5 inspiring colorful vintage kitchens to make you feel in another era

We all know that; it’s all in the details! And when it comes to vintage decor, there’s TONS of details, patterns, textures, colors… If you are like me, you like to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that to create your own eclectic design!

Welcome to our new Vintage Inspiration serie πŸ™‚ Part 1: KITCHENS AND DINING ROOMS! So take a seat, just relax, enjoy the view and maybe start to plan some renos? 

1. Beautiful vintage kitchen with a surprising blue fridge, from Patchwork Harmony and seen on Decoholic interior design… Take a look at these ceramic tiles!!! More beautiful pics to discover, just click image πŸ™‚

Beautiful vintage kitchen with retro blue fridge

2. This impressive bold and colourful vintage kitchen from Flea Market Decor and seen on Living Beautifully… Sunny, brings on happiness vibes almost instantly:) Vintage tin cans all the way!

Full colours vintage kitchen

3. Take a seat in this Dinner style kitchen as seen on Country Living and prepare your order! Got enough quarters for the jukebox? And the rug…!!! And the mix of teal and yellow…!

Gorgeous dining section inspired by the popular Diners

4. Beautiful vintage kitchen on a string from Black Parrots Studio and seen on Sophie Robinson’s blog. Everything is in the details: tiles, dishes and the PERFECT organization and display!

How to style your kitchen in a friendly budget vintage way

5. Vintage blues from Country Woman Magazine and seen on Oakview Cottage. Can’t get enough of this oven!!! The whole look is so peaceful… More stunning pics to discover if you click on image πŸ˜‰

Stunning vintage blue kitchen to die for

Which one is your favorite? Where would you picture yourself cooking? Me? I’ll take a little bit of everything please πŸ˜‰

See ya next Sunday for some Vintage living rooms inspo!

Have a wonderful week and sweet colorful dreams!

Co owner Isis Vintage Bazaar

Fa xx

7 Quick tips for buying vintage, IVB’s way!

Don’t get me wrong but I think there is four different types of vintage:

  • The popular ones, available everywhere and in quantity (Craig’s list, thrift stores…); the bulk
  • The rare pieces, generally handmade and exclusive; the surprises
  • The out of circulation ones, no more available; the treasures
  • The tribal ethnic exotic ones; the originals

We always look for the three last ones, those are the ones that makes our hearts beats and the ones that you’ll find in the Bazaar πŸ™‚

If you are craving for vintage, we assume that you are a an original soul, a bit anticonformist and that you like to be surrounded with things that you know for sure aren’t in everyone’s houses, right?

Quick tips for buying vintage

7 things to know that might help you find the perfect piece!

Here a little cheat sheet to facilitate your researches IF you like the same styles than us! They are so many different vintage styles and pieces that you might have a thing for a completely different look! But if you like what’s on IVB, you might have kind of the same tastes than us! IF you like things BOLD and COLORFUL, IF you love dinnerware pieces, IF you have kiddies and love everything PLAYFUL and old, IF you have a thing for tribal art, here’s our little help list to find great stuff and easily determine what is an unique treasure and what might just stay on shelves…

  • Studio pottery pieces are most of the times exclusives, signed and dated. Whether they were made during the course of a pottery class, own private collection of the crafter or inherited as an estate, you can’t go wrong with them. It’s an easy way to build yourself a pretty original dinnerware set, mix and match patterns, colours and textures and tell a story! Check out our dinnerware collectionΒ hereΒ and by the way, only the 1/4 of our inventory is listed πŸ˜‰
  • Hand carved wood pieces, from all kind! Statuettes, figurines, tray and platters… Lots of craftsmanship involved! Look for different colour tones, wood grain, craving traces… If it’s been carved from an unique piece of wood, without any trace of glue or attachment, this is even better! You know for sure that you have in hands a valuable piece of art! This is one of the best way to add instant bohemian wanderlust vibes to a room or have a piece that will last in time… Our favorite:Β Hand carved wooden rack with detailed elephants
  • Brand names that are existing since decades… Pyrex and Fisher-Price are good examples. They have been there since so long and have beautiful items, dated directly on their products (Fisher-Price) or easily recognizable as their patterns are representing different eras (Pyrex, people have amazing collections!!!) And classic:Β Fisher-Price plane and its Little People pilot from 1980
  • Ethnic pieces are also a go-to if you like that kind of style! People buy items during their vacations or bring their home decoration with them when they are moving into another country and after a while, they change their decor or turn pages… This is when some people’s left asides becomes other people’s treasures and in these specific situations, this is when you find amazing ethnic art, completely outstanding pieces that you wouldn’t have find otherwise! One of our biggest finds:Β Ebony African couple
  • Find your vibe… When you know what kind of vintage is appealing to you, you know where and what to search. Are you a 40’s or more of a 80’s? Each decade has its own style of course but also its own popular materials: pottery… wicker… wood… porcelain… crochet… embroideries… lace… milk glass… enamel… leather… and its popular colours and patterns: brown… beige… pastels… flowers… bold colours… soft pinks… stripes… patchwork… macrame… animal prints… Find your own niche!
  • Check underneath each and every pieces you find, the secret is there… Most of the times, the name written won’t ring any bell to you but it can be gold!
  • Do your researches! The best thing to do when shopping for vintage is to have an electronic device with you that will grants you Internet access so you can check right away if this gorgeous little hand painted porcelain bear that you just spotted is a hit or a miss πŸ˜‰ And sometimes, you have to trust your guts or just go with your feelings cause you can’t find any info but deep inside you know it’s a good one and you already have a place for it in your home πŸ˜‰

Hope it helps!

Visit us atΒ Isis’ Vintage BazaarΒ ! πŸ™‚

Co owner Isis Vintage Bazaar

Fa xx

 

10 office essentials for Etsy sellers (or pretty useful ones!)

After trying to set the perfect office space for weeks, I think I finally found what works best for me, proof is I didn’t change a thing since the last set up πŸ˜‰

Now that I can peacefully sit, be inspired and work, I realized that I also have little things that I’m using every.single.day and that makes my work easier, at all levels whether is updating the Bazaar, marketing on social media, blogging, planning my week, brainstorming or planning orders and shipping.

So here’s The List: my 10 office essentials that I think could be very useful to you too!

  1. Thank you cards with LOGO
  2. Paper Organizer for cards, notes and shipping forms. All important papers needed for IVB are there, all in one place and easy to access. We decided to keep this bamboo one instead of selling it and I just love it! It’s small, narrow and doesn’t take too much space on my desk.Β 
  3. Desk Organizer. We use a wicker one as I really wanted to get the vintage vibes around me too! Paper clips, tons of pens, highlighters, measuring tape (so so important for detailing products and get a right shipping fee!)
  4. Small box with dividers, originally sold for jewelry beads and craft supplies. I love it because of its perfect size and most important, I can move the dividers according to the space I need. I use it for our IVB tags, our Promo coupons, our Review reminders and our little logos cards.
  5. Cork board. This is my head on a wall πŸ™‚ I divided it in 3 sections: To prep, To send and To track so I can pin our order receipts on and I have a visual of where we are at! I also put on it a sale counter (bragging!), a To do list, a To buy list, an Inserts list (what to add to our packages), where in the world we have sent so far (bragging again!) and a sample of our business card. I love the fact that our board is huge cause you know, I am visual and a bit of a list addict πŸ˜‰Β 
  6. Social Media planner. So so important so I can keep my sanity! I plan my week on Sunday or Monday (posts, blogs, images, important dates) and I can easily keep track of what I need to do on a daily basis. Saved me tons of time and headaches! See my post about it here
  7. Electronic scale. Must have to avoid surprises at Post office and over or under charge shipping fees! We use a simple kitchen scale that can weight up to 12 lbs or 5.5 kg.
  8. Twine dispenser. Yes, you read well, lolll! I use so much of this that I prefer to have in on hand! I need some for our tags, which I do almost every day and for packing and let’s say it, this little turtle is so cute that I couldn’t resist to give it a permanent space!Β 
  9. Brainstorm pad. I have ideas in every little corners of my head and lots of kids who takes lots of room in my head loll! I needed a place to write down everything so I won’t forget whatever I wish to work on and having a idea list right in front of me helps me to put them in action!
  10. Charging station. I don’t want to run all over the place again, afraid to lose everything I was working on cause I’m running out of power and I was too busy to check on it, lolll! Never again! A girl learns πŸ˜‰

And I could add: coffee mug, plant, decoration… Everything to get the perfect working nook!

If you like it, share it, pin it, print it and if needed, put a spin on it to make it work for you!

See ya,

Fa

6 tips for a vintage eclectic boho decor on a budget!

Let’s be honest… I’ve been thinking about my weekly blog post all.week.long… Complete lack of inspiration, way too busy at editing our product listings to make them easier to read… 65 products listed, 65 descriptions to work on…

Better have realized it all, NOW and not after 200 listings, lolll!

So when Sunday arrived, Sunday being the official blogging day for Isis Vintage Bazaar, I stressed all day in front on a blank page that refused to get filled in…

Tried everything to find inspiration!

And Monday came…

Same…

So while I was sitting here in the middle of my favorite room in the house, I got this wonderful idea of sharing how to get that vintage eclectic boho look that I love so much, ON A BUDGET and IN 6 STEPS!

  1. Prefer thrifted pieces over classical pieces of furniture from giant stores. Mix and match everything, think outside of the box! Example: we got rid of our huge L-shaped sofa for 2 chairs. 1 of them is from a Thrift store, all real leather, amazing green color and perfect condition for 80$ πŸ™‚ You can see it here: Leather chair
  2. Think texture, comfy, cozy! Go wild and bold! We add a long hair vibrant red rug on the floor and tons of cushions… Big oversized cushions! We kept the ones that we bought with our former sofa, added 2 that we were not using anymore in our bedroom, 2 bean bags and 2 huge squares floor pillows…
  3. Throws throws throws! I had 2 Mexican colorful blankets that were hiding in the closet, too bold for our former classical decor that I was extremely pleased to get out and use! 1 is sitting on the green chair with 2 completely different cushions (see the pic above, they are shown there with the blanket) and the other one is just laying everywhere, waiting to be picked up by someone in need of a little cozy wrap!
  4. Create nooks! We use one of the oversized floor pillow as a seat and added a huge cushion covered with a throw from the closet (!) as a back. Next to it there is…
  5. Upcycle! Four wooden crates, quickly painted in white, fixed together as a low shelving unit on which we screwed a beautiful (and blue! Think color!) vintage adjustable lamp from the thrift store and plants… Lots of plants! See the whole corner here:Β Handmade unit and reading corner
  6. And then what? Eye candies! Some boho pieces for their colorful & positive vibes (dreamcatcher, painting, positive quotes, candles, flowers…), favorite meaningful pieces that you harvested among years and vintage accessories (preaching for our own parish but you can find amazing vintage original and exclusive stuff at IVB! Click here to discover our ever growing list of vintage goodies!Β Isis Vintage Bazaar)

BAM! You got your different, original, eclectic room filled with YOUR own vibes without spending tons of money! With handly picked treasures that speaks to your heart, spirit and soul πŸ˜‰ I had to insert it there!

We made the switch a couple of months ago and we just LOVE our new family room! Β Comfy, cozy, with lots of different places to lay and relax!

Now if I could keep some vintage stuff for ourselves… Thinking about this wicker magazine rack, this green vase, this beaded curtain, these wood carved African figurines… πŸ˜‰

Pssst! If you are not already following us on Instagram and you love home decor inspiration, give a try to the 2 accounts mentionned above, you might fell in love! The first one is the official account of IVB and the second one is mine πŸ™‚ See ya!

Fa