Summer Entertaining with Anthropologie

June 12, 2015

Anthropologie recently shared some tips for decorating your outdoor space both day and night when entertaining all your jazzy, cool friends this summer over on their blog….and sound the alarm: I’m famous! Just kidding. I am not. BUT, if you squint your eyes and view this post on an enormous screen, you’ll see that there I am in Anthro-land watering “my” abundance of plants and enjoying a refreshing something-or-other with my pals around my cool round low-top table.

 

Summer Entertaining with Anthropologie | Millay Vintage Blog

 

I mean, look at how cool I am. I hand-squeeze lemons to make fresh lemonade because — duh — only the best for my friends.

I kid. I wish I could throw a party like this. But alas, when I have my friends over, we drink bottom-shelf champagne, eat non-artisanal cheese, and play Cards Against Humanity while General Gazpacho begs to sit in one of our laps. But hey, its still a good time! So when Anthropologie reaches out and asks you to come hang out with them for a day and help share some tips, well kids: you say yes.

So let me tell you about this photoshoot. The home styling team was there setting up all their seasonal home goods from kitchenwares to pillows, and larger furniture pieces and getting to witness them in action was such a treat because they are mucho, mucho talented (and equally kind and funny). They had a pretty different set-up when I first arrived that was stunningly layered and beautiful and I immediately wanted to move in, and then after getting some feedback from the higher-ups, had to drastically change the layout and setup. And they did this like it was no-thing. No biggs. That is a major show of talent – to be able to switch up layouts on a dime and create equally great alternatives.

So since I got to hang out, play dress up, water plants, and mess around with some of their home things, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces that I interacted with that day and secretly wanted to smuggle home. Here’s my round-up!

 

Summer Entertaining with Anthropologie | Millay Vintage Blog1. Brass Cap Decanter  |  2. Striped Fedora  |  3. Round Sunglasses  |  4. Perch Chair

 

And in case you want to check out the original Anthropologie blog post, you can view it here!

xoxo.

 

Grand Opening Recap

June 10, 2015

It is hard to believe it has been nearly a month since our brick-and-mortar grand opening — time is seriously flying! I am, of course, still growing into the space and am excited to see it evolve and transform over time, and I have loved styling outfits, home setups, and selecting a few of my favorite small-batch makers to rotate amongst all the vintage and antique wares.

THE best part of having this sweet storefront on such a darling, walkable main street? All the super adorable pups that come to visit. Seriously. (Were you expecting me to say that? Don’t tell Gazpacho…)

 

Millay Vintage | Storefront Grand Opening Recap

 

 

The grand opening happened on May 15th, and it was a beautiful day out. I had Emily from Heidi’s Bridge on hand making hand-tied bouquets (can I have a resident florist at the shop everyday please?) and we were serving up sparkling lemonades and mimosas all the day long. Mimosa + flowers + vintage = the perfect cocktail for fun.

I thought I’d share a few snapshots from the day, and give you a little bit of a glimpse of the shop. Of course, I’ve already rearranged things a million times, and I have fresh rotations of wares moving through constantly. The hope is that each time you visit you get a new experience with fresh goods, but a consistent, reliable sense of romance, history, and beauty every single time you come through our doors.

 

Millay Vintage | Storefront Grand Opening Recap

 

Millay Vintage | Storefront Grand Opening Recap

 

Millay Vintage | Storefront Grand Opening Recap

 

Wanna visit the Philadelphia shop (you know you do)?

All the info you need can be found on our new tab here over on the shop site. I’ll also be trying to keep our Facebook page up to speed on all the good things happening in the shop, like new arrivals, new setups, special events, etc. (it is generally a barren wasteland over there as far as interaction goes, but I’ll try to jazz things up and make it a fun follow).

And don’t forget, the online shop hasn’t gone anywhere! A new collection recently launched with a few of my favorite things still up for grabs.

xoxo

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Photos courtesy of Erick Steinberg / Small Wonder.

A New Collection & A Styling Guide

June 3, 2015

Millay Vintage | A Styling Guide

 

A new collection launched in the shop today and includes a lot of the goods you see above, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to make a little mini styling guide!

In case you missed the news, Millay Vintage now has a physical shop in Philadelphia — we moved out of the studio space and now have a storefront on Main Street in the sweet Manayunk neighborhood of Philly. The online shop will be just as active as ever with frequent new collections, so you won’t notice much of a change there, but the brick-and-mortar lets us offer what has until now been too difficult to incorporate (i.e. freight shipping scares me): furniture! I’m pumped.

The above buffet is one of the current pieces we have in the shop, and while it is for local pickup only, I thought I’d style it with other Millay Vintage pieces (that are for sale online and shippable) to give a little context on how to use the piece in your home.

 

Millay Vintage | A Styling Guide

 

Below is a breakdown of the components used to style the above vignette — they provide for some good general guidelines for recreating a similar look as well!

 


 

 

1  |  Focal point art work:

Your eye wants something to land on, and large scale art work keeps all the smaller accessories from competing with each other for attention. So on a quick, subconscious level, you eye isn’t going “ohhh, pretty vases, ohh dark wood, ohhh, plants, ahhh, where do I look first?!” Instead it’s going “hey there, cowboy, don’t you look good”. I also like how the rugged, unfussiness of that painting plays off the more dainty surrounding details: it provides for a nice balance.

But really, that cowboy be looking good, right? It’s an original vintage signed Gaucho painting and the rich earthtones go with practically any setting.

1940s 1950s Original Signed Gaucho Painting

 

2 – 3  |  Botanicals

Whenever possible, one should bring flowers into their life. That is my motto. Bringing fresh flowers into a space is my favorite way to quickly make a transformation. And single bud vases like the milk glass ones pictured make a little bit go a long way: instead of buying a large bundle or bouquet, you can go out and cut or buy a couple stems to make a large impact. The assorted plants and greenery also offer more sculptural shapes and organic elements that help balance all the angular furniture and art.

Vintage Milk Glass Vases

Unglazed Ceramic Succulent Arrangement

 

4  |  Vintage / Antique Buffet

One of the great thing about buffets (and sideboards, credenzas, and dressers) are their versatility: think outside their original intended use. While this buffet was made to be housed in a formal dining room, I love the idea of using it in an entryway for extra storage. A few other ideas? Use it as your media center, a place to set your record player on and store your collection, a dresser, or a vanity.

Vintage Buffet Console

 

5  |  Woven Basket

A great way to further add some height variation and provide a bit more storage is by setting a woven basket next to your console. Use it to house umbrellas, throw blankets, beach towels, or firewood depending on the season. The one pictured is actually a vintage trapper’s backpack and is coming soon to the online shop (available in store now though!), so consider this a little sneak peak ;)

 

6  |  Rug

I cannot advocate enough how effective vintage and antique rugs are at bringing in a dose of character and warmth to your space, no matter your interior style. And this vintage kilim helps polish off this vignette and creates an idea that this house is lived in, not a museum.

Vintage Kilim Rug

 


 

 

So what do you think – are you liking this buffet used as a landing pad in an entryway? How would you use it? Also, on the topic of buffets, can I have a buffet of donuts set up in my apartment every morning? Dunkin Donuts will do just fine. Please and thank you.

 

Shop the new collection here.

xo.

Loving | Julien Knez

May 26, 2015

Julien Knez | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

 

I stumbled across these amazing snapshots via Design Father magazine and was so mesmerized, I had to share them here.

Throughout this project, French photographer Julien Knez juxtaposed scenes of Paris from the 1940s against a backdrop of how the same pieces of the city look today through a series of brilliantly aligned captures. So crazy, right? I’ll just let the photos of past against present by Knez speak for themselves:

 

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To see more, you can find the series of photos posted by Design Father here.

Monday Motivation | 06

May 25, 2015

Monday Motivation 06 | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage Blog

 

Hello, is anyone out there? It’s been quiet as a mouse over on this blog lately, that I can’t deny. Plus it’s a holiday today over here in the States, so chances are you are spring cleaning your home, out at the beach, or poolside rather than catching up on your blogs…BUT nonetheless, I wanted to check in, say a hello and a how-d’ya-do!

I happened to catch this interview with film music composer Gustavo Santaolalla (he created the score on films Brokeback Mountain and Babel, to name a few) on NPR’s show On Being recently — which is definitely worth a listen if you have the time — and I loved his articulation of what art is to him. Music happens to be his medium, but he described composition as simply a tool of expressing his art, not the defining aspect of what art is to him. In any case, I always love listening to artists and creatives who excel and pursue perfection in what they do, and hearing him talk about the role of music in films was both motivating and inspiring.

In case you want to give it a listen, you can stream the segment here.

xo.

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original background image via Sunday Suppers.

Loving | Bobbie Burgers

April 21, 2015

Bobbie Burgers | All Things Lovely

 

I recently stumbled across Canadian artist Bobbie Burgers’ work via The Jealous Curator and have been mesmerized by her world of florals ever since. Her large canvases are dripping with rich hues investigating botanicals in a way that gives a bit of a modern, moody touch to such a traditional subject.

 

Bobbie Burgers | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage

 

While I am no expert in art, these acrylic, oversized paintings seem to find some middle ground between impressionist and expressionist styles. There is some tension between the soft and the bold going on that is wonderfully hypnotic, and I can’t ever deny the power of such gigantic blooms and love how much texture they are given in all her pieces.

 
Bobbie Burgers | All Things Lovely

 

If you want to see more of Burgers, you can read her interview with House & Home magazine here, follow along on her beautiful Instagram here, or if you are lucky enough to be in the Toronto area, you can see her work in person from now until April 30th at the Bau-Xi Gallery.

Instaglance | 11

April 14, 2015

Oh hello April, why you going by so fast? It might already be the 14th, but for my type-A self, I gotta post a quick glance at March or one day when I look back in my archives and see a gap in my “insta-glances,” I will break out in hives, question everything I know, and delete this entire blog. Don’t I sound like so much fun to hang out with? ;)

 

March in an Instaglance | Millay Vintage - All Things Lovely

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Just looking at that snow-covered tree from March makes me glad that we’ve finally eclipsed winter and I can stow away my winter coat (aka, puffy sleeping bag) and frolic among the soon-to-bloom flowers.

What you might have missed in March:

 

+ The kick-off of an interior design project I’m currently elbow-deep in (I’ve since finished the office installation and am set to finish out the client’s guest room at the end of this week)

+ This gorgeous collection of goods came and went, with a few items still available (somebody get that floral cardigan ASAP, it’s one of the most darling I’ve ever seen)

+ We did a beautiful collaboration with Inkifi, and while the exclusive discount code has now expired, their prices are super reasonable and I highly suggest ordering some of the vintage prints at some point — they are some of my favorite little momentos to have around, and I’ve already infused some sweet prints into my interior design client’s room as well…

+ I also got to travel back to Boston and visit my insanely gorgeous and super sweet gal pal Jessica of Oh, I Design, and it was the best reality check to be reminded of how lucky I am to have the friends that I do. AND, she just had one of her own interior design projects shared in the Boston Globe, and it is lovely. Have a look here!

 

And of course, in case you missed yesterday’s announcement, there is a new lookbook up in the Millay Vintage shop, along with a whole new collection of goods that are moving fast. So if your fingers aren’t tired from clicking all the links above yet, make sure to take a gander!

 

xo.

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