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.
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!
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.
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.
Alright. Lets go behind the scenes. Here’s how it all went down: Monday: we have a production meeting where I, little old Emily, tell everybody whats about to happen for the next 6 days (yes we shoot 6 days a week, nutso i know).
Look 1 or Look 2?
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.
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If buying vintage was a quirky hobby for some a few years ago, it’s now blossomed into a full-fledged design trend. And nothing gives a room personality and charisma like a well-placed vintage chair.
3 More Gorgeous Chairs After the Jump
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…
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.
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
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
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!
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