hey guys! so i need your help…like i really need help…my foyer is finally no longer a merry-go-round of random tables, chairs, trunks and shelving…so yeah me! that in itself is winning. this has been a long 3 year process to finally get it where i feel satisfied with the look and feel. i really liked the idea of shelving in this space, but with small children, my precious knick-knacks seemed to wander off or [sad face] break into a million pieces…so no open shelving for this gal in this hipster home. however, the lightbulb shone brightly above my head when i found this barrister cabinet at the randolph flea market in chicago, il, and i thought the height would fit nicely under the stairs. (i will have to say it was a very squeaky ride home with this large metal cabinet and its hinges in the back of the SUV.) the glass doors protect my precious vintage SX-70 polaroid camera and deter sticky little fingers. the vintage paddles were found at oak street antiques and yarn in baraboo, wi…and the chair is a reupholstered vintage haywood wakefield that i found on craigslist…total and complete score!
designer and maker katie warren recently launched a brand called auxilium salvage…a new eco-minded company whose focus is to bring the mundane, the disused or the unloved to life again, injecting objects with new purpose and place…product is rescued from its resting place and lovingly restored, one by one back in her workshop. everything about this company makes me excited and tingly all over.
her latest line, the candy collection, consists of rescued old and disused lamps from a cable factory in cologne germany (one of my favorite places to visit and also home to the boy’s uncle), traveling 400 miles to london where katie’s team has transformed them for a second life, hence her tagline, “salvaged from germany, reconditioned with love in london”.
hello lovelies! while perusing the interwebs a month ago, i ran across the most adorable table i’ve ever laid eyes on. from the genius mind of brooklyn based designer katy skelton, please meet, the zelda table.
i mean, hairpin brass legs, a unique engineered concrete triangle top the is simple, classic, modern, smart and sexy (can a table be sexy?) all in the same breath! yowza! get in my shopping cart stat! and that is what happened…it was seriously love at first sight. in fact, i think i would put one in every room if i could. so i pre-ordered this puppy and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. and waited and waited and waited…until today…i might have peed a tiny bit when the ups man ran the doorbell…but that is probably tmi.
gold and brass…i heart it, vases, lamps, bowls, tables…pops here and there…reflecting light all around a room…the shiny surface can give an object more dimension and draws the eye in. even the smallest gold detail can have a big impact…it makes everything just sparkle, and lately, i can’t get enough of it…it’s in my house, on my wrists, around my neck, on my feet…yes, it can easily get gaudy if over done, but when used as an accessory here and there it looks so glam and lux.
got a vintage piece that needs a little sumthin’ sumthin’? DIY that sucka! give that puppy a new life by grabbing some metallic spray paint asap…get creative and stick that pretty little thing on a shelf already. it seriously could not be any easier…just tape it off, go outside, and spray to your heart’s content.
when you use gold or brass in unexpected ways it can be so much fun…spray just the legs of a table…spray the inside of a lamp shade…spray a third of the bottom of an old glass vase unevenly for a fresh dipped look…maybe just the hooks on an old coat rack.
a couple weeks ago, i was over on the avery street design blog reading a feature on an instagrammer @mandyandsuch. first and foremost, this girl has quite the lovely feed, but one item that repetitively caught my eye was her madewell transport rucksack. the boy just shakes his head when i say i need another bag…but i’m being as serious as a heart attack, come on! i NEED this bag…or at least one like it. and besides, who doesn’t need a rucksack…everyone needs a rucksack…plus, i would sound adorable saying, “hey, could you hand me my rucksack?” (especially if i had an english accent…)
commuting to work daily takes its toll on my bags. i over stuff them, pile in magazines, iPad, work papers, toy dinosaurs and batman figurines…you name it, i probably have it tucked away. after searching through the internets, i think i’ve rounded up the best of the bunch, and thought i’d share them with you because y’all are so special. i’m still pretty smitten with the madewell bag though…you can even personalize it with your initials. so, which one would you chose?
everything has been sourced at the bottom in case you want to take a closer look. enjoy!
pratesi — montalbano italian leather backpack
j.w. hulme co. — continental backpack
mismo — m/s/backpack
leftover studio — roll top backpack
the row — convertible hobo backpack — oooooh, shiny!
matt & nat — the brave pack
vanport outfitters — asa lovejoy rucksack
3.1 phillip lim — pashli backpack — i had this purse and the strap broke, so this one is up in the air…pretty but i’m not sure it can handle me…the clasp also takes some getting use to
filson — tin cloth backpack — the boy is a duck hunter, so maybe he’d applaud me buying a bag from filson?
need supply co. — rockland backpack
frye — tracy backpack
madewell — the transport rucksack
mulberry — the cara backback signup to win your very own here