I’m not exactly sure what causes these sudden cravings, like I was big into globes last week (my eBay globe arrived and I love it), and now I’m back into typewriters, a recurring love of mine as I have visions of them in vintage pale pink or turquoise from the 50s, perhaps with that retro Smith-Corona font on the front. Actually, I can trace this typewriter desire. It’s this photo that did me in. I saw it over 3 years ago (I think ’05 maybe) in Country Living magazine and never forgot it. It was from an article about a New York farmhouse owned by Peter and India Baird that I fell in love with.
The typewriters below are from eBay, I was watching them but silly me, I forgot that watch means I need to frequently check back (and I didn’t) so I lost out. I only need one. So I am back to searching for the perfect Smith-Corona. Or any brand really, as long as it is in some delicious pale pink or blue color, works, and has pretty font somewhere on it.
Here are some more shots of that farmhouse. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Imagine having a second home like this… And I adore that little vintage classroom desk in their kitchen. This is how I imagine my life someday when we have children. A place for my little one to color while I cook dinner. I recently found two of them at a local flea market for free – no one wanted them – but I passed them by because I was in a rush to get somewhere. Now I wish I had taken the time to stop.
More homes and tours can be found on the newly updated Country Living website, they have some gorgeous galleries and lots of modern country looks that are very nice to look at. Photos taken by the amazing Michael Luppino (check out his interiors porfolio, the man is unstoppable).
(images from ebay and michael luppino for country living)
When Boston-based reader Syrene wrote to me asking whether I’d blog about the dining room (table, 6 chairs, leaf insert, and china cabinet on server) that she *just* listed yesterday on Craigslist Boston, I took one look at the photos and agreed – this Heywood Wakefield Dining Room is in perfect condition. And who knows, perhaps someone out there reading has dreamt of owning a set like this? If that person is you, this is your lucky day because this set has been in her family since it was made in 1949 so it’s quite a special find.
Here’s the Craigslist ad so you can read more about it and contact her directly.
Thanks Syrene for the tip!
(images from syrene)
Ever since spotting Victoria’s new dining room (lovely!) and reading how she’s dying to replace her current dining room chairs, I can’t stop thinking about how I wish I lived closer to San Francisco because the second she sells them on Craigslist I’d be there with a truck. Imagine them in yellow with cushions in a bright, happy print?
You don’t have to imagine. Pieces in Atlanta already has them for $285 each. This is the paint job I’m talking about. Dislike the stripe cushion, so those would need to change. But look at how fresh and pretty these are?
Pieces has some of the best chairs I’ve seen, very girly, and regardless of whether or not cane remains a trend, I love love love these chairs. I want one for my desk, but they’re only offered only as a set of 4. Boo Hoo.
One can dream, right? But when you look at these items consider your current inventory and how you may be able to give something you already own a fresh new look simply by painting it, switching out the fabric, or swapping hardware. Victoria is the queen of this which is why we are all inspired by her home. This lady is tops!
(images: top: sfgirlbybay and all others from pieces)
When we leave New Hampshire someday, I’ll definitely need to locate a new Red Chair Antiques to visit for inspiration because I think every girl needs one shop nearby where she can linger, explore, touch everything (sorry shop owners!), and draw inspiration from the various displays and products offered there. A place where you can enter feeling a bit uninspired and leave with more ideas than you’ll ever know what to do with. That is the Joy of Shop, friends. :)
Even my husband likes this store because it brings out the explorer in him. He especially enjoys looking through the vintage law books written in old German, he purchased several there that he read and now displays on a shelf in our home.
I blogged about Red Chair last summer so you may recall the name, it’s owned by Jocie Sinauer, but back then she didn’t have a website so I had no place to point you online. I’ve been shopping at this store for 6 years and highly suggest a visit if you love Swedish and French antiques and flea market finds and you find yourself in historic Peterborough, NH.
We visit Red Chair at least one Sunday each month, so while the website is great, nothing tops the smell of fresh picked lavender as you enter this large store painted in muted gray and blue tones, filled with Swedish antiques (think curvy chairs covered in natural linen + iron beds), vintage linens from France, thousands of bits like buttons, shells, vintage postcards & photos, textile remnants, and lovely displays scattered throughout this little slice of antique heaven. Directly across from Red Chair is another store called Cross Road (blogged 3/06) that is a huge garden shop/interiors store (succulents in rusty urns, paintings of the New Hampshire countryside, and mercury glass birds) and near to that are a few galleries for art and a delicious restaurant with a kitchenwares/gourmet food store inside. If you visit Peterborough in the future, here’s a link to shopping in their little town center (more like a quaint village, highly suggest visiting in October, hands down the best month in New Hampshire!).
I hope you enjoyed looking at my favorite little shop. Do you have a local shop that you’d consider your favorite? I’m always looking to add to the decor8 shopping links and fill them with stores you love, so please comment below no matter where you live. Thank you. :)
(images from red chair, 2nd image taken by me 6/2006 with permission.)