Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I went on an art buying spree....

which, I have to say I do more times than I should.  I bought 6 pieces. Three will go out for sale (one has already sold actually) one I might keep, and two I will be keeping..... so here we go...

These first two are by Mervin Jules.



The above print is a proof, it's  "Child blowing dandelion" 
This one is Boy playing flute. Both are signed. They are wonderful, I love the top one, the bottom one I am undecided on. It might go well with the yellow sofa.... 


The yellow woodblock print is from 1969. It's signed and named, but the print has slipped so I can't read it. It needs to be re matted so that's going to happen soon. I love this and it is going to go up in my house when it's straightened. 

This is a Saul Rabino print called "refugee" There are colored versions of this, and uncolored. It's signed in pencil too.... I do not like this, and it will go out for sale. 

In addition I purchased two Wallace Nutting  original hand colored photograph prints - I sold one this past weekend, and the other is going out so I don't have a photo of it at this point. 

I have decided that at this point I have so much art- so much of it actually worth some money, that I need to catalog it- so more pictures might end up here at some point. I can't stop buying it, even if I have little to no wall space and the storage room is filled . Oh well, at least it's better than being knee deep is crap I bought from HSN or QVC.....right? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stow Davis leather office furniture from 1966 - or How to decorate around a big old yellow sofa?????

As I have written about before, I lucked into a three piece set of vintage furniture for a price that was unbelievable. The issue? I have to redo the basement now so that these pieces can sing.  Not only are these pieces in my basement, but so is a 9 foot pool table, a foosball table, and a huge Ethan Allen bar. They all have to remain. The open concept basement room is about 22 ft wide and about 30 ft long or so...it's a decent sized room and they will all fit if I'm careful and have a plan that includes them all so they flow together and don't fight each other..... 

This is what it looks like now (the furniture is more of a deli mustard yellow/brown, not as much green as in these pictures, but that's what you get when you don't have the proper light to take a photo.... 



The white wall behind the first picture is going to have to be painted. The paneling behind the second picture is NOT going to be painted....I'm going with a very heavy 70's vibe down here. The red rug is already gone, along with all the other assorted pieces of furniture. The bookcase you see is a built in floor to ceiling one. The natural wood you see in the first picture is actually a barn door covering the sliders to outside. This room actually gets a fair amount of natural light.  

At first I was thinking safe and thought about going with a light tan color, somewhat like the floor. It would go with all the dark wood in the room, and be ok with the furniture. But now, I'm thinking BOLD. DARK. 

so, not so much this.... 


But this.... 




or this..... 



  I really like how the yellow just jumps out at you... and I'm wondering since the rest of my room is very dark and neutral, can I got semi crazy with the one wall? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Childrens rooms to theme or not to theme, that is the question.....

Honestly, I don't like theme rooms. Even vague themes- like beach or cabin- only work for me if you are actually at, say the beach or a cabin in the woods. If you live in a downtown or urban area, and your house or condo is  totally set up like a hunting lodge in Montana, I find that ridiculous.   I don't even like theme rooms for kids, not really, but it is my downfall.

I have had many themes for my boys room...


As a baby, he had a dog themed room- mainly so when the family would ask me what to buy I had something to say. Dogs. Dogs are good.



When he got to around 3 or 4 it was movies and pirates. Especially movies about pirates. Then he started to add in Star Wars stuff.... and it got......odd. Very Hodge podged .....



Then he decided he like safari stuff..... 


That then lead to cowboys. 


 Then for a while, it was nothing. Now, he's back to geek central. I painted his room a dark grey, put in new blue carpet, and cleaned out his stuff. But,  now, he has a Tardis Door. 


The entire thing cost me about 15 dollars- and that includes the paint, the stickers, the wood, everything. He loves it, and better yet, when he's done with it, I can easily repaint it to be a normal door.....

He is supposed to be cleaning his room as we speak, but he is cleaning like a 10 year old boy, so no other photos today. Maybe tomorrow? Then I can show you his packing blanket curtain (which is awesome when  he has to go to sleep and it's still light outside....) more later. We're off to golf camp now. 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beating the odds, one day at a time....

Today is the start of year 12 of my marriage. It's been a good run all in all so far. We're looking forward to many more years (hopefully as good or better than the last 11)! 

We ate out, went to the beach, and some small town festivals. We ate fish and baked goods created by elderly church ladies.  We had a FANTASTIC pizza one night......and we even gambled at a casino- and won!  All in all a success all the way around.  

So first, here is some of what we looked at... 

our view from lunch..... 

pretty cool huh? We're so lucky that we live by some of the nicest beaches in the state..... 

We also went to see Murals made by WPA workers 



and then we saw a big yellow dino wandering around.... 


BUT 

it wasn't all fun and games. We did do a bit of pickin along the way..... 


I got a wonderful Turkish rug

a very scary evil oil painting, 

a concert poster from Widespread Panic 

a cool vintage typewriter



a VERY busted up Selig chair from Denmark (for free) that will be my newest project chair

and a rustic wood folding table with some rug beaters and other assorted metal things.... 


(ignore the saw and stuff, we're building a new porch) 


All in all, a very fun, successful weekend !! 

oh- I forgot- two vintage Steelcase end tables too.... 

sorry that's a crappy picture! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

We're beating the odds......

Saturday is my 11th wedding anniversary. We're going to go up north, see the sights, eat out, maybe go to the casino and head to the beach...... a picnic is also planned, along with maybe hitting a few garage sales and a festival or two........ we're going to the dunes for sure...



when we return I'll have much more pictures of some of our stock for Allegan- because it's the following weekend and I am certainly not prepared for that!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Danish Arne Hovmand Olsen lounge chair



They sell for a lot on sites like 1st dibs etc...but this one needs a bit of work. It has no seat. No webbing. I have cleaned it since I took this picture...... but not much else. I think I"m going to take it to Allegan antique show and sell it, as I have a lot of these lounge type chairs and really, I don't need this one. No matter how nice it is......

Monday, July 14, 2014

I bought the inventor of the lint roller's leather office furniture - Stow Davis from 1966 !

Apparently, he donated the furniture to a church sale. The man we bought it from bought it there, and kept it for quite a while in storage.   The corporation was Helmac and the inventors name was Nicholas Mckay .

The furniture itself is labeled with Helmac corporation tags...and it was made by Stow Davis in 1966. The pictures aren't especially good...they were taken in my storage area and the light was off. They are a mustard yellow, like the club chairs and sofa at the link to 1st dibs, not a green like it appears (although, they did make this particular set in green leather). They are in good condition, in need a cleaning etc...but in good shape since they are 48 years old!


These are going to be for personal use I think. I have plans on making a VERY retro basement area for the family..these might just do the trick. 

Somehow I lost my way.......


I used to blog religiously. I used to facebook, pinterst, twitter and tumblr. Instagram was my friend. I jumped on the vine……. now. Nothing. I use my Flickr account a bit, and keep up with family on Facebook. Real life got in the way..and I am NOT sorry about that.

We started a small business- selling vintage furniture and fabric- that is taking off.  I taught elementary art classes last year. We did some work to our home. I traveled a bit. But the big thing, my son is going into middle school. MIDDLE SCHOOL. How that hell did that happen? I don’t know. Time flies. 

I can’t say if I will blog again. I might. Winters are long here, and my days are going to be empty. No job, no kid at home, and the Mr. is going to travel more for his work this fall/winter. I can only paint so much….. If I can fully understand what I want to say and how I want to say it, I will be back. 

Or, I’ll just post some snarky photo. There’s always that. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

We built a table....

and I'm back.


We built a table! Totally out of odd ball left overs. This base is made of two different pieces of iron that don't match.... (it came out of a barn)


the wood was 4 boards we got for free from a neighbors barn, and we paid the local Amish 10 bucks to plane them.... 


then we glued, and sanded, and we got this.... 


and I stained, and stained, and poly'd and we got this..... 



Friday, April 12, 2013

I hate my living room.

As seen in this post  I have a hate/hate relationship with my living room.

It's an odd shape. It's furnished in cast offs and hand me downs. It's FULL of furniture...and it's where we spend the most part of our time as a family. The boy plays there. We eat in there (I know..I know. but the Mr. likes watching TV...) we do everything pretty much in there except cook and sleep...and sometimes one of us does sleep. It KILLS me that a room we use so much is a room I hate. The boys don't feel this way, just me by the way. Give them a TV, a remote and a comfy sofa.

I spent a good part of today re arranging the furniture. I swear, it's like re arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I hate it just as much now as I did two hours ago. The only difference is that the carpet is now clean.

I have to go back and see what I can do with it.

wish me luck

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Lane brutalist furniture

I want these.  Words cannot describe how much I want a set of this furniture.  I want the bedroom set....

.


and I want the dining room pieces...


Once I saw one of those stupid DIY shows where they try to makeover rooms for under a grand. I hate those shows, BUT, I remember that they had their carpenter do a headboard like this with wood scraps. I might have to try that, as these pieces are super, duper expensive. Especially since they are only vintage Lane furniture pieces. 

Maybe this will be my new summer project? 

PS I am so glad to be back! 



Friday, February 8, 2013

Sorry


Sorry

I've had to take an unplanned break. We all got the creeping crud, and my Uncle (the one I'm named after) is dying. Real life just intrudes sometimes...and although I have a tablet, I'm not good enough with it to post stuff on the fly. BONUS- we're digging out from a foot of snow that fell last night. My car is just a small bump right now- I can see where it is (I think) but can't actually see any part of it that resembles an actual car.....

BUT- we are signing the contracts to set up at a new antique show this summer - I have purchased far more furniture than I can ever use-I'm setting up my Etsy shop again, AND I'm drawing and sketching again- I want to start making my dolls soon.

Sorry. Maybe next week will get better. It's all I can do now to just keep the house reasonably clean, the laundry done and the family fed......


Friday, January 11, 2013

My favorite bedroom of 2012






from here- HAND  It's in French and honestly, there isn't a lot of info on the site. I think this is a guest house.  It doesn't matter...I love this room. I don't NEED a calm bedroom, but this one sure is. The room itself is very simple, with minimal furniture and decor, the colors are wonderful, and I love the exposed stone fireplace with the wood cabinet on top. The TV up there is the clincher for me. as there is nothing better (to me) than having my Mr. bring me coffee in the morning on Sundays and watching a little TV.

I could live here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My favorite kitchen of 2012

"The clients for this project were a young family with a very modern aesthetic. The trick was to take their hundred-year-old Northwest Portland house and make it feel fresh and current. Photo by Lincoln Barbour"


by 
                                   Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

I have to say, that I love every room I have seen by this designer. I would hire her in a minute to re do my house if I had the money.  I love everything about this room, the dark wood floors, the white cabinets that sink (!) , and especially  the light and bright color of the kitchen overall.

Here is the other side of this beauty...


I have serious kitchen envy.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New year, new living room

Christmas is now officially over at my house. The trees are down and out in the backyard near the bird feeders (we put them out there every year- they provide cover and shelter for the tiny birds out there. In the spring we move them to the woodpile). All the nutcrackers are packed away, and so are all the little go gaws and knickknacks.  After much deliberations, and two broken backs trying to move this furniture over and over again, we came up with this......

As you walk into the room this is what you see....the short wall has the two chair, and two small dressers that act as tables and storage in here (with an 8 yr old you can never have too much storage). The drawers hold drawing supplies, DVDs and video games.....

This is how it looks as you face that wall.... yes, the devil picture IS too small for that space. I need to find something new....nothing at all makes that space look too spare. 


 

This is the living room as you look into it from the door. Sorry about the crooked lampshade and bright red Lego thing under the TV (which we are replacing in the next week or so- YEA!!!! 42 inch maybe??)  The large round table is gone and replaced with the Danish Modern long table I bought 6 years ago for 25 bucks. I loved it but with a toddler it wasn't practical. I kept it in the basement storage room until I could pull it out and use it again. I love it. 

This is how it really looks though. The boy playing Lego's and all......


There is a gap between the bookcases because that is where the ONLY heat register is. Function is number one with me... and without that vent we would freeze our patooties off. 

It works for us for now....but in the spring we have to move everything around again. I can't wait....(sarcasm off)