My Fall Mantel

Vintage Oil Painting of a Buck / Pursuing Vintage

I was so excited to find this terrific framed oil on canvas, dated 1897!  When I first found it, I thought it would be perfect for a man cave or den.  But then… I got thinking about fall and decided it would be even more perfect for my fall fireplace mantel!

Fall Mantel / Pursuing Vintage

Fall Mantel with Gourds and Vintage Painting / Pursuing Vintage

This mantel is so different than the blue and white ginger jar I usually have on my mantel.

Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jar with Tulips // Pursuing Vintage

I’m enjoying the painting while I have it, but keep an eye on the Pursuing Vintage Shop because it’ll be available soon for purchase!

Time to go enjoy a mug of warm cider!

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Florida Finds

We ended our summer with a weeks-long vacation on Florida’s Gulf coast.  It was a well deserved rest for my husband, and a wonderful time for our family to reconnect and spend quality time together.

That being said… I was in FLORIDA!!! And hello — there are treasures to be found there!  And I’m not talking about shark’s teeth and seashells!

I managed to sneak out during nap time one afternoon.  I hit a few local thrift stores and left practically sobbing that I didn’t have a way to bring home a truckload of awesome finds.

Florida thrift store brass etageres

Take a look at the above photo.  Not one, but THREE awesome brass etageres!  The one on the far end was this really cool folding-screen-esque etagere.

Florida thrift shop faux bamboo set

And this faux bamboo bedroom set (ignore the random shelf on top of the dresser).  Do I even need to say anything about this?!

You should have seen the amount of caned barrel back chairs.  And the gorgeous rattan.  I could go on… But it would depress me to think of all the goodies I left behind.

I did manage to bring back a few smaller pieces.

Florida thrift finds

This elephant family also came back with me – but sadly, he broke his ear along the way.

porcelain elephant family

My husband started to tease me that I was “working” on vacation – but really – work?!  Thrifting is my fun!

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Creative Kids Book Storage

I came across funky vintage children’s reference books recently – I was drawn to their colorful spines.

How and Why Library / Vintage Books / www.pursuingvintage.com

They were published in 1953.  A flip through one of these books is like taking a ride in a time machine.

Vintage Children's Books / www.pursuingvintage.com

Vintage Children's Books / www.pursuingvintage.com

This set of books got me thinking about creative ways to store and display books in a child’s room.   Here are some of my favorite ideas:

 

An old library cart tugs at my heart – I’ve always loved libraries!

library cart

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How charming is this little red wagon?!  I’m sure my boys wouldn’t be tempted to pull the wagon around the house……

wagon as bookshelf / Creative Book Storage / Pursuing Vintage

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Though this example isn’t from a kid’s room, I just LOVE this idea, and think it would be perfect for a vintage-inspired room.

lockers as bookshelf / Creative Book Storage / Pursuing Vintage

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I think any of these storage/display options would look cute with colorful books and vintage accessories.  I’m now on the lookout for a vintage library cart or vintage lockers for Baby Boy’s room.  (One of these days it will get that makeover I’ve been dreaming of!).

The set of colorful vintage children’s books is available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop!

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