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Fabulous Ice Buckets under $50
Summer makes me feel like entertaining.  Entertaining means yummy drinks on ice.  And ice needs a fabulous ice bucket!
The Pursuing Vintage Shop has two great ice buckets in stock right now, both under $50!
An ice bucket is a must-have for your summer entertaining, and it will look great year-round on your styled bar cart!  I have three… I believe one can never have too many ice buckets!
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Benton + Clo Custom Lucite Trays

 

You all know I’m a bit obsessed with Lucite lately.  Today is no exception.  Pursuing Etsy is a series in which I feature an Etsy shop that has caught my eye.  I’m positive Benton + Clo will catch your eye, too.  Take a look at these custom acrylic trays with interchangeable inserts!  That’s right!  Change the insert to complement your evolving decor!  Or change the insert depending on your mood!  LOVE-IT!

 

 

Kasey Boone is the woman behind Benton + Clo.  She is located in Richmond, VA, so right away she got Brownie points from me: a Virginia girl and she has the same name as my little sister!  She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her business, even though she is about to give birth to her second child any second!  (Girl! Get some rest while you can!).

Pursuing Vintage: Your trays are beautiful! How did you get started?
Kasey: Thank you! I actually was searching for something for myself, and couldn’t find it – so naturally {I’m do-it-yourself to the core} I decided I should create it. Designing patterns and prints has always been a passion of mine – it’s just until this point I had only been designing paper goods with them. Now I’m having way too much fun exploring the home decor category!

Pursuing Vintage: Does the name Benton + Clo mean something specific?
Kasey: Benton is my first born – he is just about to turn two, and we’re expecting another any day now actually! Her name will be Chloe, but Benton tends to refer to her as “baby”, “coco” or “clo”. I really wanted the line to be something close to my heart, and nothing is closer to my heart than these two.

Pursuing Vintage: The tray inserts are a genius idea – they make the trays so versatile! What inspires your insert designs?
Kasey: There are of course a couple of key fashion designers that I’m in love with {namely Kate Spade, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch…} but ultimately I design the trays based on textiles and colors that I see and love in the every day. For instance, I fell in love with pinstripes when I was decorating our new house, so there they are in my shop. My husband and I met in North Carolina – and the fact that I love ocean-inspired colors led me to incorporate “sea foam” green – so the concept evolved into “sea foam green pinstripes”.

Pursuing Vintage: Do you have a favorite (insert design)?
Kasey: Sea foam green pinstripes with Chloe’s name in gold.

Pursuing Vintage: What is your favorite use for the tray?
Kasey: Right now, it’s become the ultimate “nursery catch” and closet organizer. It’s perfect for the newborn diapers, wipes container, creams, lotions, powders on Chloe’s {future} diaper changing table. And I’ve got about three in my bedroom, one as a clutch organizer in the closet, another one with about ten books that I {sincerely} plan to read this summer on the bookcase, and one on the bathroom counter {where the general rule is, if it doesn’t fit on the tray…it doesn’t belong on the counter} haha.

Pursuing Vintage: You also have a stationary shop www.confettigrey.etsy.com. Does one inspire the other? Do you see overarching trends?
Kasey: Yes, of course! Sometimes you’ll see a pattern that’s a part of the Benton + Clo collection, as an envelope liner in the Confetti Grey stationery line, or a monogram on Confetti Grey cocktail napkins incorporated into a tray! As far as trends…stripes, stripes, stripes – every girl seems to love the preppy stripes right now!

Don’t you agree that these trays are fabulous?  I know I need one!  Be sure to check out Benton + Clo to see the other great tray designs.  And, Kasey is offering FREE SHIPPING on your order of a large tray until April 5th with the code PURSUINGVINTAGE.  (Thanks Kasey!).

You can find Benton + Clo on Etsy and Facebook!  Please head over and take a look around!

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The word vintage is synonymous with wine.  Since I love wine, and it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d take a break from writing about vintage decor, and write about vintage wine.  Okay, well, not really vintage wine…  just wine.   I’m just trying really hard to tie in wine today, can you tell?!

I’ll be the first to admit, I am not a picky wine drinker.  I can enjoy a cheap bottle of wine (and I mean cheap… well, not Boone’s Farm cheap…) just as well as a more expensive one.  Even though we don’t mind the cheaper bottles, my husband and I sure do notice when we’ve opened a nice bottle of wine!  That’s what we’ll be doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day… sitting at home in our living room, away from the TV, eating some cheese and hors d’oeuvres, and enjoying a glass of wine.

Since I have wine on the mind, here are some fun and useful wine pins I’ve compiled from Pinterest:

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I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like.

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Based on this, I’m a “Bold & Fruity” kind of girl.  How about you?

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Do I get Brownie points if I base my menu on this graph?

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Oh how I love a white plate filled with cheese, crackers and fruit!

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This is very handy, although I am not above a red solo cup on the beach!

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I’m a “cute label/cab” drinker!  What about you?

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An absolute truth.

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Just to throw in a little decor after all, isn’t this room AMAZING?

 

You can find these pins on my Pinterest boards, along with many others!

Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day!

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