In the spirit of spring, we purged the house a couple weeks ago, and I mean PURGED. We went through the whole house and had a ridiculous car load for our local thrift store. Found some treasures in my jewellry drawer that needed attention – couple dead watch batteries, some tarnished silver jewellry, and three broken necklaces that needed re-stringing and new clasps. One is particularly sentimental – a three strand necklace of fake pearls that belonged to my grandmother…. Read More
Habitat for Humanity – one of my favorite sources for material-in-the-raw and helping a great cause. This treasure, in all its 70s glory – ugly wood panelling, fibre board sides, and morose stain – had its place in a disco den where everyone threw their keys in the middle of the room and well, you get the picture. It cost twenty-five bucks, plus a small can of pink paint, and leftover hardware from another project…this is it post-sanding…. …the one… Read More
Dropped my camera in NM, on cement, as I was walking into a gallery to take LOTS of pictures. Finished out the trip with my son’s point and shoot. Prior to this accident, I was thinking of upgrading anyway, so bit the bullet yesterday, the last day of a sale for NIKON D3000 complete with extra lens. Wow, I mean wowsa. Never knew what I was missing. This has been fun and humbling and I have so much to learn….here’s… Read More
Me tired! Using only the clients’ belongings, this is what we achieved. Gave her an “office”, making her living room more functional… Used a bookcase from upstairs to make a “bar” in the dining room… A very happy client…and a very satisfying day of work.
Stuff I’ve picked for upcoming corporate job. Desk chair and orange chairs from CB2, bench from Chiasso, bistro table and stools from Target…
Another magazine clipping from my mother’s collection (don’t ask why I’m hanging onto these two, old magazines in the first place). This one from House Beautiful’s Building Manual Spring-Summer 1957… …why DOES every child need their own bedroom? I’m afraid I’m guilty of this with my own kiddos. How did we get from 1100 square feet in the 50s to the mega mansions of today? Such a practical room and it implies that the inhabitants actually played in their room…no… Read More
Went away again. If it seems like all I do is travel, then my apologies. With aging parents, college hunting, and some actual leisure travel these last couple months, my little red suitcase has been getting a workout (wish I could say the same!). This past weekend was NYC – a little business/pleasure combo for the hubby and me. Sans children. Discovered a fab new store (new to me anyway) with an online store as well. Got some buttons for… Read More
New Mexico is my new fav state. The colors, the smells, and the sights…overwhelming to the senses and impossible to experience it all in one visit. We left home with eight carrry-on bags for five people, and maxed out with ten upon our return (no checked bags; I enjoy having clothes and toiletries when I arrive, thank you very much). We brought back the best of New Mexico…mostly at affordable prices… …the face tiles were purchased at a really cool… Read More
I’m dreaming about these for summer… …all available here and here…for lots ‘o money. So instead I shall search my local second-hand shops and other haunts for similar items.
No words, just pictures. New Mexico…sigh…
Leave tomorrow for here. Will travel here and there and everywhere. Can’t wait to experience the history and the hiking…. …and learn more about one of our national treasures… Time constraints aside, hope to blog “live” about the art, the architecture and the scene. Form and Function goes west!
Had an old magazine of my mom’s laying around…Canadian Homes, July 1962. This particular issue was devoted to “Antiques…The Great Canadian Treasure Hunt.” Tucked way In the back, overshadowed by ads and the like, I discovered this fun, little gem. The “idea” caption is so Martha; I think she would approve. Good tip, and still useful for 2010…
Methinks the no-cost transformation this past weekend will end up costing me mega repair bucks, as yet undetermined. There are some things best left to professionals…and one would be moving heavy, awkward furniture. But hey, when you have a seventeen year old boy and a strong husband in-house, why not enlist them instead? This is why…. The splintered door that sits in front used to hang ON the armoire. Somehow, mid move, the sliding tray on the inside dislodged, causing… Read More
I have been a little wary of certain online sources for vintage finds…endless array of choices, seemingly good quality but expensive as all get out. Discovered this source (not inexpensive, but a wide range of prices) that linked me to today’s treasure which is in an actual Chicago storefront (great vintage modern vibe). It somehow makes me feel better to know there is a real, live store. I’m still a bit of an internet-phobe, can you tell? After an exhaustive… Read More
This past weekend I went back to my hometown to visit my elderly parents. There’s a lot about going home that depresses me – seeing my parents as they deal with all that sucks about getting old, and seeing my town as a shell of its former self….a dying auto town with boarded up buildings and a depressed economy. There is some hope amongst all this blight in the form of a burgeoning gallery and antiques area. I packed up… Read More
For this no money monday installment, what to do with those plate glass mirrors after a bathroom renovation? If you’re lucky to remove without them breaking into a million shards, for no money why not reuse these mirrors in a new way? Try re-hanging them vertically, instead of horizontally and add a ballet bar (a little money). And you have a wonderful addition to a dancer’s room. Or for almost no money (25 bucks for this circle), haul the mirror… Read More
Oberlin – small town America and quintessential college town. My son had a music audition today for college and I had the opportunity to explore this charming town. Instead of a hotel, we opted for a “home stay,” something I’ve never tried but would heartily recommend. Jo, our gracious hostess, lives in an imposing, historical landmark, and though it’s rough around the edges (….says the serial renovator in me), it is not without its charms. The fireplace, the mismatched periods… Read More