My mermaids wish you and yours a very… …Happy Memorial Day!
I love a well-hung…er, I mean a wall-hung desk. I’ve designed a desk for a bedroom, a vanity in a bathroom, and most recently, a customer “meet and greet” area in a trade show booth – all variations on a wall-hung theme. They are sleek, efficient and keep the floor free for leg space and flexible storage. Just as good lookin’ today as they were in this 1962 magazine spread… A modern day take on this…
More in the spirit of spring cleaning…what to do with all the children’s art? School projects? Holiday crafts? Pick the best (a purely subjective matter) and display them… ART …this art is displayed in ready-made frames, purchased at a local frame store and assembled for free…also love this idea for storing and framing multiple pieces of art… …the pottery “gallery” above gets rotated as new art moves in… …”bath art” on either side of a mirror makes me smile each… Read More
If it’s May, there must be a spring festival somewhere. I happen to love Artsplosure, my local arts festival. The best live music, including these young jazz musicians from the local arts high school (I don’t want to brag, but I might be related to the piano player)… Dancing young children and hands-on prints-making make for fine family outings… …woodblock prints… …indoor/outdoor sculpture… …local potter, Nancy Redman… …meeting new artists…beautiful, sculptural work and beautiful people… …and other new favorites… …after… Read More
Yet another old magazine clipping – this time from Better Homes & Gardens Home Furnishings Ideas for 1962. Recent article in Dwell, January 2010 focused on Lafayette Park northeast of Detroit, an incredible “complex” of buildings designed by the iconic Mr. van der Rohe. This complex has had a resurgence of late, in a city that is otherwise dilapidated. Lafayette today, as featured in Dwell… …and the interior of one of its town house villas… …and as it was in… Read More
Where a lot of antique malls fail, Screen Door thrives. The displays by various vendors rock, they each have their own niche, and the prices are fair not ridiculous. From the religious…. to the modern… …to the kitschy… …and everything inbetween… The displays (like the painted cork tiles above) inspire as much as the actual wares for sale. This is my best source for all things vintage and modern and fresh. Worth a trip to Asheville.
Went to a lovely event benefiting this organization. I was in charge of silent auction decor so, inspired by my daughter’s craft from summer camp, we fashioned these paper flowers glued to painted sticks from my backyard… The colors were captured from the invite… The containers are spray-painted florist vases I had kicking around the house. Would love to get more, painting a “collection” of different-shaped vases in all white or all turquoise, perhaps? A nice addition to a sideboard… Read More
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…