How to Refresh Your Space

Lately on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve explored ways to refresh your space. It’s been a lot of fun taking suggestions and ideas from our followers and vendors in the shop! You may be surprised there’s no need to completely refurbish your home or start all over; adding a single new element can easily transform the look. Below are several examples of how you can keep your home decor updated and fresh!

Pillows and Upholstered Items

Did you know 99% of people’s large pieces of furniture are neutral? We honestly don’t know the exact percentage, but many folks lean toward neutral sofas, occasional chairs, etc. so that you can easily swap out the accessories. The multi-colored pillow from Wheaton Whaley Designs adds a fun punch on this occasional chair from Eileen and Co.

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Slipcovers and upholstered seats are another option to update chairs. The modern blue malachite fabric slipcovered over the occasional chair from Eileen and Co. instantly renews it.

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Painted Furniture

Speaking of occasional chairs, check out the fresh white coat on this cane back chair from Fox Hill Vintage. Paired with the bright new coral upholstery (the color of the year--might we add), this vintage piece is easily updated.

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And if you are part of the 99% of people who own neutral upholstered furniture, painting other pieces in the room are sure to add a pop to the overall scheme. Just imagine this bright coral buffet from The Dropped Leaf in your dining room.

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If painting the entire piece feels like too much, painting partial elements, like the frame or just the drawers, adds modern flair. We love how this antique dresser from The Dropped Leaf allows the beautiful wood drawers to shine against the grey painted frame.

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Lamps, Shades, and Finials

Similar to pillows, lamps offer the opportunity to completely change the look of room with just a quick switch. How fun is the orange lamp from Upstated Vintage?! Jaws will drop when they enter the room and see this fun, unexpected pop.

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Did you know 99% of people also own white or ivory lamp shades? Again, we have no idea if this statistic is true, but if you’re not ready to completely replace a lamp, adding a colored shade can finish the overall look. This coral-y orange shade from King’s Classics brings out the colors in the vintage lamp base. Might we also suggest updating your finials to complete the ensemble.

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Walls

We’ve already mentioned how paint can transform furniture and it can certainly do that for your walls as well. If you’re not ready to undertake such a project, consider updating your walls in other ways. Recently, we discussed how wallpaper can update your home. Check out the blog post here and consider our selection of Tempaper to update a wall, staircase, furniture, small room, and more.

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Another alternative is to create a focal point through art or displaying a collection. This abstract piece by Melissa Connor adds modern interest to home decor.

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If you own a collection of similar items (like china), create a wall display. This creates a focal point in the room and shows off your compilation of curated collectibles.

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Let’s keep this discussion going! We’d love to see you in store and hear how you’re updating your space and help you find the perfect piece to refresh the look.

Lucky Charming Decor for St. Patrick’s Day

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Top o’ the morning to ya! With St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, we felt we should share the Irish blessing of all the fresh green decor in store!

Will you be starting your day off with an Irish coffee? This recipe plaque from Vintage Curations provides perfect instructions for the morning concoction. Cheers!

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Upstated Vintage has the luckiest mugs for you to enjoy these beverages!

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Depending on how strong the coffee is (roast or whiskey--we won’t tell if you don’t), you might need to sit down while you sip. This chair in modern geometric turquoise and bright green fabric from Hill and Gray makes the perfect spot.

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When there’s been enough caffeine and it’s time to switch to cocktails, we suggest serving from one of these green beverage sets from Four Corner Finds.

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This vintage florentine tray from House of Bristow is the perfect accessory to serve guests.

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If you’re a fan of Guinness, this pair of paint-like mugs from Yorick & Co. will make you feel like you’re at the brewery sipping suds.

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These small leprechaun accessories from Patina point you in the right direction! We all know the pot of gold is at Cottage Grove Vintage!

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We’ve even got the perfect speech as you toast your fellow leprechauns. To ensure you won’t forget the words, they’re printed on this cheerful mug from Upstated Vintage.

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If wine is the preferred beverage, these emerald glasses from Fox Hill Vintage complete the beverage selection.

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Having an occasional chair close by is always a good idea when entertaining a crowd. King’s Classics’ small stool in kelly green is easy to pull up for extra guests and the plaid traditional chair adds an Irish element to festivities.

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Flow House Design Studio’s painted wicker chair in lime brightens up the scene.

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This emerald high chair from Vintage Curations is the perfect spot for the wee ones!

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To soften the space, these striped Designer Guild pillows from Cottage Grove Vintage offer a spectrum of greens, blues, and purples.

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Add a retro vibe with pillows from Wheaton Whaley Designs!

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If you’re looking for a more rustic approach, these distressed shutters from Pinnacle Antiques will add dramatic height to any decor.

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Cottage Grove Vintage has all the necessities to bring the luck of the Irish to your home decor. Stop by and we’ll help you find what you need--whether that’s something green, a pot of gold, or a rainbow!

5 Ways to Enhance Your Space with Wallpaper

Every time we ooh and ahh over a designed space, there’s a touch of something daring and very often the bold element is achieved through wallpaper. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of enhancing your home with this latest trend. And no, it is not the same dated wall coverings in your grandmother’s home.  Today’s wallpaper trends are much more versatile and affordable. Here’s five ways wallpaper can boost your home decor.

If you only want to dip your toe in this trend, we suggest adding wallpaper to the back of a shelving unit like your china cabinet, kitchen shelves, or secretary. We suggest picking something that will complement what’s on display.

Photo Source:  HGTV   This china cabinet is used to store several entertaining accessories and the simple patterned backdrop provides an accent without being too busy.

Photo Source: HGTV

This china cabinet is used to store several entertaining accessories and the simple patterned backdrop provides an accent without being too busy.

Photo Source:  HGTV   The pink geometric pattern is truly the star in this cabinet showcasing clean and simple home accessories.

Photo Source: HGTV

The pink geometric pattern is truly the star in this cabinet showcasing clean and simple home accessories.

Photo Source:  Pinterest   Applied to the lower doors and drawers, the chinoiserie print takes center stage.

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Applied to the lower doors and drawers, the chinoiserie print takes center stage.

Photo Source:  Domino   The clear glassware on the shelves allows the bright floral paper in this kitchen to be truly captivating.

Photo Source: Domino

The clear glassware on the shelves allows the bright floral paper in this kitchen to be truly captivating.

When you’re ready to get knee deep, consider an accent wall. Wallpaper in a bedroom behind the bed can really create a dramatic statement upon entering the room.

Photo Source:  Wayfair   The single bright wall offers a happy greeting upon entering this tropical retreat.

Photo Source: Wayfair

The single bright wall offers a happy greeting upon entering this tropical retreat.

Or perhaps you want to create a feature wall in your living area.

Photo Source:  HGTV   This accent wall acts as a large piece of art in such a space; attention getting to draw you closer with intrigue without dominating the entire room.

Photo Source: HGTV

This accent wall acts as a large piece of art in such a space; attention getting to draw you closer with intrigue without dominating the entire room.

Another way to add a small dose of the trend is to wallpaper a small bathroom or powder room. Because these rooms are small, this a great way to get maximum impact with minimum budget and effort. Think of it as the statement earring to your perfectly coordinate outfit; the wallpapered powder room is the perfect accent to your curated home.

Photo Source:  Traditional Home

Photo Source: Traditional Home

Photo Source:  Southern Living   Talk about making an entrance! Wallpaper in this foyer sets the tone for chic in the home.

Photo Source: Southern Living

Talk about making an entrance! Wallpaper in this foyer sets the tone for chic in the home.

Photo Source:  HGTV   Laundry is much more enjoyable when the wallpaper is fun!

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Laundry is much more enjoyable when the wallpaper is fun!

Another option you may have never considered—the ceiling!

Photo Source:  House Beautiful   What a cheery way to get cooking! You’ll want ten feet of ceiling height or more to properly execute this idea; you don’t want to feel like the sky is falling down!

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What a cheery way to get cooking! You’ll want ten feet of ceiling height or more to properly execute this idea; you don’t want to feel like the sky is falling down!

If you’re ready to dive in, we’ll absolutely support you wallpapering your entire room. Our favorite room to see fully covered is a dining room. Although paper doesn’t have to be formal, carrying it throughout a room does lend a sense of decorum and what better space to do that in than a dining room?

Photo Source:  Traditional Home   The floor to ceiling covering creates an exquisite place to enjoy a meal.

Photo Source: Traditional Home

The floor to ceiling covering creates an exquisite place to enjoy a meal.

If the full room is too much, consider adding a chair rail and wallpapering the top half of the room.

Photo Source:  Traditional Home

Photo Source: Traditional Home

If you’re inspired to add this trend to your home, come by the store and browse our selection of Tempaper. It’s the one of the most affordable and easiest ways to apply wallpaper to any space. We’ve got a selection in store and books for browsing. We’ll be happy to help you create the wallpapered look of your dreams with Tempaper!

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