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Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern

August 17, 2010

Today for Etsy Take Five Tuesday I have a little vintage, a little modern, and a lot of pretty things for you to look at and hopefully fave! Here are my top five shop picks for the week. I hope that you enjoy them.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern
Alice Wingerden lives and collects lovely vintage things in Rochester, NY for Looking Glass House, an inspiring shop packed with carefully curated finds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern
Mom Jill and her 5-year-old daughter Bella have a sweet mother daughter shop called le Vintage Maison where you can find all sorts of vintage things, mostly for the home. Some items are sold in collections, which is always fun because you can buy the whole she-bang in one click!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern
I think I could feature the amazing Leah Duncan every week and never tire of her work. Sadly, I have yet to actually own anything from Leah but I think once I move and settle in to my new place I’ll pick up some goodies. I’m swooning currently over her scarf and some of her latest pillows shown above. Ah Leah, you are such a great designer and artist!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern
The clever husband and wife design duo who make up Uncommon are just sooo genius. I really like their clean, modern look and feel and I keep coming back to their white wood chandelier — I have no clue where I’d put it or why I love it so much, I just do. It’s a great silhouette I guess and who knows, I could find some use for it — even just to look adorable and only that!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday: Vintage/Modern
Jen is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with her BFA in Jewelry and Metals. Her shop, Quench Metal Works, is a lovely blend of old and new that may intrigue you as much as it did me!

(images: linked to their sources above, all layouts by decor8)

Shopping + Products

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

August 17, 2010

Hello everyone! How are you today? I was just reading the House Doctor blog and found this great store based out of Virginia called Factory 20 that I must share with you. It’s my new obsession and I wish it were nearby because I’d go a little bonkers shopping there. I noticed though that they schedule deliveries to NYC every so often, but it’s still a little far for me here in Germany! Ha!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

(I must have this tressel table for a mini cocktail bar. Imagine it with lovely etched vintage glasses, mismatched, and a few pretty bottles of alcohol (like Bombay Sapphire because it has the best color and bottle ever – I barely drink but like it around for guests) along with a little bowl of fresh lemons and some pretty fabric cocktail napkins in a variety of vintage patterns?)

But I shouldn’t cry about Factory 20 being in Virginia with me in Germany because locally we have the wonderfully curated shop ComingHome (I photographed one of their showrooms here awhile back). Plus, I’m close to the Netherlands and Belgium (I was just there a few weeks ago in fact) so I simply need to spend a weekend flea marketing and see what I can find. I’m currently looking for a vintage Dutch dropleaf gateleg table in white… And I want a long vintage work table for my new office this one from Belgium — I love the drawers and the wavy skirt! I also want a tressel table to use as a mini bar — just like the one shown above. I’m sad that Factory 20 is in America because they are sitting on three tables that I would buy right now if they were local. Wahhh. Oh well, I guess my American readers are in luck today!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

I love these minty green chairs and can totally see them paired with a zinc top round cafe table for a kitchen.

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

Isn’t she darling? She’d look great in a kitchen nook with those minty green chairs shown above!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

Factory 20: Vintage Heaven!

About Factory 20, “Factory 20 is a multi-disciplinary art and design collective which strives to create an ever-evolving nonlinear consumer lifestyles collection. Discovering intrinsically valuable decorative arts and furnishings to convey a different impression of 20th century design. Reclaiming salvaged materials, using uncommon combinations and adhering to modernist tenets we are confident that we can give to you the unexpected and the unforgettable.”

I think they definitely are bringing the unexpected and unforgettable – lovely things!

P.S. If you are looking for prop rentals, they can help you!

(images: factory 20)

Inspiration

Philip Ficks Photography

August 16, 2010

Are you familiar with the work of American pro photographer Philip Ficks? I first discovered him back when I was writing for Cookie magazine, but he has also appeared in other publications like Real Simple and has shot for clients that I love like Hable Construction as well. His still life work is my favorite, you can see some of what I like below but you’ll need to visit his portfolio online to access all of his beautiful photographs for your viewing pleasure today. :)

Philip Ficks Photography

Philip Ficks Photography

Philip Ficks was raised in Cincinnati and studied painting and then went on to study graphic design at Parsons. In New York, he worked as an art director for 10 years, most recently at Real Simple. While working with so many photographers over the years, he felt drawn to their work and realized his own unique ability to express his vision and creativity through this medium so he transitioned from art director to photographer. Great story, isn’t it?  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and works with a diverse group of clients ranging from editorial to advertising and commercial.

Philip Ficks Photography

I love stories like these… people changing directions and trying new careers and finding success. It’s lovely and definitely flattens the old school way of thinking — studying something and sticking to it for life no matter how much you’d prefer to be doing something else! Why bother? Transition and move forward! Those of us who have done this are happier for it, this is a fact!

(images: philip ficks)

Shop Tours, Travel

Moooi Amsterdam

August 16, 2010

Would you like to tour the fabulous Moooi in Amsterdam with me today? I was recently there and asked permission to shoot some photos for decor8 and they were happy to welcome me and so I did my thing — snap, snap, snap!

Moooi Amsterdam

I have always had this great love affair with the white paper chandelier ever since first spotting it five years ago and I’m still absolutely lusting for it after all of this time. I saw an XXL version as I walked into Moooi and laughed as I imagined a scenario where my husband would come home one afternoon and see it hanging in our entryway — I can picture his face! I can’t imagine owning a space large enough to fit the massive version of the paper chandelier, but I can definitely see using the “normal” size chandy over my dining room table or in the entry of my new home so I will contact their German agent soon to see if the price tag is even close to something that I can afford. I don’t know though… Here it is in the entry of the store as I walked in. Isn’t it lovely?

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

I also love the lolita table lamps, you can see a white one in the photo directly above — it reminds me of a little hat with delicate trimwork… it is such a precious light and I like that it also comes in gray as a pendant because I think that would look lovely in a kitchen, don’t you? I currently have the Clusterlamp in my kitchen but I’m thinking of moving it to the guest bathroom once I move… When I look at Moooi lighting I think I could fill my entire home only with their lighting and live happily ever after! I was counting over the weekend, in my new home I need to buy 13 pendants. Can you imagine? THIRTEEN. This is because we have 6 rooms plus a kitchen, 2 baths a hall and an entry room plus two enclosed winter gardens (they are like 3 season glass enclosed porches). I hope that I win the lottery soon.

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Moooi Amsterdam

Did you enjoy this little Moooi visit with me today? I hope that you did. I shot this store on a very rainy Wednesday when no one was around so I had the place to myself. I wanted to photograph more close ups of products but I felt I would have overstayed my welcome so I took these snaps above and got going… I ended up in a charming little corner cafe eating apple cake and sipping tea as the rain poured — it was quite a romantic little afternoon!

Visiting London? Moooi is set to open the doors of its first permanent showroom & UK headquarters in London on September 16th over at Portobello Dock!

(images: Holly Becker for decor8)

Objects

Aunt June Fabrics

August 16, 2010

I just spotted the sweetest fabrics on Etsy by Aunt June, some patterns feature the most darling little hand sketched boats. How cute is this?

Aunt June Fabrics

Lauren Hunt of Aunt June is currently a featured seller over at Etsy — she designs and prints many fabrics that those who make things would delight in owning and transforming into all kinds of pretty handmade goodies. She also has another shop, And Your Name Is, where she designs fabric with your name on it that can become totes, clothing, pillows, anything! My favorite pattern, in addition to the boats, is the gorgeous feather print in gray and white. Lovely!

Psst: Lauren makes totes and she blogs too!

(images: lauren hunt)

Travel

Happy Weekend!

August 14, 2010

Here I am wishing wonderful you a great weekend! Thank you for visiting me on decor8 this week, your visits and comments mean so much to me and as I’m on some serious deadlines right now with the book and the only breaks I have are when I read your sweet notes on my site or in my inbox. So thank you for being such good friends. :)  I’m currently working on a special section in the book that I know you will find helpful but I’m so, so busy with Decorate right now that I feel this such a wacky mix of emotions currently! Right now I want to finish up and see the final product and then, show you because I’m a blogger — I want to show and tell NOW not in months to come! ha ha! There are so many details and bits that I am holding back on because I simply cannot tell you now but when I can, I have many lovely stories from what I learned doing this project, who I met, all of it!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

What will you do this weekend? I’ll be at a flea market in the morning and then going out with my friend for a few hours, but then I need to write more and start working on the e-course materials for the next class. I also need to get some estimates for movers, we are hiring out (you get to a certain age where it no longer works to call your friends to help you — they either all have bad backs now or kids, LOL, sigh – aging!) so we have to hire a moving company to basically move us around the corner but hey, I just want to get packed and get out at this point because I am so ready to move into our new home.

See you on Monday and have a very nice and hopefully relaxing weekend!

xo, Holly

(Images: Dit, a place we ate at in Den Bosch recently with our lovely friends.)

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