Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspiration for Creating in Vintage Style

I am happy to be joining the Creating Vintage Charm magazine's launch party today.  Please click on the link and go see this new publication and enjoy the launch party by visiting other blogs like mine that get their inspiration to create or decorate with vintage style.  The blog party theme is:  "What inspires you to create or decorate with vintage style?"
The answer to that for me is easy.  I grew up with vintage style.

This chippy, white, old Victorian farmhouse was my playhouse!  Starting this blog on a dare by my husband, I began really fast to explore what made me seek to create and be creative?  I began to pick up quickly on what blogs were so appealing to me and what my style was.  I wondered where did I gain this love for the old Victorian chippy white style and the answer was as close as a CD of family photos.  I played in this house for the first 12 years of my life.  The architecture, the chippy white paint, and the gingerbread trim were my everyday surroundings.  But, that wasn't my only inspiration.  I also grew up knowing for many years of my life my great-grandfather and this was his house.

My great-grandfather was born in 1901.  He was an avid collector of antiques.  His house and his fabulous collections of all things old was a true living museum.  
I spent every single Christmas Eve in this house till I was a teen.  It reminded me of being in Clement C. Moore's  "Twas The Night Before Christmas."  I can remember being very small and sitting on a sofa in the front room of this house craning my neck up at the sky to see if I could see Santa flying overhead; because, in this house I always thought that poem came alive every Christmas Eve like magic.  

Another wonderful way I grew up with vintage style was; that from the influence of my great grandfather's collections, everyone in the family began to give antiques for gifts!  Yes, it's awesome isn't it!!  Here my grandmother is getting a vintage doll tea set in the original box for Christmas.  

So, now when I decorate or tablescape I am drawn to all things vintage and charming.

When I put flowers on the tables I am often drawn to those century old foundation plantings that I grew up seeing around that Victorian farmhouse or plants that have old-fashioned charm.

I love mixing the old with the new, like vintage dishes mixed with a sea star in shabby chic style.

Here I copied a Pottery Barn style tea light holder by using a vintage tobacco mold from my great-grandfather's collection.  You can view that post here.
Here is a vintage Mother's Day tea served on a repurposed tray.

Here is an impromptu picnic for Memorial Day with vintage vacation souvenir mugs.

I used a vintage style fabric for a pillow to complement my Adirondack chair.

An antique bed from my great-grandfather's house gets a little Victorian styling.
Classic children's literature inspires me too.  My Mad Tea Party you can view here.

Here again; influenced by children's literature, I created a tea inspired by Anne of Green Gables.
Vintage dishes are a favorite, especially Limoges.

My grandmother's tea pot set out to remember her by.
Vintage in collage.

Teas and tablescapes done in vintage styling.

 Influenced by Colonial Williamsburg, I created a gingerbread art wreath.

I am always on the lookout for a great vintage find like this chalkware Santa I found at a thrift store.
Days gone by have left treasures for us to discover and to inspire us to create and decorate.  Congratulations to Creating Vintage Charm on their launch.  May vintage treasures continue to inspire us in our decorating for years to come.  

The Charm of Home


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This post made me think back to Christmas spent at my grandparents. There were no antiques to be found in their home. Their style was very modern scandinavian. Christmas they had a silver metal tree with the colored spotlights. Even as a child I thought their decor was very strange for "grandparents"! Your pictures are beautiful and thanks for bringing back memories of happy times.
Hugs, Sherry

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so many beautiful treasures from your family. Such precious and wonderful memories. I love anything vintage, it always touches me. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Bella said...

Hi Sherry, What a fabulous post!! What a great playhouse!! Lucky you!! So many charming photos... but I am crazy for the overhead rose shot... stunning!!!
Have a great weekend:-)

xinex said...

You have so many wonderful vintage items, Sherry but the most wonderful things are those photos of the old houses and the memories that come with them...Christine

Cabin and Cottage said...

I loved hearing about your great-grandfather's house! I only got to read about places like that when I was a girl. I come from pueblo style, so I guess I still have a fantasy of living in the two-story clapboard! Your centerpieces are so beautiful one after the other. And that picture of your gran opening the tea set is so wonderful. Thanks so much for your really nice comment on my blog! I'm glad to know you thought of me. Jacqueline

Sonia said...

Hello Sherry,
I love love love childhood stories and pictures. I also think that your family tradition of giving vintage items as gifts, is just fabulous. You are giving each other treasures and memories...
Thank you so much for celebrating with me. Lovely post.

D said...

Very lovely post. Great pictures and story!
Thanks for sharing.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

this is such beautiful post and love the story.. so many beautiful vintagey pretties here.. can't pick one! love them all..

have a great weekend!

A Cottage Muse said...

Sigh...loved reading your post and looking at the beautiful photos!

Have a nice weekend,

Anita said...

Sherry, I just don't know where to start here! You truly have AMAZING style, and your photos are magazine worthy!! You have something that just stands out that is really inspiring. Everyone of these photos takes me to another place and I am so drawn in to the setting. I can imagine your great grandfather's house would have been inspiring, looking at the photos. Just beautiful...I can't say that enough, lol!! Your header photo is so beautiful too. I always feel like I'm welcome.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi :) What a lovely post about your family; so many wonderful photos and vintage items for us to see :) Thank you so much for sharing this with us :) Have a lovely weekend!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hi Sherry, very beautiful post and gorgeous, I love the Christmas with nanna story, I have to say when I think of my childhood, I think of christmas time too, thats why I love to create a vintage christmas for my girls so they have wonderful memory's like we do today...thank you for sharing.


Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

thank you for posting ~
tea's on at FHC and a pink teacup for your sidebar for clicking 'follow'!
EnJoyed visiting :)

D said...

Hi, Sherry,
Thanks for telling me about my header pic taking so long to load. I sure don't want that!
I am going to have to get my son to show me how to make it the right size. Meanwhile, I changed it. Thanks again.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

What a beautiful blog you have! This post is so full of "vintage charm"! Nothing like living in a vintage world! Your blog is an inspiration!


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sherry, such a lovely and charming post. I am just drooling over the pictures...they are so inspiring!

Happy weekend!


The Shanty Girl said...

I loved looking at all your pictures, I loved the pics of the houses and the children's literature tea parties the most. What a lovely blog!

Janet Bernasconi said...

There is something special about old photos and sweet memories. It made me remember when I was a child playing outside in the snow. I really enjoyed each picture. Hope you enjoy the party. Can't believe it's over
Hope you can come over and visit me too.
Janets Creative Pillows

Couture de Papier said...

Lovely post thank you for sharing your vintage charm treasures..

kelly said...

Lovely photos Sherry.


Incipient Wings said...

what a glorious post!!!
i love your style of writing, i feel like i'm listening to an old friend telling glittery flower filled tales!
beautiful photos too.
Thank you for sharing!

Melanie said...

Hi Sherry - what a wonderful post - I love the antique bed. Thanks for sharing!

Love, Melanie