Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Thrifting

I just can't get enough! Here are some interesting things I saw at the Salvation Army in Cleveland.

Cute little sofa. Would be great juxtaposed with modern furniture in a loft. A great find at only $79.00!

Cute studio vase. Hmm. This one was tempting. But like I said below, I am not starting another collection. Collecting studio pieces could easily become a sickness! I love the blue vase. This one haunted me so much, I went back for it but it was gone! Oh well.

This one I bought. I've been wanting a white Buddha head. $7.99.

And I bought this new blue vase. I have a thing for blue bottles. This one reflects the light beautifully. It's Spanish and made of 100% recycled materials, and was only $3.99.

Thrifting in Toledo

My sister-in-law and I took a trip to Toledo recently. We spotted a wonderful second hand store. Here are a few of the interesting things I saw.

Is this a groovy chair or what? Man it would be easy to be a chair whore.

Saw this unusual vase. Have no idea of its origins. It's about eight inches in diameter and very lightweight. Spanish maybe? The owner had no clue either. Reminds me a little of Valdis Harrysdottir's fortune telling vase.

I adore this teapot. Wish I had bought it. And this studio piece is really cute. I am resisting the urge to buy studio pieces, I don't need any more collections!

Look at this gorgeous painting! I adore it. Wish I had painted it. Would go great in a modern loft.

Totally fab drawings. If anyone knows this artist, please contact me.

Here is what I bought. The little white vase in the middle. It has a wonderful matte finish - I think it might have been spray painted. I'm not sure I like the shape, though. Too phallic maybe?

Blogging - Absolutely Beautiful Things

One of my favorite hangouts is the coffee shop at Borders. I sip a latte and peruse their fine selection of shelter magazines. I get so excited when I open a magazine and see a home that I recognize! Last month's Vogue Living Australia featured the lovely home of Anna Spiro. Anna's blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things is one of the first I discovered when I discovered the wonderful world of blogging almost three years ago. I've been following it ever since.

Anna's style is very different from mine. Her combinations of patterns are at times seemingly incongruent, but are always fascinating. Anna and I share a love of white walls and floors. And she says that she can't live without some hot pink in her living room. I adore the pink and red painting in her dining room. Hmm. Maybe we are not so different after all.

When I look at Anna's home I think about adding some patterned black and white pillows to my decor. Congratulations, Anna, on being featured in Vogue Living, and thanks for being an inspiration! xxoo

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear readers! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I can't tell you how much it means to me. xxoo

Image by Peggy from a recent trip to Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Yasha Butler

Dear readers, I know you share my obsession for contemporary potters, so here's a name to watch - Yasha Butler. I am in love with her current collection entitled "Off Circle."

Such perfect, simple elegance. Fits perfectly with my design aesthetic that everything should be functional as well as decorative. Couldn't you just see these sublime forms lining a shelf in a Zen tea room? These sensual pieces are made to be touched.

Now residing in New York, Yasha has a very interesting biography, having lived and learned in both Europe and the U.S. Great work Yasha, I look forward to owning a few of your pieces and following your career! Yasha's pieces are available at her Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Apartment - the influence of a new painting - it's all about function

Dear readers, I've been promising a picture of my apartment, rearranged with my new Dee Adams painting (see below). Things have gotten so hectic and crazy-busy I can barely keep up. I know you feel me. And I don't even have a blackberry (topic for another post). How do people with Blackberries keep up? Anyway, I don't have to tell you that I am overwhelmed with exciting projects. We all are. It's a busy, exciting time!

Here's how my abode looks today. The apartment itself is small and humble, but I love it. It's where I come to relax and to experiment with color. My OTT inspired style is kind of scaring me. Pink is an obsession - but with small pops of other colors. Also thinking about purple. At the same time, I want it to be super-functional. Tall order. I want my place to be beautiful, simple, uncluttered, a little edgy, modern, super-functional and ahem, cozy (it's getting cold outside), with lots of pink. And, oh yeah - with no money. Solution - I'll just move around what I already have and shop in my closet. Step one. I carefully considered how each spot of my tiny apartment is used.

This is where I do my major chillin'. That sofa is so comfy, perfect for a cup of tea and afternoon nap. I'd love to have it professionally recovered in pink fabric, but that's currently not in the realm of possibility. Since I'm not going to kid myself that I will learn to sew, sheets are a great solution. They come in pretty colors, you can change them on a whim, you can get them cheap (even sometimes at the dollar store!), and they are machine washable! Best of all, your dear visitors can feel free to put their feet up.
I love having my pottery displayed where I can meditate on its forms and colors. Making sure to leave some negative space keeps it looking less cluttered. The key is to find balance. It requires editing and restraint. After moving everything, you should always go back and edit a couple of pieces. It can be difficult, because some of your favorite things will go in the closet. But it's fun to recycle things, and sometimes you rediscover something, as I describe below.
You may remember that I took the bookcase/wall divider out to open up the apartment. I considered using the bookcase as a headboard, which actually worked perfectly, except that it made the bed too large for the area. But that is definitely an option for a future place.

Turning it on its side lowered the scale - I'm a big fan of low scale. It also made it more functional, and solved a problem beautifully. My new Dee Adams painting was too heavy for the wall. But I love it propped! I love the repetition of the square motif and I love it displayed with my all-time favorite lamp! The moon lamp from CB2. I wanted this lamp forever and paid for it with hard-earned overtime pay. Finally it has been elevated to its proper place of prominence in my apartment! And there's my favorite teapot, made in Vietnam. My favorite things, in perfect eye-view when lounging on the sofa.

I had been looking for an acrylic candelabra but opted for an object already in my closet. This green candlestick works perfectly. It's a beautiful shimmery glass, along with my little sequined box, gives a little Asian balance. Both pieces are made in India. I am also pleased that my broken, orphan Fenton piece has gained the place of prominence it deserves.

I thought I was getting bored of my standing lamp, but I fell in love with it again. Because of its function! It's perfect in its multi-tasking abilities. I can point the light on the painting. Or I can point it to where I am reading. And I love hanging purses everywhere, don't you?

I've been using a shit load of pillows. I know I am guilty of one of the biggest design errors - over-pillowfication. But I just can't help it. Throwing them around is like an act of painting. I can change the colors on a whim. I think I could live in a place without a sofa if I had a ton of pillows.

I put my votive holders on the radiator. This collection happened by accident. When I went to the cupboard today, I was shocked to find that I have yet another collection! Yes I have a small, but growing, collection of votive holders. I'm not sure how that happened. One day, I may have to admit that I am a collector, but I think I'll procrastinate about that. They have a delightful function as well. When filled with green tea leaves, it makes the place smell fresh and clean! Thanks to the tea's anti-oxidant abilities.

Here's a radical, but functional choice. I moved the dining table next to the bed. I never actually used it to eat meals and here it solves several problems. One is that I have been looking high and low for the perfect bedside tables. I can't find them. Now that I plan to use the bookcase as the headboard in my new place, it doesn't matter. Turns out it's lucky I didn't spend the money. The table also eliminated the problem of finding my glasses in the morning. Finally, I have a place to set them. Also, I often wake up in the middle of the night and brainstorm, so I have a couple of notebooks handy. It's a great place to drink a cup of coffee too. I need one area where I'm unplugged.

I'm not going to show you my work area, because it's a disaster. I have several projects going on, so you can just imagine! I saw a really cute screen I wanted to buy, but don't feel like spending money. In the next few posts, I will be considering color and whether I should paint the walls. All suggestions are welcome!

Today I Saw....or Happy Anniversary Mr. President One Day Late


today I saw four old white guys. drinking coffee and laughing. they all wore Obama baseball caps.

i like that.

i still believe in the audacity of hope. i still carry love for you in my heart and pray for you each day. i celebrated your auspicious award.
i am still glad - i made the correct decision on 11/4/08. Congratulations, Mr. President!


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