G&C’s gone international…

Well, not us exactly.  But a couple of pieces from the store have.  And let me tell you, they are  living the highlife now.  No more crowded  store for them.  They've hit the big time, and we couldn't be more pleased.

First piece to go international was this lovely vintage italian tennis racquet, and the fit couldn't have been more perfect.  A nice italian family is taking mr. racquet back home to italy where he belongs.  Now isn't that a happy ending.

Unfortunately we were not as prepared and didn't get a photo of the second piece that went international with it's new owner.  But i will tell you it was a beautiful blue ceramic owl, and she is now happily settled with her new owner in Canada.  How fun is that.

We  love hearing about where our pieces are going and how they are being used.  So, if you have bought something from us and would like to send us a photo of it's current use, we would love to share them with our readers.  We are constantly searching for inspiration and love sharing inspiration with others as well.  So don't be shy and send us those photos.  info@gatherandcollect.com

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

Better late than never

It’s never to late to post some shop photos, is it???!!!  Well, life has been pretty hectic in our neck of the woods, so although we are just getting around to post some shop photos, we are still open one more day this week, so fear not.  Anyhow, isn’t it always better to be surprised with all our new finds when you visit the store in person (wink, wink).  Well, i say it’s better late than never…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright, so that’s a brief taste tester of what we have in store.  Oh, and i’ve included a photo of Julie and I below.  Let it be known that this is probably one of the only photos you’ll see of us here on the interwebs.   Geez, we look like we could really use some sleep.  But what’s new, right??!!

 

Come on in for a visit and to see our sleepless eyes in person:)

Cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Jessica and Julie

Martha from Opendoor Studio

We have some fun news we’d like to share with ya’ll.   Our friend, Martha from Opendoor Studio was featured over at the Etsy blog.  Her home is bright, happy, full of love, inspiring, creative and loaded with vintage finds.  Check it out and get ready to be inspired.


Get the look decor: Warehouse Chic

IheartmoustachesStory by Iheartmoustaches

Published on May 29, 2011 in Shop

Photo by opendoorstudio

ChristineThis weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the 1920’s Cape Cod-style home of Martha Layton Smith, where she lives with her husband, three kids, cats and an old pup named Sadie. About 30 years ago, Martha’s home was put on wheels and moved to its current location in Warrenville, a small town about 30 miles outside of Chicago, where her family has lived happily ever since. Visit Martha on Flickr for more photos of her bright and cheery home.


Clockwise from top left: Vintage Decorative Urn from MossyRockInteriorsMannequin Head from kimsco;Desk Chair in Blue Linen by LandLDesign;Rainbow Plumeria Painting by kauaiartistFrench Vintage Settee Sofa from KelseyGraukeInteriorPleated Turquoise Cushion Cover by pillow1.

Describe your home decorating style.
I call my style “warehouse chic,” a phrase I coined some years back. It all began when I was visiting my sister. As she cleaned out her garage I found a great old metal Shell gasoline sign. When I asked about it, she said she’d uncovered it while helping to clean up the Gulf in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I then turned my attention to some old lube drums she was discarding, intrigued by their graphics and color. I thought they would make wonderful side tables. That was the beginning of my industrial style.



Clockwise from top left: Jumbo Wooden Candlesticks from BingoBoxBy The Shore 8×8 Print byEllogovnaVintage World Globe from zelda110Original Large Floral Painting by marysworkshopLarge Plastic Letter S from vintagebutterfly94Pheasant Upholstered High Back Arm Chair from VeriteVintage.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I have to be honest: I think the last time I set foot in a retail store to buy something “new” must have been about five years ago. I prefer flea markets (Elkhorn, Wisconsin is my favorite), antique shops and grabbing things from the curb. I may have worn the brakes off of my car stopping to collect things along the road. And of course, I love browsing Etsy vintage shops for great finds. I have purchased some unusual pieces from the nicest sellers around.

Clockwise from top left: Set of 7 drinking glasses from ModishVintage1940’s Fiestaware Pitcherfrom lisabretrostyle28 Whistle for Your Drink Cocktail Stirrers from SilverCrowFolksy Fruit Vintage Trim from SplinkvilleRed 4 piece setting of Fiestaware from junquedujourChalkware Carnival Clown Bank from exploratorywonders.

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I am inspired by color: the brighter, the better. I love mixing in things you would not usually see in a home, like my oil drum tables or the industrial table I repurposed in my dining room, which proudly sits under a beautiful crystal chandelier that I paired with some folding chairs from an old camp town.



From left to right, starting at the top: Farmhouse table with benches by matthewholdrenRomantic Crystal Chandelier from sheriscrystalsMilk glass vases from FreeRangeGoatRustic Wooden Shelffrom TheVintageParlorKEEP CALM recycled wood sign by WilliamDohmanSpartus Electric Backlit Mantel Clock from VintageShelfAndWallCram Enviro-sphere Globe from CopperAndTinI AM Letterpress Woodblock Letter Set from driftingbyEgg basket pendant light from TibaultAndToad.

What is your favorite part about your home?
I love my family room; it’s where I create my artwork. It’s also where I display my collections of family snapshots, vintage painting supplies, old books, cameras and globes. I love my kitchen as well. I have to admit, I have photos of my parents and grandparents in their kitchens, and I have been meaning to enlarge them and hang them on the walls. I always remember the family gathering in the kitchens of days passed! Great memories of my childhood.

From left: Milk Glass Vase from spancyketosheroshOrange and Yellow Bouquet by LKWeddingBouquet;Green Enamelware Teapot from vintagejudy.

Does your home hold any strong memories?
Oh yes! Almost everything in our home has a memory to be shared. I would love nothing more than to put on a pot of coffee and tell the rich stories of every object in my home. I love our bright surroundings! I believe people feel right at home here… I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Clockwise from top left: Arrows Set of 5 in Bright Colors by verlaivansRustic Tool Totefrom havenvintageEco Friendly Candle by GreenLeafCandles;Set of Wooden Candlesticks by theshabbychateauVintage tennis rackets from rustyvintageCrown Imperial World Globe from 3CorneredMoon.

If you love your vintage with a splash of color, then you’ll definitely want to visit Martha’s Etsy shop, opendoorstudio, or stop by herblog for even more decorating tips and vintage inspirations. Martha is also the captain of the flourishing 1000+ member Vintage Etsy Society Street Team. Browse their team tag “vestiesteam” to find over 470,000 items for sale by its active members.

 

Now, wasn’t that fun!!

Check out her etsy store and blog for more inspiration.  I swear, that lady always keeps me on my toes.  That’s one of the greatest things about owning this little shop of ours.  We are constantly surrounded by such creative, inspiring people.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

Week 3!!!

We are very excited to be heading into week 3 of our new venture!  And although we haven’t been so good about keeping up with the blog, we’ve been VERY good at stocking the store.  And as soon as we can get all our ducks in a row with this new schedule of ours, the blog will be a fun place to visit as well.

So, here are a few photos to give you an idea as to what we might have in store this weekend.  I say “might” because the goods seem to travel out the door just as quickly as we bring them in.  But turn over is good because that just means there’s always fresh inventory in store.

So don’t let the rain keep you away.  Come visit with us (you know how we love to talk).  As always, we are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10-5.

Thanks for checking in, and…

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

Daydreaming…

First off, I’d like to send out a huge “thank you” for coming out and supporting us during our opening weekend this past Friday and Saturday.  It was so fun to finally open our doors and show everyone what we have been working so hard at during the past few months.  We have tons of opening days photos to share, and will do so later this week.  So be sure to check back in a few days.

Now on to the weather;) As much as I love living in Chicago, this weather can really get the best of us.  After months and months and months of living indoors, trapped by the weather, we long for the warmth of the sun and air.  So, when spring has finally arrived and it’s still 50 degrees, I look to the ever-so-inspiring interwebs for my home away from home.  Today I am dreaming of living here…

I think it’s the white washed walls, touches of vintage in every room, pops of color, light airy window coverings, laid back beachy vibe that is calling my name.  And i’m pretty sure the beach is just across the road.  Vintage coastal living at it’s finest.  Hey, at least the sun is shining today!  When you’re from the midwest, you really are grateful just to see the sun, even if for just for a day.

Don’t forget to check back later in the week for some opening day photos and a few newly arrived goods to the store as well.  We like to change/add things daily just to keep ya’ll on your toes.  And well, it just makes life more interesting, right??!!

Thanks for checking in and…

Cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Jessica and Julie

( All images from Costal Living)

A little inspiration…

As i was spending some time reading a few of my favorite blogs, i found some beautiful vintage inspired interiors i thought i would share with ya'll.  They are beautiful little spaces and a great example of how adding a little vintage into your spaces can add character and personality.  I hope that you too find them inspiring.

(images 1,2 vintagejunky,  image 3 Lonny, images 4,5 From the Right Bank)

And now it's back to business as usual…getting ready for opening day.  Although we are nearly there, we still have some finishing touches.  We are full of excitement and thrilled to be able to offer you touches of vintage and inspiration for your home.  So, please spread the word of our opening, and until May 13…

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica Moran and Julie Spiller

We’re almost ready

Thank you readers, for checking out our blog.  If you read our first (and only) blog post, you'll know that we haven't been so diligent with our blog updates.  Please forgive us.   Our time has been spent creating wonderful things for this little ole' brick and mortar storefront of ours that we are preparing to open May 13!!!.  Check her out on a drive-by if you haven't already.  Isn't she gorgeous in all of her “new awning” glory?!!

We definitely aren't ready to open our doors officially yet, but we are pretty darn close.  We just need to finish hanging artwork, fill in the empty gaps with more pretty odds and ends, and spiff up the windows and floors in preparation for opening day.  But really, haven't I bored you long enough.  Lets get to the good stuff.  Here's a sneak peak of some of our amazing finds…

Thank you so much for checking out our blog.  It is definitely a work in progress and we hope to not only use it to post our vintage in store finds, but also before and after furniture photos and inspiration photos of well put together vintage inspired rooms.  So, check back and don't forget to mark May 13th at 9:30am on your calendars and tell your friends!

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica Moran and Julie Spiller

Coming Soon…

We are very excited to announce the opening of Gather & Collect…a place of vintage. We are a cozy storefront offering wonderfully vibrant and original vintage items and furniture for your home.  Our doors will officially open in the middle of May 2011.

We'll be sure to update the blog with photos a few times a week so you can see our progress.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.  Our basements and garages are filled with amazing vintage finds, and we can't wait to make them all available to you.

In the meanwhile, feast your eyes on a couple of vintage inspired bedrooms that caught my eye this morning:

So…check back often and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Jessica & Julie

Image 1(Simple but very Unique Home)  Image 2 (Desire to Inspire)