Halloween Home Decor: Spooky Chic Vintage Finds

During my frequent visits to both thrift stores just up the street from our apartment, I comb desperately for vintage, and usually to no avail. Sometimes the local Goodwill is a hit or miss, and mine has been pretty devoid of those addicting finds that keep me in this secondhand hustle (ok, maybe it’s a hustle to hoard, but still…). My latest mania has been Halloween decor and I’ve been in search of antique clear and black glassware, brass, votives, or any items that can give our studio some festive spookyness while not coming off too…kitsch? It’s “Spooky chic” (not “Michael’s Monstrosity”) I’m going for, and being the Halloween obsessed gal I am, I rounded up a few versatile pieces that are perfect for giving a space an eerie Halloween glow, while keeping things chic year round.

I love finding brass display cases while I thrift–these can be filled with twinkle lights, antique jewelry, or maybe a skull or two!
What’s Halloween, or Fall in general, without the cozy glow of candles? These brass sun and moon candle holders are ideal for an altar, Halloween display, or simply as bits of vintage worked into your home decor. After all, there is something inherently creepy about antiques that once belonged to those who are now long gone from this earth.
Like vintage, Halloween and cats go hand in hand. They’re sweet and witchy, and this cat anatomy illustration is an alternative to skull or skeleton accents.
Ever summoned spirits via Quija in your friend’s Victorian basement (hint: I’ve tried)? The next time I use a Quija board, it will probably be framed as Halloween decor. But still, vintage Quija boards can stay up all year round–perfect if you’re tastes lean toward the occult (and even better if you practice)!
Admittedly, I do not know what this book is about and have tried to research–BUT, wouldn’t it be perfect to display for Halloween with other antique books and potion bottles and skulls? Vintage books aren’t just ideal for styling (or reading for that matter)– the musty smell and dusty jacket of an old book fits this holiday.
 Halloween decor calls for ravens and crows–this little fellow is just for fun.
Vintage glassware, like bottles or jars, can really make your Halloween place settings or decor more festive.
 Speaking of tabletop, Fornasetti’s peculiar Lina Cavalieri plates come to mind when I think of Halloween place settings. I’ve always found his obsession with her face odd and also that it has been immortalized on plates…and on this eerily elegant half Lina/half skull pillow! What is more Halloween than a creepy face and skull?
 This stitched spiderweb pillow isn’t vintage, but it’s a chic way to incorporate trendy indigo dyed pieces into your home while sticking to a creepy theme. Though I must say, the symbolism and craftsmanship behind this pillow are lovely.

An Antique & Heirloom Filled Alameda Home

Nestled between a whimsical sunflower filled front yard and a home where it’s not unusual to find two curious pups peeking over the fence, is Katie and Carlos’ picketed early 20th century bungalow. Situated in the picturesque, Bay Area island suburb of Alameda, their place fits perfectly amidst a sea of other quaint homes and grand Victorians. Katie’s mentioning of her Mexican folk art and Frida Kahlo collections, and the fact that she lived in Alameda is what tipped me off that her place might be adorable. And as soon as I walked through the patio, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed!

For a town situated between the larger cities of Oakland and San Francisco, Alameda has some serious small town charm. Every 1st Sunday of the month I find myself driving through town to scavenge the Alameda Antique Faire, I’m hit with those “Pleasantville” warm and fuzzies (but in full color).

Katie’s street is lined with trees, as are most there, with a coffee shop, boutique, and selection of other businesses just down the way. Nearby, you’ll find Alameda’s downtown district, complete with a 1930s-built movie palace (if you’re lost, the giant vertical neon sign will guide you) and several restaurants and stores. I arrived in town a bit earlier than planned and she pointed me in the direction of the lagoon nearby and the best areas to ogle Victorians.

Katie, Carlos, and their old pup YumYum have rented this house for years, and have filled it with vintage and antiques, nostalgic pieces, and a few travel mementos. The charm begins in their front yard where, equipped with a bright neon green patio set, barbecue, and collection of potted succulents, the porch feels ready for summer and gives you a glimpse into the organized and collected style of the house.

Furnished with an eclectic mix of vintage pieces, including an antique chair and console as you enter, an old coffee table in perfect contrast to the floral rug beneath it, and several groupings of figurines and vases, Katie’s place is just how you’d imagine the home of a former art history major and auction house vet to appear.

The bust in the entryway is one of Katie’s favorite pieces. I had to share it, along with the scratched door moulding (YumYum’s doing. Sorry Katie!). I love the vignettes throughout the house, and how she’s even managed to make this YumYum themed corner look chic!

Katie and Carlos both have family keepsakes and old photos displayed throughout the house, like a steering wheel that belongs to Katie’s dad on the living room console. La Virgen de Guadalupe and Frida Kahlo make a few appearances in the form of candles and prints as well, alluding to Carlos’ Mexican heritage and Katie’s appreciation for Mexican art.

Part of this home’s charm, and one of my favorite aspects of it, is its architecture. Several cabinets in the kitchen open to reveal antiquated “technology” built into the walls, i.e. a fold-up ironing board (ok, this would technically work now), and a pantry originally used as a fridge with a separate shelf to place ice.

A framed Frida Kahlo looms over the kitchen, while bright oil cloth provides a canvas for colorful glass and kitchenware.

I’ve always been a sucker for clawfoot bath tubs, and to my delight, Katie’s bathroom is equipped with one!

The bedroom is just as cozy and collected as the rest of the house, with a small loveseat nestled perfectly in the corner and artwork all around.

Get the Look: Marjorie Green’s Apartment from Twin Peaks 2017

If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, you may already have devoured the first few episodes of the series’ revival–and been in utter bewilderment.

Max and I started the original months ago, and we’re only a few episodes shy of finishing. So I figured I’d take a stab at this new revival, see what those old faces look like today, and find some continuity within the series as a whole. Not the case! Well, the continuity part anyways. I’ve long known who murdered Laura Palmer, but what’s with the glass box? Is Shaggy (aka Matthew Lilllard) the new killer? WHO designed frantic neighbor Marjorie’s adorable vintage apartment–the only thing that makes sense to me!?

On that note, after my confusion I was inspired to gather a few resources for getting the look of her MidMod pad, and I searched everywhere for a still shot of the place (and more info on what the heck I was watching). Enjoy!

 

Where to buy:

Floral Sofa

Vintage Side Table

Birdcage

Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Coffee Table

Rotary Phone

Lounge Chair

Floral Still Life Painting

Have you seen the new Twin Peaks?

Curated Craigslist: A Deco Bedroom

Lately I’ve yearned for change. Perhaps it’s the monotony of work and classes, or maybe it’s Midnight In Paris suddenly appearing on Netflix?

But seriously..something’s gotta give and I’d love to do some traveling when I can. I yearned for the experience of exploring a new city and the romance of it all while watching Owen Wilson rendezvous through Paris in the Roaring 20s. I’ve actually walked those cobbled streets myself, but years ago with my family. But I was Owen 14 years ago, enamored by San Francisco and swearing I’d live there one day. I made it, and I’ve been here now for over three years. San Francisco is my Paris, but I feel as though new adventures may be on the horizon.

I see pieces from the Art Deco period daily at work and I’m always learning something new about the era, and others. This Curated Craigslist was inspired by the Anthropologie quilt and white bed frame combo, but after I added the dresser and tufted velvet chair (I can’t get away from them!), it slowly turned into an amalgamation of Deco, boho, and somehow, an artist’s retreat that you would find, perhaps, in bohemian Paree decades ago. The vanity I’d added formerly was replaced by a large easel, and the vintage brass horn just seemed right (ok, it’s a bit much)…and a potential piece of wall decor. Oh, and the chandelier was a must! That was long winded…

Anyways, enjoy!

Links to Shop:

Chandelier

Dresser

Anthropologie Bedding & White Bedframe

Red Velvet Chair

Pink Pillow

Mid-Century Nightstand

Easel

Art Prints

Vintage Horn

 

 

The Tufted Flea

I’m on Spring break for the first time in…4 years? It’s become such a novelty for me, this educational interval, and needless to say I’m grateful for the extra free time! This will be a week of catching up on sewing projects (aka sewing class homework) after work, buying more lumber for my side table (post to follow when I’m finished!), and now, working on my new Etsy shop, The Tufted Flea! I’ve had so many pieces lying around that I’ve been meaning to sell–though frankly I’ve become attached to many of them who now sit on different surfaces of my apartment–and I finally shot a few, edited my photos, and set up shop (again).

The Tufted Flea will feature vintage goods, funky finds, and hopefully furniture and my own handmade pieces. I’ll slowly accumulate more product as time goes on, but until then, see if anything strikes your fancy–welcome to The Tufted Flea!

Fantastic Peacock Chairs and Where to Use Them: 7 Chic Ideas

After a few-decade stint in Saudi Arabia, and some adventures in other parts of the world, my grandparents had amassed a collection of some of the most beautiful textiles and objects I’ve ever seen. From Persian rugs collected during the 70s in Iran, to beautiful etched brass tea sets and poufs bought in my grandma’s native Morocco, these treasures were displayed all over the home where they settled in a San Diego suburb. Once in a while my parents would drive my brothers and I over to visit, and truthfully, most of what they had seemed to me like part of a larger background of “stuff”; the average American living room…except for the resplendent peacock chair in the corner.

I don’t recall any strong feelings toward my grandparents’ peacock chair, or any desire to “thrift” it from them. Actually I didn’t really care at all, about thrifting or interior design, or furniture, and I wonder at my indifference now as I covet that chair and other pieces in that house like crazy!

On that note, peacock chairs have been popular in interiors over the years, and on my end, they continue to be regulars on my social feeds and the blogs I love. Usually adorning bohemian living rooms as accent seating, I’ve noticed several other ways designers have used these iconic chairs. Here are a few of these:

1. In the Dining Room

Throwing a peacock into your mix of dining chairs is the perfect way to add a regal bohemian or vintage element to your dining room. In the first case, a simple wicker peacock chair makes a lovely addition to its glam, modern space.

2. In the Office

Nothing says “I’m the boss” like sitting on a chic wicker throne behind your home office desk or cubicle (if you manage to sneak one in). The organic design of a peacock chair offers ideal contrast to an otherwise sterile workspace or conventional office!

 

3. At Your Wedding

Peacock chairs–especially double peacocks–offer the most romantic seating option at a wedding, in my bohemian opinion. Use them as seating for the bride and groom or scatter them throughout the reception and dinner tables for guests.

4. On the Patio

Peacocks are the ideal chair for the outdoors with their durable wicker/rattan frames. Luckily, these chairs are a marriage of beautiful boho form and function and look just gorgeous as loungers in a courtyard or patio.

5. As Side Seating

One of my favorite examples of wicker peacock chairs in decor, this particular home has created a corner vignette with TWO of them, and an ottoman and small side table in between. I’ve sat in a rather large peacock chair with my laptop at work, and it felt as though my screen was protected by the large fan behind me (not that I was doing anything but work of course! *wink*). I imagine this phenomenon would be similar during a party, when two friends (or strangers) are looking to have a private conversation away from the rest of the crowd. Also, how lovely does an early morning cup of coffee with a friend or spouse while sitting in these chairs sound?

6. In the Bedroom

Waking up to one of these chic wicker chairs in the corner of my bedroom is definitely #bedroomgoals. Adding a pillow and a throw would offer the perfect mix of cozy and vintage.

7. In the Nursery

You may need a wider seat, but designing your nursery with a pillow filled peacock chair–and a pouf to kick up your feet–will offer both a comfortable seat for you and your baby, and a unique boho/vintage design element for their first room. Start fueling those bohemian dreams while they’re young!

Have you designed space or event with a peacock chair?

Curated Craigslist: A Pair of Pink Chairs

My current living situation is such that I have a single, small bedroom to fill with the treasures and trinkets I find during my wanderings. Meaning I have filled each square foot of real estate in here (from where I write) with a piece of furniture of some sort, and nearly all of my wall space with artwork and other hanging things. I also have a tufted chair that I LOVE, so it leaves me no room for the pair of absolutely to-die-for Mid-Century Modern chairs I found on Craigslist about a week ago (insert crying emoji)!

Sure, as my heart burst, I thought of giving it all up for these chairs. At $150, they’re a steal, and it appears as though they roll around on little brass casters–sooo MidMod chic! During my brief mania over the pair, my boyfriend kindly reminded me that I had no room, and well, not a whole lot of cash, to bring them home. So I turned to my blog to show anyone out there reading that these beauties are still up on SF Craigslist.

This Curated Craigslist is a mix of contemporary and vintage pieces, including the MCM chairs, and some florals thrown in for a chic, feminine look. The black trunk was another spectacular find for this collection, and the gray velvet sofa just seemed to work perfectly with the whole look!

Enjoy!

pink-chairs

Links to Shop:

Pink Chairs

Floral Rug

Gray Sofa

Floral Pillows

Black Trunk

Black Side Table