…I’m not making this stuff up!

Vintage love is all around us. Just check out the new Pottery Barn catalog. It cracks me up that they are selling vintage olive crates now. Of course they are $169 or some insane price.

PB uses a French laundry basket in the bathroom for towels. Right now, mine is in my kitchen with board games, namely Operation that Santa gave us!

Framed sheet music. Don’t pay for it. I tore out pieces of my Chopin selections, framed with cheap Michael’s frames, painted them and hung them in my dining room.

Chippy painted furniture. It may look like you will not be able to work it into your own decor, but give it a try. Maybe don’t go with this lime green until you’ve warmed up to the shabby look, but certainly a distressed white or neutral.

Vintage trunks add interest and fit nicely in many places. Under a console, leaned on a wall, under a chair in the living room.

I must admit that I wish they had not started offering my exact lanterns! For those that have asked after them, here you go!

The moral of my story is that even Pottery Barn is trying to get away from the Pottery Barn look! Explore & experiment with vintage objects in your home to add style and interest. Don’t go crazy and bring in anything too large all at once. Start small and work it in. You get to define your own space and I’d like to encourage you to start treasuring hunting for your pieces.

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  1. Bravo for taking on PB! Their prices are outrageous.

  2. Colleen Kirk says:

    Hi Christen…you don’t know me….but I just met you today while researching more on ASCP…I told my husband that you are my new best friend…I will probably cyber stalk you for a while…just wanted you to know that I really enjoyed all of your YouTube posts and cannot wait to get started on my own pieces…keep up the amazing work and always be true to yourself…Colleen 🙂

  3. Hey there, If you’re ever looking for vintage french sheet music, let me know. I come across it all the time in the brocantes here and they’re practically giving it away……. x jess

  4. Christen,
    They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, but this time it is PB imitating all the vintage already out there. You and others have been showing the ways to use vintage and “chippy” painted items to add interest and texture to our homes.

    It is so great if those items bring back memories too. I think the “looking for” is part of the appeal. Using them in our homes to reflect ourselves is even better.

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