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Maybe it’s because I was born at Fort Benning in Georgia while my dad was serving in the Army. Or maybe it’s because I used to love to watch classic war movies like Battleground and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo with my grandfather. Whatever the reason, I find recruitment, production and home front posters from World War I and II visually compelling and emotionally stirring. I’m slowly building a collection of originals, and I have framed some to use as thought provoking statement art in my home. So this Armed Forces Day, I’m sharing with you six of my favorites I’ve found for sale. And want to let you know you can download a 2011 “United in Strength” Armed Forces Day poster from the White House website.

Armed Forces Day Vintage PosterArmy Day Poster 1939 :: La Belle Epoque

This Army Day poster by soldier and artist Tom B. Woodburn is from 1939. Prior to 1949, the five U.S. military branches celebrated separate observance days (and still do within their respective services). It wasn’t until the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines and Air Force were united under the Department of Defense that Armed Forces Day was established by President Harry Truman to honor the work of all military services on the third Saturday of May each year.

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The New York Times recently featured a studio apartment in a building  in Hollywood, CA that is remarkably accepting of renters renovating their spaces.

vintage studio lights

Ethan Pines for The New York Times

Tenant Cynthia Loebe refinished or repurposed most of her apartment furnishings. My favorite upcycled items are the vintage studio lights that Loebe had rewired and hung for dining area lighting. This clever echoing of her star-studded location is divine.

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The whole “new year, new you” philosophy made a huge impact on me this year. I disbanded my nasty procrastination habit and filed my taxes three months early. Three months! While I safely stored my refund in an untouchable savings account (compulsive shopping will not take over this time!), I can’t help daydreaming about a tax return wish list full of designer pieces from 1stdibs I would love to call my own. My wish list total = $17,650 — eek! My refund from the IRS — not even close to that.

Tax Day 1st Dibs Designs

If you could splurge on anything, what would it be? Let us know, and in the meantime, feel free to lust over my wish list. And don’t forget to file your taxes. Monday’s the deadline!

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The benefit of having access to great farmer’s markets here in the city is getting great milk. The downside – a large collection of milk bottles at my house. We usually return the bottles, but sometimes they collect on my kitchen windowsill and I fantasize about creative ways to repurpose them.

alyssa ettinger milk bottles

These vintage glass milk bottles by Alyssa Ettinger are so springy and pleasant in chalky white porcelain. They’re just right for brightly colored flowers and would work in just about any space. Makes me think I should hang on to a couple of those milk bottles of mine.

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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…

Oh Joy

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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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