Archive for February, 2008
So as a homeowner with vintage proclivities, it only makes sense that I like architectural salvage. However, I seriously need to make a road trip soon to Barnegat, NJ to visit Recycling the Past. They have an amazing amount of stuff. Even browsing through their online inventory is amazing. It’s not as well priced as Philadelphia’s Re-Store, but man, they have awesome stuff.
I just wanted to introduce you to my best friend Ashley who will be guest posting from time to time. (She just posted about Crate & Barrel’s mid century dinnerware below.) I wanted to clarify because I didn’t want any of you who know me in real life to think that I was registering for my bridal registry… Haha. Anyways…she’s an amazing woman with lots of crafting & cooking know-how! I look forward to her posts!
I’ve never experienced anything quite like the surreal pleasure of walking around a store with a little gun and pointing it at things I like, pushing a button, and having those things magically appear on a list that I then direct people to, to buy the things on that list for me (!). This unique mixture of joy and guilt can only happen when registering for wedding gifts. Lucky for me, I worked through the guilt and general strangeness of this process just before I spied my dream everyday dinnerware at C&B:
Classic Century is Crate & Barrel’s repro of the mid-century modern Town And Country design by *the* Eva Zeisel. I’ve always been a fan of Redwing Dinnerware, and while my wallet has prevented me from collecting any Town and Country pieces, this collection very closely echoes the lines and the organic modern feel of my only, slightly less collectible but much loved, Redwing set – the 1955 Futura “Tampico” pattern.
Plus, unlike the originals, these everyday pieces are oven- and microwave-proof. Finally, timeless classics I can actually put on my dinner table, not just in the china cabinet. At $63 for a 5-piece place setting, they’re definitely not cheap, but hey, you’re buying them for me, right? Thanks!
I love vintage linens. Especially dishtowels, napkins and tablecloths. This seller has two really cute ones at the moment. If you love your vintage kitchen as much as I do, then go and check it out! Oh, and another great online vintage store is Plaid Pony Vintage. Definitely check her out for fun stuff too.
So in my [new] place, there’s a teensy, tiny little half bathroom off the laundry room. Currently it only houses a toilet because…well…it’s really only big enough for one. Unfortunately there is no room on either side of the powder room to expand either due to the fact that one wall is exterior and the second wall is the stairwell to the basement. I don’t mind the fact that it’s so small necessarily, but I DO mind the fact that it has no sink. That just seems weird…and unsanitary.
So…tonight I ran across a post over at Apartment Therapy about Space Saving sinks and was surprised at some of the interesting options out there. There’s this tiny Block Washbasin by Lacava. It’s really cute, but too expensive at $800+. This tiny corner one by Porcher is also really cool, but I’m not sure if I have a corner in the new house. It’s $325. Much more affordable, but still more than I was hoping for. And lastly, this wacky one that fits on the back of the toilet is super space saving (and water saving too!), but isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. I don’t like the fact that it’s made of plastic and automatically comes on everytime you flush the toilet. Watch the video of how it works here. What do you think? Too weird? Get one of the more expensive sinks….assuming it would actually fit? Or just forego the sink altogether and hope people use the kitchen sink instead?
For those of you in (or near) the Philadelphia area that love 1950′s style, there is an entire Geneva metal kitchen that has just been salvaged by Port Richmond’s Re-Store. Click HERE for more details on what all is available, including pricing.
Those of us living in Philly are lucky enough to have them as a resource to go and find architectural house parts. I love to go and browse. So far I’ve only managed to get some hardware and my bathroom mirror from them, but I have goals for more! (On the next project that is.)
Okay, I realize that Ikea is nothing new. It’s great for affordable design, fun kitchenwares, and simple low-cost frames, but it’s one of those retailers that I always think must be experienced in person. Their website just has never translated. It’s honestly at the BOTTOM of my list when I think of online shopping, so therefore HOW(!) amazed was I when saw their interpretation of the more traditional “shop by room.” It looks like a cross between a commercial and the matrix, but also works like a selling tool. SUPER COOL! Go Check it Out!! (Oh, and like they say…listen to it with the volume ON.)
Oh, and in case you forgot it…maybe they got their inspiration for this from this scene from Fight Club.
It seems like Dwell Studio is getting lots of press these days what with their new line for Target. Seeing their name splashed all across the interweb reminded me of the “worktable” featured on their website. I think it’s a very interesting way for a brand to create interest in what they’re doing…as well as create the impression of a three-dimensional experience on the web. My only wish is that it were a little more dynamically interactive. Anyways…go and check it out. It’s cool nonetheless.