Viva Wild Vintage

Hopelessly devoted to vintage & diy!

You Can Do A Lot With A Little / Bedroom

Here I present our bedroom! It is a really important part of the house because a nice, calming bedroom is really necessary when your days are filled with the noise of a baby crying, traffic or the noise in your own head.

Clutter drives me crazy, but I live in a 900 sq. foot house and I need the storage space! So, I’ve added a few key pieces to this room that help keep stuff stowed away and out of sight. 

The dresser, for example, has nine drawers total. Six are visible and the other three are hidden behind the cabinet doors in the middle. I use these drawers for clothing, but I also use them to store packing materials for my Etsy shop and my accessories. 

The shelf between the closet and bedroom doors houses my collection of vintage Modern Library books. My husband and I have been collecting these for years and we like that they have a special place in the house. Before Viva was born, her bedroom was our office / library and we had all the space we needed for books, but now they have been relegated to boxes in the attic. Not the Modern Library, though!

I love color and, living in a tiny house, it helps to keep the same color palette throughout because it makes the house seem bigger. So here you’ll see more bright greens, blues and yellows. I’ve also added some black and white patterns to keep it interesting.

Check out these lovely photos of our bedroom taken by Juls Knapp Photography.

Vintage 1970s Letterman Print, 1960s Era Dresser, Blue and Green Glass Perfume Bottles, Vintage Cream Voss Typewriter, Mr. Camel

A view from the door: GLORIOUS Mid Century Teak Bed

Thrifted vintage Dress Form (hat bedazzled by Alexz), Vintage white pleather ottoman, Vintage prints in thrift store frames, Underwood Olivetti teal typewriter, Modern Library Collection, 1960s era hutch-as-shelf

Vintage quilt in Miami aquas and blues, Abstract atomic inspired pillow made by an excellent friend, Vintage abstract yellow, black & white print

1960s Mod Flowers Tablecloth Curtain, Pair of Atomic Era Black lamps with white stripes 

Ponchita LaRue, the cat

Whimsy in the bedroom—a mustache for the light switch

Mr. Camel makes the room more comfortable with his noble pose

You really can do a lot with a little. I say it so often that sometimes I feel like people think I’m fibbing. Everything in my home has either been thrifted, traded for, found at a yard sale, inherited or made lovely through DIY. 

Have any questions? Looking for something cool? Check out my ETSY shop, Viva Wild Vintage for vintage touches that will make your rooms glow!

New Things to Come!

Instead of a “Seen While Thrifting” Wednesday post, I’m going to let you all in on a little secret!

Soo, I will be launching a new version of this blog! I’m working hard on new crafts, DIY and inspirations as well as posting new items to my Etsy site. 

Here is a bonus shot of me at 15!

Stay tuned, folks!

VWV on Apartment Therapy!

I am so excited to announce that you can check out some photos of my place on Apartment therapy! I am so honored to be included on their site because it is a constant source of inspiration.

You already scooped them, though! Am I right?

Check it out here! Leave some comments too!

Where the Wilde Thing Sits

My husband never thought he was an artist, but he’s made so many thing around the house that I display proudly as art. He has the rare ability to see another use or a beautiful transformation in an every day object. 

Last summer, while I was pregnant, he began to use a wood burning tool to make cheap wooden thrift store chairs lovely. He made one with a Fozzie the Bear theme and another that was a tiny child’s rocking chair into a skeletal bear chair reminiscent of the Grateful Dead. 

One of the chairs he was transforming was a simple wooden dining chair. He bought it for $5 and decided that he would make it a Where the Wild Things Are themed chair. I admired it for many days while he worked on our back porch. I busied myself nesting for little Viva, but I always stopped to admire his work. I buzzed around him like a butterfly taking photos and snatching glimpses. 

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After a few days, he had become somewhat secretive while creating this chair. I was so focused on getting the house ready that I did not realize that he was working faster. 

When it was finished, he asked me to come into the living room. This is what I saw:

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Photo by Juls Knapp Photography

He pulled back the blanket in a grand fashion and I immediately burst into tears. I had to sit down because I was so moved by his gift. When I was sitting there marveling at the chair I noticed something that put me over the top: image

Photo by Juls Knapp Photography

He had carved Viva’s name into the chair. I clutched my belly and sobbed the happiest tears because, in that moment, she was real. The flutters and the movements were the clues that she was well and coming soon, but this gesture crystallized her existence. Until then, Viva Wilde was just an idea. Now she was a real person. I hugged my beautiful husband and kissed him because I was so grateful for this gift. 

The chair now sits in Viva’s room and I hope that one day it will be where the Wilde thing sits. One day I will share the memory with her. I will tell her once again how beautiful and talented her father is. I hope she loves it as much as I do. 

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Photo by Juls Knapp Photography

Get inspired and make something that will last for generations. 

Adventures in Repurposing

Old metal objects are cool and can be repurposed pretty easily. I found this box on the side of the road in a trash pile.

I loved the original color on this vintage metal tool box and I REALLY love the shape, but it was totally rusted! 

Take a look:

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Poor little dear. 

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I couldn’t find any color that I liked as much as the original blue, so I sprayed it with two coats of textured silver paint!

Now I use this lovely little box for tools of a different sort: nail supplies. All of my polishes, nail tools and files fit neatly in this little box and I keep it displayed in my bedroom stylishly! 

Don’t let a little rust dissuade you from trying! Think outside the box and use uncommon items for storage. 

For more cute metal boxes check out Viva Wild Vintage on Etsy!

Seen While Thrifting Wednesday
Hello Dolly! This lady is a yellow meringue, if I ever did see one. 
Want to find something yellow and sweet?
Check out Viva Wild Vintage on Etsy!

Seen While Thrifting Wednesday

Hello Dolly! This lady is a yellow meringue, if I ever did see one. 

Want to find something yellow and sweet?

Check out Viva Wild Vintage on Etsy!

Viva’s Room Before + After

January 2013: I had just quit my cushy University job in order to devote my days to selling vintage full time. My home office was a HUGE mess filled with things to sort, photograph, list or send to the thrift store. I was making headway when I started feeling peculiar. I thought I had the flu for a solid three weeks before I began to wonder what was really going on.

Then, I decided to take a test. You know, THE test. The TEST test. When I saw the + I was still in denial. I didn’t want kids. I was to remain happily childless. I took another test….+. I had just quit my job and was without insurance, so I went to the local health department for another test. A friend of mine took me to the WIC office and we waited while they processed my test. 

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I was completely unprepared for impending motherhood. After a good, long mope I decided that I would choose happiness. I decided to stop moping and get to work.

March 2014: Viva has made me more productive than I’ve ever been. I whipped that home office’s ass and made her room a gem that I hope she will cherish. My Etsy shop is flourishing and taking me in new directions. I have the courage to do these things because I want to be me + baby, not just mommy. Being a mother to her has brought me more happiness than I thought it ever could! 

Her room is a metaphor for the last year. Before her, my life was an unstructured mess. Procrastination extended to all areas of my existence. Now, things have changed for the better. My world is more regimented and my time is spent more wisely. Motherhood has made me a better person. 

Here’s a look at Viva’s room before + after: 

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Viva   Photo by Juls Knapp Photography

Seen While Thrifting Wednesday
This little guy was chomping his way through the day. Sometimes it is difficult not to purchase all the plastic animals I see. I will confess that I own  many of these including a jar filled with mini plastic animals and dinosaurs. So, I decided to leave this little guy where he was in hopes that he go home with a child some day!
Looking for some rad stuff to put around your environment? Check out my corner of ReBlossom’s Mama Baby Shop in Athens, GA or on the web at Viva Wild Vintage.

Seen While Thrifting Wednesday

This little guy was chomping his way through the day. Sometimes it is difficult not to purchase all the plastic animals I see. I will confess that I own  many of these including a jar filled with mini plastic animals and dinosaurs. So, I decided to leave this little guy where he was in hopes that he go home with a child some day!

Looking for some rad stuff to put around your environment? Check out my corner of ReBlossom’s Mama Baby Shop in Athens, GA or on the web at Viva Wild Vintage.

You Can Do A Lot With A Little: A Room Of Her Own

Good morning lovelies! 

This is the post that I have wanted to do FOREVER! It was actually the first thing I envisioned talking about when I started this blog.

When I found out that I was pregnant in February 2013, I was totally surprised. My husband and I had planned to be happily childless for the rest of our days and we thought we were in the clear as we had never even had a “scare” in the 14 years we’d been together. Little Viva had other  plans! 

After the initial shock wore off, I got to work learning about babies and pregnancy. I looked up baby necessities and was completely overwhelmed! I had no idea how many accessories, clothing items, furniture, and diapering options are available. It took me a day or two to navigate before I found some “minimalist” articles about what is needed for a safe and well equipped nursery. That is how I started my list. 

If you haven’t already noticed, I like design, so I set my sights on design-y cribs and nursery decor, but every time I followed a link to a gorgeous mid century inspired piece of furniture, my dream would die a little more with every crazy price tag. I decided then and there that I would still have the nursery of my dreams, but I’d figure out how to make it beautiful without compromising on aesthetic without spending a crazy amount of money.

Hunting for beautiful old things is my bag, man. 

In this post, I’m giving you a bird’s eye view of Viva’s nursery through the lens of Juls Knapp Photography. Keep checking out future posts for how-tos, DIY and the secrets of where I found and how I arranged these gorgeous things. I hope you like it!

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Cozy little Viva snug in her nursery

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Painting by Christine Bush Roman , Heirloom Mid Century Dresser, Metal Cloth Diaper Can, Arrow Changing Pad Cover

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Schylling Child’s Piano, Vintage Mocassins

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Birdie and Chicken (see her out there?)

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Vintage Junior Classics

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Heirloom Pie Cabinet Book Shelf, Mid Century Toy Box

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Robbies

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Vintage and New Book Collection

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Thrifted Hand Made Stuffed Animals

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Vintage Wigwam Lamp

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Upcycled “Where the Wild Things Sit” chair made by my husband for Viva

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T-Rex Tea Towel found in a Valencia, Spain street market, Thrifted Mexican Independence Day Papel Picado, Aqualung Painting by my husband. 

Stay tuned for upcoming posts about how I accomplished this feat! 

Interested in vintage? Looking for unique items for your nursery? 

Check out my corner at ReBlossom Mama Baby Shop here in Athens, GA.

On the web? Viva Wild Vintage is on Etsy! 

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The Sad Looking Krueger Chair

O, Kreuger chair. How I had hoped to find you someday.

This chair, however, was ruined. I tried Goo Gone, nail polish remover, alcohol…nothing worked to erase the stains or the gunk. It is a very special kind of vintage chair, a Kreuger chair. The kind of chair coveted by so many in the mid century loving community, but this one was in really bad shape. 

Emily was very concerned that her chair was in danger. So concerned, she WROTE ON A KREUGER CHAIR IN MARKER.

I paid a mere $4 for it in hopes that I’d be able to change the chair’s luck and clean it up. When all else fails, there’s always spray paint.

No instructions here, just clean the surface and spray the surface. 

Here are some photos from before, during and after!

Like Bigfoot, this elusive chair is caught in the woodland area of my yard.

Half way there!

Not in original condition, but the lines are there and that’s all that matters. 

Looking for some more revamped goodness? Check out Viva Wild Vintage on Etsy!