• Home Decor

    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 and below) courtesy of New York Cottages & Gardens Magazine French Wooden Boot Lasts // Botanical Frame Set Metlox Aztec Tumbler // Bianco Dining Chair // Adjustable Task Light A beautiful Scandinavian approach to life and design, will make its way from our daily schedules to our bedrooms, where “conscious…

  • Mod and Groovy
    Fashion,  Home Decor

    The Mid Century Years: A Study in Contrasts

    Minimalist, sleek and elegant in design, décor and fashion; or mod, groovy, pop and op art, outrageous and whimsical. Mid Century was a period that brought us Mad Men, the Beatles, Lassie and Laugh In. The mood of the times was reflected in every aspect of life. It was truly a time to “do your thing.” The shops of Vintage and Main are revisiting all of the eras aspects, contemporary and timeless. What’s Your Style? Sleek and Sophisticated… From top left to bottom: Whiting and Davis Handbag // 1960s Embroidered Dress 1958 Cookbook Illustration Or Mod and Groovy… From top left to bottom right: 1960s Mod Fashion Photo // Jute Sisal Tote Pop…

  • Kick Off Summer in Vintage Style
    Everything Else Vintage,  Home Decor,  Vintage Resources

    Kick Off Summer in Vintage Style

    Kick Off Summer in Vintage Style with the unique finds from the shops at Vintage And Main. Use coupon code VINTAGEANDMAIN10 and receive 10% OFF each purchase! 1. Vintage Flash Card from Hunt and Found 2. Anchor China Cup from Whimzy Thyme 3. Fiesta Jug Thermos from The Little Things Vintage 4. Brass Anchor Clip from Tipple and Snack 5. Milk Glass Vases from The Rusty Scarecrow 6. Viking Glass Compote from The Heirloom Shoppe 7. Sailboat Painting from Just Smashing Darling 8. Vintage ELLE Magazine from French Attic Finds 9. Florida Letter Organizer from 4 Envisioning Vintage 10. Nautical Hooks & Pulleys from Gentlemanly Pursuits And the sale isn’t limited to…

  • Everything Else Vintage,  Home Decor

    The Dish on Porcelain

    The authors personal collection of porcelain. A weakness for porcelain has always been a bit suspect. Beginning in the late 1600’s certain collectors were labeled as having the maladie de porcelaine, or “porcelain sickness,” an overwhelming desire to acquire more and more pieces of the material being imported from China. In 1602 Daniel Defoe criticized Queen Mary of England for the extravagant amounts covering every surface at Kensington Palace. Savoy’s ruler Augustus II’s 1717 trade with Prussia of a regiment of six hundred soldiers for sixteen large Chinese vases and other porcelain items has long raised the eyebrows of those not similarly afflicted.  Meissen Style Urn from Nachokitty French Oyster…

  • Everything Else Vintage,  Gift Guides,  Home Decor

    Not Your Grandma’s Tea Time

    As someone who sells vintage items, it’s important to make sure my newest finds end up in my shop and not scattered throughout my house. The urge to over-decorate my tiny two-room apartment with beautiful vintage goods is tough to fight, but I’ve found that if I create rules for myself I tend to stick to them. One of my rules is that I can only keep something I love if it is a) useful b) easy to store and c) makes my life better in some way. These rules are how I came to cherish a very small collection of vintage teacups. They are incredibly useful in their capacity…

  • Home Decor

    Updating Your Vintage Kitchen for Summer

    Every year summer surprises me. I’m in a rush to catch up with all the end of year events and after all the graduation parties and wedding presents, it’s suddenly July. This year, I had an inspired idea. Before summer arrived, I decided to refresh the kitchen for the season. Things felt a bit stale and I wanted a new look to get us through these summer months. First stop: the kitchen. First, I did a deep clean. Amazing what was hidden under the stove after all the outdoor Spring fun my kids have dragged in. My five year old was thrilled to find several marbles, a bouncy ball and a purple toy car. I…

  • Home Decor

    Decorating with Vintage Books

    Growing up, we’re encouraged to love books. We snuggle up with our favorite stories, enjoy the whimsical illustrations, study and learn from them. Today we live in a digital world, where there are countless ways to share printed words – e-readers, laptops, billboards, even blogs like this one! But for many, the unique magic of a real book never leaves us. The smell of the paper, the weight of a well-loved volume in your hand, sipping a mug of coffee; these things bring us calm and joy. Antiquarian Book from Mary Beth Hale What we often overlook is the incredible potential of the book as an object – these treasured tomes take up physical…