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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!

 

3 Items + Inspiration: Vintage Gardens

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Mar 28, 2014 , , , , , , 0 Comments

Happy Spring! While this weekend’s forecast calls for rainy days, we are sharing ideas for bringing vintage elements into your garden this week. In our items + inspirations posts, we share three or more items from our shop plus inspirations for how to use them. This week, its all about gardens – specifically re-using vintage pieces in gardens. You can read our previous post about 7 inspirations for vintage garden decor here.

1. Vintage Window Planters
Use an old vintage window as a wall planter – hang it on a fence or use it as a divider in your garden. Wall planters are great for herbs and succulents!
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2. Fencing Salvage Upcycled
Upcycle old fencing salvage but turning it into a lovely wall hanging planter, like the one pictured below. It adds character to a rustic garden space.
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3. Shutters as Plant Displays
Lean an old shutter against your home or fence & mount lightweight pots on it for a stylish & unique plant display.
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Do you use vintage elements in your garden? Share them with us on our Facebook page! For more great garden and home decor ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

7 Ideas for Vintage Gardens!

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Mar 26, 2014 , , , , , , 0 Comments

Okay – its bitter cold, it snowed yesterday. We. Are. Over. It.

So – we have decided to push on, pretend its spring, pick out flowers and share creative ideas for bringing vintage and antique goodies into our gardens. While we may not be running to the local nursery today or tomorrow, we will be in the near future. For us, there is nothing better than adding outdoor space to our living areas each spring and summer. Dinners on the deck, picnics on the patio, evening cocktails relaxed in our outdoor spaces…ahhh, we can almost feel it.

So, in honor of the hopefully sooner than later arriving warmer season, we are going to share seven great ideas for vintage gardens. Vintage gardens, you may ask? What the heck is that? Well, all of these ideas utilize vintage or antique elements – almost always repurposing them – for use as planters, or racks or vegetable gardens!

1. Tea cup herb gardens! Have mismatched teacups? Plant a few herbs – perfect for a windowsill!
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2. Vintage spoon vegetable markers! A great use of mismatched flatware.
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3. Vintage storage cabinet herb garden. Cute compartments are perfect for small space living!
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4. Old springs as pot & planter holders. Such a great idea to add a little whimsy!
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5. Vintage windows as hanging planters! This is a super easy look to pull off.
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6. An old claw-foot tub as a planter – add a plank of wood and make it a coffee table for your outdoor space!
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7. Vintage fruit crates as storage for gardening tools. Forget the ugly sheds – this is an adorable way to store tools!
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Want to see more great gardening ideas? Check out our Pinterest board!

3 Items + Inspiration: Vintage Office Spaces

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Mar 21, 2014 , , , , , , 0 Comments

We shared some of or favorite vintage office spaces on the blog earlier this week. From rustic, masculine and shabby chic to super cool mid century modern – there was a little something for everyone!

Today, we are sharing a few items from the shop and inspirations for how to use them (found on Pinterest). You’ll see the item from our shop on the left and our inspiration on the right! Scroll for more.

1. Vintage Typewriters
Typewriters have made a huge resurgence in decor over the last few years – jump on this trend! If you are lucky enough to find a functional typewriter, use it write a letter or two – if you have one that doesn’t work and is beyond repair – there are a lot of creative ways to use it, one of our favorites is for holding photos.

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2. Mid Century Modern Desks
One of the best elements about mid century modern pieces are the clean, modern lines of the design. This element allows us to incorporate mid century modern pieces into modern decor effortlessly. See the desk we have in stock below and the inspiration – a fab office!

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3. Shabby Chic + Florals
This one is for the ladies! A lovely floral chair and light and feminine colors creates a great space for a super productive work day.

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What’s your favorite office style? Share your workspace with us on our Facebook page!

5 Inspirations for Vintage Office Spaces

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Mar 18, 2014 , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This week, its all about the office on the blog! Many of us have a home office that we use frequently – a big desk, a comfy chair, piles and piles of papers and maybe a few empty coffee cups. Is this a familiar scene to you? Today we are sharing a few inspirations for home office decor in several different styles. Hopefully it will inspire you to create a space to to be productive in!

1. The Traditional Office
With the classic bookshelves, armchairs and elegant color choices – this office space is very traditional. The fabric choices on the chairs keep it light, fresh and modern.

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2. The Mad Men Mid Mod Office
Mid century modern furniture and accessories are  undeniably chic. While this office may be a little heavy on the wood, we loved how many options it showcases – from desks to chairs to clocks and shelving there are many ways to work a little Mad Men style into your office.

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3. The Shabby Chic Office
The farmhouse floors and vintage chair add charm to this space. With the modern desk and fresh blooms – this office is the perfect mix of shabby and chic. We also love the shadow-box desk!

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4. The Modern + Vintage Office
This modern office features a gallery wall, a statement lighting piece and a nice little mix of vintage and modern furnishings. A nice big desk means plenty of space to get work done. We also love the little pup under the desk!

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5. The Masculine Office
This office seems like the perfect place to be productive for men who love mantiques. Dark woods, vintage photographs and industrial elements make this office warm, comfortable and stylish.

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That’s it for today! Which one is your favorite? Tell us on Facebook!

6 Spring Decor Trends

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Mar 14, 2014 , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

It feels like we have been talking about our desire for Spring this year for so long here on this blog. Every week we hold on to the hope that it will show up with a little extra sunshine, an above 65 degree day – something! Anything! This winter sure has been a rough one and with more snow forecasted for this weekend, it doesn’t feel like it is moving anywhere anytime soon.

But – what is moving forward are the fab spring trends in home decor. Personally, we are ready to rip apart our houses and get to our spring cleaning – so we can refresh our spaces with some of the loveliest finds this spring has to offer. We always try to watch out for trends that are too “trendy”. We tend to stay away from a style or look that feels more fleeting than timeless. So, we compiled a list of six of our favorite home decor trends for spring that we think have staying power – or will look lovely in your home for seasons and years to come.

Here are our six favorite trends in home decor this season – in the photos below, our inventory is pictured on the LEFT and the photo on the right is a trend example from Pinterest.

1. Brightly Colored Upholstered Furniture
From leather to prints, bright is right. We love fearless home decor risk-takers that are willing to add a splash of color to a room with an unexpected bright, bold color. See our inventory on the left available in the shop, and our inspiration on the right.
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2. Floral Prints
Le sigh…we love a floral print. On a piece of china, upholstery, drapes – you name it. Done right it brings a light and airy femininity to a space and is always oh-so-lovely.floraltrend

3. Painted Furniture
Now, we know we may turn some of you off with this one BUT hear us out. Painting furniture is a fabulous way to give it a fresh life – especially when it is damaged beyond repair or seriously dated. We aren’t running to paint our favorite antique pieces, but we love using a nice painted piece to add some life to a space.
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4. Vintage Barware
Get ready to sip your way through spring. Vintage barware is back and being used everywhere from cocktail parties to weddings. With spring gardens being planted & farmer’s markets firing back up – this means fresh produce for cocktail recipes! Cheers!
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5. Milk Glass
Ah milk glass, how we love thee. Milk glass made its big resurgence a few years ago and the trend has definitely stuck around. We think because it is a modern, white look – that is always looks good in decor and can be used in a multitude of ways. We love the idea of using old milk glass pieces as herb planters – puts a fun modern twist on it!
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6. Modern Farmhouse 
Mixing farmhouse, primitive or rustic pieces with modern elements and furniture is a trend that is here to stay. The contrast offers an interesting space while the farmhouse tables keeps it warm and the sleek chairs keep it modern. We love the look.
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We hope these six trends tickled your fancy as much as ours. We enjoyed sharing them with you! Find the pieces pictured above in the shop this weekend – plus lots more!

Color Story: Furniture + Accessories

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Mar 7, 2014 , , , , , , , 0 Comments

usingcolorSo, this week has been all about color- finding bold, fun and creative ways to use it.

Color adds life to almost an space! Earlier this week we shared creative ideas for using wall color – you can read more about that in this blog post.

Today, we are sharing ideas for colorful furniture and accessories. The photos above are from Pinterest, and gorgeous inspirations for using color – like the green kitchen chairs paired with a white & wood table or the bright yellow sofa.

Below, are photos of items we have in the shop this week! Colorful items to bring a little life to your home, like the fun chevron rug, bright red cabinet or the colorful pillows. Pair those items with a neutral sofa, like the one pictured below, and voila! your home has a bright and bold color story. What’s your color story? Blues? Reds? Bright yellows? Share it with us on our Facebook page!

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