We’re ready!

We are stocked and ready for the holiday season!

We have loads of goods to help you decorate and cozy up your home. Take a look…








We hope everyone has a great start to the holiday season.

Cheers to a vintage live well lived.
Jessica and Julie.

How clever

Just wanted to leave y’all with one more crafty idea appropriate for the now official holiday season!  Well, since you know we are passionate about vintage books, this project will come of no surprise.  And although it makes the book difficult to read, it sure is a clever idea.


(details here)

Wouldn’t it look great holding some vintage christmas cards or old christmas photos.  I think that sweet paul is my new best friend (although he doesn’t realize it yet).   How clever.  And we have loads of vintage books in the store.

We’re open later today for the Holiday Walk…1-9pm.  And then we’re back to our regular hours tomorrow (10-5).

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie


Sweet Paul

As I mentioned in my previous post, this year I’m redefining my holiday decorations and have been on a quest for inspiration.  My quest has not been fruitful…until today.  I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m a planner and am always thinking a million light years ahead of what is necessary.  Today I discovered the most brilliant and inspiring e-magazine, and I wanted to share it with you.

Sweet Paul is a lifestyle blog and e-magazine that offers ideas for elegant and simple meals, pure and simple DIY home decor and features various other artist in all mediums from hat making to card crafting and everything in between.  But most importantly, the latest issue is his holiday issue and it is simply beautiful and left me motivated and inspired…my favorite combo.  Anything handmade makes my heart skip a beat.

I think the reason I find this magazine so special is the way it celebrates the handmade, the tangible and real sense of design and especially of the holiday season.  The holidays are a celebration of family, quiet time, homemade goods, love and nature.  All things that make us feel alive and real.

So, take a look at Sweet Paul‘s holiday issue (and all the back issues as well).  It’s like chicken soup for the soul.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

New Ideas for outdoor decor

For the past few weekends the weather has been fairly decent, which means it would have been smart of me to get a head start on the outdoor decorations for the holiday season.  The only problem is that we have this family unspoken rule that we don’t bring out any holiday decorations until after turkey day.  So, the wait continues, which isn’t all half bad since I’m not sure what I want to do with the outside this year anyhow.  So I’ve been browsing pinterest for inspiration…

Of course, this entry way is BEAUTIFUL, but really,who has the time.  And we all know this was most likely a catalog shot perfectly styled for some big box store.  But still, it’s beautiful…and dreamy.

But part of me just wants to be simple and green.  Something like this…

But since I don’t have a beautiful (and clean;) white front door, my entryway will probably end up something more like this, sans ribbon…

Either way, the outdoor decorations will happen, and all will be right in the world once again.  But until then, I will continue to stress about the obviously very important things in life…decorations;).  So if any of you are creative nellies and want to share your holiday decor secrets, spill away.  I could use a little “outside the box” inspiration.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

Everyone loves a good book

I’ve made it my mission this year to celebrate the season of gift giving by putting a little more thought into finding fantastic gifts unique to each person on my list.
We all have a reader in the family who just loves and appreciates the classics. Look at these beauties.





Mini lamp makeover

It’s a Monday morning makeover! Well, in the smallest way possible. But that’s alright. Any change is big change in my book.

My two girls share a room, so to be efficient with space, I painted a desk to go between their beds, instead of a typical night stand. I had been looking for two small reading lamps for quite some time, but was having trouble finding two that were the same. While working at the store this weekend I spotted these two beauty’s and decided to give them a whirl.



Now I wasn’t totally digging the scale of them, but I knew a new shade would fix that. So off I went Saturday morning searching for shades, and I found just the perfect ones.




So, that’s my mini Monday morning makeover. It may not seem like much, but it sure made my girls (and me) happy.
Happy Monday y’all!

Cheers to a vintage live well lives.
Jessica and Julie

Living in…

While looking through my daily blog feed, I came across this post on the Design Sponge site.  They often do a post featuring a movie and then break down the feel, mood, style of the featured film to help you create a room/style with the same mood.  This weeks “living in” post just seemed so in line with the the current season and what we offer over at Gather and Collect, so I thought I would share.

Living in…Cider House Rules.

Worn wood, cozy wool blankets, vintage pottery.  Yup, that pretty much describes the mood in the store now a days.  We have plenty of colorful stuff as well, but lets embrace the warmth of the season for just a moment.

For the complete post, visit the Design Sponge site and read on.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie











Sweater Pillows

For all of you who follow various blogs, specifically crafty DIY blogs, the Pinterest challenge is not new news.  But for those of you who don’t know, there is currently a challenge to actually make a craft you’ve pinned onto your Pinterest board.  Are you following me???

Anyhow, this post isn’t about participating in the challenge per say, it’s more about a specific project I came across on the Centsational Girl blog and would like to try myself. Here at Gather and Collect we are all about creating and thinking outside of the box, and this little project encompasses both of these ideas.  That, and it’s too good not to share;).

Grab yourself some of these…

and create some of these…

What a great idea!!!  And aren’t they gorgeous, and perfect for these cold and rainy fall days?

For a detailed tutorial, check out the Centsational Girl blog.  Actually, you should check out her blog anyhow.  It’s pretty fun and inspiring.   Well, I sure have ants in my pants to gather supplies and start crafting.  Have a great weekend y’all.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

Thanksgiving on my mind

Can you believe it’s November?  Well, it is and I’m totally and completely in a nesting mood.  Just ask my husband;)  He keeps telling me that I need to stop redecorating our house and decorate someone elses house.  Whatever.  I just carry on my merry ways.

For all you fellow nesters and planners out there, I thought I would share a few pretty pictures to help inspire the Thanksgiving mood.  I know it seems way to early to even be mentioning turkey, but in reality it’s just a short 4 weeks away, and I’m hungry.  So, soak up some fall harvest inspiration.


(Source for Image 1, 2, 3, 4 )

I think the last image is my favorite and inspires me the most.  I just love the combination of blue and brown.  It’s very unexpected on a Thanksgiving dinner table, but the cool blue glasses are a nice compliment to the warm brown tones and it just looks so laid back and classy, all at the same time.

So start digging in and layering colors, textures and pattern to create a warm, cozy and inviting place. Happy Gathering!

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.
Jessica and Julie



An Ode to Color…Orange and Brown

A warm, cozy, comfortably designed room is my idea of chicken soup for the soul.  There’s nothing better than coming home from running around all day to a cozy, serene home.    The colors orange and brown seem to be an instant decompressor.

(Image 1, Images 2,4,8, Image 3, Image 5, Image 6, Image 7 )

So, what colors make you feel all warm and cozy when the weather is cool?  I suppose a little Chicken Soup wouldn’t hurt either;)

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie