Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thrift Report: Smokin'

Hi friends! I did just a little bit of thrifting this weekend, and apparently I was in a 1970s smoked glass kind of mood. Here's what I picked up:

Some pretty smoked brown lowball glasses. Is it me, or do they have almost a bamboo-esque shape when stacked?

A pristine set of smoked navy wine glasses....

...and the matching navy smoked dessert cups. I love the shape of these!

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend full of lots of thrift scores!  Apologies for the brief post, but I have to get back to the OSCARS! {BTW: Has anyone else noticed that they've completed removed the words "Academy Awards" from the telecast?  So weird!}

Linking with:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

IKEA Shopping List

I'm going to IKEA! I'm going to IKEEEEEEA! 

Rarely will you see me more euphoric than when I'm anticipating an IKEA trip. Maybe before the World's Longest Yard Sale or the grand opening of a new antique store, but that's about it.

So when my cousin Kendra proposed an IKEA trip a few weeks ago, I couldn't scream "I'M IN!" fast enough. Our closest IKEA is about 2.5 hours east, in Cincinnati, which is just far enough that it's a pain to get there when you factor in midwestern tendencies towards snow/ice/tornado warnings/torential rains/tire-melting heat/no-zone action/plagues of locusts. There are pretty much about 4 days a year that the weather cooperates enough to make the drive, but by God, this Saturday's going to be one of them (fingers crossed!).

I try to get there at least once a year, but this time it's actually been two years since I've had a fix. Consequently,  my shopping list is a bit long. Here's what's made the cut so far:

Tradklover Fabric. Kind of reminds me of a poor man's Les Touches -- doesn't it? Okay not really. But kind of!

Oh, Billy bookcase, you eternal classic.

I'm not sure if I'll attempt to hack you, paint you, extend you, glass-door you...but my book collection is definitely taking over the house, so purchasing a few of you is a necessity!

I stock up on these Tekla dish towels every time I visit! They're so simple in a very "French countryside" kind of way. I see the price has gone up by 30 cents...gasp! :)
Since it's been two years, my supply is dwindling and I can't wait to replenish it!

I reeeeeally want this Skruvsta chair, but I'm not sure if it's in the budget this trip. Still, I can certainly sit in it, swivel around, and ponder buying it, right?

This is my all-time second favorite door mat -- and I already own it. But I live in fear that it will one day wear out, and it's only $9.99, so I'm buying a spare!

And this is my all-time first favorite door mat, the Trampa (love the name! ha).  I also own this one, and I meticulously step around it instead of wiping my feet on it, such is my love for it.

So yes, a spare of this one is coming home with me as well!

I've only seen this Farglav duvet set in the catalog, and things can look really different in person, but just via the photo I am a tad obsessed.

In totally reminds me of Jenna Lyons' bedding from her iconic bedroom as featured in Domino:

I'm not sure if I'll actually buy it, since it doesn't match my color scheme at ALL and I have about four duvet sets already, but I still can't wait to see it in person.

On the "maybe, if I don't blow my whole budget on other random stuff I pick up while wandering the showroom" list, are these PS 2012 side tables.

I only like the ones with the flat tops, and I'd probably paint out the frames with gold, but I love the simple lines and white surfaces. 

And last but not least, I am dying over this image of IKEA Algort fabric I spotted on Pinterest via Bright Bazaar Blog.

Word on the street is that it won't be in stores until April, but you'd better believe I'll be scouring those fabric shelves just in case!

That's it for my far!  Do you have any IKEA faves that I should check out?  Are you a fan?

Today I'm participating in Whatever You Want Wednesday. Check it out!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thrift Report: A Few Finds

A little thrifted vintage from the last week or so...

A large "egg cup" vase from McCoy's Harmony line (early 60s). My absolute favorite of all the later McCoy patterns. I've been hoping to thrift the aqua version of this vase for years, but no luck.

This tray was a really special find. It's large, extremely heavy, and features both pineapples and a Greek key border. It was dark brown with mottled tarnish when I found it and I truly wasn't sure if I could bring it back, but it shined up beautifully. After two hours of scrubbing with Brasso and steel wool, that is. . .

A cool little organizer (for pens and office supplies, maybe?) in really thin plastic that looks like marble or onyx.

Lots of luck with the brass animals this week! You know there's nothing much I love more than a good addition to my brass zoo.

It was a pretty light thrifting week, but I still feel like I did okay!

Did you thrift anything great this week?  Let me know in the comments, or join up with one of these link parties!

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market


Friday, February 8, 2013

My Current Obsession: Deco Decadence

Here are some things you may not know about me:

  • I love the writers from "The Lost Generation" - Hemingway, Dos Passos, Pound, Fitzgerald, Stein... They were, collectively, my first literary obsession, born when I found an old copy of The Sun Also Rises in our house when I was twelve. I somehow managed to personally reenact Hemingway's  Paris to Pamplona pilgrimage when I was 16 (how did I convince my parents to let me do these things? Boggles the mind.) When I was in high school in France, I used to skip classes at least once a month in favor of hopping the train into Paris and hanging out at Shakespeare and Company.  I always planned to name my future kids - or dogs? - Zelda and Hadley. (--That part's kind of embarrassing. Don't tell.)

  • I love Art Deco. The modern lines, the sparkle, the optimism. Most of the antiques I collected early in life were deco or machine age pieces. When I buy vintage things that I really can't resell because of damage or other condition issues, they're almost always Art Deco pieces that I just couldn't bear to leave languishing on a thrift store shelf.

  • I love books, all kinds of books, but [surprise!] vintage tomes are my favorites to collect. When I relocate, the movers who come to give me a cost estimate always shake their heads and groan. Actually, the sheer quantity of books I now own are one of the reasons I have to enlist professional movers these days.'ll now be less astonished when I tell you that despite the possibility that the 1940s floor joists in my home may soon cave in under the sheer weight of my book collection, I am currently, obsessively coveting the F. Scott Fitzgerald collection designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin Classics.

I adore all of Coralie Bickford-Smith's designs for Penguin Classics, but this Fitzgerald collection takes the cake. How can I not own them?

I'm starting with Flappers and Philosophers because it's one of the few Fitzgerald books I haven't read. Plus it's sooo pretty!  I aspire to collect all of them, though. Hear that, people-in-my-life-who-buy-me-gifts?!

How about you? Have you been obsessing about acquiring anything lately, vintage or otherwise?  Do you have a favorite Fitzgerald book? Do you think it's possible that I might be reincarnated from the 1920s?  (Just checking.)

Happy Friday, all!
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Thrift Report: Organize Me

It's weird, but as I was putting this post together I realized that a bunch of my vintage finds for this week happen to be things that contain or organize stuff. It wasn't intentional, I swear!  Kind of cool, though, for this time of year when everyone is going crazy with new year's resolutions to organize and simplify.

Hello, mid-century perpetual calendar on marble base!

I've wanted one of you for so long....

...and wouldn't you look right at home on the desk of Don Draper?? 

These were my only non-"container" finds of the week. I found these four little glasses for almost nothing.

I don't know anything about them; haven't researched yet. I assume they're little cordial or cocktail glasses, but they could also be votive holders. If anyone recognizes them, let me know!

I almost overlooked this retro book holder in a bin of assorted metal odds and ends:

This would be the absolute perfect piece to hold cookbooks on a kitchen shelf!

I had to snap up this mid-century magazine rack, even though th black metal finish has a bit of corrosion.

I could touch it up with some black spray paint, but I'm not even sure it really needs it.

This little pleather jewelry box made me so happy!

It's not really vintage -- marked 1997 on the bottom -- but it's so darned cute. I'll be keeping this one. It has an ivory velvet interior and it's in like-new condition.

And finally, another magazine rack!  {Magazine racks are my new bookends -- they seem to be popping up everywhere lately.}

I got this piece at an antiquing trip with my mom on Saturday. The price was so low I was afraid it was mismarked, but apparently not!  It's in almost perfect condition and I think it's teak. It's also HUGE -- can't list it in the shop until I find a box big enough to ship it!

That's it for me this week, friends. I hope you had some wonderful finds this past week. I'm linking up at the parties below to find out!

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul

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