My Column in VintageKC Magazine Fall 2014


Although I don’t usually talk about it here on Red Leaf Style, I’m a writer, not just a blogger. I write professionally to earn a living and because I love it.

For fun, I’ve been freelancing for VintageKC magazine, a local Kansas City magazine dedicated to decorating, DIY projects and fashion, all with a vintage focus.

The magazine completely fits my style. It’s vintage for the modern girl (or guy). From glamping to the best paint to distress furniture, the magazine has a lot of great ideas for today’s vintage lover.

I’m writing a regular column called Vintage Memories. Basically, every issue I interview someone interesting and build a story around a vintage photograph we dig up. It’s really fun. And I love how this issue’s column turned out. There’s Miracle Whip sandwiches and 50s dinner parties and a lot of other interesting tidbits from a lady who has lived in her childhood home for more than 60 years.

Since I talk alot about vintage here on Red Leaf Style, I wanted to invite you to check out this issue’s column. You can find it in the digital edition on page 46.

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Weekend Finds: Friday Night Rummage Sale

Yellow compost bin |

This weekend I went to Kansas City’s First Friday event, an art walk held once a month in the Crossroads Arts District. In between checking out the art galleries, I came across a rummage sale. What luck! There’s nothing I like more than rummaging. Besides maybe the word “rummaging.” Rummaging. Rummaging. It’s an excellent word, no?

Anyway, the rummage sale was held at Broadway & Penn, a local vintage-inspired clothing and home décor store. It was like an upscale garage sale. And of course I found a few goodies.

Here’s what I found:
Metal two-tiered basket: $10
Yellow plastic compost bin: $2

Oranges and coffee | Oranges and lemons in basket |

This metal basket is exactly what I’ve been looking for to hold fruit. We eat a lot of fruit. And I’m always moving bowls of fruit out of the way in our tiny kitchen. Now all of my fruit can live in one place!

Yellow compost bin |

It’s so funny sometimes how you can find exactly what you need at secondhand sales. For weeks now I’ve been thinking about how I needed some sort of bin with a lid to keep my compost in. But I’m too cheap to buy a new compost bin. When I came across this yellow bin, I knew it would be perfect for composting. And at $2, I had to have it!

Yellow compost bin |

Imagine me walking around a crowded arts district carrying this yellow bin. I have no shame when it comes to good finds!

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What do you think of my finds this weekend? Tell me all about your rummage sale finds in the comments!

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Decorating With Botanical Prints (Plus Free Printables!)

Nature art |

Maybe it’s the spring season, but I’ve been noticeably obsessed with botanical and nature art prints lately.

I think my nature art kick actually started about a year ago. I was on vacation in Stockholm, Sweden. While shopping at a local outdoor store called Natur Kompaniet, I bought two small scientific posters of mushrooms and flowers. The posters are actually meant to help you identify poisonous and safe varieties. But when I spotted them, I knew I’d use them for decorating. (They wouldn’t do me much good anyway since I can’t read Swedish.)

Swedish mushroom poster |

The combination of the vintage science poster look and the Swedish language makes them even more endearing to me. I’m obsessed!

If you like the look of botanical prints, they’ll make a great addition to the art on your walls. Here are a few easy ways to score some of your own.

1. Scope out thrift stores

It may take longer to find exactly what you’re looking for, but castoff art at secondhand stores and thrift shops is an inexpensive way to find botanical prints. Just look for a print you like. You can change the frames and matting later.

2. Search on Etsy

A simple search on Etsy will bring up just about any type of botanical art print you could imagine. You’ll find vintage ones and modern designs. You’ll find prints of flowers and apples and carrots—oh my! These prints tend to be a little more expensive, but Etsy is a good option if you have something specific in mind.

3. Print your own—for free!

I saved the best for last! Why this idea didn’t occur to me before, I have no idea. You can print your own botanical artwork for free! The Internet is filled with free printables. But I have a favorite. Check out the free vintage printables on This site collects vintage scientific, naturalist and botanical prints, plus many other types of vintage art.

So far I’ve used prints from in my bathroom and above the desk by my front door. Here are a few more I’ve printed out:

Vintage lobster scientific print |

Another great thing about printing your own art is that you don’t need to feel bad about cutting it up to fit in frames. And if you mess up, just print a new one! It’s seriously the best idea ever. Ever.

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Weekend Finds: Junk-to-Treasure Estate Sale

Fabric remnants |

I hadn’t planned on checking out any estate sales this weekend, but I drove by an estate sale sign on Saturday so, of course, I had to stop.

I’m sure the sale was great when it started on Thursday, but as of Saturday it was slim pickings. Don’t get me wrong. Usually I like junk. But, I like what I call, “good junk.” These are items that have the potential to be awesome but you can’t see it right away. Maybe because the item is covered in dirt or a bad paint job. Think chairs with a good structure but chipped paint or a picture frame without the glass. That’s “good junk.”

What was left at this sale was just junk. (Or, really expensive items.) I thought I was going to leave empty-handed until I dug through a pile of fabric and pulled out a few sweet swatches. I love how they all go together. And, I also grabbed a small glass jar.

Here’s what I found:
Five fabric remnants: $3.75
Glass apothecary jar with lid: $1

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The estate sale was held by one of my favorite estate sale companies in the Kansas City area, Brown Button Estate Sales. Let me tell you, they know how to run a sale. You can’t miss the dozens of signs they put up pointing you toward the sale. They know how to organize. They accept debit cards and they even ring you up on an iPad. Snazzy! And, they have a cute name.

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What do you think of my finds this weekend? Tell me all about your recent estate sale treasures in the comments!

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Weekend Finds: Winter Estate Sale

Wire basket with posters |

You know you’re really into thrifting when you’re braving the snow and scoping out the seriously slim pickings of estate sales during the winter. Last weekend I stopped by a local estate sale that was pretty junky–my favorite kind!

Here’s what I found:
Large wire basket, $1
Fish posters, $1
4 metal bookends, $1.50

Wire basket and whale poster |

My favorite days to go to estate sales are on Saturdays and Sundays because everything is usually half off or discounted even more.

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Have you hit any estate sales this winter? Tell me about your favorite estate sale finds in the comments.

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