How To Design A Vintage Picnic

Gail Smith-Peterson

Happy Easter!!  “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Simple entertaining many years ago involved gathering outdoors to share a packed meal. A picnic. When I look at old photos of my family I see those special occasions. I scope out the details in the picture to see the vintage design details. Especially love it when there is a picnic photo. Many times I have thought, we should take the time to simply throw a picnic.

Simple and inviting.

Try not to use paper or plastic.

Bring anything you like for a picnic.

A vintage suitcase can carry the picnic items, then it becomes a table top.

Vintage crates can be filled too to transport food and dishes, then utilized as risers.

A little clever shade might be useful. This can be made easily with vintage sheets.

This vintage tin is perfect for holding the sandwiches

I hope you will be inspired to gather your family and friends for a picnic.

Design Tip: There are no rules, enjoy the moment!

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Garden Accessories

Francisca Wolters

Spring is in the air which means time to work in the garden and ready it for warmer, longer days.
We often just think of plants but there is so much more one can add to the yard to make a statement.
Seeing decorative concrete in the yard, can add whimsy and elegance where ever you want.

Francisca Wolters
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French Terracotta Parefeuille and Lanson Tiles

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Check out our featured projects happening at Second Shout Out.  Look how beautiful they are turning out.

French Terracotta Parefeuille – A beautiful antique tile that has its background as a sub-roofing tile, our reclaimed Parefeuille tiles were originally used as an underlayment for the Mediterranean-style roofs in France. As a result, these tiles have two distinctive sides. The smooth side was pointed towards the room below the roof and is now used as the floor surface. The rough side was used to adhere to the roof tiles with mortar and is now used as the underside of the tile. These are unique elemental tiles and have not been fired as hard as other antique terracotta tiles.

Ocean, Sand and Salt

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Vintage Rustic Containers

Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Vintage Rustic Containers

Sometimes a rustic vintage container catches your eye, you pass it by simply because your not sure what you could do with it. Spring is the perfect time to plant your favorite flowers or herbs in containers. They are unique, easy and you can place them exactly where you want to see them. Shop Vintage Baskets + Vintage Utilitity and Storage + Antique & Vintage Outdoor Furniture

Vintage watering cans and galvanized buckets can be filled and placed anywhere. Drilling a hole in the bottom ensures proper drainage.

Boxes,crates and old wooden trunks make great containers. If the paint is worn and chippy with old advertising on them, even better!

A simple vintage bakers pan. The perfect little reminder its spring.

Vintage wagons are perfect for container gardening. Easy to move anywhere.

A favorite of mine are these vintage goat wagons. A little scarce to find.

Simply stunning

Galvanized buckets can be found in all sizes and shapes. Work well in pairs.

Wine barrels have great character and versatile. Dwarf trees, vegetables and strawberry’s do well planted in them.

My design tip: If space is limited, a rustic garden container is perfect. A drainage hole is essential. Simply bring the container inside for the evening if your having a party!

A beautiful Saturday to you, Happy Spring!
xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Spring Time

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On the East Coast we are all ready for Spring, as this past winter was a tough one.  Gardeners are out preparing the land and we are just beginning to see blooms. With Easter around the corner we are sharing some April inspiration of the indoors and outdoors, it's time to start sprucing up, opening the windows and tons of planting.




Book Stores and Books

Francisca Wolters

I have always been a fan of books. You know that saying “ a house without books is a home without a soul”, it is so true!

There isn’t a room in my home without a book. There are all kinds of books…coffee table, fiction, non-fiction, vintage, new and the list goes on.
Here are a few homes that have truly embraced books.  Check out Second Shout Out's selection of vintage books.


Reading is sexy and so is a home with books!
Bee & Mason

New and Old

Jesse Turek

A Copenhagen home with the perfect balance of new and old.

Jesse Turek
Lifestyle Contributor & Interior Designer, NYC
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Designer Spotlight Timothy Corrigan

Toma Clark Haines

Everyone knows that I love antiques, but even I’ll admit that it can sometimes be difficult to decorate in a functional way using ONLY antiques.  That’s why I’m constantly perusing the latest shelter magazines and decorating books, collecting ideas and inspiration from today’s top interior designers.  One of my favorite books is An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce by Timothy Corrigan.

Timothy Corrigan certainly has mastered the art of creating an elegant atmosphere that is also fully functional and most importantly, comfortable.  The story of how Timothy acquired and subsequently breathed new life into Chateau du Grand-Luce is not only inspiring (who wouldn’t want to buy a great chateau and turn it back into a private residence?!), but also a lesson in decorating for real life, proving that form and function are not mutually exclusive.  I love pouring over the gorgeous images  in his book, noting his use of color, scale, and style that ultimately create a warm feel that envelops you even from the pages.

This project was more than just renovating a shell.  Many of the original fixtures are still in tact and Timothy took great care to preserve these relics from an age gone by.  However, he wasn’t limited by the chateau’s history.  He even says in the book, “This can be especially challenging in historically significant residences, as so often people believe they must be unreasonably faithful to the past and live in their homes the way the original residents did.”
The ultimate purpose of the house, however, is to be a home, a place to entertain friends and the furniture arrangements needed to be accommodating for conversations and actual everyday living.

I can just imagine attending a country weekend in this beautiful home.  Arriving in the early evening on a Friday, just in time to change and enjoy a cocktail on the gravel allee in the formal garden, followed by a casual dinner in the orangery.  Perhaps after dinner retiring with a book in one of the many well-appointed guest rooms only to awake the following morning to a gorgeous view of the gardens.  A leisurely Saturday spent admiring the many works of art in the home would turn into an evening to remember with dinner served in the formal dining room.  And who wouldn’t want to stay up to the wee hours of the morning, enjoying lively conversations in the Salon Chinois?
In my mind, what Timothy Corrigan has done with Chateau du Grand Luce is create a world within a world.  A place that doesn’t shut out the modern era, but embraces the way we live today, while still remaining true to the roots of our past.  I was fortunate enough to meet Timothy recently in Atlanta at the Design Bloggers Conference and now I am not only smitten with Chateau du Grand Luce, but also with the man of the manor himself.  When I met him, I told him I was his doppelganger–he was an English major, I was an English major.  He worked in advertising, I worked in advertising.  He moved to Paris which changed his career to design, I moved to Paris which changed my career to antiques!  He bought a chateau….I….well, still waiting on that one!

Regardless of whether I’ll ever own a grand chateau, I am inspired to take lessons from what Timothy’s done in his home and apply them to any space I find myself inhabiting.  Honor the past, but live fully in your home now.  After all, there is no greater luxury than comfort, and I’d prefer to have my comfort in a gorgeous room filled with antiques and pieces that mean something to me.

Au Revoir,
The Antiques Diva®

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Vintage Farm Accoutrement

Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Vintage Farm Accoutrement
A beautiful old barn or a cupola with a weathervane brings upon us the image of farm or sea side living. One item can symbolize something so special. I love how one simple farm or sea accoutrement can bring a country fresh feeling to interior spaces.

Starting a collection, then simply mix weathervanes with other items you love.

Love the large scale of these.

Who new weathervanes are glamorous.

A beautiful entry featuring vintage weathervanes.


Stunning works of art, these vintage weathervanes should be seen and appreciated. Reminding us of a country life on the farm, or a sea cottage.

My design tip: Vintage weathervanes are nostalgic pieces of our history. Incorporate them in any condition to your space the older the better. Vintage ones are treasures so if you find one, don’t pass it up.

xo, Gail A beautiful weekend to you.
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson