February 19, 2010


"Do you have a knack with knick-knacks? They are also known as accessories and without them a room has that cold, unlived-in look that you find in the model homes that are on view to a house-hunting public.

The stores are brimming over with suggestions and here are a few that I saw on a shopping trip the other day:

Colonial hurricane sconces with glass globes and golden brass mountings, hanging shelves or collector's racks, a series of antique musical prints, a peg rack which is a pine rack with four pegs to hold mugs, hats, or what you will, a collection of horse brasses, a spice rack with a drawer, porcelain floral switch plates, authentic tavern signs, cherry-framed silhouettes, fireside broom and long-handled decorated dust pan, Federal eagle bookends, shiny brass waste baskets.

I was fascinated by a pair of "flying cherubs" to hold back draperies or to clip onto a picture. They were made of white china and each had a metal clip in back, also a set of French wall cherubs (must be cherub season) with golden wings. For cat lovers I saw a pair of Siamese cat panels with a Chinese signature which would help fill an empty wall space or look attractive over a bed.

Apothecary jars filled with soap tablets would add color to any bathroom, whil floral shower-curtain blossoms topped with crystal clear plastic holders to add a breath of spring to your shower curtain.

Mosaic ashtrays, desk sets, spoon racks, chair pads, wall brackets. Take your pick, but do think of some of these as suggestions when you want to "humanize" your home with knick-knacks!"

Cherub Season Indeed! Thanks, Dorothy!

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February 17, 2010

Thereza Rowe

I stumbled on these amazing bookmarks in the Tiny Red Shop while store surfing Big Cartel. They are the work of super talented designer/illustrator Thereza Rowe!

I'm noticing that I'm really digging some geometry lately....I want to sew something inspired by all these shapes...

Vist her blog, and her online portfolio!

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February 11, 2010

Jewelry for the Jet

Last week I think it was, Eddie Borgo jewelry was a featured sale on Gilt Groupe, and I fell in love - the simple geometry! So sleek!

Sadly...waaaay out of my price range.

Inspired to find somthing similar, I headed to Etsy, and found Australian shop Whitemetal, as their shop profile says, "Whitemetal was established in 2007 by Kristina and Bruno. After working many years in the trade producing high end, classic jewelery they felt the need to express more edgy and creative designs and to tap into an area of the market where high end meets affordability. Their style fits into a category of it's own and is not confined to the limits of one particular genre but ranges from contemporary, punk, urban and alternative to romantic and classic."

Beautiful, hip, amazing pieces that I can afford!

Facets, triangles, pyramids, oh my!

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February 10, 2010

RJW over on sfgirlbybay

A pic of my "eamesy" (is that dumb? nah, I like it, whatever) landed over at sfgirlbybay, in great company - celebrating great vintage chairs and their chair addict owners.

I myself own 20!

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"Have you ever walked into a room that was so jumping with ideas the whole effect became just a conglomerate blur? Nothing stood out for your acclaim because everything cried at once, "Look at me!"

That old cliche "don't put all of your eggs into one basket!" may be applied to decorating. Don't splurge all of your good ideas on one room. Save some of them for the rest of the house. If you spread some of your special touches around a bit, the effect will be more delightfully subtle and impressive.

A friend of mine in Ohio is an avid reader of so-called home magazines. She not only reads them from cover to cover, but has put so many of their suggestions into effect, her living room looks like a patchwork quilt of ideas, none of them related.

The moral is to let your few good touches or inspirations stand out, and don't go overboard. (This, of course, refers to all those other women, not you.)"

Spot On Dorothy!

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February 4, 2010

1949 Singer Sewing Book

So I cannot resist buying vintage sewing books, I love them! Most of the basic sewing techniques have not changed much, ever, really, but what I love are the illustrations!

Check out the suggested fabric color charts - according to hair color!? (click them to enlarge!), lovely trim illustrations, and a slip cover measurements chart. The chart, I think is still really handy!

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February 2, 2010


"Have you been to the jungle lately? Well no need for that safari now. Haven't you seen the "Love for Leopard"? It's playing at all the department stores and if you are in a jungle mood just walk in and view the sign of the leopard everywhere.

Bedspreads, pillowcases, terry towels, bath rugs, and shower curtains all look lush and as expensive as a maharajah's harem. But they are less expensive than you might think and quite a change from the white and pastels we are used to.

I don't know that I would want to be surrounded with all those spots all the time, but it would be fun for a guest room or as a change. Harmonizing solid-color sheets and blankets help to tone down the spots.

I saw a set up of leopard items in a room with a background of slate blue. It might be very dramatic in a room with white walls, black rug, and curtains in the tawny orange of the leopard spots. And pots of white flowers everywhere.

How do you feel about leopards in the bedroom and bath?"

Rawr! Thanks, Dorothy!

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February 1, 2010

Small Weekend Projects

A few small changes happened this weekend. I finally hung 2 of my salvaged dresser drawers as shelves in the living room, and moved the 2 small ship bubble prints into the bathroom. I love swapping around art in the apt - a nice quick way to freshen up the space.

I was worried the drawers would be to large for this nook, but I think it works fine. I like how they make a natural frame, and I can use them for rotating in new found objects! I have one more larger drawer from this dresser, and I think I'm going to make it an ottoman! The three largest drawers are slated for a project D is doing upstairs - photos to come!

(The porcelain glove mold is from Brimfield flea market, and I got the weaving shuttle from Savers.)

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