I love most things vintage, mixing something old with something new. Vintage tells a story keeping history alive. I also love having something to collect and hunt for. Old bottles are one of these collectibles , clear or coloured glass. Last week while out for coffee at a local favourite Alice's Village Cafe in Carp, I noticed a cute old cough medicine bottle still with a label on sitting on our table holding a single flower. It was simple but caught my eye right away. I'm a big fan of displaying fresh flowers in creative ways. Of course then I just had to get my own so....... I dragged my trusty husband out to a couple of local antique haunts and found this little beauty complete with yellow graphics to tie in with my accent colour at home. It was made for me!
Cute and colourful lotion bottle found at Ottawa Antique Market
The next day my husband very nicely stopped at a flea market and picked up five more little bottles to add to my new collection and here they are proudly displayed on my mantle.
Sweet and simple vases on a white plate with white blooms. Notice the embossed words.
Bottles of all shapes and sizes can be found at garage sales, flea markets,auctions or your local thrift store. Take a look at these other ways I found to use them. . . .
Well I don't know about you but I love it when the new IKEA catalogue comes out! There's nothing like a crisp new idea book for FREE! I love the pops of yellow on the cover, and the great colour inside. There are some new pieces and the old faithfuls that we know and love - as long as all the pieces are there! ( IKEA joke!) My husband is not a big fan but I still think it's a great resource for simple, contemporary additions for everyone. I don't think there's a home out there without a touch of IKEA in it. From the student's dorm rooms, first apartments to houses of all shapes and sizes. Even workplaces, restaurants and other stores have the smallest item hiding somewhere.
I went to our IKEA store last night to check out the latest and greatest- here are my quick pick's from the latest edition. The funny thing about that is I left with a couple of purchases and forgot to pick up my copy ! I guess I'll have to wait until it arrives in the mail, although sometimes my family hide it from me- they seem to think it's funny!!
IKEA is always a great inexpensive place to pick up funky bedding- I like this graphic grey set with geometric colourful shapes on. - PS 2014
How about these cool cushion covers- add some colour with IKEA PS 2014
These rugs continue the geometric theme, I cant decide which one I like best. How about you?
Check out this fun and functional piece, you could use it as a side table or at your bedside. Kids would love for their toys or art supplies. IKEA PS 2014
Modern, stackable storage, create your own combination- IKEA PS 2014
An old favourite the Stockholm sofa in this warm butterscotch leather- a retro feel but a great neutral piece to anchor a room
The Stockholm also comes in this fabulous vibrant green velvet, not for everyone but I love it!
On the weekend I visited a newly found architectural salvage yard called Legacy in Cobourg, Ontario. Each time I take the drive to Toronto from Ottawa I think about going and I finally did it. Was it worth it you say, yep it was! I was a happy traveller when I found myself surrounded by cool old doors, lights, bath tubs and more. I could have taken lots home but I finally spotted a little white rabbit mounted on the wall. Not a real one don't worry! It was porcelain. Looking a little distressed but cute and quirky perfect for a wall in my house! Now I'm not usually a "bunny girl" (except that infamous Halloween night in 1988!) but I have had a fondness for the trophy head trend. I figured it was finally time to add one to my collection and I had the perfect place for it. My dining room.
If you're a fan of the trophy head look check out these fun examples I found. Some are wooden, others are paper mache, stuffed or cardboard. Make a statement, be eclectic or just different. . . .
Collection in white- found on tidbitsandtwine.com
Wooden safari- looks great on the white brick wall found aliexpress.com
Fun and fluffy- stuffed animal heads in a kids room found nordicbliss.co.uk
Love this animal head with it's very own scarf, love the old door too. Found on etsy.com
Metal sculpture statement found at urbanoutfitters.com
Don't get lost! How about this amazing deer map from honestlywtf.com
Can't decide if I love the group of heads or the yellow Eames chair more? apartmenttherapy.com
Anyway I hope you like my newest addition to the family- if you are anywhere near Cobourg check out the amazing Legacy . just to wet your appetite here are a few shots of this cool source of design history.
Do you feel a road trip coming on?