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Beautiful Vintage: Lemon Yellow

beautiful vintage banner blue greenyellow vintagerecycled hello wood sign : OhDierLiving

sunny yellow vintage flower brooch : kiamichi7

1970s dress : gogovintage

yellow woven tote : Vintage Shenanigan

vintage yellow kitchen1940s or 50s  retro coffee cups : AntoinettesWhims

industrial tool box : AloofNewWhimsy

vintage Dansk Kobenstyle pot : kibster

60s or 70s Herman Miller plaid chair :  oldnewhouse

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Beautiful Vintage: Red

Red is a bold and vibrant color that I don’t wear often but I don’t mind wearing when the mood strikes.  Found these beautiful vintage clothing at Etsy which I wouldn’t mind wearing at all.  I’ve also include housewares if you want a touch of red in your kitchen.

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red vintage dressAnthropologie rockabilly Jenni dress : My Avonlea
vintage sweater vest : Samantha Balk
grunge mini dress : dreaming neon
picnic floral romper : anna Karina closet

red vintagered vintage enamel milk can from the 70s : Freuden Des Lebens
Dansk Kobenstyle set: saute pan,paella pan,dutch oven with lid : for the commongood
vintage Peugeot coffee mill : lapomme
retro West Bend coffee pot : sentimental favorites

Which items do you like?

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips On A Budget

Want to remodel your kitchen but with limited cash? Here are top ten kitchen remodeling tips that will fit your budget.

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1. Be inspired. Look for inspirations online or in magazines. You don’t have to copy the exact same look and you can use cheaper materials than what was used in the model. But it will help you stay focused on one theme.

2. Repaint walls and old cabinets. Give your kitchen an instant make over by changing the wall colors. If you’re not sure what color works best for your kitchen, try to match it with your inspiration. Don’t be afraid to use colors that you never tried before. You can also ask the marketing supervisor of a home furnishing store for ideas or suggestions.

3. Complement. Find hues that complement your walls to paint your cabinets and shelves. If your cabinet has glass doors, why not try painting the inside of the cabinet with a color that will serve as graceful backdrop?

4. Explore Contrast. Creating a contrast can dramatically change the look of a space. Use the color wheel to discover hues that complement and contrast each other. Experiment by placing two different colors side by side and try out different combinations and see which one appeals to you most.

5. A Place for Everything. Put things in their proper places and arrange them according to their function. Place items that you often use in an area that you can easily reach and stack things that are seldom used in the upper shelves or cabinets. Use different kinds of storage that add appeal to your kitchen like fruit bowls and baskets. Just remember not to overdo it as to make your kitchen look cluttered.

6. Accentuate. Use pieces that have interesting shapes and use them to add warmth to your kitchen. If you have a collection of China or ceramic tea sets, place them on the shelves. Make sure there’s enough space in the area so the shelves do not look rigid or messy. Use plants, pots and greens to add freshness and vibrancy to your kitchen ambiance.

7. Change your sink. If your sink is old and stained, replace it with a new one. Stainless steel kitchen sinks will give your kitchen a clean and new look even if you do not change tiles and counter tops. Replacing your faucet will also make a big difference.

8. Add Texture. Adding texture to your countertops is also a cost-effective way to remodel your kitchen. It will give your space a new look even if you don’t redo the entire area. Try mixing different materials like granite, marble and wood to create texture.

9. Light up the room. Lighting fixtures with unique designs and shapes will certainly add elegance to any kitchen. Pendant lights and sconces will not only lighten up the kitchen but add a beautiful glow as well.

10. Clean and Polish. Give your kitchen a complete make over by cleaning up. Make your cabinets, drawers, stoves, countertops, ceiling and floors squeaky clean and your kitchen will surely be brighter and more inviting.

Do you have kitchen remodeling tips to share?  We’d love to hear it! Leave a comment :)

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Beautiful Vintage: In Shades of Yellow

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Here are my beautiful vintage picks for this week:
Victorian style 70s phone in yellow with floral and gold accent via
hoot and eye;
Art Deco sugar bowl in sunny yellow with black and white combination via tessiemay;
vintage Astro Label maker gun in mustard yellow with white trigger.Uses standard 3/8”dyno embossing tape and is in great working condition via rainy day story vintage;
A set of vintage Books in zesty shades of yellow via the loose goose:

Twelve Girls in the Garden – Copyright 1957
Inscribed on the back inside cover.
Best Loved Books For Young Readers – Copyright 1968
Webster’s New Standard Dictionary – Copyright 1969
Fondue, Chafing Dish and Casserole Cookery – Copyright 1969
The Limner – Copyright 1975
American Spirit – Copyright 1984 First Edition!

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Functional and Decorative: Kitchen Carts and Kitchen Islands

My dream kitchen is one that is designed with built-in organizers.  If I can have it my way, I like the exterior of the cabinets and drawers to be made out of wood but the interior, made out of stainless steel so that it would be easier to clean and keep tidy.
I tend to collect a lot of clutter so I need plenty of storage to keep things out of sight and organized.   It would be great to have a large kitchen but since we live in an apartment with limited space, I’m looking for inspirations on how I can use every square meter of our kitchen efficiently.
I’ve been searching online for ideas and I love how kitchen carts and small kitchen islands can provide that extra place for cooking utensils, condiments, wine bottles, cook books, and décor.
I really like the new designs of kitchen islands where they have incorporated countertops, cabinets, and adjustable shelves into one piece of furniture so that there are more options as to how you can use it or what kinds of things to put in.   As for me, I want my kitchen island to have a customized area for my dog’s feeding bowls and for books.
I think a rolling kitchen cart (with locking casters, of course) would be great because you can transport it easily to the dining room or living room when entertaining guests.  I looove coffee and so do many of my friends and I wish we have a kitchen cart where I can put in all our coffee (and tea) supplies so that these can have their own separate counter.  Thus, everything you need to make a wonderful cup of coffee are all in one place.  Wouldn’t it be nice?  Below are more inspirations:
Planter Detail contemporary kitchen
kitchen eclectic kitchen
Lucass Loft modern entry
Michigan farmhouse eclectic
hhbradys ideabook kitchen eclectic kitchen
Do you have a kitchen cart or kitchen island in your home?  If yes, would you like to share a photo of how you use it as a functional and decorative piece? Do you want to share some tips as to how these pieces can be used creatively?

If you want your kitchen space (or your home) to be featured on my blog, please email me at theshopbug@yahoo.com.

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Etsy Love: Oldies But Goodies

I’m so pleased with my latest Treasury that I cannot help but share it here.  How I wish I can buy all of these old goodies for myself, particularly the antique Peugeot wood coffee mill and the vintage stainless steel teapot which I think can double as a coffee brewer too! The white porcelain coffee set is  exactly what I want and the retro wire basket is such a fun and functional piece I’d love in my kitchen. To see each seller and the details of each item, please click here .