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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Ceiling Medallions
More than function, lighting sets the ambiance of a room. Looking up at a ceiling seeing a beautiful medallion enhances the fixture even more. Historical homes sometimes incorporated the medallions as part of the entire ceiling pattern.  A special art, we don’t often see today.  Architectural elements like these vintage medallions are treasures, so if you find any don’t think twice about buying it!  I have a few beauties waiting to be incorporated into my projects. Check out Second Shout Out's beautiful Antique Italian Medallions.

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Beautiful as art.

My design tip: Simple lighting can stand out with a ceiling medallion. Drawing the eye to moldings or a coffered ceiling.
 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
xo, Gail
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Calabria is a peninsula in which the Apennines descend into the sea in the Aspromonte. It is bounded on the north by the Pollino National Park, which it shares with bordering Basilicata. Calabria has 800 km of shoreline; the mountains are never more than 40km from the sea.

But Calabria contains startling natural beauty and spectacular towns that seem to grow out of the craggy mountaintops. It has three national parks: the Pollino in the north, the Sila in the centre and the Aspromonte in the south. It's around 90% hills, but skirted by some 780km of Italy's finest coast (ignore the bits devoured by unappealing holiday camps). Bergamot grows here, and it's the only place in the world where the plants are of sufficient quality to produce the essential oil used in many perfumes and to flavour Earl Grey tea. As in Puglia, there are hundreds of music and food festivals here year-round, reaching a fever pitch in July and August.

Admittedly, you sometimes feel as if you have stepped into a 1970s postcard, as its towns, destroyed by repeated earthquakes, are often surrounded by brutal breeze-block suburbs. The region has suffered from the unhealthy miscegenation between European and government subsidies (aimed to develop the south) and dark Mafia opportunism. Half-finished houses often mask well-furnished flats where families live happily, untroubled by invasive house taxes.

This is where to head for an adventure into the unknown.

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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Vintage Spaces
The spaces we live in are inspired by our individual tastes, surroundings and our climate.  The one common old thorn in the side, is the budget. The advantage of any budget is we can become quite clever and creative with the means we have.
Personally I live resourceful and all my projects have a tight budget. It’s all about the squeeze to get things in, that where the fun begins. Vintage living fits beautifully with those criteria. See if you can spot all the vintage elements in these spaces! Check out SSO vintage furniture and vintage accents to get the looks below.

My design tip: Vintage items if purchased at a fair value will not only retain their value but possibly may appreciate over time. Be sure to care for them properly.

A beautiful Spring weekend to you!

xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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Easter
A little delightful inspiration for decorating your Spring home and entertaining family and friends.

My design tip: Lighten up spaces with fresh linens, removing anything that seems heavy.

 
Enjoy all that Spring will bring… Happy Easter.
xo,

Gail
TEAM Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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The Writer
When you imagine some of our grandest writers, what kind of desk or table would you pair them with? A writing desk is personal, you can add your own style with unique vintage accessories that inspire. Thoughts become profound, clearly expressing them from such a personal place is a lot more interesting and fun.

Shop Second Shout Out's Antique and Vintage Desks.


This desk is in Charles Dickens’ London study. It is where he did most of his writing. It can be seen in the writer’s home/museum.

My design tip: A writing desk is for creating; a home office desk is for paying the bills and keeping files.

Have a beautiful last weekend, farewell to March.

xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 
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The Coveted Collection
Where do the things we collect end up?  It’s pretty rare we find a heart shaped rock on a hike, or a perfect sand dollar washed in from the sea.  Those are moments we covet. Do you set them on the mantle until it’s cleaning day, then lay them in a drawer never to be seen again until you move? Here’s some cool display ideas I curated that might inspire you to keep collecting and cherish those precious finds.

My design tip: Collections can be mixing two things together, for example the vintage wood shelves with items from the sea.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend,
 xo,
Gail
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19th C. Antique Ceiling Medallion

19th Century from Italy. This beautifully detailed walnut ceiling medallion was hand carved in the 19th century for a palazzo in Tuscany.  The walnut has a subtle gold detail along the rim.  We have three medallions available, each slightly different. Dimensions: 28" Diameter, 4" deep

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Organic Hemp Hand Screened Pillows, Green

These designs were inspired through travels to Italy exploring architectural salvage yards where you find the most amazing hand-painted reclaimed Italian  antique tiles. If you have ever visited one of these places in Italy, then we share this vivid picture in our mind.  There are racks and racks of these beautiful tiles and it is quite a visual treat. These pillows are  unique and artistic.  We wanted the designs and colors to be authentic , just like the tiles.  They are antique in design and we really feel they  would look equally great in a traditional, rustic  or modern home.

24 X 24 inches feather down fill - Organic hemp cotton canvas.  The fabric is dampened or dyed, then when it dries and shrinks up a bit creating  a soft, sophisticated bohemian appeal.

The pillows are screen printed and every single pillow is hand screened.  This is what gives each pillows its own characteristics and personality,  No two pillows are exactly alike, different pressure from how the paint was pulled through the screens makes each pillow unique.

 

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Organic Hemp Hand Screened Pillows, Green Tile

These designs were inspired through travels to Italy exploring architectural salvage yards where you find the most amazing hand-painted reclaimed Italian  antique tiles. If you have ever visited one of these places in Italy, then we share this vivid picture in our mind.  There are racks and racks of these beautiful tiles and it is quite a visual treat. These pillows are  unique and artistic.  We wanted the designs and colors to be authentic , just like the tiles.  They are antique in design and we really feel they  would look equally great in a traditional, rustic  or modern home.

24 X 24 inches feather down fill - Organic hemp cotton canvas.  The fabric is dampened or dyed, then when it dries and shrinks up a bit creating  a soft, sophisticated bohemian appeal.

The pillows are screen printed and every single pillow is hand screened.  This is what gives each pillows its own characteristics and personality,  No two pillows are exactly alike, different pressure from how the paint was pulled through the screens makes each pillow unique.

 

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Organic Hemp Hand Screened Pillows, Blue Tile

These designs were inspired through travels to Italy exploring architectural salvage yards where you find the most amazing hand-painted reclaimed Italian  antique tiles. If you have ever visited one of these places in Italy, then we share this vivid picture in our mind.  There are racks and racks of these beautiful tiles and it is quite a visual treat. These pillows are  unique and artistic.  We wanted the designs and colors to be authentic , just like the tiles.  They are antique in design and we really feel they  would look equally great in a traditional, rustic  or modern home.

24 X 24 inches feather down fill - Organic hemp cotton canvas.  The fabric is dampened or dyed, then when it dries and shrinks up a bit creating  a soft, sophisticated bohemian appeal.

The pillows are screen printed and every single pillow is hand screened.  This is what gives each pillows its own characteristics and personality,  No two pillows are exactly alike, different pressure from how the paint was pulled through the screens makes each pillow unique.

 

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