For The Love Of Vintage, Antique Mirrors And Chandeliers
When I first laid eyes upon this dreamy creamy 60’s dress at The Vintage Studio HERE in Minneapolis several months ago, I was fascinated by the color, the drape and the shape, and most of all, the hood which fell as a cowl around my neck. It was love at first sight, and I knew it would accompany me home.
I wore this piece of history for the first time out to lunch with a dear friend for her birthday. Choosing the hat took some time as I wandered through the hat room in search of the perfect chapeau. As I perused the animal print area, my gaze fell upon this vintage felt cream Modern Miss chapeau trimmed with leopard print and a bow, which was discovered at Buffalo Exchange HERE. The 1930’s estate sale mirror has the ability to reflect my hat choices from several perspectives.
The mirror hangs above the estate sale chest of drawers that in the past held some of Nelson’s belongings. It was redone with silver leaf by my decorative painter/artist friend Sarah of Sarah Ashford Studio HERE, and now is home to my beloved glove collection. The original hardware remains intact and a pink chandelier displays itself on the ceiling. I chose the vintage estate sale leather gloves to repeat the ochre shade of brown in the leopard print of the hat.
A few days before my 70th birthday party, all the rooms upstairs, including the closets, had been painted and the floors redone. The bathroom looked out-of-place, though it had not been part of the redo plan. Sarah and her crew came to the rescue, and within a few days, the entire bathroom was repainted and transformed in time for the party.
The upper walls of the room had been relieved of the disintegrating 70’s wallpaper in the year 2000 (why rush into anything); the original plaster was washed over with color and embellished with gold and silver leaf. The only addition to the existing room was a chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. The cream dress was complemented by the multiple shades of color on the walls.
The hood of the dress provided endless possibilities for creativity and versatility. By unbuttoning the buttons cascading down its back, the fabric draped as a layer, providing another look for an outing in the future.
The estate sale vintage mirror in my bedroom revealed more experimentation, as I tossed the hood over my hat for a more dramatic expression. I am enthralled with the beauty of antique mirrors; the designs and details, the thoughts of the images that they have reflected over many years, the power that they have to allow a space to expand, and the way that they enhance the process of choosing my hat of the day.
The hood without hat allowed the estate sale leopard print shoes to emerge as the accent of focus. The estate sale gold bracelet and gold trimmed leopard earrings played together in unison.
Photos By Diana
The exploration of a vintage 60’s dress and its many possibilities came to an end for the day, as The SC caught a view of the veranda. The days are on the wane for the last bright blooms of the geraniums, as the falling leaves announced the arrival of autumn. The seasons of Colorado are as variable as the entertainment provided by a dress that caught my eye on a summer day in my home state of Minnesota.
The SC is heading over to Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style to enjoy the gathering of lovelies who never fail to make every other Monday a grand event.