Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Style & Beauty - Then and Now

Those of us who are purveyors or collectors of Vintage & Antiques, have long since realized the beauty found in the simplest of objects.  
Disposable was not a common word 50 years ago.  From kitchen towels and napkins to the least expensive of glass and glassware (Depression glass was a give away item, enticing you to buy the product that it held or advertised), these were quality items with amazing styles & designs.

Flash forward to the 1980's and disposable had become a way of life and style...well, it was the 80's:)

My natural instinct is to hold onto the style and beauty of the past, which is probably the reason for my career choice, but I've come to learn (thanks to the many people of the communities listed above and the wisdom that comes with life and age) that beauty can be found in many places.

There is beauty found in technology and the ability to learn and grow from people and places that we would have otherwise never known or seen.

There is beauty, style and a uniqueness found in the ever growing handmade/craft movement.  There is no style or design quite as beautiful as the mix of old and new, handmade and vintage.

...and for those of us in the Vintage/Antique biz, there is beauty in the knowledge and history that we maintain for future generations.  As well as a sense of purpose in finding new homes for the lost treasures and heirlooms that come into our lives.

What this all means?  Beauty and style are in the mind and no matter the time period, its up to us to seek it out.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dancing Through Time

Dancing, music and fashion are so much a part of our cultures and histories.  Today's post shows the different and most popular dance crazes from the Victorian Era through the 1930's.

The Victorians were quite the partiers.  Their dances would begin at sundown on Saturday and last through sun up on Sunday, just in time for church.   They did take a break to enjoy lavish meals, but still a pretty hearty weekend schedule!

For more detailed information on Victorian Dance Styles, visit Victorian Pride 

We'll begin with the Waltz which fashion-wise, was matched to the tight corseted waists and full skirted dresses.

As we entered the Edwardian Era at the end of the 1800's and the beginning of the 1900's, things got a little more racy.  The Turkey Trot and the Bunny-Hug, along with Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, brought Ragtime to the mainstream but it was the rarely seen before Tango, that had everyone talking (good and bad).  Originating in Argentina, as people migrated to Europe and the US, so did the Tango.  As one can imagine, looser and more flamboyant clothing were required!  One of my personal favorites and a dance that has weathered the test of time like no other.

The 1920's brought more changes. WWI had ended and people were looking to unwind.  Women were becoming more independent.  Flappers, jazz and fashions that complemented the times, with loose, short, fringy skirt dresses that showed a little more skin in all areas!  The Charleston became the dance of the decade.

John Held, Jr., depicted the Charleston, a popular dance of the 1920s, on a magazine cover in 1926.

In comes the 1930's...times are changing in Germany and WWII is looming on the horizon.  Hollywood is going full steam ahead with technology, after the emergence of talkies in the 1920's.  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are taking the public by storm with dancing and musicals.  The Lindy (thank you Charles Lindbergh for the inspiration) and the Jitterbug become the popular dances of the time.  In my opinion, there were three things that stood out in 1930's fashion...the invention of the zipper, shoulder pads and the movie industry.  The Depression added to the mood, moving fashion slightly back to more traditional designs.

Stay tuned for my next post, covering the 1940's through the 1970's.

Thanks so much for reading!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Vintage & Contemporary Decorating Trends for 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

I thought to start us off this year, I'd do a little peeking into design trend reports for 2015. My first choice is 7 Modern Interior Trends for 2015   This is a great article from and gives an overview of many designs that they feel will be trending in the New Year.

I see a lot of mid century modern (of course), along with Asian/Organic motifs and a few designs that have a hint of the 70's, with vibrant primary colors. 

I like to browse these photos to get a feel for what will be the hot decorative/design pieces in the year to come.
Here's the link...let me know what you think.

Top 5 Decorating Resolutions from Better Homes and Gardens

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

According to 2015 new home construction will be for smaller, greener and more casual homes with open floor plans.

The pic below from is a great example.  I see Mid Century Modern pieces as well as Asian/Organic fitting perfectly in this space.

Here's a great article from Sally Falk Nancrede at IndyStar on Design Direction to Watch in 2015.

...and a little vintage design inspiration from WhimsicalVintage

or stop by and browse

  Mid Century Modern and or Asian Home Decor

From my home to yours... have a wonderfully happy, healthy and successful New Year!