Danish Mod Kobenstyle Swooning + Orla Kiely’s Kitchen

Remember my last Tuesday’s Treasury, For the Love of Danish Modern where I alluded to having a “super retro and super fun” Danish item that I would be sharing soon?  Well, here it is Folks, in all it’s Danish Mod glory.  A Dansk Kobenstyle tomato red fondue pot!  Doesn’t it make you want to call up your closest friends and gather around a tiny flame and partake in various cheese (or chocolate) creations, wearing your best ’60’s inspired garb? Sounds like a fun Fall party to me…

Verdibou Blog_Fondue Party

 

But wait, there’s more! 🙂  We have all your fondue accoutrements including a stainless steel bread bowl, 2 sets of fondue forks, and a ‘Fondue Cook-In’ cookbook.  I’m not kidding.  We hit the retro fondue party jack pot.  Go check it out!  They are all listed under our “Vintage Housewares” shop section.

Verdibou Blog_Fondue Party ForksAnd now for a little Dansk Kobenstyle shout out/history lesson.  Kobenstyle is a cookware made by Dansk and originally designed by Jens H. Quistgaard in 1956.  “The cookware is recognizable for its 3 point welded handles and inventive lids that double as trivets and create the perfect surface for stacking and storing.” {www.dansk.com}  I bought my first piece of Kobenstyle about two years ago when Whitney and I started thrifting.  I spotted a bright yellow bowl and had to have it.  It was after I brought it home and did some research that I became a tad obsessed with all the fun colors and styles that are out there.  I use my bowl as a planter currently, and for photo props as seen below.

Verdibou Blog_Yellow Kobenstyle BowlIf you’re on the hunt and find something you think is Dansk/Kobenstyle, just flip it over and you should see the Dansk stamp, which will look similar to this:

Verdibou_Dansk Fondue Pot 01

 

And now that you have been introduced to Kobenstyle (if you were unfamiliar before) you’ll start noticing it in magazines and maybe at your local flea market.  Most recently, as I was drooling over Orla Kiely’s home in the September 2013 Issue of Dwell Magazine, I spotted a yellow Kobenstyle pot in her kitchen! (it’s sitting back on the counter to the right of the KitchenAid mixer) Click on the photo for a photo tour of Ms. Kiely’s beautiful home, filled with her gorgeous bold prints and kitchenware.  My dream kitchen just might look exactly like this. Love everything about it.  Annnnd, that’s enough swooning for today…see you next time. 😉

 

 

I Spy Sunday {George Kovacs Lamp}

Whenever we find a great vintage piece, I always go straight to the interwebs to see how other people have used and styled the item.  I found many great spaces that showcase the George Kovacs style  ‘stacked ball’ lamp that we currently have for sale in the shop. {click on the photo for the link}

Verdibou Blog_Chrome Table LampHere are some favorites:

 

 

Special Edition: In My Home {West Elm}

Typically I use the “In My Home” posts to highlight vintage or handmade items that I love and are part of my own abode.  But, of course, there are lots of items in my home that don’t fit into those two categories…you know, the “new” stuff from major retailers…like West Elm. ❤

I have been a fan of West Elm for a long time.  I got their first catalogue when I was a freshman in college way back in 2002!  So, I guess I’ve been a fan for a decade.  Yeah.  And they’ve only gotten better and more refined with age, they’ve really honed in on a comfortable, affordable and modern style that appeals to many.  They always have bright and fresh color palettes and keep with the trends, while not following too closely.  They have also embraced the handmade movement, partnering with artists and craftsman to deliver unique quality products.  But enough of me gushing…on to the reason for the post.

West Elm Orlando is hosting a Facebook contest, “Show Us Your West Elm + Win” so I thought it would be fun to join the party.  Here’s the photo I entered of my bedroom.  You can click on the link above to go to the facebook page, view the other submissions, and like your favorite! Or click on my photo to go to my submission.

West Elm_Bedroom by VerdiBou

Here are the West Elm items in my bedroom:

Scoop-Back Chair in White

Stripe Duvet Cover

Swiss Dot Euro Shams

Adalusia Wool Dhurrie Rug in Horizon

For some weekly design inspiration, you can visit West Elm’s blog: Front & Main

VerdiBou’s Top 10 Ways to Use Vintage Luggage

Here at VerdiBou, we love finding vintage luggage when we go to auctions.  We’ve scored some pretty sweet pieces over the past two years, some of which have yet to be re-upholstered by yours truly and posted to our Etsy site…but many of them have been sold and used in some very interesting and creative ways.  So, I thought it would be fun to round up some ideas for re-using and styling vintage luggage.

Top 10 Luggage by Verdibou

#10: Medicine Cabinet/Towel Holder

As I was doing research, this idea shocked me the most.  I would never have thought of using a suitcase for this purpose, but it can actually turn out pretty cute.  Case in point:

{Vanity Towel Holder via Design Sponge, click on the photo for link and tutorial}

#9: Vintage Tablescape/Party Decor

Use vintage luggage to add variety to your dessert or food table at your next party!  Elevate cake stands to add height to your table or use it for displaying small appetizers or silverware.  I like this idea because you don’t have to destroy the nature of the suitcase, you can use it as is, and after the party you can put it back where it typically resides in your home.

{Vintage Airplane Party via Hostess with the Mostess, click on the photo for link}

{Burlap & Lace via Jenny Cookies, click on the photo for link}

#8: Picnic Basket

As part of our Fall 4 Me Collection last Autumn, we staged our Camel Samsonite Suitcase as a Picnic Basket.  It’s not a far cry from it’s intended purpose, after all, but something you might not think about.   Having items that can serve more than one function is key when trying to declutter your home and live with less.  Who needs a picnic basket AND a suitcase taking up space in a closet?

001_Fall 4 Me SuitcaseHere’s another suitcase turned picnic basket via Funky Time:

{Picnic Basket via Funky Time, click on the image for link and tutorial}

#7: Stationary Station

Contain your stationary to one place and make writing those thank you notes a delight. 🙂

{Stationary Suitcase via Inkspot Workshop, original website could not be found}

#6 Side Table/End Table

This might be the most popular and easiest way to use a vintage suitcase.  Stack ’em up and put them in a convenient location like beside your bed or next to your favorite chair…

{Suitcase Side Table via A Beach Cottage, click on image for link}

#5: Wedding Decor

We were excited to find out that the buyer of our Red Hat Box was going to use it in her wedding.  It seems she isn’t the only one with this great idea, there are many ways to use vintage suitcases as part of wedding decor – as table decoration, as the card holder at the gift table, or to hold flip-flops at an outdoor wedding.  The possibilities are endless!  Click on the image for a great post on “Destination Wedding Inspiration.”

{Luggage used at Weddings via Fly Away Bride}

# 4: Memory Box

Our very own Turquoise Samsonite Suitcase was featured on the buyer’s blog, Bluebird Kisses where she described how she was going to use the piece as a Memory Box for her young infant.  Such a sweet idea!

{Memory Box via Bluebird Kisses, click on the image for link}

#3 Storage/Toy Box/Magazine Holder

Okay, I said that #6 was the easiest but I think it’s this one.  With the side tables, you do have to put some thought into coordinating the suitcases so that they stack well and compliment the room decor.  When using a suitcase as storage – you just throw stuff in it and voila! Leave it out on a shelf, push it under your bed or tuck it into your closet.  It’s that simple – and so much prettier than a plastic bin.  Think magazines, books, photos, DVDs, toys…etc.

#2: Photo Prop

If you’re a photographer, or even a hobbyist photographer – you should try incorporating vintage luggage into your shots.  They add rustic charm, add whimsy and enhance travel themes.

{Photo Prop via VintageJoRay on Etsy, click on the image for link}

#1: Travel!

I saved the best for last!  Use your vintage luggage for traveling!  I know it sounds absurd but if it’s in good condition, why not?  You will look super stylish and it will stand out from the sea of black nylon business carry-ons.  Come on, you know you want to.

{Travel via My Monography on Etsy, click on the image for link}

For more ideas on how to use your old vintage luggage, check out my Pinterest Board Vintage Luggage!  There you’ll find a few ideas that didn’t make the Top 10 but are still noteworthy, like Speakers & a Charging Station!  Too cool.  And don’t forget to check our shop, we usually have at least one suitcase for sale at all times…currently it’s this lovely white American Tourister. 🙂 See you next time.

01_White Suitcase