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February 2007

Shopping + Products

Reader Q: Where Can You Buy Vintage Letters?

February 21, 2007

Reader Stephanie is looking for letters, “Do you know of a place to buy Letters? Individual letters made from metal, wood. Variety of sizes? I want to get a collection of S.” – Stephanie.

Reader Q: Where Can You Buy Vintage Letters?Image from Living Etc.

I’m thinking to check out eBay and search under “Vintage Letters”, “Antique Sign Letters”, “Sign Letters”, ” Marquee Letters”, or “Letter S” perhaps? Although I tend to bet the best ones are at flea markets… Of course, I’m sure websites exist that sell them. Maybe try Buy Sign Letters, Sonrisa Furniture, or these chunky cardboard letters at Re-found Objects?

Hmmm. We may need to consult master letter expert, Victoria. (See her previous letter posts here.) Maybe she knows where you can find a good S or two. She seems to love Timeless Treasures in San Francisco. Maybe you could call them? Oh, and I found this thread over at Typophile, these peeps seem helpful. You could jump in on that conversation.

Reader Q: Where Can You Buy Vintage Letters? Fabric letters from Anthropologie. Oh, and don’t form words that are mean like this… he he. Image via NY Magazine. Can you imagine doing this? Don’t laugh. It gets worse. I actually met a couple years ago that had a neon sign over their bed that said the s-e-x word in bright pink, so I guess anything goes these days. Or not!
Reader Q: Where Can You Buy Vintage Letters?Image from Wary Meyers. Ah. Much more tame than the last image. :)
Reader Q: Where Can You Buy Vintage Letters?The living room of Kristian in Frankfurt via Apartment Therapy.
She found her letters at a flea market. Very nice – simple yet bold.

Can anyone help point Stephaine to some resources? Online, perhaps?






Inspiration

Nate’s Small Space Miracle on Oprah

February 21, 2007

Did anyone catch the Gillingham-Ryan family (from AT) on Oprah yesterday? The show was all about living in a small space and focused mainly on Nate Berkus’ designs, as well as a couple of small space owners, and products that could be used in tight quarters. What did you think about the studio that Nate designed for Martha, a very gracious lady (she was so cute) with two cats, Prada and Louie? Did you like the tented room?

Before/After

Nate's Small Space Miracle on Oprah
What about the new Nate apartment in the village? Here are a few pics of his new place, in case you missed the show.

Nate's Small Space Miracle on Oprah
It’s gorgeous, huh? I love his white bertoia chairs, and found it very interesting that he painted everything white (even the hardwood floors) and then painted his doors and cabinetry in a high gloss dark blue (so dark it looks black, as he said). I like how he positioned some of his art, and found his bedroom to be soothing and so stylish – especially that vintage chandelier he found. I seriously loved that thing. Painting the a/c unit white was clever, as was the furniture placement around it, the unit seemed to disappear into the wall. Looks like his new place will be in the next issue of O at Home magazine, hitting newsstands on March 6th, so we’ll have larger images to drool over.

But the tented room… Hmmm. I am still trying to swallow that because I had cats at one time in my life and recall their love of climbing. I imagine them swinging from all that fabric. Martha seemed so happy though, she was not only star-struck by Nate, but seemed positively giddy over his work. Speaking of… We all like to look at pretty homes, so here’s a few of my favorites from his portfolio online over at Nate Berkus Associates.

I like the simplicity here.

Nate's Small Space Miracle on Oprah

Great art wall with a simple bench.
Nate's Small Space Miracle on OprahI like seeing grey with beige and lavendar.
Nate's Small Space Miracle on OprahWe all need architectural details and soaring ceilings like this…
Nate's Small Space Miracle on OprahFantastic black wall, drama! Those b/w chairs are gorgeous,
with the hint of yellow in the room as an accent. Nice.

Nate's Small Space Miracle on Oprah
(images from oprah.com and nate berkus)






Objects

Love is Blind @ Bodie and Fou

February 21, 2007

Love is Blind is a team of two British talents, product designer Patrick Laing and fashion textiles designer Abi Williams. I love their new collection of blinds, so unique and definitely more interesting that the standard white ones we see here in America at Home Depot’s everywhere. There are currently 7 designs total (“hand show” is not shown), but I feel mostly drawn to 2 of designs – the tree, perfect for those in the city who may not look out and see as many as they’d like, and of course I love the plants because I think the color and pattern is fabulous, especially for a kitchen. You can find the blind collection from Love is Blind exclusively at Bodie and Fou online.

Love is Blind @ Bodie and Fou
Love is Blind @ Bodie and Fou
Love is Blind @ Bodie and Fou
(images from bodie and fou)






Fashion + Accessories, Objects

Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!

February 20, 2007

Fresh from Alena Hennessey’s studio, comes pretty woven pillows, tapestries, and totes in addition to her already solid collection of paintings, apparel, and sculpted birds in flight. I love the new horse pillows and totes – so nice to see something a bit different as far as motifs go… And who doesn’t love a beautiful horse?

Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!Alena is not only talented, but she is very attentive and caring, and every experience with her is as special as the things she makes. Here are some images of her latest, or if you’d like to place an order, click here for more information.

Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!
Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!Alena Hennessy *New* Additions!

(images from alena hennessy)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Bartleby?s Brother

February 20, 2007

Mary just passed along word of “Landscapes”, a new series available in her Bartleby?s Brother storefront on Etsy.

Bartleby?s Brother
Each piece is a signed and dated original work, most combine simple materials such as wood and thread to create a brilliant, intricate, piece of art. Thank you Mary for sharing your creations with us, these are so unique. Another wonderful artist to bookmark! Landscape series preview below…
Bartleby?s Brother(images from bartleby’s brother)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Round-ups

Rock Posters at Newbury Comics (+ Guide)

February 20, 2007

I know I’ve been talking about rock posters since May, but I love these gorgeously illustrated, limited edition works of art because they are affordable and do so much to add color and interest to a room. I could seriously collect if I had enough wall space, but I think a few in the home is plenty for me right now.

Rock Posters at Newbury Comics (+ Guide)One of my favorite music stores is Boston’s own Newbury Comics, a great source for music, comics, Japanese toys, DVD’s, and now – rock posters, which they carry both in-store and Rock Posters at Newbury Comics (+ Guide)Rock Posters at Newbury Comics (+ Guide)In addition to what’s available at Newbury Comics, you can visit some of these talented peeps that create rock posters by the pound. I’m sure you’ll love browsing these links, so enjoy!

Rock Posters at Newbury Comics (+ Guide)Option G (Cole Gerst. I have his Blonde Redhead moth poster shown above. It’s so colorful and bright in person, love it!)
Gig Posters (tons of artists, tons of eye candy.)
Eleanor Grosch
Strawberry Luna
Crash America
Fur Turtle
Kangaroo Press
Power House Designs
Print Mafia
Matt Daly
Leia Bell
Ben Wilson Art
Dan Stiles
Nate Duval
Red Bird
The Little Friends of Printmaking
Patent Pending Industries
Tim Gough
Dan McCarthy
F-2 Design
Guy Burnwell

(images from newbury comics)






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