A Non-Official Gift Guide

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The holidays are in full swing and so is the busiest time of the year. From shopping for gifts, entertaining family and friends, and of course the stressful process of getting ready to entertain family and friends, it's a packed month. 

Instead of creating an official gift guide, we wanted to offer up some Old Glory gift ideas--nothing too official, and nothing to take away from the best part of this time of year, the family and friends and food! We are so grateful to have such amazing customers, and we are so happy to be a part of your holiday season. Here are a few of our favorite things from around the store to help you gift shop and gift give more thoughtfully. Come in and we'll help you find great gifts for anyone on your list!

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We love full walls and meaningful artwork all over our homes, and the pieces we have in the store right now are perfect for giving the gift of just that! Our Sugarboo quote and book art is the perfect gift for almost anyone, and Mary Gregory's beautiful paintings (stocked in the shop in the form of wood-framed prints) will add cheer to any home they lovingly go to. 

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It's no secret that we love collections at Old Glory--it's one of the most important elements of our signature style. And they make the perfect gift, too! Whether it's one-of-a-kind finds to add to someone's home, creative ways to display them, or books all about them, we have the perfect collection-related gifts. Some of our favorites: old bike wheels turned into art, antique juggling pins, and this beautiful book, Collected: Living With What You Love.

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Books: a gift almost as classic, but maybe a little more interesting, than socks. We love getting books for any occasion, especially this time of year when the weather makes it a great time for reading up on design and rethinking our interiors. We have a great selection of some of our favorite books in the store, all great gift-giving go-tos!

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It's a classic and tried and true gift: you can't go wrong with beautiful holiday decor and ornaments for everyone and anyone. They're simple, festive, and fun, and a great way to brighten up any home. 

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A little inspiration goes a long way any time of the year, so give your friends and family some words to live by now to carry them through the year. From beautifully packaged sets of quote cards to leather journals, give the gift of words & encouragement. 

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And finally, one of our personal favorites for gift giving (and buying for ourselves), dishes! It is the season of entertaining and using a lot of dishes at holiday meals, and we love having beautiful dishes for any celebration, big or small. Pair with antique and well-worn bread boards for the perfect and thoughtful gift package. 

From Trailer to the Store Floor, Old Glory Style At Work

Today we're sharing another element of Old Glory Style that we use every day at the store and at home: 

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No matter what we bring into the store--old or new, big or small--we thoughtfully select everything to fit into our Old Glory signature style. From scouting to finishing touch, we want our store and our homes to look beautiful, thoughtful, and collected.

And the most exciting application of thoughtful selection: our bread and butter, big and beautiful antique pieces! We are lucky to have such great buyers all around the country scouting and buying for us and bringing us loads by the truck and trailer full to our warehouse, just around the block from our Denver store. We love the weeks we receive large loads of "new" old stuff because of the excitement of unloading and because of the fun and challenge of deciding what to do with everything.

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Even as the pieces are coming off the truck, I am pairing them with pieces currently in the store, creating new combinations and rearranging furniture in my head. Or sometimes I decide to save a piece, keep it in the warehouse to bring into the store at a later time. Either way, the Old Glory Style design process is at work! (And we're happy to have the Old Glory shop dog there to help with the heavy lifting.)

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We love the way the warehouse fills up with great finds, and creating blank slates in the store for new displays and a weekly (sometimes more!) refresh. 

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I am intentional with each piece of inventory that I select to bring into the store, and I am thoughtful about how to combine pieces to create interesting and beautiful displays intended to inspire our customers. 

Here are a few photos of the process from our latest load, and how we brought the pieces and fresh finds from the truck to the store floor. 

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE, THE OLD GLORY STYLE WAY

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Maybe it was the warmer fall weather, or just the fact that time always seems to speed up this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited for our favorite holiday! Especially the decorating and table setting part, and the food a close second. With exactly a week until the big day, we wanted to share an Old Glory tablescape with you and show you our Old Glory Signature Style design process at work. (Visit our older Old Glory Signature Style blog posts HERE and HERE to see what it's all about!)

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This is a tablescape we did at Old Glory Denver this week, to inspire your own table decor and help you pick up any last minute Thanksgiving decor goods you might need for holiday gatherings big and small. And to help you prepare even more, here are a few of our tips and styling insights to take the stress out of the holiday—at least in decorating for it!

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We like to start with a blank slate: a bare table in front of us and plenty of ideas in our heads. Our overall Old Glory Style philosophy is based on the belief that you don’t know until you try, and that every idea is worth trying. Even the “bad” ones lead to even better ideas and design solutions. As my kids’ elementary art teacher used to say, there are no mistakes in art! Sometimes (most of the time for us), the final product looks nothing like what you had envisioned. But that is okay! It will be even better because more and more ideas come to you in the process and creativity and hands-on hard work take over. 

For a holiday like Thanksgiving, the table setting and design has to be practical for large groups and for easy dining, but that doesn’t mean it can’t beautiful and unexpected too. We like to make our Thanksgiving table festive and fun, not too perfect or polished, and full of unexpected and welcoming finishing touches that make us want to sit there long after the turkey is done and dusted. 

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Layer different plates and different dish styles to create a visual and practical variety. Use height to engage the eye on different levels, with some dishes raised on breadboards or even other dishes, greenery that reaches upward, and place setting details that are a little different at each seat.

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Play with texture—the worn wood of old breadboards with the smoothness of ceramic dishes, the beautiful patina on vintage silverware with paper placemats and quote cards with just the right amount of roughness. The meal can engage all the senses, not just taste! Use ornaments as plate decor—we love the beautiful simplicity of these metal pinecone ornaments, combined with the clean whiteness of the plates and the neutral worn-ness of the table.

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Use dried (or fresh) fruits and vegetables as decor to make the whole table come alive. Our go to’s are dried artichokes and pomegranates, because of the splash of color and warmth they add to the table. We also love adding greenery anywhere we can, because it adds so much vitality and warmth as well. 

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Collections are one of the trademarks of Old Glory Style, and they can play a huge part in a tablescape design. This time of year is the perfect time to bring out your favorite collections and put them on display, and even put them to good use! From vintage silverware you can put at every place setting, to your favorite collection of old breadboards you can use as serving pieces or chargers, to your favorite set of mismatched vintage vases and jars for greenery or silverware, the Thanksgiving table is a great way to put your collections to good use, both visually and practically. 

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And finally, another one of our favorite elements of Old Glory Style is the “mix not the match.” In addition to combining and contrasting different textures, tones, and dining ware styles, you can creatively display ordinary objects all around for unexpected touches, mixing up people’s expectations and creating an uncommon and beautiful finished product. We came up with the idea at the store of putting vintage silverware in the soil of our potted pine trees, with quote cards between the fork’s prongs to make each setting a little more inspiring and unexpected. Now, not everyone would want to use a fork that was dipped in soil…but sometimes it’s better to put what looks good over what us useful every once in a while, right? 

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Fair warning: if you have as much fun tablescape-ing as we do every year, you might never want the meal to end! But don’t worry, the holidays are just beginning and this time of year, there are endless excuses to make your home beautiful and decorate for the season.

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OLD GLORY TEXAS TEAM

I'll be honest...running a store that is 1,000 miles from home can be challenging. Enter the Old Glory Texas dream team! I am so happy to have such great help to make Old Glory Texas the successful adventure that it is. Here is the team that makes it happen!

Many of you know Sandy as our store manager in Denver. You may also know her as the face of Old Glory Texas, as Sandy ran our pop-up store in Burton for several years. And now Sandy, in her usual calm, steady style, has stepped in to help with our new store in Round Top and has made several trips to Round Top to get things up and running. You can find Sandy in the store developing policies and procedures, opening boxes, and merchandising, all while greeting customers by name. Thank you, Sandy, for your willingness to step in whenever needed, your can-do attitude, and your kind spirit. 

Debby is the latest addition to our Old Glory team, and we are so happy to have her. Debby is running the store in Round Top. A native of Texas, she is full of energy and enthusiasm and has a quiet smile that welcomes customers into the store and makes them feel right at home. Debby is resourceful and fun, and in three short weeks she has become an invaluable part of the Old Glory family who goes above and beyond the call of duty. How lucky we are to have met her! We don't feel so far away with Debby taking care of the store and we know it is in good, hardworking, and creative hands.

Meloney Russell, owner of Seedbox Antiques, is a long-time friend of Old Glory, and she has worked with us since the days of the Old Glory Antiques Fair. Meloney lives in Missouri and travels to Texas to help us at our shop and for Seedbox business. She buys merchandise for us year-round and comes to the store to help us put it back together, taking a messy shop, selecting pieces from our disorganized storage, adding new pieces she has found for us, and transforming it into a beautiful and interesting feast for the eyes. And her husband Brian is such a huge help too, with great ideas, muscle and comic relief. 

Here are some photos from our Round Top store...see the results of this hardworking, creative, and tireless team from our latest store refresh this week. Thank you Sandy, Debby, and Meloney for helping me make Old Glory Style look so good in Texas! 

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THE HOLIDAYS AT OLD GLORY

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner and we are so excited about it at Old Glory! It's one of the best times of the year, especially for nesting, shopping, and decorating, not to mention family gatherings and some well-earned time at home as the days get cold. 

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Come help us celebrate the season this weekend at our Old Glory Denver holiday open house! We are so excited to share our 2017 holiday collection, as well as timeless and thoughtfully selected home furnishings, all beautifully presented in our signature Old Glory Style. 

And to help us ring in the season even more, we all picked our favorite things at the store this week before the open house, to jump start your gift shopping and to serve as an impromptu Old Glory 2017 Gift Guide. Here are our favorite finds and items from the store, from the Old Glory Denver Team!

 
 

Mary Gregory + Old Glory

One of the best parts of owning and running a store is the scouting--scouting the huge antique pieces that fill our space and the smaller things that finish it off and make the perfect complements to our favorite antique finds. We also love getting to work with such great people and creative minds in our scouting, and Texas-based artist Mary Gregory is no exception. 

We met Mary at a show in Round Top and have loved her artwork ever since. So now we are so excited and so happy to be carrying her work in both our Round Top and Denver stores! We got our first load of her prints in Denver this week, and we love the way they just fit right in and feel at home with our Old Glory Signature Style. 

Here are some pictures of Mary's work in our Denver store. Come in to bring some beautiful Mary Gregory artwork home with you!