Shop Highlight: Studio Veneto Provides Luxury Italian Decor

Every now and then you stumble across a shop that is truly a unique find. Studio Veneto located in The Village neighborhood of La Jolla, California is one such gem. I came across Studio Veneto several years ago but it wasn’t until last summer that I had a wonderful chat with the owner, Linda McCormick, who allowed me to take pictures of the shop (Thank you, Linda!). I paid a visit to the shop again last weekend and took a few new pictures.
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The exterior of the shop has an elegant quality to it with an old world Italian feel. When you walk up to the space you immediately realize that this shop is truly something special.  studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Studio Veneto is no ordinary antique shop. It is well known for specializing in Italian antiques and textiles sourced directly from Italy. However, you don’t need to be decorating an Italian villa to shop here. Studio Veneto is a great shop visit even if you just need to find a one-of-a-kind item that will make a statement in a room. The shop is not large but there is an abundance of inventory to choose from.

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As you walk into the shop you are immediately greeted with a treasure trove of items. The photo above was from my trip last year, with the photo below from last weekend. The shop is hard to photograph as it is fairly dark with lots of tight spaces and is packed with treasures tucked away in every corner. studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 1

Linda is a woman after my own heart. She has quite the affinity for textiles, particularly being a longtime fan of the prestigious Italian textile maker Fortuny. She sources her textiles directly from Italy and uses them to create pillows, tissue box covers, lampshades and her signature nightlights (shown below). While $175 may sound steep for a nightlight, remember that each shade is made by hand using antique Fortuny fabric. No two are identical. These would look stunning in a powder room although I have contemplated about putting one in the living room.

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Custom lampshades in a variety of shapes and sizes are a particular specialty of Studio Veneto. Tucked away in a small area at the back of the shop you can see a plethora of small shades ready to purchase off the shelf. However, if you are interested in having a custom lampshade crafted for you, there are a number of finials and other lamp parts to choose from (shown below along the right-hand side of the picture). No detail is overlooked. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Don’t forget to look up! Above the owner’s desk toward the back of the shop, you can see the wire lamp frames just waiting to be turned into a beautifully handcrafted lamp. The wire frames are custom made specifically for Studio Veneto. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

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If you are looking to incorporate a bit of Italy into your decor, be sure to pay a visit to Studio Veneto or check out the website.studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 5

 

CREATIVE USES FOR MILK GLASS

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Milk glass, as compared to other collectibles, can still be found affordably on the internet and at flea markets and antique shops. The pieces are lovely in their simplicity and for their versatility. I wouldn’t call myself a milk glass collector but I have purchased a few pieces over the years. Most recently I bought a few pieces to use in my office. I tend to use my milk glass in creative ways; ways in which they were not originally intended for. For instance, I made a huge bulletin board for my office and I use a pedestaled milk glass bowl (pictured here) to keep on the credenza underneath it. The dish keeps pins within reach for when I want to post an inspiring image.

If you like the look of milkglass, here are a few other creative ways to incorporate it into your own decor. There’s something for almost every style and every mood. Check out the many uses for milk glass.

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All images in this post can be found HERE.

SOUVENIERS

I can’t go on a vacation without buying something…anything…to bring home. A vacation never really feels complete without coming home with a token picked up somewhere along the trip. The souvenirs I enjoy the most are those that I can use to decorate our home. They are visual reminders of wonderful trips and happy times. I love walking through our home and recalling a memory about a particular piece; where we acquired it or how we acquired it. Sometimes the story behind the memento is just as interesting as the piece itself.

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The thrill of a discovering a keepsake is always exhilarating but one of the best parts is coming home and actually unpacking our found treasures. Mr. B and I spend the Fourth of July weekend in Julian, California and one of the highlights was visiting the antique, vintage, and junks shops (some places felt like walking onto the set of Sanford & Son) during our long weekend away. The suitcases were unpacked and loads of clothes washed immediately but I didn’t get around to unpacking my wrapped souvenirs until this past weekend. I forgot what I bought so it really did feel like Christmas in July. Here’s a glimpse at our finds.SOUVENIERS FROM JULIAN CALIFORNIA BY REVIVING CHARM

The hammered silver will be used for flowers picked from the garden, as well as the hobnail and Fenton glass pieces. The lady that sold me the silver asked if I was okay with the “dents” in the silver. I had a moment of panic and asked her to point them out since I didn’t see any dents. After a bit of discussion she clarified herself  and said she was talking about the “dents all over the pieces”. She was actually trying to describe the hand hammered pattern on each of the pieces which is an intentional design characteristic by the manufacturer and not a flaw.

I grabbed the wood framed Federal style mirror off the wall without even knowing its price. I have always wanted one and I squealed with delight inside my head  after seeing the price tag: a mere $18. This was purchased from the same lady who sold me the “dented silver”.

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I have to credit Mr. B for finding the metal pineapple doorstopper because I completely overlooked it. It needs a light cleaning but it has already been put to good use. Mr. B really is the best shopping companion…the best companion in general. PINEAPPLE DOORSTOP by REVIVING CHARM

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A DYNAMIC DUO’S CHARMING TUDOR HOME

A while back a very talented friend of mine (Sandy, that’s you!) introduced me to the Instagram account of Jeni Maus, the owner of Found Vintage Rental. Jeni was responsible for decorating the studio of her wedding photographer husband, Joel Maus, as well as stage his photo shoots with vintage furniture and accessories. No one was doing vintage furniture rental at the time and it seemed like a natural progression for Jeni Maus to startup Found Vintage Rental. I love the fact that Jeni’s business evolved out of this very organic process. Found Vintage Rental provides furniture for special events and personal parties and it is not uncommon to find Jeni’s items become an integral design component in weddings, corporate events, photo shoots, commercials and television shows. Jeni has a knack for incorporating vintage items into various events so it really is no surprise that her talents have spilled over into her own home shared with her husband and two children in Fullerton, California. This post also provides a glimpse into the work of Joel Maus, as he is the talented photographer behind these beautiful photographs of his family’s 1,050 square foot Tudor style home that was renovated over a two year period. They really are a talented dynamic duo!

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Jeni’s business continues to flourish and includes a website where you can shop a few of her vintage finds that have been sourced from places near and far. Below are a few of my favorite items. With summer on my mind, you will sense a theme! But be sure to check out the website to pick out a few favorites of your own. Happy shopping…happy weekend! 

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