Nothing says “Small Business Saturday” like buying vintage!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Jack and I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving full of fun and relaxation.  We’re giving special thanks this year, because the day before Thanksgiving my computer decided to go *pppfffttttt* and I thought I was going to lose everything on my hard drive — hundreds and hundreds of personal photos, including all of our “befores” of the house that we haven’t posted yet.  I was sick to my stomach.  Thank goodness it’s up and running again, and from now on we will BACK UP ALL OF OUR STUFF.  Seriously people, learn from our oops and make sure you’re backing your computer up regularly!  Eek!

So, now that we can post again, we wanted to take this Small Business Saturday to remind you that your local vintage store is an awesome source for holiday gifts for yourself or a loved one.  Not only are the prices reasonable, and you’re supporting a small business owner, but you’re also purchasing cool things that are really rare or even one-of-a-kind.  And if you’re going to shop for Vintage items, you seriously owe it to yourself to check out Vintage Doylestown.


The owner Debi is a good friend of mine, and I asked her if I could give you all the scoop on her shop; we actually became friends through her store, because I was in there constantly trying to blow every paycheck on beautiful jewelry and purses!  Seriously, I have shopped at so many vintage stores in my life…  and I have never seen a place so beautifully curated as Debi’s place.  There’s a reason Vintage Doylestown was voted Best of Philly — there’s no picking through a bunch of junk to find a handful of quality pieces…  every single item in her shop is awesome.  She has amazing taste, and she’s super picky about what she offers her customers.

I was hanging out with Debi in the shop the other day, scouting for something fun and decorative to juju up the house, and she let me take some photos to show you guys some of the awesomeness.  If you’re looking for home stuff, she has an amazing collection of cute vintage salt and pepper shakers:



And she also carries a bunch of other fun home goods, like barware, ashtrays, and glassware.


I almost bought this fun decanter, love it!!!!



Of course she also has tons of jewelry, hats, clothes, and purses…  this is just a part of her hat collection!


Anyway…  I did pick up something for the house while I was there.  Can you see it on the top yellow shelf?


This gorgeous brass ice bucket!!!!  Eeeeeeee!  (And this is the radiant Debi holding my new treasure — only $22!)


It’s great for the bar in our built-ins in the rumpus room (which we’ll feature in an upcoming post) — it goes perfectly with the vintage glasses we got from some of our friends as a wedding present!




Although I snapped up this beauty, Debi has a ton of other fun house stuff in her shop.  If you’re in the Doylestown area, stop in and say hi to her because she’s just delightful.  If you’re too far, she has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page where she posts some of her goodies…  but they’re only a teeny taste of what she has in her store, so if you’re looking for something in particular just message her and ask.  (But please — leave a few things for me!  LOL)

Remember — shop local and shop vintage for Small Business Saturday!  Yay!

We have had a wallpaper cat-astrophe.

Can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since our last post!  Although in some ways there hasn’t been much to report — the past 3 weeks have been pretty much 100% focused on wallpaper and paint.  With no exaggeration, almost every room has looked like this:


Floors covered in dropcloths and protective plastic, stacks of paint cans and buckets of wallpaper paste, papering tables, boxes of wallpaper.  It’s made most of our space practically unusable.  Jack and I have wanted nothing more than to have our house all to ourselves FINALLY, without tripping over all this stuff and having our painting, paper-ing friend working here every day.  We were so close last weekend, until our friend discovered that he had underestimated the amount of wallpaper needed for the kitchen…  by one strip of paper.  No lie — every wall of the house was finished, except for one little strip of blank wall next to the kitchen door.  *headdesk*  So after a few more days’ wait, he was going to come back for a few hours with an extra roll of paper, and finally complete the job.

And then… Saturday morning, uncaffeinated, I stumbled towards the kitchen to make my morning coffee and my eye caught something odd by the planter.  We have a recessed area in our entryway, where a stone planter holds fake plants under a really cool pendant light:


But something about the newly-papered wall didn’t look right.  Upon closer inspection, I found this:


What the…?   In my sleepy, freaked-out state, my brain scrolled through everything that could have caused those tears in the paper.  I was out of my mind.  Did we nick it moving something down the hall?  No, we didn’t move anything with sharp edges.  Did our paper-er friend accidentally ding it with his exacto knife?  No, too many marks.  The process of deduction left just 2 culprits: the feline contingent of the household.


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Jack and I asked them to ‘fess up, but they seem to be protecting each other and are both claiming innocence.  Based on prior transgressions, we think Duck is the perpetrator.  He does love to sharpen his claws while reaching up, and his tall cat tree was still in our storage unit so he was lacking a scratching post.  So a freshly wallpapered corner, with a nice planter ledge to stand on, would be the perfect substitute in a pinch.  But since we didn’t catch him in the act, we can’t pin it on him.  Sneaky, sneaky Duck.

When our paperer friend came back to finish the job (finally!), we sheepishly told him that a corner had already been ruined and asked what could be done.  We fully expected that it was going to be another day’s worth of peeling off the paper, sanding down the wall, prepping it, and re-papering.  Instead, he grabbed some of his wallpaper paste, put a little blurt of it over the marks, and used his fingernail to work the shredded paper back into the grooves:


Voila!  You can’t even tell there was a problem there unless you look for it.  (And yes, we immediately got the cat tree out of storage to avoid future claw run-ins.)

Cat-astrophe fixing aside, our wallpaper friend showed us a really cool trick for another paper issue we ran into last week.  You’ll recall from our last post that we had picked out some really cool silver patterned paper for our dining room…  problem was, we wanted only the dining room area to have that paper, and with the open floor plan of our main living space, it meant that two different wallpapers were going to have to meet at a sticking-out corner.  If you don’t do it right, you’re left with a seam going down a corner that can peel over time if you rub against it or moisture gets in there.  BUT — if you’re planning on doing this yourself — there is a solution!

Here’s what you do.  You leave extra paper and actually run it around the corner so it’s on the perpendicular wall…  then you putty and sand the seam, so it blends into the wall.


Then you start the new wallpaper right along that corner.


It keeps the lines so clean, and will last for a long time with no fraying or anything.  Yay!

Now that the wallpaper is FINALLY done (trust me, even our wallpapering friend, who got paid for his work, was eager to be finished and out), we can focus on the next phase of transformation — fixtures and furniture!  w00t!  We should have much more to post in the coming weeks now that we have usable walls!