Makeover Diaries: Green Cabinet Console

One of the things that sets us apart from other interior design firms is our ability to take client's vintage pieces and giving them new life. When we saw this 20-year-old entertainment unit, we were inspired. The piece was functional, but just not exciting in the space. When we laid out our plans for the room, the built-in unit gave us the opportunity to add color and transform it to look like … [Read more...]

Elizabeth’s Palm Beach Dream

When Elizabeth described how she wanted her new condo to look, she said, "Palm Beach!" The goal: lots of color, cheer, and a place that “people were pleased to come into and enjoy the space with me”. So we started with her vintage Zuber screen as our inspiration for the color scheme and chose some key pieces from her own to make over for the new space. We took some of her pieces and lacquered … [Read more...]

Decorating with Blue and White

Blue and white is one of the most adored color combinations. Why? Not only is this color duo chic and versatile but it also takes its cues from nature. Think of the many blues in the sky and the many shades that make up water and be inspired to bring those colors inside. Blue hues all mix well together and white is fresh and natural. Chinoiserie Take inspiration from classic ginger jars and … [Read more...]

The Hollywood Regency Look

Hollywood Regency can be defined as the over arching style for Vintage Glamour decorating. Reminiscent of the old Hollywood era full of glitz and glamour this look is bold and timeless. It is a style that has truly transcended the decades. Hollywood Regency can be broken down into two major categories Chinoiserie and Palm Beach. Both styles are eclectic mixes of colors and prints. Below are ways … [Read more...]

Curating a Collection with Ficks Reed Rattan Furniture

For several months we have been working on a very special project. Now that our vision is finally coming to fruition we are very excited to show you a behind the scenes look at the process of our exclusive sale available now on One Kings Lane. [Update: now that the sale is over you can shop these items here.] We were lucky to get our hands on dozens of raw Ficks Reed furniture frames. Ficks … [Read more...]

Vintage Henredon Curios Makeover

Curios, or display cases are a great way to show off your favorite things. When we stumbled upon these vintage Henredon curios we envisioned them in a home proudly displaying someone's items. However, they definitely needed a new coat of lacquer. We kept it simple by choosing white and just a little bit of gold on the accents. The rattan tops and smoky mirrors just seemed to just pop … [Read more...]

White Wednesday: Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Our obsession for white furniture runs deep here at SWI Vintage. As we mentioned earlier in our blog, brown furniture is out. So we came up with the idea to dedicate every Wednesday to helping you bring beautiful vintage white furniture into your home. This week we were inspired by Mary McDonald's luxurious study. “A well-designed room should beckon you, make you feel welcome and wanting a little … [Read more...]

Vintage Benches Makeover

We were lucky enough to have stumbled upon some stunning crocodile faux-leather fabric recently. We just needed the perfect piece to use it on. Eventually we came across a pair of very outdated benches that were perfect for an upholstery makeover. The wooden legs were in desperate need of a new layer of paint and the fabric was mismatched. We cannot get enough of white furniture at the … [Read more...]

Vintage Console Table Makeover

Every where we look we're seeing white furniture. From chairs and coffee tables to sofas and mirrors. It is safe to say that brown is out. So we decided to take this outdated mahogany chippendale-style table and bring it back to life. The fretwork, lattice and other detailing on this piece really caught our eye. We decided that a layer of white lacquer would really draw out every little detail … [Read more...]