The Loveseat Guide to Vintage Living is a collection of tips, tricks and interesting nuggets about all things vintage related. Loveseat was built with one purpose in mind, to make it easier and more fun to buy awesome vintage furniture for your home.
So you’re browsing Instagram, and you found the perfect inspiration post - you’ve decided what you want to do to freshen up your space! Now that you’ve got the perfect new furniture addition piece in your head, the hunt is on to find it in real life!
Ah, the hunt. You scour Craigslist and Offerup, but nothing is quite perfect. You check Loveseat and maybe you find the perfect piece, only to find out it just sold. Drat! You have no other option other than to keep checking back. You hope that you’re on the right website at the right time when the right piece is listed.
That is, until today! We’ve just launched a new feature to help you find that perfect piece. Introducing Loveseat Alerts! **Save any search to get an email when we get a new piece in that matches. **
Search by keyword, type of item, style, city or any combination of the above - there are endless possibilities! You can get super specific (ex: an american traditional secretary desk with the word “Eastlake” in the title) or simply set up an alert for all new items in your city.
There are many ways to create a new alert. Simply click the “Save this search” link at the top of any search page to have your existing search pre-filled in our alert creation form. There’s also a new “Get Notified” link at the bottom of every page.
The only thing you need to use our newest feature is a Loveseat.com account. Manage your alerts from within your account dashboard. To get there, just click the little bell in top right next to the cart icon.
You can turn the email notifications on or off, add or delete an existing search. See current matches by clicking on the search name.
We hope that our newest feature helps you achieve your interior design dreams! Feel free to reach out with feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Do you peruse Pinterest and interior blogs and notice perfectly styled bookcases that you can’t seem to recreate? It’s tough to master the organized bookshelf without it looking overdone. The cool thing about bookshelves is that they can house items that are personal and important to you. It gives your guests a little insight into your life, travels and interests. Here are a few tips to make your bookcase a true piece of art!
1. Add layers
Layers are very important. They help to create interest and depth - think about varying heights to provoke visual interest and fill out the space.
2. Try arranging your books by color and varying placement
This is no time to break out any old book! Look for books with beautiful details and spines in matching or complimentary colors. Vintage books are amazing and look great mixed in with modern novels. Use varying sizes and organize them vertically and horizontally to add interest. You can also group your books by color for a more polished look. To add style and personality, add the objects you want to place around your book and coordinate based on colors and materials that go well together.
3. Decorative objects
Like we mentioned above, decorative objects are very important. You should limit one focal piece per shelf so bring on the sculptures, vases and trinkets you’ve collected over time! Think about texture - you can add baskets, woven or metal objects.
4. Bring in artwork
Okay, we all know you love your family but we don't necessarily need to see the family tree. It’s okay to add a few photos of the family but don’t overdo it. You can incorporate other art as well to keep things fun and interesting! Your favorite vintage postcard can be framed and propped up against a back wall and mixed in with other objects you select. It’s a great way to showcase fun things from your travels.
5. Think in odd numbers
This is where the rule of three’s comes into play. As a general rule objects look better when grouped in odd numbers. Stack three books horizontally or arrange three objects with varying heights that go well together. Honestly, just group in threes and you will be a design star!
I hope these tips help you with your next bookcase project. Feel free to stop in anytime to pick our brain! We would love to help you with your planning - we love a good project!
Metallics are everywhere - almost every human loves things that sparkle and shine. Diamonds are a girl's best friend, right?! So let's talk about how to get this trend into your home in a super stylish way. I’m sure you’ve seen metallics hit the runway, beauty scene and home decor categories and they’re super easy to incorporate in your every day since they can be mixed and matched - they have essentially fallen into the “neutral” category! To make myself feel better and feel like I’m truly educating you, there are two different types of metallics; warm metallics that consist of gold, bronze, brass and copper and cool metallics that consist of silver, nickel, pewter and chrome. Now that you have a little background, I have a few simple ideas for you to incorporate this trend into your existing decor without your home looking like a disco. Whether you’re channeling Hollywood glamour or 80’s rock & roll we have you covered!
If you want to start small, simply replace your hardware with metallic pulls to transform your pieces instantly without breaking the bank! You can find amazing hardware online, your local home depot or arts and crafts stores. Some of my favorite hardware comes from Hobby Lobby (No, they did not pay me to endorse their company although I totally wouldn’t be opposed). They have every style and theme you could possibly want and have sales often!
Luckily if changing hardware isn’t your thing we have several pieces that already have these fun accents. Here are a few of my current favorites:
Bring on the glam! This is another easy way to incorporate metallics into your home! Light fixtures can really be a focal point within a space- hanging pendant lamps or chandeliers can create instant glamour. Anchor these metallic light fixtures by putting other pops or metal in the room like table or floor lamps, mirrors, or fun decor pieces. Long gone is the rule that you have to match your silver and gold - go ahead and get crazy by mixing and matching. If you want an easy pop without much work, we have a few table lamps that will absolutely do the trick to help add shine to your space!
Decor and Artwork
There are super easy ways to incorporate metallic accents in your home decor just by adding small pieces. Mirrors, candle holders, metallic poufs, or fun statues can really add fun elements of shine! We have a ton of decor on our website that will definitely make your space uniquely you.
As far as artwork goes, I love the idea of a DIY project. It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to commit to a trend you aren't ready to dive head first in to. Grab your friends, some wine and get painting! I have scoured YouTube and found my favorite tutorial. Don’t be scared - there’s an artist inside you somewhere.
The holiday season is upon us. The sound of holiday music is beginning to fill the air and the excitement of having friends and family over for Thanksgiving and through the holiday season is beginning to take over! Actually, on second thought - if the idea of your friends and family crowding into your small apartment with little to no seating stresses you out - we totally understand and are here to help! I have some great suggestions for you, specifically, on how to mix and match your dining chairs and how to add unconventional pieces to your space that can double as seating to make it comfy for everyone -- even that difficult aunt who is the hardest to please!
First, we’ll start with mismatched seating options for your dining table. Forget the old rule that everything has to match. You’ve been told constantly that the wood of your table must match the wood of your chairs or the style of chairs must be the same - throw this rule out the window! It is outdated and you can absolutely pull off an eclectic look in a chic way by adding different styles around your dining table. The mismatched chair is actually a current trend and adds character and personality to a space. I’m willing to bet you have seen this particular trend all over Pinterest - it always seems effortless but can actually be a little tricky pull off! Here are some tips to consider when attempting this look!
**Make sure the height of the chairs are similar.** You don’t want one person on a stool looking down on everyone else in small, short chairs! As a general rule, make sure that all parties are on a similar plane.
Feel free to mix chairs with different styles from different periods of time. Make sure to look for styles that have similar lines that compliment each other. Go ahead and mix that country chic ladder back chair with a mid century chair - I dare you!
Mix the old with the new. You may already have perfectly amazing new chairs but need a couple of extras for those holiday gatherings. Bring in two vintage captains chairs and place them at the heads of the table. Also, industrial chic is super trendy right now so why not add in some low metal stools or office chairs into your mix?
Add pairs of the same chairs to the group if possible. This is not always easy to accomplish but if you have two chairs that are the same it can be easier to pull off an eclectic mix while remaining cohesive.
Pull out those living room chairs for extra seating and place them at the heads of the table as anchor pieces.This will make everyone fight for those comfy chairs to be kings and queens of your Thanksgiving spread!
I have attached a few pieces from our current inventory to help you achieve this look. Go ahead and comment below if you have any questions and I will be sure to get back to you!
Another option to aid in your seating dilemma is to add floor seating or a low bench! There is something very intimate about this style. We can thank countries like Japan, Morocco, India, Turkey and Egypt for this amazing trend. **Take your coffee table, grab some floor pillows and poufs and voila - more comfy seating!** Anything goes with this seating option! Just make sure your color palette is cohesive and don't be afraid of a little color or fun textures! Let your bohemian dreams run wild! *If you aren’t already sold on the idea, I have to add that sitting on the floor has many health benefits. It helps in proper digestion and promotes blood flow in the body and the heart.* It even has been linked to weight loss! Who knew?! Go ahead and eat that extra slice of pumpkin pie!
Below are some coffee table and poufs that I am loving right now in store!
We all think to ourselves at least once while furniture shopping, “I LOVE that dining chair, ottoman, bench etc. but the fabric is either filthy, insanely outdated or just does not match my decor.” A common question asked by our customers is, “how easy is that to reupholster?” Well, I am here to answer that and help you out! Put aside 20 minutes and some basic tools and you can totally customize a gorgeous piece to fit your space perfectly!
For my project, I took a basic dining chair with white upholstery. There was nothing wrong with this chair, but I wanted to give it a little more vintage flair and a pop of color. Below are the steps with photos on how to do this project yourself. Trust me - anyone can do this - it will not be one of those “Pinterest fails” that you hear about all the time!
½ Yard Upholstery Fabric per cushion
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Grab that chair you are dying to redo. Head over to the fabric store and pick out the perfect fabric that matches your decor. You’ll need to have a screwdriver, staple gun and some self confidence to complete this project! Maybe a great Pandora station as well!
Step 2: Remove Seat From Frame
Flip the chair over and take a look at how the seat is fastened to the frame. In my case, it was fastened by a few screws. Simply unscrew the seat and put the frame aside for later use. You should now just have the seat on a flat surface.
Step 3: Measure and Cut Fabric
Depending on the piece you’re upholstering and the condition of the current seat, you may have two scenarios. Mine was in good condition and the batting was still in good shape under the fabric. If this is not the case on your piece you will have to tear off the old fabric and measure to cut new batting to put under the new fabric.
For dining chairs, it is typical to use ½ yard of fabric per seat. I simply placed my seat on some vintage upholstery fabric and roughly cut around it, giving it enough room to be able to fold over and staple.
Step 4: Staple, Staple, Staple
Once your favorite fabric is cut out you can now begin to staple it to the seat. It is important that the material is taut. You’ll want to do one staple and move to the opposite side and pull taut and staple again. Repeat this process going from side to side until the sides are complete. The corners can get a little tricky! It is important to fold them so that there is no extra fabric hanging over to make it look sloppy.
Step 5: Trim Excess Fabric
Once you have stapled the new fabric on the seat you will probably have a little extra fabric. I like to error on the side of caution and use a little more than less to be sure I won’t waste my fabric. At this time, you can cut that excess fabric but be careful not to cut too close to the staples.
Step 6: Attach Seat Back
Reattach the seat to the frame doing the opposite of what you did in step 2.
Step 7: Admire, Photograph and Post to social media
Flip your chair over and take a look at your amazing work. Give yourself a pat on the back and take some photos to share on social media or send to friends! They’ll be super impressed with your handy work.
I hope this tutorial helped you conquer your fears of the upholstery demon!
If you choose to follow this tutorial - be sure to tag us on social media so we can see your work!
As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, we think to ourselves what we can do better to be more green and leave less carbon footprint of our existence here on earth. Pat yourself on the back for bringing that reusable bag to the grocery store or using a reusable water bottle to get that daily water consumption in check. Although these are all great starts, more must be done to make this planet a great place for future generations. One solution you may not have thought about is drumroll… vintage furniture!!!!
With a world based on fast fashion, fast furniture has become ever more popular. You can easily go into any big box furniture retailer and buy furniture for your house cheaper than ever before. Other than the durability issue of these goods, there are many other negative environmental impacts.
Most fast furniture is made with particle board or MDF. In order to make these pieces, serious chemicals are pressed into the process, the largest amount is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen which means you are bringing this chemical into your home and living with the harmful toxins of offgassing. It doesn't matter how healthy you are eating or how many hours you are doing yoga or working out when you are constantly living and breathing in toxins.
Also, particle board takes a large amount of energy to produce. Wood scraps must be shredded, dried, and mixed with chemicals and adhesives, all before the heating and panel pressing process begins. The part that is the worst is that once you are done with these pieces, the particle board is often not recyclable, due to the adhesives used to hold the wood particles together. So they have to brought to the landfill. This is creating a very negative impact on our environment since these poorly made pieces rarely get used more than a few years unlike older quality-made furniture that can last for hundreds of years.
See the graphic below that illustrates our growing issue.
A better option for the enviornment is to buy more long-lasting, better-made furniture. We have you covered. At Loveseat we allow you to buy older, well-made pieces for the same if not less money than other big box retailers. You aren't just saving money and the environment, but you are also making your home super unique. Some of our pieces have been around for 100 years and could last for over another 100 if given the proper care.
So go vintage... save a forest... keep the landfill empty and enjoy your one-of-a-kind, unique piece without breathing in the harmful toxins that no salt lamp can cleanse. What are you waiting for? Get shopping!
The "Boho Chic" decor reached peak popularity this year after being changed and modified for over the past several years! Who doesn't love the idea of traveling in a vintage Volkswagen van with no responsibilities other than to experience the world? Hair blowing in the wind, sunshine on your face. I shouldn't speak for everyone, but the idea definitely appeals to me. The idea of van life and the "freeness" of it all has become a top trend everywhere from San Diego to New York and all over your favorite Pinterest board (c'mon, we know you have one)! Bohemian decor is also about the energy a space exudes and the textures and colors that make it feel like an escape. So why not transform your space into a magical haven that will allow you to get away without the travel expense?!
Bohemian style comes from an unconventional mixture of styles. It is very eclectic and brings in decor and pieces from every design genre and period. It is insanely easy to bring your own style and personality to this design. After all, this is what designing your interior is all about- bringing your own experiences and passions into one space. Remember to let your free spirit flow! Pieces don't have to be a perfect match, they just have to flow! I will give you some tips on how to achieve this look and make some recommendations- but remember to make the space yours and to do what makes you happy!
Since this style is eclectic, it's easy to go from a well-designed space to a space that looks like you just threw every piece from your grandma's dusty attic into one room. It's important to stick with a color palette. One that may work well for you is nature inspired hues like creams, greens or blues! Again, this is just a suggestion! This design style is all about you and empowering yourself to create a space that will bring you back to life each and every time you cross its threshold! Don't go with popular design styles that are currently on trend- go with what you like and what makes you smile. Be unconventional- be bold!
Art is the backbone to this style. Walls are the blank canvas. Utilize pieces like tapestries and macrame to fill the space. It is important to incorporate different textures and patterns. Take a look at our decor section - we have a great variety of pieces that may fit your style and help to tie your space together! Use a screen as artwork or as your headboard. Some of my favorites are below!
Now, if you're asking yourself what furniture I put into this style of room - honestly, I like to mix all styles and whatever is appealing to my eye in that moment. I love to transform unconventional pieces into conventional, functional pieces! Like I said above, I love to use a screen as a headboard! If you took a trip somewhere, incorporate that into your room with that style to take you back to that place. Diversity and variety are all important in achieving this style. Below, you can see some of our pieces that I think would be great in a boho room! As you can see they are all different styles.
You can also go a little more traditional with "boho chic" and do more rattan and coastal inspired elements. After all, it's all up to you, let your heart run wild on this one! There are no rules!
This topic will definitely be discussed further in additional posts but this is for you to start thinking about some possible ideas for your own space. Until next time my friends!!!
Mixing patterns in the home decorating world is like mixing patterns with your clothing. If you are panicking at the idea of this, I have you covered. There are some simple ways to achieve the pattern mixing game that will make you seem like the next HGTV design star. Mixing patterns creates visual depth and focus in any room. So let’s get started!
Stay in the same color family
Refer back to your youth in art class to the fun old color wheel. I bet you never thought this would be useful again. Use colors in the same color family that compliment each other. As you can see by the color wheel it is broken up into pie pieces so stay in those pie pieces and you will be on your way! The last thing you want is your patterns to compete or clash with each other.
Pick your main pattern then pick a smaller scale pattern to compliment
Once you decide on your big pattern, lets say you pick a floral accent wallpaper or even a geometric one, you want to build from there. Pick accent chairs or pillows that will compliment that choice. It is important you pick your first pattern then build on that one. It will make your space look more cohesive and less chaotic. Again refer to the good old color wheel to keep those pattern looking great together.
Black and white patterns
Black and white patterns are always a good staple to mix. You really can’t go wrong. Make sure your patterns work well together and are of varying scale and bam a whole new look! You also want to incorporate some color so don’t forget to add in some pop of interest with throw pillows, blankets and even a fun colored end table or nightstand. One look I love is a black and white focus wall in a bedroom with black and white bedding and pillows then using a fun nighstant to bring in that color. We have many awesome shabby chic nightstands in teal shades that may do the trick
Spring is around the corner and floral isn’t just for your grandma anymore. Feel free to mix floral patterns as long as your stay in the same color family so your room doesn't looks like it is in too much chaos. Refer to below for a great styling idea using floral from our San Diego location.
Work with an odd number of patterns...3 is always a great number in any kind of styling!
You may want to pick 3 different patterns in a color family then use 1 pattern that is a large pattern, 1 that is a medium size pattern then another that has a small pattern. I would use the pattern size dependant on size of the item. Meaning use large patterns for walls, rugs, etc, and small for small accents such as pillows. This will make everything seem to scale and wont be too overwhelming.
Here are some picks from each location that would go great together!
We’re so excited to launch our first giveaway here at Loveseat! After a long decision process we are unveiling the pieces that we have chosen for each city. We’re giving away a different piece in each location so feel free to enter in both cities if you’re interested! Please note, you must pick the item up in its respective city if you win! Here are the amazing pieces … Drum roll, please!
SAN DIEGO This mid century modern dresser features cane siding and a very unique top. It can be styled many ways so keep reading to get the dish.
LOS ANGELES This Danish Modern Armchair is sure to be a focal point of any room.
Amazing right?! It is pretty easy to enter as well. Here are the instructions:
So you might be thinking, “I don’t really have the space for a desk” or “I don't really need a desk.” We have you covered! We did all the work for you and designed some spaces to show you how you can easily fit this piece into your home!
1.Desk - This one is pretty obvious but here is a cool setup. We like to mix in some metals wherever we can!
2.Entry Way - Use this desk as your entryway console. The desk is low profile and super sleek. You can easily store the things you don't want to leave out...keys, mail, clutter you don't want to be seen.
3.Vanity - Turn this desk into a unique vanity. Simply set up your favorite mirror and use all the storage drawers for your makeup and other needs. So cute (dog is not included in the contest)!
For our Los Angeles giveaway our talented associate Jorge has put together some great looks.
Simple danish styling brings this piece to its full potential. Find a fun, bold rug to add contrast to the chair’s simple design!
Here Jorge mixed different styles to play up the simplicity of this piece. Add in some fun Asian accents and a bold rug to really tie the space together.
So get gramming and you can be the lucky winner of these unique pieces!
Charles and Ray Eames: one of the most powerful design teams of the 20th century. The husband and wife are known for their innovative furniture designs, but their body of work encompasses architecture, film, photography, and even toys. Active between 1941 through the 1970’s, the couple totally re-imagined what American furniture looked like and how it was made. Today their designs can be found in penthouse apartments from LA to Delhi, to public school gymnasiums, and airport terminals around the world.
Charles began his career in architecture and Ray studied painting and furniture design before they married in 1941 and moved from Michigan to California. Landing in Los Angeles, the couple began experimenting with molded plywood as a building material, using a machine they designed and fabricated themselves. During their first year in California, the couple was commissioned by the US Navy to design and supply molded plywood leg splints for soldiers during WWII.
Eames Plywood splint in foreground, photo by of Nika Vee via Wikimedia Commons
The couple's innovative building technique caught the eye of George Nelson, a designer at Herman Miller. In collaboration with the team at Herman Miller, in 1946 the Eames began the first mass production of their now iconic molded plywood chair. Though the shape and style of the Eames chair is familiar to the general public today, in 1946 it was groundbreaking. So much in fact, that Time Magazine named it the best design of the 20th century.
The chair was lightweight, streamlined, and easy to mass produce. It was designed to be comfortable without any additional padding, considerably reducing the cost of manufacturing and at home maintenance. The mass production of the chairs made it a beautiful, affordable furnishing option in post-war America, and recently returned service men and women were eager to outfit their homes elegantly after the war.
Photo by Hiart, via Wikimedia Commons
The production of the Eames Plywood Chair was the beginning of a lifelong collaboration between the couple and the designers at Herman Miller. Working for Herman Miller gave the Eames great creative freedom. They began making chairs with leather, molded plastic, and metal to create shapes the world had never seen before. In a televised interview in 1956, Charles noted “the Herman Miller furniture company has never requested we do pieces for a market,” meaning that there was never a commercial expectation placed on their design process.
In addition to designing chairs for homes and offices, the Eames created plastic molding chairs for schools and designed seating for airport terminals. Because Charles and Ray’s innovative work was not hindered by ego or a commercial pressure, the Eames met functional needs with pure creativity.
One of the Eames' molded plastic chairs, photo by Vitra under CC 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Though most well known for their furniture design, their contributions to the practice of design are remarkable. Outside of furniture design, they created architectural plans, industrial products, toys, and contributed significantly to the art of design. Perhaps their most notable foray outside of furniture design is the short film The Powers of Ten, commissioned by IBM, which visualized the vast scale of human existence within the universe.
The Eames delved into every project with great excitement, never hindered by medium, allowing their designs to be as holistic as their creative practice itself. Charles is quoted as saying "Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design," an ethos that transcended their work beyond aesthetics or function.