Has it really been four weeks? Yikes. I was busy..really, really busy with family and kidstuff and getting ready to travel…and now…I’m in Europe. How’s that for a tacky intro? Form and Function heads east to France and Italy, husband and three children in tow, celebrating high school graduation for one. Did I mention that my oldest goes to college this fall? Some sights that have inspired me (I’ve got more than 600 photos already with ten days to go…so… Read More
I’m thinning out. Well, not me personally, but my idea of a tablescape. Fewer, but well-chosen items, always books, something organic, real art. This is in a room that is black and white with a hint of red…I like that the motif is subtly repeated in the book lettering… …the wooden “family” and cut-out bowl were created by husband and wife artists (purchased NC State Craft Center’s annual holiday craft show) – originally his hobby and she caught the bug…. Read More
Busy Monday had me thinking that a bar would be nice. Although my usual quaff only requires a corkscrew and a nice popping sound, I still like the idea of a bar. I don’t have a trolley cart but I have a wooden counter area that “serves” as a bar. Had a lucite tray that was collecting dust in a drawer, and all the bar implements scattered around…sooo I just put them all together… …the ice bucket, funky dome-topped shaker, lucite… Read More
Had the pleasure of attending Handmade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo. The basic tenet underscores how to incorporate craftsmen into the design and architecture process. This is not a new concept, however, post-Industrial Age “off-the-shelf” became the norm for finishing touches in the building process. This expo exemplifies how to introduce well-made, handcrafted items into our homes. The “tool kit” (a booklet) provided attendees a wealth of information on how to achieve this, citing that price… Read More
I didn’t follow my own advice. I needed a phone and a clock for an office area, wanted them in red, and in a rash moment, ordered them from one website. Got an email (after my credit card had been charged) that clock was on back order and may not be available at all. Cancelled that. Got the phone – it was fuzzy sounding and a light-weight, to be nice. Shipped it back. Went back to my usual tricks –… Read More
If ever there was a place to let whimsy reign…that would be a child’s bathroom. There are many things (beyond Donna’s towel idea) that I love about this design. It incorporates recycling (an old tub, found-object art, former-dresser-turned-sink-cabinet), her eclectic style and lots ‘o color. And Donna does this all while still adhering to the rules of renovating in an historic neighborhood (keeping doorways and other such restricting guidelines). This tub makes you want to have a long soak… …the… Read More
Towels. I’m talking towels. Three kids sharing a bathroom can be problematic, especially when one of them is a girl who never ever ever wants to mistakenly use one of her brothers’ yucky towels. Got some towels at Restoration Hardware (at the “friends and family” sale offered a couple times a year), then strolled down the mall to the embroidery kiosk and for minimal cost, had them do this… …did I mention that “number one” leaves for college soon? I… Read More
Your yard is the first impression of your home so why not show some “whimsy”? Recently toured a sculpture garden (on the property here) that displayed beautiful examples of yard art. These are not “budget” choices, to be sure, but provide great inspiration. Butterflies anyone? To admire or to sit… Variations on silver… My favorite, honoring world peace… What could you do with scrap metal, found wood, or other throw-away materials?
Dan Phillips, a builder from Huntsville, Texas began Phoenix Commotion, an organization that builds low income housing from 80% salvaged materials. The ultimate recycling and it’s affordable. A new take on “cork” floors (I’ll have enough corks after my family reunion to maybe try this)… Not enough roof tile in one color? Not a problem. Sooo English-cottagey… Broken tiles? Not enough? Old woodstove kicking around? I love what this man is doing. It gives a whole new perspective to our… Read More
First Friday means stores and galleries stay open late. Yippee! First stop….Father and Son Antiques, a favorite haunt for mid-century treasures. I want to channel my inner Jane Lynch with this find… Do you need a hand? (LOVE these glove molds for jewellry display and more) Eames chair – a find at $800 smackeroos, if not a tad expensive…but even more expensive if found new… Some interesting hodge-podge arrangements – not a whole lot of merchandising at this store –… Read More
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