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A Breath of Fresh Air Spring Home Tour

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I'm participating in the the "A Breath of Fresh Air" Spring Home Tour right now.  If you are stopping by from T. Moore home, hello! Teri is a most impressive DIYer and designer and I know she had amazing inspiration to share.

A little background for those of you who are new around here.  I'm the vintage curator behind the Valerie Tyler Collection.  You can find anything from nature inspired decor, to global styled goods and even a touch of vintage glam in the collection.  The focus is on high quality objects and art that stand the test of time. I also share ways to incorporate vintage into your home decor, as well as lots of earth inspired home decorating inspiration here on this blog and on Instagram.

So welcome to my nature focused home that is the styling spring board for a lot of the vintage you will also find in the shop.  Take a peek at how the house is transitioning for warmer and cheery Spring weather. I was in the mood to usher out the darker days of Winter by bringing in a super subtle, blush pink this year.  The large pillows coordinate perfectly with the blush pink planter on our coffee table.  A small wood bunny also complements the planter with it's beige tones and the wood candles to add another touch of Spring. 

 

 

I moved my succulents on pink print here to add another touch of subtle pink and green to the room.

 

 I like to keep my Easter decorations subtle so simple things like animal sculptures such as this white porcelain rabbit fit in the theme of our natural style decor. Of course, I always include plenty of vintage brass on the shelves for a pop of glam.

 

In spring for me, it's really all about the greenery! I take stock of what has survived the Winter and start to pick up some plants to fill the home until they overflow to the outdoors when the weather gets nicer.

My favorite plant in Spring is usually any type of fern.  They are usually non-toxic  for our cats too so I can put them out pretty much anywhere.

A little fern care tip:  They love to be misted!  Spray them often with a fine water mist to keep them happy. I found two faux wood planters (seen below) to put a few in for a very organic look.

Unfortunately when it comes to succulents, I've tried my hand at tending them multiple times and with the constant varying temperatures of our home and the drafts they just don't survive.  So, I like to tuck faux succulents in corners of the house. This is a collection of my own hand painted faux succulents from the Valerie Tyler Collection.

 Mini Succulents available in the shop

Currently the plants are mostly housed in our office, which is off limits to our cats. That way they can't nibble the more toxic ones.  These will be mostly heading out to the back patio once Summer arrives. Indoor plant lighting was used to help them survive the Winter. It's not ideal since it's a little draft up here but this area does get a good amount of sun as you can see from the windows behind.  It definitely makes for a more relaxing workspace.

Vintage Brass Eagle bookends seen above are available

 Find the faux succulent planters in the shop in the new gifts and accessories section

Finally, one last look at my daughter's room before it gets switched up.  This girl is long overdue for a big girl bed! We are going to be going with a new gold, black and white Minnie Mouse theme.  We will definitely need to find a place for this art though since I still love it! Much like the rest of the house, nature was the driving theme. The walls were specifically painted to mimic the sky and we even have white cloud shelving.  I added just a bit more color in the bedding and the rug.

 

Something about Spring always gets me in a nautical mood too.  Though we live near woodlands, our former years of living near the shores of Lake Erie are still fresh in my memory so I still like to dress up the Master bedroom with our nautical treasures and art.

Ironwood Turtle is available in the shop

To shop items are clockwise from top left to bottom left.

  1. Vintage Dark Brass Whale
  2. Vintage Ironwood Dolphin - Vertical
  3. Vintage Ironwood Dolphin - Horizontal
  4. Vintage Brass Lobster

 

To carry on the Spring theme, I'm adding plenty of objects to the online shop such a birds and botanical art.

Vintage Swan Planter

Vintage Ironwood Quail

Like the look of my nature gallery wall?  Peruse the wall art & photography collection to curate your own.


I hope you enjoyed this months special feature! The next stop on the Tour is Project Allen Designs and her post will go live on Friday! Be sure to stop by for even more inspiration.  If you'd like to check out all the home decor bloggers participating you can also access the link party links below to hop around and see even more.


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Monthly Home Decor Review - Valerie Tyler Collection

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With Winter almost on it's way out (Thanks for the predictions little groundhog!) I've been in the mood for lots of greenery this month and natural accents that exude Spring and Summer vibes.
With that as my inspiration, here's a few of my favorite things this month!

Highlights Seen Around the Web

I'm enjoying seeing the progress on The Mountain House by Emily Henderson.  Bestill my heart over those wood floors!
When should you bring Spring Decor into your home?  Liz (aka Liz Marie Galvan) definitely has the right idea. 
Why am I suddenly in the mood for Robins Egg Blue? Oh yeah, this feature on collecting by color!
Let's shift track  from collecting to cleaning...
(All about  contradictions around here!)
Is everyone else going crazy trying to Spark Joy in their lives?  I know I mentioned her last month.  As a vintage dealer, Marie Kondo is inspirational to me. (weird when I make a living in stuff, right?  It's quite true in my case though!) When your life is full of vintage and antique objects coming into and out of it, it's very helpful to focus on keeping only that which I absolutely love and keeping things clean, tidy and organized prevents hoarding!
I've been cleaning out the house and enjoying every minute.  After cleaning out the closets, this pantry seen below in progress was the second project.  Next up will be tackling the fridge!

#valerietylerspotlight of the month

One of my favorites from Instagram this month was this lovely kitchen from Rima Boyle Thanks for sharing on the #valerietylercollection feed. Loving all the Spring feels!
Do you want to join in?  If you are on Instagram and have lovely home decor you'd like to have featured just tag #valerietylerspotlight to get my attention.  I'll spotlight a few favorites each month either here or in Instagram stories!
(Hint:  I LOVE vintage that fits in a modern setting, global style, and earth inspired homes)

Shop Spotlight

Lots of shop updates this month, with plenty of plant and nautical inspired decor.  Here's a few favorites:
Lots of new nature photographs hit the shop too including this one!
Stay tuned because next month I'll be sharing a Spring home tour and linking to a bunch of other bloggers sharing some pretty amazing Spring decor inspiration! Wishing you a great month and hope you visit again soon!

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Spotlight on the Month - Home decor, Instagram favorites and more - January 2019

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New for 2019!

Each month I’m going to do a little spotlight on some of what I’ve been up to with my online collection, share what has caught my eye this month, and leave you with a little inspiration. 

Let’s kick things off with some things seen around the web that really caught my eye.

Highlights from Around the Web

I was excited to find out my pals, both were featured in Origin Magazine this month! Congratulations to Abbie (anaberdesign) and Christina (southern mesa trading)! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Photo credit: anaberdesign

Photo credit: Southernmesatrading

 

Even more from around the web...

Apparently my love of Mid-century modern decor makes sense  since when I took this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens, my decor style fell in the appropriate decade.

Wine tastings and decor shopping?  Sign me up please! Restoration Hardware has created quite an amazing experience.   

Plant lovers take note, if you live in the woods like we do it is possible to care for plants in low light.

We are all doing KonMari this month! (Seriously, as a vintage seller who actually likes neat spaces this is essential to me!)

 

Instagram Highlights

A few of my favorite posts from Instagram this month:

Sharing my Obelisk Obsession
(Can you spot the speaker?)

 

Decor Style Theme I’m Currently Digging

Boho Scandinavian

Ikea inspired decor gets a more grown up makeover for a slightly more unbuttoned look. Perhaps it’s the new year talking but I love how this look is still clean, organized and minimal but letting in a little bohemian inspiration makes it feel a bit more relaxed and earthy.

Great examples:

Photo Credit: Alma Chavz

 

Photo Credit: Monika at Zigzagstudiodesign

 

My shopping pics for a natural, modern style. Get the look this month:

Vintage Japanese Vase, Valerie Tyler Collection

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Tips to De-clutter Your Home and Make Your Decor Meaningful

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It might seem counter-intuitive that as a retailer that sells home decor, I would want to help you get rid of things and de-clutter your life but I'm going to offer some tips to do just that today.

Here's my reasoning why; Obviously, based on the type of nature inspired, global style decor I carry in the Valerie Tyler Collection, I think home should be a place of refuge that reflects the beauty of the Earth. Your outer environment and that which you surround yourself with can soothe your inner state of being. 

A cluttered home is quite the opposite of that.  Being surrounded by belongings that stress you out, serve as distractions, and sometimes have the power to make you angry or sad are in no way helpful.  I have an almost karmic belief that when you create space in your life, it allows you space to then refill it with only that which is important to you. You can focus in the future on making only purchases of things that truly make you happy and will stand the test of time.  Think quality versus quantity.  Find items which can be both functional and artistic, items that are made with beautiful materials, and collect only those things which bring you happiness. 

Let's first analyze a few thoughts that might be holding you back.  Have you ever thought any of the following?

Common Barriers to De-Cluttering

  • I might need that someday
  • I paid a lot of money for that
  • I don't know how to get rid of this
  • That's useful (even though I hate it)
  • I don't want to waste that

 

To counter-attack several of these thoughts, It's important to put a value on your mental health and your time.

If you think "I might need that someday"

Remind yourself that if you hold on to everything because you *might* need it someday, the odds are good you will spend a lot of time looking for things

If you think "I paid a lot of money for that"

You need to realize that though you paid a lot of money for something, is it worth ANYTHING if you are not using it or enjoying it?  There are two things you can do in this case.  Think of whether you can sell it quickly and easily.  Find a resale site and see if you can find it a new home.  If you can't it's not worth nearly what you think it is and you might as well just donate it or give it away.

If you think "I don't know how to get rid of this"

Do a few quick google searches.  Odds are good there is information about how to donate or toss almost any item you have.  Most thrift stores will accept a large majority of household items.  For other items, such as large furniture put them on a local site for free or a greatly discounted price.  Check with your local municipality about what can be recycled and special trash days for large items and hazardous waste.
When you think "That's useful (even though I hate it)"

Why surround yourself with things you find ugly or hate using. Is something really that useful when it makes you unhappy every time you look at it or use it?  Is there something else you can use instead of possibly a way to do without?  Take the time to find something with the same functionality that you like much better.

If you think "I don't want to waste that"

Then give it away!  Giving feels wonderful.  Host a huge dinner party to use up extra food, or donate non-expired items to a food pantry.  Make a dinner for a senior or single neighbor. Donate craft supplies or paper goods to schools or youth groups.  Consider the impact to the environment an act accordingly.  Recycle, donate or find someone else who can reuse it who would actually enjoy it.

 

Making your home your refuge is the EASY part.  When you feel the urge to make a purchase or add something to your home always ask yourself whether the object makes your life better in some way.  Does using it make your life easier, and you don't harbor any feelings of loathing towards the item?  (Even if something makes your life easier, if you groan every time you look at it, just find something else to fulfill that items purpose) Does it make you happy to look at?  Maybe it calms your spirit, causes you to remember something fondly, makes you laugh, or gets your creative juices flowing. Take the time to seek out lasting and quality goods.  It often makes more financial sense to sometimes pay more for something that is more beautiful or of better quality because you continue to love it and use it versus buy many, poorer quality, less expensive substitutes that never quite make you happy.

Look for:

  • Beauty / Character
  • Quality
  • Functionality
  • Timeless Style

Keep these ideas in mind and avoid poor substitutes.  A lot of times I think this is why vintage is getting to be so popular.  The quality of goods has already been time tested, you can see whether the style has been timeless as well. 

Items that are functional, well made and beautiful will stand the test of time.

 

So remember:

 

 

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How to Shop Online for Vintage Home Decor

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Shopping online is becoming easier everyday! You can browse from the comfort of your own home however and whenever you like. Vintage home decor however tends to be unique and special and there are some things to take into consideration when you are shopping online versus in person. Here's a few tips to make shopping online for vintage home decor a breeze!

  • Pay attention to measurements. 

Sometimes photos that are zoomed to give you details close up will make an object look larger than it appears.  Also some items can be much larger than they come across online.

  •  Read descriptions entirely

 Items descriptions will often contain sizing, condition, and sometimes historical notes or the story behind a piece.

  • Be sure to look at all photos. 

Typically any small blemishes or issues will be highlighted in close up photos.  You will get a better idea of the object by viewing it from different angles.

 

  • Follow vintage home decor purveyors on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook)

Often sellers will share their best items via social media and they will get snapped up before sellers can even take them to a show or list them in an online shop.

  • Sign up for seller mailing lists

Much like following a seller on social media, this is one of your best ways to get the inside scoop first on new merchandise.  Sometimes you might even snag a special subscriber only discount.

 

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