Saturday, July 13, 2013

Antique Architectural Blue Prints (8)

Back Home Again is happy to bring you this set of  8 {yes I said 8} antique architectural blue prints from Better Homes and Gardens perhaps from the 1940s - 50s. Finding 8 sheets in tack together like this was quite a score so I snatched them up!

I just listed them today and needed to post more pictures for you so here they are. See the listing for additional information or to purchase. As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!  

I hope you've found these pictures helpful. For additional information with detailed information on each page or to purchase go here....

Friday, May 31, 2013

Integrity: Antique Architectural Blue Prints

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It's critical when selling antiques and collectibles online that you describe in detail what your customer is browsing. Of course, the best way to do this is with a photo. Since etsy only allows 5 photos for each listing I use my blog to bring you additional photos.

JUST LISTED: Antique Architectural Blue Prints from Garlinghouse. The are an awesome find but are damaged and I wanted to make sure my customers have a good picture of the damage. They are still very good for framing or using for your craft project...

The edges on the right sides are what are damaged but the rest of the blue print is in pretty good shape! If you look closely on the pictures on the listing you can see the extent of the damage. I'm always happy to answer your questions and thanks for shopping at Back Home Again...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Antique Lighting: Make Your New Home Old!

One of the simplest ways to make a new home look old is with authentic antique lighting. With some rewiring and refurbishing antique lights can make your new home feel like it’s been standing for decades if not centuries.  Just listed this fabulous antique globe light @ Back Home Again! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tips: Decorating your Home in Vintage Style!

Decorating your home with vintage style is not as easy as it they make it look in Country Living Magazine or Home and Garden TV. I'm not a professional but I have made some mistakes and have learned a lot over the years. Here are some simple tips to help make it a little easier for you...

Organize: Don't let the clutter of your vintage collections take over your house. Organize by item, color or anyway that floats your boat but don't let it get out of control. A beautifully displayed book case or curio cabinet are good ways to contain the clutter. Use unconventional items as well: old trophies, glass jars {think Ball jars}, old crates or vintage baskets all make great vessels for holding your stuff {referred to by some as junk}.

Mix it up: Don't be afraid to mix old with new. A reproduction found at the right price can be a great addition to your vintage home decor, especially when it comes to furniture. I sometimes find that even though antique or vintage furniture can look awesome the "worn torn" appeal doesn't always hold up well to my kids. I use to think that it all had to be old but I've gotten over that. Once i realized that  no one really cared but me and I was so stressed out over something breaking I decided to let all that go.

Vignette: The vignette is an easy way to pull mix matched vintage or antique pieces together for display. There is an art to it and it may take some time to "get it right" but don't give up. Start by pulling out all the vintage pieces you have laying around: antique books, vintage pottery, small photos etc. Then pick the spot you want to use for your vignette: hall table, coffee table, book case etc.. Clear off the spot and get started with the vintage pieces you've just found in your home! Play with the variation in sizes, layering and color.

Stay Eclectic: I have found that staying eclectic with a thread that pulls your antique and vintage finds together is the best way to go. I love Mid-century design but too much of it and your house either starts to look like a museum or an episode of Leave it to Beaver. I stick to straight lined furniture for the most part with the occasional ornate piece thrown in. I also find that by staying eclectic I have more opportunity to snatch up great finds at great prices.

Be Fearless: Seriously it's just decorating your house. I have found myself in the past paralyzed when it comes to taking chances on my home decor. The fear of getting it wrong can be so overwhelming that you stop trying. So what if you have to move the chair to another room in the house because it isn't working with your vintage table. So what if your Russel Wright is reproduction and not the original. As a good friend of mine once said, if the price is right and you love it the rest doesn't matter!

Paint: I know a lot of people {perhaps you're one of them} consider it a sin to paint old or vintage furniture {certainly antique}. I say if it gets that piece out of the land fill and in to your living room, have at it. If it's the perfect piece at the perfect price but not the perfect color; slap on a coat of paint. The above photo of that fabulous painted farmhouse cabinet is an example of utilizing paint on vintage furniture to bring it to life. You'll never convince me in a million years that the coat of yellow paint didn 't save it from obscrutiy.

There's nod doubt about it; decorating with antiques or vintage finds can be harder than it looks. Don't let the specifics overwhelm you and remember you're not performing brain surgery so making a mistake is certainly an option!

Share your tips for decorating in vintage style!

Painted Farmhouse Cabinet brought to you by Emily Ann @ Uptown Heirloom Co. Photo used with permission. For an amazing collection of reclaimed furniture visit Uptown Heirloom Co on Etsy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vintage Pillow Cases: Five Great Sewing Ideas!

 Vintage Pillow Cases: Five Great Sewing Ideas!

Idea # one
Vintage pillow case dresses are adorable for the little girl in your life. Here’s a simple tutorial brought to you by Reel Natural Mom (really cute blog). 

Idea # two
They can also be resourced or recycled in to aprons! These are super cute and unique one-of-a-kind aprons: PDF tutorial for sale at the Sewing Loft on etsy.  

Idea # three
Pillows have got to be my favorite way to re-use a vintage pillow case. Here is a fabulous no sew tutorial brought to you by Simply Feather the blog: great instructions and no need for a sewing machine!

Idea # four
Tote bag! Here’s a tutorial for a tote bag created from a vintage pillow case: brought to you by the Mother Huddle. You’ll need a sewing machine for this one!  

Idea #five 
Vintage pillow case laundry bag! I’m a huge fan of laundry bags: toys, organizing and yes laundry. Here’s an easy to follow (with great pictures) tutorial brought to you by In Color Order (another great blog).

If your creative fingers are itching to turn your vintage pillow cases in to a new handmade item, I hope this list inspires you to get started. Need pillow cases for your stash? Head on over to Back Home Again where I have a fabulous stack for sale!

 Feel free to post your ideas in the comment section…

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vintage Linen Lot! Lots and Lots of Fabric!

Just listed a huge lot of vintage tablcloths and linen perfect for your etsy creations. They are in great condition but perfect for cutting. It's hard to find this much fabric in such great shape. I'd love it all to go to an online artisan so please help pass the word!
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