ugly stepsister

23 09 2009

back in february i picked up a little white arabia finel measuring cup/saucepan thingie while out thrifting.  in pretty darn pristine condition.  i would venture to guess never been used.DSCF3065

the other day i felt obligated to pick up its ugly stepsister, found at the bottom of a utensil bin at goodwill.  looks like she’s been rode hard and put away wet.  used and abused and left on the side of the road.  abandoned.  but she hung in there.   and now she’s in a loving home where someone appreciates her character.




gawd, this is the stupidest post ever. 


i’d post a couple arabia plates i’ve found but one of  them is packed up in storage.  here’s a tiny decorative wall plate:DSCF3059


i still have visions of owning a home someday and having a plate wall similar to this

and since today’s post is about arabia, i suppose i can show a photo of the ubiquitous mushroom bowl from arabia finel. DSCF0650_edited 

does fall make you boring?  cuz i feel like i’ve suddenly become boring. 

some of you are probably thinking, “suddenly?”



16 08 2009

how how how how HOW do i go from a woman who has spent her entire adult life sleeping without a bed perched upon a bed frame – years and YEARS with no bed, just a mattress/boxspring on the floor (let’s not even talk about the entire year i spent sleeping on a chair/ottoman combination) – how do i go from owning zero beds to 2 beds in the blink of an eye? 

my west elm bed i ordered in may was backordered.  and backordered some more.  woodbedfrme_white_F08_080828095203_ViewInColor_heroand then this past week, when it was due to be shipped on august 10th, i received another email stating the bed was backordered again ’til 9/28.  oh really?  so, friday i’m in goodwill and i had a discount card and i thought, “screw it.  i’ll just get this perfectly sized mid-century headboard and footboard that seem to have magically fallen into my lap out of the blue.  it’s a sign!!!”  i got it for $23, which might seem like a terrific bargain, but now i’ve got to actually buy bed rails and a support system and there probably goes my terrific bargain right out the window.  but whatever.  sometimes you just have to buy something when it’s there. 

so i brought the headboard/footboard home and then had to mad dash to a friend’s house where we were preparing for a tag sale.  spent the night at her house, tag-saled all morning, left there to go to my real job, and in this sneaky window of time that i have not checked my inbox, west elm sends a shipping confirmation number email!  they’ve upped and shipped out the bed they told me wouldn’t be in for over a month’s time.  that’s right.  upped and shipped.  i didn’t have time to cancel the order.  0 to 2  in less than 24 hrs.





pretty sleek and snazzy.  agreed?  can it be compared to room and board’s grove bed in walnut?  oh, i think it can.  if you use your imagination. 

i suppose i’ll keep ’em both in case i DO buy a house and end up having a guest bedroom (or a guest house.  think big.)  chances are good one of them will be in a tag sale years down the road.

playing tourist

8 08 2009

two locals playing tourists in a tourist town on a perfect summer evening after a perfect pad thai dinner with a perfect waiter (and ridiculously expensive red sparkling wine, oops.  *note to self – ALWAYS bring your reading glasses to dimly lit restaurants in order to see wine list prices – no WONDER it tasted so delicious.  i threw my highly developed palette for cheap booze a curve ball.)   THIS should be my life every night.  alas, it ain’t.  but i’ll take it when i can get it.  DSCF0913

and just to throw something designery into this post.  a stuffy, traditional downtown inn sporting some très très expensive poitoux french bistro chairs i just read about on apartment therapy.  (took this pic through glass so it kinda stinks.)                                                                                                                                                           DSCF0915_edited

900 bucks a pop.  i can’t even wrap my brain around spending that for one chair.  give me a 10 dollar thrift store find any day of the week.

again with the books…

6 08 2009

as i was driving in to work today:DSCF0899

shopping cart in the ‘hood filled with what?  car parts?  machine parts?  again, i found this a new take on the regular ol’ empty boring shopping cart and had to document it.  loves me some interesting shopping cart sidewalk art.

worked for a minute today in yet another shoreline town and hit another shoreline thrift store and picked up this book from 1972:DSCF0900

some really not bad kitchen design. see that line “giving your kitchen that individual look?”  keep that in mind as you scroll through the pics.  

i can completely see how certain photos can be used for inspiration today.  for instance:DSCF0909

i mean, i love this.  the wood siding on the far wall?  the green cabinets?  the open shelving?  very very nice indeed. 

and this even has some nice elements:DSCF0905

some, i said.  those roman shades are nice and the fabric seems current for today.  i like that black painted wall beneath the cabinets.  and the teak tray and canister set are both quite nice.  even the lighting.  i could do without the fussiness of what they’ve done to the cabinet doors. 

and for some reason, i really like this:  DSCF0906

the sleek red cabinets.  the red/pink fun wallpaper they’ve even covered the fridge with.  quite bold.  so mod. 

even this isn’t half bad(ish):DSCF0904

note the cathrineholm canister set.  i am not lucky enough to have found a canister set, but i’ve managed to scrounge up a teakettle and assorted bowls and cooking pots

and i gotta tell ya, i REALLY like this kitchen design.  simple cabinets.  open shelving. brick wall. teeny tiny itty bitty knobs.  i actually even own a couple of the teak canisters pictured here (although they’re hard to see in this pic.  bottom shelf, right hand side.)DSCF0901

here, let me show you.DSCF0911_edited

but then i looked at this photo a little longer.  and what the heck is that on the left?  on the middle shelf?  i mean, really.  what is it?  it really doesn’t look appropriate.  for a kitchen.

what the?

what the?

are you seeing what i’m seeing?  or is that my overactive imagination?


but then. 

then something went terribly wrong with the book.  sure, i like color.  and i’m even fond of the canisters in this photo.  but sweet jeezus.  who in their right mind would live like this?  COULD live like this?  it’s MUCH too much to confront first thing in the morning firing up that pot of coffee…

DSCF0908am i right?  like, achingly so.  of course, give me a couple years.  i’ll probably love it. 

different strokes, i suppose. 

speaking of strokes.  what the heck IS that?DSCF0903_edited

giving your kitchen that individual look.

i’ll say.

cigs and summer

5 08 2009

i can safely say summer has arrived .  finally.  dare i say, today could even register as “oppressive.”  or maybe it’s only oppressive in my apartment – i gave up central air when i moved here to save money.  on these types of days i say, “why?  why?  for the love of gawd, WHY?” 

yesterday was a spectacular specimen of a day and i visited old young and exceptionally attractive friends at their summer rental cottage.  DSCF0886

unfortunately, we didn’t have an umbrella as pictured numerous times here and for the first time in YEARS, despite my application of SPF 50 (several times i might add) i got some sunburned shoulders.  drat.  there goes my attempt at julianne moore/nicole kidman pearly white skin right out the window. 

since i was in the prestigious shoreline area i popped into the prestigious thrift store.  got a 1964 mccall’s decorating book and some vintage beach-themed coasters.  honest to goodness, i own more coasters than i know what to do with.  if i used a different coaster with each cocktail i drink i think i’d have enough to last a lifetime.  i’ve got to throw some mean fêtes and use these babies up.DSCF0887

threw in a couple old glasses and another rosti utensil i found earlier in the week at a lesser prestigious thrift store.

since i’m pretty much a loner, my daily goal is tryin’ like heck to find a laugh out there somewhere, something that amuses me (other than laughing at myself.)  (i know, pathetic.  i used to laugh my brains out daily til i created this recluse life for myself, but i hate when people talk about how they “used to be.”  ex:  i was a 105 lb. bride, i used to be able to do 50 push-ups,  i used to have six-pack abs, i used to work out all the time, i used to have friends, i used to make a decent living.  ENOUGH with the “used-tos” already.)   but seriously, i used to laugh a lot.

this mccall’s decorating book has REALLY great info in it, but NOT really good decor pictures (for my taste.)  i didn’t quite realize how many vintage decorating books i’ve amassed over the years and they’ve literally become my go-to bibles.  but while flipping through this mccall’s i couldn’t help but notice how important cigarettes were in design.  and this, my friends, this is the stuff that cracks me up.  i realize it isn’t even funny, but  i do get a kick out of it. 

cigs in a blue cup

cigs in a blue cup

cigs in elegant crystal

cigs in elegant crystal

cigs in a scoop

cigs in a scoop

couple cigs in a brass cup with some purty tulips

couple cigs in a brass cup with some purty tulips

cigs AND matches in the lounge area

cigs AND matches in the lounge area

and hello?  the “scatter wall.”  i love the name for it.  the grouping of several oil paintings in the lounge area which you see EVERYWHERE today. 

the scatter wall

the scatter wall

cigs in a mug

cigs in a mug

and this isn’t even all of  ’em.  yah, the decor isn’t my fave, but i’m loving the ciggies.  and i don’t smoke. 

cosmo and kettle spicy thai chips

cosmo and kettle spicy thai chips

but i do drink.  action shot of this week’s thrifted cocktail glass.  i know i know, a cosmo – so 5 years ago (or maybe even more) – but i thought it was a better match for spicy chips.  the sweet/spicy combo.  and i’m sick of the margs.  oh, bite my tongue.  did i SAY that?  i’m never sick of the margs.  just wanted something a little different.

man it’s hot.

i’ve been waiting A LONG TIME to say that.


31 07 2009

DSCF0878_editedlike, how could i not buy it?  do i need it?  well, no, not really.  but for 10 bucks i was kinda forced into it.  i’d seen this coffee table in the thrift store when it first came on the floor weeks ago for 20 bucks.  for $20 i didn’t need it.  but today was the last day for green tag items to be half-price.  and she was green.  that’s 6-1/2 days being half-price patiently waiting to be scooped up.   what i can’t figure out is why no-one else bought this mid-century coffee table.  it’s a baumritter (ethan allen.)  good solid piece of furniture.  i mean, 10 bucks.  you can’t buy a martini for 10 bucks these days.  come on.  someone had to save her.  i’ve old-englished it and even turtle-waxed the top and it’s not half bad.  and it was half-off.  there can’t be THAT many people in my area who could pass up a good deal like that.  but then again, i’ve seen the people who shop my stores…apparently our tastes are polar opposite.  and for that, i bow my head and give thanks.DSCF0879

action shot.DSCF0884_edited

me bowing my head.


24 07 2009

gifts now come to me wrapped in very different packages.  gone are the days of diamonds, rubies, whirlwind vacations, and expensive dinners.  on a random roadtrip, i stopped into a random rest area and picked a random stall.  and as i sat down (yes, i sat down) and looked straight ahead –





thank you.