Monday, February 16, 2015

Joining Feather Your Nest's March Vintage & Made Market!!

I'm very excited to be joining Feather Your Nest for their Vintage & Made Market event, where they feature vintage and handmade items, repurposed, renewed and reloved vintage furniture, stylish home goods and a whole lot of pretty things!! We both hope you can join us as we all look forward to spring!

Feather Your Nest
36 W Columbus St, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

Friday, March 6, 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, March 7, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, March 8, 11am - 4pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Need for the Whole Forest. . .

The faux bois trend continues with birch bark products taking center stage. This time of year it’s the perfect way to add a touch of nature to your home (and wardrobe!) that is full of texture. Terrain offers up three birch products in particular that I love. These birch bark strips can be used to wrap around glass vessels, for handwritten invitations or place cards or even to paper the inside of a cupboard or drawer.

Also from Terrain, birch planters.

I, of course, saved the best for last. Hand-cast in a mold created directly from a paper birch, this statement ring of patinated bronze was created by New York designer Michael Michaud.Terrain offers wide and thin versions. I could totally see these as wedding rings for the nature loving couple.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Birds of a Feather

Taxidermy pieces are turning up at every antique show I am in these days. While beautiful and definitely interesting (if not alarming depending on the animal’s pose) I understand it is not for everyone. At a show I was in last fall I offered a gorgeous red fox I would have loved to “adopt” to put on top of the primitive white cupboard that houses our television. I was met with resounding opposition from the rest of my family. They simply could not imagine watching TV with this fox “watching” them. They even likened it to the rescue panther commercial!!


If you feel the same way as my husband and children there are certainly other ways of achieving the curated feel of nature. A simple and certainly less expensive way is by adding antique chromo lithographs from the late 1800's of your favorite fauna subjects. 

If you are looking to do a large collection of prints try looking for them on one of the royalty free photo websites such as, Print and frame yourself or take to a printing shop to have them put onto artist’s canvases.

Search your favorite antique haunts for the real McCoy. You might be lucky enough to find a gem! If the print quality is excellent and the production numbers were low, you may score a litho with significant value! Happy hunting…of paper not fur.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Create A Calming Space

Pick up almost any home decor magazine today and you will find gorgeous photos of entire rooms, if not the entire home, devoted to white. While the thought of this may scare even the decorating risk takers among us (let alone those of us with children!) it need not strike fear into your decorating dreams.

When decorating with white the textures in a room become what would otherwise have been the layers of colors. It is important then to incorporate several different elements such as multiple textiles (washable!), bead board walls or ceilings, creative counters and cabinets, etc. to make this design work.

White elicits a calming, serene feeling. Think of your favorite spa’s color scheme. Most are varying shades of white and off-white. If you love the look and vibe of white rooms check out pinterest for some inspiration rooms. Maybe begin with a small room to “try on the look”. The bathroom is a great place to start. Introducing textural items is easy with towels, sponges, baskets and glassware. Use this space to create a soothing and tranquil refuge that will melt away all your stresses!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Prohibition Corkscrew - Fun Find

The 1932 Flauder silver plated corkscrew, bottle opener and jigger was sold as a “4-in-1 Friendship Kit” and was marketed as “Jolly Good Mixer”.

The piece illustrated the two faces of prohibition as seen by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Rollin Kirby. Kirby was vehemently opposed to prohibition and created a cartoon character named Mr. Dry, a mean and stoic proponent of prohibition. Side one is an assertive, self-righteous, barking man who on the flip side is smiling and enjoying a sloshing cocktail.

 (sorry, this piece is sold)