VIP Home: It’s the Little Things…

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about trinkets…it’s the little things that make your home truly you…

 I have always loved trinkets. When I was a little kid, I would stare desperately into my grandmother’s curio cabinet wanting to play with the variety of tiny treasures. Sadly, that was frowned upon in that establishment. As Emperor Kuzco said in the Emperor’s New Groove, “No touchy–no touchy!” My goodness, I sure did love that movie when I was younger!

Now that I have my own collection of tschotskes, I fully understand why my grandmother was so protective of her curio cabinet’s precious contents.

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So, what is so special about the record player, green pig, dog, bunny, and owl figurines in the picture above? Well, why don’t I tell y’all!

  • The record player: About two years ago, I bought this Silvertone Solid State Sound Instant Play record player from the cutest little old man EVER at an antique shop in Springville, Alabama. When I saw the turquoise blue and pink, I instantly fell in love. Note to Self:  Get another needle so I can continue to overplay Frank Sinatra’s Come Dance With Me album *wink* Second Note to Self:  Record player needle number is 57-88163. 

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  • The green pig: Ah….my adorable handmade green pig. I got the cute piggy when I interviewed renowned shoe designer Donald J. Pliner at Belk the Summit last year. I was so excited when Donald signed it for me and to me :)

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  • The dog: The dog has no special meaning–I bought it at Trussville Antiques & Interiors for a steal of a deal–$5.00, but come on…look at it–isn’t it too precious! *wink*
  • The bunny: On my 18th birthday, my parents gave me the Peter’s Pottery bunny which represents my “Special Bunny”–the first stuffed animal that my parents gave me. Also, I just really, really love bunnies *wink*

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  • The owl: My owl “piggy bank” was a Christmas gift from my parents, and I absolutely LOVE the colors! It is so inspirational, and I see it playing a huge role in the theme of my future apartment…
Other items noted in photo: Kiss Me Stupid Marilyn Monroe art piece--I picked it up on of my many adventures, and I immediately fell in love with it. The pop art mixed with old Hollywood is fabulous.  The houndstooth table--my mom, an avid artist and upcycler, made this table for me not because I am an Alabama fan but simple because I love the pattern*wink*
Other items noted in photo:
Kiss Me Stupid Marilyn Monroe art piece–I picked it up on one of my many adventures. The pop art mixed with old Hollywood is fabulous.
The houndstooth table–my mom, an avid artist and upcycler, made this table for me not because I am an Alabama fan, but because I love the history of the pattern*wink*
Other items noted in the photo: My personal collection of vintage records--I have picked up the variety of vinyl I have from lots of different antiquing journeys. Oh, how I love my records! The kaleidoscope--It was a gift...and kaleidoscopes are just fun no matter how old you are!
Other items noted in the photo:
My personal collection of vintage records–I have picked up the variety of vinyl I have from lots of different antiquing journeys. Oh, how I love my records!
The kaleidoscope–It was a gift…and kaleidoscopes are fun–no matter how old you are!

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Remember all of the awesome fun the VIP had at the Birmingham Home Show 2013 interviewing celebs Mark Brunetz and Ty Pennington?  Well, the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014 is coming up, and the VIP is super pumped about attending and interviewing some of the celeb guests. Get your tickets now and don’t miss out!

For more information about the Birmingham Home & Garden Show 2014, please visit http://www.homeshowbirmingham.com/BHS/EventsHome.aspx.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: How To Conquer Big Blank Walls with Art Work and Home Decor

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about my favorite wall in my room. (See photo above)

When we first moved to Birmingham, I had no idea how to decorate this giant blank wall. It was intimidating–really intimidating; however, after looking through several design books, I decided that the wall needed to make a fabulous statement–a wall collage was the perfect plan! 

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So, I took some of my favorite art pieces (the Beatles Wall Art, Marilyn Monroe piece, and Couture prints), and nailed them to the wall–okay, so I got my dad to hang them…He is an engineer, and he is very good at making sure things are level and perfectly spaced…Anyway–Next, I brought in the dresser and staged the necessary electronics–TV and cable box for watching the Style Network and E! News for hours on end and the Xbox for occasionally playing Skyrim, but mostly for playing old movies *wink*

Hm…it seemed like the space needed something else…something a little funky and shiny.  BAM! Metallic horse head at TJMaxx–I knew right then and there that it was PERFECT! The metallic horse head was like icing on the cake–diamonds on the ears and pearls around the neck.

Tah dah! Can you believe it?! I conquered that intimidating blank wall–making it truly stylish and fabulous. Ah…don’t you just love decorating! 

The metallic horse is also a princess *wink*

How have you conquered a big blank wall with your mad decorating skills? Everyone at VIP would like to see how you worked your magic! Send your pictures and a message about your home decor to  vintage.passionista@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the next VIP Home blog. Yay!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP Home: Custom Marilyn Monroe Art Piece

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to my new segment: VIP Home! Yay!

Today on VIP Home, I would like to chat about one of my favorite art pieces, which is a Marilyn Monroe print that my mom customized just for me. 

For those of you who do not know my mom, she is a retired school teacher who now spends her time creating magnificent art pieces and sculptures. Not only does she create, but she also collects. There is not a wall in our house that does not have a piece of art hanging on it. It is safe to say that we are a family of art junkies *wink*

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My mom took a simple poster and breathed life into it with vintage jewelry, glitter, some paint, and magical powers–okay, so she did not use magical powers; however, she did work some magic on a plain, ordinary print *wink* 

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What’s in the news? Beauty Tues that is! Come back tomorrow for a fun and fabulous makeup post with the VIP!

While you wait for tomorrow’s Beauty Tues, check out the archives here.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn