I really enjoy hunting for unique vintage containers and restyling them for use as Valet Trays. It’s amazing how a new purpose can breath life into a forgotten item. It’s nice to have a stylish and tidy place to stash all those items we can’t leave the house without. I also appreciate being able to offer items in my shop for male customers or for gifting to a special guy. I lean towards wood and metal vessels that have a neutral and versatile appearance so anyone could enjoy them.
Shown here is a sample assortment of the vintage valet trays I currently have listed in the shop. The inventory changes regularly but I try to add new valet trays as frequently as possible. Visit me at Hey Hi Goods at Etsy and take a look!
Warm toned metals are a welcomed trend that has continued to grow over the last couple of years. In both home and fashion you can clearly see this theme gaining momentum. Fortunately, it’s very easy to introduce touches of brass, gold and copper through fixtures, hardware and decor items to add warmth throughout your home. In this Round Up I have featured beautiful, easy to find, collections of brass candle holders that have been creatively curated and displayed.
Most of these sets are vintage brass candle holders that have been grouped together for a dramatic effect. I love how unified the mismatched pieces look by keeping the set in a common brass tone. I also think it helps to stick with a polished finished or a vintage patina. This allows you to mix styles of vintage and new, traditional and contemporary and even, short and tall. You can go as eclectic as you like!
Once you’ve gathered a nice assortment you can display them throughout your home. They look fantastic as a centerpiece, especially for a holiday table. Use them to highlight your fireplace mantle, coffee table, console or bookshelf for instant charm.
I’m in the midst of giving my Fall Kitchen a little warm up. Like Pavlov’s dogs, I’m compelled to start baking and cooking when Autumn rings it’s bell. Fall home tours have popped up all over the blog circuit and I’ve been quite envious of the latest cozy Fall Kitchens. I have a white kitchen with blue and gray accents so it can be a challenge to warm it up. I’m not talking about just decorating with pumpkins and gourds (those will come as well!) but more of an overall change of mood for my cooking and entertaining space that suits the coming seasons.
I’m keeping my focus on all these gorgeous warm woods and metals for my Fall kitchen. I’m loving all copper and brass accents, especially in kitchens with mixed metals. Lush. When we remodeled our kitchen, nearly seven years ago, EVERYTHING was brushed nickel. I’m not ready to replace all this hardware yet so I’m glad to see options for mixing things up! I’ve already ordered a few items featured above, a paddle shaped cutting board and a few of the brass canisters. I’ll also be on the look out for these finishes when I visit the flea markets and resale shops. I like the idea of adding in some vintage appeal to a modern kitchen. This way I can invest in some updated pieces for Fall that I don’t have to take down in a month.
The aim is to capture some of the warmth and charm of these beautiful kitchens. If all goes well I might post a mini kitchen tour to show the updates.
Follow these links to see more of the homes above. The top two have complete Fall home tours with links to many more via the BHTS Fall 2014 tours.
If you liked the items shown in this post, check out my Monthly Faves over in the sidebar where you can find more great products and deals for your Fall Kitchen.
One last note! You may have noticed I included many items from H&M’s Home Collection, new to the U.S. in late 2013. And new to me like, now… I was very impressed with their assortment and prices so I thought I’d share a couple of their styled product shots. No affiliation, just an excited consumer. It’s only available to the U.S. online and things seems to go in and out of stock frequently. I ordered some canisters and jars from them so I’ll let you know what I think when they arrive!