• Our Very Fine House,  Vintage Interior Design

    The Able Grable…Paper Doll Decor at it’s Finest

    A friend of mine was in Austin for a weekender.  While she was there, I received a phone call asking if I’d rather have Betty Grable or Vivian Leigh.  The answer was a resounding “GRABLE!”  No offense to Blanch DuBois, but Grable is aces in my book.  She returned with a wonderful set of vintage Betty Grable paper dolls. I horded this treasure for three years, not certain what I was going to do with it.  Then we bought the Modage and the Modage had a guest room.  Considering that the Modage also needed art, I pulled Betty out of the dresser and enlisted her help.  I purchased two inexpensive…

  • Our Very Fine House,  Vintage Interior Design

    A Creative Outlet

    Many of my projects are undertaken due to my own anal retentiveness and domestic obsessiveness. This one is a perfect example. Confession time: I hate plastic switch plates and outlet covers. They are an inexpensive option for an essential, shock preventing item, but I don’t want them in my house. Replacing switch plates was an easy choice; you usually find only one or two in each room. Outlet covers are entirely different monster. At $5 to $10 dollars a pop and an average four per room, the cost for fancy metal ones add up quickly. I was resigned to glaring, shiny plastic plates on my walls. Then I discovered Zinsser…

  • Vintage Interior Design

    Sweet Cotton-Candy-Colored Dreams

    Before we closed on the Modage, we knew that we wanted to use my old bedroom set in the guest room. We also knew we would use my old, awesome, totally retro, aqua satin bedding. We also knew that one of the dressers was badly chipped, making the veneer a pain in the tush to refinish in a wood tone. We decided we would paint the whole set coral, which led to the grey paint on the wall. Have to ground the crazy colors somehow. Having read about the wonders of chalk paint, I decided to mix up my own for this project. Step 1: Pull all of the drawers…