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VintageKC Home. Fashion. DIY. FALL 2015 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 2

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20 VINTAGE SPACES Rustic, Mid-century Shawnee home 30 VINTAGE FASHION Dark neutrals for men  34 VINTAGE FASHION Classic pieces in the workplace



shop 05 46

ETSY FINDS Fall dinner party MAKERS Oh So Lovely Blog

learn 06 08 29

do 08 42

DESIGN BOOK Tips for budget design BUY AND SELL Antique cameras DESIGNING WITH DEB Marrying two styles

10 CRAFT Tribal trends 40 FASHION DIY plaid trends 42 THRIFTCYCLE Burned wood 44 DUSTIN’S DIY Plant shelf


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^from the editor


Publisher/Editor Erin Shipps Fashion Director/ Editorial Assistant Calli Green


Graphic Designer Emily Bowers


ife is crazy. At least that’s the response I usually give people when they ask, “How’s it going?” Running your own business—being solely responsible for a growing number of advertisers and contributors, all while bearing the weight of being profitable on your shoulders (no, we’re not there yet)—is crazy in its own right. Add to that launching an original home renovation video series during busy summer months, which is taking much longer and much more work than anticipated (and doing it for free), and the crazy takes a big leap. But that’s just my work life. Imagine you’re doing all of the above while hunting for a new house and getting yours on the market. Let me tell you, keeping a house clean would be a challenge without a 5-year-old, let alone with one. Then, move 12 married years plus said 5-year-old’s accumulated stuff (OK, it’s mostly my stuff, we all know I love estate sales). Then, a week after you move let your one-and-only son venture into the world of Kindergarten and bawl your eyes out the first day, requiring a hug from the principal to get through the experience. I wouldn’t say being emotional is out of character for me, but it’s immensely enhanced by the fact that I’m also currently carrying a growing human inside me. Yep, because life likes jokes. It’s definitely no joke that my daughter is scheduled to arrive in January, amidst the deadline of the spring issue, and that my involvement in a home renovation series had to be drastically reduced (no sledgehammers for this momma). While things have had to hit the backburner for a small amount of time, big dreams don’t usually stop altogether. They just pause for a bit. See, what I’m learning this year is something much more valuable than profitability and best-laid plans. My life has never been crazier, and much of the past 12 months has involved putting my head down and just stepping forward, adapting to what comes (most recently, nausea and fatigue). It’s definitely a season of life that is chugging through a tunnel, and there have been turns and options and choices, and I keep waiting for the tunnel to end. With the surprise news of my baby girl on the way, there is suddenly a beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. A light that opens a whole new world that I never thought I’d see. Puts it all in perspective, right? Friends, I hope that no matter what curveballs come your way, you take them in stride. I’ve never seen any VKC problems fixed by stressing out. Breathe deep, enjoy the moments, and hold on. Sometimes that’s all you can do! vintagekc Happy fall—it’s my favorite season of the year!

Sales Director Erik Salmons

Contributors Dustin Bates Jennifer Bertrand Samantha Collins Jared Dunn Michael Fry James Fry Kirsten Hudson Jamie Kaczmarczyk Audrey Kuether Abbie Marshall Kristen Shuler Angie Snow Deborah Vogler

P hotography Jill DiMartino Tiffany Cody


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On the Cover

Rustic and modern in Shawnee Photo by Jill DiMartino

shop^our favorite etsy finds

1) Vintage brown and orange half apron, ties in back with bow, $8, 2) Mid-Century Mod Typography Rocks glasses (set of four), $24.95 plus $9.95 S&H, 3) Vintage 1970s harvest gold fondue pot, $24, 91/2in. x 12in. with top of pot 5in. diameter, 4) Original 1960s Santa Anita Ware ceramic leaf serving dish, $34, 5) 1960s deviled egg plate, 12in. diameter, $12, 6) Danish Modern Dansk Eria carved walnut divided hors d’oeuvres serving tray, 17in. x 8in, $29.99, 7) Hellerware atomic serving set, bowl measures 61/2in. x 5in., mouth opening is 3in., base is 3.5in. diameter, spoon measures 73/4in. x 2in. at widest point, $32 + free shipping, 8) Vintage hankerchief banner, 14ft. long, sewn on white, twisted rope with simple loops, finished on both sides, $50,

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learn^design book

5 tips for By Jennifer Bertrand


There's no need to break the bank when designing your spaces. Hold on to your pennies with these expert tips.


ellooo everyone! I am here today to gently remind all of you what to think about when approaching a DIY design job, and how not to get ahead of yourself! These rules are ones that I have had to utilize myself as I often find myself the cobbler with no shoes! Also, please know that I think to design a space on a tight budget or any budget at all takes talent! If we all had endless streams of cash, we would have a blast pulling off our dream spaces and they would easily look amazing. But that’s not usually reality. If you’re strapped for cash on a project, you need to start approaching how you are going to pull it off. Before I share these tips, I must encourage you at some point in your life to work with a designer. It’s like a blind date, but when you find one that you connect with, it really is a fun journey! But if a designer is not in your budget, here are some ideas to get you going. 1 Plan as if you are doing it all at once

Often, I will see homeowners make choices because they found something on sale or


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it jumped out at them. The goal when you approach any project is to not waste time or money! Design imagining you are doing it all now so that each room flows into each other and your home does not become a disjointed mess of concepts. 2 Look at your stuff with fresh eyeballs

Everyone gets sick of the items they actually already own. However, before you get rid of a single thing, stand back and ask yourself, “What bizarre way could I use this item?” And in case you have no ideas how you can use that item in a new, fresh way, go on Pinterest or Google. For example, I had a client turn an old piano into a bar. 3 Teach yourself basic design tips that play a large role

These concepts, when utilized in the correct manner, make the difference between a welldesigned space and a home design job that truly looks DIY. By no means do I want to undermine the importance of having a designer on a job; I just am realistic that not everyone will have one in their destiny. So here are

some simplified tips, but don’t hesitate to Google these terms so you can understand them more in-depth! • Scale and proportion: in my personal opinion, this is the principle that homeowners usually fall short on because it takes cojones to commit to an element that will feel either freakishly large, or due to its size, cost more than most of the stuff in the space. However, if you don’t play with scale and proportion, the room overall feels very safe. • Balance (symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial): I want you to Google these types of balance, along with the words “interior design,” because it will take seeing images to properly educated yourself. But also keep in mind that how you approach balance within your home has to do with the type of thinkers you have in the space. For example, when I design for engineers or left brained people, they see the world in a symmetrical balance—it’s how the space feels best to them. Whereas I am obviously right brained and something being asymmetrical creates interest and adds life to a space that feels like my own right fit.

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o Find balance • Harmony and rhythm: Imagine that your space was set to music. What would that music be? Would it be calming like a sonnet or would it be a dramatic push and pull of elements and notes like in tribal techno song? Harmony and rhythm come back to the elements within the space, how they play off each other and what visual movement they create within the space. If you are reading this totally confused, that’s okay. In layman’s terms, I’m saying add some depth and interest, but remember that it all needs to make sense together!

• Interest: this one is usually easy for people, but it means to create a Focal Point. This does not have to always be the fireplace. It’s actually way more fun to punch the eye to a different area within the room. But ask yourself, when someone walks into the space, what is their eye going to go to first? 4 Have a self intervention

Realize that not all of your ideas will happen. Often people try to pull off too much within a space. Or, I frequently see people forget to leave a wall empty. It is not a travesty to not have something on every wall. And remember, don’t keep buying stuff! Use what you have first and then when you shop, have a shopping list so you shop with intention! 5 Have fun!

I have to end everything with this concept.

Because often our first world problem of design can lead us to lose sight of what is truly important. So no home-zillas allowed on my watch and try to enjoy the journey—even if it is on a budget! Have fun!




Jennifer Bertrand is the winner of HGTV’s show “Design Star” season three and cohost of “Real Life Design” on She resides in Weatherby Lake, MO, with her lovely English husband, Chris, and her happy son, Winston. She has big plans in life to conquer the design world … again. Email pics and questions to Jennifer Blog Instagram hgtvdesignstarjenniferbertrand Facebook Jennifer Oldham Bertrand Twitter jblovesdesign


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learn^buy and sell

Vintage Cameras

Film cameras can be worth a second look!

By Michael and James Fry


isit any Kansas City-area antique store, vintage shop, flea market, estate sale or auction house and the chances are pretty darn good it will have a vintage film camera for sale. The advent of digital technology created a surplus of this antiquated technology—once found in nearly every home in the country. Interest in these cameras has dwindled to a small group of film enthusiasts, collectors, and those who enjoy vintage decorating. Indeed, many of these older cameras such as the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye or Argus, have little value beyond looking aesthetically pleasing on a bookshelf. However, if you know what to look for, there are plenty of sought-after cameras that sell in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. Here are a few guidelines so that the next time you’re at a garage sale and spot a Minolta Hi-Matic next to a Hasselblad 500CM, priced at $25 each, you’ll know which one is worth picking up. The size of film the camera uses can be a helpful basic starting point for potential value. The vast majority of vintage cameras use 35mm film. Cameras shooting with larger film are broken into two categories: medium and large format. Focusing on cameras with film sizes larger than 35mm simplifies our focus because these cameras are in the minority


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of the market and are easier to identify. Quite a few of the valuable cameras in the medium format category are boxy “TLR” and “SLR” (twin lens reflex and single lens reflex) cameras. A few minutes spent searching these terms online will give you a clear understanding of what they look like and how they are different. The TLRs are easily identifiable by the two lenses on the front of the camera. While most vintage cameras at our estate sales sell between $10 and $40, we sold a Rolleiflex TLR medium format camera for $245 this past June (pictured above/below etc). Brands to be on the lookout for include Mamiya, Yashica, Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, and Olympus. The medium format SLRs in contrast, have a single detachable lens on the front. The Kowa Six (pictured above/below etc.) from a sale we hosted last year is a good visual example of a medium format SLR, coming in at a price of $160. Notable brands include Pentax, Mamiya, and Bronica. The most well-known medium format brand, and also one of the most valuable, is Hasselblad. While all the other brands typically sell somewhere between $100 and $400, Hasselblad cameras with a lens regularly sells between $400 and $1,200. Large format cameras are even easier to pick out than medium format. The film was 4in. x 5in. or larger, making

the camera quite a large outfit. In addition to their size, they can be identified by their bellows and ability to tilt/shift the lens. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Ansel Adams on top of his station wagon with a huge camera, then you have seen a large format in action. Resale value for a working, large format camera is hardly ever below $150. Sought after brands like Deardorff, Wisner, and Lenhof, with a quality lens, can sell for more than $1,000. One of the challenges in hunting for valuable vintage cameras is the fact that most brands have both expensive and inexpensive models. Canon, Pentax, Kodak, Graflex, Olympus, and Nikon all made models that currently sell for over $500 and other less desirable models that sell for less than $10. Sometimes the valuable models even look the same as the cheap ones, as is the case with the Polaroid 180 and 450 Land Cameras. In the world of optical documentation there are very few brands sought after for nearly every model they ever produced – few brands whose cameras are revered by both collectors and photography practitioners alike. No other camera manufacturer exemplifies this better than Leica. Known for their rangefinders, an average selling price for a vintage Leica body and quality lens is often more than $1,000. Even point-and-shoot models made in the early 2000s (the least desir-

able of their cameras) can sell for several hundred dollars. While working in a basement in Leawood this last March, our team found a camera bag with a half dozen cameras of various brands. Five of those cameras were collectively worth $20; the sixth camera was a Leica M3 with a 1.2/f 50mm lens. We were able to sell that camera for $2,000. Even after years of estate sale goodness, we still get a thrill out of finding a box of vintage film cameras buried in a basement and sharing them with the camera collecting world. One of the best resources we have found for researching and pricing such finds is: To see some of the fun cameras we’ve encountered check out our Instagram page ( Hopefully, armed with this snapshot of vintage camera value you will capture one or two worth buying.

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What advice would you offer to avid estate sale-ing resellers? My advice to a dealer is to pursue relationships with several estate sale companies and work to give them value. The world of business revolves around relationships. This rule applies even to a micro business like a oneperson Etsy shop or a small booth in an antique mall. Relationships by their definition are two-way streets where both parties win and both parties get value. We have dealers offer to assist us with researching and pricing specialized collections, of which they have specialized knowledge. We don’t let these dealers buy before the estate sale opens, but I will make a point to call them first and allow them to buy if our company purchases an estate with the items they collect. I will notify them of an upcoming sale with items of interest and give them the option of putting in a bid over the phone. I won’t bend the rules, but I always work extra hard to give value to those who have helped us out.


So often the resellers I talk to are only into one specific type of item or category. When they go to a sale, they’re only on the hunt for that narrow interest. If they go into an estate that happens to be light on their one category, then they feel they’ve wasted their time. My advice would be to diversify your interests. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Continue to learn and expand the knowledge base you have. Delve into new categories exploring the values they hold. If you only buy records, what about also learning vintage stereo equipment. If you’re only looking for designer clothing, what about expanding into jewelry? The broader your knowledge of different categories and their respective resale possibilities, the greater your chances of finding that killer deal – and doing so in just one outing.


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Our creative people take on the trend of the season


ribal patterns are a huge trend in fashion as well as home dĂŠcor right now. The good news is that you can apply the trend to almost anything; the bad news is that some patterns can be quite difficult. With a little prep, research and some patience, you can DIY these ideas, too!

Create your own pretty painted feathers by embellishing craft store feathers with acrylic paint. I used plain white feathers, but painting patterned ones would be fun too. To do this project, simply pick a few of your favorite acrylic paints, grab a paintbrush and go for it. I’m not a strong painter, so I stuck with simple lines and small dots (use a small, pointed brush for these.) You could also paint stripes, big polka dots, or create an ombre effect. I discovered that the feathers absorb the paint better if you add a little water to the paint first. The added water allows the paints to bleed together a bit, which adds a pretty watercolor effect. Kirsten, Red Leaf Style


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I was able to complete this project by only purchasing paint from the hobby store. This method can be used on any medium: wood, canvas, metal, etc. I just happened to have an old piece of barnwood from central Kansas laying around. Step 1: Clean the surface (if you’re using something found). To prevent any lingering bugs, bacteria or anything else that doesn’t need to be inside my home, I used a combination of water and vinegar, then a bleach cleaner to thoroughly clean the surface. Using a soft-bristled brush, I made sure to get into all the crevices of the wood and then set it outside to dry. Step 2: Prepare the materials. Buy paint and cut a sponge according to the size of your medium and pattern. Turns out, a household sponge did the trick. I cut it into 1in. squares for this project. Step 3: Pick a pattern and start stamping. I wanted an Aztec look, so the squares were an easy way to achieve this. Working off a pattern I found online, I began stamping the squares. I continued until the pattern filled up the entire area of the barn wood.

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Step 4: Fill in the colors (if you’d like) using a small paint brush. This step is optional. However, I wanted the colors to be a little more dramatic, so I filled in some of the areas where the sponge couldn’t reach. Step 5: Reinforce the wood and prepare for hanging. The barnwood was old and needed some scrap wood braces to ensure it wouldn’t break apart when hanging. I used two eye hooks and some string so this could hang on the wall using only one screw. Step 6: Find the right spot to display. A unique piece for under $3? I’ll take it. Jared, Ten Nineteen Sign up for Jared’s monthly DIY e-newsletter:

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Grab some basic art supplies and your favorite kid to make this tag team artwork come to life. Start by using a pencil to draw basic shapes on construction paper and have your little artist cut them all out. This is a great way for kids to practice cutting skills because straight cuts are not necessary. Next comes the fun part! Mix and match different shapes and colors on a white paper background to create fun and interesting patterns. Work together to glue them all down using a simple glue stick and finish by adding a frame. The end result is custom artwork you both can be proud of because you made it together. Jamie, Kolorize


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Create a free wall mural using found items—like these sticks— and a few craft supplies. Simply paint your desired pattern on the sticks, and tie them all together with string. Adds instant impact to any room! Audrey, Oh So Lovely

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For my baby shower we decorated terra cotta pots with paint pens. Patterns, quotes, and colors add personality. Once dry, you can plant your favorite succulents. Angie, Movi Shop in Bella Patina

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This is an abstract modern take on a tribal pattern—kind of a southwest and African safari combo. It was so fun and easy to do! To achieve this awesome faux finished wall, remember three key things: 1. Use vertical brush strokes and feather out at the ends of each stroke top and bottom 2. Layer paint and blend the layers together where they meet in the pattern. Watch the movement of the pattern on the wall while painting, and keep the pattern balanced with placement of color 3. This is an abstract modern take on a tribal pattern - kinda of a southwest and african safari combo. I was so fun and easy to do! Paint one color at a time, that way you can easily lay out the movement of your pattern. I started with the black, then layered on the grey, then the burnt orange and finally the gold. A couple more tips: Don’t over load your brush with paint; to achieve a richer look to each color layer the paint on with each brush stroke. Keep brush strokes moving in the same direction, keeping the brush tip vertical. Don’t be afraid, it’s hard to mess this up, and it looks fabulous in every paint combo! Abbie, The Marshall Made Co.


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I’m super into my Norwegian heritage, so tribal is right up my crafty alley. I found these awesome wicker plates at a local thrift store and painted them with black craft paint. Nex time I might use tape and spray paint, but because painting on a really bumpy surface is no joke. I started with a simple tribal pattern, but then decided to bring in some of my heritage. The two Viking runes stand for peace and love, two things that define my hippie attitude and style. Erin, editor VintageKC Magazine

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I like having small bags and clutches for concerts and events. Because most of my clutches look best with evening wear, or dark clothing choices, I decided to make the perfect clutch for daytime, too. A sturdy saddle blanket would work best for this DIY, but I used a woven table cloth found at a thrift store, which also worked out well. This DIY consisted of a couple folds and minimal stitching, for a cute and quick outcome. I made the cord from fabric I had lying around, but leather cord would also work well for the closure. To reinforce the thin fabric, I used a cardboard liner that could be covered with the same fabric and glued or hand stitched to the inside to help the small bag to keep its form. The colors are versatile and subtle enough to wear in any season, but I love this pattern for the fall. Calli, fashion director VintageKC Magazine

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home on the RANGE

A modern mix of rustic and mid century blend to create a lively, cozy, family home in Shawnee.


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Words SAMANTHA COLLINS Photos JILL DIMARTINO estled in suburbia, high school sweethearts Tammy and Justin Beins aren’t your ordinary cookie-cutter couple and it’s apparent right off the bat when visiting their Shawnee home. Charlie, sometimes also known as Fred, greets guests while perched right outside the front door. No, he’s not a dog or cat, but a largerthan-life, brightly colored tin rooster. The couple randomly found him in Baldwin City, Kan., during the Maple Leaf festival a few years ago and thought he would be a wonderful addition to their home. He sets the perfect example of how the Beins family’s style is everevolving based on what they find out and about.

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The Beins’ house is bold from the start with a dark blue exterior and bright orange door. Lodge-like furnishings in the living room accent the large stone fireplace, high natural wood beamed ceilings, and wall of windows.

“Our surrounding truly helped us mold into the style we have adapted to this house,” Tammy said. “We are constantly being inspired by some random wood or metal we find. I think it really shows in our home.” When first entering the house, high, vaulted natural wood panel ceilings juxtapose concrete thermal-mass floor. It’s a mix of Tammy’s mid-century modern style with a lot of Justin’s Colorado cabin feel. Second-hand, vintage, Western paintings from old steakhouse restaurants that Justin found at Habitat for Humanity ReStore hang on the wall. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace brings out more of the natural, mountainy atmosphere with its mantel covered in Justin’s hand-made birdhouses and wooden trinkets. A bit of a modern style shines through in the kitchen with dark gray concrete countertops edged with steel and more dark steel chandeliers made from lights Tammy found lying around her old job’s storage room. vintagekc fall 2015


The wide open family living space wasn’t always so wide and open in this 1980s house. Spanish tile was chipped away for concrete floors and the kitchen was opened up to the dining room. New countertops, concrete poured in place mimic the modern floor.

“We go from super modern, to a little more rustic, and then the other,” Tammy said. “When one style gets a little too extreme, we try to scale it back by bringing out the other styles we enjoy.” But, the house wasn’t always a modern cabin. Built in 1985, the house had a very different look five years ago when the couple purchased it; the 80s explosion didn’t scare the do-it-yourselfers. Instead of the concrete flooring, thick Spanish-style tile adorned the floor, which Tammy and Justin spent months chipping away tile by tile. The kitchen, now open and spacious, hid behind a wall with a small, “fast-food style window” cutout that led into the dining room. Guests could see into the master bathroom from the kitchen thanks to low-rise walls. The master bathroom was tickled with pink tiles. Now the house is bustling with two children, two black golden-doodles who are pretty much toddlers themselves, and a golden cat who moseys around, all without a trace of that original 1980s glamour. All of the changes were made by Tammy and Justin.


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Three-year-old Hazel’s room light, airy and shabby chic with a custom treehouse bed crafted by Justin, a vintage vanity and tons of family photos.

“Some people golf, we DIY,” Tammy said. “He usually builds it and I add the final touches. It’s teamwork at its finest.” Walking throughout the house, guests find rather unique wall décor with even more unique stories of how the couple found it. Climbing up the stairs to the second floor, a huge wooden piece stating “Bit of the West” hangs on the wall. No, the couple didn’t find it a local antique shop or consignment store. One day a few years ago while driving around in Colorado, where Justin’s family owns a cabin, Tammy and Justin found the piece lying in an alleyway on the side of the road. Tammy says that it was fate to have found that piece. With a bit of paint and TLC, it was ready for its spotlight vintagekc fall 2015


Baby Wilder’s room is camp cozy complete with cow skin rug, wooden skiis, a vintage painting found in Colorado, and a plush campfire.

in their stairwell. Tammy said their home was full of pieces of their favorite places. They’ve actually found quite of bit of inspiration in Colorado for décor around their home. After another one of their annual trips to the mountains, they drove past a creek bed. The shore was covered in dried driftwood. So, what’s the normal thing to do? Why, stop the car and spend almost an hour gathering wood for future projects, of course. “We probably looked like hillbillies gathering the wood,” Tammy said. “But, who cares.” Down the hall, Hazel, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter—who at the time insisted on being called


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The master bedroom (above) is filled with a woodsy style fit for a Colorado cabin, let alone a 1980s suburban Shawnee home. Upstairs (at left) a media nook sits outside the children’s bedrooms.

Princess Jasmine—showed off her room complete with a treehouse bed that Justin built. Painted in pastel pinks, yellows and greens with milk paint, Justin said that her bed is just a touch of what he’s made for the house from his woodworking hobby. Wilder, Hazel’s 8-month-old brother, has a bedroom that sits right next to Hazel’s. Keeping up with the modern cabin woodsy theme, just above his bed hangs a sign Justin made that perfectly fits Wilder’s personality with “All Good Things are Wild and Free” carved into the wood. “Both of our kids are so different in so many different ways,” Tammy said. “We tried to fill their rooms with things that really showed their personalities.” vintagekc fall 2015


Justin said he was inspired to start woodworking from his grandfather, who was an architect. He still uses his grandfather’s original drafting table to create his work. Justin enjoys creating small picture frames for around the house, and eventually started to make toys and puzzles after he and Tammy had kids. He started a small business called Hazel Irie with the idea of creating small pieces of woodwork to sell. But, that’s another adventure for another time, Justin said. His woodworking also ties in with the couple’s commitment to living as organic and natural as possible. The couple tries to use nontoxic paints and materials in their household to help ensure a healthy living environment for their kids. The master bathroom was a big project for the Beins’ and includes a large walk-in shower, claw-foot tub, original driftwood light fixture and sinks handmade by an artisan friend.


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A loft area overlooking the living room is a chill spot for listening to records, but also houses an office area.

“We like the idea of our kids playing with natural toys, instead of just plastic,” Tammy said. “But, of course, we still have the Barbies and other toys. We’re not always perfect.” Justin created most of the smaller woodwork in the house, ranging from the kitchen counter’s wooden bar to the hand-carved mustaches donning their kitchen wall. His first project for the house consisted of building wooden countertops for the main floor’s powder room. Similar to their wood-gathering adventures in Colorado, Justin said he finds materials to work with in a variety of ways including on the side of the road, Craigslist, and even on golf courses. The headboard for the master bedroom vintagekc fall 2015


A stunning bathroom is the picture of symmetry, simplicity and beauty. Tile adds texture to the wall and natural elements make it a very inviting space.


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How do I marry two very different styles?


hen this question arose about marrying two very unique design styles, I knew what I wanted to say but didn’t know quite how to say it. After returning from my fourth wedding of the summer, I sat down to write my column and thought Yikes, how am I going to make this work! And boom—it came to me! Each of the four weddings I’d been to was so different: One was a mountain destination; one was a backyard wedding; one was in a traditional venue, but the bride and groom are gamers and there was a definite homage to their hobbies; and one was on the grounds of a beautiful mansion. The common theme that popped into my head is that as different as each wedding was, each of the two individuals getting married was equally different, and yet they were perfect for each other. They were the perfect blend of each individual’s style—not outshining or overpowering the other. You can achieve success in mixing your favorite styles (rustic and mid-century modern, for example, as seen in this home tour) by creating contrast: hard and soft, skirted furniture pieces with un-skirted, wood and metal. This is where achieving balance comes in—and I don’t mean it’s always going to be 50/50. If that were the case you would end up with two sides clashing without a clear winner. You need to determine a dominant style. Even having said that, you don’t want to have too much of a good thing either. Take a little time to plan and as always, curate your space over time. Also be willing to admit if you didn’t get it right the first time. If you’re just not feeling something, step back and re-evaluate. You may need to do something as simple as move a piece or pieces to a different room, or even just a different place in the same room. A couple of specifics for mixing rustic and mid-century modern: • Both designs can have a real focus on wood, just don’t get too woodhappy (furniture, walls, flooring, ceiling). This is where balance matters. You can add warmth with color(s) and textures with fabrics on your furniture, window treatments, rugs. • Use a Saarinen tulip chair and put a fabulous tribal print fabric on the seat cushion. • Lighting: you know I’m going to work in how important I think lighting is. Visit your local box store, specifically the plumbing department, and create your own sconces. A classic Artichoke light with wood leaves would be gorgeous and add a really great vibe. Now, by the power vested in me, I declare these two styles to be one in your space—with a little creativity and effort.

Deb V ogler

Justin built Hazel’s magnificent tree house. It is truly a work of art among the natural elements of the back yard.

is made from pallet wood he found. In the master bathroom, Justin made the countertops out of wood from his father’s house and used old gas cans as light pendants above the vanity. “A lot of my work is so unique because it’s made out of a pole or random log I found,” Justin said. “I love finding new things to work with.” Even after five full years of renovations and changes, the house still has a never-ending list of things to do and space to fill. Somewhere out there is an old tin can waiting to become a sink basin, or an old piece of thrown-away wood calling to be a small birdhouse for a fairy garden. Next on their list is the outdoor space. With a garden already in the works, Tammy said they would love to be able to grow a lot more than just herbs and some veggies. However, no matter how far they get with their home, it may never be truly complete in their eyes. “You name it, it’s on our list of things to do,” Tammy said. “Everything is always a work in progress. As soon as we finish something, we always want to go back and work it again. I don’t think this house will ever be truly finished and that’s kind of the way we like it.”


Samantha is a freelance writer and editor in Kansas City. She’s a recent University of Kansas journalism graduate (go Jayhawks!) who can be found buried in a good book, traveling the country, and even world, or wandering around Kansas City.


-Deb Deb Vogler has been creating her own brand of Comfort by Design for more than 15 years. She deals with all aspects of design, from budgeting, to floor plans (renovation or new construction), to furniture, to color at her full-scale design firm. Have a designing question for Deb? Send it to

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Fall weather activities like football games and bonfires call for cozy style. Here are two easy DIY projects made with items that may already be in your home.

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By Calli Green

diy poncho (made with a plaid blanket and a belt) 1 Fold the blanket in half, and mark the middle of the top fold. Grab a plate and lay it in the middle at the top, so that it is half on, half off the fabric. Cut the top folded over piece up the line you have marked until you reach the plate. Cut around the plate, forming a half circle at the top.


2 Change your machine settings to a zig zag stitch, and sew that along all of the newly cut raw edges.


3 Fold over the edge Âź of an inch, and press the edge, making a crease. Switch the machine back to a normal stitch and sew all the way around the creased fold, to finish the edges. 4 Put the blanket on to measure where you would like to place the holes for your belt. Measure and mark the belt hole placement with chalk in the front of the poncho (the piece that is cut). 5 Use your buttonhole option and sewing attachment to make large buttonholes, use sharp scissors to cut the slits in the center of the button/belt holes. 6 Grab a belt to cinch the waist.


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diy infinity scarf (made with vintage wool plaid fabric)

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1 Cut two pieces of fabric, 12in. wide by 56in. long. 2 Sew the short ends (right sides) together with a ¼in. stitch to form a large circle.


3 Roll the raw edges around the side of the scarf and sew with a straight stitch over the rolled edge to finish. Infinity scarves can be worn multiple ways, doubled or tripled, for different looks.


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Burning in the kitchen


ooden spoons are an easy find at thrift stores and estate sales, and usually cost $.50 or less. Their versatility make them great objects for crafting and decorating. Wooden cutting boards are also usually in abundance and fun to upgrade. There are lots of ways to update wooden spoons and cutting boards to liven up your kitchen. Handles can be dipped, dyed, wrapped in vintage fabric, stamped, painted, or decoupaged with vintage images. Spoons can be upcycled as plant markers in the garden, puppets for the kids, unique gift sets, chandeliers, bird perches, musical


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instruments, or just fun decorations. We’ve been wanting to try our hands at wood burning, and this was a great opportunity, as burning is a food-safe way to upgrade kitchen items. We purchased an inexpensive wood burning tool at a hobby store for around $8 with a coupon. It comes with four tips for various wood burning techniques. If you’ve never used a

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wood burning tool before (or even if you have), it’s a good idea to sketch your designs with a pencil before making it permanent. We found a cute fox design online that we used as inspiration to freehand this design. You can practice on scrap wood, but we found the tool very easy to use. Hopefully this will be the only burned things in the kitchen this fall! For more ideas, visit our Pinterest board: vintagekc/thriftcycle.


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P lant Shelf Simple odds and ends combine to make a minimal, artistic shelf. By Dustin Bates


he sight of these paint strainers usually makes me cringe because it means I’m painting, which is not my favorite part of home construction and remodeling. But it was fun to re-imagine these as part of a shelf installation. I used a simple square spindle as a base and wrapped the strainers around the back, reshaping them slightly. It was a matter of simply drilling through the strainers and attaching them to the wood. I stained the spindle and spray painted the strainers to give the shelf a cohesive look. You can attach it straight to a wall with screws or wrap it with twine as pictured. The shelves are not the strongest, so simple succulents or air plants are best, which compliments the simple design.


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DIY scrap wood projects are all over the Internet for fall. Try this simple idea with a piece of extra moulding. Cut the wood to desired lengths and create these bewitching pumpkins. We found the perfect Halloween color of paint at Habitat ReStore. We love that this piece of moulding was already primed, so after we painted with the top coat, it was easy to rough them up and let the white shine through in places. We drilled holes in the top and added some twine and Halloween-y knobs from a hobby store. The sky’s the limit with how you can customize your own DIY pumpkins for your fall décor. Have fun!


Dustin’s DIY is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Restore. Dustin started Varsity Construction after graduating college in 2005. He builds new construction and remodels homes. He also builds small furniture pieces in his spare time. Connect with him at

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Perfectly printable art for your walls, desktop or screensasver—and Oh So Lovely gives it away for free!

VKC: What inspires you in décor art design? Audrey: I’m inspired by practically everything I see in a day, but a few different words would describe my freebies—modern, simple, whimsical and fun. VKC: When did you start giving away printables and why? Audrey: I started sharing freebies in 2012 when I launched my blog. I’ve always been a DIY decorator on a tight budget, so I love free printables. There’s so much you can do with them. You can frame them in a nice matted frame in a gallery wall grouping, or simply washi tape them to the wall. I’ve even had some Instagram followers tag me to show me their creative uses for the freebies. I love seeing what they come up with. My favorite to date is a DIY handmade envelope made from one of my feather printables. So fun! VKC: What’s the best way for people to follow your blog?


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Audrey: You can go to and click on “Subscribe” or “Follow by Email” in

the right hand column to get email updates any time I post. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter by clicking the appropriate icons in the upper right hand side of my blog. I’d love to have you all join me!


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