Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2013 Design & Color Trends

This is the time of year that everyone does their year end retrospective look and predictions for the upcoming year. Looking back is fine when you are studying history, but I would rather look ahead at what is in store for 2013. So I have pulled together the design and color trends put forth by some of my favorite design sites to share with you.

Next month we will be at the Americas Mart Gift Show picking out our offerings for 2013. I'll update you with what we find there when we return. 

What are the common threads put forth by these trendsetters?

Color:
Pantone's 2013 color chart is out. Primary colors are in. Bold colors, not muted. Not pastels. Yellow is the new pink! Yellow will dominate with vibrancy making for lively and stimulating color palettes, fabrics and fittings, according to interior designer, Laura Bielecki. Red is the bold new power color according to Julie Rogowski, of the Boston Design Center, but use it in moderation. Blues are making a comeback.
Primary Colors (image via Moroso60)
Patterns:
Animals, florals and stripes. Pattern is making a comeback ... I foresee fabrics and wall coverings bringing small and massive florals with white backdrops, vintage prints with a twist of white, bold colors and patterns thrown onto a white canvas…. you get the jist! Whatever it is do it on white to make it in style, says Bielecki.
Light blue twiggy stripes.
Texture:
Objects designed to be touched, experienced on a different level of sensuality. Natural textures, knitted textiles, roots and mushrooms. Neutral materials take on an added dimension with texture.
Roots, wood, natural textures.
Crafts:
The craft trend has been building and 2013 looks like the year that craft decor takes off. Building on the industrial chic designs of the past year, mixing the craft cottage feel with modern industrial style allow(s) one to create a more modern take on the DIY/craft industry. It also add a cozy, warm feeling to a room, is the opinion of the Boston Globe design team. We agree with this trend, having seen it first hand.
Craft Decor (images via Decor8 and Decoholic)
Here are a couple of other design inspirations from Laura Bielecki.
Bold stripes in black and white (Stripe-bombing)

Tribal Patterns
Here is a short design trend observation by Christopher Muther of the Boston Globe
October 03, 2012
 
When the economy tanked in 2008, homeowners hit the pause button on furniture purchases and home renovations. They stood back, watched their savings and retirement accounts take a roller-coaster ride, and generally stopped investing in home decor. 

Nearly five years later, Julie Rogowski, vice president and general manager of the Boston Design Center, says that sentiment finally may be turning an important and well-decorated corner. “The emphasis is changing from ‘Where can I save the most money’ to ‘What’s the perfect piece that totally reflects me.’ It’s a nice shift,” Rogowski says. “It could be the economy, or it could be that people are ready for change.” 

It’s one of the findings of the Boston Design Center’s yearly trend report, released Wednesday. Each year, Rogowski sifts through the hundreds of new products that arrive in the center’s 82 showrooms to identify changing tastes and trends in interior design. The 550,000-square-foot hub of interior design and architecture is where professional interior designers shop for clients. “People are now looking at their homes and making them more of a reflection of their day-to-day activities,” she says. She says those shifting tastes are apparent in a variety of trends, such as punchy patterns and 1940s Hollywood noir styles.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Year-end Hours

Hope you all have a 
Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year

Vintages' year-end hours are:
Christmas Eve 10am - 4pm or so
Christmas Day CLOSED
Wed Dec 26th through Sat Dec 29th 10am - 6pm
Sun Dec 30th through Tue Jan 1st CLOSED
Back to normal hours starting Wed Jan 2nd

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Birds ... Birds ... Birds!


We love birds. They are so much fun to watch at the feeder outside our kitchen window ... and we just love it when the quail and turkeys pay us a visit. There is just something warm and fuzzy about our feathered friends.





At Vintages we have a lot of bird ornaments. These can really dress up a tree, add a nice touch to a table centerpiece and look great as a decoration attached to a package bow.


We have little porcelain birds and bird dishes, candles and paperweights, bird magnets and handcrafted bird clay tiles.





There is also a great selection of vintage bird prints in the shop, including Audubon.


To top it off we have decorative bird paper and tags.



Celebrate the Holidays with our fine feathered friends!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vintages will be open daily until Christmas


For Your Convenience
Vintages will be open Daily until Christmas
Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Story of the Three Little Pine Trees

A while back I came across a box of old photographs, a scrapbook and some miscellaneous papers from the Guest family of San Francisco. This beautiful Christmas story was among the items. It is "Given to Daddy by Paul" when Paul was in the second grade in 1948. How sweet is this!



There were three trees.
They were pine trees.
They lived on a hill.
They wanted to be Christmas trees.

A little bird came to the hill.
The bird wanted a home.
The bird flew to the big tree.
The big tree was not kind.

The bird flew to the next tree.
Then it flew to the little tree.
The little tree was kind.
It gave the bird a home.

Soon Santa came to the hill.
He looked for the bird.
He saw the bird in the little tree.

He took the tree for a Christmas tree.
He gave the bird to Alice. 
Paul Guest, Christmas 1948

Friday, November 30, 2012

Los Gatos Tree Lighting POSTPONED

The Town of Los Gatos has just announced that due to the heavy rains, tonight's Holiday Tree Lighting has been postponed until next Friday, December 7.  The festivities will start at 4:30pm with the official program beginning at 5:30pm.  The tree will be lit at 6:00pm.

The Children's Holiday Christmas Parade will go on tomorrow, Saturday, December 1, as scheduled, rain or shine.

At this time, Holiday Carriage Rides are still scheduled to run tonight and tomorrow night as well. Contact the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions (408)354-9300.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Parties • Hostess Gifts • Thank Yous


As you venture out to all the Holiday festivities, parties and events, you will be needing gifts for the host or hostess and thank you gifts as well. We have just what you need ... and we will wrap it or bag it with tissue so your presentation is as wonderful as your gift. Here are some ideas:

Gifts for the Hostess
Little Porcelain Boxes
Micro-Pixies
Vintage Vanity Jars and Bottles
Handmade Pottery Bowls, Vases and Planters
Handcrafted Flowers, Scarves and Charm Necklaces
Handmade Silver Solder Charms and Pendants
Vintage Holiday Pins

Gifts for the Host
Candy Jars with Peppermints
Handcrafted Computer Disc Clocks
Compasses and Telescopes
A Variety of Flasks -- for the Hostess as well
Magnifying Glasses
Mugs, Cheese Boards and Platters

Gifts to Say Thank You
Handcrafted Clocks
Limoges Porcelain & Halcyon Days Enamel Boxes
Holiday Magnets
Paris and Los Gatos Notepads
A Wide Variety of Tree Ornaments
Potpourri and Exotic Dried Botanicals
2013 Desk Calendars
Click on the captions to read more about our gifts. Remember, we have some items online, but much more in the shop. Call us or email us with questions and availability. We wrap. We package. We ship. Plus, we have gift certificates for that hard-to-buy-for someone on your list.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1906 • Holiday Gifts for All

I found this full page advertisement in the Woman's Section of The Sunday Journal (Decmber 2, 1906, Minneapolis, Minnesota). The headline says it all:

Holiday Gifts for All
Bring an Itemized List of Things 
To Buy Each Member of the Family

Fun to see both the list of gifts and how the family members are described. How times have changed!

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