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DIY: Lois Lane and Clark Kent Costumes. Easy Couples Idea!

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What to be for Halloween?  That was the big question this weekend.  My dashing gentleman friend was the spitting image of Clark Kent, but I was no Lois Lane.  What's a gal supposed to do in a crunch?

Here’s how I got inspired, as a blonde that doesn't even wear glasses:

1.  I did a roundup of my favorite online Vintage and Indie inspired Lois Lanes.

2.  I found just the right Lois Lane.  She was Vintage enough to get my juices flowing:

I loved that outfit, that poise, that hair, but could my hair really do that?  Probably not, so I kept looking. 

3.  Then I came across the best Indie, Lois Lane of all time.  Kate Bosworth!  Yes, please. 

I could definitely dig those glasses and that hairstyle, but how would I get those waves? 

4.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found this Hollywood Waves Tutorial that helped me on my way.

I do love that Kate Bosworth!  I just wasn't diggin that sleepy brown suit she was sporting in the picture above. I decided to take the pearl inspiration and then kept looking further for my final look.

That’s when I discovered this Lois Lane.  She had just the right fashion edge for me.  Adorable, I loved her style!

I have to say... I also love that she didn’t let Clark be the only hero.  She proudly sports her own superman logo under her white button up.  You go girl!  I was officially inspired.

This is what Clark and I came up with:

Some additional tips for the outfit. 

1.  I googled "Press Pass".  I actually found one for both Lois Lane and Clarke Kent.  I printed them out on cardboard stock and then used an eyelet and an Ikea curtain clip to secure the look of an official pass. 

2.  I could have bought an $8 superman shirt at Walmart like my Clark did.  However, I decided to go the recycle route.  I created an applique superman logo out of vintage fabrics on a shirt that I already owned.  I googled the Superman logo and then printed that logo on card stock to make my pattern. 

3.  The glasses were a key loaner from Clark. 

4.  My thrift store suspenders allowed me to wear that Lois get-up very proudly.  I used a skirt that I already owned.  The shoes and the white shirt were also from the thrift store. 

5.  Clarke really impressed me with his pinned open shirt and that wild tie representing his transformation into Superman.  He threaded a wire hanger through one of his ties and wallah!  DIY Lois Lane and Clark Kent at your service. 

Happy DIY Costume making for this Thursday!

xoxoxo

Jeanne

 

The Best Boho Pumpkin Roundup!

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Here at Vintage Renewal, we are no strangers to the diversity of upholstery nail heads.  This is a very clever use for upholstery nail heads to decorate for the Halloween season.  Done wonderfully by the blog, Lovely Indeed.  We are in definitely in love, indeed! 

http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-nailhead-trim-pumpkins/

Continuing on with the idea of embellishing pumpkins using repurposed metal objects, check out these Chalk Painted Studded Pumpkins by the blog Cuckoo 4 Design.  It's so Punk Rock Boho, and we are drooling:

http://cuckoo4design.blogspot.com/2013/10/studded-chalk-paint-pumpkins.html

This next line-up of Boho favorites took pumpkin painting to the next level!

Craft Tuts did a fantastic job making these pretty little pumpkins using nothing but pastel paint, and a ton of imagination:

http://craftuts.com/pretty-painted-pumpkins-tutorial

Confetti Sunshine, was the sunshine of our day after seeing their Simple Patterned Painted Pumpkins, using spray-paint and markers:

http://www.confettisunshineblog.com/2013/10/simple-pattern-pumpkins-diy-project.html

I don’t know what Boho home wouldn’t love displaying these sweet little Watercolor and Glitter Pumpkins, by the Nest of Posies blog:

http://www.nestofposies-blog.com/2013/10/watercolor-pumpkins/

It also wouldn’t be a Boho Halloween without some cool geometric shapes.  Alisa Burke redefines creativity with these fabulous Geometric Painted Pumpkins:

http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2012/09/geometric-painted-pumpkins.html

Alisa doesn’t stop there.  I love these doodle sketch pumpkins that she sports on her website, especially if you want a black and white theme:

http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2012/10/black-and-white-pumpkins.html

All right Alisa, stop impressing us girl!  We love these Patchwork Pumpkins just as much as the others:

http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2013/10/patchwork-pumpkins.html

You will also be dazzled by her Frida Inspired Pumpkins.  These darlins have fulfilled all of our “Day of the Dead” obsessing for the year.  This Frida Pumpkin even comes with a Boho Floral Crown.  Seriously too cute.

http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/2013/10/frida-inspired-pumpkin.html

Got some extra nail polish in your stash?  We were very inspired by these amazing Nail Polish Marbled Pumpkins by Say Yes To Hoboken:

http://sayyestohoboken.com/2013/10/diy-marbled-pumpkins.html

Is Decoupage your thing?  We love the Boho Woodland vibe that these little beauties are putting out.  Craft Tuts wowed us again with these beautiful Funky Decoupaged Pumpkins on her blog at:

http://craftuts.com/funky-decoupaged-pumpkins

There is always something to drool over on Etsy.  Catnip studio grabbed our bohemian heart using lovely Japanese Yuzen Paper on this Decoupaged Pumpkin sold at her shop:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/94412349/reserved-for-pat-pumpkin-ornament-squash?ga_utm_medium=email&ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_filters=ornament+-supplies+halloween&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_utm_source=bronto&ga_search_type=all&ga_utm_campaign=etsy_finds_080112&ga_ex=etsy_finds&ga_ref=etsy_finds

I hope you are just as inspired as we were with our Best Boho Pumpkin Roundup.  Happy Halloween from Vintage Renewal!

Xoxoxo

Jeanne

It's never too early to start thinking about your Vintage Christmas Decor!

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Yesterday I was strolling around Lower Downtown Denver and decided to stop into the Tattered Cover.  Guess what I found?  Our sweet little 1940's Christmas Styling in Vintage Holiday Christmas Magazine put out by a Well Styled Home.  There are tons of great ideas on how to get your home Vintage Ready for the Holidays.  Hope you enjoy it! 

This magazine can be found out your local bookseller.  I recommend calling up your local Barnes and Noble or Walgreens to make sure they have a copy you can swing down and purchase.

 

DIY Princess Bride Inspiration

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Have you been to this amazing concert venue?  Modeled after a Greek Amphitheatre and nestled in the natural Red Rocks this venue is gorgeous, with view of downtown Denver to boot! 

The thing that I love MOST about the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is that they also show "Film on the Rocks" throughout the entire summer.  This is a really cool way to get outside and watch a movie in this beautifully scenic place for only $15 a pop.  

http://www.redrocksonline.com/CONCERTSEVENTS/FilmOnTheRocks.aspx

For those of you that want to get really sassy, you can come dressed up for films.  Some of these films have such a cult following, that it's fun to get really into character to amp up the entire experience.

My crew and I decided to do just that during the showing of "The Princess Bride" this summer.  Here is a photograph of my DIY Princess Bride Outfit.

That Buttercup is a hard act to follow, but I did my best using a doily, felt, gold spraypaint, fabric stiffener, gold shimmer mod podge (http://www.craftsupercenter.net/mod-podge-shimmer-metallic-gold-8-ounce/?gclid=CMCl-uq_tLkCFSJqMgod3A4Aug), Old Costume Jewelry with the backs cut off, elastic, E6000 Craft Glue (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Amazing-E-6000-Craft-Glue-2-oz/17808713) and a few hours to kill.  So much fun! 

We decided to get dressed up in costume the actual day of the concert, so it's good to have some silly things on hand for last minute DIY adventures.  I happened to be a massive creative hoarder, so this was no problem over in my hood. 

Hope you enjoy the costume DIY inspiration!  Happy Theme Parties to you all!

xoxoxo

Jeanne

 

Bohemian Cabin Decor by Vintage Renewal

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Here is a little boho inspired style for all your mountain mama's out there!  Enjoy! 

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Bohemian Loft Living Room by Vintage Renewal

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Bohemian Loft living Room by Vintage Renewal. 

What really excites me about this room: the faded pink vintage tufted sofa with the ivory trim is definitely the star of the room for me, combined with the fabulous Carl Gliko abstract acrylic painting on canvas.  The rug and pillows bring such fantastic texture utilizing the combination of whimsical and natural hues.  The rough burlap and smooth silky vintage ties and scarves on the Vintage Renewal pillows offset that brilliantly faded, but still vibrant couch.

It’s important to bring the eye up and down the room using color and dimension.  For example, the ladder of pillows brings in both color and function.  Having a focus point for the color is very important too.  The abstract art ties in all the colors and has tremendous impact on the overall look of the room. 

The most important advice I can give on bringing new life to an old find is this, don’t limit yourself to the original use of the piece.  That sweet little toddler set started out as a solo abandoned school chair and a random collection of cast off materials.  With a little bit of imagination, that old wooden picture frame became a tabletop and the legs from a previously trashed mid century find transformed this salvage into a toddler’s chalkboard table.  Color match the fabric on the school chair with the paint on the table top and tie in the chalkboard paint on both pieces and you have a great little set for your little one! 

Splurge on some really interesting pieces in your room to add some old world charm and bold color, but mix it in with whimsical vintage finds and high design ideas.  You will have yourself a one-of-a-kind room people can’t stop talking about!  A white backdrop is a great canvas for lots of color splashes throughout your space. 

If you are afraid to add the bold color with upholstery, try a big colorful painting or splashing in colorful pillows on a more neutral sofa or chair. 

Live with the things you love because your home is just an extension of your own personal style.  Get ideas from your closet, if you are unsure how to add color into your space.  Think of your sofa as a pair of your favorite pants that go with everything and the pillows as your flashy belts and accessories.  How do you pair them up in your wardrobe?  That might help you find your own style at home too!

Have fun with it and enjoy your space as much as your favorite outfit!

Written by Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal.  www.vintagerenewal.com

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Before and After: Vintage Headboard Tutorial

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Writing great tutorials can help you sell art online

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No Sew Boho Chair Makeover posted on Fleamarket Decor Magazine:

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Grab that summer wicker chair from the sun porch, and get ready to merge these recycled materials for a fall fashion “No Sew Boho” chair makeover, EXCLUSIVE from expert indie furniture redesigner Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal!

The first step is finding your fall color inspiration. Forget those color wheels! Go on outside for a hike. Let mother nature tell you what looks best together.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

This project is meant to be fun and to get your creative juices going. All you need is your camera, a wicker chair, a closet to raid and the ability to tie knots to complete this simple, yet elegant bohemian luxe style for fall.

“Before” photo by Jeanne Connolly

I chose a Peacock shaped Rattan chair with a woven wicker back for my makeover. If your chair has been used like mine was, than you’ll need to do some easy cleaning to get it ready for the redesign. I used a scrub brush along with a product called Wood Renew and water to clean my wicker chair up for painting. A solution of equal parts bleach and water would work just the same if you do not have Wood Renew for the project. Make sure to use gloves to protect your hands. Clean it thoroughly and let it dry for approximately 24 hours. Then prepare the surface for paint with a surface prep like TSP. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Once the surface has been prepped for paint, take some of nature’s inspiration with you down to your local home improvement store to pick out your paint color.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

I used a stick for my chair color inspiration. Since this project is all about color and texture, I decided on a metallic nickel finish for the chair color. To save time, I decided to spend more money on a spray paint that also doubled as a primer. It was money well spent! If you do not buy a primer and paint combo than you will need to take the separate steps to prime, than paint your surface area.

My chair makeover called for 6 cans of spray paint to complete. You can judge your own needs based on the size of your chosen project chair. Apply several thin coats and let dry in between sprays.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Now you are ready to take out those scarves and cami’s and get to work. Cut your recycled materials into strips approximately 2.5” wide and as long as the material will allow. Since this is a fun, stress free, redesign, there are no exact measurements to follow. Just start making strips and I’ll walk you through the rest.

You will want to use a fresh rotary blade with a rotary cutter for this project. I selected a blade with a decorative edge, but this is not necessary for the same end result. The most important thing is that you have a sharp fresh rotary blade before you begin.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Grab your first strip of material and use your scissor to cut the end of the scarf approximately 3 inches. You will use this cut area to make a knot around your wicker. Don’t tie it yet, just cut approximately 3 inches in.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Now the fun begins! You can decide on how much material you want to use to bring the color and texture into your own design. I decided on a diagonal start.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Take your “cut end” and make a knot around the wicker and through the back of the chair, keeping your long strip on the front side of the chair. Then start weaving your material through the wicker in the direction that you find the most appealing for your specific chair.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

I went on the diagonal with my design. I just followed the lines of the chair. It’s super easy! You can decide just how far you want your own design to go. When your material strip is getting down to the end. Snip it again and tie it off around the wicker and out the back of the chair again.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

That’s all there is to it! Keep cutting strips and tying them off until you fall in love with your chair all over again.

This project is meant to allow you to take this concept and apply it directly to the materials and chair that you choose to use for your makeover. Most importantly, it’s meant to be fun and to inspire you to see your old materials in a new way. Add high style to your home using what you already have or by hunting through your local thrift store and bringing their recycled materials back to life in a new way!

Here is the finished result:

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

You can take a winter scarf and wrap it around the base of the chair and use a faux sheep skin to add some bohemian style and replace that drab cushion.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Another idea is to drape a shawl down the one side of the chair:

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

If you like the idea of reuse and redesign and want to learn more, Indie Redesigner Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal wants to show you how you can save the earth one redesign at a time! Follow this link to learn more about her exciting project!

For more information about Jeanne Connolly and more tips for repurposing your favorite vintage finds, check out her designer profile in Flea Market Decor’s upcoming Spring 2013 issue, coming to a newsstand near you in January 2013!

Written, styled and photographed by Jeanne Connolly

Edited for the web by Elaine K. Phillips

http://www.fleamarketdecor.com/flea-market-decor-exclusive-diy-fall-inspired-chair-makeover/

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Interview with Julie Dugdale | Senior Editor of 5280 Magazine regarding their current Homemade segment

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Catch the Home Improvement Guide right here.  Read what Senior Editor, July Dugdale of 5280 has to say to Vintage Renewal:
 
1. How did you select the designers and homeowners featured in this 5280 magazine: Home Improvement Guide?  
 
We reached out to our contacts in the interior design and real estate fields to begin making connections, and we profiled craftspeople and designers who we felt had specific, niche skills that may be of interest to our home-savvy readers or anyone looking to take their home to the next level in terms of either aesthetics or functionality—or both. The homeowner whose duplex is featured on the opening spread happened to have a perfect example of the hottest thing in home renovation these days: knocking out an interior wall to connect the living room, dining, and kitchen areas into one big open space perfect for home entertaining.
 
 2. What element of their personal styles or work stood out to the magazine most?
 
Each individual we profiled was beyond passionate about his or her craft or field. And when you hear or see someone else get excited about a beautiful piece of furniture or a living room makeover or a custom stone fireplace...you start to want that for yourself! You start to think about all the ways YOUR home could be better or prettier or more updated. And that's kind of the point: These artisans and organizers and designers are inspired by what they do, and that, in turn, inspires others.
 
3. Were you trying to find the most sensible pricing in the industry or was it the most interesting artisans that were found most appealing?
 
In this case, we really focused on the trade/craft first. Most services, whether its building a custom stainless steel coffee table or tweaking your home's "envelope" to make it more energy efficient or reupholstering a set of antique furniture, are priced according to scope of work and the materials necessary. And anything custom designed or built will be more expensive. The idea was to give our readers a taste of the services out there, give them a look at who's doing what in the home design and home improvement fields, inspire them to maybe call up one of these businesses and inquire about their individual needs. Home renovation is a very personal thing that can range from a bare minimum to complete extravagance.  
 
4. How is 5280 most interested in sustainability?
 
Sustainability has moved beyond buzzword or aspiration; it is a critical component of all that we do. There was a point when going green and being "eco-friendly" was the hip, new, trendy thing to do; now, sustainability is the overarching goal in everything from home design to clothing brands to traveling to business development to education. Especially here in Colorado, folks seem to be conscious of sustainability and the role it plays within our lives. At 5280, we frequently cover trends and businesses that demonstrate some element of sustainability because we understand the critical nature of the concept. The more we talk about it, the more people will get interested and become invested in the idea.
 
5. What is inspiring 5280 most now in terms of these Home Improvement ideas?
 
For me personally, I'm inspired by the idea of a big, gorgeous stone fireplace and a beautiful outdoor stone patio (Fessler Masonry's fireplace is featured in the mag). That just screams mountain living, cozy winter nights, and breezy backyard grilling to me. All the things I love!
 
As a whole, our staffers' biggest question when it comes to home improvement: Is it worth it? If we gut the kitchen and totally remodel from scratch, how reasonable will our return on that investment be? If we refinish the basement, will it add enough to our home resale price to make it worth it? So it's pretty nice to hear from our broker friends what various projects can mean for the bottom line, and to hear from an expert like Kayleen McCabe (from the DIY Network's Rescue Renovation) that you can give your home a little facelift without breaking the bank.
 
6. What is your secret design tip?
 
It's not really a secret; but however you choose to decorate your home, make sure it reflects you. Use magazines and websites for inspiration, but don't feel like your home needs to look like what's in a magazine if that look isn't you. Ultimately, you have to design your own personal sanctuary that feels inviting and welcoming and perfect—for you.
 
7. Where can readers continue to find inspiring ideas from 5280 magazine?  Will this guide repeat in the future with new ideas?
 
5280 hits newsstands monthly, and magazine content—plus web-only exclusives—is available at 5280.com. We regularly include "dwell" coverage (home design, real estate, home trends, furniture craftsmen, home entertaining, design companies, etc.) in shorter articles and in longer features, and this coming September, we'll be publishing our first-ever 5280 Home issue—so keep an eye out!
 
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