4 living room essentials for a vintage mid century decor

Living room, family room, den, play room… No matter how we call this Get Together piece, this is most of the time, the second heart of our homes…

Whether it’s to gather in front of a TV show or to sit down with a good book, to listen to music or watch children play, to have a late night snack or enjoy a glass of wine, we all want this room to be inviting, cozy and filled with personality!

There is some basic pieces that instantly add some retro vibes to a room, some more boho, other more vintage but they all have in common this little breathtaking moment where you feel that you just step back in time! If you are looking for some home relooking, this second part of our Home decor serie might be a great start!


1.  TV stand

Retro tv stand with Blondie poster
Many of us grew up with a dresser really similar to this, with these typical feet ๐Ÿ™‚ This one was featured in a Urban Outfitters add for this awesome Blondie poster ๐Ÿ™‚

Brown retro tv stand
This one from West Elm is vintage style perfection…

2. Chairs and sofas

Accent pieces of excellence, back in the time chair and seating of all kinds where bold and a bit crazy!

Velvet pink chair vintage look

Featured in Huffington Post with an article from Appartment therapy, this stunning pink velvet chair has everything you are looking for: comfort, color, style and the perfect vintage look!

Vintage telephone seat from mid century
Mid century telephone chair seat from The Urban Interior

Vintage green velvet couch

Modern sofa, vintage style… E.very.thing is there! Featured on The Diviners and making us drool… ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Cabinets and low shelf unit

Vintage living room furniture
Simplicity, brown wood and a vintage tuner… Nothing else needed… From California Modern Woodworks

Vintage record cabinet
Where are all your vinyls? Vintage love From Worth Point ๐Ÿ™‚

Vintage mini bar
THE mid century mini bar from Trevi Vintage Design… 

4. Lamps

1970's light fixture
Source: Unknown but I bet we all have souvenirs of this ๐Ÿ™‚

Vintage living room lamp
Gorgeous mid century lamp as seen on Jamie Bush website… Never outdated!

So, what would be your accent piece to throw a vintage style in your living room?  How are your rocking the mid century style? 

Wishing you a wonderful week with decorating ideas flowing all over your head and hoping to see you back next weekend for the third part of our Home decor serie: BATHROOMS!

Co owner Isis Vintage Bazaar
Fa xx


How to make your Fall decor looks more vintage

Time flies… 

Here in Northern Hemisphere we are about to celebrate a big season change, Fall is at the door ๐Ÿ™‚ 

How do you celebrate the change of season? We used to highlight it with some vignettes all around the house but since we moved into a smaller place, this fun habit has been a bit left aside… And I miss it, a lot! So why not starting it back and get some inspiration from the past and its eclectic style!

1. Colors

60’s and 70’s were really deep into brownish and orange colors , just think of the dishes set that your mom were using! I grew up surrounded by brown plates, brown mugs, brown fondue sets, brown Pyrex, brown pots… Sometimes, often, adorned with orange flowers and details… Lolll!

Remember these? Doesn’t they feel like Fall? They were everyday dishes at one point…

Vintage dishes from 1970

Source: 1stopretroshop.com

Fall is the perfect time of the year to display your own collection! Centerpieces, Thanksgiving dinner, display cabinet… It might also the perfect time to switch your daily dishes if you have more than one set! Look for dark, warm colors that screams COMFORT and coziness!

Some ideas from the Bazaar here and here

2. Fabrics

Plaid, velvet, crochet, corduroy, thick fabrics of different colors, I have so many souvenirs of the mix and match patterns and textures that we had at home! I have this specific living room curtain in mind, so thick that it looks like a sofa fabric loll! Beige with brown and orange stripes… Something really similar to this:

Example of a vintage fabric from 1970

Source: retrorenovation.com

Do you have a Fall set of curtains? Or maybe some vintage pillows or a thick throw that you can spread over your sofa and get that instant seasonal vintage twist? Play it soft, don’t go overboard, focus on these rich autumnal shades like burnt oranges, chocolate browns, burgundy reds, forest greens…

Pssst, we have a little something for you, not listed yet but if you keep your eyes open, you might see it appears online really really soon!

Colorful throw from 1970-80

3. Accessories

Tinted glass, does it ring a bell? I remember my mom displaying a big amber glass bowl on the middle of the table when she was having company… She used to fill it with chips ๐Ÿ™‚ Popular colors back in that time were: brown, green, red and orange… (lots of blue too). You can go anymore Fall that that! If you don’t own some tinted glass pieces, you early need to get onboard now cause they are soooo vintage and soooo 70’s! Look for Indiana glass, this is the style you’re looking for!

Different shapes and sizes are still available, look for some accent pieces that you’ll place here and there: centrepiece, console table, library, living room side table…

Looking for some? We got your back with these three. First one is already listed, second and third one, you’ll have to stay tuned for the fall collection but they’re on their way and we are announcing them in primeur to give you an avant-gout of what’s coming up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Green tinted glass vintage centrepiece

Vintage green glass vase

And what about a flowery or scenery porcelain piece to display in a bathroom, a guest room or a dining room? 

Bold and original, Fall vibes for sure!

Vintage plates with scenery pattern

Source: Willow Wisp Cottage

Vintage porcelain pitchers with flowers

Source: Cabin & Cottage    

5. Materials

Have fun with materials: old brass, enamel iron, recycled wood… These all have a vintage look and can easily be used in a fall decor due to their roughness. It might be time for some little diy projects or upcycling! Think outside of the box and give a second life to this old unpolished tarnished brass tray and fill it with cone pines, dried leaves, branches and nature finds… Like this:

Vintage fall centrepiece in brass tray

Source: Unknown

And what about this enamel pitcher beautifully settled for fall:

Fall decor in enamel pitcher

Source: Vintage Farmhouse Finds

And this one:

Vintage enamelware fall decor

Source: Satori Design for Living

If you are looking for one, we have one here for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

What about a little project for your Fall porch, mixing old metal and wood:

Fall porch decor

Source: GoldieLoo Woodworks

Vintage porch table from metal drum

Source: Farmhouse Wares

So you are all set to celebrate the arrival of Fabulous Fall with a vintage twist! And I must say that I have couple of ideas for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰  I’m curious, what are you planning to play with (don’t want to say “to work on”)? Leave us your Pinterest board or your website/blog if you have some inspiring ideas to share!

See ya!

Co owner Isis Vintage Bazaar

Fa xx

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 Home decor serie ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 collectionย hereย and by the way, only the 1/4 of our inventory is listed ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 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:ย 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:ย 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:ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope it helps!

Visit us atย Isis’ Vintage Bazaarย ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.ย 
  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 
  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!ย 
  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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,


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…


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$ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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:ย 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!ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had to insert it there!

We made the switch a couple of months ago and we just LOVE our new family room! ย 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ See ya!