The life of a vintage seller must be, we imagine, something of a thrill ride. The excitement of finding hidden treasure in the bins of an estate sale or antique fair; the pleasure of seeing the spoils of the hunt displayed in one’s home or store; the inevitable separation anxiety one must experience upon selling a piece; the happiness that comes when it finds a “forever home.” This emotional roller coaster seems worth it, considering the beautiful things these collectors get to surround themselves with on a daily basis. Take, for example, Stephanie Dupont, the proprietor of Glittery Moon Vintage, a shop that specializes in Mid-Century decorative objects.
The Coral Gables, FL apartment that Stephanie shares with her husband and children functions not just as a home, but as a temporary resting place for the items she sells in her online shop. “My space sometimes feels like a rotating museum,” she says, “because I am constantly displaying and selling the beautiful Mid-Century pieces in my home.”
Vases and Mid-Century furnishings aside, the apartment itself is something of a vintage treasure. “I moved in without ever seeing the space,” Stephanie continues. “My husband picked it out and surprised me—and it truly was the best surprise, like opening a really big gift on Christmas! One of my favorite things about my space are the old, scratched wood floors. Every scratch has a history and tells a story. I also love the old, silver-framed windows throughout my apartment. Old windows are becoming rare in homes, which really makes me treasure them.” Take a peek at this bright, light-filled Florida home below!
“The living room is my favorite room in the apartment. The bright, natural light is incredible and makes photographing items for my shop a real pleasure. The art wall is one of the best features of the living room. Each piece of art is very special to me, and I constantly draw inspiration from all the art when I am taking photos of items for my shop. I love the simple drawing of my great grandfather, who was a Big Band musician. The piece was sketched when he was on the road with the bands. I always think of him playing music when I look at this sketch. The Mid-Century credenza by John Stuart New York is my very favorite piece of furniture in the living room. The design is so classic with its geometric lines, and I love the way my Mid-Century white porcelain collection contrasts perfectly with the credenza’s walnut wood. All the vases displayed on my credenza are for sale in my shop.”
“My workspace is adjacent to the living room. The Mid-Century desk I work on is very special to me, because it was my grandfather’s desk. He had the coolest furniture! Every time I purchase something to go on top of the desk, I always think of him.”
“The shelves in my storage area house items for my shop and office. Baskets are a great way to store the things you need to run a business from home, but still keep your house stylish. The best part is that they can be purchased just about anywhere! I have baskets everywhere in my space, even some of my plants live in baskets! I also love my Danish Modern candle holder collection, which I display on the shelves. It’s really fun putting different colored candles in them for the different seasons and holidays.”
“The dining room is another room in my apartment that gets an amazing amount of natural light. The disco ball that I display by the window makes the room literally glitter with light in the afternoon. I highly recommend having a disco ball in your space at all times; but be warned, dancing could spontaneously occur at any time! The Mid-Century vases in the dining room are the ones in my personal collection. It’s really difficult to limit my collection, because I truly love all of these vases! They are so modern and timeless and literally go with anything. These vases look incredible during every season—in Autumn they are filled with pinecones and dried leaves, and during Christmas I fill them with Christmas tree branches!”
“The bedroom in my space very simple. The quiet color pallet helps me refresh and recharge after a long day. My antique dresser is full of scratches and peeling paint, but it has been passed down through generations in my family, so I would never get rid of it. The matte geode vase on my dresser is the most amazing piece of Mid-Century porcelain. No matter what floral arrangement I put in it, it looks wonderful. It also looks and feels like a real geode! When I light my constellation candle holder from West Elm at night, my bedroom becomes a soothing oasis. I use a Mid-Century teak tray to hold a small collection of jewelry and things on top of my dresser. A Danish teak salt and pepper shaker set is used to hold and display my vintage ring collection. My linen duvet cover and pillowcases, which are also from West Elm, are the best things I have ever purchased for my bedroom. They get softer every time I wash them and they make me feel like I am sleeping under a cloud. My sons keep begging me for linen bedding for their bedroom too!”