Thursday, August 30, 2012

FOUND: Ormolulu

We are starting a new series on the Vintage Whites blog cataloguing pieces from our favorite vendors, show organizers, antique stores, and sources of inspiration.  Kicking off the series is Debi Burton of Ormolulu!

We (Debi Burton and Jim Blondeau) are known as Ormolulu. The word "ormolu" (ornate bronze mounts found on French furniture) is the root, and the extra "lu" was added for whimsicality. From simple and humble found objects to sublime treasures, we offer passions from the past! 

Recently, Ormolumiere was added as our lighting division. Jim takes orphaned objects that I find and transforms them into exquisite lighting!

This diminutive, deconstructed chair was found at a show nearly a year ago. It appears to be 19th century Italian. Initially, I was going to upholster it, but after admiring the gorgeous lines and structure, I decided the bare bones would have more impact. My husband tacked on an antique diploma from Winthrop High School in Maine, and it resulted in something astonishingly wonderful! The graphics perfectly offset the exposed, hand-tied springs. 

Right now, this charming work of art is sitting in front of our white corner cupboard which is filled with ironstone. A small silver tray holds select pieces of coral and mother-of-pearl. Simply beautiful!

Where do you draw your inspiration from, Debi?

I'm immensely grateful for the blessing of an artistic eye. Love of all things beautiful, and an early appreciation for antiques has been in my DNA for as long as I can remember. Mother Nature plays a huge role, and of course, books, magazines, and the internet. Also, the vintage shows and markets that we do each year showcase some amazing talent and creativity! Last (but not least), a nice glass of wine and some good music certainly do help!

Whats the best advice you've ever been given?

From my mom, who I miss more than words can say: "Be true to yourself." 

To be quite honest, in my youth, I didn't catch the full meaning of that simple phrase. As time passes, however, I realize how vital this is to personal happiness. Especially today, when there is so much pressure to conform to what is popular or trendy in the world of vintage.


We can be found on as well as Facebook here and here. We sell at Pacific Galleries Antique Mall in Seattle, Washington, Haystack Antiques in Bellevue, Washington, and M&M Antiques in Monroe, Washington. Additionally, we travel the Pacific Northwest to show at various antique/vintage markets. Please see for specific information on these beautiful events!  

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY Paper Chevron Banner

Chevron decor is so popular right now, and has been for some time. I absolutely love it, but there are no fabric stores that carry it where I live  (I live in Wyoming), so I decided to make my own banner using card stock and fishing line. I think it makes an adorable backdrop, or a table runner! Here's the supply list and directions.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

1. Decide on a size for your chevrons and cut them out. I got about 10 to one sheet of paper.

2.  Place a small dot of hot glue on the back of a chevron and press fishing line into it.  Let it dry and repeat! 

{ Tie a small loop onto both ends so that you can vary the direction of the chevrons when hanging! }

I'd love to know if any of you make this! Please post links in the comment field!

{ Linking up to The Scoop! }
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

This floral head wreath is simple to make with just a few supplies needed.  Use fresh flowers, fake, or a mixture of both to create an adorable party prop for any age.

Supplies needed:

- Flowers
- Wrapped floral wire
- Floral Tape
- Wire Clippers

1. Measure the circumference of the head you're adorning and add 2 inches to your measurement so that flowers may sit inside, as well as outside, of your crown. 

2. Clip your wire and shape into a circle, twisting the ends together to close.

3. Cut your flowers at least an inch and a half from the bud, no more than 3 inches. Start by wrapping one end of the floral tape a couple times around the wire, pulling gently and stretching the floral tape, overlapping a couple times to fasten the end. 

4.  Wrap stems around the wire two or three times to conceal, placing each stem just a bit farther forward than the last. If you want a thicker wreath, place the stems closer together.  Spread them apart to make it thinner!

5. To finish, wrap the floral tape a couple times around itself, conceiling under the flower buds, stretch and tear so that it sticks. 

That's it! Easy and cute as can be.  How would you use this floral head wreath?  Let us know in the comments!!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tea & Cake Birthday Party

Eloise turned one this month, and to celebrate, we threw an iced tea + cake party in Bigfork, Montana. Alicia Brown came out to photograph this fun event, and as always, she captured it perfectly.  

Strips of vintage fabric attached to an old umbrella frame made an incredibly cute addition to the simple, easy decor.

Eloise needed a backdrop for her cake eating debut, so we draped a frame of vintage fabric strips from the willow tree in the park. 

The birthday girl is wearing a handmade dress {by Sandy of Sweet Notions} and a floral crown.  We will be posting a tutorial on the floral crown soon!

A simple setup with vintage tablecloths on a picnic table was absolutely beautiful against the green of the park.

The cake and cupcake were absolutely gorgeous.  Sweet Notions (the mastermind behind all of our cake and confectionary desires) made a carrot cake with cream cheese filling and frosting.

Did you know that you can pre-order cakes and pick them up at our summer markets?  Just head to our Facebook page and look for the order link a week before each market. Yum!

Happy Birthday Eloise!

{ Look for the tutorial on this floral crown in a couple of weeks! }

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DIY Long Distance Baby Shower

Vanessa's sister-in-law is expecting, but lives on the other side of the country. When it came time to throw her a shower, she decided to put together an inexpensive, long distance baby shower in a box!

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She gathered old-fashioned candies, and decorated the containers {found in the Target dollar section} with trims and baker's twine in corresponding colors. The packages are wrapped with vintage fabric and craft paper. 

The inside of the box is lined with vintage fabric and trim, presents and candy are placed inside, and then it's filled it to the brim with confetti, craft pom-poms, curled ribbons, and crimped paper shreds! Incredibly festive and cute!  

Vanessa attached pipe cleaners to the box flaps with a pom-pom banner in between.  The banner lifts as the box opens for a very fun surprise! 

To finish & personalize the inside of the box, she attached a welcome banner for baby Nora!

The outside of the box is wrapped in confetti-covered packing tape.  Vanessa used the paper shreds and curled ribbon to make the confetti, and sprinkled it over the packing tape before attaching to the box! 

This whole project cost less than $25 to make, and most of the supplies came from the Dollar Store!  I love that it doesn't have to be limited to baby showers! Use this idea for birthday parties, bridal showers, or just a fun way to say you're thinking about someone.  
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A Garden Wedding...

Surrounded by flowers on all sides, Gatiss Gardens was the perfect place for our garden inspired wedding!  

We styled this laid back, country shoot with our vintage wedding rental pieces.  
Alicia Brown Photography captured every detail with perfection. 
Flora was provided by Mum's Flowers in Whitefish, Montana.

Old-fashioned cakes provided by Sweet Notions

{ See the rest of this shoot on Ruffled }

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