Lovin’ It

28 Sep

It’s been a slow week. Here’s what’s been keeping me entertained:

Theme Song: Meet me and it won’t take you long to learn I LOVE thrift shops. This song (with NSFW lyrics) is totally addictive. To borrow from the lyrics, this video “is f@3$ing awesome” and actually features some of my favorite haunts around town.

Tom Kundig: The kindly folks at ZAAZ/Possible threw an open house with Tom Kundig. He chatted a little about his process, his inspirations and keeping things simple, elegant and a fit with their surroundings. His talk sent me waaayyy deep into aspirational house and lifestyle lusting. I will have to settle for a book or a Rolling Hut rental for now.

Sou’wester Lodge: This little RV/cabin/travel trailer park on the coast that sparked my interest might be a harder sell than the huts for friends. The accommodations look equal parts awesome and kooky-dive. If nothing else it would delay my required trip to The Shady Dell in AZ a little longer.

1953 Airstream Wanderer, Seaview, Washington, The Pacific Coast, Getaways, Vintage Travel Trailer


Tabletop Shop [On The Town]

17 Sep

It’s sometimes hard having a love affair with tableware. (Oooohhh, a rhyme!) You often can’t even convince your friends to attend free events like the DIFFA Tabletalk Design Seminar at Masin’s Furniture in Bellevue. I tried to no avail, so flew solo and had an interesting afternoon the other weekend.

 [Happy Tobi – not for long!]

It started off a little awkwardly with me coming in a couple minutes late, being greeted by a perfectly nice seeming woman in a conservative black suit who said simply, “Hi.” I replied, “Hi, I’m here to check in for the tabletop event.” Conservatively-suited woman responded, “I’m Tobi Fairley.” Oopsie. I’d just tried to check in with the guest of honor. Search “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” to see Tobi’s accompanying facial reaction.

I tried to hang back after that, you know, become invisible. Tobi spoke more about her redesign of the Masin’s front entry than her tabletop for the previous night’s event, so it seems fitting that I include a shot of the bookshelf she styled.

Mindy Lockard, an etiquette expert and writer of The Gracious Girl blog spoke about table etiquette, etc. She was approachable, interesting and provided a good recap of those etiquette dinners from college. All that while wearing an awesome dress with killer heels. Definitely check out her blog.

The seminar wrapped up with Kathy Greeley- designer, hostess, author and southern lady. Oh, and what I want I now want to be when I grow up. She was promoting her new book, The Collected Tabletop. It sounded a bit like she got shortchanged in the supplies stakes when it came to producing her table, but she made it work. As she explained how she borrowed pieces, she introduced me to an antique shop I didn’t know in Bellevue, Haystacks Antiques.

Immediately after leaving the event I headed to the Haystacks Pop-Up Shop and then to the original location. At the Pop-Up shop I found these awesome vintage glasses. They have a gilt, sorta Eastern motif that’s a little difficult to photograph, obviously. At the original location I found a set of 10 pressed glass dessert plates that will coordinate nicely with a lot of other pieces in my collection. Sold! Sold! Sold!


Whaddya think? Did I choose wisely? Who am I kidding…I don’t care if you think I did or not because I’m in love, but what is your weakness when you hit the antiques shops?

Crowning Glory [Crafty]

12 Sep

Surely I’m not the only one who from time to time thinks, “mama needs a headdress!” Crazy statement head wear has been calling out to me lately, and due to what seems to be the universe’s signal to act now, I think I’m going to make something happen this weekend.

flash mob

Today on Oh Joy! I saw a link to the new ban.do couture collection, Black Label. There was a pom pom headband explosion that took me straight back a couple weeks to the KEXP/Bumbershoot Music Lounge performance by Niki and the Dove that I’d seen.

Malin was rocking this silk floral headdress that made my heart skip a beat. To the soundtrack of their set, I sat in the front row gawking and wondering how/when I could make one for myself. The issue of when I would ever wear it was secondary. (Any suggestions you have on that front would be greatly appreciated.)

It just so happens I have a million (100) leftover yarn poms I made for a friend’s baby shower sitting in a box just waiting for a new purpose. See some below in all their furry blurry glory. Their time has come!

September Polka Dots [Pattern Play]

11 Sep

Now that I’ve posted on something other than the pattern of the month, I can post about the pattern of the month! Polka Dots. Talk about a shoe-in from the original guesses.

I like to think I’m not the only one who was feeling meh about the last Garance Dore collaboration. This was the first month that the new pattern was switched before the month was out (it was announced 8/30) versus a week or so into the month.  Or maybe it’s just that it’s such a classic.

Are any of the new wares calling out to you? The on the dot necklace and the bauble dot long necklace will likely end up in my collection.

Mementos of a Geisha [I Bought This]

10 Sep

I love to plan for any of life’s eventualities with clothes and decor. Lots of clothes and decor. You name it — old stuff, new stuff, cheap stuff, luxury stuff — I’m an equal opportunity acquirer of stuff. One day I might end up on Hoarders, minus the dead cats under my piles of junk.

Estate sales are a favorite (and dangerous) source of stuff most weekends. After a while you easily put aside the creepy realization that you’re rooting through some likely-dead person’s stuff. Though I sometimes wonder what people will think going through my stuff someday.

The other weekend I happened upon an estate sale that topped many in recent memory. Tucked away on a quiet street, not far from my house, was this mega treasure trove of eccentricity. The lady of the house fancied herself a modern day Japanese Empress. As such, she had a house built and decorated to her specifications, replete with all the Japaniana one split level could handle. Here are some photos from the listing, that prove professional real estate photographers can really make kooky look polished.

I was there on day 2 of the sale and missed most of the furniture and art. I did see tons of gorgeous kimonos, Japanese dolls, gewgaws and what had to be the Japanese version of the red room of pain. (No guest room should be blood red and cause such heebie-jeebies.) Forgive me, but I was too busy sprinting for the door to think to snap a shot of it.

Buzzing with the possibilities, I managed to settle on a 78-piece set of gold plated bamboo flatware, negotiated down to $65. That was also a screaming deal considering the only place I can find it is on Replacements, LTD.  from $7.99 per piece. It’s the sort of thing I’ll need when I start letting my eccentricities direct me (even more than they already do).

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