October 31, 2014

Kicking Traditional To The Curb

OK, I know some of you will think I'm coo coo for Cocoa Puffs for trading out my traditional entryway furniture for something more fun. More eclectic. More me.

But a girl has to do what she has to do.

I'm a firm believer that your entryway should reflect the type of decor your visitors should expect to see once they walk farther into your home.

Looking for something different for the hallway?  Kick traditional decor to the curb and go for a vintage eclectic look for the entry hallway.   via houseofhawthornes.com

And this was my way of setting the stage for things to come.

So I kicked my formal entryway table to the curb (not really, it's in the dining room) and I brought my vintage Versa Fold n Roll Table down from my craft room/office to replace it (the ugly BEFORE photos are coming up in a bit).

Looking for something different for the hallway?  Kick traditional decor to the curb and go for a vintage eclectic look for the entry hallway.   via houseofhawthornes.com

The table is a little bit funky and unique and rusty. I found it at a church rummage sale a few years ago and couldn't fork over my $5 fast enough.

It's made to fold down to make it flat like a bar serving cart, if need be. Since I need a bar cart rarely (like never), I tend to keep it folded up.

Versa Fold n Roll Table in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

Vintage badminton racuets in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

On the cart, I have my Thermos brand barn lunchbox that I bought at the Country Living Fair this year,

Thermos brand barn lunchbox in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

some mini bowling pins that my friend Terri from Olive Out sent me

Mini bowling pins in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

and my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye setting on some thrift store books.

Vintage Brownie Hawkeye camera in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

All fun things that appear to have nothing in common, but just went well together in my mind. That's pretty much the definition of an eclectic style, I think.

Speaking of cameras, I hung a few more on my coat hooks. Were you expecting to see coats on the coat hooks?

Looking for something different for the hallway?  Kick traditional decor to the curb and go for a vintage eclectic look for the entry hallway.   via houseofhawthornes.com

Imperial Mark XII camera

Vintage Imperial Mark XII camera in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

Kodak Duaflex III

Vintage Kodak Duaflex III camera in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

Kodak Brownie Starlet

Vintage Kodak Brownie Starlet camera in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

I never met a vintage camera I didn't love. Or didn't buy.

This arrow was handmade by me from an old piece of wainscoting.

DIY wooden arrow in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

This is the other side of the entryway. Nothing spectacular, but it's a pretty small entryway.

Vintage mid century modern chair in an eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

Since taking these photos, I have started to update my mid century modern chair. I hope to get that done this weekend, so I can show her to you in all her groovy glory.

OK, as promised, here are the BEFORE photos for you.

This entryway was yellow!!! As in put on your sunglasses because it's going to be a hot one!

An eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

I loved the color for years, but it made it soooo hard to shoot photos here. Everything had a yellowish cast to it.

Plus I wanted something less stuffy and formal. More eclectic and fun.

An eclectic vintage entryway via houseofhawthornes.com

Since the rest of my home is not stuffy and formal AT ALL.

I think I achieved that!

Looking for something different for the hallway?  Kick traditional decor to the curb and go for a vintage eclectic look for the entry hallway.   via houseofhawthornes.com


Does your entryway show visitors a taste of what's going on in the other areas of your home?

Love it? Hate it? Not my style, but I'll trust that you haven't really gone coo coo for Cocoa Puffs, Pam?


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October 27, 2014

Do You Really Need Another Vintage Thermos?

Woo hoo! This girl got a little shoppin' in this weekend and I'm feeling good!

I don't know about you, but if I go too long without getting out to a good sale or thrift store, I start to get a little antsy. A little twitchy even.

But no worries, I got my groove on at a barn sale. And all is right with the world.

Look what I found!!!

Vintage Skotch Kooler - found at a barn sale

October 25, 2014

Inspiring Halloween Posts To Check Out

I don't know about you, but Halloween sort of snuck up on me this year. One day I was lighting off 4th of July firecrackers in the backyard. The next, it's the end of October and the goblins are getting ready to knock on my door for their Snickers Fun Size candy bars.

So since I haven't done much around the house here, I thought I'd show you some Halloween posts I found on the internet. You know, from people that have their Jack O'Lanterns in a row.

Jamie at Anderson And Grant made this very cool vintage looking Jack O'Lantern. And get this. She made it from one of those bright orange cheapo plastic buckets that are a staple at the thrift stores this time of year.

Image via Anderson And Grant

October 22, 2014

Painted Mason Jar Halloween Craft

Need a quick and easy craft to get you in the mood?

In the mood for Halloween that is. I can't help you with your other "mood" issues, but I hear they make little pills for that.

Well, I think I've finally perfected the art of covering a glass jar with paint!!!

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Craft - a fun five minute craft for fall.  via houseofhawthornes.com


I know, I know. It doesn't seem like it would be awe inspiring and that hard to do, but I can't tell you how many jars I've painted and they've come out mediocre at best.

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