We need to go antiquing more. Like Courtney mentioned in the "Friends Date" post from yesterday, if you travel a little out of the city, you can get WAY more for your money. We found all of these goodies for just about $150. The sewing machine was our splurge, but it added a necessary touch to Brittany's new room (Did we mention she just graduated college for fashion design?). We couldn't help but have a mini photo-shoot with all the goodies. Even if her family did think we were a little crazy, we're obsessed. Not to mention, we had an absolute blast fan-girling over everything with a little "rustic charm" to it.
robin egg blue fan - $5 (and it works!)
white metal basket - $8...for the same style, look here
painters ladder - $12 (not pictured)
the glass bottles - $4 each
silhouettes - $15 each... find similar (and authentic) ones here
metal finials - $8 each
vintage sewing machine - $80...for a similar look, check here
gold frame - $10 (not pictured)
Brittany had this plain white dresser that really needed a mature display that reflected her love for vintage, sewing, and adorable things. We may or may not have taken far too long setting this up and chit chatting- but, we did find time in between talking about life, hair, and going to see crappy bands play in high school to document a step by step process on how to create a cohesive display.
Step 1 : Start with the big stuff. Hint - Displays work best in threes. Bottles, silhouettes, sewing machine. Check the basics off your list, because you're done with that step. If you leave this black and white setup as a display, you might as well throw on your Good Charlotte sweatshirt and draw on your eyeliner tears, because it's depressing. We needed color, and we really wanted the gold from the silhouette frames to pop.
Step 2: Make those silhouettes pop! We did that by pulling in those crazy metal finials Brittany found and using them to draw your eye back to the sewing machine. Adorable, but it was still lacking a "pop".
Step 3 : Go into the garden, try not to cry when a dragonfly almost EATS you, and pick some bright and full flowers. They're easy to change out when they're in your own yard. In the winter, you can get some fake flowers or go to a florist. They brighten up the display, add some life into your room, and smell pretty nice too!
With a couple hours in just two stores, we both found treasures that we don't want to give up. We're old ladies at heart - we get it.
Courtney + Brittany