Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Let me tell you, once I walked through the front door I immediately felt like I might never get out - I have NEVER seen so much stuff in one space! Candy and jewelry hanging from the ceiling, countless porcelain and pewter boxes and vases everywhere, more prints than you could count. I mean, there were corners of the store you couldn't even get to!
Since it probably won't be open again for another year I thought I'd share some pictures so you can see what I'm talking about...
You can see they did have some nice blue and white porcelain which I always have a weakness for...
...and also lots of cool antique silver and pewter...
...but usually at places like this I expect to find complete steals, not the case! Obviously I don't know the significance of the above framed certificate but it was $4000!!!
I do love this little silver box on the left though, if I ever see it open again I think I'll go get it
Friday, January 15, 2010
So this is what I came up with....I know, I know the house from The Holiday in LA is BEYOND amazing, but that cottage in England is actually my favorite. It's so cozy, not to mention if I looked half as good as this when I was sick and got to lay in bed with a huge loaf of break and big glas off red wine...well let's just say I'd NEVER be at work. So for now, I'll just close my eyes and pretend I'm Cameron Diaz swaddled in cashmere and quilts!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
But now there are Bootights! It's one of those 'why didn't I think of that' things but I'm glad someone did.
You can read the story on her website, but founder Shelby Mason came up with the idea after an embarrassing incident taking her boots off in line at the airport...something I've become far too familiar with myself.
They come in different heights for knee-high boots or shorter booties and are available at Dillards.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
While we're at it, I thought I'd post some of the old images the Globe used to show when the building was the Natural History Museum because they are so cool.
I'd love to see if the Globe could get reprints of these photos because they would look amazing framed.
Most importantly though is what this move means for us......and that would be 50% off! Sale is Thursday - Saturday, 11a-7p
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
One of the more interesting people I have been fortunate enough to meet is Charles Kleibacker. My mom sadly informed me yesterday when Charles passed away so I thought I'd put up something in his honor as he was such a wonderful and talented person.
Images via Threads Magazine
Born in a tiny town in Alabama Charles knew he wanted to be a designer from a very young age and went on to do just that. I'll never forget sitting with him in the atrium of the Columbus Museum of Art and him telling me about sitting in his own boutique within Bergdorf Goodman selling his couture dresses. Can you even imagine??
He was one of the few American designers to find success in doing only couture and no mass produced ready-to-wear lines. When I read articles or biographies about him I actually find them hard to believe because he was truly one of the most down-to-Earth people you could ever meet. He started his fashion career as an assistant designer in the house of Lanvin in Paris and opened his own studio in New York in 1960. He is famous for his bias-cut which requires painstaking attention to detail, high quality fabrics, and extraordinary talent which is why it truly can only work on couture designs.
In 1984 he accepted a position at The Ohio State University and the art world in Columbus would never be the same! He did so much good for OSU, Kent University, The Columbus Museum of Art, and so much more. While is presence will undoubtedly be missed his legacy will absolutely live on.
The images below do not do the dress justice but Charles was kind enough to give this dress to my mom and it is absolutely stunning. What I find most interesting about it is on the inside you can see all the construction and architecture that goes into making a couture gown. I didn't fully understand or appreciate what his famous bias cut did for the shape of a garment and of its wearer until I saw this dress.
*Information from Kent University
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The pictures above and below use vintage ornaments that are a mixture - some my mom found at a consignment store and others she borrowed from Kevin. You can find very inexpensive ones on eBay or in any antique or consignment store. Then just use regular ornament hooks to make any light fixture look festive or just put them in bowls and vases around your house.
I think this one is my favorite, above they hung really small bud vases with satin ribbon and put red amaryllis in them. Also, once the red flowers had died my mom replaced them with white which was also really pretty and could easily be done any time of year without looking too holiday-ish.
Using matching ribbon to the hanging amaryllis there were small green bunches hanging from the sconces in the dining room too.
One thing this season I really fell in love with was using dried Magnolia leaves, which I also saw at Hudson. They had a whole garland and wreath there which I'm sure was very labor intensive but for an easier and quicker decoration just put them in a vase or bowl like above and they last a really long time too. Also, don't necessarily just have to be for holiday decorations.
Well, I obviously can't take credit for ANY of these ideas or designs but thought I could at least pass it along! Some good ideas to use next year...