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!

VINTAGE LIVING ROOMS

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 πŸ™‚ This one was featured in a Urban Outfitters add for this awesome Blondie poster πŸ™‚

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… πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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Gorgeous mid century lamp as seen on Jamie Bush website… Never outdated!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

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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 πŸ™‚ 

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰  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 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

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

The ultimate very beginner’s guide to Social Media marketing

Here I am, sharing tips and tricks on how to plan and manage your Social Media adventure and I’m still a complete newbie in it!

If you are a seasoned adventurer, STOP READING RIGHT NOW! Cause this post isn’t for you, even if I do admire you a lot, you are way over these baby steps πŸ˜‰ OR PLEASE STAY and help us by sharing your wisdom, knowledge and everything you want to share πŸ˜‰ You know of much we admire you!

BUT, if you are trying to swim your way to the shore and feeling most of the times out of breath, I think, and I hope that this calendar that I made up for myself will at least gives you the motivation needed to continue and helps you find your own ways to do things! We all need to make a first step and most of the times, we imitate and copy what seems to work for others before adjusting our own moves, right?!

Ok so let’s start! This is my all new and improved pattern, already saw some results in the last week! Some things are already strongly implanted, others I’m still working on… Bits and pieces from everything I gathered around the web that seems to be good for us!

BLOG

  • 2-3 comments per day
  • 1 follow per day
  • Use Pinterest to get tons of blogging ideas, think outside of the box!
  • I used to post once a week, on Sundays but I’m giving it a try this week with a middle week post… Let’s see!

Instagram

  • For our needs, posting at night is giving us the most results. Whatever I’m posting during daytime reaches half the people I can get on evenings.
  • 1-3 posts per day
  • Have a weekly theme and stick to it all week long
  • Max 2 products pics per day, don’t overdo it! (last haul, feature, promos, reminders…)
  • Everyday has a complement too: sharing a blog post, side project, sharing about passions, shop update…
  • On weekends, focus on a more personal approach: celebrating Saturdays, relaxing Sundays, readings… (show your human side!)
  • 2 new accounts to follow per day
  • Engage engage engage!

Facebook (brand new page!)

  • 1 post per day is enough
  • Always Call-To-Action
  • Try to not focus on products on this media…
  • Share motivational quotes, some pins from our Pinterest account, link to our blog posts, links to some diy tips related to our niche…
  • Weekends are for events, gatherings and activities we attended to
  • At least 2 comments per day on other accounts
  • At least 5 likes per day on other accounts
  • At least 1 new account to follow everyday
  • Engage engage engage!

Twitter

  • 5-10 tweets per day
  • Focus on personal tweets vs business tweets (ratio 5:2)
  • 1 product tweet per day
  • At least 1 tweet related to business per day (could be about us, sharing a link from the web, a retweet, sharing tips…)
  • Each day has its theme so it’s easier for me to be consistent and not all over the place! (Motivation Monday, Tuesday Thoughts, Wednesday Wisdom…)
  • At least 5 new accounts to follow everyday
  • At least 2 retweets per day
  • Take time to personally thank each and every new followers

Pinterest

  • Minimum 10 pins per day, aiming for 20
  • Follow 1 new board per day
  • Create 1 new pin per day (from the shop, from Instagram, from the blog…)
  • Pin every single images that we are using in every single board they can relate to
  • Great quality images only
  • Create 1 new board per week and tweet about it
  • Pin our blog posts
  • Best Pinterest traffic: between 8 am and 11 am on Saturday mornings
  • Early mornings and late nights are also good for us
  • Create boards related to your niche and the interests of your target clientele, stay focus but think big!

Well, I think that sums it all… I still have a lot to learn but I think that it’s a good plan to start somewhere… and adjust… and improve…!

What is your best strategy? What was the move you made that changes everything in one specific media or all of them!

From a newbie to newbies, have a wonderful day! And to you too Social Media gurus! πŸ˜‰ And if you liked what you read, pin it, tweet it, share it!

Now, let’s connect! πŸ™‚

facebook.com/isisvintagebazaar
pinterest.com/isisvintagebazaar
instagram.com/isisvintagebazaar
twitter.com/IsisBazaar

And on our shop: isisvintagebazaar.etsy.com

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

Finding inspiration…

I’m a nester, definitely. I can’t feel good somewhere if I didn’t take time to deeply invest in the decor, the functionality and the vibes of it.

When we decided to open the boutique, I didn’t realize how much creativity it will demand to list vintage curated goods πŸ˜‰

Then, what starts as a cute little project turns into a huge passion…

I needed to find inspiration for amazing photography and as you might have already realized, we are more of a lifestyle-full-of-plants type! Need ideas, lots of ideas!

Then comes Instagram… And this Blog… And Twitter… And Pinterest… And recently, FacebookΒ and all these requires different images, different posts, different styles… Really required a Social Media planner so the organization freak in me could breathe πŸ˜‰

And by opening all these creativity doors, guess what? I feel the huge need of creating stuff, loll! All the different little seeds of ideas that were sleeping somewhere deep inside me just woke up, lolll! So there came side projects!

Right now, I’m working in partnership with daughter #2 to create jewelry made from recycled adornments… We have 2 different collections, 1 is a combination of nature finds mixed with recycled pieces and the other one is more rough, boho style. We are preparing our official launch by the beginning of fall and we needed a space where we can relax and find inspiration, a place to let our mojo flow πŸ™‚ A place that can also welcome my first steps into the sewing world, lolll!

This is where Hubby skills for upcycling and repurposing came in and where this fabulous creativity corner take place!

Welcome to Isis Vintage Bazaar HQ, welcome in our studio!

Where it’s all about creating an inviting space where comfort rhymes with stimulation…

Where it’s all about feeling at home and confident, surrounded by little things that makes you happy…

Where wherever you lay your eyes, you have this feeling of this is me, this is who I am

Fa