Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rifle Paper Co.

Illustrator/Designer Anna Bond creates pretty, feminine work, that's cool.
personalized calling cards and stationary too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Susanna Salk on The Skirted Round Table + a book giveaway

This week Susanna Salk stops in to chat with us about her newest project completion {she's already onto book number 4} Room for Children- stylish spaces for sleep and play. Susanna's extensive tenure in the design and publishing world, has positioned her as one of today's most visible style reporters.
Room for Children is her third book, preceded by A Privileged Life and Weekend Retreats. The book is chock-full of great ideas for anyone, no matter the age. It's so refreshing to see page after page of doable, vivid and creative interior ideas that look nothing like those glossy mail order catalogs {with the equally glossy, matchy-match furnishings}
Room for Children Publisher, Rizzoli has graciously provided a book to give to one of our listeners. Hop on over to The Skirted Round Table for details.

Fair Trade on ebay

I just read about ebay's new {or at least "new" to me} World of Good, program. All items on these pages fall under the World Fair Trade Organization guidelines, which means, that all of the products are traced back to sources that have standardized labor and social policies. But here's the thing, we're not talking macrame, ear cones and incense {although I'm sure you could find that too} check out some of the awesome finds, like these:
And great prices too. Who needs to pay $150.00 on a Handmade Ceramic Garden Stool when you can get this great one for $78.00.
source & more info over at:: shelter pop

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

beach house blues

Man it's been gray around here lately.
I know, you've heard me whine,
"I hate the constant sun",
"somedays it makes me feel like punching the cheery blue sky in it.s white fluffy clouds"
" I like moody weather, it suits me."
How quickly I've forgotten the actual mood altering power of a socked in gray day that seems to go into infinity. My head aches, softly in that area right behind the eye sockets. I'm tired, and would rather crawl back into bed and channel surf than do something productive. blah. Gray May, blah beach days.
..... alas and woe is my, bad-ass, little beach house.
This great, bad-ass little, British beach house was actually a battery at one time. The Seasalter beach house, located on the North Kent coast of the UK, has seen its fair share of June Gloom - but the uplifting, not-so-serious interiors make it seem like such a happy little place to be.
now excuse me while I go for a run on the beach....because I can. gratitude. in the end it's what gets you through it all.

new york city polaroid project

I went into Samy's Camera about a month ago to buy whatever they had left in the way of Polaroid film. None. It's gone. Thankfully someone like Andrew Faris got a hold of some of the few remainder boxes. His shots of New York, are great and graphic and very Polaroidy. You can order posters on his site as well.

Monday, April 26, 2010

shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes

Just when it's about to turn flip-flop and bare tanned feet season around here, I seem to be finding shoes, glorious shoes at every turn. Check out what Gap has in store for us Fall 2010. I especially love the top row. No clue as to pricing or when they'll be available. source::refinery 29

the cobbler has new shoes

hand made and perfect for summer tanned feet, in yummy sherbert colors {and snake skin too} sandals by tuto.
**oh, and you might like these too-Jutta Neuman

Saturday, April 24, 2010


The L.A. Mart, in downtown Los Angles will be opening their doors to the public May 1st and 2nd @ 11:00 a.m.
This is a chance for all of you home decorating-istas to have a chance at, to-the-trade product with savings as large as 70% . It's all first come, first serve though. So get on it early.
Admission is $10.00, 2 days only
1933 S. Broadway {you can't miss that giant chair out front}
More info at

Friday, April 23, 2010

peace out

spring flowers, originally uploaded by stephanielevy.

happy weekend, to you. If you're in L.A. this weekend, there are some great events occurring:

The L.A. Times Festival of Books at UCLA
The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Like God ate Cheetos and then wiped his hands.
one of my faves, Unique L.A.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

lurking and loving

This week I've been lurking and loving over here....
Nina van de Goor's blog over at Mooiedingenweblog.
Nina, a 27 year old design student who shares fabulous crafts, designs, fashion, interiors etc. all with a Dutch touch. I was particularly digging all of her bright, happy photos from a surf village excursion at a beach in The Hague
I'd love to have this image blown up, huge and hung as art.
oh, and she's a great artist as well using vintage pieces re-imagined. Check out her work {all of which is for sale on etsy}

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

bungalow living elsewhere

Living in a bungalow has had its ups and downs. The upside is that the, diminutive, central living space is on one floor. The down side, is that, we're all on top of each other. A close knit family that sometimes wants to unravel because of those pearls/purls. But it has its charm and history.
manhattan beach cottage, 1902 torn down in 1987. here is this same location, as it looks today.
Once upon a time, this little beach town was nothing more than sand dunes dotted with these charming beach houses. The one I live in was built with the intention of summer use by those who lived inland, like Pasadena and other places that soared with heat in those hot summer months. They were built with small galley kitchens and maybe 2 bedrooms- one for the children and one for the parents.
the child of the first owners in the front yard of my beach bungalow {early 40s}
Over the years, one by one, these bungalows have disappeared giving way to larger...much larger homes. Homes, I suppose that are more suitable for modern lifestyles.
a little, bungalow, back history:
In the late 19th century, the bungalow style house spread in popularity across America. With its beginnings in India, as small, single family homes, the structures eventually became holiday homes for the British Colonists. In time the idea of making these, small homes into year round dwellings gained popularity. Over the years, architects have used the bungalow concept as an inspiration to recreate varying versions of the original holiday house.
I love this, Seattle, pagoda style bungalow, originally built from a 1920s Sears catalog.
A second story was added by architectural firm, Bosworth Hoedmaker, maintaining the integrity of the design while adding space.
factoid to add to your useless knowledge bank: Chicago, sometimes known as the 'bungalow belt' is home to more bungalows than any other type of architecture. There are approximately 80,000 within the city limits alone.
Chicago bungalows are usually brick and have the distinctive design element of the roof gable being parallel rather than perpendicular to the street.
another notable: most bungalows have a distinctive front porch and a low roof line.
the large front porch created community among neighbors, as a place to sit and visit.
this is my kind of bungalow...
It looks like maybe it was added onto? check out all of those windows! I can only imagine how beautiful the light is in those two front rooms.
While the bungalow was introduced to California in the late 19th century, the fad spread up to our Canadian cousins over the next 10 years. Houses like these Ontario, Canada bungalows, started showing up around the early teens.
above, another example of the 'pagoda' or 'aeroplane' bungalow. I love these. They're so quirky.
all of the limestone ( i think?) above reminds me of the bungalows found in the Kansas City, Missouri area .
I'm always a sucker for vintage ephemera. It's great to see these homes as they were intended.
:: in case you missed it:: a manhattan beach bungalow tour

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