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Yesterday’s “What the…?” is for sale on Etsy. Seller Metalight upcycled it into a cool lamp. But its original purpose was as an….

…electric toaster. And a rather stylish one at that. If this has perked your interest in historic toaster designs, you’ll love the International Toaster Museum.

And don’t forget to pass along any great design mysteries you find. Just send them to designhappens@hgtv.com.

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Does it really matter? Chicken then egg. Egg then chicken. What’s clear is that when one thinks chicken decor, what first comes to mind is country kitsch. French Country…a close second. In this week’s Style Jolt, we’ll look at fun and fabulous ways to the bring backyard chicken craze indoors without having to manage a flock. So in honor of Gonzo’s great love, Camilla, and the eight fine egg-laying ladies in my backyard…

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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.

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I distinctly remember one of my favorite attic finds as a child – my mother’s old typewriter in its black leather case. It didn’t work, but that didn’t keep me from slamming down the keys while pretending to talk on our old, beige turn-dial phone. Now, I love coming across vintage electrics displayed as chic and trendy decor. Portable table fans, retro radios, old cameras and rusty clocks have found their way into the mix. Check out a few of my favorite finds. (Typewriters as wedding decor – how cool!)

Marry You Me

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Maybe it’s because my own handwriting resembles that of my internist. Or maybe it’s because it’s been years since I’ve received a handwritten letter. Whatever the reason, I’m enchanted over and over again by decor that incorporates scripted text. The loops and curlicues speak of romance and lost traditions. The vintage sources suggest lengthy journeys by train and by boat. And perhaps most appealing, the collages of prose and poetry, postmarks and Lepidoptera look perfect whether in a study, bedroom, sitting room or porch.

DBL Collection by Vicente Wolf

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The answer to this week’s “What the…?”

A framed collection of velvet leaves used by milliners as color samples at the beginning of the 20th century.

Thought you’d enjoy a close up. Just looking at them makes me want to break into a medley from Jerry Herman’s hit musical, Hello, Dolly!

Email us at designhappens@hgtv.com with decor/home items that you’re confident will befuddle, as well as generate interesting and unexpected answers.

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We enjoyed spending time with Emily Henderson, host of the show Secrets From a Stylist, at our design bloggers luncheon in Manhattan last week. (You can read about the 40 bloggers, including Design Happens contributors like Emily, who joined us at our New York offices here.) Before winning HGTV Design Star, Emily enjoyed a busy career as a photo-shoot stylist for top lifestyle and design publications. Now she’s even busier.

Read on to learn more about which designer has influenced Emily the most and what she finds impossible to pass up at flea markets.

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One of our favorite design sites is 1stdibs. Every week there’s something new, beautiful and totally out of reach for us mere mortals, which is half the fun, right? It’s why we watch Selling New York and drool over these over-the-top spaces.

So when I was cruising 1stdibs today and came across this vintage Tommi Parzinger cabinet, I had to share:

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I’m la-la-la-ing the fact that it’s $18,500 and instead focusing on the gorgeous color (turquoise? jade? emerald?); the strong, clean lines and those Asian-influenced brass pulls. Please to bring to my bedroom now.

If you’re new to 1stdibs, check out their Saturday Sale. And don’t be afraid to talk price with their dealers; I found some very affordable Chippendale rattan chairs there, similar in style to these.

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As a star-struck fan of cottage-style decor, A Beach Cottage is my daily (and healthy) dose of eye candy. Sarah, the blog’s author, is a wife, mother, decorator and lover of all things sea-inspired, vintage and unique. She created A Beach Cottage as an outlet for her projects and decorating ideas, as well as inspiration for those trying to achieve their own cozy beach cottage look.

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The Joys of Cottage Living

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I’m obsessed with Target’s designer collaborations, from handbags to home goods. I spent an entire paycheck on their Liberty of London collection (yes, my watering can does match my blouse).


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The retailer has upped the ante by announcing their new home goods collaboration with New York designer, John Derian.

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You can purchase Derian’s vintage-style accessories and quirky art at Target stores and online starting September 5. If you can’t wait until then, check out the preview sale from Gilt Groupe this Friday at 9am.

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One of my favorite things about summer is the cool evening after a blistering hot day. Wouldn’t it be dreamy to sleep outside this time of year?

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In the early 20th century, many people took advantage of the cool night air and slept on their screened-in sleeping porches. Luckily for us, these porches are being integrated into 21st century design and decor, and I couldn’t be happier.

Porch beds with rustic bed frames and mosquito nets make any space romantic.

Sleeping porches are popular at lake homes, and this one is beautifully cabin-esque.

Many older farmhouses are blessed with sleeping porches, and I love the simple style and decor.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be rocked to sleep by a swinging porch bed? Check out these vintage bed swings.

Quilt bedding reflects country style and decor of traditional sleeping porches.

These modern porch beds use straight lines and contemporary furnishings to make a fresh, new statement.

Discover more about sleeping porches and their 21st century comeback.

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CakeVintageIt’s the last Friday of the month – time for another Freebie! Post a comment with a valid email address before 12/11c, Monday, March 1 (Can you believe it’s March already?) to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’s Freebie comes from friends right down the road in Nashville, TN.  After running the online boutique, Knobstoppers, for a few years, Robbie and Angie decided they need to expand beyond vintage bottle-stoppers and include a wider range of items – enter Cake Vintage. They’ve taken the retro style of Knobstoppers and applied it to the whole house, with charming place mats, an eclectic silverware collection and custom lighting fixtures made from salvaged silverware and door plates.

Up this week is a pack of items from their Kitchen & Home collection: two notepad sets (their Cake set, which includes a vintage butter knife, and their Kitchen Notes with a vintage spoon). On top of that, you’ll get both of their paper place mat pads, perfect for spring teas or casual suppers.

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