Happy Halloween From A New Old Friend

Hello, Vixens!!!!

I have spent the last several weeks doing some traveling (posts to follow) and working on re-branding my blog.  As much as I love “The Vintage Vixen”, I am afraid it was getting lost in a sea of similarly named blogs and sites.  So I decided a change was the best way to move forward.  Hope all of you fellow Vixens like it (who we are can’t really change, am I right???)   🙂

Now, Happy Halloween!!!

How do you enjoy this holiday?  Are you into gore and gruesome, adorable and affable or somewhere in between???  I take (mostly) the adorable route and use purple as my primary color choice.  For fall decorating I gravitate towards neutral, but for All Hallow’s Eve I enjoy the holiday’s newest color choice of purple.

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However, I do like to add a bit of the macabre.  On a recent trip to one of my favorite spots for a great bargain-Target’s Dollar Spot (n/k/a Bullseye’s Playground which is also online!!!!!) I found this great little mock headstone.

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At the other great spot for a bargain-Dollar Tree-I found this black crow.  Very Hitchcock-esque, don’t you think???

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I found these beautiful tags on Etsy.  I think they would make great place cards, too.  So pretty!!!!!

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I also keep a touch of my regular fall decorating nearby to keep the mood lighthearted and fun.

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And my Ironstone seems to bring an elegance to anything which is part of why I love it so much!!!

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And what is a holiday without some music?  I found this clip of the perfect Halloween song –Monster Mash-on YouTube.  I think it is a real treat (pun intended)!!!

Have a great holiday!!!

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

PS:  Look what followed my home from the grocery store yesterday!!!!  How adorable!!!

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Movin’ On Up

Hello, Vixens!!!  How are you all doing today?  Is everyone in full swing holiday mode?  How is it even possible that we are down to the last two months of 2016???  Wow.

I have had a very busy fall.  I just started a new job that I love and I just moved (yes, again!!!  LOL) .  So you know that means I am in the middle of boxes upon boxes, but so happy to share my new place with you.  And for the same price of my previous place-a 400 sq foot studio-now I have a four room apartment in the heart of my downtown city.  I am just loving it.

My apartment is in a very old house so yes, it had old gorgeous wood floors.  But, the landlords had already decided to cover them with new carpeting, so that was a bit of a let down.  But the place still has lots of charm which I adore.  Like this room, which I was told was the living room but I decided it will be my bedroom:

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And look at these fabulous doors…..

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The room that was supposed to be the bedroom will eventually become the living room. Right now it is piled with boxes so it will probably be the last project on my list.  I do not mind that the double closets are in here, but if I change my mind I can always cover them with curtains.

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The kitchen is a bit of a hodge podge of different cabinets which I hope to unify with white paint but probably not until after the holidays.

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It does have great charm though, like the porcelain sink and full back splash.  I also have a gas stove again after 3 long years!!!  Yay!!!

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There is an eating area outside the kitchen which can definitely pass as a dining room so I am excited to set that up.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it before it became a wall of boxes, so you will just have to trust me on this one.

I also have a nice size linen closet, a giant pantry closet and another room with a lot of charm.  What is that again???  Oh right, it is the bathroom WITH A CLAW FOOT TUB!!!!

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I have wanted one of these my ENTIRE life and without even thinking about it I just followed the real estate agent around the apartment and was SHOCKED when I laid eyes on my dream:

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It is in great shape and shined up beautifully after some much needed elbow grease.  The bathroom is very small so I could not get a good shot of the room in its entirety.  But it is cute with a lilac wall color.  But let’s face it…..the tub is the star, right???  I am ecstatic about it!!!

So after several months of packing, interviews, apartment hunting, stress and limited sleep, things are finally settling down.  I do have a lot of work ahead of me, but after all the cleaning and scrubbing comes the decorating!!!  If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know.  You are all so inventive and creative I would love to hear from you, even if it is just to say hi!

Until next time, my fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

 

 

 

Etsy Treasures

It is still fairly warm here in Connecticut so fall still feels far off, despite October starting later this week.  However, the supermarkets and nurseries are looking more like the season every day.  Here is a display I found the other day when I went grocery shopping:

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As I gathered my fall items to start decorating, I realized I did not have a lot of Halloween items.  I was just about to go out and hit some thrift stores when an Etsy order I placed several weeks ago arrived with this little beauty:

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Isn’t she just lovely?!  I love the neutral palette, the little cat and the fact that she looks like a good witch 🙂

The shop owner was also kind enough to send me a free gift with my purchase that will fit in with my natural & rustic way of decorating:

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I love it and cannot wait to frame it and add it to my decor.  But the piece I love the most is a custom order I placed for my mantra.  As I told you in my previous post, Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road” is one of my all time favorite songs and contains a line I live my life by.  So, I finally made it a part of my home with this custom plaque:

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I cannot tell you how happy I am to see these words in front of me every day.  I am not sure where it will end up permanently, but for now it is in my bedroom so it is the first thing I see in the morning & the last thing I see at night.

I love how both pieces I ordered came out.  I want to give a very big thank you to the Etsy store that created these treasures for me, deSignsofExpressions.  This is a great shop to deal with.  The owner is kind, talented and very professional.  She is also a very good communicator and offered me a discount at the beginning for buying multiple items.  If you are in need of a rustic custom piece or gift, definitely check out this shop.  I have not been sponsored for this post and all opinions, including the Springsteen worship, are my own.

I will be back soon with some pictures of my home decorated for fall and Halloween.  In the meantime, I am really enjoying the tours of so many of the bloggers out there.  It is inspiring to see so much creativity!!!

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

My House Was A Very, Very, Very Fine House

Hello, Vixens!!!  I know I have been promising to share pictures of my current apartment with you, but it never really arrived at where I wanted it to be.  In a way, it was a blessing in disguise that I never settled in as a new job is taking me to a small New England town!!!  I am so excited!!!

So since I never shared my current apartment, I decided to share my house.  I owned it from 1999 to 2013.  It was the longest I lived anywhere.  I am sorry to admit I never got the place to where I wanted it, nor did I follow through with a lot of the plans I had for it.  Sometimes procrastination gets the best of me.

Keep in mind that my house was on the market when these pictures were taken, so although it was not cluttered by any means, I did pare it down to give it a more contemporary look.  That also included replacing the antique sinks I had installed in the kitchen & the bathroom…..sigh :(.  Here is the front of my little 811 square foot two bedroom cottage (one from summer, one from winter).

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The first room you walked into from the front door was the living room.  The armoire was purchased for $40 from a neighbor who was relocating, and the coffee table was also from a moving sale for about the same price.  It was the first second-hand  piece I ever purchased and it is still my favorite.  It holds one of my most cherished pieces of Ironstone.  The stand holding the Ironstone bowl & pitcher was purchased at Brimfield.  The beautiful hardwood floor was covered with commercial carpet when I moved in.  The man I hired to refinish the floor did a phenomenal job, didn’t he?

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The fireplace separated the living room from the eat in kitchen.  It was all white when I moved in so I decided to repaint the mantel & bottom with a different color for some pop (that is actually the same paint color I used in the second bedroom).  The doors were brass and very scratched up so I painted them with a high heat spray paint that covered beautifully.  It even worked on the fireplace tools (not pictured).

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Next up was the kitchen.  Everything in here I replaced.  The house was bank owned when I bought it, and prior to that it was a rental for many years.  So the cabinets were cheap and falling off the walls and the floor tile had seen better days.  Part of my deal with the bank was that they had to supply a stove and refrigerator as the house had neither, so the new appliances gave me a jump start at redecorating.  Then I ripped out the cabinets and put down a peel and stick tile myself.  I put it in the bathroom as well.  It was as close to the black & white checkerboard look I could get at my Home Depot.

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At one point I had a two-tub antique sink and an oven from the 50’s which I could not afford to have fixed (both thrifted).  I also had a standing cupboard and a shelf to display some of my cherished items from my mother and grandmothers.  I took them all out when I decided to sell the house as sadly, antique kitchens are not the norm where I lived.  😦

The chairs were all second hand and the table was from Pottery Barn Outlet (one of my weaknesses!!!)  The curtains in front of the sliding glass doors were actually two table cloths I bought on clearance at Target.  The backsplash looks like copper but it was actually plastic which I put up myself with caulk adhesive.  The lighting fixture was from Home Depot.

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The antique bread box was another Brimfield purchase.  All the cabinets in the kitchen, along with the counter tops, the sink and faucet were from Lowe’s.

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Off the sliding glass doors in the kitchen was the deck.  I found the table on the side of the road and repainted it.  The chairs were from two different estate sales.  I love that they were mismatched. 🙂

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Also off the kitchen was the bathroom.  In addition to the floor I had the wainscoting put in with a ledge so I had a place to put votive candles.  I also replaced the sink, faucet, vanity, mirror (all from Lowe’s) and the lighting fixture (another Pottery Barn Outlet find).  Do you see the washboard I turned into a towel holder on the wall?  All it took was a dowel and two drill holes.  And the vases holding the flowers are small milk bottles.

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Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the bedrooms.  The second one was so small it was hard to photograph, and I never brought the master one to where I wanted it aesthetically, so I left them both to view in person only.

So there you have it, Vixens.  A further view into my life and decorating style.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Please share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comments below.

Until next time, fellow vixens, happy digging!!!

Mason Jar Madness!!! (Sale #1 for 2015)

Well Vixens, it is now May and garage sale season is officially underway!!!  Hope you are enjoying the thrill of the hunt in the lovely fresh spring air as much as I am!!!

This weekend I hit a number of sales but did not find anything I wanted to buy.  I had almost convinced myself I was going home empty handed when I came upon a sale a few blocks from my apartment.  As I looked around I caught a peek of a few mason jars in a crate under some boxes.  Once I dug around to get a better look, I discovered that the crate was chock full of jars with their lids!!!  And the price marked was .25 per jar!!!

When the woman running the sale saw me looking at the jars, she told me she had more of them in her backyard if I was interested.  Of course I was so I took a look, chose another crate full of jars & brought two home for only $10.00!!!

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I have no idea what I am going to do with all of these lovelies yet, but I enjoy using them around my place for so many things:  to hold flowers, as soap dispensers, as keepsake jars, as drinking glasses, to hold makeup brushes, just to name a few.

What have you found lately at your neighborhood yard sales?

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!