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New Summer Hours!

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Jun 6, 2014 , , , , , , 0 Comments

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We are the big green building on Richmond Highway! We just put our sign up so you can’t miss us.

 

Rustic + Glam Inspirations

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May 16, 2014 , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

We love contrasting combinations that work well together. Like the combination of rustic and glam elements – for example a farm table paired with a stunning chandelier. Or vintage crate full of magazines placed next to a glamorous armchair. Here are a few of our favorite inspiration images that best illustrate this lovely combination!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter! We share our favorite rustic + glam items from our store this week!

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All images are from Pinterest.

Dealer Spotlight: Acme Mid-Century Modern

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May 6, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This week, we are mad for mid century modern furniture and accessories! There is so much to be said for this period in design – clean lines, inventive and practical designs for furniture, daring to be different – the furniture and home decor elements that came out of this era were inspired and interesting. Mid-century modern style has seen a huge comeback in recent years – it can be mixed so well with modern decor and is often of the highest quality.

Today – we are spotlighting one of our very own dealers, Acme Mid-Century Modern. Acme is owned and curated by Pierre Paret, a connoisseur of mid-century modern furnishings. Paret rehabs many of his pieces – reupholstering them in high quality, period-appropriate fabrics.

Acme’s focus is on mid-century and modern furniture, art and accessories. Pierre offers a well-curated selection fit for a first time buyer or a seasoned collector. Find pieces from iconic designers and manufacturers like Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Knoll, and Kofod Larsen. In need of help finding a particular piece of vintage furniture? Pierre will take on the hunt for you. He also offers custom restoration services for pieces in need of a little TLC.

Here are some photos of Pierre’s offerings available at Evolution Home.

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Stop in this week and browse our fun & funky collection of mid-century modern home goods!

Perfect Patio Ideas

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Apr 30, 2014 , , , , , , , 0 Comments

With summer swiftly approaching and our gardens going in – we thought it was the perfect time to share some patio inspirations & ideas! You can find all sorts of patio goodies at Evolution Home – from vintage patio furniture sets to lanterns and planters.

Here are a few great decorating ideas for your patio!

1. Modern mixed with vintage. 
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2. Farm tables outside!
This is such a fun look! A six foot farm table outside with colorful vintage metal chairs makes for a whimsical space. Throw in a strand of cafe lights for a cozy & comfortable patio!
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3. The shabby chic patio.
With painted wood patio furniture and vintage watering cans, this patio has the perfect mix of feminine charm and light and airy comfort.
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4. The European cafe look. 
This simple look begs for a bottle of wine and a great conversation. The vintage table and chairs sitting in the garden is just lovely.
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5. The cottage patio.
This patio feels like a family vacation at the Grandparents lake cottage! Complete with cozy wicker and vintage signs, this patio is bright and colorful.
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Find more inspirations for your perfect patio on our Pinterest page!

4 Reasons to Go Green with Vintage & Antique

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Apr 25, 2014 , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

In celebration of earth week, we thought we’d share some great reasons to buy vintage and antique furniture and accessories in place of new ones! Buying antique and vintage is an earth-friendly practice, as well as a budget friendly one. Here at Evolution Home we fill our store with the highest quality vintage and antique items from dealers and consignors. Buying vintage and antique is a green practice that any family on any budget can start – and its fun too!

Here are four great reasons to go green with vintage & antique:

1. It keeps furniture out of the landfill. 
Purchasing vintage or previously owned furniture keeps it out of the landfill. Many vintage and antique pieces of furniture (as well as accessories!) were built to last – they have years of use in them and if you find a piece that is maybe too worn or looking a little old, you can refresh it with paint or upcycle it! See our blog post from last week about upcycling furniture.

2. Conserves natural resources. 
Buying vintage furniture means no precious natural resources, like trees and petroleum, were used to create it. Well, they were at one point, but you are conserving resources by not purchasing new furniture. Did you know that in one year one acre of trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people? Or that trees provide vital water conservation by shading yards from evaporation and providing atmospheric moisture through transpiring? Save a tree, buy vintage!

3. Reduce Pollution
Do you ever notice that chemical smell when you buy new furniture? That’s from the “off-gassing” of Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. Your vintage purchase will have already off-gassed, thus improving your indoor air quality. You also completely eliminate the pollution created from the manufacturing process of new furniture. Breathe easier with vintage.

4. Reduce your footprint by buying locally.
Buying locally from Evolution Home means the furniture did  not travel long distances in the shipping process – no trains, cargo ships or trucks were used to transport it, so you reduce your overall footprint. Buying locally also has other benefits – like supporting small business owners and putting dollars back into your community.

Here are few great vintage and antiques items available in the shop this week! Get your green on at Evolution Home, open Friday & Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5!

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4 Upcycled Vintage Ideas

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Apr 17, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

What is upcycling you ask? Recycling a piece of vintage furniture or a vintage element in a better or different way than it was originally used – so creating shelving out of salvaged corbels or making storage out of vintage fruit crates. Keep reading for four of our favorite ides for upcycled vintage!

1. Vintage Crates
Add vintage charm to any space with old fruit crates. You can hang them as shelving, use them for storage on the floor or craft them into tables – the options are endlessly and its just one example of how buying and using antique and vintage pieces is a green practice.
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2. Old Windows
There are SO many clever ways to use vintage windows – one search on Pinterest returns more ideas than you could find windows – chalkboards, message centers, coffee table tops and simple wall art.
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3. Architectural Salvage Pieces
Architectural salvage is as beautiful and interesting as vintage gets in our opinion. There are so many opportunities to create something truly unique out of unwanted salvage, which is more often than not handmade. Two great ideas; hardware for shelving – especially corbels and creating lamp bases out of corbels, legs and more. Other great ideas we’ve seen – bed frames, table pedestals and more.
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4. Painted Furniture
There are many great ways to breathe new life into a vintage piece of furniture, reupholstering, refinishing and restoring. But a great option for furniture that may be beyond restoring is painting. By refreshing a piece with paint, it can turn from drab and dated to fab and celebrated. Seriously, that was an awful rhyme – but it can bring a piece into this decade and make it modern while still maintaining its vintage charm.
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Check out our vintage upcycle board on Pinterest for more creative ideas!

5 Items + Inspiration: Easter Table Settings

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Apr 11, 2014 , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This week’s items + inspirations is showcasing pieces from our shop and inspirations for how to use them on your Easter or spring table setting! The items on the right are available in our shop this week and the photos on the left are all from Pinterest!

1. Glass Bottle Centerpieces
Vintage glass bottles make lovely & simple centerpieces. Pick a few fresh blooms up at the farmer’s market or from your garden and plop in these glass bottles available at Evolution Home, find several sizes and shapes available!
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2. Milk Glass Vases
Another easy yet beautiful centerpiece solution for your Easter table – milk glass vases! Find all different varieties, shapes and sizes at Evolution Home, get them this weekend before the holiday!
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3. Silver Candlesticks
Whether they are worn or brightly polished, silver candlesticks add a lovely patina to any table – especially an Easter table. We love these pictured below from our shop (on the left). We also ADORE the idea of displaying eggs & flowers in them like the photo from Pinterest on the right!
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4. Silver Teapot With Fresh Blooms
This is such a lovely inspiration – a silver teapot or pitcher with a cascade of fresh flowers! Find a selection of silver pitchers and teapots in the store!
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5. Teacups & Tulips
You might recognized this idea from earlier this week – but we were so excited to find similar teacups in our store that we had to share it again pictured with our items. Trim & gently stuff delicate tulips into a teacup for a sweet centerpiece!
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See more of our April inventory here & find inspirations for your spring table settings here.

7 Easter Table Centerpiece Ideas

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Apr 9, 2014 , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

1. Teapots & Daffodils
This fresh idea is simple and striking. A white teapot creates a lovely contrast but a china teapot would look equally as sweet.
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2. Teacups & Tulips
For a simple centerpiece, pick up some fresh tulips and place them in several different teacups. For a little drama, place them at different levels.
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3. Big Sprigs
Placing large branches like forsythia or cherry blossom branches (perfect for DC!) in a larger vessel like a vintage pitcher creates height. Great for larger tables, or if you want your centerpiece to reach up and not out to make room for dishes.
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4. Bottles & Buds
Show off spring blooms from your garden with in small glass bottles. We have loads of them at Evolution Home, mostly vintage! Line the bottles up down the center of the table for a beautiful centerpiece. We love how these are stacked on top of a wood plank with fresh fruit.
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5. A Twist on Tradition
Flip assorted glassware upside and place a tea light on the base for a twist on a centerpiece. Place blooms underneath the glass for an extra punch of color.
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6. Eggspecially Beautiful
(Sorry, we had to.) Add eggs to your floral centerpiece to celebrate the season. You can hollow them out by piercing a small hole in the shell and blowing out the yolk.
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7. Egg Crate Planters
This is just a darling little idea! Crack the top off of eggshells, plant a small pansy and place them in the old egg crate with other natural elements, you can even have your guests take the egg planters home as a parting gift. b181f43d0a60cafe43c4bad7a43efd07

 

For more fabulous Easter table centerpiece ideas, check out our Pinterest board! Also, stay tuned to the blog for table setting ideas later this week!

3 Items + Inspiration: Vintage Jewelry

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Apr 4, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This week has been all about vintage jewelry – and we have plenty of it at Evolution Home! With several jewelry dealers, we have loads of options, costume jewelry, fine jewelry, sterling silver, vintage pieces, modern pieces – there is something for everyone!

In this post, we are sharing our pieces + inspiration for how to wear them! Be sure to also check out our post earlier this week about how to repurpose vintage jewelry that you may not want to wear, read it here.

1. The Classic Charm Bracelet
Oh, a classic piece – the gold charm bracelet. This one in the shop is all heart charms – a lovely piece for spring. To the right is an inspirational photo for how to wear it – with a gob of other fabulous bracelets, even a watch. Layering bracelets with a charm bracelet is fabulous way to use a vintage piece!
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2. Stacked Bracelets
This look is just stunning! With this fabulous selection of vintage bracelets, mix it up and wear them all. You can’t go wrong with an arm dripping with fun and funky bracelets!
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3. Statement Necklaces & Vintage Beads
To the right we have rhinestone costume necklaces and lovely vintage beads – layer them and wear your statement necklace with a t-shirt for a fun look. We love the idea of pairing a dressy statement collar necklace with a cozy t shirt and a pair of jeans!
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Have you purchased  a fabulous piece of vintage jewelry from Evolution Home? We’d love to see how you wear it! Post a photo to our Facebook page, or share one on Instagram using the hashtag #evolutionhome.

6 Ways to Not Wear Your Vintage Jewelry

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Apr 2, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Sometimes we inherit vintage jewelry or find it at an estate sale or in an antique or vintage shop and we JUST can’t resist making the purchase. Have you ever ended up in this scenario? I’m sure you have!

We love this jewelry, it tells a story, its bold and beautiful – but sometimes its broken or just not our style. Well, have no fear – the crafty universe that is the internet has come up with some great ideas for using vintage jewelry in other creative ways. I have to be honest, I was delightfully surprised by some of these creative ideas.

We carry loads of vintage baubles at Evolution Home – and while our jewelry dealers take great care to make sure each piece is wearable and in good condition, we couldn’t resist sharing some creative ideas for NOT wearing your jewelry!

1. A Bright Bouquet
Bonus: it will never die! What a lovely idea to add some floral feminine flair to a space without worrying about changing the water! The fun part would be the hunt to find matching shades.
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2. Bauble Bookmarks
How clever is this one? Attaching old brooches, earrings or necklace charms to a lovely ribbon and using it as a bookmark – a sweet hostess gift or gift for a little girl.
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3. Framed & Sparkly
How many single earrings have you ended up with over the years? Or brooches that you love but just wouldn’t wear? Isn’t this a lovely idea for displaying them? They can be admired everyday!
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4. Bright, Sunny Decor
This is a lovely idea for any bedroom. It adds a splash of color and a lot of texture. A+!
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5. Initial Display
This would make the loveliest bridal shower gift! Especially if you were able to use pins and brooches from the bride’s family!
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6. Wall Art
Love the framed doily and necklaces – this is a lovely way to commemorate a loved one in an artful & thoughtful way!
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See more ideas on our Pinterest board and stay tuned for new blog posts on Friday, also be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more inspiration, inventory and special offers!