As I reflect back on the past 24 months, it is hard to believe just how quickly time has gone by. From the props being used at the spring 2011 launch of Tanqueray cocktails to an UGG fashion show, the Marylin Dennis Show and so many down-right gorgeous weddings, I feel truly blessed. On top of that over 500 of you are keeping up with us at the HVR Facebook page
and it seems almost a 1000 of you are popping in on a weekly basis to check out the web site (I promise I will start blogging more). More of you are following on Hazlitt Vintage at Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
I met the most creative souls in the wedding industry (oh how I admire so many of you), made new friends () and worked with some absolutely wonderful couples (who took time during their wedding days to share the sweetest sentiments about the decor). From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
So what is ahead for Hazlitt Vintage? More great prop rentals for your celebrations! To get you there, we are launching an improved inventory system
that will allow you to search for props, see measurements and look at how the props were used at events. The inventory will always be a work in progress. Over the next couple of months I will continue to add search words, categorize items and add more props.
I have a long list of 'to fix, to reupholster and to buy'. I'll be working in the studio quite a bit this winter and have plans for a winter shopping trip too. There will also be a shopping surprise for you in the spring of 2013 too!
Details about HVR's first ever sale! It is time to make room for inventory additions. There are some big pieces coming in this fall and HVR needs space!
Plan to visit us along the shores of Lake Huron in the town of Goderich.
HVR will be on-site at Dunlop Livery Antiques at 34002 Blyth Road. Take HWY 21 North from Goderich. You will see Cal (our white delivery truck) and the great barn of Dunlop Livery Antiques. I hear that the antique barn just might have a special sale that day too.
Sundays are Flea Market Days on The Square in Goderich too. After you load up with goodies from HVR's tail gate sale and Dunlop Livery Antiques, you can shop some more in Goderich.
as defined by Hazlitt Vintage Rental
A light cotton cloth, made into flags - square, rectangle or traditional triangles - grouped together to create a row of colour and texture.
I adore bunting. I must say that it is one of my favourite things. I never really knew about it until a couple of years ago. It quickly captured my heart. I simply love it.
Bunting isn't new to the party circuit. It is such an easy way to continue the colour theme, add texture and fill the eye with a sense of celebration. Originally created during the 17th century as a type of material used to create flags. Today, bunting is simply a string of fabric.
HVR was asked to create custom bunting for an event this spring. Although I love to sew, I certainly do not have the talent to create perfect double sided triangles strung together. I enlisted the creativity of a wonderful local sewing talent who pulled together an amazing assortment of fabrics and sourced another great company to create the perfect lettering as per the client's specifications.
We had so much fun creating it and the client adored it that I decided HVR should offer custom bunting. We need a bit of lead time to create these beautiful strings of fabric. I am partial to the fabric rather than paper and let me tell you, bunting knocks those tissue paper pom-poms out of the park (don't get me wrong, I love those Martha Steward inspired tissue pom-poms).
To order, just send me an email. info @ hazlittvintagerental.com We need total length of the space you want to fill, colours and a few more details that we can discuss over email. HVR will produce a quote for you to review and we can proceed with booking. Bunting can be mailed!
We can produce bunting of any size, shape and length.
Fabrics are sourced, we try to use vintage, when available. Let us know your colours and we will start the search.
All HVR bunting is double sided.
Custom printing, in almost any font and almost any colour, is available.
Take a look below at how the different fonts are display on the flags.
Here are a few more pics of some bunting that was recently created and how it was used at an event.
This is it. The final surprise for this week. And likely for awhile. Wedding season starts this week for me and I simply can not wait to start seeing all these fabulous ideas from couples go into action!
Just before we delve into the big season, I am proud to launch Hazlitt Events.
This winter was full of creativity and Hazlitt Events
evolved from that experience.
Read the back-story and then pop over to the web site to take a look
. If you are being married along the shores of Lake Huron it will be of particular interest to you. Hazlitt Events
only offers services in Bayfield, Goderich and the surrounding area.
So here goes the history of how Hazlitt Events evolved.....
Over ten years ago when I moved 'home' from my big city job I chatted with Nancy Snell from NJS Design Events & Rentals about the need for an event planner in our rural community. At the time, there wasn't really any demand and in the end I took a chance on love and moved to Alberta for a couple of years. (BTW, that chance on love worked out. We have an-almost 7 year old son and live on what I consider to be one of the most beautiful country roads in Ontario).
Anyway back to the event planner gig. Any friend of mine will tell you that I enjoy hosting parties. I get that from my parents and my Grandmother, who always knew how to host the most elegant of luncheons. But being an event planner takes more than just having a good party. It needs skills of time management, budgeting abilities, process management, networks, a helpful personality and more.
I like to call my former career in government, my 'past life'. I use to coordinate research days for 100 staff and university professors, province-wide conferences for 400 people and more. These events usually involved dignitaries too, so protocol was of the utmost importance. I sat in board rooms listening to employees talk about a process that would take them an hour to explain when really with some efficiency it should only take 5 minutes. (Gee, after reading that you probably know why I sought out something more fun & creative)
I am having so much for with Hazlitt Vintage Rentals. Since opening in the fall of 2010, I can't believe the amazing events where the rentals were used or the fabulous events that I attended to help with decor and more. Plus the people, I must say I landed amongst a fine group of creative entrepreneurs. I count myself lucky for that!
When I was researching for Hitched in Huron
this winter I came to realize there are a lot of out-of-town people coming to my 'home' area to be married. A lot of them are returning 'home' for their wedding celebrations but live & work in Vancouver, Toronto, London or further. I knew I could help!
From logistics of transporting guests to their celebration, organizing tastings for when the couple is home for a short-time, mailing linen samples or sourcing that exact sweet treat, I am available to coordinate and manage it for couples. There are more details on the Hazlitt Event
site and more to come too. So stay tuned.
I'm not sure where this part of the journey will take me but for now I will relish in the excitement of helping couples host their celebration of love in the country-side and lake-side region of southern Ontario.
Oh ya, lets not forget about Hazlitt Vintage Rentals
. That isn't going anywhere. We have oodles of events this year and lots of shopping trips ahead. In fact, on Wednesday I'm going on a day-trip, you might just see me out there picking through vintage finds.
First up I want you to pop over to Hitched In Huron.
It is being launched TODAY!
So go on, click on the link, take a look at the site and
then come back here to find out the story.
Long gravel roads
Everyone needs a winter project, don't they? This winter I delved into getting to know the local wedding pros. We had lunches, shared likes on Facebook, brainstormed ideas and shared a few laughs too (special thanks to Luann, Nancy and Hayley for their extra time on this). I discovered we have tonnes of talent and resources for creating fabulous love celebrations!
Indoor, outdoor, intimate, whimsy, beach side or in a field, is seems this grand ol' place I call home has a lot to offer. I kinda already knew that but I figured out that most of you do not know much about this place I call home. Huron County is in the heart of south western Ontario, along the shores of Lake Huron. About an hour north of London and just over two hours from Toronto (but you won't find traffic jams here). Our land is rolling hills, sweet fields of annual crops, long gravel roads, winding rivers, beautiful wood lots and stretching sand beaches. Nestled in the landscape are harbours, quaint Main Streets, historic inns, and more. It is a place I'm glad to call home.
A Simple Photograph
The Hitched In Huron
site is for you! Looking for a sweet destination wedding but don't want to hop on an airplane? Muskoka traffic is just too much? Drive west (find out where we are)!
Our lovely area is perfect for intimate celebrations and some of our venues can accommodate up to 200 guests. If that isn't enough room for you, there are always tents. Mmmm tents in wide open fields, doesn't that sound majestic?
Our Cream of the Crop
wedding pros look forward to helping you put together a fabulous event. Our blog
features local businesses and real weddings. If you were recently married in the area, please contact us
. We would love to feature your wedding.
Special thanks to our photographers who provided pictures for the launch; A Simple Photograph, Fresh Lens, Jakal Photography, Sandra Regier Photography and Your Life In Stills.
There is more to come and I promise to keep you posted.
There is one more surprise to come too. I just realized it is a short week and the third surprise will have to wait until next week. Don't worry, some of you will be so busy savouring chocolate that your curious mind won't even think about it.
Spring time brings open streams and anglers together. The season isn't open in Ontario yet but I thought a little inspiration was in order. Enjoy some pictures a of little window installation I did in Bayfield for Edward Jones. It will be there until late June when we shift it up for summer fun. If you are walking along Main Street in the Village, try and spot the window.
Let me just precursor this trend report with these two statements:
ALWAYS ask yourself if you LOVE it and if it MEANS something to you.
Trends come and go but what triggers your HEART and PASSION will be with you forever.
Now, onto the 2012 predictions for all things celebratory: anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, weddings and more.
In Canada, mismatched wooden chairs, harvest tables, upholstered settees and chairs, milk glass, silver and frames will hold the spot light for vintage fetes.
There will be an increased demand for strings of globes lights at outdoor parties. Pretty chandeliers, dripping with crystals, will draw attention to head tables and special seating areas.
Rustic vintage will brighten up this season with splashes of trendy colours such as tangerine tango, cabaret (think, fuschia) and sodalite blue, in line with Pantone’s Spring 2012 colours. Yellow (solar power) and charcoal (driftwood) are still hot too. In my opinion they are just a bit darker, not so cheery or silvery.
Lace and a more Grace Kelly-esk approach to vintage will grow throughout the season and will hold ground throughout 2013. A finer approach to vintage is trending in Europe and to the south of us as people aspire for the Kate & Will’s look of what old is new but in a very clean and crisp manner.
Lace doilies are filling in where burlap left off. Whether it is bunting, table runners, lighting or guest gifts; lace is everywhere. Those not wanting to give up on burlap will find it combined with lace, buttons and sheet music or printed pages.
Vintage linens and/or patterns will be ever present too. Mismatched napkins for a casual party and crisp white linens for a more formal event (and when I say ‘linen’, I mean ‘linen’).
Harvest Tables are a must. Vineyard theme continues to be trendy.
Coloured bottles are taking over from canning jars or at the very least being added to the mix.
Ever present props such as luggage, keys, typewriters, canning jars, burlap, bird cages and crates will continue to hold a prominent place at Canadian weddings this year. That being said, these types of props are starting to give way and will only be used by party hosts if the items have true meaning to them.
For a recap (in no particular order):
1. Coloured bottles, milk glass and silver (mercury glass too) containers
2. Lace, burlap, buttons, sheet music and printed pages from books
3. Harvest tables and mismatched chairs a la vineyards
4. Crisp white linens, handkerchiefs
5. Settees and chairs
6. Chalkboards (so handy) and frames
7. Globe lights and crystal dripping chandeliers
8. Spring Pantone 2012 colours
A little more winter inspiration coming your way. A few weeks ago I installed this scene in the window front a financial investment office in Bayfield. It was fun to create because I wasn't bound by the need to showcase merchandise. The owner simply wanted a conversation piece for the large window front and something to brighten the space during winter. This installation will stay through March with a couple of periodic updates. The presents will be removed post-Christmas and some winter goodies like hot chocolate and marshmallows will take its place.
Inside the office. Vintage jars, fresh greens, pine cones and some twinkle lights. Poinsettias will pick up the red in the ribbon when added in a couple of weeks.
The client wanted a chalkboard for writing inspirational messages each week.
Who can resist a quilt?
If you haven't guessed, I am into birdhouses this season.
Outside the main door, a wine barrel with birch logs. I think it will look so pretty with snow on top.
The skies are grey and somewhere in Ontario it is snowing. At times we have a few flakes in the air but I suspect the ski slopes a couple of hours to the north are getting a heavier load of the white stuff today.
Tomorrow I have a photographer picking up a package of goodies to use over the weekend for family winter shoots. She has an AMAZING sleigh as the cornerstone of her scene but needed a few additions. When I say sleigh, your immediate vision should be Santa's sleigh. Seriously, this thing is gorgeous!
In any case, here are the shots of the HVR goodies she will be adding to the set. I can't wait to see the final results and I'll be sure to share as soon as I can.
See that sky? Full of snow!
Love winter props
A few presents. I can't decide. Twine? Lace? Fabric and twine?
BTW, our family shoot was so much fun yesterday. Thanks to Hayley at Fresh Lens
for making it so relaxed and enjoyable. I have to wait for the pics, so you do too. :-)
In fact, I think I'll make the first post on the HVR Facebook page
. So if you want a sneak peek before the blog readers, you should LIKE the page
. (I know shameless promotion and it is going to continue until we reach 500 LIKES
(or January 1st) so get your friends to LIKE us
In February, Nataschia Wielink (fab, fab photog from the Niagara area) combined her vintage collection with some pieces from the HVR collection. I like to encourage people to use pieces that have personal meaning to them at their celebrations. HVR pieces can fill in the gaps, add texture or act as a back drop.
Take a look at the booth Nataschia created for the show.
She used HVR frames for the display. Inserting matting and her own photography work. The tables belong to Nataschia. She set-up HVR books, canning jars and one of the Underwood typewriters.
She also used the HVR travel trunk, the make-up case and a few trinkets for the display. There are HVR door knobs, spools and bobbins too.
She inserted a chalkboard into another HVR frame and set the wee sweet love birds in front. Such great inspiration. More pics coming later this week.
Photo Credit: Nataschia Wielink