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DS Advent Calendar, Day 21: Stamped Brass Number Tags

Dated Posted: December 21st, 2011

Written By: Leila

After yesterday’s triple-decker lighting extravaganza, malady I thought we’d keep it simple with a stocking stuffer for today’s DS Advent Calendar gift: Stamped brass number tags.

Since we got them in, purchase people have been using them to make all sorts of things including: an advent calendar (1-25 taken), a valet-style hook board for keys at the front door, embellished napkin holders, to use as present wrapping tie-ons, and to just display in a glass box. Like I said, we’re keeping it simple. Stamped brass number tags, $3.50 each.

Missed what we’ve included in our calendar so far? Click here for the full DS Advent Calendar.
















DS Advent Calendar, Days 18, 19 & 20: Lighting, 3 Ways

Dated Posted: December 20th, 2011

Written By: Leila

We’re in the home stretch of the DS Advent Calendar, pharmacy and today’s triple-advent is all about lighting. Three days, sildenafil three lights, drugs and here they are:

Day 18: Industrial lights – we love these vintage Halophane lights with corrugated glass and brushed aluminum shells, and they’d look great in a kitchen. We also have more traditional Halophane lights, but sometimes a space requires something with more oomph. Like these. Large vintage industrial lights, $875 ea.

Day 19: Schoolhouse lights – they’re simple and classic, and come in so many shapes and sizes that it can be tough trying to decide. Like industrial lights, these are usually sold to be used in kitchens, but they are no strangers to hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms or even covered porches. Schoolhouse lights $85-$650 (most are around $250).

Day 20: Crystal Chandelier – Vintage crystal brings a warm sparkle to any room, but consider using these traditional lights in an unconventional place – like an over-sized chandelier in a small powder room, or in an otherwise minimal space – for a punch of instant glamour. Crystal chandeliers, $2500-3800.

Missed what we’ve included in our calendar so far? Click here for the full DS Advent Calendar.















DS Advent Calendar, Day 17: Vintage Paper Dispensers

Dated Posted: December 17th, 2011

Written By: Leila

With only one week until Christmas Eve, cure it’s probably time to start wrapping, viagra 100mg and Day 17 of the DS Advent Calendar is here to help! These vintage paper roll holders are awesome. They mount to the underside of a counter or a cabinet, capsule and come with a big fat roll of kraft paper. Throw in some twine or grosgrain ribbon if you’re fancy and you’ve got yourself a fun night of wrapping ahead. Or a fantastic gift for a salvage-loving crafter (hi, Santa). Vintage paper dispensers $125 each (with paper).


Missed what we’ve included in our calendar so far? Click here for the full DS Advent Calendar.

 

DS Advent Calendar, Day 16: Vintage Front Doors

Dated Posted: December 16th, 2011

Written By: Leila

If you follow us on Twitter, viagra you’ll know I’ve been taking advantage of holiday wreath galleries like this one from House & Home to ogle beautiful doorways, and it may come as a surprise that it took 16 days of the DS Advent Calendar to get to front doors! A grand old house with an inappropriate front door is a sad sight indeed – a vintage front door is one of the best gifts you can give your home if its original has been removed, and returning the façade to its original splendor will do wonders for your curb appeal. If you’re not sure what would look right on your home, walk around your neighbourhood to get an idea of what sort of door would have been there.

We always have lots of front doors in various sizes and styles, but we just got in some really special ones, like this handsome door here:

Front doors range from around $250 to $2800.

From the Expert Advice section on our website:

We are the first to admit that finding the right vintage door is not the easiest undertaking; it’s a labour of love and those that understand the value and beauty of old construction and well-seasoned materials are happy to go the extra mile to make our doors work for them. First step: speak to your contractor – some are happy to work with older doors, others prefer the pre-hung variety, and it’s important to have your carpenter on your side! Next step: take measurements of your existing door. If you find one you love that’s not quite the right size, there are some options. Most doors can be cut down in height or augmented in either dimension, particularly if you plan on painting them. Holes can be filled, paint can be stripped, thermal glass can be inserted, and we are happy to refer you to experts that can make all this happen. We sell our doors as-is because everyone has a different plan!

Missed what we’ve included in our calendar so far? Click here for the full DS Advent Calendar.











 

DS Advent Calendar, Day 15: Vintage shoe lasts

Dated Posted: December 15th, 2011

Written By: Leila

Welcome to Day 15 of the DS Advent Calendar. I love today’s gift: vintage wooden shoe lasts. A shoe last is a form in the shape of a foot used to construct or repair shoes. These beauties are from an old shoe factory and are covered with little nail holes from leather work and old hand-written shoe sizes, approved and look great displayed as a collection or just on their own as part of a vignette. In fact, the whole lot of them was just returned from a House & Home photo shoot – they displayed a basket of them on top of an armoire and arranged single lasts on top of a pile of books for an upcoming issue.

Vintage wooden shoe lasts, $10 each.

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