Sunday, March 6, 2016

An Armoire By Any Other Name Is...

Is just an armoire? I think not...they can be SO MANY things! The dear folks at Chairish ask me to share some ideas for organizing an armoire in style. So here are two of my favorite armoires from their site and my thoughts on working them in to today's hip and fun lifestyles!

German Antique Pine Armoire
This German Antique Pine Armoire is my hands down favorite on Chairish right now. It's dripping with architectural detail on the outside and the inside is PERFECT for what I have in mind!

 With so many of us returning to the vinyl of our youth then it makes complete sense to put one of these magnificent beauties to work spinning magical music out into your home, am I right? I threw some vintage Marty on to set the mood for my blogging.

Open up those doors and voila! The 'most excellent' set up for a circa 1970's turntable! Conceal the speakers up on top in a French laundry basket and let the dance party begin! "Pump up the jams!" "Let the music play!" "Cha cha... real cool...two steps this time!" I digress...

French Laundry Basket

 Now to style up the organization of all that vinyl. For heaven's sake it's not in your basement or squirreled away in a closet is it? Dig it's time.
Brass Clad Wood Caddy in the Manner of Sarried
How about a splash of brassy bling? Off set your turntable on that top interior shelf with this hunk of gorgeousness as it's neighbor.  At just eleven inches deep it's perfect to keep your favorites at the ready. Thumb through until you find the flavor of the day for your ears.
Vintage Wood Industrial Box
 Of course you'll need to conceal that pre-amp and corral those hi-fi stereo accessories and this vintage wood, industrial box will do just that. Your anti-static brush and 45 adapters can find their home here as well.
Antique Kilim Covered Box
Lastly, for those delicate replacement needles and your stylus brush...a delicious, kilim wrapped storage box.

Vintage Pink Armoire with Painted Glass Panel

How about this exquisitely imperfect gem from the early 1900s? If those layers and layers of paint could tell a story! Mm mm mm...pull up a chair, there's bound to have been some gossip, chatter, and buzz shared over afternoon tea near this darling piece. Or was it whiskey in those tea cups?

I would love to see this piece in one of my many creative friend's design studios. What better way to organize that home office?

Faux Bamboo Bar Stool
I see a laptop on the bottom shelf, story boards with fabric swatches, paint samples and inspiration photos surrounding you as they hang from the interior of the doors.  With the open shelf on the bottom you can easily pull up this lovely faux bamboo bar stool.
Oval Brass Faux Bamboo Tray
Next to your laptop how about a vintage, brass, faux bamboo tray to keep your desktop needs at the ready. 

Vintage Sari Blanket
Just because I know myself so well I would have to have a blanket nearby to throw over my legs. I would keep this warm and toasty vintage sari blanket folded and laying on the top shelf. I'd be sitting there in my pajamas for hours falling down rabbit holes right and left. Perusing my favorite design blogs or shopping for one of a kind pieces as my legs slowly went to sleep and subsequently becoming ice cold. Check out some of my other favorites at Chairish!

Maybe I should go back to the vinyl and throw on some Coletrane to warm up!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Signs, signs everywhere there's signs! They make for BEAUTIFUL scenery!

Hey y'all!! How are ya?? Tell me what you're doing these days...leave me a comment...I miss you!!

What a whirlwind couple of weeks I have had! Nashville, to Ohio to Indianapolis back to Ohio! I have about 300 pictures from The Nashville Show and The Vintage Marketplace that I just started perusing. Today I'm going to share all of the ones that are of signs.
You know the lyrics to the Tesla song, right?
 Actually, the song was originally released in 1970 as the B-side to a relatively unsuccessful "Hello Mindy Goodbye" by the little know Five Man Electrical Band out of Canada.

The band re-released it in 1971 as the A-side and "Signs" subsequently reached No. 4 in Canada and No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 24 song for 1971. 
It became a gold record.

 Tesla's recording of the song, which they took poetic license to by swapping out 'blocking out the scenery' with 'f***ing up the scenery, peaked at number 8 on the pop charts in 1990

 But I digress...oh those internet rabbit holes right?

 Well...these signs definitely do not f*** up the fact, they ARE the scenery!

From advertising to folk art to school charts to farm signs to vacation name it, you could find it at this show.
 (This little piggy went to market...literally, poor guy.)

 I had the pleasure of hanging out at the show for three days and watched most of these signs head home with shoppers. Someone's scenery just got a little more beautiful!

 Stay tuned, more photos coming soon!
P.S. Long haired freaky people rock!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Missing all of you!

Hope you all are having a WONDERFUL summer! Mine has been filled with lots of photography, family, and our three children that have been 1) making movies, 2) traveling to China and the youngest packing and prepping for Columbus College of Art & Design. As for me, I'm drenched in wine! (and no, not because of the extra family time;-) I accepted a full time position working at Buckeye Lake Winery, which is right behind our home. Being around beautiful Napa Valley and Ohio wines every day is a temptation that is hard to resist. I have been thrown in the briar patch! I know some of you lovers get each other, right?

The photo above I took one evening in March while sitting on the dock at the winery. I took this with my phone and used no filters...this is exactly as it appeared to the naked eye. It was like no other sunset I've ever witnessed...Gulf Coast sunsets couldn't hold a candle to this Ohio beauty! It was stunning. Deep Purple's song come to life..."smoke on the water, fire in the sky."

In all of this urban farmhouse has taken a back burner. I suffered my 4th (and hopefully final) broken foot bone earlier this year so I'm scaling back on carrying, lifting, buying heavy things. You all know how much I LOVE the heavy, cool garden stuff! I'll never get over my love of old, cast iron urns. And big honkin' farm tables...they're the bomb. Any way...long story short. I'm no longer doing the Country Living Magazine fair and will miss all of you terribly! I can't thank you enough for all of your support and kind words over the years there. You truly made it the extraordinary experience that it was and I treasure all of those memories.

I am, however, participating in the incredible Rural Society Antiques & Garden Show in Mount Vernon, Ohio. A show VERY similar to Country Living without the crowd and on the most beautiful Ohio farm! Juried dealers set up in the top and lower levels of a 100 year old bank barn, under tents near the greenhouse and myself in the former Milkhouse. The show is always the first Saturday in May and between sampling wine I'm buying and squirreling away for the fall show. Mark your calendar! Hope to see you there! Thank you all again for your support over the years, couldn't do it without you.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Vintage and Made Market

Join me this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Feather Your Nest in Pickerington, Ohio for the monthly pop up shop FYN hosts. Starts Friday at 5pm!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One of those places people keep secret!

Just dropped off merchandise at Grandview Mercantile in Columbus, Ohio's Short North arts district. Its pouring down rain outside so I decided to take a few minutes and just walk around the store and window shop if you will. The dealers here never cease to amaze me. They find the most amazing pieces, iconic pieces. I brought you along on my walk that you could see as well. If you're interested in any of these pieces all the Mercantile at 614.421.7000. Only the first picture is from my booth the rest are from dealers throughout the store so I have no idea what their prices are on items. Enjoy! And hope to see you Friday Saturday and Sunday at the March Vintage and Made Market at Feather Your Nest in Pickerington!