August 26, 2011

Kitty Feet Friday

Just Because.

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Got My Star Princess

So last year, I blogged about an image by photographer Jeremy Kohn and how much I wanted a print. Lo and behold - a year later - I serendipitously found it for sale on 20x200!! Funny how things work like that. spooky? maybe. Anyway, I received my lovely print and it's waiting for me to go to ikea for a frame.

20x200 offers art by awesome artist at reasonable prices. (it's a little addictive) They also kindly include a .pdf with the custom mat sizing for each of their prints, which makes it easier when going to the frame shop for a mat!

20x200 has also just launched a collaboration with West Elm - offering prints as well as custom sized frames!

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August 19, 2011

Recent Aquisitions

I think I'm addicted to thrifting, for real. I go every weekend to at least one thrift shop. I think it's the thrill of finding an awesome score that keeps me going, plus I try to get as many useful everyday items secondhand - makes me feel a little bit better about my consumption habits. BUT - who can blame me when I find amazing things like these two Thonet-style chairs for $5 each, or this awesome goose neck floor lamp for $3!!

OOh - Lamp Fight!

I have an awesome shape, but need to be repainted!

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August 18, 2011

Black Gold Hanging Air Plant Pod from Mudpuppy

I wanted to share the beautiful black gold hanging air plant pod and air plant that I ordered from Michael McDowell, owner of mudpuppy. It arrived so very nicely packaged and I love it! The black finish on the pod is very deep and rich, with a twinge of metallic. I haven't found the ideal place to hang it, so for now is sitting on my bathroom shelf.

Mike is also someone you should follow if you're on Pinterest!

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August 17, 2011

August 16, 2011

Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils

In the past year or so I've really gotten into pencils, using regular No. 2's and a Muji erasable pen exclusively at work, and Dixon Ticonderoga Black pencils at home. I was running low on the Dixon's and was doing some Google-ing (Googling?) when I stumbled upon the "the best pencil ever made" - Blackwing 602's. Sadly, they are no longer made, but are available as Palomino Blackwing 602's. A total sucker for the supposed best anything, I ordered a box, and damn if they aren't freaking awesome - smooth smooth smooth dark lead, and totally cool design - won't roll off the table! thumbs up.

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Pinning Artists

I'm really loving Pinterest, too much, I think - but hey. One of my three boards is "artists", and I wanted to share two recent discoveries.

Louis Reith: Louis Reith is an Amsterdam based artist and designer. (Images below from Louis' Flickr page)

Sandrine Estrade Boulet: Sandrine alters her photos to make delightful, creative pieces. "To create a sensitive work that is fun, positive and totally disinhibited, imagine spontaneous images than can make people feel good, putting a smile on their face : this is what really motivates me and amuses me." (All images from Sandrine's website)

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August 15, 2011

I got the Ace of Bases!

Anyone remember this gorgeous $10 marble table top I picked up? (and then spent months looking for a base) Well - I got one! Check out this vintage-y $35 chrome X-style base. I love it - shiny, modern, and the most fabulous part is that it separates into two pieces, so all together the table is 3" flat to store - perfect because I actually don't have any use for it. Sometimes patience really pays off!

(A table in the living room? - I take most blog photos here because it gets the best light)


I got it at my new secret source store that shall remain unnamed - where I also scored this dresser for a friend's baby's room!

Photo: The great and powerful Momo Shinzawa.

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August 4, 2011

More Morgan Vol. 2

I love type, and finding vintage type specimen books at the thrift store always makes my day - even though I don't really know what to do with them besides oogle them! This one, 1968's "More Morgan Vol. 2 by The Headliners" has the most awesome sample layouts interspersed with type samples - I had to share.

From the inside cover "Lettering people are in on all the moves. Beginning with the interpretation of layout, trained artists do the composing, assembling and hand-crafting. Their skill with the quaint, eye-catching fonts of Number Two will make your headlines Number One."

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August 3, 2011

Mad Props to Mad Props!

I finally made it to check out Mad Props! Funny enough, it was through work, as we sometimes need to add a little extra staging to some of our shoots. A full service prop house catering to the photography, film and event industries, they’re located across from the Design Center at 12 Channel Street (in the very same building where I once worked as an electronics buyer for a Chinese electronics company – one of my many, many weirdo jobs) in a large open space with terrific views on the 8th floor. We had a great experience choosing our various items; the staff was lovely, helpful and knowledgeable.

You choose your items and the staff carefully inventories and packs everything in clear bins, making it easy to carry. We filled 2 large bins with vases, tchotchkes, and books, which cost $250 for a seven day rental. The selection seems to lean toward modern and quirky, so we may still need other options for some of our more traditional homes, but overall it was a great experience, and we’ll be using their services in the future.

Now as a blogger – this place was amazing! So many things I wanted to take home, not to mention that this is my dream job – an honest to goodness reason to buy awesome junk! How can I get paid to use my thrift store mojo??? How???

"Wood" Grouping

LOTS of dishware in many colors

Cameras, Electronics, Unusual Objects, Etc. - Some furniture on the right.

Western and Asian Items

Sewing Props!

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