Category - Blog

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Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area
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Hummingbirds and Ghostbusters
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Spontaneous pop-up shop!
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Antique entryway table
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In love with limoncello
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What to do with this tiny, high window?
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25 tips for small shop owners
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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

Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area

Today was a first for me. We had our furniture painting class in Claudia’s lovely backyard garden. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we really earn our beautiful Chicago summers. Who wants to be inside when you can be outside on a gorgeous day like this?

If you’re interested in hosting a private furniture painting class, drop an email to NestVintageModern@gmail.com.

I’ve lowered my head count requirement to two people for a class. So if you were hesitant to book before because you didn’t get four people together, I’m not doing that anymore.

The price structure is two people for $95 each, three-four people for $85 each, and five-six people for $75 each. Class times are available in the day or evening. Furniture painting classes may be held in your Chicago area home or in a restaurant/bar party room or similar venue.

I provide all materials and I come to you. I bring brushes paint materials to paint tarps cups… everything. All you need to have is a table, chairs, and people to have fun with!

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Spontaneous pop-up shop!

I was out just killing some time this afternoon, and happened to spark up a little chat with these two ladies inside of World Market. The daughter mentioned that she was looking for a cute cart to use as a bar and was frustrated at what she was finding. I mentioned, “I’m an antiques dealer and I happen to have some carts in my truck outside.” So she and her mom came out and ended up buying one in the parking lot. Maybe this is a new business model!

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Antique entryway table

I saw this table and area resale shop a couple days ago. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, picturing exactly where it’s going to go, how pretty it would be. And I just knew that if I didn’t go back and get it that I was going to have years of regret. And who wants to live that way?

So I ran over this morning, all the way there thinking, “Please let it still be there, please let it still be there…” and it was!

Welcome to the Piper home, beautiful antique table. You’re going to like it here.

In love with limoncello

I love lemons. I love lemon anything. Lemon drop candy, lemonade, even on pasta with a little mint mixed in, served cold. I also like cocktails. So lemon flavored cocktails? Totally IN!!!

Have you ever tried limoncello? It’s the drink of been obsessing over all summer. It’s delicious sipped slowly out of an aperitif glass or add a little seltzer to it and poured over ice for a wonderful cool and refreshing boozy beverage.

Lemons + booze. How could this ever be a bad thing???

And did you know that you can make it at home? It’s so easy! I would recommend that you use organic Meyer lemons. But just Google, there are so many recipes that I’m not even going to bore you with another one here.

If you have lemons, sugar, water, and a high proof (80+) grain alcohol, then you have everything you need. I’ve done a batch with vodka, and I’ve done a batch with everclear. I know that everclear seems to be more traditional, but I really think that most people would enjoy it with vodka. It’s a little more sophisticated flavor. A little softer, a little easier to enjoy. We’re not looking to get schnockered here. We’re looking for a nice, light, summary, cool, sweet flavor to enjoy in the evening after dinner when you finally get to sit and relax. Serve it out of the freezer in a frosty, ceramic cup. I like to use our sake cups.

I just used the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, which Dave thought was a great source (we love that show). I’m excited to try it with other citrus fruits. Grapefruit, limes, blood oranges… It’s like being crafty but with booze and fruit! AWESOME!

Cin cin!

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What to do with this tiny, high window?

Growing up on the Gulf Coast I have a huge respect and love for stained-glass windows. That’s why I am quite torn as what to do with my own set of them. They’re awfully pretty and I hate to cover them up, but if you can see when you sit and watch TV you have a giant yellow square in the screen. Moving it to the other wall won’t fix it because there’s a matching stained-glass window over there, too. The only other remaining wall is opposite our front bay of windows, also all covered in stained glass.

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25 tips for small shop owners

Here are 25 tips for small shop owners I’ve learned from opening (and subsequently closing) my first boutique. Some are things I knew and worked well, some are lessons learned the hard way.
Owning a shop has been a lifelong dream. I went into it wholeheartedly and intent on succeeding. But as with any new venture, you don’t know what you don’t know.

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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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