Restored Vintage Trailer | The Nugget

Hey ya'll. I've been following Mandi, author of the blog Vintage Revivals, as she painstakingly restored a vintage trailer called "The Nugget". Mandi and her husband spent 4 months gutting, resurfacing and decking-out this sweet little trailer, cataloging the entire process on her blog.

I love it so much that I've been combing the Craigslist for junked trailers. No luck yet, but I'm still keeping my eyes open. The results of Mandi's hard work and vision are phenomenal. See more photos and all of the "before" shots HERE. I'm in love!














Master Bedroom Reveal

Master Bedroom is finished! This has been months in the making, but today is the day. This winter, I parted with my IKEA canopy bed and began the process of re-tooling my master bedroom. (Don't worry, the bed went to a really good home. My mother took it to her farmhouse in Oregon, where she painted it black and reassembled in in her upstairs bedroom!) Our master suite didn't need a huge overhaul, but for crazy design enthusiasts like me a new bed means a new bedroom. So here it is....... Ta Da!





Here was my original design collage for the bedroom:




And here is the "before" photo of the space. The wall color, Ashwood by Behr, remained in place. However, the bedside lamps were relocated to our guest room and the long curtains relocated to our dining room.




One of my favorite new additions to the room is a gorgeous piece of art I bought from Atlanta-based artist Jenny Andrews Anderson a few months back. It received a frame this week and is now finally on my wall. It is the happiest, prettiest, most cheerful thing in the room. I love love love this piece of art!






There are two new pieces of furniture in the bedroom: the platform bed, which was purchased at Simply Austin, and the dresser, a vintage Haywood Wakefield piece that I found at VIEUX, a fantastic DFW resale shop. I wanted something in a natural wood with a masculine feel and this midcentury dresser was in outstanding condition.






And of course, I still have my August Macke print on the walls. 




I also picked up two swing arm sconces from Amazon.com. I have to say, they look good, but they're pretty flimsy. If I were to do it again, I wouldn't be such a cheap-o. I'd buy THESE instead. They're still very reasonably priced and would look even better!






I kept my old IKEA Hemnes side tables. They look great and have a nice small footprint. However, I did alter them by sawing off the legs and adding a few gold paint details. You can see my full DIY post HERE.





The art above the yellow chairs is one of my own. It was created as a part of my Neuroplasticity exhibit last fall. It's called "The Healing Fields" and is seems to fit in the room beautifully.




The yellow club chairs were purchased last year from the DFW Craig's List. The side table is a family heirloom given to me last spring after my great aunt passed away. It is from India and the table top is a huge copper tray. The teakwood legs also have inlaid abalone shell. 





I was a little nervous that all of the new modern mid-century touches would clash with my brass chandelier, but I think everything plays very well together. And frankly, I think a small vintage chandelier goes with anything. 




There is a small patch of wall space above my bedroom light switch. I've hung my great-grandmother's coin purse just below a small sketch of a blackbird that I found at a thrift store in Austin, TX. 




At the foot of the bed, my husband and I have hung a flat screen TV above our old IKEA billy cabinet. I've had that thing since college. It holds all of our children's book. We read in bed every night to our sons, so we thought a mini kid library was a good use of space. See my little sweet pea poking his head around the corner?





So that's it! I hope you like my re-tooled master suite. My husband and I love it. The style is way more in line with our mutual aesthetic than the previous incarnation. This room makes me feel absolutely at home.


I love Pendant Lights

If I ever have a chance to remodel my kitchen, I'll definitely be installing some pendant lighting. Whether you have an eat-in kitchen table, an island or a bar, pendants are the way to go. My tastes are pretty wide ranging, but here are some of my favorites:

via

via

via


And look at these pink bulbous babies! 
Aren't they crazy... and kind of awesome?



via


Check out these Italian steel pendants. Sexy!

source



I love these Hydro Lamps carved from wood, created by Hungarian designer Laszlo Tompa. 
He was inspired by the shapes of deep sea animals like cuttlefish, medusas and polyps. 

source

via


Green glass and wood? Yes, please.

source



I love these glass bulb pendants from Niche Modern. 
They come in all sorts of colors but I like the blue sapphire hue best. 

source



This hammered metal globe pendant would be great as a trio above a kitchen island. 

source



These beauties, from Blue Suntree, are made of cork. Aren't they groovy?

source



All of the lamps below are from an Etsy store called Modern Space Design
They have some fantastic vintage modern Danish lighting for sale. 

source

source

source

source



Houzz Tour | Megan Charters

Last week I introduced you to blogger and mid century enthusiast Megan Charters. Today we get to take a look at the rest of her colorful and eclectic North Texas bungalow!

Charters says, “I’m very much inspired by color and pattern and the juxtaposition of old and new. I like bringing together collections and memories from various eras and styles in a way that I hope is visually stimulating — with a healthy dose of humor. Almost like a whimsical museum gallery.”

See all of the photos at Houzz.com and read the full article HERE.












Find Megan elsewhere:




Meet Megan Charters | a Houzz Sneak Peek

This weekend I had the extreme pleasure of meeting librarian, blogger and self proclaimed shutterbug Megan Charters during a photo shoot for Houzz.com. Her home tour will publish in the following week or so, but first I wanted to give you a little look-see. Megan is a vintage enthusiast and has a variety of glorious collections in her home. Everything from Matryoshka dolls to cuckoo clocks to mid century cameras to plaid thermoses. I'm so excited for you to see the whole she-bang, but until then, this should tide you over.








The art pictured below is one of Megan's own pieces. Part collage and part graphic design, it depicts a raised plastic relief of a vintage car owned by Megan's former boyfriend. The map is cut out behind the plastic to match the drawing and the whole thing is mounted on a wood block. Isn't it the coolest?





Lola, Megan's Pug-Boston Terrier mix pictured above, poses for my camera. Below, Megan peeks over the top of her handmade quilt. Friends, this quilt is beautifully made. Megan has some serious sewing skills. The appliqué reads "You're Weird I Like You". Well, we like you too, Megan!



More to come...

A Pair of Vintage Chairs

I love nothing more than a pair of reupholstered vintage chairs. No matter what kind of space you have, it can always be updated with these little blasts from the past. I've got three sets in my house: mustard colored club chairs in my office, turquoise midcentury vinyl waiting room chairs in the dining room and a set of blue-gray barrel backs in my living room. I can't resist a good pair of vintage chairs. How about you?


source


source


source


source


source


source


source


source


source



And here are some vintage chair pairs from my abode:









My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on Houzz.com last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!






My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!







The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.




My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.









And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!






The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?




And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.





Old Records on my Birthday

Another box arrived from North Carolina today from my Great Aunt Lois who passed away this spring The box was filled with vinyl albums. She was a music lover, choir director and composer and had a nice collection of records. I spent my 4th of July listening to Country Music's Greatest Hits by the Mills Brothers. I had not heard of the them until I saw the record - I guess I've been living in a cave because they were super duper famous back in the day. Here's the album cover:





Here they are on the Lawrence Welk Show:




P.S. It's my birthday!
35 today.


Vintage Handkerchiefs

My Great Aunt Lois passed away this spring and over the last few weeks, some of her things have been arriving at my home. Mostly quilts, family photos, albums, a little bit of art and some small furniture items she collected over the years. She also left behind an incredible collection of hand embroidered and vintage printed handkerchiefs. She is definitely of the "handkerchief era" and has quite a variety. I've been washing, drying and pressing them all week. There are 36 total. Now... what to do with them? Any ideas?









{re}cycled consign & design

This week I spent some time browsing {re}cycled consign & design in Cedar City, Utah. {Re}cycled consign & design is a fabulous little shop chocked full of vintage trinkets and second-hand curios. It has a line of new products as well, but everything is hand picked and interestingly displayed. I wish this sweet shop was closer to Dallas. I didn't have enough room in my car for everything I wanted! I snapped some photos of my favorite things and share them with you. Enjoy!






























Cyberstalk {re}cycled consign & design:

Eclectic and Bright

By the look of this first photo, I'm still on a floral chintz kick.  But today, I'm looking at bright boho-ish spaces that feature great natural light and cream colored walls. These rooms prove that you don't have to go dark on the walls for a cozy, intimate, eclectic look. Tis the season to keep things light and bright!


source

source


source


source


source


source


source


source


source


And don't forget about our 75 dollar giveaway from Novica!
Click HERE to enter. 

Midcentury Kitsch and Toys

I recently photographed a marvelous Midcentury home for Houzz. It was filled with unique collections of 1950s figurines and toys. The home owners, James and Cindy Stolp, are both designers who have a very clear and strong personal aesthetics that lean towards the kitschy side of midcentury modern. Their amazing home will be published next week on the Houzz website, but until then, I thought I'd share some of their cool pieces (photos you won't see in the upcoming article).































Clamp Lamp

My grandpa used to have three or four of these utilitarian clamp lamps in his basement paint shop.  To a little knee-high kid, they seemed like weird robots towering over my grandpa's work space.  But now... What I wouldn't give to have just one of them for my studio table.


source


source


source


source


source

Click Clack Clack

My Apple keyboard doesn't have that satisfying and nostalgic click clack clack of a vintage typewriter, but I don't mind.  I've been spending a lot of time at the keys lately, working on a little something and I've fallen in love with the smooth glide and ease of a thin wireless keyboard. John Updike would have been stoked with a laptop, but I think he'd miss the click clack clack.

source

source unknown to me

source unknown to me


Create Some Drama

I guess I've always been kind of a drama queen. My grandmother was calling me "Sarah Bernhardt" when I was old enough to cut my own potatoes. I don't throw epic fits anymore, but I'm still prone to exaggeration and wearing red. I usually, however, keep my drama confined to the decorating and design of my home.  Here are some lovely dramatic spaces to get your creative juices flowing.

source

source

source

source

source


Thrifted Blanc de Chine Lamp

While browsing a thrift store yesterday with my kids, I happened upon an awesome Blanc de Chine lamp!  I was so excited I yelped aloud and ran over to it.  After a breathless explanation to my four-year-old about the history and importance of Chinoiserie style, to which I received a bored, blank stare, I hauled my score to the front counter and paid five dollars. Well, my actual total was $5.50 because the four-year-old found some vintage Hot Wheels. I'm still on cloud nine.  Here she is:



And here are some more vintage Blanc de Chine lattice style lamps for fun:

source

source

source


source


The lamp below looks just like mine.  
And I love the slick black lamp shade!

Add caption

Easy Breezy Boho Day


There is nothing better than a gauzy dress, a light breeze and a few open hours.  This is not how I'll be spending my day, but I sure wish it was.  Today I'm running errands with kids in tow, prepping meals and doing a large back-log of laundry. Maybe I'll keep my eyes open for a gauzy dress while I'm running errands.

source

source

source

source

source unknown to me

source

source unknown to me

source

Today is the last day to enter the IKATSUZANI giveaway...
You could win a hand woven, silk, Ikat pillow cover!


Photobucket