Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Warm & Bright for Fall!

Loving this vintage green spool bed (the patina is AMAZING) paired with deep purples and turquoise for fall.  Hand sewn pillows flank the bed, along with a bright vintage mirror & chandelier. 'Life is Beauty Full' sign on salvaged wood complete our new bedroom scene.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vintage Vanity!

I'm in love with this new color that I mixed... looks great on this new vanity for Jackie!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Congratulations, Kaleena & Torrey!

One of our FAVORITE customers got married this past Saturday!   Congratulations, Kaleena & Torrey!  Modern Vintage is so proud to have played a part in your special day :0)  We wish you all the best! xoxo

Kaleena has great taste to say the least.  She wanted an invitation that had a romantic and vintage feel.   She knew she wanted to use a kraft brown buttonhole envelope and a swirly font on the address labels.   Together, we came up with a very sweet design... one of my favorite invitation designs by far!   I love her color palette and the choice of fonts.

Kaleena & Torrey wanted to create signage for their reception.   Torrey discovered a cool technique online using vinegar and steel wool to create a natural stain that makes wood look like barn wood/drift wood.   He cut and stained the pieces himself and then handed them off to Kristen.  She did an awesome job painting the text on the signs.   The Mr. & Mrs. are so cute!

If you know Kaleena, you know how much she loves bullies!   She had me create a doggie bag design that pictured her bulldog, George.   

And another sign pictured during setup.   We can't wait to see your pictures!  Congratulations again, Kaleena & Torrey and thank you for letting us be part of your day!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Two Loves: Brimfield & Instagram

I've blogged about the beloved Brimfield before so I won't bore you. I just got back and it's a fairly long ride. So, while driving, I got to thinking. As a former waitress and present collector & seller of all things vintage, I feel as though two things should be experienced in life: working in a restaurant and the Brimfield Antique Show. The two are not related in any way but both have served me in different ways. I won't go into the restaurant business (I got out for a reason) but I will share a little I've learned over the two short years I've been in the antique/vintage world. In all honesty, Brimfield isn't the greatest place for deals. But, for me, being among thousands of people who have a similar passion, is so exciting. To see years and years of collections and truly labors of love, is humbling to say the least.

Two things I've learned at Brimfield (and in the antique world), which I've shared with my friend Jen, who is going tomorrow for the first time:

1. Never, ever pay full price. These people expect to haggle, they live to negotiate. And although it's one thing that's turned me away from the business, I've learned to be a pretty good wheeler and dealer. I've also learned though, an offered price too low can affend dealers, so be careful.  

2. Don't act like you love the piece you're negotiating. I've found pieces that I would of paid double for... and they knew it because I acted like I HAD TO HAVE IT; they knew I'd pay top dollar. Pretending to walk away is always a good move. 

I only took a dozen or so pictures, I don't think vendors love people taking photographs. My new obsession happens to be Instagram, so below are a few I took yesterday and today. 

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 6, 2012


We'll admit it; we're not the best bloggers! It's been tough keeping up with our blog, website, all of our social media, and our shop of course! We promise to be better and to post more pictures! 

We do post almost every day on Facebook... so check our page out!

Here are a few pictures of our latest projects.

Recycling at it's best: Cara takes her scraps of fabric and makes headbands!

Super cute print for baby Lila's nursery

A slate gray buffet graces our shop's center


Thanks for checking out our blog!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Talk of the Town!

The last two months have truly been an incredible blur, full of fun, stress, meeting new people, early mornings & late nights... We've been so lucky to have met many great new people along the way and we love the sense of community that we're feeling in our hometown of Sandwich.  A couple weeks back, we participated in 'Sandwich Fest,' a street fair located in downtown Sandwich.  Our 1940's photographs that we turned into fabric prints & pillows were a huge hit! Everyone loved them and we loved sharing the stories behind them... At the fest, we met the Govoni Family, who happens to own the Town Neck Company. They loved our prints as well and happened to write about us.  Check out the article and their website. Thanks guys!

The Town Neck Company Newsletter

This is one of the photographs that everyone (including us) loves! This is Bunny DiPietro carrying two stripers, on Sandy Neck Beach in the 1940's. We've heard many great stories about him since we've been lucky enough to have this in our shop and the constant story is how kind and generous he was. This has got to be true because after meeting and talking with many of his family members, I can see what a special and loving family they are. 

Many, many thanks to Mary Beth, Auntie Fran and their families. We feel very fortunate to be able to share a part of Sandwich history with everyone who walks through our doors! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Projects This Week!

Before and After, Claire's dresser in Yellow

How cute are these new side tables?

We've been working like crazy this week getting ready for Sandwich Fest on Saturday... come visit us, we'll be next to the Belfry Inn & Bistro! It's going to be a beautiful day, we're so excited!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

For the Love of the Vanity

Chrissy's Metallic Vanity
 For the first time, probably ever in my life, I sat down this morning and put my makeup on.  I'm usually leaning over the bathroom sink, rushing to throw some blush on my exhausted-looking face or (sorry Sandwich Police Department), driving to the shop while putting mascara on.  I had a few extra minutes today so I sat at my vanity.  This past week, I sold my metallic gold vanity to a friend. It didn't entirely go in our bedroom and Chrissy expressed interest in it.  I was happy to replace it with a more rustic, retro vanity that my good friend and mentor, Teresa, had had in her bedroom at one time.  Teresa painted it a linen color and really distressed it.  It's over-sized round pulls are amazing. I've admired it for years now and am now it's lucky owner. Everything I know about "vintage" and painting furniture, I owe to Teresa.  She has taken me under her wing and has been incredibly supportive, loving and taught me a lot. Long, teary story short, this piece means a lot to me and I'm very grateful for meeting and becoming dear friends with her.
My New Vanity

Have I mentioned how much I love this vanity?  The two pictures on the left are of both my grandmothers. The antique floor lamp was a splurge that I regretted at one time, but happens to fit perfectly in the space.

Thanks Chrissy and Teresa!

So this morning also got me to thinking about all the vanities I've done in the past, how different each one was, and who brought them home. I've said it before, but they are my favorite piece to work on.  I thought I'd share their stories below.  

This vintage vanity was an amazing find in the basement of a good friend, and my aestician, Rebecca, who owns Epiphany Skin Spa in Sandwich (her facials are unbelievable by the way). 

I brought it to my old studio and when my hairdresser, Jen (who owns Classy Cuts in Sandwich... amazing as well), saw it, she loved it. It reminded her of her grandmother.  I painted it for her and it now sits in her bedroom.
Jen's Vanity
Cora's Vanity

This vanity was a Christmas gift to my boyfriend's daughter, Cora. It's not the greatest picture but I love this vanity paired with a colorful pillow I bought at Pier One and next to her bright orange walls and dark pine floors.

Can you tell it belongs to a teenager? :) 

Kyla's Vanity

This sweet little vanity was our latest piece.  I've seen kidney shaped vanities before but nothing like this piece with it's three curvy drawers. The pink glass knobs are adorable and I knew it belonged in a little girl's room...

It now belongs to a sweet little girl, Kyla. We love her mom, Kelly, who happens to be one of our biggest fans! We're anxiously awaiting a picture of Kyla sitting at it...

This vanity was a favorite of mine. I found this piece in an estate sale and fell in love. I decided not to distress it because of it's classy lines and simple elegance.  Paired with a decorative gold stool, this piece didn't last long. It went home as a Christmas gift for a customer's daughter.

These two beauties below were sold last summer to two women who had second homes on the Cape.  I love the one on the right... it has so much character and is a bit rickety-looking (if that makes sense?)

This brings me to our shop. We have this gorgeous vanity right now.  Although it's low, it would be perfect in a little girl's room.  I love the mirror with it's original glass.  Cara made and upholstered the bench and I love the lace. So pretty!

I have a bunch more waiting to be re-done in storage... can't wait to get to them!

Thanks for reading!


Friday, June 1, 2012

New Projects This Week!

We're busy here at MVDS! Check out our new finished projects below!

This french provincial piece is part of a set I'm working on for one of Cara's best friend's, Teresina.

It also has two matching bedside tables and another longer bureau, which was Teresina's mother's set. This is a very special project because her mom passed away from breast cancer five years ago. This past month, her father drove the set out for her from Minnesota.

I'm giving it a little face lift and I can't wait for her to see it in person!  I painted it in ASCP French Linen with Old White handles. Before and After pictures will be up soon...

How sweet is this new kidney shaped vanity?

I love the legs and the curvy middle drawer. The pink glass knobs give it a touch of color.

The old skirt was removed to modernize it and was painted in Antique White milk paint.

I'll admit that this piece isn't new to our blog... but happens to be new to our store!  I painted this piece last summer but it sat lonely in storage until we finally opened!

This secretary's desk is painted in Old White milk paint with a Covington Blue Benjamin Moore interior. It has the sweetest French legs and simple white pulls.

We're connecting with Miss Mustard Seed today. Check out her blog, she's such an inspiration!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Three Weeks Strong!

It's been almost three weeks since Cara and I opened the doors of MVDS. I think I can speak for the both of us when I say how lucky and grateful we're feeling. To be able to do what you love for a living has been a dream come true and truly a blessing. Not only am I covered in paint SEVEN days a week now but we get to share our love of design and home decor with the world (or at least everyone who walks through our doors). The turnout has been spectacular and the feedback even better.

It's been a learning experience the past few weeks but I think we're starting to get the hang of it. Sell a wall hanging, shuffle around a chalkboard or sign. Sell a table, move around a dresser and a few pillows.

I think it's safe to say, though, that our work rooms have become something I like to call, "organized chaos."

I'm slightly jealous of Cara's room: nice floors, pretty wall color... and so much less cluttered than mine! She has a great metal hanging system which holds future pillows and prints on one wall, colorful thread and ribbon on the other. Cara is currently experimenting with printing photos on fabric... how cool! Oh, the possibilities! 

As for me, I tend to have six projects going at once, often times uncompleted ideas and experiments all over the place. Is there a TV show in my future: 'Furniture Hoarders'?

It's dresser galore in my room right now! I have a bedroom set almost complete for a friend, another set in white needing to be finished and a set I recently bought off Craigslist. Besides vanities, I love working on dressers!

Below are remnants and salvaged goodies that my boyfriend's parents found. They are some of our biggest fans and love to pick for us! We love them for that! I love old metal and iron pieces. How cool is that cage! I'm thinking some kind of lighting/chandelier piece?

That's it for now. We'll be posting upcoming projects and room designs in the near future! Until then, thanks so much for reading!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Modern Vintage's New Home!

So as many of you know, Kristen and I have found a home for Modern Vintage!  Yippee!!   We signed a lease almost two weeks ago and have been knee deep since!   Our shop is in Merchant's Square and we are so excited!   Here are some photos to show you the work-in-progress.

We had our work cutout for us.  The building had been vacant for nine years and as Kristen's says, "The place was brutal!"   Look at the horrid skin tone wall colors, disgusting carpet, and medical cabinets!  Yuck!  And that's Jen, the realtor, from TBX.  Thanks, Jen for helping make this deal happen!
Kristen's future workshop below and my office next.  This place used to be a dermatologist office hence the light in Kristen's room.  Although, almost everyone commented on it looking like a light used in another medical practice!  Mostly men though - what do they know?! ha!

 And so the demo begins!  A BIG thanks to Kristen's boyfriend, Matt, for tearing up the hideous rug and tile.   And another BIG thanks to my husband, Jay, for tearing off the baseboard and taking down the ugly flourescent lights!  Thank goodness we have handy men!  It would have been A LOT harder without them.   Matt also widened an entrance for us too!  Thanks, Matt!

 And onto making things pretty!   We painted the wainscoting simply white and the main retail space baby fawn.  I chose turquoise mist for my office, and we liked it so much Kristen painted the hallway this color too.  Thanks to Patti and Amy from Marshland for helping us paint!   And thanks so much to my best friend, Jen, for wallpapering and redoing our hack paint job on the ceiling!  Favorite part so far - definitely the wallpaper!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!

Next step - flooring!   Huge thanks to Jay and my brother-in-law, Tom,  for their hard work last weekend installing the floors.  We LOVE them!   And thanks to my sister, Dominique, for helping us paint Kristen's room.   
And the kiddos having fun in the mess!
And that's about it for now!  Next step - basboard and lighting.   McGrath Electric will be doing our electrical work.  Thanks, Brian!  Can't wait to see our sparkly light fixtures up :0)

We are both SO lucky and grateful to have such encouraging, helpful, and supportive friends and family to help us through this process.   Thank you to everyone that has helped and thanks to my family for taking care of Soleil so often for me!  We couldn't have gotten this far without all of you!

More updates next week!

Cara & Kristen

Monday, March 12, 2012

Owl Bench for Kid's Room

This past weekend was my friend, Abby's baby shower.   She's due next month and does not know what she is having!  I love surprises!   Anyways, I wanted to make her something special - something unique and not on her registry.   With the help of my husband, we made a bench to match her nursery theme.   Her  bedding is green and yellow and she registered for an adorable wall decal that I used as inspiration. 

I basically mimicked the design of the wall decal with the curly tree branches and two cute owls.  I decided to use a white background because her nursery walls are green.   I painted the legs a bright yellow-green so that they really popped.

And of course, I had to make a pillow.   My favorite part of it - the bow-tie to match the polka-dot bench trim!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Handmade Glass Bead & Recycled Glass Mirror

A few years ago, our glass patio table top shattered into pieces.   My husband swept up the broken glass and put it into a bin to throw away in his work dumpster.  After seeing that it broke like a windshield would (with no real sharp edges), I told him I wanted to keep it because I thought I could make something cool with it.  He laughed, didn't take me seriously and took it with him to work the next day without me knowing.  In that short time, I had already envisioned a mirror I would create.   When he came home that day, I sent him back to the dumpster to collect the pieces for me!   (What a good guy!)

With that glass, I created a really large mirror.  Recently, my sister had asked me to make her a mirror similar to the one I created several years ago.   I still had the glass from the patio table but not enough to fill the entire frame so I also used glass beads and sea glass.  The mirror pictured above is now hanging in her bathroom.

So, if anyone has a broken patio table, let me know and I'll come clean it up, recycle the glass and turn it into something pretty!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Winter Projects

This beauty was found back a few months ago in an old antique shop as part of a dining room set... I LOVED this hutch and couldn't wait to work on it!

I was lucky enough to have a client see it unfinished and want it (which doesn't happen often). I was reluctant to separate the set but all TEN pieces are pretty big and chances are, much too big for anyone's home. It took forever and a whole can of paint... but I thought it came out beautiful! The detailing is gorgeous and looks even better distressed. Dated back to the 1940's, this hutch looks much happier in white!

I can't wait to see it in Jackie's kitchen! 

I was in Home Depot last week and came across Martha Stewart's metallic paint. It looked really pretty so I thought I'd give it a try. I also thought how cool furniture would be painted in this and next to Cara's gorgeous creations!

I truly think every woman should have a vanity. There's something very intimate and beautiful about them.  I've done about eight for customers this past year and decided I wanted my own (although I couldn't see myself finding the time to actually sit down and do my makeup... I'm usually guilty of putting my mascara on in the car rear view mirror... while driving!) Well, here it is... and metallic paint happens to be my new obsession!