Monday, October 31, 2011

My neighbor and me. My mom made this entire costume. Ya, she's kind of amazing like that.


My weekend via the magic of Instagram.....



Saturdays mean soccer. (nails: "School of Hard Rocks" by Essie )


 Had to make the last minute craft store, costume run. Hell on earth, a few nights before Halloween. (or almost any other day of the year actually)
peter, peter, at the pumpkin patch.

My little shuga' skull

Our last grade school Halloween Parade. ( I cried. )
 It may not be the "Virgin Mary" but it's news worthy ( on the other hand, does anyone really know what she looked like? Maybe she looked just like this. )

 Sand Jack-O-Lantern


Favorite way to spend a Sunday.
With Designer + Author, James Swan ( @Thursday night's book signing of, "101 Things I Hate About Your House" )

Friday, October 28, 2011



Still working at it, with the new Photo Shop. 
A couple of things before I sign off:

+ Don't forget to mark your calendars for next weeks super, secret, vintage designer resource sale. Get the skinny *here*

+ And if you want to see some, awesome, stop motion film, this new one by Spike Jonze is ingenious, adorable, a tad vulgar (well, as vulgar as felt figures can be.) and the perfect little flick on which to end the month. I'd post it here, but Spike has disabled the enabling of embedding.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

on trend :: neo-navajo



I don't know about you, but, this whole trend of the 80s Navajo vibe being cool 'again', scared me in the beginning. I have memories of Peach framed, R.C.Gorman prints with coyotes howling in the moonlight. (And then there's this review, that put it all into perspective.)

The only subset I've seen make this look work, and not like they never caught up with the times, are those young enough that they were babies if not even alive when this trend made its first go around.  So, for the rest of us,  I've culled a few items that, while allowing incorporation of the trend , won't have you looking like you stopped caring in 1988.



  1. Bernere Blanket Skirt - LemLem ( love  this )
  2. Canyon Lady Felt Hat - Yellow 108  ( found mine at wicked + in Hermosa Beach.)
  3. Madien Poncho - Club Monaco
  4. Chevron Ring - House of Harlow 
  5. Buckle Back Ankle  Boot - Free People ( I own these, and can attest to their ability to make you feel your full, bad-ass potential. Order a size larger. They run skosh squinchy )

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

4 things under $40.00.....


I just got photoshop. Can you tell? "Just got" being the operative words. {* newby * } I should really take a class. Anyway for my first, personally assigned, assignment - I'm sharing with you some awesome Etsy finds. And they're all under $40.00 clams.


1. Quatrefoil necklace in gold + turquoise   jennijewel $33.00
2. Vintage Royal Haeger pedestal dish  BlueHouseVintage  $14.00
3. Enzo Angiolini size 5.5 '80s color block, leather slippers   hemlines $32.00
4. "La La Love You" poster SparklePower $19.00

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Monday, October 24, 2011

collage::matthew cusick

Check out this collage work using maps by artist, Matthew Cusick. 







I'm trying to figure out how one even approaches this. Do you cut up pieces of ephemera and sort them by color?







And then use the paper as you would paint, by cutting it into 'brush strokes? 




Or do you start with a photograph or a painting and layer on top.....




It's mind boggling and simply, beautiful.


"Collage is a medium perfectly suited to the complexities of our time. It speaks to a society that is over-saturated with disparate visual information. It attempts to put order to the clutter and to make something permanent from the waste of the temporary. A collage is also a time capsule; it preserves the ephemera of the past. It reconstitutes things that have been discarded. A collage must rely on a kind of alchemy; it must combine ordinary elements into something extraordinary."- Michael Cusick

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

this and that.

Those counters.
(This I'm, almost, positive came from Urban Grace.) 

This space.
 
(and those numbers, and that cowhide and that light)

  These floors.
(and that color palette)



 This room.
(and those books)



That sofa.


This front door. 


Those nail heads. 


This quote.
( I believe this is from Poppy Talk where there is a DIY on that rock shelf shown )


That herringbone. 
(that runner)



 Those black walls. 
(that green sofa)

 This swing.
(those ceilings.)


That Holiday Vignette.

(those benches, that disco ball and that wallpaper)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

revolutionary { a bike post }

  Reward good taste and print out these, here.



For those days when you just want to get on your bike, and ride it all off. Slow and easy, that's what's called 'coolin'. @ poketo

rings and things





 I stumbled across these, vintage gem drafts over on etsy just now. Aren't they stunning?  They're done with gouache ( an opaque watercolor ) on transparent tracing paper - that's what gives them that floaty quality. They're from the 40s and are around $25.00 per piece. Which, makes them perfect for a grouping. arghh. They're so perfect for a dressing room (that dream dressing room I have in my head, the one with the galmmed up, foil wallpaper and vintage beaded gowns. That one. ) Check them out here, while they're still avl.
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And speaking of adorning your digits........ the winner of the Zenka Minx nail treatment goes to Lori! Congrat Lori, get into Zenka at Trilogy in Metlox for your tricked out nails. Just in time for the weekend! you'll have to show us what pattern you chose, that was the toughest part.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Summer Cottage Tour.





There are very few things that I love more than an old house. Especially those old dowagers that have served as a summer retreat for generations. Patiently waiting through the long quiet months of winter always ready for its family to walk in after it's been empty for a time .Waiting for its people to stand in the living room, sunlight filtering through the wavy glass panes, dust moats dancing in the beams. Waiting for the thump of the trunks being unloaded on to the front porch and that first sensory intake of  the familiarity; the  aromas of dried wood, oceany moisture and the sweet smell of aging wallpaper all sitting, waiting to be let out as the windows are opened, the sheets are taken from the furniture. . A creak here and there as the old soul stretches and settles, sighing into place ready for another summer.


It seems that these are a thing of the past as so many, want 'new' and 'decorated' these days. While those are fabulous and dreamy, there's something missing for me - th sort of soulfulness that comes from years of memories and plain old living.

Knowing my love for a good old, soulful,  home, a  reader - 'Sparkie', shared with me her family's summer home.  Come get the tour........


REAL shutters. Please take note, builders. It's the details.


"As far as I can tell, the house was built around the turn of the century (various sources say 1897, 1900, 1915).  The first owner had it built and I believe my family bought it from him. My great aunt Honey (don't you just love that?)"








Doesn't it remind you so much of the photos from  Mary Randolph Carter's book, 'American Family Style'? 



 ".....it is a true summer cottage, uninsulated and unheated except for the fireplace and space heaters. It gets opened in May and closed for the winter in September. Sadly, it belongs to a dying breed of such houses and if I'm being particularly maudlin, I realize that if we were ever to have to sell the place it would most likely be seen as a teardown."














"I learned to swim there, I learned to sail there, my love of rowing and boats in general was fostered there. Beachcombing, lighthouses, lobster, clamming, birding. You name it, I can probably trace it back to this Eden."





"My grandparents were both antique collectors and the house was largely furnished as a result of their foraging. There again, going to the antique stores in the area was de rigueur for any extended stay at the cottage."










"There have been some subtle and not so subtle updates over the years. My sister and I jokingly chair The Historical Commission which presides over any changes considered for the cottage. Over the years, some changes have skirted the system and are still ruefully spoken of today by the "injured parties". Others, like the time my father innocently tried to update the anciently wonderful brass and Bakelite button lightswitches at the top and bottom of the stairs; were thwarted in the nick of time and suitable punishments were meted out by The Historical Commission."






Don't you just know that the linoleum is worn to the wood in the spot before the stove?




"One other cool aspect of the house is that the upstairs has no ceilings, just walls and then open to the rafters. So you can hear everything that goes on up there which is unfortunate for the bathroom-shy but made for hours of fun for us as kids, climbing as best we could, up the walls, to spy on what was going on in the next room. And lying in bed up there during a rainstorm was magical."




um, Peter Dunham 'Fig Leaf' , anyone?



drum roll.....this collection, SLAYS me. 19 century, Limoge, Oyster plates.


I want these please.


Thanks again, Sparkie. This place is magical. And I know you know (because we've discussed) you are so lucky to have this in your life. 

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