So it’s about that time of year when the stores open at 5 a.m. and you can’t park within two miles of the mall until after the holidays. I’m all about shopping from this very laptop and coming up with something more original than Isotoners, and I’ll be sharing some of my interesting finds with you all month. I hope you’ll do the same and share some of your favorites with me. Read the rest of this entry »
Growing up, my parents always had this ugly Howard Johnson’s ashtray* they used as a soapdish at the kitchen sink. At the end of their honeymoon, they had asked the desk clerk if they could buy said ashtray as a memento, and he was so shocked and charmed by their honesty, he told them they could just have it. I thought of this when I saw a small feature in Lucky about hotelsurplus.com .
Personally, I was hoping for some really tacky velvet Elvis paintings or some fabulous Ian Schrager hotel castoffs, but alas, they had none. I have to say, when I looked over the furnishings on the site, it looked more no-tell motel to me, but actually, most of their pieces come from really nice hotels. Let’s just say that from the offerings, I could definitely see why these places were redecorating, and it must have been long overdue. However, if you sort through, you can find some interesting items. Who wouldn’t want a locking minibar (think moochy college roommate) or an electronic pedestal safe? I’ll recommend if ordering that you use common sense – for instance, 1) From my experience with hotel televisions, I’m guessing they are way past their primes. 2) Mattresses and Bedding – EW EW EWWWW! 3) Never put any of it under a blacklight (I’ve never recovered from that episode of 20/20).
*BTW, that ashtray is from the ’60’s, and it is now pretty retro-HoJo’s-cool. I recently picked up a similar funky Holiday Inn one over at Victory Vintage.
The flickr photo that made me stop and click click this week comes from effigy1111 . She simply wanted to show us that she decided to add a pear to her inspiration board. Personally, I’d love to take this image of her board and frame it and prop it up on my mantle! Love it!
As I got nosy and clicked around effigy1111’s flickr space a little more, I found out that she is an artist named Heather and has a blog called Creature Comforts. Creature Comforts is DEFINITELY worth checking out. I’m in awe of how much time and energy some people can give to their blogs to make them so wonderful. As I clicked around there, I found out that she is about to open an online boutique that, in part, grew from her blog and the community she was able to meet through blogging. The boutique is called Wren Eleven and it will be opening soon. Wren Eleven will "serve as a supportive environment, where talented independent artists and craftspeople can come together to market their work while gaining the exposure and recognition they deserve." Thanks for sharing it all with us Heather!
Oh, P.S.! I emailed Heather and asked her if she had any images of the entire board, and she was gracious enough to email me back in the amount of time it took me to finish this post. You can see it here. Thanks again Heather!
The other day I was thumbing through Country Living and a big yellow industrial cart caught my eye. Turns out the owners bought it at Victory Vintage Home, just a few miles from my home in Atlanta (well, technically, it’s in Decatur). I have been meaning to tell you all about this special spot for awhile but keep forgetting. Read the rest of this entry »
So Eric and I spent some number of hours Sunday (you lose track of time when your brain sizzles in your brainpan) in the 4000-degree heat trekking the Avenues of Art and Design in West Hollywood for the annual Art & Design Walk. It was fun–shops and galleries were open, there was all kinds of free wine and food, the parking meters were bagged for the evening. Got to see a lot of great furniture in person, including some things we sell (Angela Adams rugs, Bendant lamps, Vitra Butterfly stools) and some things we don’t (George Nelson’s Sunflower clocks, Eames storage units, a Kartell store full of delightful acrylic lunacy). It was a nice way to get a feel for what’s going on in the showrooms and galleries of one of L.A.’s most important design districts.