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Winter 2012

Home. Fashion. DIY.

Deck the halls

and every other room in your house


It’s a mod world A new industrial revolution Panoramic “I do” views at the Red Barn Farm


crafty DIY projects 2012 gift guide

Local gifts $25 and under! VintageKC / Winter 2012


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Contents Winter 2012 • Volume 1 Issue 3

Features 14 24 30

Vintage Spaces Charm co-owner Erica Rigdon shows us how to deck the halls Vintage Events A hillside wedding and a barn reception take the cake Vintage Fashion The cool, rock-and-roll attitude of the 1960s’ mod scene

Columns 05 06 08 46

Our Favorite Finds What’s new in the world of online vintage sales? 2012 Gift Guide Buy local this holiday season Buy & Sell A new industrial revolution—this time in furniture Vintage Memories The art of Jennifer Jarnot

Do-it-yourself 10 12 38 40

DIY Décor Easy fabric projects for the holidays DIY Furniture First-timer upholstery: drop-in seat DIY Fashion Ruffled flower clip DIY Fashion Skinny tie revival

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from the editor

Staff Editor Erin Shipps

A Year in the Making


ime is an odd thing. One day you’re starting a magazine and the next thing you know it’s a year later. Where does the time go? While the first issue of VintageKC appeared last summer, I made a decision in January 2012 to make it a reality. I started from scratch making dozens of blind emails, phone calls, and getting my hopeful mug out there to the natural reaction: Vintage who? Time. It’s nothing short of amazing what can happen in a year. VintageKC is now, as they say, a household name in the Kansas City vintage and antique community. Many of you have become my friends and my inspiration, and I look forward to getting to know so many more of you. I count my blessings every day that photographers, advertisers, models, writers, homeowners and friends believed enough in this idea to support it for nothing in return but a smile and a grateful heart. But I suppose that’s how a community works—and that’s what we’re trying to build. Reflecting upon the past year is both surreal, gratifying and exhausting. As any small business owner knows, sometimes 12-hour work days have to happen. We catch a glimpse of business owner Erica Rigdon’s home on page 14; she recently opened Charm in Martin City. And as you creative types know, sometimes inspiration develops long before you see the results. This issue’s fashion shoot on page 30 is one I’ve been dreaming (and losing sleep) about for more than a year. To see it come to life makes every 12-hour day worth it. You make it worth it. Every compliment the magazine receives drives me to push harder. I love hearing that you read this publication cover to cover and then back again! What better compliment can there be? As I’m writing this, Thanksgiving is just about a week away and I can’t express enough my gratitude for being able to show you my dream. Thank you for contributing to, supporting and believing in it. In this giving season, I encourage you to continue your support of local businesses. Our first annual gift giving guide, on page 6, gives you just a taste of the things you can purchase in Kansas City. A year ago I took a chance. I took a big fat leap off a cliff and somehow landed on a mountain that I’m climbing daily. But I’m thankful for the mountain. I’m thankful that I didn’t just keep falling. With the arrival of the new year, I implore you to take your own leap. Big or small, resolve to make a change this year. You may just accomplish more than you ever thought you could. You’re never too old (the owners of Sentimental Journey started their own business at 50 years old) or too young (take a look at our masthead, it’s full of young entrepreneurs) to buck the system and tell time who’s boss. I read the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to my toddler often and admittedly it’s more for my own encouragement. “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains!” I think I moved mine.


Happiest of holidays and blessings in the new year!


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Fashion Director Mandy Miller Copyeditor Angela Snell Fashion Intern Calli Green

Contributors Kim Antisdel Johanna Brinkman Michael Fry James Fry Kirsten Hudson Jack Jett Megan Kapple Lane Leavens Richelle Plett Megan Sassenrath Deborah Vogler Haley Williams

P hotography Lacey Crough Photography William and Jill DiMartino Layne Haley Photography VintageKC volume 1, issue 3 is published quarterly by Erin Shipps, 7730 Floyd St., Overland Park, KS 66204. Copyright 2012, Erin Shipps. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in the U.S.A.


Winter 2012

Home. Fashion. DIY.

Deck the halls

and every other room in your house


It’s a mod world A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Panoramic “I do” views at the Red Barn Farm


CRAFTY DIY PROJECTS 2012 gift guide

Local gifts $25 and under! VintageKC / Winter 2012 1

On the Cover

The holiday spirit goes far beyond the tree in the living room. See how on page 14. Photo: William and Jill DiMartino.

our favorite Etsy finds All of these shops can be found on, an online retailer.

The Yellow Peony: Vintage handmade silk bow tie necklace, $22. Vintage key necklace, $22. Vintage princess rhinestone headband, $84. All items may be picked up at Good Company in Kansas City, KS, or Encore in Shawnee.

Dancing Bumblebee Cottage: Antique hand-carved dough bowl, $95, $20 shipping. Antique wood round tobacco box, $75, $20 shipping. Vintage canvas gathering bag, $58.50, $14 shipping.

Tangled Mane Vintage: Vintage safari tunic maxi dress, one-size, $64. Vintage Glam Rabbit fur coat, small, $189. Vintage Levi Strauss jean jacket, medium, $96. Items can be picked up in Kansas City, MO.

The Naked Man Vintage: 1950s60s mod “Mad Men” era blue plaid sharkskin three-button blazer/sport coat by Westchester for Rothschild’s, size 44, $49.99. 1960s-70s men’s vintage Cincinnati, OH, Mount Healthy High School band varsity jacket, size 40, $59.99. 1960s men’s vintage cowboy style sport coat by Trego’s Westwear of Woodward, OK, size 38, $59.99. Items can be picked up in the West Bottoms.

meganEsass: Lace knit mason jar centerpieces in mustard, green and gray, $27. Cuffed winter slouch hat in mustard yellow, $42. Oversized infinity scarf/cowl in cranberry red, $60. Items may be picked up in Raymore.

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The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide This season, impress the ones you love with gifts made right here in and around Kansas City. All of these gifts are $25 or less, so there’s no excuse not to buy local!

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1 Deer pillow, The Painted Poppy at Restoration Emporium, $17. 2 “Conrad” Mini-Monster by Megan Karson, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center gift sho, $20 3 Vintage postage print circa 1870-1910 screen printed by hand by Caroline Metzger using water-based ink, 100 percent cottan rag and acidfree paper, 11”x14”, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center gift shop, $17. 4 “West Bottoms Left” fine art print of original oil painting by Matt Kube (, 11”x17” (other prints available), at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center gift shop, $25. 5 Hand-dyed felt brooches made from reused fabrics by Leslie Stapinski (, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center gift shop, $12.50.

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6 Flower and feather magnets at A Fabulous Find, $6. 7 Joy in a Jar (a jar full of nostalgic memories of Grandma’s ornaments and a few surprises for making new memories with the ones you love) by Cactus Creek at Resoration Emporium, $22. 8 Recycled feed sack stocking by Reborn at Restoration Emporium, $15.

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ART DESIGN REUPHOLSTERY 1225 Union Kansas City, MO 913.660.2021

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Industrial Rising Vin-tage In-dus-tri-al: Of or relating to items that exhibit the best of a certain quality, associated with or belonging to the style exemplified by factories in the first half of the 20th century. (i.e., exposed natural wood and brick walls, bare light bulbs, muted colors, factory floor furniture, metal piping, etc.) By Michael and James Fry


growing trend in the repurpose scene is that of vintage industrial. From loft apartments to your local Chipotle restaurant, industrial décor and styling has infiltrated modern design. One of the first places this aesthetic started to take hold was in urban coffee shops. Exposed brick walls, lots of natural wood, old drafting stools—these seem tailor-made for the coffee drinkers vibe. Soon Starbucks even joined in the fray, introducing reclaimed urban wood table tops and reproduction industrial lighting into many of its locations. Then the style moved beyond the borders of caffeine consumers and can now be seen daily in the likes of Dwell, Ikea stores, and a Pinterest post near you. Big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry an array of industrial style lighting options like cage pendant lights, hanging warehouse lights and even reproduction vintage incandescent filament light bulbs. So now, you the vintage buyer, have the

option of going online and recreating the look with reproductions ... or going on the hunt for the repurposed, upcycled, and original vintage industrial pieces. Kansas City has a host of purchasing options when delving after those unique industrial items that are the perfect fit for your home or your end use customer. From local estate sales to business liquidation auctions, flea markets and antique stores, there are many choices for the vintage industrial buyer. On one side of the spectrum there are companies in Kansas City (like Adventure Indoors and Edwin Blue) that purchase reclaimed hardwood beams and flooring from early 20th century buildings. They refinish the planks and resell them as flooring or craft them into custom pieces of furniture with vintage industrial style. The other side of buying options includes

Toledo Drafting Stool

garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets with the possibility of finding overlooked or underpriced items. Often these can be found in the form of old metal fans, wire crates, vintage letters and signs, safety deposit boxes, typewriters, light fixtures, and other similar items. A 1950s working Vornado fan sells between $50$65, metal crates and safety deposit boxes bring $15-$40, and condition sets the value of vintage typewriters. Cleaned up and fully serviced, you can sell an old Underwood typewriter for $125$200. If you want to put in more effort than the smaller items require, and usually make a larger profit, you could also be on the lookout for furniture. Solid wood card catalog files can sell from $100-$1,000 depending on the number of drawers. Old factory lockers can generally bring several hundred dollars. Wooden

Don’t know if you’re getting your money’s worth? Having trouble pricing or finding a good deal on an item? Tell us about it at

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buy & sell Industrial

He said . . He said How has the estate sale industry changed and how is it evolving?

Michael The economy downturn has had a huge impact on the estate sale industry in both positive and negative ways. On the negative side we have seen falling values in antiques, collectables and glassware as many people focus on the financial necessities rather than adding to their collections. We speak with clients on a regular basis who are dismayed that their collections purchased over the course of their lifetime are now worth less than what they purchased them for. Everything in the economy seems to run in cycles, and I am sure that some time in the future true collectables and antiques will again climb in value. On a positive note it seems that many more people are open to purchasing second hand and we have seen an increase in sale attendance. Some customers are focused on the environmental impact of reusing and repurposing. Other customers shop estate sales for the financial savings, and they appreciate being able to purchase quality goods and furniture at a fraction of the cost of retail. With an aging population in the United States, estate sales will be with us, in one form or another, for a long time to come.

drafting tables, warehouse carts, and typewriter tables are also all good reselling options. For most knowledgeable resellers on the hunt for industrial items, one piece of furniture stands just a little taller than the rest.


James I would attribute a large portion of the significant amount of change we’ve seen in the estate sale industry in the last 15 years to the advent of the Internet, smartphones, and eBay. The Internet has allowed companies to reach a wider audience interested in what they have to sell. It used to be that companies had signs on the street and they paid to advertise in the newspaper. Now they use tools online like and Craigslist to reach thousands of viewers for little-to-no cost. Smartphones have given shoppers a significant advantage. In the past, if you were looking at the price of an item, you either had to be familiar enough with its value, or trust the estate sale company priced it fairly. Now any shopper can whip out their phone and see what a fair market value is of any item at any given sale. eBay has changed the estate sale industry from pretty much every angle. Companies now have the ability to find comparable prices from recently sold items to help them price at current market value. Shoppers who resell now have hundreds of millions of potential buyers they couldn’t reach before.

It’s the one that you are always hoping that you will find at a garage sale with a $25 price tag on it: The Toledo Drafting Stool.Brothers Clement and Joe Uhl founded the Toledo Metal Furniture Company in 1893. Over the

next several decades they collectively designed a large number of furniture pieces, including their drafting stool, that are now associated with the vintage or industrial look. The stool was one of their earlier designs, patented in 1905 and first produced in two models: with a bentwood support and without any back rest. Manufactured during the early decades of the 1900s these stools have a fully adjustable seat, back height and a rotating base, and were purposefully produced with heavy wood and steel materials to withstand lots of use. The original price: $4.50. Today the older versions sell between $150-$400. With the spotlight now shining on the industrial aesthetic, we wish you happy picking as you look for that old wood, brushed metal, exposed tubing thing for your home or shop.


Michael and James Fry are brothers and the owners of Brown Button Estate Sales. Find them at and brownbutton.

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Scrappy Holidays!

You’ve spent a year collecting scraps of fabric; put them to good use with these adorable decorating ideas. By Megan Kapple


f you are like me, you always have extra fabric scraps lying around that you don’t know what to do with. They may be from a previous project, or maybe some vintage sheets that you scored at the thrift store. Well, read on to find out two easy ways you can use your fabric to create some festive holiday décor! Fabric covered trees Step 1 To create these simple, modern trees, cut some poster board in various sizes to form cone shapes. There are many free templates online that you can download, or you can easily figure it out yourself.

Step 2 Cut the fabric slightly larger than the poster board. Step 3 Spray the fabric with spray adhesive and quickly adhere it to the poster board. Since the fabric should be slightly larger, this will allow you to fold the edges around the board. Step 4 Once the spray adhesive is dry and the fabric is attached, form it into a cone shape and use a glue gun along the seam. Make many different sizes to form your own little Christmas forest. For variety, use vintage buttons (try spraypainting a bunch of mismatched buttons gold), or vintage lace (wrap mismatched lace around a tree).

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 Various pieces of fabric  Poster board  Adhesive spray  Hot glue gun  Cookie cutters  Fabric stiffener  Craft glue  Ribbon  Buttons (optional)

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Step 4 Once the glue is dry, use a hot glue gun to attach a hanging ribbon at the top. Keep the ornaments simple or glue ribbon around the outside edge of the cookie cutter to cover up any dried glue, and add bows buttons or lace.


Fabric Cookie Cutter Ornaments Step 1 Grab some new, used or vintage cookie cutters and scraps of fabric. Cover the fabric pieces in fabric stiffener, using a paint or foam brush and let dry. Step 2 Once the fabric is dry and stiff, trace

around the cookie cutters and cut out the fabric. Step 3 Using craft glue, place a bead of glue around the sharp edge of the cookie cutter. It works well to use a cotton swab for this process. Quickly adhere the cookie cutter to the fabric while the glue is still wet. Let it dry.

Megan Kapple lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband and two daughters. She spends her days dreaming up projects, scouting out thrift stores, sewing and cooking. Read her blog:

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n i p o r Do a D By Richelle Plett


If you don’t know what you’re doing, upholstery can be scary. Thankfully we’ve got good advisors. Here’s an easy project to whet your whistle.

pholstered seats on dining chairs are often called slip seats. Most upholstered pieces of this kind consist of a piece of plywood padded with foam and Dacron (a polyester fiber). They are a great project for a beginner because they don’t require a huge investment in professional tools, they use only a little bit of fabric, and a set of four dining chairs can easily be completed in just a few hours! The first thing you will need is a willing chair. If you are feeling unsure about your skills, its best to start on a single seat, like a desk chair. That way you don’t have to worry about matching three other chairs. All measurements are for an 18” wide x 16” deep drop seat. Adjust your materials list according to your own stool or chair. Step 1 Pull out your camera. Take plenty of pictures both before and during the stripping process. This will help you reassemble the piece. Removing the old fabric, padding and foundation requires as much attention to detail as

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putting it back on! The biggest beginner mistake is to rush through to get the old off and the new on. Just like any great finished craft, the true skill is in the time spent on prep work. Step 2 Remove the slip seat from the frame with a screwdriver. If you are doing a set of chairs, label each plywood base with its corresponding chair. While it may be a matched set, the screws could be in different places on the frame. Keep the screws in a safe place while you work! Step 3 Strip off the padding and foundation. Typically, if a piece needs to be reupholstered, it needs new padding too. I always say it’s like taking a shower and putting on dirty underwear to reuse old foam. Step 4 Remove all staples and tacks from the plywood base frame with a staple remover and needle nose pliers. Scrub the frame with a stiff brush to clean old glue and dust before proceeding. Step 5 Place the plywood frame on the foam and mark around the circumference,

adding 1/2” to all sides. Cut out the foam using an electric carving knife. Step 6 Spray adhesive all over both the plywood form top and the bottom of the foam. Wait about two minutes for the glue to set, and then place the foam on top of the plywood base, glued sides together. Be certain to line up precisely before bonding together.

What you need

 Screwdriver and tack lifter  Needle nose pliers  Scissors  20” square of 1-1/2” wide LX45 blue foam  313 spray adhesive  3/4 yard Dacron  3/4 yard upholstery fabric  Staple gun with staples  Metal yardstick or ruler  Permanent marker  Wire brush  Electric carving knife

You can add a black cambric dust cover to the underside of your dining chair for a very finished, professional look.

Step 7 Make a rolled edge. This step is one of the differences between home crafter and a professionally finished piece! Spray the side of the foam with adhesive. It is best to spray only the top half of the side of the foam. Work with only one side at a time and plan to have some Goo Gone near, as your fingers will glue together until you get the hang of it. Beginning at the center of one side, tuck the bottom edge of the foam under, and using the other hand, pull the top edge over, pressing firmly into the plywood frame. Continue working this way until you reach the edge. Return to the center and tuck and pull to the opposite corner. Repeat on remaining sides. Step 8 Lay cut Dacron over the foam and staple to the bottom edge of the frame, using the Four-Point tacking/stapling method. The

diy furniture Four-Point tacking method is used every time you tack anything to a frame. Starting on one side, temporarily tack the center of the front, back and sides, keeping tension even. Once the sides have been temporarily tacked, gently tack the corners. Staple the fabric to each side, beginning on one side and spacing staples about 1/8” apart. Be sure to keep the tension even as you work around the frame. Step 9 Trim off excess Dacron to about 1/2” and mark the front and back center point of the frame. Step 10 Fold fabric in quarters and lightly notch to mark the center. Step 11 Stretch fabric over the seat and align center markings. Step 12 Using the Four-Point method, staple the fabric to the underside of the frame. Smooth the fabric and keep the tension consistent to avoid unattractive puckers and dimples. Step 13 Pull each corner flap tight until there are no puckers. Staple to the underside of the frame.

Step 14 Drop the seat back into the frame and reattach with existing screws. Step 15 Repeat with each chair until you have a finished set! If you’ve enjoyed this project and want to increase your upholstery skills, you are ready to move on to an oversized floor cushion with zipper or boxed ottoman.


Richelle Plett is the owner of Sit On It…a chair gallery, located in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. Focusing on quality construction, and classically designed pieces, she can create a home environment to meet every lifestyle and budget. Sit On It… is a full service interior design studio with an on-site workroom, specializing in reupholstery of vintage seating. It’s where new and vintage furniture meet home accessories and original local art.

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Home for the vintage spaces

A family of four defines cozy, comfortable and cool in their Overland Park home. By Kim Antisdel Photos by William and Jill DiMartino


The Rigdons: Olivia, Kerry, Erica and Paige.

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Erica Rigdon might tell you her favorite part of the holiday season is setting out sweet treats for her husband and two daughters to munch on. She could even tell you it’s the feeling of warm blankets and comfy sweaters that make her heart sing during the season. But the real truth is, this busy homemaker bubbles with excitement and counts down the minutes to December for one thing: Christmas decorating. The once-a-year opportunity to deck her already chic halls with holly, bows, lights and amazing antique furniture finds are what bring true joy to Erica’s world. It’s a passion she’s had her entire life. “I was constantly rearranging my room when I was little, changing things and making the room look different,” Erica remembers. “I dreamed of the day that I’d style my home just the way I wanted it, especially for the holidays.”


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The hub of this home is packed with family photos, chic decor and cozy furniture.

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Erica’s dream, like so many others, started small. First things first, she needed to find the house that would become her home, and it didn’t happen overnight. After living in two different homes and moving once every three years, Erica was starting to wonder if she would ever find the perfect spot to begin designing her dream. “I loved our previous two houses, but they just weren’t ‘it’,” she explains. “I had a pretty specific goal in mind. I wanted a more closed floor plan. Because of that, I don’t think I ever really felt at home in them.” All of that changed when the couple discovered this two-story, four-bedroom, 3-1/2 bathroom property in Overland Park. The home had excellent bones, the perfect segmented and cozy floor plan and as an added bonus, sat on a quiet cul de sac. Erica was immediately smitten, but cosmetically, there was a lot of work to be done.

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Top: Erica and Kerry’s bedroom, like their home, seems to be a dream come true. Above: Erica crafted her bedside tables from one table, sawed in half. Opposite: A nook in the master bedroom features a fireplace and a sunny spot for breakfast for two.

vintage spaces Erica’s Holiday Decorating Tips Go overboard!

You can never have too much garland and ribbons and bows.

Turn down the lights

Use 40 watt bulbs in your lamps and add candles everywhere. The light will reflect the shiny bulbs on your tree and and it will put you in the mood for a warm cup of cocoa.

Make room for inspiration

If you haven’t used a decoration in two seasons, you probably won’t use it again. Donate items that don’t inspire you to make room for new ones that do!

Dress your fixtures

Hang ornaments, garland and ribbons from your chandeliers. Chandeliers look great on their own but will be over the top amazing with extra accesories.

Buy transformative items

Erica’s favorite stores Bella Patina Charm Nell Hill’s Restoration Emporium

With the help of her handy husband Kerry, Erica repainted nearly every surface in the home, added bead board in appropriated areas, updated appliances, refinished the kitchen cabinets and installed fresh countertops. Once the initial facelift was complete, it was time to get serious about the furniture and accessories that would give the house its true wow factor. Though Erica was confident in her design sensibility, her signature style had yet to be developed. Thankfully, she had someone to help her down the right design path. “A good friend took me to an antique store one day and I saw these one of a kind items at amazing bargains,” Erica says. “I loved that I could find a piece that may not have been perfect, but I could refinish it and make it my own. After that I started finding pieces on my own at stores or estate sales. I began adding them to the home one at a time. This house helped me find my style.” That style turned out to be a hip mish mash of modern flair and cottage shabby chic. The main walls of the two-story home are

Find some old silver trays at an antique store for around $20 each. Adorn them with ornaments, baubles and candles. When the season is over, remove the Christmas deocrations and reuse the trays for everyday accessories!

P lay with layers

Lean a mirror against the wall and place a vase of Christmas flowers and a tray with a few varying height candles in front of the mirror. Instant decoration for Christmas or any time of year!

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Opposite: Erica’s husband Kerry surprised her with this beautiful Europen-style table for their anniversary. Above: A corner of the living room flows seamlessly into the beautiful kitchen. Right: Texture is the name of the game in the dining room.

lathered in various shades of sophisticated gray and blue, which perfectly complement the ivory colored trim and bead board throughout the home. The finishing touch in nearly every room is a chandelier, each one different from the next, glittering throughout all the seasons. Erica is self-admittedly obsessed with chandeliers, and isn’t afraid to buy them in the worst of conditions. She recommends about $100-$150 dollars for a decent size chandelier in working condition. If she comes across a chandelier that doesn’t work, Erica rewires the piece (courtesy of her husband), switches up the paint, and ends up with a piece of art for every room imaginable. Literally. “I definitely have a chandelier in my pantry,” she laughs. “I figure, why not? Every room looks better with a chandelier!” Erica’s love for all things vintage and shabby chic was destined to spill over into her family. Her daughters Paige (12) and Olivia (9) reap the benefits of their mom’s exquisite taste in their uber-fashionable bedrooms, and Erica’s husband Kerry has embraced his wife’s passion whole-heartedly. In fact, Erica’s favorite piece, a European style kitchen table, was an unexpected surprise from Kerry. Erica

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Above: Paige (12) relaxes in style in her room, which showcases her many equestrian awards and love of horses. Right: Olivia (9) is all girl in a pink-themed room. A large soffit over the windows adds character.

Good Idea

had seen the table at an antique store two and half hours from Have a lot of similar items to home and couldn’t fit display? Find some thick, solid frames, fill them with chicken the table in her car. By wire and proudly show them off. the next day, the table had sold. “I was totally bummed,” she remembers. “I wanted it to so badly. Then, a few days later I came home and there the table was, sitting in my kitchen. My husband bought it as a 13-year anniversary surprise. He totally gets me.” Besides her amazing family, Erica also gives credit to her friends, antique store owners, books, magazines and of course the Internet for helping her create this home. Pinterest is a tool that she uses daily to find thought starters or new design trends. Occasionally, though, Erica happens upon an idea that’s all her own. The nightstands in her bedroom, for example, are much

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Clockwise from top left: A variety of trees abound in the Rigdon home. The tree in the main living room hits all the right notes for this season: metallic, metallic and more metallic. An entry table in Erica’s home displays rustic and feminine elements with style. Chandeliers in every room are adorned with the holiday spirit. A candy dish in the kitchen makes candies easily accessible and cute. Paige’s tree glistens in the sunlight. The dining table is set for the season.

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more than they seem. Upon closer look, the stands are actually a large table that Erica thoughtfully sawed in half. She then attached each portion to either side of her bed, creating a completely unique and original nightstand solution. To look at Erica Rigdon’s home now, with every accessory perfectly appointed and each chair distressed just right, it’s hard to believe there was a time when things weren’t so immaculate. But Erica reassures that everyone, including her, has to start somewhere. The key is just to begin. “It can be overwhelming. It has taken me seven years to get to this

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point, and I’m still not done.” she says. “I spent a lot of time thoughtfully and purposefully buying things for this house. Sometimes I was wrong about things. But that’s the fun and magic of all of this.” Now the magic of the 2012 holiday season has arrived, and Erica’s home is officially dressed in the Christmas spirit. It takes nearly nine days and a lot of help from her favorite volunteers to get the house up to snuff, but for Erica, the effort is all worth it. “This is where my family is,” Erica says. “I’ll probably host my daughters’ bridal showers and baby showers here someday. I feel like ... we’re here, we’re stuck. In a really, really good way.”


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Help! I don’t know how to decorate for the holidays and company!


Decking the halls is a family affair in the Rigdon home, and every surface gets the royal treatment.

Visit Erica at her vintage store Charm in Martin City that she operates with her friend Shannon Myers. Stop by every third Thursday, Friday and Saturday and find your next treasure! Kim Antisdel is a writer, interior designer and sales rep. She is also a complete klutz that can crank out a killer cartwheel on demand. Her favorite place to write is curled up on the couch with her weiner dog and two cats fighting for a spot on her lap.

s I was creating a list of helpful tips for this issue of VintageKC my 6-year-old granddaughter, Ella, kept coming in to ask me questions. Finally, a little exasperated, I asked her quite sharply, “What are you doing?” Being the good kindergarten citizen she is trying to be, she said “I’m just trying to incorporate all my senses Grandma!” She’s right. That’s what I would suggest: Keep all five senses in mind when decorating for the holidays. Sight. Give your front door curb appeal. Make friends and family feel welcome. Take a little time to do some general cleaning. Move a couple of pieces of furniture to the basement to make room for the season. Make seasonal decorations as simple as you like—glue beautiful old Christmas cards to an elegant ribbon —make a bow at the top to hang on the front door. Or make them as elaborate as you dare—incorporate old lawn chairs, trees, that old plastic Santa, or a sleigh on your front porch to create that vignette people can enjoy when stopping by. Don’t be afraid to entertain; you don’t want to waste an opportunity to share the wonderful mood and feeling you’ve created. Entertaining can be something as small as a cup of coffee and slice of that pumpkin bread you made from Grandma’s recipe book or a full blown get-together with food, music, lights—as big as you want to make it. Touch, smell and taste. Create a mood with holiday accessories whatever your style may be—vintage, traditional, modern or minimalist. And make it personal. Layer decorations, using everything from branches off the evergreens in your yard, pinecones, nuts, herbs, fabrics, ornaments, homemade cookies, old toys (blocks, trains, ice-skates). Mix them as you would that big pot of stew on a cold December night. Hearing. Welcome sounds create beautiful holiday memories, whether it’s by singing Christmas carols, playing holiday music, or hearing the squeals of delight from children as they jump from their beds to open gifts. Record a family dinner conversation and play it back during your party. And if you see a family at the movies later on Christmas Day still in their pajamas say, “Hi!” That’s our family—and that’s a tradition we use for incorporating our senses for the holidays!


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 desigin question for Deb? Send it to

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Barnyard Wedding Bliss Rustic elements and vintage details transformed a barn into one extraordinary wedding day


By Kirsten Hudson

Photos by Lacey Crough

t takes a special eye and a true love for vintage to look past an ugly paint job or a film of dirt and see a vintage object for its potential. Anyone who has ever dug through a junky garage sale, estate sale basement, or crammed thrift store and found a vintage gem knows the feeling. That’s how it was for Kelsey and Jon Pierson, especially when searching for spaces to hold their wedding. They were looking for a diamond in the rough. It was winter when they scoped out the Weston Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO—seasons away from the summer wedding they were planning. Rain had been falling for days, mucking up the grounds. And the barn, where they could potentially hold their wedding, was stuffed with large farm equipment, signs and chairs. Still, it felt right, from the moment they put their feet on the barn’s rustic floor—that’s where they were going to get married. The red barn, set among the fields and orchards of an actual working farm, fit the couple’s style. Both of their extended families come from rural backgrounds. Hers from Nebraska. His from south and central Missouri. “We wanted a space where all of our family could feel comfortable,” Kelsey said. “And, where they could all fit.” “We had checked out a couple of other places,” she said. “Both of them were just ‘too forced’. When we got to the red barn, it just felt right.”

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A family effort “Everything else we just collected over the engagement period. We would see something that would be the right color or the right idea, and we would pick it up,” Kelsey said. “A lot of times we were just out doing normal life things and we would see something that would catch our eye.” One evening at a First Friday event in the Crossroads, the couple stopped at Hammerpress, a letterpress and design studio in Kansas City, MO. They dug through a cast-off bin of Christmas cards that were marked down because the printing wasn’t exactly right. There they scored cardboard cutout birds in red and blue that perfectly matched their wedding colors. These later decorated the walls of the barn. They also found two plant stands at Thistle, a vintage gallery and repurposing studio in Kansas City, MO, that they repainted and used to display cupcakes on the cupcake bar at their reception. “We just started incorporating things we liked and it all kind of fell together,” Kelsey said. The couple credited their family and friends with making their vintageinspired wedding special. From a friend who refashioned Kelsey’s grandma’s vintage pearls into the necklace and bracelet she wore on the wedding day to the family and friends who spent hours hanging red and blue Chinese lanterns from the barn’s rafters, the Piersons said all of the special people in their lives worked together to make the day—as they put it—epic. “I think the weddings and the decorations and everything really brought the two of us together,” Kelsey said. “It brought our families closer, and it was just a really good Purchased/rented: way to start our life Red Barn: $3,000 Mason jars: $120 (not more than together.” $3 each) “Plus, we can probably Plant stands/cake stands: $10 each open our own antique with new coats of paint store now.” Hammerpress bird prints: $10

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Kirsten Hudson is a professional Web writer, blogger and all-around vintage lover living in Kansas City, MO. Follow her adventures decorating her tiny Columbus Park apartment on her blog, Red Leaf Style:

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Mod WOrld When we started envisioning this 1960s-inspired photoshoot, we wondered, “What exactly did a ‘hard day’s night’ look like?” Musicians on the road, settling in to their hotel for the evening, their ladies at their sides. These are the cool kids. The rock stars. And of course the women they love. They’re in a mod, mod world.

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vintage fashion Below: On Evan: jacket, Moore’s, Arizona Trading Co., $15; turtleneck, H&M clearance $10; pants, model’s closet; shoes, no tag, Vintage Vogue, $38. On Nicholas: black jacket, Continental Styling by Chester Harris, Vintage Vogue, $28; tie, Battaglia of Milano for Halls Kansas City, estate sale, $1; shirt, pants, shoes, model’s closet. On Mat: Shirt, model’s closet; tie, thrift store, $0.50; pants, H&M, $24.95; shoes, model’s closet. On Jerad: Sweater, Campus, Arizona Trading Co., $9.50; shirt, model’s closet; tie, Woolf Bros, editor’s closet; pants, H&M, Arizona Trading Co., $16.50; shoes, French Shriner, Vintage Vogue, $38. Instruments clockwise from left: Gibson Les Paul Custom; C&C Custom drums (local); Rickenbacker 330; Fender Jazz Bass.

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Below: On Faith: Earrings, Movi Modern Vintage Mobile Boutique, $16; dress, Arizona Trading Company, $12.50; socks, Xhiliration, Target clearance, $5; shoes, Promenaders, Vintage Vogue, $20. On Johanna: Scarf, Vintage Vogue, $6; earrings, estate sale, $0.50; nails, Sally Hanson, Salon Effects, Target clearance, $4.25; mustard ring, Target clearance, $5.58; dress, no tag, Pop! Vintage at 600 Central, $18; square bracelets, Old Navy, $7.95; zig-zag rings, Target clearance, $3.98; tights, Xhiliration, Target, $5; shoes, Nina comfort, Vintage Vogue, $28.

Faith’s Look: $53.50

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Opposite page below: Navy and tan coat, no tag, Burlap, $47.50; white, navy, red purse (shown in opening photo), no tag, Pop! Vintage at 600 Central, $12; black peacoat, model’s closet; yellow plaid coat, Arthur Jay, available at Lily Wolfgang, $60; black purse, Woolf Bros., Vintage Vogue, $20; gray coat, no tag, estate sale, $5; black purse, no tag, Vintage Vogue, $20; gray coat, black collar, CalCraft by Cal Mfg. Co., Arizona Trading Co., $12.50; blue purse, no tag, Arizona Trading Co., $7; yellow coat, Betty Rose, Pop! Vintage at 600 Central, $32; navy trench, Turnstyles, $10. Left: Sunglasses, Vintage Vogue, $10 each.

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Nicholas’ Look: $29

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Mat’s Look: $25.45

Arrica’s Look: $40.45 Scarlette’s Look: $75.58

Above: On Arrica: Earrings, estate sale, $0.50; ring, In Good Taste, $8; bracelet, Old Navy, $9.95; dress, Gay Gibson, Re-Runs Warehouse, $15; tights, Xhiliration, Target, $5; shoes, Thom McAn, Kansas City Auction Co. estate sale, $2. On Scarlette: necklace in hair, editor’s closet; earrings, estate sale, $0.50; ring, Target clearance, $5.58; dress, Harmony NY, Burlap at Good JuJu, $29.50; tights, Merona, Target, $12; shoes, Renzo Fontanelli Italian, Movi Modern Vintage Mobile Boutique, $28.

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vintage fashion That’s Jai, he works at The Aladdin

Evan’s Look: $63 Photography: Layne Haley Photography Hair: Lotus Beauty, Shana Nicole Beauty Makeup: Ashley Nelson Studios, Kiahna (also nails on Johanna) Nails: Beaux Cheveux Styling: Erin Shipps, Mandy Miller, Calli Green Models: Johanna Maureen, Scarlette O’Shea, Faith Tyrell, Arrica Wright Musicians: Everyday/Everynight: Evan Ashby, Mat Shoare, Nicholas Stahl, Jerad Colton Tomasino Location: The Aladdin Hotel

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diy fashion

DIY: Ruffled Flower Clip By Haley Williams


hether you’re dressing up for the holidays or a night out on the town, don’t overlook hair accessories to complete your look. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make a customizable hair clip.

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Supplies Step 1 Find a fun fabric. Both plain and patterned look great with this style of flower. Step 2 You are going to be making multiple circles the same size. The easiest way to do this is to cut a strip of fabric, fold one end to create a square and continue to fold the fabric in on itself. Then, cut a circle out of the folded piece of fabric.

 Two strips of fabric: 3” wide by 1/2 yard long  Felt  Glue (E6000, 9001 or hot glue works)  An alligator hair clip (available at craft stores or online)

diy fashion Step 11 Secure the circle with the clip to the back of your flower using glue. Wait for it to dry and you’re done! You have a fun, custom flower hair clip.

Step 3 Cut a circle of felt about 1.5” wide. Step 4 Place a line of glue on the felt where you will place your first “petals.” Step 5 Fold a circle in half, then fold it again. Step 6 Place the quartered petal on the glue strip and make sure both sides of the folded piece stick to the glue. Continue until you have filled up your flower with petals.


Step 9 Trim any uneven areas or corners of fabric that appear to be sticking out. Step 10 Cut another felt circle. Sew the alligator clip onto this circle.

Step 7 Press the centers down with scissors or a pen as you secure the centers and make the petals fluff out. Step 8 You will use between 10-20 circles depending on how full you want the flower to be.

Haley Williams is a newlywed marketing manager by day and a creative addict by night. Her passion is making things beautiful, including her house, her Etsy shop, websites—really anything she can get her hands on! She lives with her husband Joey, their dog Riggins and cat Fievel in Roeland Park.

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 Tie  Seam ripper  Scissors  Thread (to match tie)  Needle  Iron

DIY: Skinny Tie

Photo by Mellicious used under a CC license.

By Calli Green


rend relief is here! Why drop extra bucks to buy a slim tie when your thick ties can be transformed into a sophisticated, skinnier style? You don’t even need a sewing machine or any experience for this upgrade! Here’s the skinny: Step 1 Choose a thick tie that you want to revamp. I chose the gold tie because it seemed festive for the holidays.

Step 2 Carefully use your seam ripper to remove the stitching on the back seam. Remove stitching up to the slender part of the tie (where it starts to narrow). Step 3 Pull the interlining form out of the bottom lining that is holding it in place.

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Step 4 Carefully trim one side of the interlining, until you reach the slender part of the tie (where it narrows). Step 5 Fold and pin the cut edge of the interlining to the uncut edge, and cut the excess, using the cut side as a guide. Step 6 Unfold and the interlining should now look like a skinny tie. Step 7 Place the interlining back into the bottom lining that holds it in place. When the stitching was taken out of the back, there was one side of the tie overlapping the other; the side of the tie that was underneath needs to be trimmed, tapering a small amount until the slender part of the tie is reached (where the stitching was not removed and the tie narrows). Step 8 Fold the sides up against the cut interlining one at a time, overlapping, and press the sides with an iron on the silk heat setting, so the edges and new seam are crisp. Step 9 Use a needle and thread, stitch up the back of the tie. Stitch through the sides that are turned under to hide stitching (like they were

originally stitched before it was removed). You want to catch the interlining in some stitches, but be careful not to catch the tie front. Step 10 Press the back of the tie one last time to make sure the new edges are very crisp, turn it over, and you’re done!


The new skinny tie as compared to much bigger, boring, less-stylish regular old ties.*


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where we’ve been

Sept. 21-22, The Fleeting Flea lights up Overland Park

Oct. 19, Razzberry Wimzy opens up shop in Lee’s Summit.

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Sept. 29, The Gathering sets up for the very first time in St. Joseph.

where we’ve been

Oct. 5, The Red Shed opens in the West Bottoms

Sept. 20, Charm opens in Martin City.

rium o p m E ’s LLC n w o r B ANTIQUE MALL Over 18,000 Square Feet of Fine Antiques and Collectibles

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Saurday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Holiday hours will be posted) 13720 E. US 40 Hwy #A Independence, MO

(NW corner of US 40 Hwy and Noland Road)

5330 Martway, Mission 913-722-7788 Private evening event space available


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stores we love

The Ridge Shawnee

They’ll know you by name at this Shawnee staple filled to the brim wit h one-of-a-kind treasures (and a lovely cafe!) VKC: How long have you been into vintage? Al: 15 years VKC: What got you started? Al: A 1920s Silvertone Victrola. It was beautiful, but broken. I took it home, piddled around with it and really enjoyed the process of bringing something old and wonderful back to life. VKC: How did you decide to open a business? Al: Quite by accident. I’d purchased a home that was filled with old, interesting stuff. I took it to The Ridge, sold a few items, then progressed to renting a large booth. Then I was asked to become a partner in the business. Now I’m sole owner and have expanded it over recent years from 4,000 to 15,000 square feet with additional lofts and a full-service cafe and bakery added in the back. The rest is history! VKC: What advice do you have for amateurs? Al: Have a lot of money! Seriously, unplanned costs always crop up and to continue to evolve usually involves great ideas and capital. VKC: What are your favorite pieces to buy? Al: I collect in about 10 different categories. Some of my most prolific are tins, like an antique Husman potato chip tin, vintage coin-operated

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machines, antique advertising signs and rare beer clocks, like Country Club and Muehlebach. VKC: How do you choose your store’s vendors? Al: Personality. Water seeks its own level. We want people who like to laugh and enjoy life. People who are a little off ... in a good way. Who appreciate antiques and collectibles but don’t take things so seriously that they fail to embrace this business with passion and humor. VKC: How would you describe the style of the items in your shop? Al: As varied as the letters of the alphabet. It’s not your mother’s antique store and we’re not a flea market. We are very different. VKC: What is the biggest item you’ve sold? The most expensive? Al: I’ve sold a $6,000 Cartier watch, a $2,000 oil painting and most recently an over 100 pound solid brass Buddhist bell. VKC: What is your business philosophy? Al: Right or wrong, do it strong and then live with the results. I also believe in doing what we do, not in getting swept up in the latest fads and trying to duplicate what the competition may be doing. Our goal is to keep doing

what we do better and set our own trends. VKC: What experience do you hope your customers have in your store? Al: Exhilaration and joy. A visit to The Ridge is filled with quirky nostalgia and surprises everywhere one looks. We want them to know that they’re valued and no matter how their day is going, The Ridge made it more fun. VKC: Why do you continue to do what you do? Al: Because I’m crazy, unconventional, not concerned with fitting in. I wake up every morning thinking “What can I do to make our customers happier? How can we retain and grow?” What drives me are the friends you make, bonding with the customer, and knowing that you’ve gone all out to make them feel welcomed and comfortable. VKC: What else do you want people to know about you and your store? Al: We’re not just an antique store, we’re a destination. We have more than 200 vendors who continue to evolve as entrepreneurs. Our cafe and bakery draws raves for its “real food.” We continue to build our base in the estate sale market and will soon be opening a second nearby location devoted to consignment furniture.

stores we love

Satch’s Jewel A Diamond in the Rough Boutique Old Town Lenexa

Variety is the name of the game at Satch’s Jewel. From accessories to furniture to decor—this jewel has it all! ’ VKC: How long have you been into vintage? Lori: For as long as I can remember. I’ve always had an appreciation for anything that has had a past life, especially those made by hand. VKC: What got you started? Lori: I have known vintage was going to play a role in my life ever since I can remember playing dress up as a child in my greatgrandmother’s clothes and jewelry. VKC: Where did you get the name Satch’s Jewel? Lori: I named the shop Satch’s Jewel*A Diamond in the Rough Boutique, after my parents. My dad’s nickname was Satch and my mother’s name is Jewel. They were both unique and one of a kind, which best describes the items we carry in the shop. VKC: When did you decide to open your own business and why? Lori: I opened the shop November of last year. I knew 22 years ago that when my two daughters were grown I wanted to open a shop. Not only for myself, but to share with others how you can repurpose items, and decorate in a whole new way.

VKC: What advice do you have for new pickers? Lori: If an item speaks to you and pulls on your heart strings, buy it! VKC: What are your favorite pieces to buy? Lori: The items that I find especially unique that I know can’t be found just anywhere. VKC: How do you choose the vendors for your store? Lori: Carefully; they have to have passion for what they do. I believe in giving new artists a chance to make their dreams come true. VKC: How would you describe the style of the items in your shop? Lori: Unique, funky, whimsical and most importantly inviting. VKC: Describe your favorite pieces in your own home, the ones you couldn’t bear to sell. Lori: Although I have many items in my house that would be hard to do without, I have a hand-carved table that I brought back from Santa Fe, NM, that is my favorite. VKC: What is the biggest item you’ve sold? Lori: A French armoire that sold for $1,500. VKC: What is your business philosophy? Lori: Making sure that my customer comes

first and that our prices meet our customers’ needs. As well as making sure that our artists have what they need to succeed. We work together to make sure the shop is at its best. We are like family. VKC: What experience do you hope your customers have in your store? Lori: I hope my customers feel welcome and at home. VKC: Why do you continue to do what you do? Lori: That’s simple, it’s my passion and I love what I do. Creating, decorating, but most of all it’s all for the customers who become my friends. VKC: What else do you want people to know about you and your store? Lori: We offer unique art, vintage items, furniture, home décor and one-of-a-kind clothing. I knew opening the shop would be a great experience, but the wonderful friends I’ve made are the real diamonds in the rough. VKC: What other vendors do you adore? Lori: Re-Runs, Good Company, Donna’s Dress Shop and Vintage Market.

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vintage memories

The Art of

Jennifer Jarnot When Erin at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center told us we had to see Jennifer Jarnot’s work in person, she wasn’t kidding. We were instantly smitten with her unique vintage style and had to ask her more about her inspiration. VKC: Where did you draw inspiration for your current exhibition? Jennifer: My paintings take their cue from my attraction to popular culture, particularly the formative stuff of one’s childhood, toys, books, and games. Fascinating to me is the fact that these items were largely stand-ins for the “real world;” houses, automobiles, people, animals, etc., thereby allowing me to create a narrative that is culturally relevant using images that appear, at least on the surface, to be more comforting, accessible, and less threatening. Stylistically, the work borrows heavily from paint-by-number paintings. Paint-by-number “masterpieces” were never revered, valued or collected, and have now become an ever-prominent feature of second-hand stores. While walking through a flea market one afternoon, and stumbling upon a paint-by-number painting of a boy and a rabbit, it occurred to me that the best manner in which to present the imagery that fascinated me most was to borrow a style from the same era as the images I collect. VKC: Why vintage? Jennifer: I am drawn to vintage items because of the his-

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tory behind the objects. When I see items on display in antique stores I often wonder who once owned these objects, when and where they were originally purchased, and also where they used to be placed and admired in someone’s home. There are also particular palettes of colors that I’m attracted to. Victorian colors such as pale yellow, pale pink, and light grey-green are beautiful. 1950’s colors, that are very similar to the Victorian palette of colors, are also truly inspiring to me and can be found on many of the plastic toys of that era. VKC: How have vintage/antique items found their way into your life? Jennifer: Actually, walking into my home is like walking into an antique store, or a museum. Not only do I collect vintage items, but my husband does as well. Our home is full of unique items including chalkware animals, a collection of more than 200 paint by number paintings, Mexican masks, trinkets and tchotchkes, to name a few. VKC: What led you to painting on ukuleles? Jennifer: Leisure time was a new concept during the 1950s and paint-by-number kits were a wildly popular hobby craze that made the successful creation of a painting available to everyone. The 50s also saw a return of the Hawaiian craze and during that time 9 million ukuleles were produced in one decade. It seems particularly fitting to deliberately merge these two mass-produced, low-brow trends, superimposing the imagery of one on the other. VKC: What do you hope people experience

when they see these items? Jennifer: I offer the viewer a chance to visually enter a space that is quite similar to the typical secondhand store, overloaded with objects, novelties, and curiosities. Through my paintings, the viewer can relive and return to a time when learning was largely experiential and not imposed, rekindle a variety of bits and pieces of memories, and perhaps create an engaged narrative through the reintroduction of objects from a collective and familiar past. My overall intention is to simply ask the viewer to be self-reflective, to reconsider feelings or conversations they may have forgotten, places they may have been or would like to go, and material collections that are now lost or allegedly devoid of symbolism. VKC: Do you plan to use vintage/antique items for future work? Jennifer: Yes, I certainly will. There may be small transitions in my work over the next few years, but I certainly feel that vintage items and collecting will always be a part of my life, and since my paintings are heavily influenced by my environment, I may spend a lifetime working on numerous bodies of work based on nostalgic items.


Jennifer Jarnot is a professional artist living and working in Lawrence. She has been teaching painting, drawing, printmaking and photography at Baker University since 2008. View these pieces and more at the Leedy-Voulkos Holiday Exhibition Dec. 2-Jan. 28, 2012, and on her website:

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