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All Things Vintage With Lora Bloomquist

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Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Rachel Granholm

It’s a super fun post today! I’m sharing an interview talking All Things Vintage with Lora Bloomquist from Create and Ponder!

I am so excited to introduce you to a fellow blogger today who has been in the vintage world for many years. Her blog is full of lovely vintage goodness where she shares beautiful home decorating ideas, tips, and DIY projects. Lora, like myself, hails from the great state of Minnesota. She is amazingly talented, super creative, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to decorating your home with vintage decor. Join me as I share an interview talking All Things Vintage with Lora Bloomquist!

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An Interview With Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder

a vintage ladder used as a hanging plant rack
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 1: When did you first start loving antique and vintage decor? How did you get into it?

Lora: I have loved decorating for as long as I can remember. My mom and dad made me a huge Barbie doll house that I would sit behind for hours, redecorating the rooms. In high school, I ripped up my bedroom carpet myself so I could enjoy the hardwood floors. I also stenciled the walls and was always moving the furniture around. My maternal grandma was my mentor in secondhand shopping; she taught me to identify pottery and china markings and had an eye for spotting potential. She taught me to sew and had a knack for making everything beautiful and yummy.

vintage decor used outside on a patio
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 2: What are your top 3 ways of displaying and/or decorating with vintage and antique decor in your home?

Lora: My top 3 ways of displaying and decorating with vintage and antiques:
1) Develop a theme. A theme will help you pull all the right elements together. It’s how I decorated my store and the booths I sold in and how I style my home. It gives you a framework to choose accessories, colors, shapes, etc.
2) Layer. Start with the largest items, then place medium pieces, then small, and finish up with foliage and textures.
3) Use a great piece of vintage architecture as your foundation. By hanging a bedspring, garden gate, bank of cubbies or other vintage piece as wall art, you can swap things up for the seasons without drilling new holes.

a vintage bucket used as a planter
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 3: Where do you find most of your vintage and antique decor? 

Lora: My favorite place to find vintage and antique pieces is on the curb;) For many years I’ve amassed great finds at city cleanup days in a couple suburbs. It’s amazing what people throw out but I suppose it’s easy for them to just shove it to the curb. Yes, most things need some love to bring them back to beauty but I thrive with that challenge. I also love church sales and estate sales. And I still shop at small vintage shops because I love to see the displays. In the winter, I occasionally shop thrift stores and check FB marketplace for larger items. My nose is always sniffing out treasures!

curbside junk finds
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 4: What are your top 3 tips for finding antique and vintage decor at antique or vintage stores?

Lora: My top 3 tips for finding vintage and antiques at shops:
1) Shop around in different towns. Prices are very driven by location and how high the rent is for the owners. Don’t expect garage sale prices at a beautifully decorated shop. All that beauty takes time and there are many expenses when you own a shop. Spend some money to thank them for the inspiration they’re giving you.
2) When you’re traveling in a different state, shop there. Often you’ll find different types of things than you would in your area, which is fun.
3) Bring a tape measure. I can’t tell you how many times we carried out a big furniture piece to find the customer’s car was a Prius.

Milk glass bud vases displayed in a vintage trough
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 5: For someone wanting to incorporate antique and vintage decor into their home, what would be your best piece of advice for them?

Lora: I think starting with a few larger accessories is a fun way to add some old, especially if you live in a newer home. Large wood crates add great texture and can be used so many ways. Galvanized buckets with seasonal flowers or branches can be added anywhere, too. Hanging a great piece of architectural vintage on the walls is the perfect canvas you can switch up seasonally.

vintage books from a collection
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 6: What is the best way that you have found to mix more modern decor with older pieces of decor? 

Lora: I love vintage pieces but don’t want my house to look like an antique store. It’s all in the balance. If you own a newer home, adding in vintage will bring in character that your home doesn’t have yet. I live in a 100 year old farmhouse and have added newer pieces to balance out all my vintage. My leather couches have a more modern, straight-lined look that juxtaposes my vintage wood accent pieces. I love chippy, painted pieces but balance those out with more solid-looking textures. My saying through the years has been, “Give your eye some place to rest.”

a collection of vintage dishes displayed in a hutch
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 7: What makes antique and vintage items so special to you?

Lora: I love vintage and antique items because they’re unique and have time-worn beauty that you just can’t imitate. My favorite pieces are handmade; some handyman crafted it to fill a certain need- a stool for his grandkids to use in the bathroom, a custom gift for a loved one. There’s a story behind all that character. I also am a purist when it comes to materials; I love real wood, real metal, real stone. Fake doesn’t do it for me. They just don’t make things like they used to!

a collection of vintage enamel teapots
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Question 8: With many different pieces of antique and vintage decor, how do you create a home that still feels cohesive and not too cluttered? 

Lora: Yes, I have a lot of stuff I’ve acquired through my years of selling and I’m still finding treasures! My philosophy is when it’s time to dust, it’s time to switch up the decor. I am constantly shuffling. By giving some collections a time out, I enjoy them more when I bring them out again. And using accessories in a different room gives them a whole new look. Our unfinished basement is a great place for me to store off season items and all of my furniture pieces double as storage. When you’ve sold in the retail world for so many years, switching things up often is a way of life, and a great way to breathe new life into your home.

vintage pieces curated in an outdoor porch display
Photograph courtesy of lorabloomquist.com

Isn’t she just amazing?! I am so thankful to Lora for taking the time to chat with me. I hope this interview talking All Things Vintage with Lora Bloomquist was helpful and encouraging for you! I’m always looking for home inspiration and seeking out new opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. Lora continually helps to expand my horizons through her weekly vintage posts. I do hope you will go visit her blog Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder. There is so much inspiring content and ideas for creating a beautiful home. Wishing you joy!

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18 Comments. Leave new

  • Lora Bloomquist
    May 6, 2022 8:59 am

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to join you today, Rachel! Always fun to talk all things vintage & hang out with others who love old things, too<3

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 6, 2022 9:05 am

      Thank YOU! I gleaned ideas and inspiration from your answers and I hope others will too! Hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day!

  • Meagan Trento
    May 6, 2022 6:32 pm

    Love vintage anything and enjoyed reading this post. Nice to learn about Lora Bloomquist and see some of her work.

  • Beth C Anderson
    May 7, 2022 9:55 am

    I always look forward to hearing from my Rachel on your posts!❤️

  • Oh my gosh! What an awesome interview! I love Lora’s styles and the colors she uses in her decor. She also offers some really practical and smart advice. Thank you for sharing this post with us Rachel. Such a great idea!!

  • Michele - vintage home designs
    May 9, 2022 5:18 pm

    Such a great post/interview Rachel! And congratulations, you received Top Viewed post on our Fabulous Friday Link Party last week, and will be featured this week.

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 9, 2022 6:42 pm

      Hi Michele!!!
      Thank you SO much! I am grateful and appreciate the support SO very much!!

  • So much fun to read more about Lora! I swear she comes up with the most amazing things. I would not think of half the stuff she does. I love how passionate she is about thrifted finds and giving old pieces new life. It definitely makes me feel like taking a second look too! Loving and pinning, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 10, 2022 1:23 pm

      Hi! I know, right?! She’s SO COOL! Thanks for stopping by and reading today, CoCo! I appreciate it!!

  • Great interview! I have enjoyed seeing Lora’s creations for several years now and have followed her examples on several vignettes! I, too, love real wood and ceramics vs. plastic.

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 12, 2022 8:02 am

      Hi Kathy!
      Thanks so much! Lora has THE MOST amazing vignettes I think I’ve ever seen. It was SO fun chatting with her and I’m happy that you found joy in it. Thanks for being here! Hope you have a lovely day!

  • That was a fabulous interview. I love the idea of rearranging when it’s time to dust!

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 12, 2022 8:01 am

      Hi Kristie!
      Thank you so much!! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read today! Lora gives such practical tips, doesn’t she?! Hope you have a lovely day!

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