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!

On Trend: Blue and Gold

If you’ve perused through recent magazines, blogs, and catalogs, you’ve noticed one of the latest trends is blue and gold. While this may appear as a trend, we like to think of it as one of the most timeless colors—blue—pairing up with the most classic of all metallics—gold.  While blue evokes peaceful, calm vibes, the gold adds richness and vibrancy to warm it up. Combining these hues in your home creates a look that will endure for years—no matter what your home décor style.

Get the Traditional Look

The damask fabric and the shape of the chair say traditional, but the golden hue of the covering and the geometric pillow make an updated statement.

The damask fabric and the shape of the chair say traditional, but the golden hue of the covering and the geometric pillow make an updated statement.

There’s nothing more classic than cobalt high ball glasses on a brass tray.

There’s nothing more classic than cobalt high ball glasses on a brass tray.

The juxtaposition of the feminine curve on the back of this chair with the masculinity of the plaid fabric bring an overall balance to this classic piece.

The juxtaposition of the feminine curve on the back of this chair with the masculinity of the plaid fabric bring an overall balance to this classic piece.

Get the Boho Look

The vivid blues with accents of gold in this throw create a bold statement draped on an arm chair or hung on the wall as a piece of art.

The vivid blues with accents of gold in this throw create a bold statement draped on an arm chair or hung on the wall as a piece of art.

Pairing this gilded owl with a navy tone offers whimsical wisdom in your home.

Pairing this gilded owl with a navy tone offers whimsical wisdom in your home.

Handmade dishes in vivid azure add interest and conversation to your table.

Handmade dishes in vivid azure add interest and conversation to your table.

Get the Mid-Century Modern Look

Clean and simple lines of the buffet are sophisticated when paired with midnight and gold.

Clean and simple lines of the buffet are sophisticated when paired with midnight and gold.

Imagine the candlelit dinner with this modern, pencil thin brass candlesticks glimmering with blue toned toppers.

Imagine the candlelit dinner with this modern, pencil thin brass candlesticks glimmering with blue toned toppers.

Combine this brilliant lamp with azure accessories for a striking statement.

Combine this brilliant lamp with azure accessories for a striking statement.

Get the Chinoiserie Look

Chinoiserie 101— a brass bowl piled high with floral blue and white embellishments.

Chinoiserie 101— a brass bowl piled high with floral blue and white embellishments.

The deep blue of this divided plate pops against the sheen of the brass pineapple lamp.

The deep blue of this divided plate pops against the sheen of the brass pineapple lamp.

This royal lamp adds drama to any living room with the gilded Asian accents.

This royal lamp adds drama to any living room with the gilded Asian accents.

The photos above are only a select sample of the many ways Cottage Grove Vintage can assist you in furnishing your home with blue and gold. Come visit and allow us to help you find accessories that fit your style!

Blue and Gold chair offered by Cottage Grove Vintage

Blue Geometric pillow offered by Wheaton Whaley Designs

Cobalt Glasses and Brass Tray offered by Fox Hill Vintage

Blue and Yellow Plaid Armchair offered by Tim Cox

Blue and Gold Accent Throw offered by Fox Hill Vintage

Golden Owl offered by Grey Street Market

Handmade Dishes offered by Stone Lotus Pottery

Buffet offered by Cottage Grove Vintage

Brass Candlesticks offered by Grey Street Market

Gold Lamp offered by Grey Street Market

Blue and White Ceramic Balls in Brass Bowl offered by House of Bristow

Blue and White Divided Plate and Brass Pineapple Lamp offered by Upstated Vintage

Blue and Gold Lamp offered by Upstated Vintage