Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

May your year be merry and bright!

Happy Holidays from Hot Cool Vintage

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pinspiration: Holiday Gift Guide

Are you ready?  It's time to start spreading some cheer.  And some dollars around.  I've gathered some of my favorite items and put them in a gift guide.  Everything below is new, my vintage gift guide can be found here.

Here is the link if you want to see the entire board on Pinterest. There are already a few new additions and there are likely to be more.  Like this blog, the list is mostly focused on home decor. 

Love this planter from HA|RU.  Classic mid mod lines, but definitely modern. More info at Shop Boxhill.

Shop Boxhill

My original pin of this air plant terrarium has been pinned over 250 times so I'm pretty sure it would make for a good gift. 

Sea and Asters

I really love these arcylic photo blocks from Tiny Prints.  A great alternative to a more traditional family photo.

Tiny Prints

Love these handmade ceramic coasters from this Etsy seller.  Different colors available.

Kerry Brooks Pottery

A box full of Scandinavian home decor delivered to my door monthly?  Yes! Please!! 


Heath.  Yes, always.  Can't go wrong with a perfect ceramic vase.  Various colors and sizes available to fit your style/budget.

Heath Ceramics

Go glam!!  Go Gold!!  Love this simple gold clutch.  Not feeling so glam?  It also comes in other colors. 

Leah Lerner

This is one of my favorite water bottles. It's glass, the silicone sleeve gives it a good grip, and I love the small opening.  See all the pretty colors available on Amazon. (Full disclosure, it's an affiliate link).

Bkr Bottle

I've been a fan of Max Wagner for some time now.   Use the link below to see all the other lovely prints available.

Max Wanger Print Shop

Gah!  I love the simplicity of this leather wallet/clutch.  Keys, phone, cash, lip balm.

Mery Bradley

These Ambatalia 10-in-1 wrapping cloths are so versatile. Can be used as an apron, to wrap a bottle of wine, or to carry a food to a picnic or potluck.


These bowls are just so fab!  The colors, the patterns! L.O.V.E 

Susan Simonini

Check out the whole Pinterest board here.  

Any favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pinspiration: Vintage Holiday Gift Guide

Today I'm starting a special series of Pinspiration posts in honor of the holidays.  First up is the Vintage Gift Guide.  These are some of my favorite pieces from some of my favorite sellers (shout out to #thriftbreak).  The key to remember with this guide is that there is only one of each item available and the clock is ticking! 

Here's the link to view all of my pins, Gift Ideas: Vintage


You had to know there would be some brass on this list!

I've seen similar vintage Etruscan figurines in the West Elm catalog, only you can't buy them at West Elm!  

Hot Cool Vintage

 These Hollywood Regency Brass Birds are so glam.

Need or Want

I'm a big fan of Gunnar Ander and this candelabra is really stunning.

Mostly Mid Modern


White goes with everything so it's a safe bet when buying as a gift.  Also, it's just lovely.

This sculptural vase from Tapio Wirkkala is a favorite.

ModModMod, Inc

Love these storage containers by LaGardo Tackett.  Healthy and stylish!

Mister True

Yes, please to this fab Hollywood Regency marble sculpture!

Sabine Vintage Home



Add a touch of wood to add a bit of warmth to your home decor.

So charming and so modern. 

Junk House 


 This kokeshi family would be such a lovely gift.

A La Modern

 Any fan of Danish Modern decor will love a Dansk peppermill!

Moth Eaten Deer Head



Whether you like muted tones or brights, color will always add dimension to your home decor. 

Modernist vintage wall hanging.  So amazing.

Modern Squirrel

Classic Danish Modern candle holders in a bold yellow.

Hot Cool Vintage

Bold graphic design by Stuart Davis.

New Documents

Mid century cased glass is one of my favorite finds.

Temple of Vintage


Anything alcohol related is always a good idea around the holidays.  Anyone of these would be a perfect holiday gift to any vintage lover.

This book is the bomb!  It's entertaining AND informative AND it's all about alcohol.  So. Damn. Good

Hot Cool Vintage

These Kluk Kluk bottles by Holmegaard are perfect for any home bar.

Bit of Butter


Gorgeous Congo ice bucket designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk.  A Danish Modern delight.

The Papers

Any favorites?  Share below in the comments.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Green Notebook Collection on Chairish

If you're a fan of interior design, vintage decor and a bit of DIY there's no doubt that you know Jenny Komenda of the blog Little Green Notebook.

After first finding her blog I immediately related to Jenny.  At that time she was living in Brooklyn (as did I!), then she moved to Arizona (as did I!) and she's a thrifter!  We're practically soul sisters, though she is much handier with power tools than I am.  In addition to having tons of great ideas and great style she is also a contributor to Domino magazine. She recently curated a collection of jewelry on Chairish, which just so happens to include two of my pieces!

See all the lovely pieces on Chairish here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pinspiration: Yum!

In honor of the upcoming holidays I thought I would feature my Yum! board.  I know this blog is about vintage decor but, you know, a girl has got to eat!  As I was going over my board certain things became very clear, I like figs and I like chickpeas!  LOTS of recipes featuring both of those items. Also, these are not necessarily holiday recipes, just gorgeous food pics.

Full disclosure - I haven't tried most of these recipes but they sure do look good.  Also, I'm mostly vegetarian, so no manly, meaty meals here.

I have tried this one and it's one of my favorite breakfasts.  It's actually good anytime of day.  Super easy and super tasty. Use the link for the recipe. Now I want this.  Like right now. 

I have been dreaming about this cheese board since I pinned it.  I'm not even kidding. I could eat this every. single. day. and be happy forever.  Seriously.

I need to try this one soon. Now that fall has finally arrived in the desert I can start thinking about soups, stews and this yummy curry.

It's kind of insane how good this spinach and artichoke grilled cheese sandwich looks.  I think I'm drooling.

I LOVE Chimichurri Sauce but it's usually paired with steak or chicken so this option with fish is a must try for me. 

Alright so are you hungry yet?  Do you have any favorite food pins?  Share below.

If you want to see all my Pinterest boards follow me here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pinspiration Tuesday: Interiors/Living Room

Hello, my name is Francine and I am a Pinterest addict.  Seriously.  I have rediscovered and have become slightly, eh, full on obsessed with pinning! 

Below are my favorite living rooms found around the web of late.  As you will see I like color! Obviously.  But the last photo is absolutely one of may favorites.  So warm and inviting.  I could easily wile away the day with a good book, newspaper and cup of tea... ahh.

Do you have a favorite?  Let me know in the comments below.

Want to see more?  Most of the pins came from the Interiors and my Living Room boards.

Want to see all of my fabulous pins?  (Of course you do!).  Here is the link.

So bright and cheery but not in your face COLOR! I want to hang out in this room.  Like all day. Every day.

Melbourne family home, photo credit here.

This yellow sideboard is a bit loud but the neutral seating balances it our perfectly.  LOVE!

Dear Emily Henderson, You're awesome.  Sincerely, Francine.  Seriously.  Love her style.  Whimsy, colorful, pulled together. Perfect.

Oh Joy's Studio by Emily Henderson, photo credit here.

Muted earth tones, simple but not boring at all.  Now, where's my book and my tea? Or maybe some wine.....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chairish Sale

Super excited to be a part of the Vintage Accessories launch today over at Chairish!  In case you're not familiar with Chairish, it's a site that features vintage and used home decor and now vintage accessories.

Below are some never before listed items now on Chairish....

KJL Earrings

If you want to see all of my listings use this link. I have a lot more to add and I'm still in the process of setting up the shop.  I personally love the look and the easy of browsing on Chairish. What do you think?  Do you prefer shopping on Etsy, Ebay, another site?  Let me know in the comments below.

Any favorites?  Feedback is always appreciated.  :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pinspiration Tuesday: Collections

Collections - the antidote to minimalism.  My particular design philosophy is basically "more, please".  If I like something, well, I really like it and one just isn't enough.  Hence my "When One is Not Enough" board on Pinterest.

Here are some of my favorite pins from that collection of collections!

Amazing Paint by Numbers Collection!

Use the link to see the more of her collection.  Extensive, is the word that comes to mind to describe it!

Dusting is not fun, but I love the combination of shapes, textures, and colors in collections.

Are you a minimalist or a maximalist?  Any of the above favorites?  Lots more collections on the board