Category Archives: Antiques

Powder Room Highs + Lows

I recently shared the story of our powder room’s paneled walls,

which involved a lot of masking tape + a lot of poly molding from Home Depot.

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Soon enough, everything was given a coat of medium gray paint:

Flagstone by Pittsburgh Paints.

Check out the awesome before + after!

I know!  How great!

 All that molding gave the newly created room instant age!

Here it is, before — that space was once a short hallway:

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I love how the carrera marble hexagon floor tiles

coordinate with the Flagstone paint!

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The carrera marble is repeated in the vanity top from Pottery Barn,

which I think has been discontinued:

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I chose the New York widespread faucet

from Signature Hardware, $259.95:

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Who remembers the wonderful Martha Stewart Everyday at K-Mart?

loved everything — from home decor items, like this enamel soap dish,

to garden goods + holiday collections!

The striped mug is an oldie Ralph Lauren pattern, Farmstead Ticking,

found online at Replacements, Ltd.

It’s not currently available, but I love this adorable candlestick, $11.95:

Hurry!  There are only 4 left!

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Back to the powder room!

Our mirror started its life paired with a beautiful dresser,

which we refurbished + sold.

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I briefly considered painting it

but couldn’t bear to cover that pretty wood grain!

Our pretty porcelain light fixture

was discontinued from Pottery Barn, + I found it on eBay.

Don’t you love the vintage-style cloth-covered cord?

Speaking of vintage, I hung these blue transfer ware plates

above the sweetest blue shelf that I found in an etsy shop:

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powder room blue shelf

But wait.  We need to talk.

I am on the fence about those plates.

I love them, but they just don’t look that great here.

But look at the plates I hung in our main bath!

I couldn’t love them more!

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I can’t believe I did this,

but I guess I assumed that if I loved plates in the main bath,

I’d love them in my powder room, too!

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I don’t know what, if anything, to hang there.

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If only Joanna Gaines made house calls!

I mean, how in the world am I going to find a designer

who speaks my design language,

way out here in the middle of nowhere?

Well, check this out.

My friend, Claudia, told me about this thing called Havenly.

It’s an online source of interior designers + decorators.

You can read about how it works on their website.

I think I am going to take their design style quiz, later today.

How much fun will that be?

As always, stay tuned!

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We even painted some unfinished wood switch + outlet plate covers from Menards:

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See you next time!

 


Colorful Magazine Inspired Re-Do

This special issue of Country Home magazine is available right now,

+ you must go get a copy!  It’s that good.

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Away with less is more decorating + just say no to neutrals-only!

So, as one does after reading a really good home magazine,

I immediately engaged in a really fun re-do, starting with this:

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Please.  How much do we love that sorter of mine!!??!!

The color’s perfect, + the patina is so wonderful!

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I bought it in the early 90’s from a friend + happily used it in my old retail store:

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Sadly, there are no photos of said sorter in said store.

Please.  I take dozens of pictures every week!?

WHY DIDN’T WE TAKE ANY PHOTOS WAY BACK WHEN??!!

I guess we’ll never know, but back to the sorter.

  After I closed the store + moved across the state to be with G.O.,

it’s been languishing inside our garage for years.

Then we moved into our Dutch colonial about a year + a half ago.

I mean, come on.

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Was that blank living room calling for it, or what!?

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Yes, it was.

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So.  Speaking of being inspired,

a few weeks ago I spied a photo of this room in Diane Keaton’s house:

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Next thing you know, I’m rearranging all my books by color!

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I really love how the cubbies display some of my ‘smalls’,

including these cute milk glass chickens from Grandma:

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And in honor of Grandpa, who always carried a buckeye in his pocket for good luck:

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A commemorative beer glass of the Cardinals ’64 World Championship,

(+ check out that adorable rock baseball made by my grandson!)

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Omigosh, how sweet is my girlhood bank?:

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A sweet red (Cardinal?) pie bird from my friend:

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And this fun pair of Dachshunds:

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Our framed map of Illinois is from the 1880’s;

we bought it at a pop-up vintage market in Grand Central Station in NYC:

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But wait.  There’s more.

My beloved new Country Home magazine

has inspired me to ‘busy up’ the top of my sorter!

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My son’s name is Jonathan,

so naturally, I got a bag from Jon’s grocery store in LA + had it framed:

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A wonderful handmade basket from a fellow artisan at a show in the 1990’s

+ my heavy glass Pottery Barn vessel filled with old baseballs:

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Now then.

Never fear — there have been other revamps in + around the Dutch colonial:

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And in our canned ham:

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Stay tuned for updates!

 


My Groovy Postal Sorter’s Groovy Re-Do

After spending countless hours on Pinterest,

swooning at, among other things, 12’s of epic shelf stylings . . .

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. . . I decided it was the perfect moment to re-do my old postal sorter.

Okay, so  maybe the moment wasn’t perfect,

as you can see, the sun was definitely not shining.

Oops!

Let’s continue anyway, shall we?

Here’s my pair of vintage corbels that I bought last summer:

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I considered adding my pair of black urns, but I stopped myself.

 Is less really more?

While we ponder that cosmic query, here are more groovies:

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I tried to keep the the theme “old” + “white”.

HA!  Like me!  Old + white!

Okay.

Let’s see how I did.

Look at this silhouette that I made.

That’s our grandson + a photo frame from Pottery Barn!

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Next we have a framed photo of my family,

snapped on the porch of our grandparents’ house,

way back in the summer of ’60.

I am on the bottom step, at left, with my sister Kathy holding Lisa.

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I’ve chosen to display a couple of snowmen in a salt cellar,

with epsom salt filling in for snow.

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You can’t tell, but the white snowman is actually a window scraper.

Our dad owned a Standard Oil gas station in the 50’s,

+ I s’poze this was a give-a-way to his best customers.

I’ll have to take another photo to share with the class.

Meanwhile, here’s my favorite of all my glass containers:

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It’s a wonderfully heavy canister from Pottery Barn.

Since I love baseball so much, I’ve filled it with old baseballs.

I love that slender beaker because it’s glass + red — 2 things I love!

This vintage wooden tray (below) formerly displayed smalls in my old booth:

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These days it displays my Kay redware plate (Workshop of David T. Smith),

my most precious photo of my sons,

+ a GOOD plate from Diane Keaton’s old collection at Bed, Bath + Beyond.

Quick query:

Does that penny rug runner scream “Granny Chic” or just plain granny?

While we ponder that question, let’s view this bowl,

one of my favorites:

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Isn’t it wonderful?

It’s Fioriware, from Zanesville, Ohio,

from their “Gingham” collection.

Okay.

 In addition to displaying a whole lot o’ my stuff . . .

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. . . my postal sorter also serves as our home office.

That explains the printer (at lower left),

+ this wonderful Dachshund tape dispenser!

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How cute!

It was given to me by my niece + her awesome 4 children!

Here’s my sister, Kathy (a.k.a. Nana) with one of her grands:

Kathy and Tressa @ swim meet

No fair!  She looks like she’s 20!

Thanks for viewing; as always, it means a lot.


Powder Room Finishing Touches, The Sequel

The other day, I blogged about our powder room’s finishing touches.

Turned out there were so many, I had to divide them into 2 posts!

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I bought this vintage towel bar several years (really!) ago,

saving it for the front of our vanity cabinet.

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It’s clear glass + has a pair of chippy white metal brackets.

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Part of me wanted to sand + re-paint said-same brackets,

but my desire for a less “new” re-do won out.

Meanwhile, a vintage-style scale that we had made the move:

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As did my beloved NYC skyscrapers night light (from etsy):

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L – R:  (my personal favorite) the Chrysler Building,

the Empire State Building + 30 Rock.

Next up — our large IKEA floor mirror,

which had been in our bedroom, back in the brick bungalow:

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At first, we put it in the bedroom at the Dutch colonial.

However, one afternoon I had a yen to move it to the powder room,

where it brightens + enlarges the space very nicely!

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Full disclosure:

the door was supposed to be Flagstone, the same gray as the walls.

Some sort of mix up occurred, however,

+ I just didn’t have the heart to share with G.O.

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I think the door is going to remain Black Magic, + I think it looks great.

Winning!

But back to my powder room “groovies”, as I like to call them.

Check this out!

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When I spied this vintage map waste can online, I knew I had to have it!

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I bought it from my friend, Mary’s, booth — called hello vintage.

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I mean, come ON.  How darling, am I right?

Who doesn’t love white ironstone?

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Fiesta Ware (+ lots of it!)

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Follow hello vintage on Facebook, here:

https://www.facebook.com/hello.vintage.il?fref=ts

Or, if you live in the Chicago area, visit her antiques booth(s) in person.

Hello vintage is in both the True North Downtown, here:

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+ the new True North Warehouse, both in Morris, Illinois.

While you’re there, be sure to see my own space,

RedBird Vintage Home.

Disclaimer:  I no longer have my retail space.

Stay tuned for my next “big move”.

I’m inside the downtown True North, too!

501 N. Liberty St. in Morris.

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RedBird is right across the aisle from hello vintage!


My Old Sorter Is Filled + Fabulous!

Last Friday I spent nearly an entire day,

very leisurely + very happily filling this:

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That’s my old sorter ($50!) that I bought in the early 90’s

for my retail store, Heart-in-Hand.

Believe it or not, this is the very first time I’ve used it inside my home.

Here ’tis now:

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My goal was to use it to display my books.

Since many of them have been in boxes for a while

(prepping for the big move, don’tcha know),

I honestly didn’t remember if I had enough to fill those shelves!

(G.O. + I collaborated on making that sign for my current biz.)

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Anyway, back to my books — turns out I was pleasantly surprised.

I think my sorter looks just great + nicely full!

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I left room for some of my classic décor magazines —

some neatly stacked on shelves + others inside this old box of mine.

(That retail store of mine was in Oregon, Illinois,

only about 20 minutes southwest of Rockford in the NW part of the state.)

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I stacked my books in categories,

which is part of the reason the job took most of the day.

Here are some of my beloved décor books:

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Here are some of my show biz books:

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had to buy that cute Oscar statuette souvenir on my first visit to L.A.

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My beloved grandson was only about 3 or 4 at the time,

so chances were he wouldn’t grasp the meaning of his Oscar.

Now that he’s 10, maybe he’d like to have this for his own room!

(Stay tuned.)

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Since one of my goals is to go a tad less-is-more in our Dutch colonial,

I fretted about filling all those cubbies:

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I have chosen mostly old, or vintage, things,

many of which were gifts from some of my very best friends.

This funny pair of Dachshund salt + pepper shakers

 were a “just because” gift from my friend, Doris Shull:

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Oh, gosh — remember ash trays?

My mom was given a set of 3 of these mallards by her mother.

Seems to me that, for good luck, that duck should point in a certain direction.

I’ve forgotten which, so I’ll have to ask my sisters.

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Here’s the foul ball that our dad caught at a Cardinals game

when we were just kids — late 50’s?  Early 60’s?

He can’t remember which year, sadly, nor who hit it,

but it’s still very precious to me.

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My friend, Alan, gave me the Dachshund planter,

+ that pretty tan pitcher was from my grandmother I mentioned just now.

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How I love the wonderful patina of my sorter’s original gray paint,

and how great it looks in our living room!

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I Want A German Beer Garden Table!

SO.

Today it’s damp + cold, our furnace is roaring + I’m sportin’ a cardigan.

I am not amused, but let’s think summer anyway, shall we?

First up:

for alfresco dining at the Dutch colonial,

I want this from World Market:

484559_*BEER_GARDEN_TBLE_BLUE________ 484556_BEER_GARDEN_BENCH_RED_________

It’s  a replica of an old German beer garden/hall table.

Red = perfect!

It’s collapsible, too,

which means easy winter storage!

The table is $229.99, + each bench costs $139.95.

Keep those prices in mind.

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First, let’s take a look-see at couple of vintage beer garden/hall tables:

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Don’t you love the way it’s so slim?

One could put this in one’s small space — no problem!

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Meanwhile, here’s another:

Three Potato Four $425

Three Potato Four
$425 No longer available

Um.  Check out the price of the old versus the new knock-off.

$425 for the vintage set

Approximately $510 (before shipping!) for the knock-off!

I could write an entire post about buying vintage instead of reproductions.

Stay tuned for that.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Three Potato Four

is a crazy good online source for all things vintage!

Go here, now!

http://threepotatofour.com/

You’re welcome.


My Latest Retail Adventure: True North

Lately, I’ve been working like a BEE!

10 + 12 hour work days, in fact!

(I didn’t know I could still pull those off!)

Anyway, here’s why:

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I’m joining this awesome co-op happiness

+ will soon have another retail space for

RedBird Vintage Home!

https://www.facebook.com/shoptruenorth

Please LIKE us on Facebook!

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SO.

I have been having the time of my life,

seeking out vintage stuff to repurpose.

Here are some photo ops of a few of my ‘finds’:

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We’ve not yet decided what to do with this great metal desk.

Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t it be cool in  my 9-year-old grandlad’s room . . .

. . .  paired with this equally cool vintage rolling stool (in progress)?

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Our plans include reupholstering the stool’s seat,

using vintage ticking stripe fabric.

Winning!

Meanwhile, here’s more chippy, yellow metal:

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Did we all get the memo that the color yellow is trending now?

I think it’s as cheerful as all get-out!

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Of course, I’ve been sewing like the wind, too.

What do  you think of this letterpress-style pillow?

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I’ve always had good luck with city ‘merch’.

Fingers crossed these will sell like hotcakes!

And now . . . a few close ups!

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I love the texture of the canvas!

I purposefully stencil with a light touch,

as I think it makes my pillows look more vintage.

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Speaking of vintage, I always use old buttons for my pillows’ closures.

Stay tuned for more True North updates on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/shoptruenorth

Thanks, in advance!

 

 


Primitive Americana Quilt Inspiration

This a.m., as always, I perused Pinterest for inspiration.

How did we do anything creative without it?  One wonders.

Today I was most inspired by this Civil War era quilt:

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The fabulous Polly Minick pinned it.

She’s a quiltmaker, rug hooker, fabric designer, etc. etc. etc.

whose work I’ve loved from afar for years.

Go look:

http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

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Meanwhile, the gears in my brain

are working on incorporating that primitive flag onto something.

Stay tuned!

 


Do I Need A Red EXIT Arrow?

Today I finally renewed a bunch of magazine subscriptions

+ ordered a pair of these Frenchie striped shades from Pottery Barn:

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I then spied this repro signage on Facebook

+ immediately thought: I NEED THAT!

I have the perfect spot for it in our Dutch colonial’s kitchen —

just to the right of our back door!

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BUT WAIT!  I have a few questions before I order.

1. Is less really more?

2.  Am I merely on a spending high?

3. Will this item’s faux “aged-ness” end up mocking me?

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Oh, dear.  So many worries.

Let’s back up a tad + discuss the reasons why I need it.

REASON #1:

I ALREADY COLLECT RED + WHITE SIGNAGE.

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Most of the signs that I have are genuinely old,

as I tend to dislike anything that’s obviously faux.

My friend, Tal, gave me this for my birthday one year.

My friend, Tal, gave me this for my birthday one year.

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I’m elderly+ suffer from CRS so I can’t recall where I got this.

Last but not least — just outside our powder room

hangs this fab, 2-sided LADIES sign:

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I bought this at a favorite local shop:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Begonias

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SO . . . you are starting to see why I need the sign, no?

Here ’tis again:

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This brings us to REASON #2 why I need it:

I AM AN ARROW ENTHUSIAST.

Look at these!

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Sorry for the yellow.

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This is a vintage weathervane arrow;

it used to spin atop one of our fence posts before coming inside.

I recently traced said-same + made my own stencil,

as I decided it was time I jumped aboard the arrow-in-home-décor bandwagon.

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S O L D

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But I digress, as is my way.

Here’s yet another weathervane arrow:

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It’s my favorite because of the old red paint.  Love old red paint.

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Now, then — when I bought this next arrow, I broke my “no faux” rule.

I saw the artisan who made it at the Market Square wholesale show

in Valley Forge, PA + bought it from her.

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Sorry for the yellow.

Wish I could remember her or her biz name,

but I do recall that her arrows were sold

in the fabulous Sundance catalog at one time!

Winning!

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And finally, REASON #3 why I need the exit arrow:

I ALREADY HAVE ONE EXIT SIGN.

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Speaking of winning . . .

 G.O. has already hard-wired a box

on the ceiling of our Dutch colonial kitchen, by the back door,

+ we’ll be taking my EXIT signage when we move!

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So what do you think?  Should I order the EXIT arrow?

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Stay tuned!


Designer Karin Blake

One of  my favorite interior designers is Karin Blake.

Architectural Digest magazine feels the same way,

as they recently named her one of their Top 100 Designers.

Here’s one reason why:

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People.  This magnificence is the kitchen of her Malibu, CA cottage,

which is listed for sale for $3,795,000!

I just spied this photo yesterday in one of my favorite blogs,

Content In A Cottage.

http://contentinacottage.blogspot.com/2013/12/karin-blake-her-malibu-california-home.html

Go there to see more gorgeous photos of Karin Blake’s folk art-filled cottage.

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Meanwhile, let’s talk about the obvious why I love her kitchen!

Here’s another look-see:

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How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways!

1. all that fantastic FOLK ART! — 2. plain Jane white cabs

3. industrial stools — 4. butcher block countertops

5. farmhouse table with its red metal box

6. the highly-coveted vintage barber pole

and most of all

(yelled like Oprah)

7. RED WINDOW SASHES!

karin blake's red sashes

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Malibu/23639-Malibu-Colony-Rd-90265/home/6854544#photoSlideShow

I found a photo of her kitchen, PRE-red window sashes:

karin blake's malibu kitchen -- before red sashes!

Architectural Digest

This kitchen still puts the OUT in outstanding,

(+ I really, really want that bulls eye),

but check out the difference the red sashes make:

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I think we’re all on board, here,

with how scrumptious RED can be.

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All that bright, bright white makes the colors pop,

+ I’m re-thinking my gray walls for the next house.

Stay tuned!


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