How To : Polish Your Silver.

I love the classic vintage look of tarnished silver, but sometimes it is nice to polish these pieces off and see some of the details they have to offer. In just a few simple steps you can have perfectly polished silver. This is great for bringing an old piece back to life or for pieces you find at a thrift store or garage sale. 

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While gathering up your silver, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling. Once you have your silver together, start by finding an aluminum pan to place your silver into. Once you have your pieces are arranged in a single layer sprinkle baking soda over them and into the pan. Next pour the boiling water into the pan and let this sit for a few minutes. 

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Since the silver is going to be very hot, use a pair on tongs to remove from the pan and set them on a heat safe surface. Next you will want to take an old rag and add some silver polish to it. Begin to rub the silver and pay close attention to the grooves and details of the pieces. 

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Using a separate clean rag, begin to buff the pieces and clean off any remaining polish. Complete this process 2-3 times a year if you want your silver to maintain a clean and shiny look. 

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For a more detailed explanation check out this how to video above. Let me know how this worked for you and share some pictures of your treasured silver pieces with me! 


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Must-See Historic Southern Homes.

We've traveled the South photographing small town squares, big and small. Capturing stories, discovering treasures and unearthing the roots of history along the way. If walls could talk I'd sure have a whole lot more stories to tell, that's for sure.

We've amassed such a collection of beautiful places that I thought it would be fun to put together an on-going archive of some of the most wonderful homes from across the South. I'd LOVE to know which are your favorite of the homes.


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3 Ways to Use Vintage Floral Frogs.

When I first picked up this collection of vintage floral frogs from a local antiques market I was visiting, I posted a photo to my Instagram and asked folks to guess what they were. The answers were pretty funny but so many people guessed it right.

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The flower frogs reached their popularity in the mid-twenties to thirties, which is rather apparent by their sturdy nature and craftsmanship but they date back to as early as the 16th century. The frogs are used to make floral arrangements more productive, by stabbing the flower stems into place with the spikes below, also allowing for separation and thoughtful placement of the sprigs.

They are generally made of a heavyweight metal, though you can find varieties in glass, ceramic and porcelain too. Ball ® has also made these floral cages pretty popular over the years too. They come in all shapes + sizes with the most common being the rounds, but you’ll also see rectangular and even these sweet caged frogs that I just love.

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Now that you know, you’ll definitely begin seeing these at vintage and antique shops (or you can shop from our Vintage Goods collection here) so I thought I’d share a few ways in which you can get creative and use them in your own home.

 

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE VINTAGE FLORAL FROGS

1.  SPONGE HOLDER

The little metal spikes and solid base provide the perfect rack to set next to your kitchen sink for drying a sponge. You may way to set two next to each other for a maximum area, but this would even work for setting a bar of soap atop the spikes

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2.  PHOTO DISPLAY

Again the little spikes are so utilitarian and the frogs make a beautiful way to display single photographs on a bookshelf, desk or hallway table. They’re especially great where space is limited as they’re much more compact than your average picture frame and I of course love them for displaying beautiful black-and-white vintage photos – the perfect pairing. They're fun to stack too so you can play with the scale and height easily if you have quite a collection of them.

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3.  RECIPE CARD HOLDER

Along the same lines, the floral frogs are super helpful in the kitchen as a recipe card holder, keeping  those family recipe cards a bit less splattered. Simply insert the card into the spikes and you’ll have the flexibility of being able to view both the front and backside of the card while cooking or baking those family favorites. If that’s not for you, you can shop our Wooden Recipe Card Holders instead.

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All in all, these sweet little floral frogs are so beautiful for display in a collection on a bookshelf or coffee table and make great conversation pieces. If you have a potting table or craft room, they make the perfect presentation. Or of course you can use them just as they were intended, for putting together beautiful floral arrangements for your home

Love to know any other ways you can think of to use or display these vintage treasures. #HEIRLOOMED


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A Look at Modern Farmhouse Lighting.

I must admit having your own signature style and sticking to it certainly doesn't come without some setbacks.

Over the years, my design aesthetic has changed and grown with me - from a little bit shabby chic to overly rustic but always with a common thread of vintage and the simplicity of farmhouse. Much like my style, my design doesn't chase the trends and the song "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" pretty much sums up my vibe.

With "modern farmhouse" being all the design-rage in 2018, I thought I'd share a round up of a few of my favorite light fixtures.  I'm on the hunt for a new fixture for Wyatt's room and these caught my eye in the search.

Click on the fixture above for the source or to shop the light.

Love to know if you have a favorite, or any other fixtures you're loving out there right now. I need one in a bedroom that give off a lot of light.


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Thanksgiving Dining Room Tables + Chairs.

Thanksgiving is probably one of the top days of the whole year where families actually gather around their dining room table. For some, one of the only days. 

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A few things to keep in mind when you're selecting new furniture. Your space should be accommodating for either a round or rectangular table, both the size and light fixture can make all the difference. If you generally entertain with a lot of guests, you'll want to decide if you can handle or need a table that is expandable with a leaf, and also how many chairs you will end up purchasing to host all of your guests comfortably. 

You know I'm a big proponent of gathering around the table together for a #FamilySupper any day of the week so today I'm sharing a little round up of some of my favorite dining room tables + chair out there. A little refresh in your dining room might just inspire you to use it all the more!

As you know, I tend to have a skew to a bit of a farmhouse style with my furnishings, then mix and layer them in with vintage pieces. Love to know some of your favorite ones too or styles you're looking for. #HEIRLOOMED


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com