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This weekend’s jewelry event! And furniture painting classes!

April 7, 2014 | Leave a comment

Hello Friends!

Last week we ordered a bunch-a-bunch-a-BUNCH of fresh jewelry for the shop. There’s something for everyone. A little boho, a little trendy, some arrows, leather Junk Gypsy-style cuffs. C’mon out! I know you’ll find something fun to take home. And the prices on these new lines are really good…an easy treat in these tight times.


Our next furniture painting class is scheduled for Monday, 4/21 at 7pm. Learn how to use a number of paint types (Chalk Paint, Clay Paint, Milk Paint) & techniques, distressing, waxing, and other fun tricks. All materials will be provided, no need to bring a thing. You’ll leave with boards and notes for how to replicate each treatment at home.

$95 covers all materials and 2 hours led by a trained instructor. Call 1-708-469-7863 to book your seat in advance or reserve your seat online:

If you haven’t made it out lately, please stop by and take a video browse of what’s in the shop (just click here).

Hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,



I ::heart:: La Grange event

February 11, 2014 | Leave a comment

Tomorrow, February 12th, all of downtown La Grange, IL will be aflutter with hearts and specials. Check out the list of retailers below and find some sweet stuff for your sweetie, plus save $5 off $25 at the participating shops.

While you’re strolling, be sure to stop in at Nest Vintage Modern and check out our lovely vintage-style hearts for the love of your life.


American Dealers

February 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

About 3 weeks ago I got a really exciting email from this guy named Shawn, who’s working on a show called American Dealers. He explained that he is working with a team who are putting together a pilot season for a new show focused on the stories behind vintage and antiques dealers. -Because each of us is driven and inspired by our own elements, be it a family history or personal passions. It’ll be broadcast via web first with hopes that it’ll be picked up by a network. (I’m lookin’ at you HTGV, History Channel, Discovery Channel!)

We chatted back and forth by email, then by phone, and that led to them coming into my shop for an on-camera interview. Of course now I’m trying to think back on everything I said, how I said it, and hoping I don’t sound like a complete geek. I do know that I am not happy with how I looked, which has led to a really enjoyable new journey where I’ve been tracking my food, learning more about it, and fine tuning toward a healthier way of eating. -Determined to banish that double chin which snuck it’s way onto my body! (When did THAT happen???) Yea 40′s.

Anyway, as I typically do, I digressed. American Dealers is a very exciting new prospect for the shop, of course, but the guys who are working on it are so smart, so focused, and I was so impressed with their vision that I’m cheering them on. I just know they will reach their goals. Go boys, go! I hope you’ll take a minute and check out their Facebook page (click here) and their YouTube channel (click here).

Can I show you the brand new trailer? I’m in there around the :47 mark. EEK!


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Shawn, the very sweet gentleman who interviewed me.

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A still from the interview

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Very busy crew guys

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A still from the shoot, the wonderful Kelly and I saying “rhubarb” over and over so we look like we’re having an important conversation.

American dealers: wired-for-sound

I’m wired for sound!


I still can’t believe this is happening.

Thank you so much for indulging me while I geek out over this. I hope you’ll follow the American Dealers project.


January 23, 2014 | 1 Comment


La Grange vintage home decor & gift shop, Nest Vintage Modern, will be the subject of a new show in development called “American Dealers”. The show, produced right here in Chicago, will feature stories from vintage and antique dealers, focusing on the history which led them to their chosen career.

Alana Waters-Piper, owner of Nest Vintage Modern, grew up in Galveston, Texas and is the grand daughter and daughter of antiques dealers. She spent a great deal of her childhood in a home built by her great-grandfather outfitted in all-original 1870′s decor.

“My grandmother was from that generation that didn’t throw anything away. You fixed it. Or if you needed it, you made it. She sewed everything she needed from curtains, to braided rugs, to clothes and she did it all on an old treadle-powered Singer machine.”, Alana recalls. “History has always been a hot topic in my family. Our history, the nation’s history…even the history of the that chunk of marble in front of our family home in Galveston. Seriously. Everyone knows that thing was put there so my great-grandmother could easily step into their carriage. Everyone.”

The first stone was laid by Waters-Piper’s grandfather, Fenelon Waters, who was one of the nation’s first pilots. “He had been flying for years before it was regulated. His CAA license, the 75th issued, said that he was allowed to pilot anything heavier than air. He was a quiet gentleman and supported his family with an antique furniture store just outside Galveston. I don’t fly. My dad and brothers do, but I don’t. But I do love that I share that connection with him. He got it. It’s a business where you can get what you put into it if you work hard. My mother has always been an antiques dealer in one form or another. She either had a store, a booth, went to markets, or, like now, owns an antique mall in Texas. She thinks it’s hilarious that I ended up so much like her. Long story short, it’s genetics which landed me in this role. If you saw my grandmother’s home and took a look around my shop, the influence is undeniable.”

These are the types of stories which will be retold through “American Dealers”, a series which hopes to highlight the deep and personal stories of why these entrepreneurs followed a business path which puts them in such rich contact with history.

Filming at Nest Vintage Modern will begin Friday evening at their location in La Grange.

For more about American Dealers, visit https://www.facebook.com/americandealers


Nest has been profiled multiple times on Martha Stewart Radio, in Chicago Home & Garden Magazine, featured at the Country Living Magazine Fair, and has earned a following of over 27,000 fans on Facebook.

Nest Vintage Modern is located at 26 S. La Grange Road at the corner of Calendar Court in downtown La Grange, IL. They specialize in vintage home decor, furnishings, and new gift ware, bath & body goods, accessories, and jewelry meant to appeal to compliment the vintage aesthetic. They also sell the complete Old Fashioned Milk Paint line of products and offer furniture painting classes by certified instructors.


Contact for Further Information:
Alana Waters-Piper, Owner
Location: 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL
Phone: (708) 469-7863
Email: nestvintagemodern@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nestvintagemodern.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NestVintageModern
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nestvintagehome
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nestvintagehome/

Store photos, logos, and more info available for download and use at:


Winter Hours

January 3, 2014 | Leave a comment

Please make note of our new WINTER HOURS:

(Only for January and February.)

Sunday & Monday: closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 11-5
Friday & Saturday: 11-6

See y’all after the hibernation!

New print ad

September 24, 2013 | Leave a comment

We’re starting a new local campaign, so Sara and I have lots of design creative to work up. This is just a starting place. Lots more to come!

Nest Vintage Modern - La Grange, IL