Category Archives: Vintage

Titanic – Did It’s Interior Trends Also Sink With The Past?

The Titanic, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner, was traveling from England to New York when it struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912. It sank less than three hours later, with the loss of all but 700 of the 2,208 passengers and crew.  This past weekend marked the 100th anniversary of it sinking. It’s a very sad yet historic day.

I often wondered what the interiors really looked liked in person. The rich patterns, the texture of the fabrics, the glow of the massive chandeliers. What was the difference between 1st class and 4th class rooms? Are the styles still a part of interiors today?

Take a look at the some interior photos starting in order with 3rd class, instead of the usual 1st class.


3rd class dining room


1st class dining room


1st Class dining room made up for dinner

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Tub chairs,  (also called barrel backs) in the 3rd class dining section are still being used today with many modifications. It’s a very functional chair often seen in public areas.


Here is a leather and fabric upholstery design sold today that reminds me of the Jacobean style chairs in the 1st class dining room.  This style will always be relevant in traditional interiors.


3rd class lounge


1st class writing room and lounge


1st class writing room made up for passengers Luncheon

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3rd class accommodations

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1st Class Suites

It’s so amazing how old black and white photos versus sharp color photos have such a shroud of mystery and nostalgia associated with it.

Only Two Bathtubs
Although most passengers had to share bathrooms (only the two promenade suites in first class had private bathrooms), third class had it rough with only two bathtubs for more than 700 passengers.

image2 passengers working out in the gymnasium. We’ve come a long way baby!


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Titanic art: vintage posters, letters sent while on board, the last photographed image and random photos taken on board sells over 300 prints related to the Titanic.  It makes me wonder what images will be sold of 9/11 a hundred years from now, 50 years, even 10 years…  Is this morally right? After all, these are lost lives we are talking about.  I don’t know. I’m guilty of finding this tragedy fascinating, mysterious and or course sad, but I’ve always been intrigued about it’s interiors and how passengers lived on board.  That’s why the color visuals of James Cameron’s, Titanic still captures me to this day…and yes, the Romeo and Juliet spin he attached to it made it all the more appealing.


2nd class suite images

3d Color Simulations of various rooms

10 Facts About the Titanic You Didn’t Know

Wallpaper Revealed

Embrace, surround, explore and celebrate the many uses of wallpaper.   Here’s the skinny on some things you should know.

Revelation# 1:  It’s easy to calculate the quantity of wallpaper you need for your project


Revelation #2:  Wallpaper is packaged in double rolls but sold as single rolls.

Decades ago, manufacturers offered several different sizes of rolls (single, double, triple) with a standard of pricing by the single roll.  The pricing remains as it always has been – by the single roll. I know it’s confusing and just because its always been done that way doesn’t mean it always has to be. There is an added advantage to double roll packaging.  You are working with a longer continuous length; therefore, there is a greater amount of usable material (less waste when matching the pattern).

Info via Seabrook Wallpaper, answers to more wallpaper FAQ’s here

Revelation #3:  Look up to be inspired!

Use it on the ceiling.

The powder room is the perfect place to WOW a quest with wallpaper.  And yes, that’s wallpaper (grass cloth) on the ceiling too.

Revelation #4:  Put it on a focal wall.


Revelation #5: Put it “in”, “over” and “down” under.


Punctuated with rich velvety brown molding, natural wallpaper is placed above the chair rail, under the chair rail and within the picture molding of the wainscoting.  I’m loving it!  The white makes it less saturated and fresh on the eyes.

Revelation #6: Wallpaper has the power to dictate a design style


How darling is this transformation.  Kudos’s to this homeowner for seeing the potential in what could have been a tattered old cupboard. It’s gone from “granny” sad to “cougar” fine, ough-la-la!

Revelation #7: Use wallpaper as decoration for your furniture.

Via, see more artful furniture designs here

HotDOG I’m loving this room!  What a vibrant color combination. Of course, I’m a free spirited orange luving girl anyway – but to pair it with purple is awesome.

Revelation #8:  Use wallpaper to tell a story.


What’s up city slicker?! This kitchen mural would not have the same energy with any other design. Now you INSTANTLY get the felling of stepping out on a Friday night to enjoy the city with friends -and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.  Many wallpaper murals are available in various styles.

Revelation #9:  Kitchen and wallpapers make a very good marriage

Via, see more great kitchen wallpaper designs here

I like this! Camouflage old cabinets with corner to corner wallpaper. If you can’t lick ’em – join ’em.

Revelation #10:  Wallpaper panels – framed art for your walls


I hope you’ve been inspired to discover which wallpaper designs are right for your project. Now get out there and start a WALLPAPER REVOLUTION!!!


Enter to Win Our “Spring Fling” Contest

You could win a $100.00 Gift Certificate to purchase some fabulous ART! All you have to do is tell me what you are doing or plan to do, to celebrate Spring within your home.  Keep reading to get the details.

One way to celebrate your “Spring Fling” is with new art on your walls!  That’s right, have a wild affair with accessorizing your favorite space for springtime.  You will be amazed at how adding or changing just one piece of art will invigorate you and your home!

Coastal Rain via

From the tranquility of blue skies after an April shower…

Gingko Branch II via

… to the optimism of fresh foliage and butterflies fluttering around, Spring is in the air and it’s time to bring it  indoors.

Recently, I chimed in on a discussion lead by Suzanne Salk who had some bright  ideas on how to take your room design to the next level displaying art.  More importantly, we both agreed that you don’t have to spend tons of money on art when there are fabulous options right at your finger tips (especially through my FAVORITE on-line art haven),!.

Suzanne shared her 5 most popular art themes for Spring.  You will find them all through,  my preferred on-line vendor for one-stop-shopping. I’ve included some tips on how to incorporate them into your design plan.  When you finish, leave a comment on what you have done or plan to do to invigorate your home for Spring.  *****To be eligible to win, you must post your comment at the bottom of this post, not Facebook, not Twitter nor via email. *****Your name will be included in a drawing and I will post the winners name on May 7th. Read a little further to see what the winner of the $100.00 Gift Certificate can purchase!

1. Charming  and Whimsical

Singh via

These pieces are a great way to express the FUN side of you. Perfect for inviting spaces such as hallways, kitchens, mudrooms or laundry rooms.  When grouping them, mix it up with different frames and matting.  No rules apply here.

2. Fresh Botanicals

Gingko Branch by Asia Jensen via

Buy a few framed botanicals and rest them on a mantel or shelf for a relaxed elegant look. Such images are a delicate way to ease a floral design into a room of a homeowner that is usually adverse to a floral pattern. Big graphic designs are always fun and when you have a soft wall color like buttercup, they play well against one another.

3. Metallic Highlights

Gold Swirls by Lisa Kowalski via

Metallic finishes are perfect for master suites, living rooms and dining rooms.  They add sophistication and elegance to any modern room.  Pair it with something like a rough textured table like stone, unfinished or reclaimed wood and the contrast is amazing.  This metallic can be in the print itself or in the frame.  It’s the shimmer that counts.

4. Red, Black and White

Artist Norman Wyatt Jr., see more

Notice how just a little bit of red in this print goes a long way.  This may be all you need to wake up an otherwise dull space within your home.  These colors will have more impact if they are mounted gallery style. A row of 4 or 5 red, black and white images will be stunning in a space that is primarily yellow, black and white.

By the way, I really like Wyatt’s work.  If you are into modern design to any degree here are a few more images of his to enjoy.

Rebirth by Wyatts via

Rich and Smooth IV (for the kitchen) via

5. Pretty in Plum

Original art via Volk, see more

Plum is HOT right now! Indulge! There’s just a touch in this abstract but that’s exactly where your eye is drawn too.  Plum is sweet with metallic! It’s great for a master bedroom because it’s both masculine and feminine.  Add gray against it and plum becomes sultry.  Cluster several images and just a few with plum and it will create depth and interest to the entire room.

Art tends to be a very personal thing.  You don’t have to stick with one theme by any means. Find what excites you and incorporate that into your space. As I mentioned before, I love Vintage Posters, and I recently purchased 3 Slamming  Vintage Art posters to hang on my stairway wall.

Bal Negre via

Meeting d’ Aviation Nice Via

Nippon Soul Cannon Ball Addlerly via

Once I get them framed and mounted I’ll share some pics with you! So tell me, what are your plans for your house this Spring?

Leave me a comment (on this post) and your name will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate towards any purchase from! It’s so easy to look for art on their website – just enter the subject, style, color or artist.  The winners name will be posted on May 7th! Good Luck!

Decorating with Vintage Posters

I am such a fan of decorating with Vintage Posters.

via Apartment Therapy

They add a touch of playfulness to any design…a lesson in how not to take yourself so seriously. I have a fun, colorful one of Cafe Martin in my kitchen- breakfast area.

My all time favorite is a series of International star and performer Josephine Baker.

Bal Negre

Black Thunder

Casino De Paris via DesignWonderland

Have you decorated with any J. Baker posters?   If so, please share your photos with us.

Taking Design Cues From Grandma

A Design Driven Life – by Sam

Bright colors and layered patterns make up this modern "grandma" style

I’ve found that I am really drawn to the vintage style. Its like a recycled style that you just can’t mess up. user “DecorDemon” had the best article and idea book featuring vintage looks that are almost like a comforting grandmother’s style revival. I found this little blurb very inspirational! I hope you enjoy it! Channel Your Grandparents for a Fresh Take on Retro.