Valentines Day- What It Looks Like For Us

Hello Friends and Happy Thursday ( and Valentines Day).

We don’t get super into valentines day, we will typically just exchange cards( I am a big fan of giving cards for all of the occasions I can). My husbands family usually gives two cards, one that is silly, sometimes inappropriate🤣 and one that is heartfelt. It has taken me awhile to come around to that idea. I usually like to come at you super heartfelt but this year I decided to embrace it, one card is silly the other is heartfelt. As a couple I think we do a pretty good job of showing each other how much we love each other on a daily basis. This year we are going to celebrate a day late due to work schedules which i think is better..a nice glass of wine, good food and our cozy home for the perfect date night in.

He is my bestfriend, the Chip to my JoJo, the mac to my cheese!

He is my bestfriend, the Chip to my JoJo, the mac to my cheese!

Also on a side note: Its important to remind ourselves everyday how amazing we are but I think the day of love is a great day to do it. I think I will treat myself to some flowers or a special coffee and spend some time with my favorite girls, a galentines day sounds amazing to me, especially with my lover being at work.

However you spend the day just know:

You are amazing

You are beautiful

You are so valuable

Have a beautiful day loves

🏡💕

Lynsey

On The Hunt For: The Perfect Bedside Rug

Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope you are having a great week.

Today I want to talk rugs, specifically bedside rugs. When we moved into our house we had carpet but after further examination of it and just the state of all the demo we decided to remove it. I love the flooring we have in there now however its chilly on the toes when first getting up in the morning. That brings me to the point of this post, I am currently on the hunt for the perfect one. I want it to be soft but not to soft, neutral but not white but at the same time I am open to a pop of color…I feel like Goldilocks with the porridge. If you have any suggestions on where to find the perfect rug…helllpp lol. Below are a few I have been looking at::

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If any of you have suggestions on great places to look for inexpensive rugs please please let me know

🏡💕

Lynsey

Some Of My Favorite Decor Pieces

Hello Everyone, Happy Tuesday!!

Today on the blog I wanted to share some of my newest decor finds. New decor makes me feel so happy and it gets my creative wheels turning. Some times the piece itself inspires me to change things in our home. Do you have any favorite places to shop for decor? Is there one thing that you love to have in your home? For me lately it has been vases and bins. I am excited to be organizing as much of our house as I can. Some of the pieces I had already and some I found recently at TJ Maxx and on Amazon.

I picked up the smaller one and then went back into the store later for the big one, I love the farmhouse inspired print.

I picked up the smaller one and then went back into the store later for the big one, I love the farmhouse inspired print.

This weaved basket is from amazon. Admittedly I bought this with out paying attention to he size😂. Instead of putting blankets in it I think I may look for a potted plant to put in it.

This weaved basket is from amazon. Admittedly I bought this with out paying attention to he size😂. Instead of putting blankets in it I think I may look for a potted plant to put in it.

Wire baskets are some of my favorite things to incorporate. I loved using them to help organize my coffee bar☕.

Wire baskets are some of my favorite things to incorporate. I loved using them to help organize my coffee bar☕.

My last decor find is this grouping of bottles. I love the pops of green and the different shapes and sizes, they add nice visual interest.

My last decor find is this grouping of bottles. I love the pops of green and the different shapes and sizes, they add nice visual interest.

The fabric bins fit perfectly on this bookcase

The fabric bins fit perfectly on this bookcase

💕🏡

Lynsey

Painted Front Doors

Hello Friends!!

How cute are painted front doors?! I knew when we chose paint colors for our house I wanted to paint the front door. There is something about it..when I pulled up for the first time I said its like our house is smiling. I know I probably sound like a cray cray but our house had no curb appeal when we bought it. The front desperately needed something to brighten it before the spring. I am featuring our door and a few other ones I found that made me smile.

Our door is Salty Dog by Sherwin Williams

Our door is Salty Dog by Sherwin Williams

This pink door and these purple flowers

This pink door and these purple flowers

Sunny yellow brightens any entryway and gives me summer vibes

Sunny yellow brightens any entryway and gives me summer vibes

Green is my absolute new favorite “neutral”. I think there is a shade of green for everyone. -from southernliving.com

Green is my absolute new favorite “neutral”. I think there is a shade of green for everyone. -from southernliving.com

Black makes a statement, its classic and elegant

Black makes a statement, its classic and elegant

If you find a color that you love but you are unsure about it for the walls of your home, maybe consider painting your front door with it. A painted front door can make your home stand out in the best way.

💕🏡

Lynsey

Entryway Refresh

Welcome Friends!

I am so glad that you stopped by the blog today, I hope you are having a good week so far.

I realized that I haven’t shared our entryway refresh on the blog yet. When we moved into our house one of the most interesting things was the wood wall in our entryway. The wood was a nice accent but we decided that it was to dark, I was looking for a more neutral accent wall. once the demo wrapped it was time for us to chose all new paint for the whole house and while we were choosing colors I decided that I wanted to paint the wood wall.

It just seemed to dark for our entryway, I wanted it to be bright and welcoming.

It just seemed to dark for our entryway, I wanted it to be bright and welcoming.

Once the primer went up on the wood wall I knew that it was all this wall needed to add the bright and airy feeling I wanted when you enter our home. Before the wall was painted we had the console table that is shown above and hooks on the wall, after it was painted I was hoping we could add a hall tree. Our space is limited as the entry way walks you right into our living room. After doing a lot of searching I found one at Ikea that helped tie my love of rustic and industrial. And the best part of it all.. I could put the hall tree together on my own.

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I absolutely love how it turned out. We have a bright and welcoming entryway along side a cutie front door that is coming up next on the blog.

💕🏡

Vintage Envelope Styling

Do you ever just have an idea and think that’s it, that’s what I am doing then suddenly it changes.

Welp, that was me with these galvanized metal envelopes. I thought I am going to get these, put them up with our wedding photo and add flowers to them. I did and to be honest I wasn’t really feeling it(what can I say it happens🤣). I posted a picture of how I styled them the first time and a friend commented with an idea that totally changed my mind. She mentioned using them and some vintage envelopes( she had me at vintage) to create something kind of like all of the book walls that have popping up on IG. After I read her comment I ordered myself these vintage inspired airmail envelopes and began to think of how to style them.

One day I just started placing some of the airmail envelopes in the metal envelopes. Instead of just stacking them inside I have some falling into the metal envelopes from each side. I am so happy with how it turned out ❤❤. I lay in bed a stare up at it. I am so glad that my friend commented on my original photo and inspired all of this. When it comes to designing and styling our home I love taking risks and that my husband encourages me to go for it.

I am so impressed with the quality of these beautiful vintage inspired envelopes.

I am so impressed with the quality of these beautiful vintage inspired envelopes.

P.S I Love You

P.S I Love You

I hope you have a great Friday Eve!!

💕🏡

Lynsey

Whats been happening over here at Vintage Soul Designs and what is coming..

Hey Y’all, How are you doing?

The holiday season was honestly rather a rough time for me. Without talking about it to much I lost someone near and very very dear to my heart before the holidays. Needless to say it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions over here. Sometimes in life change comes whether we are prepared for it or not. In keeping that in mind I have been spending the last few weeks writing down my goals and plans for the next few months, there are exciting things in the works over here .

Lately I have been feeling the pull to take some big steps with Vintage Soul( I have business cards y’all!!) I have been looking at what I want to accomplish in the next few months as well as this year. Being able to write it all down has helped me to see that while it is going to take a lot of work I know I can make it happen and that my dreams/ goals are attainable. There is nothing that makes me more happy and excited then to be able to help clients have a house that they love where they can create memories and feel good.

I am excited to share is that I have two projects in the works. My husbands aunt has been gracious enough to send a project my way that I am beyond excited to be a part of, The other project is one that I will be working on with a former classmate, which is so exciting!! This former classmate of mine is someone who I admire and adore. I am hoping, with the clients permission, I am able to share these projects with all of you so stay tuned for those.

Coming up in the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing a few small projects that I have been doing around our house. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great day.

💕🏡

Lynsey

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NYC🗽

Whew, let me say it one more time, whew. Time has gotten away from me. I just realized the other day that I have not blogged since September. School this semester has been crazy busy, its my last official semester and I feel like I have not stopped since August.

If you are following me on IG you are probably sick of me talking about this but I cant help myself I had the best time. This past weekend I was able to take a break of sorts and go on an adventure to New York. Let me start by saying that this is a big step for me personally. As an introvert sometimes these kinds of situations can be tough but I will be the first to tell you that I had a BLAST and I can not wait to go back. On Sunday we went to BDNY where we were introduced to hundreds of commercial vendors( 2100 hundred rows of them). I met everyone from fabricators to flooring companies, I was in designer heaven❤❤. ( the slide show below features a few photos from that day)

Sunday night a few of us joined my teacher for dinner and then explored Time Square. I have been down there before but every time I go down there I am blown away by all of the people and the size of it..all of the buildings are hugggeee and lit up at all hours. I loved it, we shopped, went sight seeing and walked around for hours.

My favorite part of the trip was Monday. We visited the Decorations and Design building which houses so many ( I believe 300) different showrooms. Our visits included Elitis, Gloster, Garret Leather, Coco Mat and Maya Romanoff. Each of them offers different and unique things. My favorite part (aside from all of the yummy textiles and materials..yummy seems like an odd word but there isn’t one better for that Sunbrella textile or the leather) was listening to the reps talk about the products they were representing. They were so passionate about the products and the companies they were working for. I also found it interesting that each of the floors had a different look to them when you got off the elevator that reflected the vendors on that floor.

After all of the show rooms a few of my friends and I decided that we wanted to go see a little bit more of New York so we left and went towards central park. I have never been to the park before( we were limited on time so we didn’t really get to go in but we saw part of it from the street). One of my friends suggested that we go see the plaza hotel and I am so glad she did, boy was it something to see ( the mosaic tiles alone had us oohhing and ahhing, not to mention all of the marble). All in all I would say that the best part of the trip was the time I got to spend with my school mates outside of school. We got to get away from the stress and craziness to just be ourselves.

I left New York feeling very inspired with a very full heart❤😍🗽. I am so excited to go back.

my favorite quotes of the weekend: “We love students, we were once there” “We need designers like you” “We are excited for your future”

my favorite quotes of the weekend: “We love students, we were once there” “We need designers like you” “We are excited for your future”

Styling Bookshelves- A Glimpse Into My Mind

Hi Friends and Happy Fall🍁🍂.

It is finally starting to feel like fall here, its cooling down and I am loving it. Is it feeling like fall where you are ?

This weekend I worked in my “interior Design Studio” (This is what I have dubbed our spare room to be😂). This is going to be a room where I can go to feel creative and work on projects. While in there I noticed that I have a lot of stuff…a lot. Home decor is my jam I cant help myself.

Having said that on a recent trip to Ikea I saw the bookshelf of my dreams and realized it would be perfect for me to stage and style some of the home decor that I love.I love how big the bookshelf is and the overall look of it.

The wood and white paint is what sold me on it😍

The wood and white paint is what sold me on it😍

While I was in there I started thinking about how to style them, while it is still currently a work in progress, I think it is starting to come together(I am thinking of styling them next month with a fun fall vignette for some fun)I wanted to share a few tips on styling bookshelves that I have found helpful.

First- I put everything I wanted on the shelves out on my drafting table to help me decide where I wanted them. I loved being able to include vintage and new pieces in my styling. I also love to create layers, by that I mean that I chose things of varying heights and sizes so that there is visual interest. Visual interest is something I think is important in design, our personalities aren’t one dimensional so our homes shouldn’t be either.

These vintage book ends are a perfect way to highlight some of my vintage books. My mom bought these for me at a yard sale a few years ago.

These vintage book ends are a perfect way to highlight some of my vintage books. My mom bought these for me at a yard sale a few years ago.

I added my vintage phone which is one of my favorite vintage pieces. Also these little white houses 😍😍

I added my vintage phone which is one of my favorite vintage pieces. Also these little white houses 😍😍

Second I thought about adding a few pops of greenery, in this case I used faux floral’s. I used a small potted plant and some rose bouquets that I had laying around. I have always thought that greenery adds texture and movement to a space. plus for me plants always make me smile. I had a teacher who always said “when in doubt add a plant”, that is a mantra I live by these days.

Third and probably the most important tip I have is to love your home, if there is something that you love and you want to display it, I say Go For It!

How do you like to decorate your home to express your personality?

My First Lighting Project- Re-purposing Old Bulbs

I have had an interesting start to the semester but I have to say it is going to be a fun one.

For our first lighting project we had to think of a fun way to re-purpose old bulbs. I had a couple of ideas that I thought were for sure going to work but alas they did not. I finally came up with a winner..I call it "Growing Bright Ideas". I love how it turned out, to be honest I think I will be displaying this in my house. I think this idea would also be cute in a classroom or a little kids room(out of reach of course). 

old edison bulbs were used to make "light flowers" 

old edison bulbs were used to make "light flowers" 

The first step was to gather what I bought and lay it out. I bought a small terra cotta pot(it is chipped but I was able to hide it with flower petals), a foam ball, faux floral stems( of various shapes and sizes in the same bouquet) and floral tape at our local Walmart. We had the light bulbs laying around our house from an old fixture, any light bulb would work. 

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Step two- gather the tools needed. I used wire cutters and floral tape as well as some muscle grease(more on that later). 

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For the third step I decided which floral stems I wanted to keep as flowers and which I wanted to use for the light bulbs. I cut the flowers to various lengths, once they were ready I put the foam ball at the bottom of the pot and placed them in it. I tried to keep the light bulb stems in the center so that they could be supported by the surrounding stems. 

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I bent the top of the stem and used some elbow grease to make it into a circle. Once it was in a sort of circular shape I wrapped it around the light bulb base and secured it with floral tape. I wrapped a ton of floral tape around them because I was so worried they wouldn't support the bulbs. Once I had the bulb flowers made I arranged them towards the middle of the pot so that they were in the "meatest" part of the foam ball. By that I mean that I could push them into more foam giving them more support.

I think it turned out great and my teacher really liked all of our projects. Everyone came up with there own creative idea. 

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