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
I was at the big box home improvement store and discovered a cool way to organize my keychain. I have two keys for different doors and it was a pain in the you-know-what to figure out which key went to which door. My keychain still needs work (don’t ask why there is a paperclip) but I feel better and for a couple of bucks (function justifies this purchase) I can navigate the lock in no time flat. There are some… Read More
As a result of the bookshelf adventure last week, I purged a lot of books (as did my kiddos from their shelves). A favorite “no money adventure” is a trip to local used bookstores. Trading books for store credit yields the biggest reward, and after visiting three stores (all within close proximity of each other), I was able to trade a lot of books. Note: I said a lot, not all. A lot of books they just don’t need. Even… Read More
I have a client who inquired about this “color coding” bookshelf craze that’s in just about every magazine you open these days. DWELL MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2009 My personal preference – alphabetized and categorized books (fiction versus non-fiction) for quick retrieval for the rare time I’m asked to loan a book. I thought it best to brush up before hitting her house in two weeks. My bookshelf, though organized for me, was a snooze fest, so defying order for aesthetic, I… Read More
I love this couch, all of its squeaky, squashy self. This unwitting heirloom was my mother’s, purchased in 1959 in all its mid-century modern glory (it looked similar to this). In 1995 my parents downsized, moving to a condo, and the couch ended up 750 miles south at my brother’s house. I happen to live near my brother and for seven years the couch sat in his house with 1970s upholstery intact. I moved to a new house and needed… Read More