Vogue Magazine Covers

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>If you know me at all, you know I love all things glamorous!  This includes gorgeous antiques, classic interiors, decadent food, bubbly champagne and, of course, chic fashion.  The September issue of Vogue is traditionally the biggest, most important issue of the year, often being 800+ pages of pure unadulterated bliss.

Vogue Magazine, Decorating with vintage Vogue magazine covers, Charlotte Moss, Flea market finds,

Vogue Magazine, Decorating with vintage Vogue magazine covers, Charlotte Moss, Flea market finds,

Just like with Hermes scarves being used as art as well as fashion…I don’t just recommend reading Vogue magazine – I recommend decorating with them!  Frame Vogue magazine covers to make fashionable art perfect for your inner diva.  Of course you can purchase them already framed, but for me that takes all the fun out of it!! I like to dig through piles of vintage magazines at the Puce de Paris and then frame them myself!

Vogue Magazine, Decorating with vintage Vogue magazine covers, Charlotte Moss, Flea market finds,

When you frame vintage Vogue magazine covers with a wide white mat, they become works of art in themselves. Hang them gallery style for a curated look. Line a hallway with row after row of framed covers hung just a couple of inches apart and you’ll have transformed a pass-through into an interesting archive of fashion throughout the decades. For a more eclectic feel, hand them at random, interspersing other artwork of different mediums and sizes with them.

Vogue Magazine, Decorating with vintage Vogue magazine covers, Charlotte Moss, Flea market finds,

I love what designer Charlotte Moss did in her powder room at her winter house. She framed vintage Vogue covers from the winter months and hung them over a beautiful green striped wallpaper, proving that these often mod-looking covers can fit into a very traditional setting as well.

However you choose to inject these iconic images into your home, have fun with it! By surrounding yourself with these beautiful Vogue covers, you’ll always be fashionable!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Decorating with Tassels

Dear Diva Readers,

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While the use of tassels can be traced back as far as Biblical times, it was the French who really mastered the art of passementerie in the 16th century and made the tassel en vogue for all of Europe.   In order to become a master of passementerie, one would have to complete a seven year apprenticeship!  Now that’s dedication!  France still widely manufactures and exports a variety of tassels and trimmings to this day.

From England to India, tassels have traditionally been worn on ceremonial garments, signifying social status.  In some Arab cultures, tassels were worn by children on caps to protect them from evil spirits.  In Victorian times, however, the tassel really had its “hey-day,” being used on not only clothing, but all throughout interiors.  It was quite common for ornamental tassels to hold heavy curtains back or grace the corners of table clothes, and in fact this is something we still see today.

Tassels

Throughout my extensive travels I frequently come across antique tassels in every size and color imaginable.  Some have been preserved from grand estates and chateaus while others are original samples from the historic shops in France.  Whether being used as curtain tie backs or tied to a key,  I love thinking of the many ways tassels are not only functional but also decorative.  One thing’s for sure- tassels can enhance any room!

Happy Decorating!
The Antiques Diva®