Archives for the month of: August, 2012

A thrifty couple.
One functional, the other not so much…
Vintage Avon salt shaker. Handmade wooden pear.

From the stores.
Kikkerland Paper Notepad, Myer.
Bud vase Orson & Blake, vintage cocktail fork inside urban rustic shop.

I picked these flowers for $4, Lifeline Mona Vale.

Lucky enough to have seen the real Irises by Vincent van Gogh with my own eyes.
It sold for $53.90 million in 1987 to Alan Bond who  did not have enough money to pay for it. Later re-sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It sits at Number 10 on the list of most expensive paintings ever sold.


Passed up this print for $20 because I didn’t much like the frame or the typography.
Now have Regret seeing as the glass and the image alone were worth more.
Don’t you hate that?

and toasted  [a new version of an old classic]

I now have one set to sell: Toast cork coasters & chrome rack $45

email me if you want it while its hot [the toast geddit?]

Might go to bed…

Monstera Deliciosa cutting [tropical vine found on the side fence]

Vintage Pyrex beaker $25

Wooden mat from Barnados, bought one, wish I’d bought the set [had already way too many things in my basket]

Table & Chairs:  Cooper Store Mosman

Items available for hire also. As is photographer/writer/stylist/blogger. [me]

So finally my house bird has landed.
I have a confession to make. It’s a replica. Giant can of worms alert.

As I designer of course I do not agree with plagiarism, copies, knock offs etc. and I aspire to own only original pieces But [with a capital B]… Charles & Ray Eames [died 1978/88] are not benefitting from me buying a real bird. Are they? A company called Vitra is. And hey $230 or thereabouts for an [admittedly cool] non functioning object in these times is a flight of fancy isn’t it?
And here’s the rub. My husband hates it. He had a nasty incident with a Magpie as a kid and it freaks him out. So its been shelved [to my study] anyway. Kind of glad I saved some $$.
Aint gunna fly.

I found this interesting article + debate over Herman Miller [licensed Eames design suppliers] taking Matt Blatt [local Replica giant] to court last year.

So what do you think?  Where do you stand on replica vs original? I’m not going to judge…

John Perry pink flamingo house decoration from Palm Springs mid century

Da b-b-b-bird, bird bird, bird is the word!
[Peter Griffin doing Surfin Bird]


I wish.

I picked up this tea towel in Trina Turk, Palm Springs California. And love all the bragging embedded in that sentence.

It was never my intention to actually use it as a tea towel [Me dry dishes? I outsource that to sunlight, thank you] rather, hang it from a piece of dowel and rope ala 60’s/70’s macramé style. Somehow in the photographing of said Tea Towel it acquired a chocolate stain. D’oh.
As Chief Wigham says ” Nothing gets chocolate out, see?”

Anyway, back to the regular program…

I didn’t know much about Jonathan Adler except that I liked this design very much indeed. Then I bought one of his awesome, inspiring Happy Chic books from Louise Bell’s little eye candy feast for the colour loving soul shop that is Table Tonic in my local Avalon.

So I got motivated to mount a piece of Mr Adler on my wall.

And don’t know why I waited so long.

I used 2cm diameter wooden beads from a craft shop: 25c each,
a piece of dowel approx 7mm thick: $2.60,
double-sided tape, [I didn’t sew it as, being the Libran I am, wondered if I might change my mind later and decide to frame it and wouldn’t want the stitching scars]
string and a box cutter type knife or scalpel.

To cut the dowel to size roll it gently back and forward with the knife blade on it [on a cutting mat] until there’s an incision all around, then snap it off. I used a hammer and a piece of cloth [protection] to tap the beads on all the way. Or wood glue if the fit is looser, depending on the size of the holes on the beads.

Strings attached and ready to hang…

Turns out Chief Wigham was wrong about the Chocolate Stain, among other things. Yay.

Sexying up the vessel. If I may.

Not even a real woody. Hand painted.

Oh My Gourd!

Chevron, so hot right now.

Pair of jugs.

De flower.



Title says it all. Not much to add.
If I’m not making sense look it up in the urban dictionary.

I am fascinated by this carefree lady, her Missoni-esque plane furnishings and hi-tech inflight gizmo which probably will not affect navigational instruments etcetera etcetera.
I wonder where she is now and is she still playing with herself?

2 yellow magnetic pieces are missing which could be substituted with small magnets but I’m thinking it makes pretty awesome wall art as is.

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