February 28, 2011

What's Happening Here?

This is my new leather, reclining chair - which if you've been reading this blog or looking at my flickr account - would seem rather incongruous with the kind of style I've been trying to achieve in my apartment. It's not mod, modern, mid cen, or even (yuck) contemporary, it's traditional, and quite possibly THE MOST COMFORTABLE CHAIR I'VE EVER SAT IN, which is why I'm going to make this work. Yes, me, vintage mid-century me is in love with a traditional leather recliner.

In my defense, this is a gift from my mother who received it from a friend of hers with impeccable taste, and this thing is quality, aged red-brown leather with a beautiful patina and solid construction. Someone at one point paid a lot for it, and it's gonna last me forever. I still have my beloved Selig lounge, which is now where my small, cute but uncomfortable wood chair was. Now everyone gets a comfortable seat!

It works, right? right? surprisingly eclectic? classy-weird?

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February 21, 2011

Thrfit & Riff: Umbrella

I love umbrellas, I really do, especially vintage umbrellas. I have a few rules though, they have to be in 100% working order since I use them, and I have to find them in person - otherwise I'd lose my mind on ebay/etsy.

I found this lovely little number yesterday, with a red clover print, lion head clasp, wood shaft and lucite (bakelite?) handle.

and...just to show you I'm not the only one obsessed with umbrellas - check out Pete the cat. "He did this all by himself. I pulled him out of there a couple times while he protested, then threw up my hands and got the camera." - from flicker user andrea z

Pete v. Umbrella Stand Monster

me and pete = simpatico

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February 17, 2011

Houzz: Amazing Fireplace

We use Houzz at work as a second online portfolio in addition to our website. It's a great tool to reach potential clients and show off our work (plus we can get an idea of which projects of ours are most popular!). Since I'm often updating our profile, I also spend some time browsing, and this fireplace and coffered ceiling stopped me cold! Awesome texture and color, and oh yeah - the furnishings are nothing to sneeze at.

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February 16, 2011

Thrift & Riff: Choose Wisely

My newest thrift store finds - a homemade, hand painted little wood box, and two small wooden goblets. All of them are now holding various bits of my jewelry. I've decided one can never have too many containers, and that I'm obsessed with wood lately.

So whenever I see goblets, I always think of the "Choose Wisely" scene in Indiana Jones 3 when the Nazi chooses poorly and then basically dehydrates and explodes. Turns out you can actually buy Indiana Jones home decor accoutrements!

You can choose (wisely) to buy your very own Holy Grail paperclip holder.

"Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!" Then I'll put my spare change in it.

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February 14, 2011

Quivver: Launch!

It's Valentine's day, and even though I didn't plan it this way (I swear!) I'm launching my new online shop Quivver selling handmade wooden arrows.

This all started last fall when I was trying to collect vintage arrows to display, but I only found a handful and was reluctant to dish out the crazy prices that they were going for on ebay. Plus, many of them weren't as colorful or as interesting as I wanted them to be, since really - they're made to be used, not displayed. Thus Quivver was born - if I couldn't find what I wanted, I would make them!

I hand cut, sand, color, stain and finish each one, and no two are alike. They can be hung, put in containers, or be artfully placed about your home, or whatever else you can come up with!

I'll be adding more images an shop news on the Quivver page link in my sidebar, and if this all goes well, new products!

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February 11, 2011

Sneak Peek

I've been working on a small crafty/design venture lately, and after this weekend I will be ready to share - in the mean time - here's a teaser!

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February 7, 2011

Darling New Dresser

I've been patiently waiting for the thrift gods to send me a small dresser for a while now. I wanted to free up some space in my big dresser by moving my "unmentionables" into something else. I scored this awesome little dresser for $10!

I think it might have originally been half of a larger vanity table, there's a piece of wood on the right side that makes it look like it was once part of something else. Except for the missing veneer, it was in solid shape. Though I have painting everything white lately, I decided to keep this one in it's natural state and just stained the problem spots a bit and waxed the whole thing until I can get back outside and completely sand the veneer off of the drawers.

The insides of the drawers were a little bit icky so those I painted white and added fabric to the bottoms. The knobs are from anthropologie, and are more expensive then the dresser, but worth it I think!

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February 1, 2011

Stereoscope Coincidence

When I was home for the Holidays, I inherited this fantastic stereoscope and a stack of roughly 50 view cards from the turn of the century. A few days later I sat down and went through all the cards.

I nearly fell off my chair, when mixed in with views of Germany, New York City, Saratoga, Yosemite, and some truly odd interior scenes - THERE WERE 2 FROM NIKKO JAPAN! I go to Japan in November, we randomly pick Nikko as a day trip, then a month later, I find these 2 random cards in the stack! spooooooky!

I'm also very happy to have the stereoscope, I love old school 3D and it fits in with my current industrial/wood obsession.

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