Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lady in the Garden

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1.  "Flight of Cypris" by Amedee Varin (Original 1852 Print)-
2.   Large Bird Vase- Sara Paloma Pottery
3.   Juicy Couture Decadent Dusting Powder- Neimen Marcus
4.   Calligraphy Songbird Platter- Jayson Home & Garden
5.   Mother-of-Pearl Knob- Anthropologie
6.   Silver Orchid Flower Earrings- balance9
7.   Castile Rose Bathmat in White- Anthropologie
8.   Shell Measuring Spoons- Anthropologie
9.   Apple with Arrow Sculpture (Ohio- Mid Century)-
10. Cream Flower Napkin Ring- Pier 1 Imports
11. Double-Rose Ring- Jenny Kim
12. 1950's Ivory/White Flocked Lily Dress- Timeless Vixen Vintage

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1.   Silver Branch Candleholder- West Elm
2.   Opalescent Tumbler in Blue- Anthropologie
3.   Cushion-Cut Opal Ring in 10K with Diamonds- Zales
4.   1950's White Tiered-Ruffle Party Dress- Timeless Vixen Vintage
5.   Footed Glass Candy Dish- Urban Outfitters
6.   Vintage Chintz Porcelain Box- My Southern Lace
7.   Lock and Key Hand Mirror, Square- Anthropologie
8.   Silver Blooming Cherry Earrings- balance9
9.   Hip Decorative Pillow in Dove- Inside Avenue
10. Vintage Arrow Necklace- My Mom's Basement
11. Lotus Table- Baker
12. Preserved Butterfly Pink Orchids (30 flowers)-

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"The Great Crusade"

Today marks the 66th Anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy to bring about the eventual defeat of the Nazi Regime. Keep the sacrifices made by our Grandfathers in your mind today and remember to be grateful for our preserved freedoms and for the liberation of Europe!

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1. Canvas Military Jacket by Balmain-
2.  737 Partition on Casters by MotoArt 
3.  Crosley 302 Red Desk Phone-
4.  Crosley Troubadour (Radio, Record, Cassette, CD, & MP3)
5. Vintage White Ceramic Eagle Wall Hanging- Etsy Shop
6. Rusty Architectural Star-
7. Union Jack Chaise-
8.  Peaceful Bomb Vase by Owen & Cloud-
9.  Military Secretary Dress in Tan & Green by Pinup Couture-

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1.  Painted Barn Stars-
2.  Sailor Swing Dress by Pinup Couture-
3.  C-130 Outer Flap Airplane Desk by MotoArt
4.  Anchor Hook-
5.  5" Red Patent Peep Toe Pump-
6.  "Death From Above" by Andrew Bawidamann
7.  Vintage Artillery Table Lamp- Etsy Shop

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Letter presented to the Soldiers by General Dwight D. Eisenhower before the invasion
Further Reading-

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Acid Pop!

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1.  Multicolor Chandelier- 
2.  Sorrento Melamine Dinner Plates (Set of Four)- 
3.  The ABCs by Honey and Bloom- Etsy Shop 
4.  Degree Shower Box 130°- Bmood 
5.  "Manhattan" bonbon dishes by Theresienthal- 
6.  Evelyn Vases- 
7.  Four Leaf Clover Multicolour Rug by Vanderhurd 
8.  Art Glass Perfume Atomizer in Yellow-

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1.  Allusion Print by Yellena- Etsy Shop
2.  Gliss Chair by Pedrali-
3.  Luce Vessel Sink-
4.  ITI Kitset Lamp Shade by David Trubridge
5.  Margherita Bone China by Missoni- 
6.  Royal Stripes Design by KOHLER Germany
7.  Large Honeycomb Tumbler in Chartreuse by Carl Rotter-
8.  Zola Vase-
9.  The Rainbow Chair Designed by Patrick Norguet for Cappellini-

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Nothings

I am notoriously known as a bad cook. This is probably a self inflicted label which has very little to do with my actual skills but is more so rooted in my absolute hatred of cooking. On the rare occasions that I have actually entered the kitchen and prepared a meal, the food has not only been edible but it has also been considered quite tasty. However, there is another side of cooking...a sinister side if you will...known as baking. My attempts at baking have always lead to disaster. My gingerbread men have resembled John Merrick and my cake pans have always overflown. Even using the simple solution of boxed cake mixes have gone awry. A small New York kitchen was covered in the floury mix when I attempted to open the sealed plastic packaging. I have also been known to forget to include one of the only four ingredients listed in the instructions. But cupcakes don't really need oil do they? However, beyond all the mayhem and my absolute aversion to cooking I find myself helplessly addicted to kitchenware. I don't dare enter "William-Sonoma" and I feel an egg slicer is a must have in any home. I mean, you can cut more than eggs with it! Mushrooms, strawberries, and kiwis! The mind boggles with it's untested potential! Clearly it was a must have. Maybe the reason these mixers, spatulas, and cookie sheets sit in my cabinets pristinely in wait is for the day when I overcome my status as being domestically disabled. Maybe I just need the right recipe to inspire me? Or perhaps, I have simply not yet found the right person to cook for.

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1.  WMF Profi-Plus 12-Inch Stainless Steel Ball Whisk-
2.  The Lady's Half Apron- 
3.  Emile Henry Pink 9" Pie Dish-
4.  Tweet Tweet Cupcake Kit-
5.  Magnolia Cupcake Wrapper-
6.  Lily-of-the-Valley Cupcake Toppers-
7.  Shabby Chic 2 Tier Stand- 
8.  Parisian Macarons-

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1.  "Sugar In Pink" by Katie Kirk- Etsy Shop
2.  Pretty In Plaid Baking Cups-
3.  Fluted Flower Baking Cups-
4.  Set of 3 Mixing Bowls In Pink-
5.  Kitchenaid Standing Mixer-
6.  Dining Room Measuring Spoons-

Friday, May 14, 2010

Retro Revamp

The influence for my love of all things retro is very easy to pinpoint. My Grandpa Johnson built a fantastic home with his bare hands in a style that is now considered "Mid-Century Modern". At the time he was certainly not attempting to be modern though. He was simply trying to move his family from a small row house in "The Bottoms" of downtown Columbus, a section of the city which continuously flooded whenever the Scioto River would over-flow it's banks, to the country. The home was very typical of the time, minus several interesting details added by my ever creative Grandpa. Details such as the secret compartments in the basement stairs in which to hide valuables, a reaction to Depression Era distrust of banks, as well as a large built in bench in the main bath that could be lifted to reveal a laundry-shoot which dropped to the basement. The shoot later lead to the accidental death of many, many Barbie dolls. Off the main part of the house was a large side room with a sunken living-room, a flagstone fireplace, and a home bar built out of various materials who's original purposes had become lost as a result of my Grandpa's inventiveness. This room became the future location of simple wedding receptions consisting of homemade cakes, pastel colored mints, assorted nuts, and heartfelt toasts made with milk-glass goblets. In the center of the home sat the kitchen with it's mauve-pink oven and range, as well as linoleum flooring that often became a dance-floor where my Grandparents Jitterbugged. The living-room in the main part of the house was entirely decorated in dark avocado green, this included the carpets, velvet sofas, draperies, and of course a swag lamp. In the summer the house was always hot, not because there were not air-conditioning units in the windows but because we were never allowed to turn them on and our last ditch efforts to catch a cool breeze through the windows were often thwarted by my Grandpa hiding the cranks that were required to open them. The smallest details of the home are engraved in my memory and remain vivid even though it has been almost twenty years since I have last walked through it's halls. I don't just enjoy today's revival of retro aesthetics due to their bold lines, fun colors, and whimsical charm, but they also allow me to relive the favorite moments of my childhood and more so the memory of my Grandparents.

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1.  "Hedged" by Leah Giberson- Etsy Shop
2.  Retro Basin Tap by Lefroy Brooks       
3.  2005 Kathryn Area Rug by Chandra Retro Rugs-
4.  Atomic Tiered Fiberglass Lampshade by Meteor Lights
5.  George Nelson Sunburst Clock in Gold-
6.  LG CRT TV (Only Available in South Korea, So Sad)

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1.  Diner Chair-
2.  Bullet Planter-
3.  Smeg "50's Retro Style" Refrigerator
4.  Over-sized Spoon and Fork Wall Decor-
5.  Broyhill Brasilia Reproduction Buffet-
6.  Wilkerson Flat Panel TV-