a vintage birthday shoot

Using vintage props in a photo shoot is not a new idea but it is always a good idea, in my opinion.  When my sister-in-law asked me if she could use our fantastic French ticking settee for my niece’s first birthday shoot, of course I was on board!  Normally we just admire this petite piece of furniture and finally it was called into duty.

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To execute the vision we needed to scout locations, sort through props, try on hair flair and arrange outfit changes for the model, as well as, a nap.  Such a diva!  Fortunately Hadley was pretty agreeable to the arrangements we made and signed off on the whole “first birthday photo shoot” deal.

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She’s pretty much a natural at working the camera and the vintage.

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We warmed up with a portrait shoot using the driftwood inspired wall as a back drop and a hot pink slipper chair – another vintage find that I knew I was saving for a special reason.  While the vintage pieces play a nice supporting part in these photos, I think it’s clear who steals the show!

When you have a vintage Pedigree pram, it only seems appropriate to pose the baby and doting parents with it, right?  But the faux fur stole completes the look.

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It’s a tough call but my favorite are the photos with the settee and that adorable one year old…

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend with your babies.

a rare find

It’s been awhile since I’ve found anything really, really interesting.  But luck was on my side this past weekend. You may have caught a lame picture of my new treasure on instagram or facebook but I thought it was due for a proper showing with real photos.

antique Victorian crib bed

What is it, you ask?  A Victorian crib/ daybed, of course.

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It’s pretty much the first crib ever made that converts into a toddler bed.  Oh, those Victorians!

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A little mechanism on each side un-latches to let the wall down.

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Just like that.

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The beautiful oak detailing has a great patina to it. Although it would benefit from an oiling.

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So what am I going to do with it?  I thought it would make a fantastic daybed for our screened in deck.  I have a vision of a sleeping porch lined with daybeds. antique Victorian crib bed

But the fact is,  this antique was made for children, not adults.  It is in such great, original condition that I don’t want to alter it in any way.

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Therefore, I will be selling it.  I’ll bring it to Clover Market in Ardmore, PA on May 18th.  It would be a fantastic prop for a baby photographer.  Did I mention that it folds up?  And has wooden casters.  Sigh, I just love it.  Don’t you?

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sunny la & milk paint

I was fortunate to spend last weekend in warm and sunny Los Angeles.  The trip came at the perfect time.  I wasn’t sure how much longer I could stand the cold, grey east coast days.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having 4 seasons and being a Philly area native but, man, the end of winter drags on, doesn’t it?

Of course this big ol’ rosette succulent was growing in LA, not here.

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I left my camera behind but I did end up capturing a bit of vintage eye candy with my phone.  I shared a few on instagram throughout the weekend.  In case you missed it, here goes…

The west coast has so many swoon-worthy low slung midcentury sofas.  Love them all and don’t you know I was lucky enough to come home to my very own moved right into the living room!  (You may remember my rant about my sofa and other furniture last week.  Reveal to come soon.)

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Last week on Apartment Therapy, I read a feature about a new vintage store called Shopclass LA.  It looked divine online so of course I had to go, don’t you know.  This is a must visit next time you are in town.  They nailed the Danish modern style at a really great price point even for LA.  So many fun treasures to be found…

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I am pretty sure Colleen at Freshvintage should own this neon sign.  I wonder what it costs to ship.

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They had maps, tons of maps but I particularly liked this crazy chair display.

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But the real reason I was in town was not to go vintage shopping.  You all know I do enough of that.  It was to celebrate a friend’s baby shower which was held at Spin at the Standard Hotel.

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If you want to figure out a way to get guys to go to a co-ed baby shower, include a ping-pong tournament.  Everyone had a blast!

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I found a few benches to swoon over at Spin.  This roughed up parsons style one had me feeling all warm and rustic inside.  Who knew sanding a bench and then not following through with the paint and primer would look so cool?

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And there were 2 of these vintage locker benches.  So simply old school.

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But there is certainly no place like home…faux rust and all…

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So that was my trip in a vintage nutshell.  Do you have any spring break plans?

Now that I’m back home, I have all of the dates and details ironed out for our first ever milk paint workshop series! 

Drumroll please…I have added a new workshop tab at the top of the page to address everything.  Let me know if you have any questions, comments or would like to join us as we paint our way through spring!  The first workshop is on Thursday, April 11th.

amazing grace

One of my good friends had her first baby in late June. Prior to the arrival of their little one, her and her family put together a nursery fit for a baby girl.  The room was already a divine shade of olive green that coordinated so well with pink.  Cream furniture pops against the green backdrop.  They chose beautiful silk bedding accessories.

And hung pink, silk shades to match.  The Grandmother-to-be sewed a valance of roses over the shades.  Such a sweet touch!

You may have noticed though that the wall behind the crib is bare!  This is where I came in to play.  I was commissioned to put together large artwork made from barnwood.  This isn’t just any barnwood though.  Emily grew up on a beef cattle farm.  When we met in college, I was a typical suburban girl.  Emphasis on the urban.  I didn’t know any farmers.  I’ve always been enthralled with stories of farming and love to visit their family farms.  And I’m slightly obsessed with barns.  I want one!

Just weeks before the baby was due, Emily gave me wood from a barn that was torn down on her family’s farm.  I love the faded red colors and washed out wood however this sign needed to be pink!  My handyman Ryan built the “canvas” and I got to work creating something new for baby Grace out of something old from her family.

Emily also gave me fabric samples so I could custom mix the paint colors to match the gorgeous silk bedding.  In addition, she gave me a sketch of exactly what she wanted on the barnwood.  You could say she was nesting but she is always this precise!

Here’s the final result!  I loved working with all of the natural grooves from wear on the barnwood.  It gave the piece so much texture.  Do you think the colors are a close match to the bedding?

The artwork will be securely hung behind the crib.

So Grace will have something to peer up at when she wakes up!