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I found a neat little eBay store over the weekend while searching for an alabaster deer head. Strange item to desire, but you must relate… I think we’ve all obsessed over something that others found a bit odd (your boyfriend, those jelly shoes, that eggplant hair color). I first came a white deer head in Real Simple magazine, then I spotted another on flickr from Shimrit + Yaar. Seeing that I couldn’t find any in local stores, or online (when I did they were always out of stock), I turned to my friendly eBay and searched for ‘deer heads’. Simple enough. Or so I thought.

I kid you not, I had to endure endless images of creepy stuffed heads until I found my diamond in the rough, a seller that not only had several in stock, but the price was right. He also has an online store in addition to his website, and his home won the 2005 “Home of the Year” award from Metropolitan Home magazine. A Thai-American living in Washington, D.C., Supon Phornirunlit, has a great eye for design and stocks some great products, so I’m sure you’ll want to shop his finds in both his eBay store and website, Home Republic. See Supon’s home here (don’t miss his retro cookie jar collection!).

Check out all these heads over the bed!

I know some say antlers are out, but I think good design is good design and if it makes you happy and looks great in your space, then that is all that really matters. I plan to have a dog someday and think this would make a fun hook for a dog leash in a mud room, so once I tire of it on display in my living room, I’ll move it over to another area of my home for a more functional purpose, like the entryway.

So, what do you think of these heads? Be honest.

Posted in trends, vintage on March 19, 2007

Living with Panache

Have you heard of eBay seller, Living with Panache? They offer bold, graphic wall hangings, shades, and pillows using fabrics from the great Florence Broadhurst, Marimekko, Ljungbergs, Sanden and Alexander Henry. Just think, with a $10 lighting kit, you can transform a shade into a pendant in a snap! Items can be purchased from either their current listings or made to order according to your specifications.

Great selection, they ship worldwide, and I think their prices are reasonable. Of course, they use some of my favorite patterns, so they were an insta-fave from the start for me. I’m totally bookmarking them for future projects.

Psst: Living with Panache also has a gallery located at 1 Kenrick Street inn Newcastle, Australia. Another example of an independent shop owner stretching their wings and expanding to the online space. Fantastic!

(images from living with panache)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Objects, vintage on March 16, 2007

Re-found Objects

If you love vintage style, don’t miss this place. It seems like every time I pick up an issue of Living Etc, I spot products from Re-found Objects. What a terrific source for reproduction and recycled vintage goods, it’s like a glorious online flea market.

These pendant jelly lights, made from vintage jelly molds, are totally clever, don’t you think? I’d love to paint them in white or a bright fire engine red.

And I love the old-fashioned charm of these vintage-inspired pillows, the union jack is my favorite, I’m not huge on flags as decor, but a tiny little jack is so quintessentially Britian that it’s a must-have for any anglophile.

But back to those mold lights, how hard could it be to make your own? Perhaps search ebay for vintage jelly molds (I just spotted a set of 4 there for $1.99!), drill a hole in the top center, and purchase one of those inexpensive lighting kits from IKEA and you’re more or less finished. You could also find a vintage bundt pan, those already have a hole. Hmmm. I seriously wonder how easy a project like this would be because on paper it doesn’t look like much of a challenge. Has anyone worked on a similar project before?

(images from re-found objects)

Posted in Objects, vintage on March 13, 2007

Reader Q: Letters?

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.

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.

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!

Image from Wary Meyers. Ah. Much more tame than the last image. :)

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?

Posted in reader questions, vintage on February 21, 2007

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