On Wednesday, we were so thrilled to style a table at Anthropologie with Holly Heider Chapple Flowers. Holly taught a wonderful Mother’s Day DIY vase class while we styled one of the tables with her gorgeous floral arrangements, our vintage china and flatware, and some of Anthropologie’s lovely tabletop accessories. We’ll have some professional photos later from Anne Robert Photography, but for now, here is a sneak peak.
Thank you again to Holly, Anne, and Anthropologie for letting us be a part of this fabulous event! I never thought I’d be able to say I styled a table at Anthro–everyday great things are happening around here. Thank you to everyone who made this thrilling day possible!
I generally don’t shy away from taking on a challenge, especially when it comes to taking on a new project because I never know where it will lead. So when a wedding planner called a couple of weeks ago and asked for cream wingbacks, I told her, “welllll, I do have to wingback chairs that I’ve been meaning to reupholster…” The catch: she needed them in four days. When there is a will, there is a way.
Old suede upholstery on this wingback…ready to get removed
So I worked on them day and night with my assistant, adding new padding, tufting, fabric, piping, and nail head trim. Yes, it took me staying up 36 hours straight to finish them before the wedding, but we got them done and I’m thrilled with the results!
I’ve learned that sometimes I just have to dive in because, as in life, if I’m always worrying about not knowing exactly how to add the piping or how to secure the tufting, I’d never start a project and never get to the result. Sometimes it’s about learning as you go along on uncertain journeys and sometimes we are lucky enough to get beautiful nailhead wingbacks at the or a vintage rental business at the end.
I might be a little crazy, but last week I decided to build a zinc table last week for a photoshoot with Anne Robert and Holly Chapple. After finally securing a giant sheet of zinc (which was far too thick and unmallable for a table) in Baltimore, my assistant Hanna and I went to work putting it over one of our reclaimed barnwood farm tables. It was a lot of work, but I think the table turned out far better than I imagined. In fact, I kinda want it as my dining room table now….
It only took two days and tons of scrapes and bruises to get it done. The hardest part was molding the rigid zinc around the table—because I used a gauge that was too thick. Lesson learned. After I finally hammered it all around the table, I used galvanized roofing nails for the nailhead trim around the edge. After all, I love details!
This is me putting contact cement on the tabletop. Yeah, the table looks cool in this pic, but I chose this table because the boards had become too brittle, loose, and there were big knot holes in it.
Pretty zinc sheet.
Here’s Hanna cutting the zinc to the corners of the table. Stylish and crafty all at the same time! She later soldered the corners together.
Here, we clamped the sides of the table down under a 2×4 to keep the top from bubbling up when we were nailing in the sides. Believe it or not, the nails were not so easy to pound in the side. I still have some bruises on my hands from missed attempts
This is the final stage of the table—and clamp city! The blue stuff on the table is the patina solution that I used. This was the really fun part. I experimented with different concentrations of it on a scrap piece of zinc. Then used a lot of finesse, steel wool, and hammers to create the just right look. I think it turned out awesome! Now it’s another lovely addition to our inventory available for anyone to rent.
PS. Please ignore my atrocious yard and the mess I made. I’m a messy crafter. My grass tells the story of how many projects Something Vintage has done here….
Yes, I have been noticeably absent from the blog in the last few weeks because the Something Vintage staff and Ihave been working so hard to prepare our inventory for wedding season—specifically upholstering all the dining chairs and painting some of them white. Needless to say, we have been busy but loving every minute of it! I know how much effort couples put in to choosing wedding decor and I want to make sure that each chair is lovely and is something that I’d want in my home or at my wedding. So there was a lot of re-doing upholstery cushions to make sure they were just right. I think they came out great!
Last summer, my wonderful neighbors and I gathered to celebrate Sandra and Jean-Paul’s upcoming addition to their family. We are so thrilled that this was featured on Style Me Pretty. We styled the shower and chose French country theme for the brunch fete because Sandra is French. We used white and grey as the main colors with orange accents to keep it gender-neutral (they didn’t find out the sex) and keyed off the cute bird that is painted in the baby’s nursery. Look how gorgeous this couple is! I can’t believe she gave birth like two weeks later.
We held the brunch in a community garden near our house Columbia Heights (in DC), and took advantage of the natural elements on site, creating a brunch buffet out of wood pallets and using old garden fencing to hang a lace ribbon curtain made out of vintage tablecloths. We wanted to incorporate chicken wire (come on, who doesn’t?!), so we used it to create plate chargers, photo frame backdrops, and as accents in the invitation. At the last minute, we were thrilled to find an oversized antique bird cage to house the baby gifts and a vintage French baby carriage for a prop!
Our chicken wire chargers
Our favorite details? The little birds we created from the pages of old French novels. We used a large bird punch to create them and mounted the birds to chicken wire frames. We then used them to label plants in the garden.
Anne Robert, an incredible photographer in DC and NY, shot the event and captured the memories for the new parents. Aren’t her photos amazing? I swear she can make anything look beautiful through her lens. It’s truly a gift!
Jennifer Claire from Memento Designs created these gorgeous invitations. She always hits the nail on the head with capturing the right feel for events (she also designed my wedding invitations!)
The delicious French pastries and baked goods were provided the French bakery Le Caprice DC, which is also located in Columbia Heights.
Meredith from Singing Frog Farms provided the gorgeous florals.
It was a real pleasure to help Sandra and Jean-Paul celebrate the impending arrival of their little one Noah, who was born just two weeks later! Didn’t Sandra look amazing for being just shy of 9 months?! Congrats to Sandra and Jean-Paul!
Photography>>Anne Robert Photography Styling and Vintage Rentals >> Something Vintage Rentals Invitations >> Memento-Designs Fabulous French Pasteries >> Le Caprice DC Florals >> Singing Frog Farms Venue >> Wangari Gardens
I was so honored to come with Anne Robert (of Anne Robert Photography) to shoot the legendary Matthew Robbins Design in action at his NYC studio for Style Me Pretty. Obviously, I am not a photographer, I was just tagging along to help Anne and to get inspired to by Matthew’s incredible eye for designing florals and tablescapes. He just published a new book that you can find at Amazon and at Anthropologie stores. It turns out that we share a love for vintage finds as he uses eclectic pieces in the majority of his tablescapes…and of course I am obsessed with this!
Matthew, Anne, and I
I love how he arranged his containers by color on his shelves and had beautiful flowers mixed in for pops of color. I love how he arranged his containers by color on his shelves and had beautiful flowers mixed in for pops of color.
Check out all of these silver containers! And I thought that I had a lot of silver…
This is one of the vignettes he created for the shoot. The paper is from vintage velvet ribbon. It is such an ingenious addition!
Our colorful heels and flowers
Thanks again to Matthew Robbins and his awesome staff for a wonderful shoot and day in NYC. It was such an honor to work with you and with Anne Robert. Hopefully, Something Vintage can expand to service NYC in the near future.
A couple of weeks ago we scored the MOTHERLOAD of vintage scrapbooks that feature headshots of Hollywood stars from the 1950s. We’re talking pages and pages of amazing photos that just ooze the glamor, style, and timelessness of the era. Talk about vintage inspiration!
The Lovely Jane Russell was one of Hollywood sex symbols in the 1950s.
We will be posting these on a weekly basis on our blog and a couple extra times throughout the week on the Something Vintage Rentals Facebook page.
Stunner of June Allyson
Marguerite Chapman looking very patriotic
I have been looking forward to writing this post because I love working with insanely talented NYC-DC based photographer Anne Robert. Her shots are all stunning and she is great at capturing the emotion of the moment like few other photographers that I’ve seen. Did I mention that she has killer style?
Look how cute she is?! Now for her amazing photos…
This is what Wedding Chicks had to say about her photography: “Anne Robert’s work is romantic without affectation, self-assured, and feminine. With an eye for the blissful and beautiful, Anne provides her passion and artistry to her clients”
She shoots in all film and you can just see how her dedication to the art of photography shines through in each picture. I love working with her on photoshoots because I know everything she shoots will be amazing.
Actually, almost all of my photoshoots have been with Anne, so if you see an amazing photo from a photoshoot on my site, she probably snapped it. I can’t recommend her highly enough to my clients!