Thursday, December 19, 2013

SWI Vintage Christmas

Happy holidays from SWI Vintage! Christmas is one of our favorite times of the year, and we love getting into the spirit by listening to Christmas music and wrapping gifts for friends and family. Here are some festive pictures we snapped around the office of tartan-wrapped presents, vintage barware, and our furry friend Eddie! We would love to hear comments on your personal holiday wrapping style.

Be on the lookout for a fun holiday card coming in the mail from us with a special announcement and gift giveaway!

Have a Merry Christmas! 

All the best in the New Year,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Crush on Blush

It all started with the nude shoe in fashion, and now blush is quickly becoming the "new neutral." From accents in the home to embellished dresses, this color exudes a touch of femininity, tenderness, and luxury. Now old Hollywood glamor meets the modern day in this beautiful color. SWI Vintage would like to introduce a few of our latest furniture pieces that have been lacquered in blush and finished with lovely gilt detailing on hardware and around the quatrefoil edging. We love the soft, romantic lines that these pieces exude and bring to a room.  

[Shop our new blush furniture pieces]

 [Tory Burch Holiday 2013 Lookbook]

[It started out with the nude pump in fashion, and now designers such as Manolo Blahnik are coming out with blush pumps as the new neutral]

[Estée Lauder's new fragrance 'Modern Muse']

[Designer Jamie Drake used an extensive blush color palate in the stunning Art Deco Tower in Manhattan]
House Beautiful, December/January 2014

[Aerin Lauder's beauty line, which features many blush colors, is simple and elegant]

[The indie film star and former model, Chloë Sevigny, was this month's cover in Town & Country]
Town & Country, November 2013

[Feathered Prada clutch, 2013]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Give Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to tell all of our readers and loyal customers how grateful we are for all of you. Thank you!

[Digital Art Print, Etsy]

SWI Vintage's Anne Shanahan shares some pictures she snapped at a recent dinner party of her stunning place settings for some holiday inspiration.

 [We love how festive touch that tartan napkins bring to the table]

[Silver accents are a great way to bring a modern twist to traditional place settings]

[Get festive by adding berries in a floral arrangement] 

Every family has a standard thanksgiving menu that has developed through years of tradition, compiled of favorite recipes that are made every year with loved ones. We thought we would share a great recipe for thanksgiving morning that doesn't mess with those traditions. This delicious pumpkin spice french toast recipe comes from the amazing blog Minimalist Baker.

  • 5 1/2 – 7 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
  1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes – I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish quite full.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.

We hope everyone has a great holiday with loved ones!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jessica Alba's Favorites

We are excited to announce that some of our SWI Vintage pieces have been hand-picked by Jessica Alba to be featured in her tastemaker tag sale today on One Kings Lane. See them here, before they are gone!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall Favorites

The leaves are changing and Starbucks has their red cups out, it's that time of year again! We wanted to share a few of our favorite fall trends and decorating ideas as the holiday season approaches us.

[If you aren't into the traditional fall brown and orange color scheme, use gilt accents as an alternative to create a glamorous Thanksgiving centerpiece.]

[This Tom Ford lipstick in 'Black Orchid' is the perfect color to give you deep, oxblood lips.]

[Sienna Miller keeps it casual chic in a blush blouse and a leather YSL bag.]

[Add a touch of the outdoors with this beautiful lacquered antler trophy. Modernize this traditional look by hanging them in an unexpected place such as your home office or guest bedroom.]

[Aerin Laudeer's new book, Beauty at Home, is packed full with beauty and decorating inspiration. This book makes an excellent addition to a coffee table or as the perfect hostess gift this season.]

 [Get out your sharpies and spray paint, this DIY place setting couldn't be easier!]

[The top on this stunning console by Leonardo Co. unfolds to double as an extra dining table, perfect for entertaining large parties this season.]

[There are few things more enjoyable than candles during the Fall. We love Diptyque candles because last forever and the votive can be reused when the candle is gone.]

[Intricate gilt sconces add a touch of elegance to a room, and we love that these are vintage.]

[All black everything this time of the year, you can't go wrong!]

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chic Chinoiserie Accents

Chinoiserie pieces bring an exotic sophistication to a space giving it a worldly, classic feel. Adding blue and white porcelain tableware, a pair of fretwork chairs, asian-print upholstery, or large ginger jars are some easy ways to add Chinoiserie accents in a room. Mixing these Chinoiserie pieces with other design styles are some of our favorite ways to create unique and eclectic rooms. Check out some of our new Asian-inspired pieces here now available on One Kings Lane.

Trellis Wallpaper in a Mudroom

Blue and White Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Traditional Home

 The Pink Pagoda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NY Fashion Week: Fall 2014

Every year, twice a year, the worlds hottest and most renowned fashion designers gather in New York to showcase their newest collections at the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The Fall 2014 runway shows have come and gone and we couldn't help but pick up on the ever so classic white trend that was highlighted this year with clean, simple lines in fitted menswear and long maxi dresses. Here at SWI Vintage, we love to pull inspiration from the fashion world when designing.

Rachel Zoe, Spring 2014

Zac Posen, Spring 2014

Rachel Zoe, Spring 2014

Mara Hoffman, Spring 2014

Calvin Klein, Spring 2014

Here are some of SWI Vintage's most recent vintage pieces that have been freshly lacquered in white and brought to life with gilt detailing and pops of color!

 Hollywood Regency-Style Dressers by Century
SWI Vintage

Gold Fretwork China Cabinet
SWI Vintage

Green and Gold Breakfront
SWI Vintage

French-Style Caned Side Chair
SWI Vintage

French Vitrine Cabinets, Pair
SWI Vintage

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