I’m a big vintage fan. I love vintage clothes as much as I love vintage furniture. In fact, almost my entire home is a mix of vintage/refurbished pieces with various accents of new, more modern ones.
I recently moved into a tiny little apartment, which I adore. My guy friends joke that I moved my last apartment (The Backhouse) to another location because I always style my homes the same – busy with an aggressive amount of shabby chic pieces and an overload of mirrors. Just to take up for myself a bit, mirrors are an amazing way to increase the light and openness of smaller spaces, not a reason to look at yourself more often. Trust me on this one, if I actually looked into the mirrors in my house I would probably have hyper-paranoia about the different angles of my face. Well, worse than I already do…
Moving on to Minted…
I was so excited to do a little facelift in my dining room recently via Minted.com. I have this fabulous old vanity that my mom gave me for my first house in college. I’ve always loved it because it’s a great means of storage and has a fabulous mirror attachment which reflects all sorts of light and opens up every room it lives in. When I moved I was so excited to put this piece in my dining room as a sort of serving/buffet area. I really liked it at first, but then the mirror attachment started to seem a little drab. That’s where Minted came in.
I have such an obsessive love with vintage and shabby chic items that I sometimes take it too far for this date in age. When I decided to freshen up my home with some of Minted’s fabulous prints (here, here, and here), the first thing that came to mind was the vanity/dining area. Totally juxtapose to what I’ve been preaching, I moved the mirror of the vanity and just felt the room open up immensely.
This is not due to the fact that there was a mirror, but because the mirror was simply hanging too low down against the height of the wall. I ordered three prints from Minted; one large and two small. In the words of my dear family friend Roxy, you always need to put odds on the wall, not evens. Meaning that if you’re going to clutter your wall with several pieces, make sure you have and odd number of them, rather than even. Otherwise, it just looks forced instead of fabulously kitschy.
I put together a collage of my beautiful mix-matched prints along with another piece from Ankit and a print from Scarlet & Gold and white mini shelf. Voila! The wall opened up my dining space brilliantly and gave so much height to the wall, rather than closing it off as the mirror had done.