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Jane Foster Screen Prints (UK)

I can’t recall if I’ve blogged about Jane Foster before, but I just love her work. Jane creates 50’s and 60’s Scandinavian inspired screen prints and ceramics in her Brighton, England studio. I adore her limited edition prints below, aren’t they great? Click here to view more from Jane Foster.


(images from jane foster)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms, vintage on February 13, 2007

Flea Market Finds at Blue Bell Bazaar – Hurry!

Hurry! Blue Bell Bazaar just posted some fabulous flea market finds in her etsy store that you’ll want to scoop up quickly since she usually sells out fast. These look like items you’d see on display in some of your favorite rooms in Domino magazine, don’t they? I want the parrot cage and all of her owl mugs!


Thanks Gosia for spreading the news about your beautiful store with us.

(images from blue bell bazaar)

Posted in Etsy Faves, events + markets, vintage on February 05, 2007

Book of the Week: Flea Market Style

Joy speaks so fondly of Emily Chalmers that I had learn more. I found out that she’s authored (and co-authored) several books, one being Flea Market Style, which seems to come with rave reviews on all the book websites.

After purchasing it and falling in love, I decided to post it as book of the week because it gave me a Springy feeling, like March is just around the corner so chin up! Aside from budding trees and warmer temps, Spring brings cleaning and organizing the home, along with refreshing the decor. And there’s no better way to refresh than to hit flea markets because you are supporting sellers, saving money, and more importantly, it does the planet good to recycle. Queen Flea Victoria says that out in the Bay Area, the Alameda Market kicks off this weekend. For those of us wrapped like a mummy in winter gear, attending an outdoor flea is months away. That’s why I’ll live through the pages of Flea Market Style and of course, Victoria’s blog.

Flea Market Style is a beautiful book, it’s not the typical flea read, where everything leans more on yee haw Country (roosters and plaid) or the all white Shabby Chic style. While it’s hard to define the style, picture fresh cut flowers in a canning jar, on a metal folding table, in a Notting Hill flat with soaring ceiling, crown moldings, and a sweetly upholstered 19th century French Louis XV sofa against a soft blue wall, and there you have it. The photos are so gorgeous.

Books like this one are really helpful for those who may not have the eye to source amazing finds. I have friends who’ve accompanied me to Brimfield and they just don’t get it. They don’t have the vision to get excited about it. To them, it’s all junk. I don’t fault anyone for that because we all have talents in different areas. I’ve been going to fleas since I was a toddler (with my mother and grandparents), so although I can’t couldn’t compose music or write code to save my life, I can find potential scores at flea markets.

For a flea market junkie, this title offers plenty of styling ideas, and for those a bit overwhelmed by the thought of combing a huge market, helps them develop an eye for precious finds so the shopping experience becomes exciting. The more you look at pictures, attend fleas with friends who are savvy market shoppers, and my #1, have in mind exactly what you are looking for, the more beneficial your trip will be. The days of coming home, stressed and exhausted, opening your bag wondering what you were thinking, are over!

If you need any flea market tips, just ask. So many readers are complete junkies, I’m sure one of us can offer some advice. Once Spring comes, I’ll post a list of some of the best flea markets to hit, look for that in mid March.

Pick up a copy of Flea Market Style on Amazon for $18 right here.

(image from amazon)

Posted in Books + Magazines, events + markets, vintage on February 02, 2007

Marcel Wanders New Antiques for Cappellini

Mmmm. Marcel Wanders. I love the glam he’s given to an otherwise traditional look here with his ‘New Antiques’ collection for Cappellini in black and white. It released last year, but the look is so in tune with 2007 trends, isn’t it? Combining old world charm with modern sensibility, New Antiques adds just the right touch of yesterday without looking like it should go back, and stay there. I’m thinking we’ll continue to see soft lines, old world appeal, lacquered furniture, and lots of polished finishes for ’07. And that’s fine by me. If you’re interested in this collection, visit Unica Home online.


Psst: I know that some of you (me included) cannot afford a toothbrush designed by Marcel, nevermind what is featured above. That’s okay. Use these over-the-top luxury posts as inspiration, to gather ideas, to spot trends, to inspire. You may find a chair with similiar characteristics in your attic, on the curb, or at your local antiques store for $100. Grab it, wash it with soapy water, let it dry, lightly sand, wash again, and when it’s completely dry, paint it with a lacquered paint in white or black to mimic the above. Or, go completely color crazy and introduce teal or coral. Remember, just because you cannot afford to buy everything you see doesn’t mean you cannot use what you see to generate ideas and create your own designs on a budget. Remember, you don’t always have to buy to decorate – use what you have or what you can find that suits your budget.

(images from unica home)

Posted in DIY, Objects, tips, vintage on January 16, 2007

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