Hi! I’m Melissa – the girl behind “Brown Dog Vintage”. I love pretty much all things vintage, especially milk glass and silver and I haven’t met many junk/thrift stores that I don’t love. I have an amazing and talented husband that puts up with my constant desire to change/improve things, I am a mom to a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl as well as a super cool 23 year old stepson. That’s me with my grandma above – I have admired and looked up to her for 40 years. I’m pretty sure my desire to be thrifty and still enjoy beautiful things comes from her. She is an inspiration to me and if my future grandchildren love me half as much as I love her, then I’ll be content. She is a worker. College degree while raising 4 children in an era when that wasn’t very common – admiration pretty much describes my feelings for her.
And the name of this blog clearly comes from the love for my sweet rescue dog Charlie. Best. Dog. Ever. And possibly the most expensive. I joke that I could have a new car if it weren’t for the expenses from this dog. But, he’s worth it. Loyal, sweet, crazy, can’t be off leash even after 11 years, always has a major health catastrophe every spring (I’m not lying – it’s every single spring – it’s in the budget now!), but he’s been with us almost since the beginning of our married lives and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thanks for joining me on this adventure!
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Brown Dog Vintage.
This is my little happy place. I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while. I love decorating, shiplap, subway tile, farmhouses, and staying on a budget.
In a nutshell – this is a home decorating and DIY blog with a little bit of lifestyle thrown in.
Why did I choose the name “Brown Dog Vintage”? A few years ago, I decided to join a neighbor (who has since become one of my favorite people on the planet) in attempting our hand at having a booth in a vintage store. We were brainstorming ideas for a name for our booth and came up with Brown Dog Vintage – well, pretty much she came up with it and I said I loved it. It doesn’t hurt that I also happen to be a mom to a vintage brown dog named Charlie. Best. Dog. Ever.
We did the booth for a while, but eventually decided we just didn’t have the time to keep going. When I decided to start this blog, I asked her opinion on a name and her response was “think of what you love”. I love my brown dog of course and I love vintage. So there you go – I had a name!
Why the need to start a blog? I work part-time in a completely and totally unrelated field to decorating, but this is what really makes me happy. I am constantly changing things and I love to paint. Some people describe it as “I just can’t leave things alone” or “I always need to be busy”. Maybe those are true, but this is the thing I have never tired of. I remember rearranging furniture during the summer with my sister. We didn’t grow up in a house with a decorating budget. However, that didn’t stop us from changing the rooms while my mom was at work. I discovered I loved the farmhouse style, loved seeing beautiful photos on Instagram, and realized that you can make beautiful spaces without spending a ton of money. A blog seemed like the perfect outlet to make a “diary” for our house.
Why “vintage”? My house is an eclectic mix of styles. I love old things and old furniture – it speaks to me and half the time I promise I can hear it “begging” me to take it home and give it new life. Not really – I don’t really hear things – but I do enjoy giving old things new life. I would love nothing more than to live in an amazing old farmhouse with tons of character. But I don’t. I live in a house that was built in 2012. In a neighborhood (best neighborhood ever!). I don’t have trees for tree swings and I don’t have acres of rolling pastures to enjoy. I would love to have all that. But I don’t. And you know what? It’s ok. This house, right here, right now is what works for us. And this is my way of making this house – our house, the best that it can be for our family.
What is this blog about? Decorating, furniture makeovers, budget shopping, organizing, and a little bit of lifestyle thrown in. And who knows what else might show up??
Do I know what I’m doing? Ha! No – that’s the simple answer. The better answer is no, but I’m learning. I am not afraid to learn new things, figure out how to do something within our means, and make things pretty the best that I can. I love a challenge of finding something for a good deal, and I’m a very sentimental person. If it has meaning and makes me happy then it stays – I don’t keep things that aren’t functional or don’t make me happy. I also don’t follow many decorating rules. I believe if you love it and it works for your family – that’s all that matters. If you love llamas and everyone else is loving cows, choose llamas. Choose what makes your heart smile. Heart smiles are good for the soul.
Am I nervous to do this? The answer is a deafening and booming yes. I am not tech savvy, I don’t know how to take pictures the right way, I am definitely not a writer, and I’m scared of failing. Who isn’t? But – I have two amazing little people who I want to show that you should just “jump in and do it” if you want to. Who cares if you aren’t perfect? I think everyone worries they won’t be good at something. The first time I painted a piece of furniture I was terrible. I had brush strokes everywhere and clearly needed more practice. But I stuck with it. And I love it. This blog is the same as the first piece of furniture I painted. I will make mistakes, things won’t be perfect, I’ll criticize myself too much, but again – it’s ok. I’m jumping in. I’m doing it.