Scandi Modern: Balanced Simple Style

We Americans are known for perpetually chasing after a “balanced” lifestyle, but the Scandinavians, Danes, Fins, Icelandics, Norwegians and Swedes just do it. There is a word in Swedish: Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̀ːɡɔm])  meaning “just the right amount”. The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”. Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Room photos (above Continue Reading →

Wishing You a Cozy Vintage Winter Holiday

In every imagination there’s a holiday like this: a secluded peaceful getaway, a fireplace, a tree filled with ornaments, a kitchen filled with the aromas of holiday meals, quiet laughter, good times shared. We at the shops of the Vintage and Main Collective wish you all this; and we particularly wish you a holiday that’s full of vintage – from Continue Reading →

English Country House Redoux

Jane Ormsby Gore's Country Home

The English have always had panache for comfort and understated style, be it in a Mitford Sisters drawing room or a less than grand ruined country cottage, certain elements and style prevail. Color! Light! Remnants of a life well lived and traveled seem to fill the nooks and crannies of an Englishman’s home or this case an English Woman’s! Though Continue Reading →

Urban Chic Vintage Style

Vintage Urban Chic

Vintage urban chic. A nod to the industrial, the rough edges. Designed for function, the simplicity and minimalism have struck a chord; perhaps they speak to our inherent history in the same way that farmhouse style resonates. And even though not all of us are lucky enough to live in a restored textile mill or industrial loft, putting together the Continue Reading →

We Still Love Lucy

lucy in fur

I Love Lucy re-runs are the television equivalent of a hug. Whenever you are lucky enough to catch an episode, you can’t help but feel comforted and happy. Photo Credit Though, as time goes by, we feel more and more sympathy for poor Ethel Mertz. They owned an Upper East Side apartment building, yet she had to put up with Continue Reading →

Modern Farmhouse

Pretty in the Farmhouse

Did someone say “modern farmhouse”? Well, yes, pretty much everyone did! You can’t get much more on trend than this look that manages to update classic vintage elements to create an environment well suited to modern living. Minimalist modern style pairs beautifully with the functional austerity of the traditional farmhouse. Simple, straightforward with a usefulness that takes comfort and ease Continue Reading →