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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!

Thinking Spring: Looks + Ideas

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Feb 21, 2014 antique, antiques , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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springevo1We are ready for spring! It has been a long, cold, snowy winter and we cannot help but start dreaming of spring. Especially with the warmer weather we have been experiencing the past couple of days! It is a welcome treat, for sure!

Naturally thoughts of spring get us thinking about how to decorate our homes for the season. Spring is a great time to bring in pops of color, fresh blooms, new furniture, lighter drapes & curtains – there are so many ideas. We’ll list a few for you below and be sure to check out our Pinterest board for lots more ideas!

Pops of Color
Bright pillows, new drapes – this is the time of year to add some fresh colors to your home. Yellows, greens, pinks, purples, blues – all colors the colors of the season and they look fabulous. Especially when the trees start to blossom again, throw the windows open and let the season brighten up your home. Vintage glassware like the ones pictured above are a great way to add color to a room, line them up along a mantel or window.

Decorate with Blooms
We have to wait a little longer before nature begins to give us a colorful show of blossoms & blooms – but artificial ones can do the trick for now. Let’s say you add a bright yellow pillow or throw to your sofa – make a big impact by sticking some yellow daffodils in a pretty glass vase on your coffee table – the coordinating hues will bring a lovely dynamic to your room. The turquoise vase pictured above would look lovely with a bloom in it, and the peacock tray could really tie the look together.

Rustic & Shabby Looks
Something about spring seems so right for the shabbier & rustic pieces. A chippy-paint door with chalkboard paint seems so fitting for the season. Find one in our store this week!

Modern & Clean Lines
You know we are fans of mixing textures and styles – layering shabby pieces with clean modern pieces makes a room look interesting. Try a mid century modern chair at a vintage desk with chippy paint, the two styles coordinate quite well.

Check out our Pinterest board for more great spring decor ideas! As always, we love to see our decor in action in your home – share a photo of your favorite spot in your home with us, info@evolution-home.com!