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Spooky Mansion Halloween Decorating - Low Cost/No Cost Halloween Decorating


I have been busy planning a Halloween Party and getting the house decorated with a Spooky Mansion Theme. Every accessory I have used for Halloween throughout my home I already had with a few exceptions, mainly the Halloween specific items. This is key to decorating for Halloween with sophisticated Refined Vintage style AND on the cheap.  I like this "real" style so much better than store bought Halloween Decorations. I feel the same about Costumes! I discovered many, many great ideas via Pinterest of course ( my Favorite source)!Family RoomFor the Family Room I made these Crystal Ball Candlesticks and they looked amazing at night with the... » Read More

Summer Vacation, Let's go Camping!


Now That summer is here I am starting to get that wanderlust feeling, the urge to travel... I am also feeling a nostalgic tug for an old fashioned camping trip. I want to pack up the family car and take off!I wish I had a garage full of cool vintage camping items! I do have a couple of those picnic baskets. I may sell one someday, inquire if interested : )photo via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48835977186612178/Lets eat all our meals outdoors and cook on open flames...both photos via https://www.pinterest.com/refinedvintage/vintage-summer/Maybe even catch our Dinner?  Do you remember this" I Love Lucy" Episode? It is one of my favorites.photo ... » Read More

A Very Vintage Easter


 Easy, Affordable Vintage Easter Decorating I thought I would share some of my favorite Easy Easter Decorating Ideas, of course they all have that vintage style we love. You know how I love to decorate for the Holidays.Frame Vintage Postcards and use in VignettesMake copies of Vintage postcards, just right click and save image, then print. Then cut to fit your vintage or new frames, Instant  Easter Holiday Decor. Many royalty-free images are available online for FREE! The image below is fromBumble Button Create a Unique CenterpieceA grapevine basket or small wreath is the base for flowers picked from the garden with an added little ... » Read More

Bringing The Spring Indoors ~ How to Force Blooming Branches


 How to Force Spring Blooming Trees and Bushes Spring Branches just budding, look fabulous in vintage wine bottles, or vases Forcing Branches into bloom early couldn't be easier, Just cut with sharp knife or clippers and place in tepid water. Yes, it's as easy as that. It's Free and easy to DIY.                                         (via Pinterest)Go outside right now and cut some forsythia branches, place in room temperature water and in a few days you will have bright yellow flowers to chase away those gray skies.                      (Alexand... » Read More

Vintage Halloween Decorating-The Family Room and Foyer


It’s time again to change things up, get the house looking like fall and add a bit of Halloween too. I use the same decorations each year, but the key to making it fresh is using them in different settings, different rooms. I like to mix vintage home decor in with it all, because that is my style, eclectic. I always incorporate family photos in this case my daughters dressed in different Halloween costumes over the years.The Mantle Using Ivory ceramic pumpkins, and a friendly ghost votive holder I have chosen to use vintage crystal candlesticks with a couple of silver ones too, and a carved stoneware bowl to create an interesting mix of t... » Read More

D.I.Y. Backyard Makeover


I used to love to garden, but now I would rather go on treasure hunts or help a friend with decorating. My favorite has to be re-purposing and updating a room using what they already have. I love a challenge. Recently I was able to do a variation of all those things; it was a day I really enjoyed. We recently visited California and my sister in law Carolyn was in need of some assistance with bringing her backyard around to the vision she had in mind for it. She had made some headway but my Brother had some recent health issues and she didn't have the time to do all that she had planned. Carolyn had pots of plants all over the yard, flowers waiting... » Read More

A Vintage Summer


With July here already I'm getting nostalgic about summers past. I do appreciate every moment of the here and now, please don't get me wrong but remembering summers from long ago make me appreciate this very short season even more.Do You Remember........?Eating An Ice cream Cone outdoors on a hot summer day.via http://dontwhistleontheelevator.tumblr.com/post/146993510/thedirtythirties-bette-davisRiding bikes with my best girlfriends. Oh, those days when you had no cares at all.via http://www.designsponge.com/2013/05/living-in-now-then.html/comment-page-1#comment-436996Spending the Day at the Beach, literally all day!via http://www.vogue.c... » Read More

Easter Decorating, An Easy Easter Centerpiece; Vintage Style


The Dining Room Tablescape Set For EasterEvery Year I like to bring the feel of  Spring to our table. The best years are when Easter falls in late April; the flowers are already blooming outside and I can cut small spring flowers to fill little vases. I use what I have. I own a few old vintage mirrors that I like to use as trays, when placed in the center of the table you create a focal point to start with. Flowering Almond branches, pale pink in color are in a vintage crystal vase with daffodils, I am partial to this two tone color, it's an early bloomer too, and a few sprigs of creeping phlox bring some cheer. A small  glass vi... » Read More

Valentine's Day Fireplace Mantel Decorating


The Fireplace is a quick and easy place to add seasonal charm. You do not need to do your whole house for the special holidays or seasons. Just little touches here and there make can make a  a room feel special. Let's focus on the Mantel or this could be a shelf in your home or a table top.Candles,always look great on a fireplace, I am using a favorite Norman Rockwell Collectible Plate, because it shows a couple looking at engagement rings in a catalog, very romantic... and  a basket of dried Hydrangeas, three family photos all in heart themed frames. A vintage glass vase holds two perfect tulips, and of course some glowing... » Read More

Halloween Decorating Made Easy With Vintage


Time to share a few decorating ideas for Halloween using vintage. I like my  seasonal decorations to be simple and easy to do. I have an old antique trunk from my grandmother that I like to seasonally change what I display on top of it. It sits against a wall behind a pair of chairs in my family room.   For Halloween and Fall in general just filling a basket with gourds and miniature Indian Corn add natural autumn colors and can be kept around through Thanksgiving. Put a basket full on your kitchen counter or coffee table. A vintage brown glass vase holds Marigolds; a perfect fall flower. On a stack of books I have placed a faux mini J... » Read More

Halloween Decorating with Vintage:The Fireplace Mantel


My Fireplace Mantle always reflects the Seasons. Autumn and Halloween Refined Vintage Style!I like to change my decor to match the seasons, and using fall colors and Halloween touches through out my home makes the house feel  like Autumn has arrived.  I strive to keep it Refined, celebrating the season elegantly. I like to use real branches of bittersweet gathered from a trailing wild vine. Pick when the berries are gold and they will be less messy, they will open to reveal the bright crimson berries within a day or two.  Usually I remove the leaves but this time I left them in my garage for a few days(mea... » Read More

How To Organize a Craft Room Creatively


 If you are like me you long for a place for everything and everything in it's place. Especially when it comes to arts & craft supplies,which have an odd habit of multiplying. The colorful Craft Room featured here belongs to my twin sister Sheila. I love the dark chocolate walls with white trim, all her supplies and decorations add vibrant rainbows of color! She has some great ideas that we all can use.1. Towel rack is used on wall to store skinny satin ribbons on the wall.2. A decorative memo board to hold snippets of inspiration.3.  Decorative wooden storage boxes elevate the lighting and keeps small   items organized. She h... » Read More

Sleeping Bear Dunes, The Most Beautiful Place in USA!


Sharing the Beauty of MichiganI just had to do a quick shout out for my Beautiful state of Michigan. Good Morning America Viewers voted Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake-Shore the most beautiful place in America for 2011! I know that a year has passed but it "Bears repeating"(pun intended) It is still as beautiful in 2012.  Miles of sandy dunes, (cliffs actually, they are so tall) and the gorgeous blues of Lake Michigan all accented by stands of evergreens, deciduous trees, sea grasses etc. not to mention the bluest summer sky! It really is one of the most amazing places in America!      I remember a family ... » Read More

Travel to France and Italy via Pinterest ( aka:The Pinterest Travel Agency)


Where Do You Want To Go?Do you love to Travel? Pinterest allows you to plan and yes, let's face it, fantasize about that ultimate vacation you will take one day. It’s a virtual vacation for those of us who love to dream. I like to think of Pinterest as my very own travel agency. Come take a little journey with me, just a small taste of  Italy and France....  Italy, Lake Como I think Italy has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Lake Como would be high on my list of places to visit in Italy, a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains!! Yes please! There are so many other cities and villages in Italy, (like Tusc... » Read More

Wedding Favorites, The Best Ideas From Pinterest


I love Weddings... Always have always will.This time of year especially, makes me think about weddings, I may have been a wedding planner in another life. I especially love the Vintage and DIY Weddings.They are so romantic; and my favorite of all because they reflect the brides and groom personally. All images are Via My Pinterest Board- Vintage Weddings (links can be followed from there). Aren't the vintage bottles filled with flowers pretty, and the photos as decoration are a special way to share your romance with the wedding guests.If I was to plan a wedding I would go to Pinterest first, I as well as thousands of others (if not more) ha... » Read More

I Brake for Yard Sales, Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Rummages Sales!....


Garage and Estate Sale Season is Here! I have been meaning to write, post whatever you want to call it,but sometimes it really is the last thing I have time to do!  Why do so many of us find it hard to keep posting regulary? Because we have so many other things going on I suppose.  Selling vintage at my Refined Vintage store is my passion right now, so as the  beautiful spring weather is getting warmer the Estate sale signs & yard sale signs have been calling to me! I cannot  ignore their tempting signage,especailly if it's from one of my favorite Estate sale companies & they mention, collectibles, antiques, jewelry!... » Read More
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