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-