Monday, December 14, 2009

Detail of the Week



Christmas is the perfect time to be a little extravagant and have fun with gift wrapping, giving, and decorations! While flipping through past issues of Victoria magazine this weekend, I came across a few things that I thought were very fitting to share with you today. Admittedly, I truly miss Victoria magazine. Their editorials were so thoughtful and stunning, and I miss the entire romantic lifestyle that they encompassed so well..with an ever apparent, yet underlying passion to support women of talent. I could go on about this forever, but onto this week's detail of the week, which specifically focuses on vintage finds, and showcases a few ideas on how to get creative with them...




01 Vintage wooden buttons. A little string, a large button, and a typographic stamp and voila! You have transformed a plain paper box into a subtle, but personalized gift. As an alternative, tie a simple hang tag around the button with a cheerful little note.

02 An advent calendar. Though perhaps not as tempting and delicious as chocolate, this one marks each day with a vintage ornament. I like the idea of an ornament exchange with a good friend–switching ornaments would be fun–or perhaps just using the calendar concept as a way of displaying your very favorite treasures in a unique way.

03 Ribbons and buckles. Re-purpose vintage belts to both fasten and embellish a gift. After opening up their gift, the receiver can adorn a plant pot, vase, lampshade or jewelry box with the belt.



04 Ribbons, vintage paper and brooches. A fun idea, again, to dress a gift with a unique style. Some carefully pleated paper, highly textural ribbon, layered with a glam brooch is almost too pretty to open! Upon opening the gift, the receive could hang the brooch on their Christmas tree, clip it to their hat or even a wreath.

The possibilities are endless! This week, I will be scouting out my favorite vintage and antique shops, looking for some perfect accessories, such as the ones mentioned above, as well as ornaments, pretty little boxes, (ceramic or paper) delicate napkins (to wrap with) and hat pins. It might be fun to also fill a vintage luggage piece, such as a hat box, with an item or two, such as a scarf, slippers, perfume, etc. I would love to know if you've tried some of these out, are interested, or have some other fun inspiration that you would like to share.

Have a great Monday!

/photography by Caroline Arber, Victoria Jan 2003/

23 comments:

  1. Always enjoy reading your blog first thing in the morning. What gorgeous images and creative ideas.. thank you so much for sharing.

    Have a great Monday!

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  2. Beautiful visuals, Sarah. I especially like the linen runner on the farm table...it's so simple, but stylish.

    Thank you for starting the week on such a lovely, inspirational note. :-)

    Shannon

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  3. oh these are gorgeous!~ Simple but sophisticated and perfect inspiration! love the pleating details.

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  4. Aw, how pretty! Love the table runner!

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  5. oh this is insanely pretty, Sarah! love these ideas so much!

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  6. You are aware that Victoria is back in print, right? My mom has a new subscription. The photos are just as lovely as always.

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  7. Miz. November -- how it your Mom finding it? I believe the original editor left, sadly, and so I haven't been compelled to flip through the new ones...however, if she's enjoying it, I might have to have a look :)

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  8. Beautiful selection Sarah. I especially love that Christmas calendar but all the details are gorgeous.

    Oh, I wish I could go vintage shopping with you :-) I'm sure It would be so much fun...

    Hope you have a great start for the week, love: Evi

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  9. I want that pleated linen table runner -- it's PERFECT! Any ideas where I could score one?

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  10. I always adore your detail of the week! Love the ribbons with buckles and brooches. I am going to do that! Thanks for the fabulous ideas.
    Paula Grace

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  11. I love the advent calendar and using vintage ornaments! I will definitely have to remember this for next year. Lovely images Sarah!! (as always)

    xo

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  12. Beautiful idea, ribbons and ornate brooches. The brooch is just as much of a gift, but used as a decoration.

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  13. One of my favorite color (or noncolor) combinations. Did you see Sande's post today at Gift Wrapped Life with these colors? These rooms and her gifts need to get together!
    This pic selection makes me miss Victoria - so so lovely! I'm liking the new ones quite a bit too though.

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  14. Gotta love that advent calendar!

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  15. Beyond obsessed with this post... Start to finish! Wish I had enough time to pull off that tacked advent calendar with what looks like ornaments?

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  16. Skyla -- I will have to check it out!

    Erin -- you are so sweet! It's a great idea for next year...I was thinking the same thing -- shoot, I found these photos too late!

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  17. Sarah! Gorgeous as always, I have a new e-mail friend who is an account manager at Victoria, I sent her your post & she was ecstatic! Yup, they're back in full swing & also has a sister publication {Southern Lady} & has been extremely busy. She adores your post:)

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  18. Sarah, They must have been pretty popular in our area, because we can find them at the grocery store! They still have some of the prettiest photography ever. And, honestly, they have been getting progressively better with each issue.

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  19. Maureen -- you are too sweet to me! Thank you so much. I will be sure to pick up a copy :)

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  20. gorgeous! such pretty details, especially the rhinestone pins

    hope you're having a lovely week, sarah!

    xo
    roséline

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