Is Pink the New White? And Should You Have Trends in Your Home?

Yes! Also, this pink looks so brown on the chip. It's true, paint looks totally different all over a wall.

Yes! Also, this pink looks so brown on the chip. It's true, paint looks totally different all over a wall.

I loved this lamp for a long time. So happy it's mine.

I loved this lamp for a long time. So happy it's mine.

Design trends we've tried

So, I like to traffic in decorating trends. It's true. I enjoy timelessness, but I also get sucked into the hype of the newest thing. Right now, my husband and I are all razzed about the color pink. I mean, so are a lot of people. We recently switched our once edgy chevron patterned wall to a sweet, coy blush tone. And here is why.

How to hide a television?

We have a wall just as you walk into our living room from the front door where our coatrack and television hang. This wall needs to feel substantial and bigger and better than just a TV wall–it's our greeting wall. We live in a lovely, small 1950's bungalow, so we have no entryway. THIS WALL is our entryway. It is also, unfortunately, the only place where it makes sense to hang our television (Trust me!). And we can't seem to stop being people who watch TV, SO we have a tricky situation here. Entryway wall + television wall = gotta find a way to make this wall so special it overrides the mundanity of housing a TV. Make the TV disappear. 

I know the small artwork is hung too high. I only think to fix it when my baby is asleep, and I cannot hammer at nap time. That man's name is Ryan. I married him.

I know the small artwork is hung too high. I only think to fix it when my baby is asleep, and I cannot hammer at nap time. That man's name is Ryan. I married him.

When chevron was popular

A long, long time ago...six years? We painted a very bold chevron pattern on the entryway wall using a laser level that stuck to the wall, painter's tape, and some strong curse words. It was beautiful in its time. We mounted our TV to the wall, got a small, discreet, functional media cabinet, and let that huge pattern shine a happy hello to all who entered our home. We felt super rad about our brave choice. And it did achieve our hopes to downplay the TV and play up the welcome factor. Our statement decorating decision spoke over the daily necessity of our television.

See how happy that wall is? Making a statement decorating decision speaks over daily necessities like a television.

See how happy that wall is? Making a statement decorating decision speaks over daily necessities like a television.

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Now to paint the rest of the room a color to better show off the blush...one choice leads to another change. I'm bad about that. Look for that finished room post in three years!

Now to paint the rest of the room a color to better show off the blush...one choice leads to another change. I'm bad about that. Look for that finished room post in three years!

Using trends in your house

It's your house. You can do whatever you want. We wanted to make a beautiful spectacle, and we did. We used a bold choice to override the ugly, simple truth about us–we watch television. It was a big choice, but it wasn't a hard one for us because it was easy to undo. It took a day to plot and create the chevron wall, and it took a day to prime and paint over it. It's okay to try things in your home that you may not love forever, and it can feel really exciting to do it. I recommend it! But you want to weigh how long you'll love it with the work and money it would take to undo it.

For example, I cannot undo painting my house sea foam green easily or cheaply. I will love it until I am no longer in my home (if that day comes) because it's a pretty color, it's era-appropriate for my house, and I think spending days and days and days and days painting it made me bond with it in a way only mothers and babies can understand. And it's a good thing because it's expensive to have your house exterior painted and time-consuming AND expensive if you do it yourself. 

There was a moment in our lives when we tried to get good at pull-ups. That worn spot on the trim is from a pull-up bar. I think it shows a nice history of our wellness efforts as a couple.

There was a moment in our lives when we tried to get good at pull-ups. That worn spot on the trim is from a pull-up bar. I think it shows a nice history of our wellness efforts as a couple.

I force my baby daughter to stand or sit in this corner for daily photographs of her. She leads a great life. Oh, and did you notice I moved that artwork?

I force my baby daughter to stand or sit in this corner for daily photographs of her. She leads a great life. Oh, and did you notice I moved that artwork?

Blush pink is the new white

My husband says pink is the new white. I am certain he read that somewhere really cool. When we decided we were done with the chevron wall, we had to determine what our new look would be. We still have the issue of needing our wall to be so beautiful and interesting that our TV seems like small beans. Blush pink got called to duty. So pretty, so sweet, so pink, so calm, so lovely, so great a color with our other living room colors–it's perfect. Somehow our pink wall is so many things that are wonderful that the TV bows to its glory. 

We plan to put a fresh coat of white paint on the other living room walls and hang artwork that will nestle so gently against that baby shade of pink. Goodnight and good-day I am so excited to be near this gorgeous color!

Yes, our new rug sheds. But it is INSANELY soft. It's from Loloi Rugs...which we can source for you!

Yes, our new rug sheds. But it is INSANELY soft. It's from Loloi Rugs...which we can source for you!

We wear jean jackets in our family. You?

We wear jean jackets in our family. You?

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Home Styling Before & After: A Bright Tulsa Home Layered with Texture

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Working with Retro Den to achieve your ultimate home style

When we do a mini-session, we first give you homework meant to get you really thinking about what you want out of this room- how you want it to look and feel. We send you our home survey full of questions (kind of like a home therapy worksheet) and ask you to make a Pinterest board. We use these pieces to help us get to know you and wrap our heads around where you want to go. Then, we take you there. And you like it. 

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A Tulsa Owen Park home gets a new interior design

Jessica Sprenkel was our most recent mini-session home styling client. Here's an overview of her living room project:

How Jessica wanted to use her room: reading, conversation, game nights, she wanted to have somewhere else she liked being than just her bed

Her visual hopes: Wanted the mantel to feel artistic and completed. She said she had been trying to style the room for two years, but it never felt complete.

Words she wanted to use to describe her room: open, light, bright, travel, cozy, comfortable, inspiring, relaxing, restful, friendly

Her inspiration board: tons of whites, layers of texture, a modern country French feel, earthy, but clean

So we show up at her house armed with a verbal list of what she needs to accomplish her ideal room, and we get the ball rolling while we are there. At a mini-session, we like to arrange and organize– leaving the room better than we found it and giving our clients a list of homework to take them to their finish line.

Before photo of Jessica's living room and mantel. Jessica says she's tried for two years to get her mantel to look like she imagines it, but has had no success. 

Before photo of Jessica's living room and mantel. Jessica says she's tried for two years to get her mantel to look like she imagines it, but has had no success. 

Here we are, helping our lovely client sort her holiday decor and clutter. When we come over, we mean to get stuff done in that hour, so be ready! 

Here we are, helping our lovely client sort her holiday decor and clutter. When we come over, we mean to get stuff done in that hour, so be ready! 

One of our favorite things to do is shop a client's home! We found these vintage milk jugs in Jessica's garage. They belonged to her parents! We cleaned them right up and added them to her modern country French decor.

One of our favorite things to do is shop a client's home! We found these vintage milk jugs in Jessica's garage. They belonged to her parents! We cleaned them right up and added them to her modern country French decor.

Jessica's living-room after our mini-session, but before she finished her final homework. We got things as far as we could and then gave her a list of tasks to accomplish. 

Jessica's living-room after our mini-session, but before she finished her final homework. We got things as far as we could and then gave her a list of tasks to accomplish. 

See how much her dog, Miley likes the new look?

See how much her dog, Miley likes the new look?

Homework after mini-session:

  1. Buy a couch
  2. Paint the fireplace white (it was already painted a brown color)
  3. Get plants– snake plant and philodendron
  4. Only buy white or cream accessories (planters, frames), and no more brand new trinkets; vintage accessories from here out to balance the new sofa and other new pieces
  5. Look for a jute rug

See the results

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Arranging Bookshelves
Turn books around so the pages show to get a more neutral color scheme.

Turn books around so the pages show to get a more neutral color scheme.

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The jute rug is neutral in color, but adds texture to the space. Plus, it's durable for Jessica's energetic pup! When purchasing a rug, get one big enough so that at least the front legs of your furniture sit on it. Even better if your furniture can be completely on the rug! 

The jute rug is neutral in color, but adds texture to the space. Plus, it's durable for Jessica's energetic pup! When purchasing a rug, get one big enough so that at least the front legs of your furniture sit on it. Even better if your furniture can be completely on the rug! 

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Now Jessica has not one, but three new places to enjoy a book!

Now Jessica has not one, but three new places to enjoy a book!

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We suggested easy-to-care-for house plants for Jessica because she leads a busy life, but still wants the beauty of plants in her home.

We suggested easy-to-care-for house plants for Jessica because she leads a busy life, but still wants the beauty of plants in her home.

The vintage trolley cart was Jessica's first purchase for her living room two years ago (from yours truly!). The cart finally looks at home in her light and airy space.

The vintage trolley cart was Jessica's first purchase for her living room two years ago (from yours truly!). The cart finally looks at home in her light and airy space.

Inspiring calligraphy quote by the talented ladies of Laurel & Marie.

Inspiring calligraphy quote by the talented ladies of Laurel & Marie.

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jute rug + vintage trolley cart
Thanks for having us in your home, Jessica. xoxo, Ashleys

Thanks for having us in your home, Jessica. xoxo, Ashleys

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Retro Den's Fourth Birthday

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Four years ago we had the phenomenal opportunity to quit our corporate day jobs and take over Retro Den. Would you indulge us as we share some, "did you knows" about the shop and us Ashleys who run it? 

The night we bought Retro Den in April of 2013. I remember feeling so brave and so happy–this was a choice that made me feel like I've lived my best life, attempted the things that scare and delight me. I still feel that way. -Daly

The night we bought Retro Den in April of 2013. I remember feeling so brave and so happy–this was a choice that made me feel like I've lived my best life, attempted the things that scare and delight me. I still feel that way. -Daly

Our first floor scene in the old shop. 

Our first floor scene in the old shop. 

Things you may not know about ol' Retro Den

This is the painting Palmer made the day she proposed owning a vintage shop with Daly. She prominently hangs it in her home to remind her of her vast love for Ashley Daly and the life they have chosen together.

This is the painting Palmer made the day she proposed owning a vintage shop with Daly. She prominently hangs it in her home to remind her of her vast love for Ashley Daly and the life they have chosen together.

  • We found out Retro Den was for sale on a Saturday and we bought it on a Tuesday. Palmer quit her job that night and I did the next day.
  • Palmer broached the subject of owning a shop with me eight months before while we were painting together at her house. I was delighted because I'd already been toying with a vintage Etsy shop called Saturday Chic with the tagline, "My goal is to only sell things so beautiful they hurt me to part with. Cheers to my pain and your gain!"
  • We actually started making plans for a shop January of 2013, and we met on a weekly basis to create a business plan. We both showed up with sketchbooks to take notes (not notebooks or computers). We had a five year plan to own a storefront. 

Retro Den Ashley facts

Behind every small business there are people working hard, putting their hearts into their product. Take a closer look at us; we hope you aren't shocked by these insider details about us.

Ashley Palmer

  • Palmer has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and worked in data collection and statistical analysis for a personality assessment firm before she became a Tulsa small business owner.
  • Palmer attended Union High School.
  • Her beautiful brain runs the Retro Den business books. 
  • Palmer was once an intensely avid scrapbooker. Chew on that.

Ashley Daly

  • Daly worked in marketing and fundraising and had most recently worked in the marketing department at a local hospital. 
  • Daly attended Jenks High School, where she was Homecoming Queen and voted "Most Friendly." Please feel free to tease her.
  • Daly likes to set arbitrary social media rules like when to use certain hashtags and what type of posts we have to do each day.
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We take planting succulents VERY seriously at Retro Den.

We take planting succulents VERY seriously at Retro Den.

This is us graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

This is us graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

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Our first official Retro Den portrait together. That was a great sofa we are sitting on here.

Our first official Retro Den portrait together. That was a great sofa we are sitting on here.

Both

  • Met their husbands in college, who were, funnily enough, in the same music fraternity. 
  • We both do the Instagram pictures and captions. People try to guess who does them, but it's the rare person who can tell. Even good friends can't.
  • Did you know both our middle names are Ashley also? Ashley Ashley Palmer and Ashley Ashley Daly? This is not a true fact. Wouldn't it be great if it was true? However, our daughter's middle names are both Ashley. Caroline Ashley Palmer and Harriet Ashley Daly. Also, sadly an untrue fact. I could go on.
  • We wear vintage underwear. Like we say of our furniture–it's just made better. Also not true. Sorry. Only true stuff now.
  • We both have big dogs! Walter Daly and Sagan Palmer.
  • We both had the exact same living-room rug, shower curtain, and wallet when we first started the shop. When our wallets wore out, Daly insisted we both get the same new ones. And we did. #hearts
  • We love to craft–we spent our college days as friends doing "crafternoons." Valentines, painting, gluing things to other things. 
  • Both straight A students. Well, Daly made an 89.7 in her college photography class, and she'll never forgive herself.
  • We both love food. It's a unique friendship feature that we can order for one another without conferring before hand.

Now that you know a bit more about us and how much our shop means to us, come celebrate Retro Den's fourth birthday on Saturday, April 15th, with our fun annual sale of 25% off everything in the store including plants and locally made items!* Happy fourth birthday, Retro Den!

Love,

Ashleys

*This excludes our Gus* Modern furniture line.

Us celebrating last year with our families.

Us celebrating last year with our families.

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Vintage Shopping in Tulsa: The Tulsa Flea Market and First Street Flea

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Hands down, my favorite way to shop vintage is flea markets. There is something extra fresh and exciting about them. Vendors set up booths in a large facility or outdoor space and fill their spots with vintage treasures. Rows and rows of tiny shops to peruse! It's like an antique mall, but these booths are set up and torn down within a matter of days or even hours, so everything feels new and urgent. You cannot come back another day hoping that gold polkadot pyrex bowl will still be there. YOU HAVE TO GET IT NOW. Or you may live your lives apart forever. Cue the heartbreaking music and imagery of you stirring up chicken salad in a plain, non-polkadot bowl.

I got the larger landscape at the Tulsa Flea Market a few years ago. I remember locking eyes on it and knowing I wanted to stare at its serenity every morning.

I got the larger landscape at the Tulsa Flea Market a few years ago. I remember locking eyes on it and knowing I wanted to stare at its serenity every morning.

The Tulsa Flea Market

The flea of my childhood and present is the Tulsa Flea Market which sets up on most Saturdays at the Tulsa Fair Grounds at 21st and Harvard. Depending on the other events at the Fair Grounds, the Tulsa Flea Market moves around to various buildings on the campus. No worries, just drive around until you see the large white banner with large black text indicating where you'll be shopping that day.

My vintage gold-striped glassware is a cherish Tulsa Flea Market Find from several different visits over the span of several years. Dedication can turn up a beautiful collection.

My vintage gold-striped glassware is a cherish Tulsa Flea Market Find from several different visits over the span of several years. Dedication can turn up a beautiful collection.

What you will find shopping at the Tulsa Flea Market

If you can imagine it, you may find it at a flea market. Seriously, anything that's legal to sell, is likely to show up there. Typically, I am there to get the brass animals (duh), perfectly worn, handmade rugs, lamps, vintage baby clothes...and gold polkadot pyrex bowls. But even though I go in with a few things on my mind that I may like to find, I try to keep my eyes peeled and maintain an openness that allows pieces to speak to me on their own terms. These days, I also try to picture all containers holding a succulent.

How do you know if you should buy a flea market find?

The first answer here is your heart. Do you love it? Did it make you catch your breath? You should really consider taking it home with you. Otherwise, I'd say you should smell it, wiggle it (make sure furniture is sturdy), imagine it in your home surrounded by your Gus* Modern sofa and other creature comforts–this is a great way to know if it will suit your space.

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tulsa flea market booth

How to wheel and deal at a flea market

Okay. I have been on both sides of this and here is the scoop, y'all. Since I was a little girl, I've known it's fair game to ask for a better price in vintage shopping, but you have to first and foremost be polite. These vendors are here to make money. Picking vintage pieces and selling them may be their livelihood or it may be a side job to help pay the bills, so you need to treat them respectfully. If you are making an offer, be sure it is always more than half, and probably more like at least 75% of the item's marked price. You can, if it's true, tell them you only have this or that amount and see what they say. If it's towards the end of the day, your offers will be better received because vendors would likely rather have money than have to pack up a ton of items and haul them home. A phrase I like to use is simple and puts the dealing in the vendor's hands–"would you take less?" 

When he or she gives you an answer. You can take it or leave it, but again, do so with respect. No one wants to sell to an asshole. What's that saying? You get more bees with honey than vinegar. Remember that.

Pricing at a flea market

Truth be told, the pricing is all over the map here. Just because one booth is selling a medium sized wooden spool for $15 doesn't mean you won't find a similar spool for fifty cents down the aisle. That's all part of the fun. My rule for buying is that, while I'd love a deal, I am happy to pay whatever the appropriate going rate is. I'd be aiming to get my wooden spool for $4, but if I really really needed one for a mantle arrangement, well, I'd pay $15. But not a penny more.

The small yellow vase on the top shelf and the little framed poem on the bottom shelf are things I found at the Tulsa Flea Market as a child. I used to collect little vintage vases and put small yard flowers in them for my Barbies. These nice memories now sit in my daughter's room.

The small yellow vase on the top shelf and the little framed poem on the bottom shelf are things I found at the Tulsa Flea Market as a child. I used to collect little vintage vases and put small yard flowers in them for my Barbies. These nice memories now sit in my daughter's room.

Other flea markets in Tulsa: Admiral and the First Street Flea

These other two flea markets are opposites. The Admiral Flea is pretty much set up all the time in a large building, and then the parking lot is often speckled with other vendors who set up at various times. There's a lot less fancy stuff here, but that means if there is any fancy stuff, it's going to be a good price. Chew on that.

First Street Flea is a new flea market opportunity taking place on Sundays in downtown Tulsa. So many great humans partaking in this market. It calls itself a "curated flea market," which means items are more carefully gathered for each booth, and you may be paying closer to prices in a vintage shop. This is not a bad thing. It means less cleaning, it means less smelling and checking for wobbles. It means some of the work is done for you. And gosh, that can be so nice. 

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Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Home This Spring

Ahhh, springtime! The warm breezes, the chirping birds, the blooming flowers. Springtime always puts a little bounce in my step and gets me itching to spruce up my home. If you're also feeling the pull of springtime home revitalization, then this post is for you! I've put together a list of five easy things you can do to freshen up your home this spring.

Photo credit: KET Photography 

Photo credit: KET Photography 

Spring clean or just spring rearrange

The phrase "spring cleaning" is a phrase for a reason. After the cold winter months, this time of year seems to motivate people to clean out the cobwebs and scrub the base boards. However, even more important than the intense deep clean you may or may not be tempted to do, springtime is a great time to get rid of things you don't want or need. Dig through those closets, check under the bed, peek inside the cabinet you haven't opened for months and pile that unwanted or unused crap in a corner, then donate it without looking back. See our other rants, I mean posts, on how to get rid of things and organize.

Besides donating unwanted items, springtime is a great time to rearrange or put things away temporarily. For example, swap your throw pillows around. Put a couple in the closet and go with a simplified look for a while. Re-style a shelf. Swap chotskies around. Move that piece of driftwood from your dining table to your bedroom book shelf. Small changes in decor can leave your space feeling new and exciting.

A little rearranging with things I already owned made the shelves feel fresh and new!

A little rearranging with things I already owned made the shelves feel fresh and new!

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Clean and/or open up the windows

There is probably nothing I love more than a breeze through an open window. I run through my home like a crazy person opening up all of the windows when the temperature is anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees. I just can't help myself. Not only does an open window air out your home after the winter months, it also can lift your spirits by bringing the outdoors in. If the weather or your windows don't allow you to open them, at least give them a good clean. Just allowing the sunlight to shine through a clean window can do wonders for your home and your soul.

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Bring in new scents

Now that you've aired out the staleness of winter, bring in fresh scents! Fresh smelling candles are a great way to revitalize your home this spring. Go with light and airy scents–scents that remind you of clean laundry or even springtime blooms–whatever your heart desires. Having fresh, delightful smells floating around your home can bring you great joy. We carry hand-poured soy candles made in Oklahoma by the wonderful women of OK Collective. Come sniff our fresh, springtime scents at the shop!

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Swap your blankets and linens

Now call me a home-dork, but I get very excited in the spring to put away my heavy bedsheets and blankets and pull out my lighter linens. Changing my sheets from gray flannel to white cotton is a ritual that I enjoy way too much. "See you again next winter," I whisper to my heavy duvet and chunky House Sparrow knit blanket as I place them in the closet. Parting is such sweet sorrow. And then it's on to the cool cotton sheets, light weight bed covers, and thin vintage sofa throws, threadbare from years of use. Three cheers for springtime linens!

Everyone snuggled up with the winter blankets under the House Sparrow macrame headboard.

Everyone snuggled up with the winter blankets under the House Sparrow macrame headboard.

It's spring! Bring on the light linens and open windows!

It's spring! Bring on the light linens and open windows!

Add flowers and plants

It's always a good time to add flowers and plants to your home, but springtime is a must. How could you not do this? Adding a new house plant brings so much life and energy to a space. If you don't have a green thumb, check out our favorite easy-to-care-for house plants. Also, there's nothing quite like a bouquet of beautiful springtime blooms. If you're in Tulsa, we recommend stopping by The Floral Bar by Ever Something. You won't regret it. Trust us. If gorgeous bouquets aren't in the budget, pick some flowers or even just some greenery from your yard. It's free and you'd be surprised what you can find when you walk outside with a pair of scissors, a vase of water, and a positive attitude. Check out Daly's greenery scavenging adventures here.

A single stem can bring spring inside your home.

A single stem can bring spring inside your home.

Beautiful bouquet by the talented ladies of Ever Something // Photo credit: KET Photography 

Beautiful bouquet by the talented ladies of Ever Something // Photo credit: KET Photography 

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Before & After: Vintage Tufted Sofa Goes from Skirted to Stunning

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After my mom, Janie, quit her day job and started doing upholstery full-time, one of her first big projects was a vintage pea green velvet sofa. Though certainly lovely in its time, its velvet was worn and its skirt wasn't doing it any favors. We knew it had potential though with its deep tufting, gentle curves and solid wood frame. Lucky for the sofa, a sweet, dear customer agreed with us and selected a soft, classic gray for its future.

A couple weeks and 46 tufts later, the formally pea green piece was hardly recognizable. No more faded velvet. No more skirt. The new look accentuated its beautiful shape–the slope of its back, the curves of its arms, and the deep, dramatic tufts. With a fresh, beautiful upholstery job atop its already sturdy bones, the sofa is now truly stunning. 

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gray tufted vintage sofa
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gray reupholstered tufted couch
after: at home with the luckiest cat ever

after: at home with the luckiest cat ever

It's a satisfying feeling to know this vintage piece with a history all its own will continue to live well and in style for many years to come. Thanks to the skill and talent of my mom and a customer with vision, this beauty has a new lease on life.

 

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Vintage Shopping in Tulsa: Tulsa Thrift Stores

Up next in our series on our favorite places to shop vintage in Tulsa- thrift stores!

A chance to do good and shop vintage

Thrift stores are wonderful places to shop because, besides being cheap, most of them benefit charitable institutions. For instance, here in the Tulsa area, the HOW Foundation thrift store benefits those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and the Animal Aid thrift store works to help abused and injured animals. So you are actually doing a good thing when you spend at these shops!

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You'll find Howard at the HOW Foundation thrift in Broken Arrow

You'll find Howard at the HOW Foundation thrift in Broken Arrow

Seriously some of the best vintage deals in Tulsa

Beyond the charitable aspect, you're going to get killer deals at thrift stores (especially the ones on the dirty side–that's okay to say, right?). However, you're going to strike out a lot on your visits because thrift stores carry just about anything and everything (e.g., Christmas cookie tins from the 1990s, fake flowers, stuffed animals). It's worth visiting thrift stores often though as new inventory comes in frequently and there is nothing quite like seeing a beautiful vintage solid wood drafting table amongst Laz-E-Boy recliners and old crutches. It's quite the rush and we recommend you experience it. 

Why are thrift stores cheap?

Basically, you have to work for it at thrift stores. The cheap pricing comes because items were donated to them, and because you have to sift through a lot to find the gold. Also because you do have to visit so often to get the best items. 

Not all thrift stores are the same

Like most things in life, thrift stores can wildly range in terms of their organization and cleanliness. Some shops have their clothing organized by color and size where other ones just throw everything in together. If you aren't sure you can handle a thrift store, you may start with a Goodwill or Salvation Army first to ease into the experience. But trust us, it's wonderful.

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One of Palmer's favorite thrift store scores–a pair of vintage rattan loungers

One of Palmer's favorite thrift store scores–a pair of vintage rattan loungers

The rattan loungers spent many years in Palmer's sunroom

The rattan loungers spent many years in Palmer's sunroom

Below are a few of our favorite thrift stores in the Tulsa area:

Community Thrift

9140  E 31st ST Tulsa, OK

Quality Thrift

5133 S Peoria Tulsa, OK

How Foundation

2216 S Aspen Ave Broken Arrow, OK

Midtown Flea 

11th & Yale, just south of Tally's Cafe, Tulsa, OK

Animal Aid

3307 E 15th ST Tulsa, OK

Salvation Army

4700 W Kenosha St Broken Arrow, OK

(others locations in Tulsa)

Goodwill + Goodwill Auction

3248 SW Blvd Tulsa, OK

Eastside Emporium

1215 S Memorial Dr Tulsa, OK

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Get Motivated to Clean and Organize

How to House organizing Tulsa OK

Everyone has too much stuff. And if you don't, then I am in love with you and you've accomplished an amazing thing. Let's meet for drinks soon? Most of us have too many things in our spaces, and when Ashley and I meet with our home styling clients, one of the first steps is to clear out extra.

  • Extra things that don't match your dream style or life
  • Extra things that don't serve a purpose or aren't lovely
  • Extra things that you trip on, or that are in disrepair or block a walkway
The Dalys work on cleaning up and clearing out

The Dalys work on cleaning up and clearing out

The fruits of their labor

The fruits of their labor

Here's a quick round up of resources to help folks get jazzed to clean out, minimize, organize and get down to only things they love. Here's the list!

Duh, The Life Changing Habit of Tidying Up. Author Marie Kondo draws a hard line on how to determine if an item stays or goes. Does it bring you joy? Her book walks you down a road that's enjoyable to travel.

A client of ours is following the Organize 365 podcast through each room of her house, and along with our styling, I'd say her house is looking quite nice. 

Um, it's less light-hearted, somewhat heavy-handed at times, but gosh, going to The Minimalists' blog every seven months or so really does get me all worked up about calling stuff what it is, stuff. Wanna get intense and angry about having too much and getting down to it? Go here.

Also, I once took a stab at inspiring minimalism. It's a humble stab. More like a jab really.

Our client's sunroom before decluttering

Our client's sunroom before decluttering

After narrowing down to what they loved // Photo credit: Molly Thrasher Visuals

After narrowing down to what they loved // Photo credit: Molly Thrasher Visuals

What secretly motivates you to get your act together and let go of things? Sometimes people hire us to tell them honestly and directly when something needs to leave their home. It's awkward, heart-warming, and everyone feels lighter once its done.

Love,

Ashleys

 

 

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Easy House Plants that Keep You Company but Don't Take Your Time

You may have noticed, we love house plants. We love them for the energy, color and life they bring into our spaces. Whether styling rooms in our own homes or a scene at the shop, there's always a house plant involved. Although we have great love for house plants, we understand that sometimes keeping them alive can be stressful. We've all got busy lives, right? Who wants to be stressed out by a house plant? That's why we've put together our top three favorite house plants that keep you company, but don't take your time. 

Succulents

Surprise, surprise. Those Ashleys talking about succulents again. Well, it's because they are wonderful! Succulents are the perfect low maintenance house plant if you have good sunlight in your home. Though there are succulent varieties that do well with morning light only, most of these guys want 4-6 hours of light a day. So if you have a nice sunny window, you've got it made because succulents only want to be watered every other week in the summer and only once a month in the winter. How easy is that? Pretty damn easy. We have lots of helpful care and planting advice on succulents provided by our master succulent expert Sara who grows and tends to all the succulents in our shop.

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Our friend Drew's succulent collection: see his home tour

Our friend Drew's succulent collection: see his home tour

Our shop succulents soaking up the sunlight

Our shop succulents soaking up the sunlight

Snake Plants

So what if you don't have a nice sunny window for a succulent? Never fear, meet the snake plant aka mother-in-law's tongue aka sansevieria (its proper name). Snake plants are amazing because they want to be watered like succulents (i.e., very rarely), but don't require nearly as much light. That doesn't mean to put your snake plant in a closet or bathroom with no sunlight, but it does mean that corner of the room across from the window where you've always wanted a plant can now have a plant. Also, we love the height snake plants can bring to a space. Their twisty, tall leaves are almost like sculptures.

Snake plant potted in Frankoma planter in Palmer's home // Photo credit: KET Photography

Snake plant potted in Frankoma planter in Palmer's home // Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

Philodendrons

Out of many philodendron varieties, our favorite is the heart-leaf philodendron because it's easy to care for and loves to vine! Philodendron vines spilling over shelves and trailing from plant hangers are a beautiful sight, wouldn't you say? Fun fact: a philodendron was Palmer's first plant and it's still living twelve years later! These plants prefer moderate to low light and are forgiving in terms of watering. We usually water our planted philodendrons every other week or when they seem a bit droopy. Once we give them some water, they perk back up immediately. Although philodendrons that live in soil are pretty easy house plants, the philodendron that lives in water is even easier! Just cut off a vine from your philodendron and stick it in a container (bottle, vase, jar, etc.) with water. When the water gets low, fill it back up. Your vine will grow roots and can then be planted in soil or can live in the water FOREVER. Oh, it's so so wonderful.

Hanging potted philodendron in Daly's house.

Hanging potted philodendron in Daly's house.

Our shop philodendron makes appearances in our styled shoots

Our shop philodendron makes appearances in our styled shoots

Our friend Drew's heart-leaf philodendron: see his home tour

Our friend Drew's heart-leaf philodendron: see his home tour

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These three house plants, friends, are easy ways to bring a little color and life into your space and keep you company without taking up your time. What are your favorite, easy house plants? We always love a good house plant introduction.

 

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Vintage Shopping in Tulsa: Tulsa Antique Malls

First up in our series on our favorite places to shop vintage in Tulsa–antique malls!

While a great friend may love hitting up the thrift stores and estate sales with you, an antique mall may appeal to a wider audience. For example, Palmer used to take friends and extended family to Generations Antique Mall after breakfast at Tally's on the weekends. Everyone seemed to find a trinket (like a plastic lemon tree or German Shepherd figurine) to take home or at least enjoyed looking.

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These malls consist of dozens or sometimes hundreds of booths stocked by different collectors. Compared to a thrift store, antique malls are more curated and focused as people have usually taken time to collect the items displayed in their booths. At an antique mall you're more likely to find older objects or sometimes true antiques.

Antique malls and even the booths within can vary widely–from a carefully curated display of vintage Fire King Jadeite dish-ware to a booth piled high with interesting old tools, gadgets, and gears. The anticipation and surprise that come from this variety is what we think make antique malls a good place to get lost in for an hour or ten.

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German Shepherd figurine Palmer found in a Tulsa antique mall

German Shepherd figurine Palmer found in a Tulsa antique mall

The small German Shepherd now lives in Caroline's nursery // Photo credit: KET Photography

The small German Shepherd now lives in Caroline's nursery // Photo credit: KET Photography

Below are a few of our favorite antique malls in the Tulsa area. Comment below with some of yours!

River City Trading Post

301 E Main St Jenks, OK

Generations and Next Generations

4810 E 11th St Tulsa, OK

5100 E 11th St Tulsa, OK

I-44 Antiques & Collectibles Mall

5111 S Peoria Tulsa, OK

Jade Treasures

711 W Washington St Broken Arrow, OK

1639 S Main St Broken Arrow, OK

My Papa's Barn

2039 W Houston St Broken Arrow, OK 

Vintage Phoenix

701 W Washington St Broken Arrow, OK

 

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