Archive for the ‘Decor’ Category

Wallflowers

August 5, 2009

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Once Wed recently posted the completely dreamy and stylish wedding of Paul and Cassie (photographed by Jonas Peterson).  I love love love the hearts on the wall!  It got me thinking of all of the fun vinyl wall decals I’ve seen on Etsy (the ones that I can’t wait to plaster all over the bedroom walls of my future children).  Seems like there would be countless ways to incorporate these relatively inexpensive and unexpected decorations into a wedding… photobooth, maybe?  Here are some lovely selections from studiojk:

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Vintage Wedding Wrapping Paper

July 27, 2009

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Anyone who knows me personally knows I LOVE vintage paper. Any kind.  So as I hmm and haw over wedding colors and motifs, I’ll be searching high and low for inspiration from various paper ephemera.

This time around: wrapping paper – another one of my obsessions.

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| 1: Amy Honey, 2: Seamsters, 3: Suzy Fairchild, 4: Blempgorf |

Brimfield Antique Show

July 22, 2009

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Last Sunday me and my beloved made our virgin trek to the Brimfield Antique Show.  The experience wasn’t quite as overwhelming or frenzied as I had imagined, but we were told by several dealers that the July show is extremely tame in comparison to May.  That being said, we exited our Zip Car at 8:30 AM and did not return until 4:00 PM.  With only a few short food and bathroom breaks, we managed to visit all but one field (a sneaky field we didn’t even see until driving away, at which point my fiancé – clearly on a mission to conquer this mammoth event – pulled off the road in search of parking.  But parking was not free and it was obvious that the dealers were already packing up.  With quite a bit of regret, we accepted that we had not seen everything there was to see and vowed to return next spring).

As I expected, Brimfield turned out to be heaven for a bride-to-be, with quirky inspiration at every turn.  I purchased a few wedding surprises, but it was difficult since our colors are not set in stone.  We are also the proud new owners of a vintage Christmas ornament and a creepy turn-of-the-century glass negative.

The items that got away?  A mid-19th century plantation chair in fabulous shape with newly restored caning.  The price – $200 – seemed like a deal, but there was no conceivable way we could fit the beast in our tiny apartment without sacrificing another piece of furniture.  And – the one that will really haunt us – a vintage Bertoia diamond chair, also $200.  We could probably find a home for this one, but it was in sad shape.  The combination of rust and too many bad paint jobs created countless sharp edges – I feared for my dress when I did a test-sit.  And upon closer inspection, it was obvious that someone had taken it apart at some point in time and the base didn’t quite match up with the seat on the left side.  Finally, it was sans cushion.  It was still hard to walk away!

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Needless to say, I was too busy treasure hunting to photographically document our day, so I’ve found some fabulous pictures online that really capture the essence of the show.

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|Colored Pots: Apartment Therapy, Plantation Chair: Ralph Lauren Home, Bertoia Chair: Retro Home Decor, Snow Shoes: Apartment Therapy, Trombones: Negative Space, Letterpress Letters: Working Class Magazine, Sexy Tiles: Tasting Life Twice, Utensils: In-Vision, Vintage Gags: Rotating Corpse |

SoWa Open Market

July 14, 2009

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I finally made it to the SoWa Open Market this past Sunday.  The open air event featuring artisans, antiques, and organic produce did not disappoint.  I found some great local stationers and jewelers, and the old trolley barn full of antiques offered tons of wedding décor inspiration.

If you live in the Boston area make sure to check it out.  The market is open every Sunday 10am – 4pm,  May through October.

| Image via ChromaLab |

Pretty Pochoirs

July 9, 2009

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Recently I’ve been on the lookout for color palette inspiration.  While researching vintage textiles, I stumbled across the New York Public Library’s digital gallery and this beautiful portfolio of Art Deco pochoir prints.  I’m in love.

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Etsy Wedding Vendor: Timeless Paper

July 8, 2009

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Timeless Paper has a lovely collection of handmade place cards and table numbers.  So dainty.

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Pinwheels

June 19, 2009

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I’ve always found pinwheels pretty irresistible. How fun would they be at an outdoor wedding?  You could plant patches of them in the garden, or use tiny ones as whimsical place cards and cake decorations.  The best part?  You can make them yourself using the pretty paper of your choice, as described here.

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| Photos 1: Ruby Press 2: ShabbyRoses 3: Hello My Name is Heather 4: Pen & Ink Calligraphy |

This Way to the Wedding!

June 17, 2009

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Super cute signs available for sale or inspiration at “Vintage Signs.”

Etsy Wedding Vendor: Sweet Poppy Studio

June 5, 2009

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Sweet Poppy Studio specializes in whimsical cake toppers that remind me of my childhood birthdays.  So perfect for a bridal shower.  I LOVE those deer!

Jadite

June 2, 2009

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I admit that in many ways I’m approaching wedding planning in the wrong order.  My priorities do not always seem to be appropriate.  For instance, we had our first consultation with our wedding photographer today, yet we still have NO idea who the officiant at our ceremony will be.  Risky.

So it’s not surprising that I’m spending countless hours fantasizing about my reception table décor when I have no idea how many tables I will even have to decorate.

I like the idea of collecting antique vessels for flowers over the course of our engagement.  They would grace the tables on our wedding day, and then afterward we would have a beautiful, meaningful collection.  Right now I’m considering jadite.

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Jadite is the common term for a seafoam-green-colored kitchenware popular between the 1940s and 60s.  The milky glass is still easily found at garage sales, antique shows, and of course, eBay.  There are plenty of reproductions out there, so if you’re looking for the real thing, keep your eyes peeled for the following makers: Jeannette, McKee, and Fire Stone.  Jadite was never meant to be fancy – it was made from scrap glass and is often thick with abnormalities and bubbles.  All the more charming.

| Jadite dishes: thepioneerwoman; Top Row: eBay & Creative Influences; Bottom Row: ClassicMemories & SuzieMax |