Once upon a time, I had a huge crush that I promptly squashed when the very eligible bachelor shared with me that he thought antiquing was boring. It was a deal breaker. Fortunately, I met someone who shares my intense love of antique stores, flea markets and yard sales, and we’ve lived happily ever after. Until now, because I have a new crush…on Please Sir.
North Carolina-based textile designer and artist Diana Martini (the second person I know with that last name) is a self-proclaimed expert in the “art of flea-marketing.” Based on her blog, I would say she’s the queen.
More than a series of posts detailing jaw-dropping vintage finds, Diana’s photography brings attention to the decorating inspiration to be found in the way vendors display their wares, as well as tips on where you can go to find them. I could spend hours clicking through her extensive photo essays on the semi-annual Liberty Antique Festival categorized by pretty, quirky, picnic and more.
Maybe you’ve hit a creative block on a design project or need an uplifting dose of creativity on a particularly vexing day. Please Sir’s perfect antidote is Diana’s Inspiring Interiors posts illuminating the work and personal spaces of designers, photographers and stylists.
And her Wear to Where posts explore the relationship between fashion and design, so your exterior will be in hip harmony with the interior of your home.
When she’s not designing textiles or combing flea markets, Diana is attending exhibits by local artists and offering insightful perspectives on the intersection of art and life.
Blogs are themselves an intersection of life and art. Diana’s mother stalked bargains at yard sales with her and posted comments on Please Sir.
After her mom’s passing last year, Diana stepped back from blogging. Her posts have picked up again, including her much anticipated series of photo essays from last month’s September’s Liberty Antique Festival. We are glad. Perhaps in 2011 Diana will start an etsy store. Then we’ll have an extra big crush on Please Sir.