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Sunday
Dec092007

Flickr finds - reading corner

Sunday
Dec092007

What's in store this week


I've been busy painting birds. Both my peacock and Scandinavian inspired bird prints have been popular this week. A couple of new prints too this week once again based on vintage embroidery patterns. Drop by my etsy store and take a look.

Saturday
Dec082007

Retro hotel

Joanne emailed us a photo with an interesting story behind it that I wanted to share:

"We are working on an enormous photography project for my in-laws. Going through literally 60 years of snapshots and slides to make a photo album. Anyway, I unearthed the attached, which was taken on a trip they had made to โ€“ I think โ€“ Florida. Must have been in the early sixties, is my guess. Anyway, they stayed in this hotel and must have taken a picture of the room before they really lounged in it. I thought it might go with your next 'retro' series. Check out the serious shag carpet โ€“ and the artwork is actually fantastic!"


I love the fact the photo originates from the sixties, and thought it was worthy of it's own post. It's amazing how "current" the decor is. The sixties are back baby! Thanks Joanne, and good luck on the photography project!

Saturday
Dec082007

Open kitchen shelving...and a dog on a chair

Skye sent an email in regards to my kitchen inspiration post that I thought I'd share (part of it anyway).

"Your kitchen has so much potential! I can't wait to see what you do with it. We recently did an inexpensive IKEA kitchen replacement and decided to go with open shelving. It's so handy! I've attached a photo. Sorry about the poor quality and lack of 'editing.' I took a quick photo to send to my parents after making lunch one day, hence the shark pot mitt and dirty stove. I just wanted to show you a real open shelved kitchen in action. The shelves are just simple IKEA lack shelves screwed into the concrete. The bottom shelf sags a little because the plates are so heavy, but it all works out. I find the pot rack indispensable. It's so nice to just reach for a pan when I need one. The kitchen is still a work in progress, but it's FAR better than the previous chip-board/wood laminate monstrosity that was there when we bought the place! I've also included a dog on a piece of furniture. His name is Max. The chair is something temporary until I can find another piece I actually like...."


I have vowed never to use Lack floating shelves again due to the nightmare they caused in my living room, but I hadn't thought about hanging my pots, which is a great idea given how much space they take up in a cupboard. And Max is such a cutie. Thanks to Skye and everyone else for the tips on my future kitchen renovation.

Saturday
Dec082007

Jo's place

Help me! I've been thrifting again. Things are bad when the thrift store managers not only know your name, they have your phone number. Mr X (name concealed to protect my source) rang to tell me about an entertainment unit and a 20% sale. Unfortunately he still won't sell me the 60s era rattan wall size display cabinet but that may be lucky as it probably wouldn't fit. The entertainment unit wasn't my style but I found all these little beauties.


A West German floor vase 50cm tall and a lovely "subtle" orange. It's by Jasba Keramik and was a steal at $20. I felt bad taking advantage of Mr X with this one as he didn't think it was West German. You can see some of my other pots in the hall way and some of my Papua New Guinea artifacts.


Finally a matching pair of bedsides. Now what do I do with the 3 unmatched ones I have? Thank god for friends who want to buy them.


Finds for the garden. The cast aluminium planters will be tarted up with gloss navy paint and find a home on the patio.


This lovely old copper tub will be filled with ferns tomorrow after a visit to the nursery. Love it's old patina.


The bird bath is destined for the small garden by the door. Filled with water and floating flowers it will greet my visitors. I've promised myself I won't go thrifting next weekend unless Mr Y rings .....