Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stare At Something Long Enough

Months and months ago, February to be precise, I could not pull myself away from this Japanese tiled sink.  

At $75 I nearly came home with it... but, stopped myself (for once) in collecting another project.  In this case the project would have entailed building something to house it and hiring a plumber.  Phew!  $75 can turn into $7500 pretty quickly.

When you have stared at something long enough it gets burned into your brain.  I mean, it leaves an imprint for future creativity....

When thrifting recently, I was immediately visually attracted to this dish.             A $2 investment with no chance of additional costs!

I find myself staring at this photo every time it is used.  (the blogesphere loves it!)
A beautiful antique oak floor (very likely French).

Exquisite Surfaces Advert?

Stare at something long enough....

and your bamboo floor will give you its best (with the likely assistance of an undetermined moisture source), by cupping and shifting to look antique!

This project (repairs replacement) will decidedly surpass the costs of the imagined structure with a Japanese sink feature.  Good thing I saved that $7500 to spend another day!

Cheers!  Linda  :-)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Great Image

The New York Times, Sunday, July 8, 2012

June 7, 2012 Ashbury "Splash" Park, N.J.                                                                     Photo by Alan Chin, New York

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw this little boy running so freely through the sprinkler I had to capture it on camera. The plastic bucket, perched on his head like a helmet, reminded me of the one I’d wear in my childhood while playing war on the beaches of Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

New Vintage Cafe' Chairs - Help!

Need to paint my 2 for $25 garage sale chairs, so Hubby can screw/mount the new seats.  

Will you help me decide on the color?

currently Primer Brown

They REmind me of ......

Paradise Road, The Gallery Cafe, Colombo                                                                             photo by Slim Paley

Upholstered with my fabric which looks kinda a lot like this on the sofa.

The Kahanda Kanda Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka                                                                       photo by Slim Paley


"Do these stripes make me look fat?"

They will be those extra dining chair chairs. 
What color should they be?

I could hang them on hooks in the garage (because the garage is going to get organized - it should have room for at least one car when I'm done)  or I could use them....

HERE    &    HERE


I know that mine don't look like rams heads.


They do have bent knee "walking legs" !

Let me know soon, 'cause Hubby is itch'n to get started!  

Nah, but the sooner I get it on his "to do list" the more likely we'll have this project finished by Thanksgiving. 

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

The photos via the blog Slim Paley are from her post "Black & White Stripes Redux" posted April 5th, 2012.  Check it out and have fun exploring (for days) her other posts - she recently posted #400!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Black & White - Off The Rack & Custom

Mama Phelps - Reaction to Michael winning medal #19
Her jewelry choice makes the statement - no gray area here!
                             DesignInMyView from the NBC Olympics broadcast

marimekko from  Crate & Barrel

cotton area rug from Crate & Barrel
similar cotton and wool Dhurrie
at Pottery Barn

marimekko outdoor poof    Crate & Barrel

"Authorized Art" by James McDemas                                         photo by DesignInMyView

As seen at the Orange County Fair 2012

 "Authorized Art"  (detail)                             DesignInMyView

tufted wool rug from Pottery Barn

Son's Silhouette 
Before and After

new mat and frame
as found from 1st grade


Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn
Ribbon Tables from Rios Clementi Hale Studios

My Summer Bag w/marimekko pouch                                 DesignInMyView

Handbag J. Crew

Pendleton Woolen Mills 
reversible Bedspreads

"Look to the cookie, Elaine!  Look to the cookie."
Jerry Seinfeld  "Seinfeld" 


Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Antique Shopping & Sunday Brunch

Back again to Stanford Court Antiques in San Clemente, California... I stop in often for my mental health.  Hoping to get a Doctor's note to make purchases more often!

Not too big, or too small, gilt chandelier with black "wax" candles - the draped strand of crystals is added (poor choice).   Maybe around $280.


Attractive Lady Portrait - pretty pink flowers in back ground - large, nearly square canvas.  She struck me as looking a lot like actress Sada Thompson from the 1970's television show "Family".

(extreme angle to avoid glare)          DesignInMyView
by Joseph Greenbaumn

Cast of "Family"

Sada Thompson

detail of frame                               DesignInMyView
Small (child size) cherry cupboard, raised panels.   Sweet!

$500-ish                         DesignInMyView

Mahogany i-Pad desk (right?!) or petite sofa table, how else would you use this unique piece?


Great price!

"Not Old" cut crystal or glass vase 11" high $75.

French Wine bottle, nearly 2 feet tall!

One last item before we EAT....

Massive perfection, would display the French Wine Bottle very well!

Brunch time!

Oven pancake, flowers from Son and his Sweetie - "Mom Heaven"                                                 DesignInMyView

Eating outdoors - just too Hot, again today.  ah, summer!

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Read more of my Stanford Court Antiques posts.... HERE


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