Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Steals and Deals on Craigslist

Although many times it seems so hard to find exactly what I'm looking for (beer budget, champagne taste), it is amazing what good buys can be out there. I did a search on my local craigslist for mid century items for $100 or less and this is what I found:

Three Lane MCM endtables for $100 - I'm liking the six sided one

Cute Breuer Cane Chair for $25

This seller has many Hey Woodite children's chairs in various sizes and colors for $25 each, mix and match colors or sizes! I'd put a style like this around my kitchen table, wonder if they made them in that size?

Good mid century vibe on this chair for $70

A pair of funky atomic lamps for $70, so cute, like the holes and wood bases!

Love the iron legs on this retro table for $30 - emailed the seller

This mid century coffee table has been refinished and is $50 - quite a deal!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry

I haven't done a post on upcycling for a bit. Let's take a look at what some crafty people are doing to upcycle jewelry and different items into jewelry.
I'm always amazed at the creativity out there.

Images via ZipperedHeart 

At ZipperedHeart you can find super cute pins and cell phone covers made with vintage zippers.

image via jacqvon

Love these industrial style bracelets made from vintage rulers!

image via balanced 

Rachel of balanced makes jewelry, such as the lovely ring above made from a vintage floral tin.

It takes a creative mind to fashion jewelry out of colored pencils. Lidia and Paul of zincwhite came up with the idea of using artist waste for making jewelry. The rings and brooch above were made using rejected color pencils from the Derwent factory. The pencils are combined into a block, then cut and shaped.

image via SewTrendy

I like the vintage charm of this upcycled necklace and think the blue enamel brooch adds a very nice touch.

images via ATreasuredPast

This etsy seller uses vintage stamps from all over the world and uses them in bracelets, necklaces, brooches, rings and cufflinks - a great idea!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vintage Metal Beds

Oh bed! Oh bed!
Oh delicious bed!
That heaven on earth
To the weary head.

- Thomas Hood

image via everyday Lovely

I've always been drawn to vintage metal beds, particularly those made during the Depression and after. With a design referred to as Austere, these beds have much less ornamentation, (or none) simple curves and clean lines, much different from their preceding styles such as Victorian, Art Nouveau or Art Deco.

What I like about these beds is their ability to exist in different types of decor.
Stripped to the bare metal and sealed, they look industrial. With a chippy finish they look country, rustic or shabby chic. Painted a bright color like the yellow bed above they can look modern, funky or eclectic.

I'm not sure if the above bed is vintage or a reproduction, but it demonstrates how white paint and simple bedding make this bed in it's surroundings look fresh and modern.

The above vintage beauty shows it's age, but still has much charm.

image via A Brighter Place

This bed is at home in an industrial setting.

image via Hudson Goods

Modern linens with a vintage feel are right at home with this bed.

I really like the bird comforter on this vintage metal bed, it looks anything but old. And it shows how adaptable these beds are for children's room.

What girl wouldn't want this bed? Kelly of The Lilypad Cottage shows how she transformed this bed for her daughter.

image via COTTAG3

image via Dans le Townhouse, from Cote Sud Magazine 

The metal bed above, originally shown in a French magazine, is very striking.

image via curate and love