From the category archives:


Auction Scouting

January 20, 2011

I came across this flock of embroidered birds at a Sotheby’s preview yesterday.  The lot consists of over 90 (!!) felt birds made by Hannah Pettigrew in the 1800s.  The birds look a little “folky” in this photos, but in person, enmass, they are striking and magical.


I’d seen this sort of desk in glossy design magazines, but only recently discovered that they were in the Biedermeier style; which focused on clean lines and a utilitarian sense of purpose.  Two design principles that continue to be influential today, I might add!  NB: All three desks are up for auction at Grogan & Company on the 24th.

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Vintage Design: Guide Books

October 4, 2010

I had some unexpected free time this weekend and used to to surf the interwebs to my hearts content.   I found my self exploring vintage guide books; the children’s crafts books were the best. I bought the Hazel Evans book,  the Make It Yourself guide, along with the free form bargello guide.  NB: always check and Abebooks for the best prices.  You can find links to all of these in my Etsy Favorites. [click to continue…]


Vintage Design: Busts

September 17, 2010

Over the last couple of months I keep finding myself searching Etsy and Ebay for a vintage bust to put in my entry way…  Here’s a few that’s caught my eye on ebay.  I’m too lazy to post links but if you search for “vintage bust” on ebay you’ll find most of these ($99 – $500). The darling Greek man above is Sophocles.  This is the type of bust I’d love to find, but, this one is only 4 inches tall.  I want something around 10 inches. [click to continue…]


I’m obsessed with finding one of these Virginia Metalcrafters lotus leaf bowls.  They seem to range in price from $6 to $180 online.


Bus Passes

September 3, 2009


1941 DC bus passes — so graphic!


Vintage Crush: Deluxa

August 19, 2009

Yesterday was one of those no-good-very-bad days — the baby was cranky, I was cranky, it was hot as balls here in NYC and I felt impatient with almost everything. We sweat through it, the husband came home with more DVDs of Weeds and a delicious pizza and I woke up this morning feeling human.   And, to sweeten the day, the internet yielded up a delicious new-to-me vintage shop in Brooklyn, Deluxa.  I can’t wait to go check out the goods and maybe snag a few pieces for the apartment (I’m in need of chairs!).

Check out their etsy shop and great blog (full of inspiration).


Fish Plates

July 28, 2009

If you dug this image of fish plates (I’m obsessed with those green tiles, myself!), check out these sweet brass plates from High Street Vintage ($24).


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Our dining room is in serious need of some art (see sad picture below) and I found inspiration in this vintage aerial photograph found on kellylj’s photostream. You can search for vintage aerial photographs of your house, town or city here, but they don’t make them as large as the image above (I guesstimate that I’m looking for something 6 feet by 4 feet or a little smaller).


Pearson’s Brentwood

June 30, 2009


This is a bill of Marilyn Monroe’s for champagne and a nice bottle too!  It sold recently at the auction house Bonhams for $397 (which seems somehow both expensive and cheap).  I’m not crazy about memorabilia, but this is so small, and so glamorous, it would be perfect as part of my fantasy gallery wall.  See much more of Marilyn over at The English Muse, who is always finding wonderful things.

Let’s see: I’m getting into a routine with Alex, who is growing like a weed, which is wonderful. Tim went back to work last week, so I took it slow and spent days watching the second and third season of The Office.  Pam and Jim’s love story had me riveted to the couch.  I’m hoping to be back to blogging more regularly, and reading my favorite blogs more regularly too!


Vintage Airstream B&B

May 24, 2009

Remember this awesome vintage trailer and the one I wanted to buy on ebay?  Well, now we can stay in a groovy vintage airstream in upstate new york for just $65 a night.


Haute Cradles

February 23, 2009


Italy, 1999

I’ve been a little overwhelmed by how over-the-top the modern baby industry is — $1200 dollar strollers, $1800 cribs, $300 wooden toys. It’s not that I feel pressure to buy all of this (or could even afford it). It’s that I didn’t grow up with anything like that.  We had lots of love and lots of hand-me downs and I’m pretty sure I spent some portion of my early life sleeping in a drawer.  I guess I’m struggling with how to balance my own background with some of the innovations that seem worth the money to me (a rear facing stroller, non toxic toys (but not the $300 dollar version, thank you!)).  Anyway, the hub rounded up these beautiful, haute, incredibly expensive cradles on 1st Dibs to make me feel better — that our modern age isn’t completely insane — its just the way it’s always been.


German, 1910


England, 1880


Holland, 1830


This fabric caught my eye… it reminds me of the 1960s but also of the 1880s somehow. I’d love to have pillows out of this and maybe a cool long coat.  Via Oh Joy!


Vintage Find: Shrimp

December 2, 2008

Trolling Ebay earlier I came across this bizarre little postcard which just made me smile.