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Quiz: Can You Match the Bathroom to the Decade?

Ah the vintage bathroom: it’s either loved to the point that tears are shed upon hearing that someone ripped out an authentic 1950s space (the original tiles — nooo!!), or loathed so much that it’s the first thing someone renovates upon moving into a fixer upper (white subway tiles, here I come!). Whichever side you fall on—as there doesn’t appear to be a limbo between those two stances—you’re still likely to have fun making your best guesses in today’s quiz featuring bathrooms from the ’40s to the ’80s. “Mamie pink ” tiles, wall-to-wall shag carpeting (yes…in the bathroom), embroidered dividing walls…can you match the bathroom to the decade? Share your results in the comments below!

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Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Shop It Like It’s Hot: The 10 Most Popular Vintage Items, According to Sellers

There’s no denying that vintage and antique wares for the home are loved by all generations. Whether you’re working with a full-on antique-infused aesthetic or you’re a contemporary minimalist looking to add a little timeless flavor to your look, it appears everyone is embracing vintage decor to one degree or another. And because we were curious about what was hot right now, we picked the brains of five purveyors of vintage goods to see what people can’t stop buying. Read on for the top 10 most popular vintage items on the market right now.

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Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Finders, Keepers: 10 of Our Favorite Etsy Shops for Vintage Decor

There’s always room for a little bit of vintage. From teak bowls to velvet mustard pillows, quirky salt and pepper shakers to old maps adorning empty walls, little trinkets here and there bring personality to a room. It doesn’t matter if you like to go completely flea-market-chic with your house or are just hunting down that one perfect serving tray — whatever your level of vintage commitment, there’s one place that will always have you covered: Etsy. Below is a roundup of some of our favorite shops to get you window shopping — enjoy!

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Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Sorry, Parents: Nobody Wants the Family “Heirlooms”

In a modern world currently intrigued by minimalism, there’s something that all three adult generations can agree on: the problem of dealing with the collections curated (hoarded?) by our family members. From younger boomers and Gen X’ers sandwiched between their aging/dying parents and their own children to millennials trying to gently manage expectations (and their own limited budgets and storage space) without hurt feelings, the message is crystal clear. As Forbes said recently , “Sorry, nobody wants your stuff.”

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Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Guess the Decade Decor Quiz: Kitchens from the ’30s to ’80s

Trends in home decor can be short lived. Your typical en vogue item will be passé within a year or three (sometimes, even within months), but kitchens are a bit of an exception. Hardwired to a home, swapping out the style of your kitchen takes a much firmer commitment and, as a result, the aesthetics are slower to evolve. That being said, a 1950s kitchen looked like a 1950s kitchen for the majority of the decade and sometimes into the next. The question is, can you match the decade to the kitchen? Some are pretty easy (hey, we like to hand out a few freebies) but others are tricky. Ready to test your design eye?

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Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Wall Art Alternative: How To Frame Vintage Clothing

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Framing a garment can seem like an intimidating process, but it’s actually quite easy to do yourself. The framing pros have a lot of specialized tools and tricks (like using a tagging gun instead of hand stitching, for instance), but for us weekend warriors, it’s all about using simple tools and getting the job done so we can enjoy our completed gallery wall that much sooner. So grab your grandpa’s letter sweater or your grannies floral girdle and get to framing!

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Posted on Aug 16, 2017

8 of the Best Etsy Shops For Antique & Vintage Rugs

It’s amazing just how much a new rug could transform a room — you don’t need to trouble yourself spending hours repainting the walls or splurging on new furniture piece when just a new floor accent will do the trick just as well. But rather than going to your local big box store and getting something possibly 10,000 other people in your zip code already have themselves, why not get a vintage rug instead? From boho accents and vintage Turkish kilims to hallway runners with electric colors, Etsy has a plethora of different styles to choose from. Ahead are some of the best Etsy rug stores to shop from.

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Posted on Aug 15, 2017

The 10 Best Etsy Shops for Vintage Lighting

There’s a certain character that vintage lighting can add to a room; a certain something that’s just hard to buy new. But if you’re not one to dig through flea markets and estate sales, then Etsy, which offers up a great selection of lighting that can herald back to anywhere from the 1950s to the ’80s, is a solid bet for you. To get you started on your quest, ahead are some of the best Etsy stores for lighting.

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Posted on Aug 13, 2017

Guess the Decade Decor Quiz: Living Rooms of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Most decades have a signature style (both in fashion and interior design), but that doesn’t always mean a room follows that aesthetic to a T. At times, it can be tricky to date a space just by looking at a photo, though there are usually telltale signs here and there. What’s that you say? You could spot a 1960s living room with one eye closed? We encourage you to put those eagle eyes to the test. All the spaces here are either from the 1950s, ’60s or ’70s. Read, set, guess!

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Posted on Aug 13, 2017

Decorating Advice From 1948 That Still Totally Applies Today

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The good news? It’s 2017 and matching your wallpaper to your bedspread isn’t a requirement for having friends! Bad news: the Internet is a very big place, chock full of contradicting opinions that often make us long for the weirdly strict design rules of yesteryear. When I found an original copy of The American Woman’s Encyclopedia of Home Decorating (1948) , I was intrigued to see just author Helen Koues’s advice matched up with today’s interior designers nearly 70 years later. I’m happy to report the following design tips still ring true today…

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Posted on Aug 11, 2017

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