I recently open my Etsy shop ~~ Vintage MEC Designs! I love flea markets, (almost) anything old, antique or vintage and especially anything French. So on vacation last summer, I brought back some great old pieces I found at the Paris flea markets.
During the holiday season, I will also be adding Christmas decorations I design and make. So check back often to see what’s new.
I did another fashion show on Windy City Live ~ more Halloween Costume ideas. Every costume I made came from clothes and accessories I bought at Goodwill. You never know what you’ll find. It’s amazing!
Check out the video.
Can’t find saddle shoes? Make your own with white sneakers and a black Sharpie.
Are you one of those people who have a cupboard full of miss-matched coffee mugs? You know who you are. You just can’t pass up a pretty design or catchy phrase or one that commemorates a vacation spot. If they’re taking up too much room and you can’t bare to part with them, bring out the best ones for display. Extra kitchen counter space is usually hard to come by, so put them to work. Fill them up with forks and spoons, or plant herbs, store packets of sweetener or straws. Arrange them on the window sill or in the corner (it’s a wasted space anyway). Designer Victoria Pearson created is charming little kitchen display for House Beautiful.
Nothing refreshes your home more than being organized. Don’t you love the feeling of knowing there’s a place for everything? It makes clean-up so much easier when you (and the rest of the family) know where things belong.
I had a couple shelves in a closet that where a hodge-podge of junk. Stuff I wasn’t ready to toss, but it was a disorganized mess. There were miscellaneous boxes and bags. I didn’t what was in any of them or what was behind it all.
I picked up a couple of plastic boxes with lids ($2.00 each), a pretty basket (less than $10.00), an accordion file for the papers ($8.00). The solid cardboard boxes got inside and outside make-overs. Each container now has a label or tag that reminds me of what’s hidden inside. Everything is nice, neat and no chance of anything falling on my head when I open the door.
Throw pillows add instant color to your living or family room. You can purchase new ones every season or just buy (or make) new covers and reuse the inserts (less expensive). I like to update the ones I already own with accessories from my closet.
A purchased orange velour pillow gets a whole new look when a blue scarf is tied around the middle.
The little striped pillow looks totally different with a band of fabric that matches another pillow. I accessorized it with a vintage belt buckle. Maybe next season I’ll try a pin from my jewelry box.