Danielle + Aaron’s Woodend Sanctuary Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

Congratulations to Danielle + Aaron! We were so delighted to provide the accent furniture for this lovely wedding at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and were thrilled to see Jodi Miller’s Photos featured on Style Me Pretty! Don’t you love this formal portrait of the couple on our Cream Tufted Chair followed by the quick smooch on our Victorian Sofa?!

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

The talented ladies at Karson Butler Events put together a beautiful day – I adore the portico seating area they designed using the Pink Parlor Chairs, Dusty Tangerine Settee and Leather Steamer Trunk. Please can they make my living room look this good?!

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

Holly Chapple designed romantic flower arrangements that brought all the elements together. It’s a gorgeous wedding like this one that reminds me how much talent there is in the DC wedding community.  And will you check out this adorable Boutonniere Bar designed by Karson Butler?!  So cute.

 

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

Danielle is such a beautiful bride, we might have to use her as a model for all our furniture!  Congratulations to the beautiful couple–we wish you a very happy future together!

Danielle & Aaron; May 11th, 2013; Woodend Sanctuary

 

Venue:  Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD // Wedding Planner:  Karson Butler Events  //  Florist:  Holly Heider Chapple Flowers // Photographer:  Jodi Miller  Photography //  Calligraphy:  Meant to Be Calligraphy //  Paper Goods:  Little Bit Heart

 

Chandeliers

Want to add glamour and decadence to our outdoor event? Imagine dancing, drinking and laughing under the twinkling glow of gold and crystal chandeliers. We have several lovely working antique chandeliers in art deco, turn of the century and bohemian styles ranging from single to three tiers of lights, glass and crystal.

Available a la carte or as a cluster – these chandeliers will be the perfect romantic addition to a black tie event, whimsical picnic, or any party that goes on after the stars come out.

a la carte $399 Each + Installation

cluster of 3 chandeliers $900 + Installation

Photos coming soon!

Swooning over our Vintage Truck!

I’m in love, I’ll just say it.  I’m head over heels for my new truck–a 1964 Ford F100 long bed in its factory color, turquoise.  I’ve never been excited to drive a vehicle before, but every time I drive her around DC it makes me so happy (despite the fact she is a beast to drive here)!  I inevitably get envious looks from old men and lots of compliments on her at stoplights (no AC, my windows are always down!)  Yeah, she may not be the most practical choice, but she is incredible and I love her.  And when have I ever been practical?!

1964 Ford F100

The newest addition to our Something Vintage Rentals family!

I am contemplating renting her out for wedding and events (not to drive, just as a prop or for photos).  If anyone is interested, please contact me asap so I can make sure she is not in use on that date.

And if you see me driving, make sure to honk and say hi!

 

Meet the newest member of Something Vintage

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I love unique pieces–that’s partially why I I have a vintage obsession. Shocking admission, isn’t it?! So when it came time for Something Vintage to stop renting so many vans and trunks and buy a big girl vehicle, I cringed (literally) at the thought of having to drive around a cargo van. How could I willingly cough up thousands of dollars for a van I don’t even want to drive around? So I set out to find a van worthy of our awesome inventory.

I considered all sorts of vans, but when I laid my eyes on a Craigslist post in North Carolina for a 1967 Ford Econoline with only 72,000 original miles on it—and the most important part of all–it was aqua, immediately pounced! Now, I’ve gotta learn how to drive a three speed on the column or as many affectionately call it, a “three on the tree”…and manual brakes and steering. Eeek!

So I’m pleased to introduce everyone to Betty, the Something Vintage Van and the sweetest vintage cargo van I’ve seen in DC. Did I mention she is the ever-timeless aqua?!

Stay tuned for Betty’s appearance in wedding photos and many a photoshoot:)

Hallelujah! We have church pews for rent

I’m thrilled to announce we now have 27 church pews for rent as part of our inventory! I’ve been searching EVERYWHERE for the perfect pews–not too 70s, not too narrow, no hideous mauve padding–and I finally found them.   They are from the early 1900s and we just hauled them back to our warehouse.

We have two styles, the ones with the crest that are 15 feet long and the white pews with more rectangular ends that are 11 feet long.  Here are some initial photos I took while we were unloading.

Contact us today to reserve them for your event!

church pew rentals

Our vintage pews coming home to DC!

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Our vintage 15 foot pews

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Our 11 foot white church pews.

Debuting our French crossback chair rentals!

Crossback chairs

We are so excited to unveil our French crossback chairs for rent!  These oak crossback chairs are oh so beautiful–I’m even going to steal one to place at my dining table.  They can be found at high end furniture stores around Washington D.C. and now, we are offering them as rentals for your special event or wedding.  Each French crossback chair has a woven rattan seat and we are hoping to get cushions to offer as an option as well.  I hope you are crushing on these French beauties as much as we are!

Price: $10.50 each

Also coming soon for this wedding season– French farm tables (with a gorgeous raw finish), whitewashed Chiavari chairs, and white and natural church pews.

Crossback chair rental

Close up of our French crossback chairs

Something Vintage Rentals’ new studio under construction!

About a month ago, my studio and I moved into a 1926 rowhouse in the H St corridor in NE DC. This rowhouse has so much character– it has all the original oak floors, woodwork, doors, bathtub, subway tile, metal kitchen cabinets, and a beautiful porcelain farmhouse sink. That said, it needs a lot of work to make it into a lovely home and studio.

I’ll post updates on the latest projects I’m tackling here(and my insanity for taking them on!). I’m hoping it will show case my penchant for taking something old and ordinary and transforming it into something to treasure.

Project 1: Goodbye Knotty Pine

Here is one of the first projects I took on–ripping up ratty old carpeting and taking down the wood paneling from the stairs. Underneath I discovered glowing green plaster and beautiful oak stairs (score!). It really lightened it up but the green had to go.

So rather than painting, I decided to go for it and just expose the brick. I have done this before so I knew what a mess and large job this would be. Luckily, I had the help of my crew members from Something Vintage. After 3 days, 71 contractor’s garbage bags full of plaster, and soooo much plaster dust (like .25 inches on everything in my house), we exposed some pretty awesome brick! I definitely need a manicure after all of that–my hands are a disaster!!

Here are the stairs before I got my hands on them. Pine paneling floor to ceiling and some well-worn carpeting.

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After I ripped the paneling down, with the help of my assistant Hanna, we found these glowing green walls….not exactly a “homey” feeling

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So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start taking off the plaster. Oh that brown stuff on the walls is the glue from the paneling. Very appealing, yes.

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So after tons and tons of work and plaster dust, all of the plaster was finally off.  The next tedious step was cleaning each individual brick.  I debated whether I should leave it that white color with the plaster, but by the time I sucked all the dust off, it was very pretty anymore.  So I got to work….and got to buy a fun angle grinder for this with a wire wheel attachment!

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Hello, pretty angle grinder!

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You can see what it looks like before I cleaned it (top) and after (below).

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So, after all the plaster was removed and clean, I got a pretty awesome exposed brick wall on my staircase.  I think there is too much brown so I’m going to paint the stair risers…maybe white (or aqua!)  To be continued…

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Blushes, Grey & Metallics

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We absolutely love these fabulous trending colors! They create a wonderfully dreamy space. The pastel peaches and neutrals scream fresh.  While the strong greys and shiny metallics make the blushes really pop. Want this look for your wedding or event!? Check out our Zinc Table, Beige Sofa, Gold Chalkboard & Gilded Mirror!

We are especially inspired by these beautiful examples…

 

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