Monday, September 17, 2012

fall decorating

My mom is one of those amazing people who can make anything feel special.  Every season she rolls out the appropriate decorations, always leaving you no choice but to get in the spirit for the holidays.  I always love it when the table runner changes to harvest colors and the centerpiece changes to fall leaves and raffia textured pumpkins.  I always know it's not long before the creepy halloween village comes out to play and a big bowl of fun sized candy is on the counter.

I haven't ever really been one to decorate for the seasons.  Sure, I snag a few fall scented candles at target and get a pumpkin or two, but I never really go all out. We've been in so much transition for the past few years that it's hard to convince me to invest in short term decorations.  I don't know if it's because I'm so far from home, but this year I can't wait to bring the seasons into our little apartment.

Here are some of the things I've got on my inspiration board.

These amazing headless portraits via blubabalu.

And these pumpkin carving alternatives via feelingsomelove.
and, of course... lots and lots of antlers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

milk glass

My favorite part of vintage housewares hunting is coming home and reading up on the history of what we find.  Did you guys know that milk glass dates back to the 16th century in Venice?  I thought it was from the 50's this whole time!

I guess it really became popular in America in the early 20th century before the depression.  In the 30's and 40's it was made in a lesser quality, but was widely popular.  I now understand why we found so many milk glass pieces in my grandmother's collection.  I have three ashtrays and two huge lamps (never to be sold, I might add) that I have loved before I even knew what they were.  They are most likely from this "lesser quality" time, but they still look amazing almost 80 years later.  No chips.  No stains.  Mighty fine manufacturing in my opinion.

On a solo excursion today, I was on the brim of calling it quits.  Looking through junk stores and second hand shops gets downright exhausting and disgusting after awhile.  As I was walking out I spotted this milk glass fruit bowl.

I snagged it immediately and rushed home to use it right away.  I couldn't be more pleased with the way it looks in my kitchen.  Number one downfall AND number one pleasure of having an etsy shop:  we get to live with beautiful vintage housewares and then get to share them with someone else.

Please don't take it away?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

modern mini

I am determined to make a modern doll house this fall and winter.  What I will do with it once I'm done, I don't know... but it's going to be rad.

Friday, September 7, 2012


It's crazy how similar our vintage find is to this product from room and board.  

And oh, theirs is nearly $800.  Ours is $250.  Hmm.

throw me

Maybe it's the impending chilly weather, or my persistent love for all things comfortable, but all I want to do is layer the bed and sofa with endless throw pillows.  Added bonus?  It's a great way to pacify a fleeting love for a pattern or textile I'm not completely ready to commit to.

Here are a few that are making an appearance on our sectional currently:

clockwise, from target, ikea, and ikea (again!)

clockwise, from target, west elm, cb2, and target.

Now we just have to decide who's going to make the cut.  Big decisions in this life.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

la luz

There is no question that lighting is a major part of design.  Harsh florescents never never makes anything, or anyone, very pretty.  We prefer soft dim lighting, where all of the flaws are safely hidden in the shadows as they should be.

Of course, the bulb you choose is the key (incandescent or amber is always better), but the vessel that holds your light has got to shine.  Brian has always been a sucker for flossy lamps and he's been effectively cultivating my healthy appetite for light since the day we met.  He picked up these gems the other day and they are now officially for sale at our store.

I'm pretty partial to the one on the top left.  We might need to keep it for ourselves.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

mid-week spotlight: nathan yong

Glancing at the Design Within Reach home page, my eye was instantly drawn to this credenza.  It looks like something my parents would have had in the eighties, filled with records and board games and stashed to the side of the living room.
via dwr

A quick google of the designer and I was taken back.  This collection comes from designer Nathan Yong in Singapore.  I love being surprised.  When you think asian design, you aren't usually brought back to the eighties in the North American Midwest.  

I'm also crazy for these pebble tables.  They kind of remind me of gigantic rustic cutting boards.  

And these screens that double as shelving units.  

Note to self: live in a loft someday soon.