Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bedroom finds from the Queen: Guest post from a Queen customer

Our last blog post in February is a guest post is from Lauren Harris, a favorite customer at the Queen of Hearts, and a blogger for 'A Vintage Affair'. Lauren has done many blog posts incorporating items she has purchased from the Queen of Hearts into her home, and is even working on a nursery blog because she is expecting a baby! Because February is focused on redecorating the bedroom, we are sharing Lauren's blog posts when she redecorated her guest bedroom in June of 2012, and the bedroom of their beach house in May 2012.

Published on Friday, June 29 2012

I have been so excited about this bedroom change in our home. I always like the back guest bedroom, but something about it felt too country and dated to me. I wanted an updated, yet still vintage look. I also wanted more patterns and color. Here is what the room looked like before:

Here is the after:

The bottles on top of the armoire, the picture over the bed, the floral candelabra, and the small teal table by the chair are all from Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta.

Published on Wednesday, May 16 2012

These are a few of my favorite things; monograms, distressed furniture, beautiful fabrics, unique lighting, and bringing the outdoors in!

When I had the chance to decorate our bedroom at the beach, I wanted to incorporate all of these things. I wanted a nautical, vintage feel, with a clean and preppy touch here and there. After long searches for the perfect accessories and lighting, and countless hours with the sander and paintbrush, I finally accomplished what I had set out to create. The accessories I choose are pieces that you might find at the beach, on a boat, or at an old fishing pier.

The nightstands were found at Queen of Hearts, an antique store in Alpharetta, Ga. The drawers were sanded and kept natural, and the body was painted navy. I also found the large shutters that I used for the headboard for a great deal at my favorite booth at Queen of Hearts. They were originally red. I used CoCo Annie Sloan paint and dark wax to finish them. The best part of chalk paint is that there is no sanding involved!


The piece that took me forever to find was the dresser. I just could not find the right size and style for the space for the RIGHT PRICE! I finally came across the piece I ended up using at Queen of Hearts. It was built in the late 1800s and weighs a ton! It was originially hunter green. I used the same CoCo chalk paint and used the dark wax to “antique” the new coat of paint. I then put a coat of clear wax over the piece to protect the paint.

While the room has a vintage feel, the bedding and pillow fabrics help to give it a modern touch. I am so happy to finally be done with the room so that we can relax and enjoy the space!

Read more from Lauren Harris's blog at 'A Vintage Affair', or follow her on Pinterest for more great home decorating ideas!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Monthly Feature at the Queen

Hi guys! It's Sarah from {Home-ology} modern vintage here to feature more of the Queen's talented dealers and the awesome finds they are constantly bringing in. There's some great stuff to be had this month!

Since it's February, the month of LOVE, I'm going to highlight a few finds that would be great additions to a bedroom in need of some updating. These finds are from the Queen's Buford and Alpharetta locations.

Starting off with one of my most favorite finds of the month is this unique set of gradient carpet samples. I w.a.n.t. them. Now. For my own. Yes, I have a crush on them, and I'm not ashamed. I can't help but drool over the luxurious little tufts of gradual color and the fact that they weren't meant to be so beautiful, but they are.

Spotted at the Buford location in DBW's booth, these panels are a great pop of color that will work with any color palette without overwhelming the room. Go get them before I can resist no longer.

Oh, and while you're at it, head over to the Alpharetta Queen to add this awesome table in as a bedstand.


So cool. This piece is made of ancient cedar wood. I love the organic feel of this petrified piece mixed with the modern glass top. So creative. From dealer LAG {Alpharetta}.

Moving from modern to vintage, I am also in love with this beautiful display for a vintage bedroom.


As much as I love modern, I also have a soft spot for this sweet vintage look. So soft and delicate in its colors and textures. Love how they used an old window as the frame and backed it with a beautifully faded wallpaper. This creative find can be found in DI's booth {Buford location}.

And I would totally want to add this beautiful mantle-made-into-shelf to my vintage boudoir. It just speaks cozy. This is in Dealer LOLA's booth {Buford location}.

Lastly, I found the perfect accessory for your vintage bedroom, these French riding boots. These would be the finishing touch for a bit of French flair. From the talented David, dealer ATK {Alpharetta}.

So there you have it, my favorite finds for February - the month of love, and the perfect month to make a few updates to your bedroom.

Bedrooms are such a personal space. It's the one room in the house where you are allowed to express yourself to the fullest. Take advantage of that freedom by really letting your personality shine. This room is where you start your day and where you end your day. You spend more hours in your bedroom than you do any other place in the home. Make it yours!

This is a guest post from Sarah Krouse at {Home-ology} modern vintage. As well as being a dealer in our Alpharetta location, Sarah blogs over at If you enjoyed reading her post and would love to see more, we encourage you to stop by her blog. There you'll see many of her vintage finds in their raw stage, get a story of where they came from, and see transformations of the pieces she revives and repurposes prior to their display at the Queen. Sarah also blogs over at - a lifestyle blog for women of a "certain age."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Boudoir Before & After: Guest Post from a Queen Dealer

Each month we are inviting a customer, dealer or staff member at the Queen of Hearts to do a blog post for the Queen of Hearts! This guest post is from a Queen of Hearts dealer/merchant, Linda Howard, of Chic Country Atlanta (CCA) on Battery Street in Alpharetta and Meeting Street Marietta.

Queen of Hearts Bedroom Makeover

Recently I felt inclined to redecorate our master bedroom. I started with a neutral palette: boring beige! Bedding, carpet, and walls, were all shades of beige! My favorite piece in the bedroom was the antique iron gate that I had purchased from the Queen of Hearts Alpharetta, that I hung sideways to serve as the headboard.

Pink is very trendy right now, and you can see it in various shades in all of the decorator magazines. So with that color palette in mind, I decided to accent the beige room with my Mom’s favorite color, from the 50’s, PINK! 

I began with the idea of finding pink pillows for the head of our bed and found the perfect pink and beige striped pillows from Queen of Hearts. I refreshed the bed by purchasing three of these, slightly overlapping them over each other. Then I purchased two solid pink smaller pillows for in front of the larger ones, also purchased from the Queen of Hearts. Things were looking good, but I wanted a little masculinity amongst all the added PINK! 

Solution: I had a burlap square pillow at home, and I added it to my pillow mixture. Burlap is a big trend, which you see at the Queen of Hearts all the time, and I knew this would break up the pink and give a new texture to the mix. To dress this burlap pillow up, I added a pink and gold tone vintage pin in the center of it (You can purchase vintage pins at any Queen of Hearts if you like this idea).

Now, because I love eclectic and shabby chic things, I wanted to add some of that to my mix. I had an antique quilt that had a lot of pink in it, along with blue and green, and I folded it and added to the bottom of the bed as a much needed throw.

Lastly, I purchased a PINK, shabby chic small rocker, from Queen of Hearts, Alpharetta. This was the finishing touch!

If you like the way my bedroom turned out, why not start your own neutral palette today, and go hunting for some treasures to bring your bedroom together? It's an easy (and fairly cheap) way of updating your bedroom for the new year! Happy shopping (hunting) and I hope to see you at Queen of Hearts!