My idea of “comfort food”

It’s getting dark at 3:30pm…It’s raining…again.  Fall is a beautiful time of year until the leaves are wet and laying on the lawn waiting to be picked up for the season.  Lot’s of heavy stories in the news to digest.  It’s time for comfort food.  Bowl of macaroni cheese in hand, I survey my surroundings.  Time to make “comfort space”.  It helps getting through the dreary Chicago weather by being able to look around your home and find things that give you a little pep in your step…a little flash of the pearly whites.  Here at Gather & Collect, we hope we are able to help you achieve that goal without breaking the bank.  Stop in.  We’ve scoured the midwest for vintage treasures that will surely help make your house a home.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

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Celebrating FOUR YEARS at Gather & Collect

I cannot BELIEVE it has been four years!  Where has the time gone??  It’s crazy to think that my two boys Jack and Owen were only 7 and 4 1/2 years old when we opened.  Huge shoutout to my forever partner Jessica Moran Rench for an amazing first three years.  So proud of her over the past year as I watch her business Jessica Moran Interiors kick into high gear!  It’s been a wonderful ride and I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the support…My friend and fellow workmate Ingrid Davis always says “it takes a village.”  So true, so true.  For all of the times I lost keys, had to run out to a baseball game, lost keys again, had help rearranging the shop and building fixtures (thanks Zak Wilson and Jordan Hasek), sudden illness, vacations, more lost keys…soooo many folks helped.  Jessica has continued to be my sounding board and support, as well as an occasional fill in!  From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and everyone of you.  Stop in the shop.  We’re now open SIX days a week!  Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.  Julyschedule

We’re Baaaaaack….

OK…OK…so we took a brief (only 25 months) break from posting on our blog…between the business and kids and soccer, baseball, football, basketball, gymnastics, guitar, cello, dance, piano, vet runs…it has been put on the back burner. Like before, we will continue to add photos that inspire us when we scour the earth for what nots and doodads for the shop. Now to ease in…

Gather & Collect will soon be coming up on our 4th Anniversary this May in the lovely hamlet of Glen Ellyn, IL. No time to sit and collect dreams on Pinterest this morning…so I will leave you with some photos of our shop.

































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Cheers to a vintage life well lived. Julie – Gather & Collect

Vintage Chairs

About a week ago I received an email from a customer sharing her before/after photos of a recent chair project using a chair she found at Gather & Collect.  Since then I’ve had vintage chairs on the brain.


 (Great midcentury chair covered in a Hudson Bay wool blanket)



(Old Courthouse chair painted and recovered using an old quilt)



(Vintage chairs feeling quite modern in this space)


*All of the above pictures were found via Pinterest*

It just takes a great chair, a vision, some fabric and a whole lot of staples to make a vintage chair new again.  Our customer Meghan had that vision when she stumbled across a chair at our store.

Here’s a fantastic “Before and After” shot of her project.


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Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I remember loving this chair in the before state, but a fresh coat of paint and some cheery fabric breathed new life into it.  So fresh and so clean;)    Great job, Meghan!

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie

*If you’d like to share the vintage items you’ve found at our store, please email us your story and photo.  We’d love to share how your finds have helped make your space a little more special.

Throwback Thursday

Hello Folks!
Do you ever find yourself browsing the internet only to be sucked into it’s black hole of photos and information? Well, that very often (read “daily”) happens to me and I end up searching for things I didn’t even know interested me. Well, in this case all I needed was one photo of a vintage interior and I became obsessed with searching for vintage photos of interiors from the 1930’s – 1970’s.





















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I absolutely love looking through all of these photos and seeing so much of the artwork and accessories and even some furniture are what we look for when shopping for the store.  And it’s even more fantastic to see that so many design elements never really go out of style.  I mean seriously, don’t you just want to hang at the lake house with the folks above;)  I know I sure do.  Especially when it’s 20 degrees in January.

Cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Jessica and Julie


Vintage Sports Memorabilia

Happy Monday people!  Yup, Monday’s don’t have to be so bad with the right attitude, a strong cup of tea and a little vintage sports memorabilia;)  I received an email yesterday from a long time customer with a great photo of her sons vintage sports themed big boy bedroom.  It inspired me to go on a Pinterest hunt for some good ole sports americana.









(all of the above images came from pinterest, the land of “impossible to locate image source”.  I apologize.)

Below is the image Shelby (the women who inspired this post;) emailed to me of the room she created for her son.  She hand painted the dresser this amazing green color all on her own and found other items on ebay.  The numbers, chalkboard and stadium blanket all came from Gather & Collect.  I love the way it turned out and that green dresser has me weak in the knees.



Thank you Shelby for sharing your sons room and we wish you all a fantastic Monday!

Cheers to a vintage life well lived;)

Jessica and Julie



I’m back! An ode to color…Blue.

I can’t believe it’s been a full 4 months since my last blog post. When I realized this I was shocked and saddened because I’m not much of a slacker so I couldn’t believe I let this slide for so long. I think it was a combination of not being greatly inspired, busy and just unsure of the direction I wanted to take the blog. So, for now I’m just going to stop thinking and just do it.

Today I LOVE the color blue. To tell you the truth, I always love the color blue, in all shades possible. I love blue skies, blue eyes, vintage blue glassware, blue velvet couches and blue blue oceans. So here is an ode to blue…










The color blue helps keep me afloat during these dreary winter months. Do you find a certain color has that same effect on you?

Well, it’s my youngest’s 6th birthday today (oye!) so we’re off to get her ears pierced;) Have a great weekend and cheers to a vintage life well lived!

Vintage tin inspired room

Last night I was having a little fun creating rooms inspired by various vintage items we have in the store.  It’s kind of a fun exercise and I found that really the options are endless.  So here’s where I found my inspiration for todays design board:

We have some really beautiful vintage tins that are great for hiding little trinkets in the bedroom, kitchen, etc.  The colors on this particular one are so lively yet comforting.  So I gave it a go and this is what I came up with:


I’m not completely sure what the wall color would be.  Maybe a beautiful pale pink, or even leaving them a creamy white while adding some long gold toned drapes on the windows. What do you think?  Could you live in this vintage tin inspired room?  Or maybe just living in a vintage tin is more your style;)  Somedays that doesn’t sound so bad.  For today I’m going to pretend I live in this room all by myself…

Cheers to a vintage life well lived.

Jessica and Julie