorian shawls, statuary, and more) in a true cinematic style worthy of a film set. As at any flea market, know what you want to pay for the items that catch your eye but be respectful of the work the vendor has invested in bringing the wares to market. If you want to bargain, keep your counteroffers within reason, say, 10 to 15 percent off the asking price. “The Santa Monica Airport Market turned out to be not so big but it was pretty good, with stuff nestled in the surreal setting of a field of planes. And we were happy girls,” adds Sunday. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday with Sunday, after all.

The scrolled iron base here can work as a lamp stand, or as a piece of decorative salvage. The wrought iron lends itself to porch or garden use.

hot finds at the flea Sunday lets us in on what to scoop up—now.

CLOCKS Any size, shape or style, from stand-alone grandfathers to a bowl of watches, are great as wall art or as a collection of alarm clocks on a shelf. SILVER NAPKIN RINGS Some collectors cut them open (carefully) to wear as cuffs. BAKELITE Whether ringed as bracelets or a chassis of a vintage radio, it’s indestructible and comes in beautiful warm colors. METAL OUTDOOR CHAIRS Designers are loving to use them...indoors! PAINT-BY-NUMBERS AND CROCHETED ART They also come in great colors and even

we could have created them. 78s Because we can not only line our walls with the jackets but now it’s easy to buy the little players and listen to them. ANYTHING MIDCENTURY Sturdy and cool, these pieces impart instant hip style. SALVAGE LETTERS A single letter or group is striking as decor and makes a one-of-a-kind monogram gift.

Clock faces are nice to hang in artful clusters, or they can add the final touch to a restored grandfather clock. Make a one-of-a-kind clock with a battery-powered kit.

Chatting with vendors like Rogelio Sandoval is half the fun of flea market shopping. They can often tell you interesting background stories about their wares.

Mementoes of flea market adventures abound in the living room, including an old olive-gathering bucket that serves as a magazine catchall. A folk art piggy figurine represents the family’s pot-bellied pig, Noah. opposite.

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Family Life on the farm

In the Louisiana lowlands, a vintageloving family builds a rustic farmhouse from scratch.

photos by Mark Lohman


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You’d never realize it at first glance, but the Stonewall, Louisiana, home of Becky and Shannon Cunningham is a mere nine years old. Instead, it looks like an old homestead that has weathered years of farm life. The roomy, one-level modular home on 16 acres outside of Shreveport even came with a pond and barn. They first decorated the home in deep tones like burgundy and forest green. Then Becky discovered the vintage farmhouse style and decided to switch gears to a look that is much lighter, brighter, and earthier than her previous aesthetic. “I showed Shannon some photos online,” recounts Becky. “He loved it!” To get the ball rolling, the enterprising pair visited the Canton First Monday Trade Days across the border in Texas. It would be the first of many outings. “We made the trip to Canton to find furniture for our house to specifically begin transforming the decor into vintage country farmhouse style,” recalls Becky. There, they scooped up architectural

Always together, Becky, daughter Kynli, and English bulldog Jovi B enjoy a moment on the porch, above.

A feed trough holds a centerpiece of vintage seltzer bottles, above right.

In the living room, an old door is transformed into a mirror. Sofas are plumped high with old grain sack pillows in this cozy room where the family spends most of its time, watching movies together or just plain relaxing. Burlap and ticking pillows easily stand up to family life, right.

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A worn bench beautifully frames the family’s boot collection, while also providing a handy seat. Woven textures and brown hues bring warmth to white walls. The apple basket was found in the barn and the old churn’s patina brings the scene to life.

TIMELESS TIPS Use a peg rack to display accessories alongside antique and sentimental treasures.

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salvage items that were destined to become their kitchen island, buffet table, and coffee table. Afterward, they busily got to work toning down their home’s palette to creamy, buttery shades of white punctuated by washedout blues and greens. “It just snowballed into redecorating the whole house,” says Becky, a former kindergarten teacher turned lifestyle blogger (check out bucketsofburlap. With many mouths to feed, including three kids ranging in age from tiny to teen (Kati-Jayde, 17; Kynli, 13; and Kohl, 7) and a slew of barnyard animals, it was important to stay within budget. Shannon is in medical sales, but he’s also a talented woodworker and a wiz at DIY projects, which helped keep project costs low. “He especially enjoys building furniture out of barn wood for our home,” says Becky. “I’ll show him a photo of an item, tweak and design it for our needs, and he builds it!” From his barn workshop, Shannon created many of the beautiful furnishings throughout the house. In the family

Architectural salvage pops up in almost every room of the house. This old window makes an admirable fireplace screen in the dining room, far left.

Numbered mugs have a faded stenciled look that complements Becky’s many handmade signs. Becky regularly holds barn sales where items like these mix with vintage and reproduction finds, center left.

“Who says that you can’t have style when you have kids and animals, too?” –Becky Cunningham

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Fresh cut stock finds a fitting home in a vintage ice cream bucket, left.

Becky used a pair of old metal awnings and windows as unique wall art. The bistro chairs are from an antiques shop, opposite top.

When Becky’s brother generously donated a stash of old wood, Shannon used it to build a dining table and bench. Naturally, Becky painted the table a weathered white and used a gray stain on the bench.


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try this!

Fashion a vent hood from reclaimed wood.

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Handmade elements personalize the kitchen, opposite. “Shannon built the vent hood out of an old picket fence. We also put in a bead board backsplash and farm sink.� An old drying rack becomes a hanging pot rack.

Vintage posts support a custom cabinet filled with treasures old and new. Poultry wire and open shelving lighten the look.

try this!

Seal a wood island top for waterproof durability.

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room, a table fashioned from barn-wood scrap serves as a centerpiece. For the bedroom, he used tongue-and-groove barn board—rescued from a relative’s home in Texas—as the base for the headboard. “This was a project we really enjoyed completing together,” says Becky. “However, it weighs around 200 pounds! So I was of no help when it came to carrying it into the house!” Meanwhile, Becky got to work stenciling rustic signs and transforming pieces of furniture by distressing them with paint. She added layers of character by decorating with sweet collections that she inherited from her mom, who was always an inspiration for her style. Vintage scales, European grain sacks, white ironstone, nostalgic bottles, and other flea market finds round out the mix and create a relaxed and charming atmosphere. “Next for our home is to replace the front door with a more farmhouse-style door. We will also continue to replace the lighting. We just completed painting our girls’ bathroom. There is always something to work on. It’s never-ending.” But in a good way!

9 A homemade potting bench shows off seedling pots and old scales. A reframed window provides a perch for a trio of galvanized houses, top.

Burlap pillows are ideal textural companions for a weathered porch glider, far left.

A fruit crate becomes a bed tray. Colored glass and white pottery keep the look fresh, left.

In the bedroom, Becky and Shannon fashioned the headboard from a smattering of tongueand-groove barn boards rescued from an aunt’s farm in Texas, opposite.

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An old “cowboy� washtub serves as a blanket chest.

Get the vintage farmhouse look

To create the rustic chic style you crave, uncover the design potential of everyday items. WEIGH IN. At flea markets and yard sales, keep an eye out for old

RAID THE FARM. Clean up and bring in feed troughs, egg-

OPEN DOORS. Leftover and salvaged lumber, barn wood,

SPELL IT OUT. Make your own signs inexpensively using scraps

LIGHT THE WAY. New crystal light fixtures add sparkle

scales, typewriters, and other once-common everyday items that have an innate sculptural beauty.

and apple-gathering baskets, fruit crates, and battered buckets for pretty displays and useful storage.

porch railings, picket fences, doors, and windows are all potential furniture components.

of wood. Paint on a distressed surface and use a funky old stencil to spell sweet and sassy sayings.

to rustic rooms. New ones work fine and are easier to find (and less expensive!) than vintage types.

Sleek black shelves underscore the reflective beauty of old mirrors framed in white. This everevolving living-room display is grounded by an old farm table, a vintage laundry cart, and stacked suitcases. High-gloss black paint helps a rattan table stand apart from the timeworn elements on top, opposite. Topiaries and tarnished silver add interest to the sunroom set-up.

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collected cottage With a neutral palette that’s anything but boring, Joanna Madden creates intriguing displays of vintage collectibles throughout her Craftsman home.

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words by Debra Steilen

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Neutral is far too bland a word to describe the graceful multilayered displays that define Joanna Madden’s house. Sure, there’s a lot of beige and

As for the houses she has shared over the past 18

white and black. But like an alchemist, Joanna spins to-

years with her husband, Brett, the interiors have always

gether texture, shape, and pattern to transform neutrals

been grounded in cream or tan, she says. The current

into visual gold: complex displays every bit as eye-catch-

family home in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, is a

ing as ones that depend upon bright colors for presence.

100-year-old Craftsman Foursquare; the spacious home’s

“Neutrals always blend together,” she says. “But I

beige walls, white woodwork, and hardwood floors create

think when something is worn and tattered, it’s those

the perfect framework for showcasing Joanna’s nuanced

imperfections that give it color. It’s patina that brings

groupings of antiques.

out the shades of brown or black and gives an object depth and richness.” So how did Joanna’s love of neutral interiors start?

Against those muted backdrops, Joanna plays with tone, shade, texture, and more by putting her vintage treasures to work. One of the living room walls displays

She’s not sure, she says; even as a child she steered clear

hand-picked antique mirrors with frames in 15 weathered

of hot pink and other colors her friends found captivat-

shades of white—all resting on contrasting sleek black

ing. “I’ve always lived with a muted color palette,” she

shelves. A second wall includes bookshelves filled with

says. “Color is too strong to live with every day.”

McCoy planters, tarnished hotel silver, mercury glass

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Shapely vintage McCoy pottery in 50 shades of cream adorns custom bookshelves in the 35x16-foot living room, opposite. “There’s a lot going on, but it’s definitely not cluttered,” Joanna says.

Painting the fireplace surround black unites its early 20th-century façade with a 21st-century television mounted above. The couch’s canvas slipcover is washable, a must for a family with “rough and tumble boys,” Joanna says.


For a coffee table that suits its vintage surroundings, shorten the legs of an old, timeworn side table, library table, or desk. Or add short feet to an old trunk. Turned legs add additional interest at ground level.

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vessels, and old books typically turned backwards so their textural pages face out. In the kitchen, a custombuilt rack holds white platters in a plethora of shapes and sizes. And in the hallway, stacked suitcases (also used for storage) read like a single unit, color-blocked in brown, tan, and beige. To the casual visitor, these displays may look static, but the truth is Joanna’s collections keep evolving— which means she happily refreshes and refashions the displays every so often to keep things interesting and invite more careful examination. She also changes displays with the seasons. Tabletop arrangements feature white pumpkins and gourds in the fall; white seashells and starfish in the summer; and white and silver ornaments during the winter holidays. Pillows change with the seasons, too: Joanna sets out neutral-tone linen pil-

������� lows in hot weather, and textured sweater-knit pillows when the temperature dips.

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Modern drum shades contrast with the dining table: a weatherbeaten barn door attached to an old workbench found on the curb, opposite, top. Distressed layers of paint give an antique medical cabinet an enviable patina, opposite bottom. Joanna populates the interior with brown transferware.

Placing an old screen over an antique shutter creates vertical wall art with rusty, crusty appeal.

try this!

Layer timeworn mirrors and frames for quick character.

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1. Texture rules in a soothing bedscape adorned with a mixture of velvet- and feedsack-covered pillows. Joanna upholstered the DIY headboard in gray wool. 2. Stacks of tarnished-silver jewelry boxes complement a loving cup filled with textural fabric balls. 3. Joanna models one of her signature pieces: a combination of vintage necklaces and faux pearls held together by a rhinestone shoe clip. 4. Elaborate designs in shades of cocoa and coffee bean give heirloom transferware a distinctive look. 5. Furnished with modern metro shelving, the laundry room gets its vintage charm from a round-up of antique mirrors. 6. Instead of a side table, Joanna uses a chippy paint dresser to hold a fluted mercury glass lamp base that reflects the hues of the room. The green office chair is a work in progress, she says; it will soon wear neutral colors.

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with stuff, but my house is very well edited.”

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Hand-letter vintage dictionary pages.

7. Pages from an antique album serve as frames for letters that spell out “Findings,” the name of Joanna’s jewelry business. The signage was a gift from her aunt. 8. Simple binder clips display oil paintings popped out of their frames, a colorful display that reads as monochromatic, Joanna says, because the images share shades of lavender. 9. A patinaed-metal coffee urn holds court in a display of beautifully chipped frames and an apothecary jar filled with wine corks. 10. Joanna’s jewelry studio (at the rear of her house) includes a vintage mannequin decked out in Findings finery. “All my jewelry is hand made from recycled jewelry that I take apart and rework and restyle,” she says.

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Plus, Joanna sometimes changes out objects because she finds something she loves more. When that happens, she says, she sells the cast-off item via Findings At

jewelry, called Findings, which she fashions from recycled and reused pieces. “I don’t know that I have rules for decorating, but I

Summerhouse: a pop-up antiques shop that travels the

do know what I like,” Joanna says of her home. “Neu-

country with displays of artifacts guaranteed to make

tral colors and a mix of textures: metal chairs by an old

visitors devotees of Joanna’s look. (Joanna co-owns the

farm table; weathered objects on top of a shiny table

shop with her mother, Kathe Van Harte.)

painted by an auto body shop. And I know when enough

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outlet. She also has a successful line of one-of-a-kind

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is enough,” she adds. “I love to live with stuff, but my house is very well edited.”


�������� TIMELESS TIPS Use mismatched stools that share a vintage patina for a unique look at the island.

Craftsman-style brackets support open shelving above the kitchen’s marble-topped beverage center—which includes a thoroughly modern wine chiller, opposite left. On the side, galvanized bins corral a selection of cookbooks.

Framed illustrations of white ironstone echo reallife examples displayed in a black-painted case (the top of a Hoosier cabinet) near the kitchen island, opposite top. Tarnished silver accents the kitchen, opposite, right. A wine cooler stands in as a topiary planter while trays and urns hold service items on counters. Joanna and her husband, Brett, complemented the kitchen’s existing bisquecolor cabinets with marble countertops, a subway-tile backsplash, and a slate-tile floor. White ironstone pitchers take the place of a valance, right.

DESIGNING STAND-OUT LOOKS FOR NEUTRALS Give neutral interiors smartly styled personalities with these tips from Joanna Madden. CREATE UNIFIED BACKDROPS. By painting all the walls beige, Joanna lets texture and pat-

EMBRACE THE EFFECTS OF AGE. Chipped paint, crusty finishes, and tarnished metal give even the

SHOW OFF CONTRASTING SHEENS. Reflective mirrors, clear glass containers, and high-gloss paint

SHOWCASE SHAPES AND SILHOUETTES. Decide whether shapely specimens should be given room to breathe

ACCENT WITH ANIMAL PRINTS. In Joanna’s interiors, striking zebra stripes and leopard spots are

tern elevate neutral furnishings from their surroundings.

simplest objects intriguing personalities.

treatments energize quiet scenes.

or layered to create a critical mass.

treated as neutrals. “They go with anything,” she says.

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Host an ICE CREAM Social

Gather on the lawn for an old-fashioned ice cream social. photos by Chris Hennessey Produced by Judy Cloud and Ginny Randall

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Combine your love of vintage with everyone’s favorite dessert by hosting a classic ice cream social in your yard. Judy Cloud,

floral linens to tie the furnishings to the garden. Place

co-owner of Leola’s Vintage Home & Garden in Ozark,

silverware, napkins, and scoops in baskets or vintage

Missouri, sets the scene for her event on the front lawn

jars. Serve food and drinks using vintage utensils, tum-

and porch of her Pleasant Hope home. Here’s her take on

blers, parfait glasses, and dishes to evoke a bygone era.

planning a perfect summer afternoon. Place serving and dining tables in shady areas around

Finally, add festive flair with draped and hanging flags, pennants, or garlands. Fill buckets, vases, pitchers, and

the garden and on the porch or patio. If your garden is

jars with fresh-picked flowers and greenery. Place bil-

mostly sunny, add a market umbrella or canvas-topped

lowing ferns in large tubs and potted plants near seating

pavilion over tables. Pile cushions and pillows on chairs,

areas. Dot the area with nostalgic collectibles.

benches, and swings to keep guests comfy and convivial.

Cookies and cones fill covered glass canisters. Chalkboard labels

Set up an ice cream buffet on one table with toppings, cones, cups, and cookies. Include trays of fruit and desserts around the yard to tempt your guests. Keep drinks on ice in bottles or pitchers. Accent tables with pretty

highlight the contents, opposite. Serve up hand-dipped cones on a pretty ceramic or silverplate tray.

A shady lawn and deep front porch offer a lovely landscape for a languid afternoon of play and conversation, above. Decorate with inviting vintage furnishings.

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Present topping options in pretty dessert dishes.

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Judy Cloud decorated with a blend of garden florals, gingham, and vintage flags. You could try a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue if your party coincides with the Fourth of July. Or, try a pretty pastel theme for early summer.

Set out a soft-serve soiree Follow these suggestions to make your ice cream party the social event of the summer.

COME AND GET IT. If you’re freezing your own ice cream, make it the day before the party. If purchasing, stick to a few basics like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, plus perhaps one special seasonal flavor. Purchase fresh waffle and sugar cones from a specialty retailer. On the day, set out all your toppings and desserts, then bring out the ice cream as guests arrive. QUANTITY COUNTS. How much ice cream do you need? A quart usually yields about eight scoops, so for every 15 people, at two scoops apiece, you would need a gallon of ice cream. Plan on about four pints of sauces and toppings for the same number of guests. COOL CONTAINMENT. Keep ice cream cold in a cooler lined with dry ice (usually available at supermarkets) and wrapped with a pretty cloth. For best use of the cooler space, present the ice cream in cylindrical metal icing buckets. PEST-FREE GUARANTEE. Keep a pail of soapy water and a sponge handy for spills and melting ice cream. Wipe immediately to discourage bees and other inquisitive bugs from swarming your party. Dispose of trash regularly in tightly sealed garbage bags, but place trash bins well away from the main event.

A three-tier stand of crunchy cookies, dishes of delectable toppings, and jars of long spoons and straws offer a buffet of treats, opposite. Set cookies out in the open only at the last minute, especially on humid days where they will lose crispness quickly.

Fresh fruit makes a pretty centerpiece but it also provides a tart topping for sundaes and bases for banana splits, top.

A vintage ice cream freezer takes pride of place in an old wagon by the steps to the front porch, above. An ironstone pitcher filled with frothy hydrangea blooms provides a dainty touch.

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“Kids, teenagers, friends, and family—who doesn’t love an afternoon of games, chat, and ice cream?” –Judy Cloud

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FRESH SPRITZER Ingredients 49 oz. bottle chilled cranberry juice cocktail 1 liter bottle chilled sparkling water Sliced lemon 1. Mix juice and water in large jars or beverage dispenser. 2. Add lemon slices and ice. For an alcoholic version, substitute chilled white wine for the juice.

VANILLA ICE CREAM Ingredients 3½ cups granulated sugar 5 egg yokes, well beaten 5 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 6 pints half & half OR 2 pints half & half and 4 cups

Served in ruffled-edge parfait glasses, ice cream sundaes are sweet treats to beat the heat, opposite. The metal table and chairs are reminiscent of old ice cream parlor furnishings.

An old wooden crate elevates a serving of desserts, above. A red-checked cloth and a jar of sunflowers completes the delicious display.

A grouping of vintage Americana, such as this toy truck, baseballs, and street sign recall simple pleasures, left. Lined baskets of disposable plates and cups are placed near all the food and beverage tables.

Wicker easy chairs on the porch provide an excellent vantage point for watching the croquet matches, below.

whipping cream Whole milk, to fill 1½ gallon ice cream freezer container Rock salt Ice 1. Bring half & half/cream and sugar to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in egg yokes, vanilla and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Cover bowl and refrigerate until chilled. 2. Transfer mixture to the freezer container. Top off with whole milk, filling up to 1-½ inch from the top of the container. 3. Add rock salt, ice and freeze according to manufacturers instructions. Vintage Style *


It’s a Magical Mix A canny collector creates a whimsical wonderland from marvelously mismatched yet cohesive furnishings. photos by Stephen Cridland words by Shannon Quimby

Sitting on top of a farm-style table custom made by homeowner John Jones, the four-door glass-front green cabinet doubles as office storage and display for one of wife Mitzi’s many collections: doll heads.

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Design-wise, it wasn’t Mitzi and John Jones’s first

choice of house to buy, but unable to purchase their dream home—a century-old farmhouse (not on the market)—they settled for a typical house in suburbia. The reason? Their daughter, Zoe. “We wanted to live in a neighborhood full of families with a solid school system,” Mitzi says. While Sherwood, Oregon, filled the bill, the house didn’t. It lacked architectural detail and charm. But the Jones’ love of vintage salvage and their talent for do-it-yourself projects would turn their understated house into a reimagined showstopper. Rather than spending thousands of dollars tearing down walls and ripping up cabinetry, the Joneses focused on adding salvaged and flea-market elements, starting

Built by John using salvage wood planks as the top and an old

with the living room. It’s a colorful hodgepodge of some

coffin trolley as the base, the one-of-a-kind dining room table is a conversation piece among friends and family, above left.

of their favorite collections. One of John’s treasures, pre-

Generations of design, from midcentury modern to traditional,

Mitzi (they’ve been married for 20 years), is the vintage

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country to classic—plus a little homemade thrown in—mix and match perfectly throughout the personalized family room, above.


When adding pieces to collections it’s important not to let them overwhelm the space within a home. “Buy only what you love, upgrade when you can and don’t be afraid to let go,” Mitzi says.

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Signage letters, in vivid hues, accent narrow slices of wall. Vintage lighting, telephones, stools, signage, and a hanging scale add to the vintage flavor of the kitchen, opposite.

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A blue island, green walls, and a collection of coffee tins add up to a colorfully whimsical look.

TIMELESS TIPS Black-and-white checkerboard flooring coordinates with any style of decor.

clown vending machine. It’s a reminder of days gone

Surrounding it on the walls are salvaged exterior primi-

by and is still in working order. At the other end of the

tive wood gables. “Our all-time favorite is the white

room sits a kitchen hutch, a family heirloom. It stores a

one above the entertainment center,” Mitzi says. Other

variety of green- and cream-colored antique American

examples of blending old and new are the TV unit and

and European pottery. A corner arch window still in its

coffee table, made by John and Mitzi. A galvanized side

casement sits on top with a cursive letter “e” in front of

table with a glass top brings a touch of industrial style to

it. The family room decor crosses over generations of in-

the layered, lots-to-look-at room.

terior design. Found at an estate sale, a sleek midcentury modern black chair sits comfortably near the fireplace.

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Scrap metal becomes instant artwork.

a lot of cash. John installed wainscoting at both ends of the kitchen island and cabinetry. Mitzi’s do-it-yourself mosaic backsplash made from antique dinnerware is functional and fun at the same time. A green accent wall

Inspired by the color of pencil graphite, Mitzi painted her bedroom a rich, deep gray. “I’ve never been happier with a paint color,” she says. Mismatched side tables anchor the iron bed frame, above. An architectural starburst, part of an old building gable, augments the headboard.

adds a splash of whimsy and the enamelware grocery scale doubles as clever storage for vegetables and fruit. The only other room with color on the walls is the

Decorating with salvage within a home always makes it unique and original. But without vision, junk is just

master bedroom. Painted a warm gray, it’s a perfect

junk. Discovering great finds, not worrying what others

backdrop for artwork without frames. Soft blues, greens,

think, and loving what you make results in decorative

salmons, and natural wood tones accent the room and

beauty around every corner. “My mantra each time I

instead of matching side tables and lamps, Mitzi and

approach a dubious-looking garage or estate sale is ‘You

John decorated with their own version of bedside manner.

never know,’” Mitzi says. Their once-boring cookie cut-

”We find most of our best junk in the usual places—

ter house now truly reflects who they are; lovers of archi-

estate sales, garage sales, auctions, and by the side of

tectural history, DIYers at their finest, and just plain fun

the road,” Mitzi says.

and adventurous all around.

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1. Large casters sit below a platform dolly, supporting the mobile family room entertainment center. 2. Old wood rulers, fashioning a surface in various stains, add character and charm to a plain-Jane coffee table made by Mitzi. 3. A wire basket hangs vertically on the kitchen wall, perfect storage for the stack of pastel-tone dish towels. 4. Century-old stained glass and primitive finials take center stage on the fireplace mantel. 5. Mitzi created the beautiful backsplash pattern of tiles from old plates and saucers she purchased at garage and estate sales for pennies apiece. 6. Well-loved paint brushes of all shapes and sizes are retired from household labor and put into service as artwork on the wall. They are easily mounted to a wire tray through holes drilled into the handles. 7. Three mirrors, different in shape and etched design but married by function and style, visually enlarge the master bedroom. 8. The guest bedroom headboard, built by John from architectural salvage pieces, was painted white and sanded to mimic a worn and weathered look. On the wall, a colorful square block quilt provides contrast. “I only paid $5.00 for it at a thrift store.� Mitzi says.



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The rustic beams of an Adirondack gazebo and its faux bois furniture, along with the fieldstone edging of the swimming pool, bridge the style between formal and country, this page and opposite.

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Folk Art Estate

A Pennsylvania landscape serves as an upscale antique setting for its owners’ American folk art collection. photos by Gridley + Graves


words by Deb Wiley

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The back of the house opens to a deck that leads to a sunken formal space often used for entertaining, opposite.

The egret-topped fountain, discovered at an architectural salvage shop, was augmented with a custom cattail basin to give it a swamp-like feel.

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The three-story, 1862 stucco-over-stone house that evoked a “Ralph Lauren gentlemen’s farmhouse” sensibility was the selling point. But the original 8 wooded acres—now expanded by the purchase of 6½ neighboring acres—seemed merely its shell. “I always felt the grounds didn’t match the house,” says Larry Dumont, who bought the eastern Pennsylvania property in 1999 with his partner of nearly 30 years, Martin Gould. Larry, a self-described passionate collector of American folk art, understood how to showcase the artwork inside the home. Landscaping was uncharted territory, so he turned to a friend, David Fierabend, principal of Groundswell Design, a lifestyle design team in Hopewell, New Jersey. New at the time, the firm “put their heart and soul into this project,” Larry says. Today, after years of interpreting the landscape and tweaking it as carefully as the home’s curated interior, what used to be a country farm has become a true estate garden containing not only world-class art but also the elements of comfortable country life, including a grape arbor, the original spring house, and the 1939 Dutch barn. Terraced spaces and pathways lined with native stone give the gardens an organic feel, as if they naturally sprang up that way. Adding a rustic Adirondack gazebo designed and built by wood artist Judd Weisberg of Lexington, New York, next to the existing swimming pool “brought the whole property together,” Larry says. “It all just seemed to work.”

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“I’m a compulsive collector. I find things I don’t know


Employ a secluded nook as an intimate garden space. A path draws visitors in, then plants and a handful of beloved adornments enclose and enfold them with a cozy, safe feeling.

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The secret garden is a nod to Larry’s New Orleans roots, evoking the feeling of the French Quarter with mottled teal walls, the faux bois table, and lion-head fountain at the back, above.

what to do with and find a place for them later.”

–Larry Dumont

Bigger is better when it comes

“Gauntlet,” a terraform

A late 19th-century or early

Although the house sits close

to adding impact in a reproduction urn planted with sedums and heucheras and underplanted with hostas, top left. The barn provides a colorful backdrop.

sculpture by American artist Robert Cannon, holds mosses and other plants, top right. An underground stream feeds the pond that wraps around an addition to the house.

20th-century faux bois (French for “false wood”) bench, lower left, now complements an antique fence section used as a trellis for a red climbing rose, bottom left.

to a road, the welcoming porch and the landscaping shifts the emphasis first to selected focal points, then to the many artistic details, bottom right.

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Marburger Farm Antique Show ★

Warrenton, tx

In the field

Everything is bigger in Texas and the semi-annual Antiques Week, held around the tiny town of Round Top, is no exception. photos by Caruth Studio


words by Debra Wittrup

n, TX Warrento

Marburger Farm Antique Show

For those who love to shop flea markets, the Texas Antiques Week is the motherlode. Covering roughly 25 miles in southeast Texas, the event runs along a stretch of Highway 237 from Brenham to LaGrange. In April and October, thousands of vendors in tents, pavilions, old buildings, and fields turn hamlets like Round Top (population: 90) and Warrenton into bustling, traffic-clogged meccas for designers, dealers, and treasurehunters from all over the world. There are roughly 60 show venues within the area, each operated by different owners. The thrill of the hunt just doesn't get any better than this.

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Swedish, French, and Italian furnishings abound amid the booths at Marburger Farm. Fine antiques from Europe are beautifully and lovingly displayed throughout the show.

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One of the many old buildings on the Marburger site, the Silver Dollar Saloon houses antiques and fine arts.

Marburger Farm Antique Show From the time the bell rings and the ropes drop at 10 a.m on Tuesday until the final hour on the following Sunday, the tents and buildings of the Marburger Farm Antique Show bustle with crowds of shoppers viewing the most inspiring arrays of vintage wares to be seen at any flea market around the country. Vendors at Marburger take pride in creating displays that will not only sell their wares but also capture buyers' imaginations and give them unique ideas for incorporating antiques and

Here's artwork for the sporting set .

vintage elements into their home decor. You will see everything from fine imported antiques to kitschy, cool midcentury collectibles. JUST THE FACTS

350+ vendors set up in 9 marquee tents and 13 buildings on the 43-acre site. Get there for the early bird shopping on Tuesday between 10 and 2 for a $25 admission fee that covers you for the duration of the show. Or wait a few hours and pay the regular one-time fee of $10. Both include

Leather luggage, brils liant pottery, and gorgeou trays—we want it all!

parking (and the best sanitary facilities anywhere in the area!). COME AGAIN

It's worth it to go back to the show on another day if you've got the time. Many vendors re-stock their booths throughout the show and new things are always appearing. Don't forget to peek along the outsides of the tents—there's plenty of overflow. Vendors return to the show year after year so it's easy to find favorites from one show to the next.

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Painted circus signs offer a vivid splash of bold color.

Creamy ironstone offers timeless sty le.

aisles Eager shoppers fill the at of the massive tents th dot the sale grounds. Judy Hill's displays never disappoint, left. We always leave her booth with new ideas and unique ways to repurpose salvage materials.

know before you go

Make your visit a resounding success by following these simple tips from frequent flea-market shoppers. GET THE INFO As soon as you arrive, grab a free copy of The Show Daily. It has good maps of the area and listings of which shows open when. Marburger offers its

DRESS FOR SUCCESS April and October can be hot in Texas. Wear comfy clothes and sturdy shoes. A hat or cap is a good idea. Hydrate often and apply sun-

A FAIR DEAL Many vendors will take a check and some will accept credit cards but cash will usually get you a better deal. Purchasing a quantity from one vendor may

CARRY ALLS Throw a large canvas bag over your shoulder for carrying the smalls. Most vendors will hold large items for later pickup. Don't use a wheeled cart—the ter-

WRITE STUFF Keep a list in a small notebook of what you bought and from whom, especially if you're going back to pick things up. Ask for receipts and store

own useful brochure.

screen as needed.

also save you money.

rain can be rough.

them in a coin purse.

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Grab these for the refined man cav e.

Pick a prize pony.

Yes, it works perfectly! Care to dance?

This booth stopped us in our tracks. Nancy Clark from House Wren in Austin really knows how to catch your eye, above. Handmade lighting, gorgeous patinas, and dazzling details rewarded a prolonged visit to see it all.

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Vendors take pride in creating displays that will not only sell their wares but also capture buyers’ imaginations.

get creative!

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Warrenton, TX With thousands of vendors spread out along the highway that runs through the unincorporated town of Warrenton, it's impossible to see it all in one day, or even two. There is an enormous amount of ground to cover here so be prepared for a long day on your feet. Park centrally if you can (the Old Gin parking field is our favorite) so that you can make purchase drop-offs periodically. Then work your way through the fields to the north in the morning and on the south side in the afternoon. INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Excess Field, on the north end of Warrenton, is the place to go for industrial junk and furnishings. From raw materials to amazing lamps, tables, cabinets, and architectural salvage, three massive metal sheds house it all. It's pure eye candy for the factory fashionista. Work your way there through the hundreds of vendors at Zapp Field, Renck Field, Tin Star Field, Bar W Field, and North Gate. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

South of the Warrenton Grocery sprawls a rabbit's warren of vendors in small tents, wooden pavilions, and open-air tables. Whatever you collect, chances are you'll find it

Sweet Pea Collection specializes in tabletop, furniture, and luxury bedding, above. We always come away from this open-air pavilion with lots of ideas.

here. And the pattern repeats on the other side of the highway. It's visual overload but in a way that excites and stimulates. See Resources, page 142, for a listing of some of the vendors you see here.

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y Bar W Field is a tent cit of shopping temptation.

places to stay BOOK A HOTEL within a 35mile radius to avoid spending your days on the road. Hundreds of thousands of visitors

Furnish a unique dining room. Enjoy luxe living for the factory set .

First-time visitors, beware: You may be overwhelmed by the size and variety of it all.

descend on the small towns of the area, so it's helpful to plan your trip early to get a choice of accommodations. The larger communities like Brenham, Columbus, and LaGrange will have a broader selection of lodging. To start your search, check out

dining IT'S NOT JUST FAIR FOOD at this event! For delectable BBQ brisket, stop at the Legal Tender Saloon in Warrenton, or try a tasty salad just up the road at Royer's Zapp Hall, or dine at Royer's Round Top Cafe on the square in Round Top. And if you've spent any time in Texas, you must love the burgers at Whataburger just south of town.

We're crazy for cool cabinets.

parking LOTS OF LOTS Parking is never a problem at the venues. Entire pastures are opened up for an average cost of $5 per day. Most fields set aside room for parking RVs and larger trucks if you're hauling on big wheels. .

shipping We love railroad collectibles.

TIMELESS TIPS If you want to spend time wisely, go with a list. It will help to focus your search.

TRANSPORTING THE LOAD If you find that your shopping exceeds your vehicle's capacity, there are on-site shipping companies that will pick up and deliver your goods. For do-ityourselfers, rental trailers and trucks are available, but book up quickly.

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Hankie- Panky

From delicate handkerchiefs to backcountry bandannas, these small scraps of fabric pack a big decorative punch. *

words by Debra Wittrup

Make an ethereal runner from dainty handkerchiefs. Choose a selection of similar fabrics and tones, in this case all pastels. Assembling the runner couldn’t be easier. Cut small squares of fusible webbing, place it between the corners of two hankies and iron until well bonded. Continue to add hankies until you have the length that suits your table.


photos by Chris Hennessey, except as noted

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Frame hankies in a symmetrical grid for high-impact artwork. Metal LP cover frames are the right size and depth for framing the graceful fabrics.

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Curtain call Cotton handkerchiefs make charming draperies. Choose hankies that are the same general size and share a color palette. To make, sew a ¼-inch seam down one edge of two hankies with right sides together. Sew another hankie onto the opposite side of one of the hankies to form a short row (if hankies are large, two may be enough). Make enough rows to accommodate your window height and press all seams. Place two short rows right sides together, pin, and sew a ¼-inch seam down the edge. Continue adding rows until you have a complete panel. Press all seams.


Match your hankie style to your decor. Use bandannas in country designs or rooms with bold color. Try men’s handkerchiefs in industrial-style rooms. Opt for lacy hankies in shabby chic decor and floral designs in a farmhouse look.


Hang from curtain clip rings.

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Bandannas are versatile little pieces of fabric. Their charming design and durable cotton construction make them ideal napkins for casual meals, picnics, and tailgating. For a buffet setup, wrap silverware in the center of a bandanna and plunk it into a drinking glass (we used Mason jars). Corral the glasses on a tray. Here are some other easy ways to use handkerchiefs and bandannas around the home: Tie them to a tension rod to make a super-simple window valance. Wrap a small gift with a hankie or bandanna. Using spray adhesive, attach a hankie to the backing inside a picture frame; center a photograph on the hankie and attach with adhesive. Place the ensemble in the frame. Tie a bandanna to your luggage handle to make it instantly identifiable at the airport baggage claim.

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pin cushion & Trinket box YOU WILL NEED ∞ Handkerchiefs ∞ Tomato pincushion ∞ Embroidery floss ∞ Basic sewing tools ∞ Fabric glue ∞ Small piece of green felt ∞ Small gift box

step 1

Remove the strawberry from a purchased pincushion and cover with a scrap of handkerchief fabric. Cut a circle from a hankie that equals the measured circumference of the pincushion.

step 2

One-quarter inch from the edge, sew a gathering stitch around the circle, place it over the top of the pincushion, and pull the thread to gather the fabric beneath.

Knot the embroidery floss at the top and wrap it around the cushion


step 3

several times. Cut a six-point star shape from the felt and draw a tail of the floss through the felt to reattach the strawberry. Glue the felt to the top.

step 4

Cut embellishments from hankie. Wrap the box with remaining fabric and secure with glue. Glue embellishments in place on box top and bottom.

Pillow talk Make a pretty pillow from a decorative hankie. Trace around the hankie onto a piece of backing fabric and cut out. Press ¼-inch of the raw edges of the backing fabric to the back side. Place the backing fabric on the hankie, back sides together and pin in place. Stitch around each side, leaving an opening to insert the pillow form or batting. Insert the form or batting. Finish the opening by sewing shut with a whip stitch. For a no-sew option, press Sealah tape along each edge of a pillow form. Press the hankie evenly over the form, leaving a flanged edge.

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Dress up a basic lampshade with hankies. Using Sealah tape, attach a lacy ruffled trim around the bottom of the shade. Place hankies around the shade (select pieces that will reach from top to bottom of the shade). Attach at top and bottom edges with Sealah tape. Finish by adding a strip of lace edging at top and bottom with the tape.

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YOU WILL NEED ∞ Bandannas in coordinating colors ∞ Backing fabric ∞ Matching thread ∞ Sewing machine ∞ Lightweight quilt batting ∞ Binding fabric ∞ Basic sewing tools

step 1

Calculate how many bandannas you will need to make a quilt that fits your bed. Bandannas average about 22 inches square. Ours is four rows by five, (20 bandannas) for a queen-size mattress.

step 2

With right sides of two bandannas together, sew a ½-inch seam down one side. On the opposite edge of the first seam, add another bandanna, and continue adding until you have a complete short row.

step 3

Sew your short rows and press all seams. Place two short rows right sides together, pin, and sew a ½-inch seam down the edge. On the opposite edge of the first seam, add another short row, and continue adding until you have a complete quilt top. Press all seams.

step 4

Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as your quilt top (or sew three strips of narrower fabric to make a piece in the correct size). Cut a piece of batting the same size as your quilt top. Stack the pieces together, trim as needed to square the quilt pieces, and pin.

step 5

Choose a quilting pattern (we selected a paisley to match the bandannas) and machine- or hand-quilt the pieces together, starting in the center of the quilt and working out to the sides. Or, if you prefer, take your quilt to a professional long-arm quilter to complete the quilting.

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Sew strips of binding or use binding tape to finish the edge of your quilt. Stitch the binding to all sides of the quilt, mitering the corners as you go. Turn the binding and hand-stitch all around to complete the quilt.

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∞ Several handkerchiefs ∞ Needle ∞ Thread ∞ Scissors ∞ Iron, ironing board ∞ Wire stems ∞ Floral tape (optional)

step 1

Cut a small hankie in half or cut 4-inch strips from a larger hankie (when cutting strips, focus on the decorative areas of the fabric).

step 2

With right sides together, sew a ¼-inch seam at one of the short edges. Press the seam. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.

step 3

With a needle and matching thread, sew a gathering stitch along the raw long edge. Leave a tail of thread at the end.

step 4

From the top of one short edge, fold the corner down toward the





raw edge at a 45-degree angle. Gently pull the gathering thread and while doing so, twist the hankie into a floral shape.

step 5

Insert a wire stem into the gathered end of the hankie, wrap the tail of the thread around the stem, and tie. Finish with a wrapping of floral tape if you wish. Make several more flowers and arrange in a pretty vase.

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Building Character A homeowner introduces her shabby chic vintage style to a new builder-grade house. photos by Gridley + Graves

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words by Charlotte Safavi

Lovely Layers An iron-based, glass-topped wrought iron table holds an old silver tray and fresh pink roses beneath a cloche, all arranged in front of one of Anne’s salvaged shutters, opposite. Pretty Pinks A vintage petitfloral pink sheet serves as a tablecloth in the kitchen’s eat-in area. In the corner, an antique store pink table holds a French vintage bottle rack stocked with ironstone mugs.

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Window treatments don’t have to cost a fortune to make a style statement. Make simple curtain panels with vintage sheets, hemmed with iron-on fusible tape. Add a rod pocket on top in the same way and mount on a curtain rod.

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When home design blogger Anne Payetta moved into a newly constructed 2800-square-foot, four-bedroom house in Woodstock, Illinois, with her husband Rick and their fifteen-year-old daughter Eva, she was determined more than ever before to bring her signature vintage-inspired shabby chic decorating style with her. “I’ve always liked vintage,” says Anne. “Even as a little girl, I was always drawn to that shabby chic style, to old chippy things, to those vintage items that have a lot of character. I remember my grandparents used to take me to garage sales and flea markets all the time. They were always looking in the newspaper. I guess I must have gotten the bug then. I’d get a little pocket money to find a cool vintage treasure and bring it home.” The kitchen was the first room to get Anne’s special touch. It was builder-grade all round, with lots of cherry wood cabinets and built-ins. Anne’s instant salve has always been white paint, and both the kitchen walls and its cabinetry took an instant coat of the crisp hue. Charming China Anne fills her thriftstore-found china cabinet with her beloved collection of ironstone. Atop the cabinet, she displays other objects, including a vintage globe and old rose painting, opposite.

User Friendly From an antique drawer holding spices and oils on the countertop to wall cabinet tops displaying pitchers and trays, no space goes unused, above.

Clever Quotes A chalkboard wall is ideal for shopping lists. Quotes and adages fill mounted frames, left.

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“I especially like using white, as it provides a nice neutral backdrop,” says Anne, “That way I can easily change out accent colors as I want to.” In the kitchen, an old painted desk replaced a standard built-in one, and the pantry wall got coated in chalkboard paint for messages and lists. Butcher block was added to counters. Lastly, an iron chandelier replaced the former fluorescent light fixture above the island. “All the house’s light fixtures were modern and brassy, so I went room by room and switched them out to ones that were more in my style,” says Anne. Though her lighting is often store-bought and not necessarily old, Anne adds her special touch to each one, like dripping darkened glue to emulate hardened wax on the lighting candles of the kitchen’s fixture, and hanging antique crystal beads from the dining room’s chandelier. Other things Anne did to impart vintage character to the home involved artfully displaying architectural salvage, whether a barn door propped vertically in a corner of her kitchen, or a screen door mounted horizontally above her living room sofa.

Living Large The whitewashed trunk in the living room is a favorite piece, for it triples as a coffee table, blanket storage, and extra seating for large gatherings, above. Memorable Moment A vignette by the back door uses a salvaged porch column and garden lattice as a foyer table, with a mounted mirror to do a once-over before heading out, left.

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Making it old

Anne Payetta shares her timeless tips on giving a brand-new home a lived-in look. PAINT THE BONES. Freshen up the neutral palette a newer home

CUSTOMIZE CABINETS. Paint cabinets, switch out hardware,

AUGMENT ARCHITECTURE. Use architectural pieces

AGE LIGHTING. Swap builder-grade light fixtures for repro-

FURNISH WITH FINDS. Shop for vintage furnishings.

may come with by repainting all of it in a crisp white. Build your palette from there.

and remove excess built-ins. Remove upper cabinet doors to create open shelving.

throughout your home, whether propped, hung, or mounted.

duction or rewired old fixtures, like vintage sconces or antique crystal chandeliers.

Paint and upholster but keep things from matching, so they feel collected over time.

“Vintage furnishings give a home more character than if you buy all new things from a store.” –Anne Payetta

try this!

A stepladder becomes a side table or spare seat as needed.

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Blending Best A vintage corner cabinet blends well with a newer dining room set when they are all coated in white paint. The dining chairs were reupholstered in a soft-hued fabric, opposite.

Stacking Up A tiered shelf on a side table, which is used as a buffet when needed, holds more of Anne’s ironstone finds.

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TIMELESS TIPS When working with white, try a richer and warmer shade of cream for a bedroom.

try this!

Add a layer of interest behind a headboard, like a white-painted lattice gate.

Blissful Bedroom A family heirloom mirror is paired in the bedroom with a newer four-poster bed finished in milk paint. Pegboards and an iron gate provide spots for hanging clothing and hats.

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Throughout her mostly white home, which also showcases pastel pink, blue, and green furnishings, Anne seamlessly mixes in vintage finds from yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets with newer furnishings. To add age and personality to the newest pieces, Anne paints them to give them a distressed look, or she slipcovers them. For example, her dining room china cabinet is an older piece, whereas the table-and-chair set is from the Nineties but refinished to achieve that shabby chic flair. Her kitchen stools were not only redone with milk paint, but their leather seats were covered in painter’s canvas. “I also like to repurpose and reuse things—but not always as they were meant to be used,” she says of her creative flair with home accessories. “I might use my ironware pitchers as vases, wooden stools to add height to vignettes, or metal trays as art on the walls.” “I love my house now. It’s a little on the feminine side, but I’m lucky enough to have a husband who goes along with it most of the time,” she adds, tongue-in-cheek.

9 Skirting the Issue A vintage gathered sheet makes an instant sink skirt in the laundry room. The washboard as art is another homey touch, above.

Efficient Office Anne’s home office is all about storage, from the vintage locker storing paint supplies, to the medicine cabinet with smalls, like glitter and glue, left.

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Vintage Vows DIY decor and vintage collectibles give this English wedding reception an emotional appeal. photos by Dasha Caffrey


words by Debra Steilen

A loosely arranged bouquet (made with flowers grown by the bride’s mother) was displayed in an old enamelware pitcher during the reception.

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Rob and Danielle pass beneath a colorful garland the bride made using strips of burlap, yellow jersey, vintage doilies, and printed fabrics from designers Michael Miller and Amy Butler.

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Danielle’s fullskirted wedding dress was made from an actual 1950s pattern. She wore yellow shoes (found on eBay) to match the tie she knit for the groom. “I was still knitting at 11 p.m. the night before the wedding,” she says.

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AFTER TEN YEARS TOGETHER, DANIELLE and Rob Benbow knew they wanted a fun, informal wedding day that reflected their unique personalities. So the bride, a self-proclaimed lover of all things vintage,

hand-crafted, and recycled, made sure the wedding decor filled the bill—starting with their outfits. For Rob? A vintage tweed jacket and hand-knit yellow tie. For her? Yellow shoes with glitter-enhanced soles, a birdcage veil of Danielle’s design, and a poufy wedding dress based on a 1950s pattern. Both the dress and the veil featured doilies inherited from Danielle’s late grandmother. “It was lovely to have her close to my heart all day,” Danielle says. When it came to decorating the 250-year-old barn/reception hall, Danielle’s collections—and her mother’s gardens—provided color and texture. Reception tables displayed vintage cameras from Danielle’s collection, along with either antique milk churns or jam jars filled with her mom’s flowers. Even the food married a sense of the past with Danielle’s DIY skills. Old-fashioned apothecary jars—marked with her hand-lettered labels—held retro sweets. Guests licked ice cream cones doled out by straw-hatted staff behind an old-fashioned cart. Paper pennants on wood skewers were


“plonked in people’s drinks,” Danielle says. “The whole wedding just blew me away,” Danielle says wistfully. “The handmade and DIY aspect of it all makes it all the more special.”



Danielle crafted the groomsmen’s boutonnieres from scraps of felt and vintage buttons she inherited from her late grandmother. “I liked the idea of giving the blokes something to keep…as little mementoes,” she says.

2. Handmade paper pennants adorn handheld bouquets with the words “Yay Love”—a tribute to the couple’s happiness as they tied the knot.

3. Rob’s father cut the signs from MDF, then coated them with blackboard paint. Danielle and one of her bridesmaids (they’re both illustrators) “went nuts sign writing,” she says.


Vintage crocheted doilies adorned the reception tables. “Some, I’ve been told, were crocheted by my Nain’s Nain [greatgreat grandmother], so are very precious,” Danielle says.

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Danielle painted the cake topper; it features her and Rob in their wedding outfits, along with their cats, Moustache and Smudge. The miniature garland above them matches the one displayed in the church. Rustic burlap ribbon adorns the cake’s three tiers.

2. Hand-made drink flags stand in one of the many jam jars Danielle and Rob collected for their wedding reception.

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3. Place cards were created with white paint pens and plenty of patience, the bride recalls. “I wanted every person’s place setting to be different,” Danielle says, “so I spent hours in front of Breaking Bad [the television series] embellishing name cards!”

4. Wedding guests happily snacked on fresh, locally made ice cream scooped up from a Victorian-style cart.


Vintage-style candy jars displayed hand-lettered signs attached with lengths of jute. The jar of Flying Saucers (aka Satellite Wafers) gets its height from an heirloom cake pedestal.

6. Color-coordinated pashmina shawls were part of the wedding-reception preparations because Danielle was worried about England’s temperamental June weather.

Each reception table featured a vintage camera from Danielle’s collection, an elm-tree slab cut and sanded by Danielle’s Dad, and flowers cultivated and arranged by the bride’s mom.

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Prior to the wedding, the photobooth backdrop was simply a crocheted bedspread. Guests were encouraged to display their photos as part of the decor.

TIMELESS TIPS Display a crocheted heirloom against a dark background to show intricate details.

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1. 2. 4.

5. 6.

1. Friends and family were urged by a

3. A wedding photographer herself,

5. Guests were challenged to snap

handmade sign to “write something lovely” for the bride and groom. The more artistic guests used the colored chalk to add charming illustrations.

Danielle (shown) used a favorite camera to capture precious details at the reception. “I love looking at things in a quirky and artistic way,” she says on her website,

photos of listed items (such as people kissing) so the bride and groom could see the wedding through other’s eyes.

2. One of Danielle’s bridesmaids strikes a cheeky pose behind a moustache on a stick. Her gown is adorned by a corsage made of fabric roses in the wedding colors.


Typically seen at English fairs, the coconut shy game (made by Rob’s father) challenged wedding guests to throw beanbags at the coconuts and knock them to the ground.


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Forever Fifties Vintage furnishings transport Jennifer Kuller’s Arizona rental back to happier times. photos by John Ellis

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words by Charlotte Safavi


styling by Sunday Hendrickson

Jennifer Kuller stands proud in her redecorated kitchen wearing a dress that she sewed from old fabric using a vintage pattern, opposite.

Curtain panels from the 1950s fit the kitchen window to a T.

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Floral paintings from the 1940s-50s hang in a cluster for maximum impact on a living room wall. The large blue vase is by Bauer and the standing lamp is a period find from yet another estate sale.

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try this!

A shadowbox set in an old frame highlights the 3-D display.


“Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve loved the

1950s: the colors, the designs, the feel of it,” says Jennifer Kuller, a vintage clothing dealer and flea market vendor, specializing in the era of Happy Days. It comes as no surprise that when Jennifer, her part-

ner, and her teenage son were looking for a home to rent in Phoenix, Arizona, she picked a three-bedroom 1953 ranch with 1600 square feet of showcase potential. “The house reminds me of both my grandmothers. They lived in homes of that time period; I grew up with the two of them in their respective kitchens,” she says. “When I first walked in here, it felt right and familiar, despite its horrible tan paint colors.” The architectural bones, luckily, were good. No major changes had been made to the house since it was built, and Jennifer felt confident that with the landlord’s bless-

“I make pillows from vintage fabrics, staying within tone, while mixing pattern,” says Jennifer of her homemade pillows. Other textiles—a woven old blanket on the sofa and several vintage tablecloths on a credenza—add further warmth and interest to the space, above.

A mirrored shadow box is great for displaying small collectibles, while doubling as impromptu wall art, left.

ing, she could bring it back to what she calls its “once happy place.” The first room Jennifer tackled was the kitchen, which still had its original cabinetry, as well as its yellow-andbrown tile work on both the backsplash and countertops. The landlord had hastily painted the cabinets white,

TIMELESS TIPS Enliven vintage furniture with layers of pillows and throws that add color and texture.

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A 1950s china cabinet holds Jennifer’s prized collection of early American pottery, such as McCoy, Roseville and Teco, most of which come from the 1920s-1940s.


When displaying collections, keep like things together for impact. Vary heights of objects for visual rhythm using books or wood boxes to raise some items. Display similar things in odd-numbered groupings.

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“The home reminds me of my grandmothers, of a period I’ve had a fascination with my whole life.” –Jennifer Kuller

“On the inside of one of the kitchen cabinets, I found a lovely pink color that matched a 1950s paint booklet I had. I matched the color chip and repainted the whole kitchen,” says Jennifer. She took a paintbrush to every room, transforming one after another with color. The living room is a celadon green, and the master bedroom, a sky blue. “I love all the soft colors from the period. The shades I picked are different but their saturation level is the same,” she adds. “I wanted to create a more neutral background to showcase all my furniture and collections. The colors I picked really help things pop.” An avid collector since she was a child—“It began when my mom gifted me her 1940s dolls when I was old

Records from her partner’s collection fill a large vintage bookcase that Jennifer picked up at an estate sale, left. This corner holds a 1920s Victrola that came from Jennifer’s greatgrandparents’ farm in Nebraska, below. Propped on the armchair is a 1950s Harmony guitar. Rubber-backed vintage curtains keep the music corner well shaded.

enough to take care of them,” she interjects—Jennifer has a sizeable stock of 1930s-1950s furnishings and collectibles that she has amassed over the years.

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“I find everything at yard sales, thrift stores and estate sales. I especially love estate sales, as items have not been through many hands,” Jennifer adds. Throughout her house, all her larger pieces are of the home’s general time period, from the sleek midcentury modern sofa in the living room to the late 1930s Deco dressing table in her bedroom. Her kitchen has an authentic chrome-legged eat-in table and two sets of vinyland-chrome chairs that work together. “The furniture is simply sturdier and made so much better than what you find today,” says Jennifer of her choices. “I also like their clean lines and quality materiA collection of red-and-white kitchen canisters looks festive on an upper shelf, while the lower-hanging kitschy dishtowels are within easy swiping distance, top left.

When shopping estate sales, Jennifer always keeps her eye open for vintage shelves, like this one, top right. They come in handy for storage and display. A display shelf is dedicated to sought-after anthropomorphic pieces, including salt-and-pepper shakers, above.

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als. They just look right in my eyes.” Most of the light fixtures and window treatments are also from the 1950s. The curtains and blinds tend to fit the period windows perfectly, as they likely came out of similar homes. Jennifer, who is also a seamstress, can do additional tweaks as needed. Perhaps best of all are Jennifer’s collections that really shine in all the rooms of the house. She collects vintage

Jennifer repainted the cabinet faces a powder blue; the rest of the details—wood, tile, and hardware— are original. The cookie jar collection is rendered extra special as the cream-and-brown one belonged to one of Jennifer’s grandmothers.

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pottery, paintings, children’s books, jewelry, clothing, kitchen items, figurines, tablecloths, blankets, and more. “I remember going to antique malls with my mom,” says Jennifer, who got the shopping bug early, “and my paternal grandmother used to take me downtown to shops she used to go to in the 1920s.” Jennifer pauses and then adds, “I’ve been exposed to old things all my life and I’ve always loved them. They remind me of these women who’ve meant a lot to me—my mother, my grandparents, my aunts. Somehow my collections give me a sense of my own history and make me better able to deal with the modern world.” Jennifer’s comfortable home really feels like her, like all that she loves and collects, like her family. “I adore the house now. I feel like I’ve brought it back from the dead. I have a sense of responsibility towards it, like it’s in my care for now,” she adds.

TIMELESS TIPS If you collect things you wear or use, keep them handy so you can retrieve them easily.

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curating collections

“Surrounding yourself with objects that you love makes dealing with the mundane easier and keeps you happy,” says Jennifer. Here, she shares some of her collective wisdom. STARTING OUT Only collect things that you love. Study and learn as much as you can about what you want to collect, so you’re not taken in by fakes. Do your homework. DATING THE DEALER Get to know the local and online dealers who carry and sell the things you like to collect. That way when they come across something you’re looking for, they’ll reach out to you right away. ESTATE PLANNING For finding items from their original owners, nothing beats an estate sale. You can usually get better prices on the second day of 2-day estate sales.

A chrome garden lattice from the 1950s was cleverly repurposed by Jennifer to hold her large vintage jewelry collection, opposite, top left. It sits by a waterfall dressing table in the master bedroom. Coveted Bakelite bracelets are among Jennifer’s favorite collectibles; plus, she loves wearing them, opposite, bottom left. A glass-fronted cabinet holds a collection of freshly laundered, printed vintage tablecloths, opposite, bottom right. Jennifer says she has close to 600 of them now.

A couple of Hawaiian bobbers sit above the LP shelving in the living room, top right.The vinyl case behind them once transported and stored record albums.

AIMING FOR QUALITY Look for the very best condition you can afford. Trade up when you can and edit down what you have to get things that really stand out. Display them safely. MAKING USE Though not everything can be used, do collect and use the things you love. Everyday vintage items, like linens, dishes, clothes and jewelry, can be collectible and functional at the same time.

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Spring Brunch Fashion a greens-laden tablescape for a sumptuous spring get-together. photos by Rikki Snyder

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words by Charlotte Safavi

A simple farm table set with white dishes holds a lush group of multiple containers arranged with grasses, ranunculus, peonies, flowering dogwood branches, and more.

The melon salad is served in an antique vegetable tureen, lending to the charming mismatched quality of the table dishes, opposite.

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It’s that time of year when

the cold winter months are giving way to new life and fresh beginnings. Tulip and daffodil bulbs are pushing out in garden flowerbeds, all watered by light spring showers followed by colorful rainbows. Birdsong floats back in the air. This is a perfect time to host a light meal for friends and family, nothing heavy (we’re done with the winter dishes) or complicated. Here, New York floral designer Dana Worlock shows us how, using vintage china from her cabinet adorned with bright greenery and white flowers. Follow her lead. Pull out white dishware and accent with grassy-hued glasses. Use crisp white laundered linens and serve simple treats, like sparkling mimosas, juicy fruit, and a light-as-air angel food cake dusted with powdered sugar. It’s less about the food and more about the mood and company. Welcome in the new spring season with a lively and fresh start.

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MELON SALAD Ingredients Half of a watermelon, scooped with a melon baller Half of a large cantaloupe, scooped with a melon baller Half of a large honeydew melon, scooped with a melon baller 2 Tablespoons honey 3 Tablespoons finely chopped mint Place scooped melon balls in a large bowl. Drizzle with honey and toss to coat the melon. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint and toss again. Chill before serving. SERVES 6-8

For the tabletop flowers, try one or two taller, fuller arrangements, and accent with shorter and simpler ones. Mix up container shapes and sizes, while you’re at it, opposite, top.

Mix in branches, greenery, and smaller flowers when working with one or two big blooming heads, opposite, bottom left.

A sideboard holds treats buffet style and within easy reach, including homemade cookies under a glass dome. Water glasses are green jars decorated with twine bows, opposite, bottom right. A hobnail-patterned vintage urn holds a lush arrangement and contrasts beautifully with a rusty aluminum container holding spring grass.

TIMELESS TIPS If mixing up your table wares, keep your flower arrangements similarly mismatched.

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Spring into flower arranging YOU WILL NEED

∞ Scissors ∞ Clear floral tape ∞ Sharp knife for cutting ∞ A Sharpie ∞ Small metal tins

THE BLOOMS ∞ Peonies ∞ Ranunculus ∞ Paperwhites ∞ Plumosus ∞ Hellebores ∞ Dogwood branches ∞ Flat of grass

step 1

Take a peek through your china cabinet and pick out pieces that you can use to hold your flowers. It can be anything from a vase to a creamer and sugar set like we’ve used here. We opted for four milk glass pieces.

step 2

In the largest vessel, use the bigger blooms like the white peonies and paperwhites. Start by filling it ¾ of the way full with cold water. Cut the stems at an angle to your desired height and place them in the vase to fill out the arrangement. Turn the vase as you go to make sure everything looks good. Fill in any

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empty gaps with snippets of paperwhites. Don’t be afraid to cut them at different heights to create a natural, messy, asymmetrical look.

step 3

For the smaller vase, start with daintier blooms. Dana used one long piece of plumosus that hangs way over the edges of the vase. She then added one bud of green hellebores to the arrangement and kept it super simple to contrast the other pieces.

step 4

For the smallest vessels, like the sugar and creamer, Dana used strips of clear floral tape over the top opening. She placed them in an asterisk-shaped pattern. This helps to keep the shorter stems inside the vessel. Start with a base of green plumosus by placing a small piece in each of the sections made by the floral tape. Then add twigs of dogwood, making sure they stand taller than the plumosus. Then top the arrangement off by adding the green and pink ranunculus, trim the stems short enough so only the blooms are showing in the arrangement.

step 5

The last arrangement Dana created in the creamer is a mix of plumosus (used as the base again) and

sprigs of hellebores. Keeping everything at different heights creates this natural, wild look.

step 6

As accents to the arrangements, Dana included sweet, small tins filled with grass. Taking one of your tins, trace the opening of the top with a Sharpie onto the bottom of the flat of grass. Use a sharp knife to cut through the roots and take out the circle shape of grass. Place it snugly into the tin, hiding the roots and only showing the grass. Water these daily.

step 7

To arrange these on your table, start with the tallest arrangement in the middle and the shorter ones on the ends. Stagger the tins of grass throughout the arrangements across the table. Look back through your china cabinet and pick dishware that matches with the color scheme of your arrangements. Dana also added in the little green tractor and white votive candleholders to give the table a nice personal touch!

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HOUSE WREN VINTAGE HOME & GARDEN 512/413-1628 FLASH BACK FUNTIQUES Billy Howard, 830/331-2200 J HILL DESIGNS Judy Hill, 903/984-1487 JULIE HARRIS VINTAGE SPORTS ANTIQUES 632 Romany Road, Kansas City, MO 816/361-5034 THE SWEET PEA COLLECTION 903/677-6868 PANDORA DE BALTHAZAR Luxe Sleep, Inc. 850/434-5117


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Handkerchiefs—Brass Armadillo, Green wire stems, craft and sewing supplies, pillow inserts— Joann Fabric and Craft Stores,


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Read more about Anne Payetta’s decorating talents at


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SWEET SALVAGE 602/279-2996

Floral Designer: Dana Worlock, Milk glass pieces—Ole Carousel Antiques, Stanfordville, NY, Metal tins—Terrain, Vintage plates—Cottage Antiques, Number napkins—Wisteria,


Pillow see pages 40 and 45 YOU WILL NEED ∞ Fabric (washed, dried, and pressed) ∞ Pillow form ∞ Computer scan of book page ∞ Iron-on transfer paper STEP 1 Scan the book page at a high resolution and enlarge the image. Flip the image in a photo program so that the words are backward. Print the image. STEP 2 Place the paper face down onto the fabric and iron transfer following the manufacturer’s directions. STEP 3 Cut out the fabric to fit your pillow form, adding an inch to the width and length for seam allowances. Trace around the cut transfer fabric onto a piece of the backing fabric. Cut out the backing fabric. STEP 4 Place right sides of both pieces together and sew a seam ½ inch from the edge around each side, leaving an opening to insert the pillow form. STEP 5 Turn the pillow cover right-side out and insert the pillow form. Finish the opening by sewing shut with a whip stitch.

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one more thing

salon on wheels A curvaceous aluminum trailer boasts a look worthy of the high-fashion beauty salon housed inside.


Some people call these trailers Silver Twinkies. But the nickname doesn’t do justice to the Hairstream Mobile Salon, a 1968 Airstream trailer in Glacier, Washington, that has been meticulously redesigned as a full-service hair salon with a retro interior. Owned and operated by Joelle Adams: Hair Artist, this salon’s silver exterior looks like other space-age Airstreams from the late 1960s. What once was a dark interior with a mostly rotten floor is now an upscale hair salon with the visual energy of a mid-20th-century diner. Those who cross the threshold for a cut or color bask in the atmosphere generated by maple cabinetry, teal-blue countertops, red chairs, and a black-and-white linoleum floor. “Joelle wanted something that would remind people of

One of two, the red barber’s chair puts clients in the driver’s seat for salon services, top left. A padded plastic mat below resembles the trailer’s aluminum diamond-plate toe kicks.

midcentury style,” says Andy Lott, Jr., owner of Al’s RV.

Shiny and streamlined, this midcentury-modern Ball

“And she got it. This is one of the most unique trailers

Wall Clock adds atomic style above the trailer’s reproduction tin-tiles interior cladding, top right.

I’ve ever seen: vibrant, funky, and eclectic.”

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Natural light from the original windows illuminates three vintage chairs from an old movie theater, above.

Vintage style spring 2015  
Vintage style spring 2015