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Pictures of vintage trailers from last weekend’s rally
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How to make this silk tassel shade into a ceiling fixture?
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DIY: Painting a fireplace
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Vintage home decor: my living room
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How to get the smell of curry out of furniture (a personal journey)
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DIY project: help me reupholster this vintage La-Z-Boy recliner
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A fresh peek at my antique mall booth
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Where all the stuff goes when you close a store
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Help me pick a color for my living room
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Fathers Day at Vintage Garage Chicago

Pictures of vintage trailers from last weekend’s rally

This last weekend Dave and I went to the Northern Indiana Vintage Trailer Rally to do some filming for “Aluminitis: Our modern love of vintage trailers” and spend time with old & new friends. It’s true what they say, vintage camper folks are the nicest people in the world. I took a bunch of pictures of vintage trailers for you to enjoy and I hope you do.

Our friends Sandy and Mike put this event on at the South Bend KOA each year. They work so hard with Patricia and Thomas at the campground and every year is better than the last. If you’re ever in the area for the last weekend in July, be sure to stop by for the Saturday open house.

So bring on the eye candy!

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How to make this silk tassel shade into a ceiling fixture?

I picked this shade made of silk tassels up a year ago with the intention of turning it into a ceiling fixture in our living room.

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DIY: Painting a fireplace

I found this fuel burning fireplace at an estate sale last summer. It’s been sitting in my garage waiting to be incorporated into our living room decor. So today I finally broke down and painted it in Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Here’s the before & after. What do you think?

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Vintage home decor: my living room

My house is a mess. Stuff from the shop is everywhere. So for some peace of mind, Dave and I worked on bringing the living room back to life. I really enjoy the vintage home decor style in there. It’s not a professionally decorated room by any standards, but a mishmash of things we enjoy. The artwork is a mix of pieces by friends, family heirlooms, outsider art, and stuff we’ve picked up while traveling. The furniture is a complete hodgepodge. Nothing matches. But somehow it feels so cozy. Friends often tell us they feel so comfortable there…and that is what matters most. Read More

How to get the smell of curry out of furniture (a personal journey)

I just bought this cute little vintage recliner off of Craigslist. I knew it came from a non-smoking home, but when we got it back to the house the smell of curry was pretty obvious. Now, I love (love,love) curry. I put it on my popcorn. I love the way it smells, I love the way it tastes. But the scent of it, so strong on a piece of furniture right next to my nose, isn’t a smell that makes for a good napping spot. And we all know that’s what recliners are for, right?

So I set off to ask Google about how to get the smell of curry out of furniture and this is what I found:

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DIY project: help me reupholster this vintage La-Z-Boy recliner

So I’ve been talking on Facebook with you guys about how I injured my shoulder pretty badly a few months ago. And following so many of your recommendations I found a vintage La-Z-Boy recliner to sleep in. It had to have good bones and be cute. I tried to mentally get into the idea of having one of those big, overstuffed, cushy recliners but I just could not do it. I found this one on Craigslist for $45. What I really liked about it is it has that classic La-Z-Boy cush, but looks like a cute little vintage rocker. And I think since the arms aren’t upholstered that it should be a little easier to reupholster. I might try doing this myself.

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Where all the stuff goes when you close a store

So it’s been 23 days since I closed the shop. Believe it or not my living room looked like this, too. I’ve just been sorting through it every day, bit by bit.

Everything that belonged to anyone else was sitting on the shop counter neatly bundled and labeled. But not everyone got there to pick their stuff up. Unfortunately the movers didn’t exactly put things in my basement in a very organized fashion. Needle in a haystack! Luckily most folks are very understanding.

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How overwhelming.

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Help me pick a color for my living room

I’m itching for a change in our living room. The decor is fairly boho. I like a mishmash of elements. Art from friends and travels, navy ikat drapes, vintage furniture mixed with modern.
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Fathers Day at Vintage Garage Chicago

Yesterday was Father’s Day, so I planned a trip to Vintage Garage Chicago for Dave because the theme was Vintage Vinyl. My hubby loves his old punk records and he never has time to go dig through the bins like he did when he was young and single, so I thought we’d make a trip to his happy place.

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