Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oh cabinet, I hardly knew ye

This week, I had a torrid internet romance...with a cabinet. It was love at first site when I saw your beautiful gleaming facade in that craigslist posting. You: so open, so sturdy. Me: looking for something dependable, able to hold a lot. A match made in solid oak heaven. But alas, it was not meant to be. For as these things go, the early bird gets the worm and the piece was sold before I could make the trip to Rhode Island. It would've been our first date, cabinet. But our love was star-crossed. Maybe you have a brother somewhere?

{I was gonna put books in you...}

{Here's a side view.}

Such is the way these craigslist deals go. It's a metaphor for life, really. You take a chance, you put yourself out there, and sometimes you're disappointed. But that doesn't mean you're completely without hope. This will not be the last cabinet in your life. There will be others that come along. And maybe the next one won't cost half your rent.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blog I love: The Pursuit Aesthetic

Essentially -- and I believe this -- Brennan Woods and I were cut from a similar mold. An eye and love for a certain discerning design that combines a utilitarian practicality with clean, classic silhouettes seems to be the common bond between us. Brown leather. Navy toggle coats. Rolled up sleeves and accessories which have been crafted so carefully, they're guaranteed to last a lifetime. We may just be kindred design spirits.

But just who is this Brennan Woods? I don't know him. We've never met. And yet, I read his fashion blog The Pursuit Aesthetic almost every day -- I don't even remember how I first found it. But such is the internet, right? That endless, spiraling tunnel which sent me sprawling toward it until at last, click after click after click, there it was. The blog itself often sends me on this path as well as I chase down the origin of a certain bag or belt or scarf, introducing me to new designers and craftsmen in the process.

Filled primary with male fashion, I can't help but be inspired by how these looks can be re-interpreted on a woman's (a.k.a. my) frame. I've long been a fan of menswear for women and Woods' blog only cements that fact.

In addition to the countless magazine and look book clippings, he's added a new feature to the site called "The Aesthete."

Woods writes:
"It’s with this in mind that I announce a collaboration with several people who have inspired me over the last year and a half who will be “styling” outfits (example), which they believe are (or maybe wish was) representative of who they are. They are bloggers and fashion professionals – they are, yes, The Aesthete."

Here are some images from the project:

{Corduroy forever.}

{The coat is Banana Republic and I think we're in love.}

{Swap the shoes for a pair of brown wedges and I'll be on my way.}

Ralph Lauren fabric upholstered chair

{I will take them all, thanks.}

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chez moi, numero deux

{This little number used to belong to my Nana - the typewriter was a gift and the first in my collection.}

{Back issues of Domino Magazine anyone?}

Art for kids

First thing's first: I assure you, I am nowhere near the baby track. I'm not even in the same state as the baby track. I'm like, on the opposite coast from the baby track. BUT... while browsing etsy recently for some new artwork to add to my collection, I stumbled across some things that would look perfect in a nursery or child's bedroom and thought I'd share.

hillarietasche - $15 {seriously awesome}

dekanimal - $18

CB78 - $26

CB78 - $22

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chez moi, numero un

{Hooray for books!}

{Porcelain bowl from the Goodwill store on Mass. Ave.}

{Norman Rockwell prints, bought at the Brimfield Antique Fair}

Monday, February 22, 2010

Let's dish

Look what I scooped up at the Goodwill on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.

{Are those Noritake dishes?}

{Why yes they are!}

They're dessert plates, so they're only about 6 or 7 inches in diameter, but I think they make for a nice collection. My friend Katherine collects small plates like this, of all different patterns, and then uses them when she's entertaining. I think it's such a great idea. Perhaps I shall do that too!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Let the sun shine in

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Get 'em while they're hot

Check out my recent purchases on etsy, from the seller nativeverment, aka Ryan Fowler.

"The Barnacle Whale"

"Two Hoots"

Fowler, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006, splits his time between Chicago and Vermont. I'm keen on the New England, back woods, maritime themes he has going on and definitely plan to keep him in mind for future gift purchases.

Here are some more pieces from his shop:


"Canoe Ride" {my parents would love this]

"Boy in the Bear Mask"

"Lumberjack and Crow"

Happy spring training!

{Photo credit: Nicole Cammorata} know what spring training means. It's almost summer!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Inspiration for small spaces

The New York Times ran a story this week about Zach Motl's 178-square-foot Brooklyn apartment. It's tiny, yes - but Motl's keen eye for color, shape, and placement results in a space so complex, so utterly (for lack of a better word) stylish that the inspiration I draw from it is endless. I love the green, almost Moroccan-printed couch. The stacks and stacks of magazines and books. I'm salivating over his framed maps, prints, and art. As you may have noticed from previous posts, I'm constantly drawn to the aesthetic of a scholar/professor's study as well as all things nautical. As the writer (Penelope Green) points out, Motl brings a sailor's approach to this small space -- there's a place for everything, practical items are displayed for their decorative purposes, and though it is small (like a boat) there are multiple layers to the way Motl uses both the space and his possessions. (Just check out what's under his bed.) Here's the link to the full story, which includes many more photos than the ones I've posted here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hello sunshine

I'm thinking of getting some yellow drapes to brighten up my bedroom. I love the way this jaunty hue is woven throughout the space, repeated in the chair, the headboard, and the bed skirt -- it really makes it feel finished.

And now for something completely different

Hey there readers (all 10 of you, haha.) In case you somehow missed it - what with my incessant emailing and linking I'm not sure how you could - here's something fun to watch if you have a couple minutes. I was asked to participate in NECN Broadside's Weekly News IQ Quiz on Friday, filling in for a colleague of mine who couldn't make it. I was really nervous, but it was so much fun! Watch the full video here.

I feel some redecorating coming on...

These have been sitting on my desktop for a while... no real post, just stuff I love! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This old bureau, restored

[Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff]

Hey there style lovers, guess what? I have a story in the Globe this week about Lauren Zimmerman and Nick Siemaska, a pair of friends in JP who refurbish old furniture and document their projects on the blog second coat design. It was a really fun story to do as I got to see them take the project completely from start to finish. Take a look: check out the story as well as a step-by-step guide on how to tackle your own project (complete with photos and text by yours truly.) Also, as a "what a small world" aside -- Lauren and I actually had an anthropology class together at Boston University!

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