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My Vintage Finds – A Day at the Antique Faire!

Last Sunday, my husband and I set off in the early hours of the morning to scour the antiques at the Alameda Point Antique Faire.  We were there before the sun was up, standing in line with other collectors and bargain hunters, waiting to see what the day would have in store for us.  With coffee in hand, we dashed through the gates as soon as the event opened, using the flashlight app on our cell phones to light our way (mental note, next time bring actual flashlights!).

I ended up buying four vintage items that I absolutely love and have been busy finding places for them in my home.  As you might recall from my previous post on Vintage Finds, I have been looking for wooden shoe forms and a vintage dress forms for some time.  Thankfully, I found them both at the faire!


Shoe Form and Vintage Book

 My wooden shoe form now completes the display on my console and sits near my grandfather’s book of musical terms from 1914.

Vintage Shoe Forms




Vintage Dress FormThe dress form is now in my room, waiting for the finishing touches on our master bedroom remodel.


I’m still working to incorporate the other two items into my home but will post pics when ready!  And a big “thank you” to my husband for getting up at 4am with me and carrying my purchases around for hours.  Can’t wait to do it again next month!


Decorating with Santos Dolls – Cool or Creepy?

How to Decorate with Santos DollsI adore Santos dolls, particularly Santos cage dolls.  I have two in my home and unfortunately, these might be the only two I purchase since my husband finds them a little creepy…  But to me, they amazing works of art!  I love their serene expressions, delicate features and soft, beautiful colors.

What is a Santos doll?  Originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests, Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian).  Typically, antique dolls have glass eyes and given that they are difficult to find and in high demand, antique dolls can be quite costly.  Reproductions also exist, although they often have painted eyes.  Versus a traditional Santos doll, a Santos CAGE doll is a doll from the torso up and an open wire cage on the bottom.  Many Santos dolls are articulated, including the cage dolls, which often have articulated arms.


Either way, antique or reproduction, Santos dolls can be a beautiful addition to a home’s decor.  If you have a collection, they look nice when grouped together to create a statement.Group of Santos Dolls


If you have just one (or even a few), it can be a nice addition when mixed with other, more traditional objects in the room.  728-santos-doll


If tall, they can be used to add height to displays.

via Blue Egg Brown Nest on Etsy

via Blue Egg Brown Nest on Etsy


Highly articulated dolls can begin to take on any shape you want, such as this one which is being used as a paper weight for decorating magazines.


Or, you can even add them to a bathroom or dressing area and drape your necklaces on them when not in use.  In fact, given this common use for Santos dolls, you can now find actual jewelry holders that were inspired by cage dolls.




I love to mix vintage pieces with newer, more traditional items, and Santos dolls are among my favorite vintage items.  So, despite that my husband finds them a little scary, I still have fun using them in my home!








Crazy for Cloches!

How to Use a ClocheI am currently obsessed with glass cloches and luckily, since they are very trendy right now, I see them everywhere!

What is a cloche?  French for bell, a cloche  (pronounced KLOHSH) is a small, translucent cover.  Originally intended to protect plants from frost, today’s use extends to using them for anything and everything.  Cloches are wonderful in that they can help to make any ordinary object into a display.  And you can easily swap out your display item depending on your mood or the season, so they are very versatile.


I’m currently using a small cloche to display my grandfather’s book of musical terms from 1914.  The book is very frail and small, so on it’s own, it would easily be lost and/or damaged, but under a cloche among other books, it makes a statement.DSC_2193


I also have jewelry cloches from Pottery Barn that I love!  It’s nice to see my jewelry even when I’m not wearing it.Pottery Barn Cloche


Sizes can vary greatly from this 30″ tall cloche at Restoration HardwareRestoration Hardware Cloche

to this miniature one sold by simplychi on Etsy.Miniature Cloche simplychi


What else can you put under a cloche?  Pretty much anything that fits!  Plants, stacks of books, antique spectacles, cameras, seashells, baby keepsakes and sculptures all look great under a cloche.

Here are some inspirational pictures to get you thinking about how you might use a cloche in your home!

by The Old Painted Cottage

by Adrienne DeRosa

by French Larkspur

by Adrienne DeRosa

by The Old Painted Cottage

by Sandy Koepke

by The Old Painted Cottage





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