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gift guide: for the kid at heart

Christmas is in less than 72 hours, can you believe it?!  Here are a few last minute gift ideas for that person who is a kid trapped in an adult’s body.   If childhood memories, pulling pranks, or just laughing in general is their thing, these are sure to please.  All of these ideas are available through Amazon, so order today and have it in time for Christmas!

Gift Ideas for the Kid at Heart! - Christmas 2014 - Vim & Vintage Blog

  1. Who says Lego’s are just for kids? This is the perfect gift for the builder, architect, or designer you know.
  2. Because people who park crappy deserve to know about it.
  3. Give the favorite NickToon series for that big kid in your life.
  4. No (adult) party is complete without this game.  Hilariousness served with a side of crude humor.
  5. Growing up with Polaroid’s, this is the next best thing.  Get instant pics with this cute little camera!
  6. This thing is practically an inexpensive drone. It can take pics too.

For links to these and other gift ideas, go to our gifts board on Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page.

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gift guide: for the entertainer

Hope everyone had a very relaxing Thanksgiving filled with extraordinary amounts of food, family, and fun!  I cannot get over the fact that yesterday was the first day of December.  Did it creep up on anyone else??

I will be starting a series of gift idea posts geared towards different personas.  I’m always on the hunt for gifts that are specific to the person, yet unique and useful too!

The first gift guide is geared toward the Entertainer.  We all know that someone who loves to have dinner parties at their house, cook up a bunch of food, or has that killer wine collection.  It may seem like this person has all their bases covered but here are some interesting items they may not have:

gift guide - for the entertainer

  1. tabletop collection is simple yet elegant
  2. gold bar cart at a great price
  3. stylish wood cutting boards that are great for serving breads or cheeses
  4. metallic coasters add an unexpected element of style
  5. set of whale measuring spoons are cute for the sea lover
  6. Scandinavian style salt & pepper grinders

For links to the following items, go to our gifts board on Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page.

design obsession: scalloped

You know what shape I’m loving right now? (I’ll give you one guess, and it may or may not be in the title of this post.)

The lovely scallop shape is derived from my favorite childhood shell with the same name.  Its curved edges takes me back to when I was a 7-year-old seeing the ocean for the first time, and the hunt for the perfect one.   The form is soothing and organic, but creates incredible interest when turned into a pattern.  It can be retro.  It can be modern.  Originating from nature, the scallop shape is timeless.

 

scalloped accent tile wall in bath

 

scalloped floor mosaic design

colorful scalloped skirt

scallop wallpaper   scalloped shorts

scalloped tile

scalloped wall

Can I have these tables? Pretty PRETTY please??!

scallopped tables

 

Some of my scallop faves on the web:

scalloped inspiration board - Vim & Vintage blog (may 2014)

  1. Scalloped Crewel Pillow Cover, West Elm
  2. Dallas Multi Fabric, Duralee
  3. Ludlow Mineral Green Fabric, Robert Allen
  4. Vero Chair, Arteriors
  5. Marysia Hot Pink Bandeau Bikini , Intermix
  6. Cocktail Table, Mr & Mrs. Howard
  7. Scalloped Bowl, Oh Joy! for Target
  8. Vintage 1940’s Art Deco Planter with Scalloped Edges,  The White Pepper on Etsy
  9. Wavy Hello Flats, ModCloth
  10. Lira Pendant, Arteriors
  11. Martha Stewart Damask Trace Quilt & Shams, Macy’s
  12. Zeb Accent Tables,  Arteriors
  13. Scallop Polymer Clay Necklace, A Quiet Curiosity on Etsy
  14. Lacey Denim Shorts, Free People
  15. Metallic Scalloped iPhone 5 Cover, Anthropologie

 

For links to these items, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest Page!

 

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organizing 101: simple tips, best blogs, + 9 favorite products

Spring is here, and for many people this means the season of deep cleaning has begun.   And although your home may be “clean”, do you know where everything is?  Is it neat and tidy?  You may answer a resounding no to these questions, but organizing your life is much more attainable than you may think.  Organization isn’t just for anal retentive Type A people, perfectionists, or for those with the perfect homes in magazines or on TV.  YOU can make your house work FOR you, instead of AGAINST you.

organized desk area

Recently, a friend asked me for organizing advice, and well, I can be quite messy.  I thought I may not be the best person to ask, but the more I thought about it, I realized organizing actually has a lot in common with interior design.  Both use problem solving as means to make spaces look and function better.   I’ll let you in on a little secret: although it requires thought and determination at first, once you create a functional home, it’s super easy to maintain.

Organized bath drawers

I’ve scoured the internet, Pinterest, magazine articles, and even a couple of books, searching high and low for the best tips and products out there in the organizing world.  I wouldn’t be a good blogger friend if I didn’t pass that on to you, now would I?

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EASY TIPS + TRICKS

Organizing pretty much boils down to a set of principles.  Follow them and you’ll be on the road to success:

  • Define your storage needs.  You can’t solve the problem until you define it.  Where are the problem areas?  What is missing or causing the clutter?  What tools do you need to make it better?  Most of the time, clutter is caused from items that do not have a home.  Make sure each thing you own has a proper place to be stored.

modern office for a small space

  • Make sure you have designated space to accommodate your stuff.  In the design of many homes, storage is often an after thought.  A lot of homes do not have the proper amount of built-ins and closet space necessary to function clutter-free.  If this is a description of your home, do not let this stop you!  Seek out the proper equipment you need, such as shelving, cabinets, and baskets.  Another idea: Don’t make purchases you don’t have room to store, unless you are willing to part with something you do not use anymore!

Pantry organization

 

  • Group like items together.  Categorizing similar items is logical, making things extremely easy to find.

group items together

 

  • Label!  Labeling will help not only you, but also others identify where things go.   (Bonus:  your lazy family member(s) will not be able to use the “I didn’t know where to put it” excuse, because *TA DA* it’s clearly labeled)

organized and labeled

 

  • Decide what to conceal.  Use baskets, bins, and totes to hide things that appear messy.  It will make a world of difference.

before and after - using bins to organize

 

  • Avoid the temptation to just stuff all your miscellaneous crap under the bed or in the closet.  This is counter productive as these spaces should be functional too.

under the bed storage!

 

  • Think outside the box.  Come up with creative ways to display and store items.

creative storage solutions

 

  • Look for double function furniture pieces.  Use a trunk as a coffee table to store all your games and movies, or a kitchen cart that can hold your pots and pans while serving as a food prep surface.

dining table that turns into a pool table...great for small spaces!

  • Be disciplined.  Take 20 minutes each night to put things away that you have used throughout the day.

 

BEST BLOGS OUT THERE FOR ORGANIZING (in my humble opinion):

 

STORAGE MUST HAVES

  1. Rugby Stripe Bins, Container Store
  2. BYHOLMA Basket, IKEA
  3. Milano Graphic Storage Boxes, Container Store
  4. PS Cabinet in White, IKEA
  5. Latte Parker Desktop File, Container Store
  6. Closetmaid 31″ Horizontal Organizer, Target
  7. Glass Jar (various sizes), Container Store
  8. Seville UltraZinc Shelving on Casters, Amazon
  9. Threshold Stoneware Chalkboard Canisters, Target

9 Favorite Storage Solutions - Vim & VintageFor the links to these above items and many more inspiration, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page!

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blurred lines

Much like the song, here’s 6 items that I can’t get out of my head.

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1:  Photography by Amy Theiss Giese   (Etsy)

geometric abstract photography by Atgeise

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2: Blurred Water Abstract iPhone Case (Society 6)

 blurred water abstract iphone cover

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3: Blurred Lines Acrylic Painting by ArianasMisc (Etsy)

Blurred Lines by ArianasMisc

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4: Blurry Things by Trever Hoehne

Blurred Photography by Trever Hoene

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5:  Artsy Pillow Cover by Wayfarer Prints (Etsy)

Blurred Pillow Cover by Wayfarer Prints

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6: Watercolour Bokeh Ocean Canvas Print (Urban Road)

Bokeh Ocean Art

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The beautiful things in life are perfectly imperfect.  ❤  Happy Saturday!

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