Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween!

Have a fun Halloween, everyone!

Retro Plaid Bike Bag

When the weather is good, I love riding my bike to Trader Joe’s or the library. I have a basket for the groceries and books, but I think I might upgrade with this fun plaid bag from Cycle Chic.

Garden Note #36: Moth Collection

At first glance this may look like a traditional collection of mounted insects. But check again! Each one of these is a hand felted yarn ball with an intricately embroidered moth done by artist Claire Moynihan.

Moynihan’s work will be a part of the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Place, London

(Found via Selvedge Magazine)

StyleFile #50: Foyers

foyer- an entrance way or transitional space from the exterior to the interior of a building or home.

Foyers reveal more than you think. They are wonderful preludes not only to your home but to you personally. Don’t leave it as an afterthought! Instead try and create a visually exciting space that plays off the architecture and offers hints to your interests. Here are just a few of my favorites to inspire you!

The front door leads right into this gracious foyer of an older home. What keeps it interesting, though, are all the homeower’s touches- plants, needlepoint rug, antiques, and a surprise- the salvaged cornice placed over the door!

Bright yellow walls greet guests to this home in Europe. Notice the fun patterned door, paintings, fabric covered lampshade and the couple’s collection of umbrellas!

I love the soft blue used on the wainscot and rug in this Swedish summer cottage. The curves of the Thonet bench break of the linear lines of the paneling and act as a ground for the monochromatic color scheme.

Artist John Derian‘s apartment in New York City has a very small but memorable foyer! He covered the walls and the front door with pages torn from old books!

Built in 1835, this house boasted a stunning entry foyer! The owner’s passion for Swedish design dictated the light colors and the well chosen antiques- the Charles Eastlake hat rack, an inherited 1930’s Renaissance style table and the large pendant light fixture.

Fun and quirky are the words that come to mind when entering this foyer of a young family in California. Check out the chair!

Wow! Talk about a flamboyant mix of styles! The neoclassical staircase becomes almost playful when combined with vintage red Jean Royere armchairs and a seashell covered mirror!

(Photos- House and Garden, World of Interiors, Elle Decor)

Thrifting American Style

More and more people are discovering the fun and creativity of thrifting for clothes. Places like garage sales, GoodWill, Ebay, Etsy and clothing exchange parties are all popular sources of new or vintage clothing. Magazines are also noticing this trend and getting in the act. Check out these pictures from Eliza magazine using all thrifted clothes-

Do the Twist! Get dancing in some vintage clothing! Don’t you just dig the long skirt on her and the two-toned shoes on him?

My Girl! Don’t be afraid to combine clothes from different eras and different textures.

Rock around the clock! Hey- you might even be lucky enough to find a leather jacket like Fonzie! Here it’s worn with cords and polo shirt.

All fashion from:


Twiggy’s Outfit #5: Set Sail

This is the fifth in a series of posts called Twiggy’s Outfits. I hope you’re enjoying these as much as I have putting them together! So, where do you think our paper doll model is going today?  And more importantly- what is she going to where?

Some friends of Twiggy’s have invited her for a day of sailing. Doesn’t she look great in her nautical attire- pants, striped sweater, shoes and cap?!

(Photos- Look Magazine, Vogue. Paperdoll- Martha B.)

Twiggy’s Outfit #6: To Market

Vocabulary #24: Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow- a shallow open box for carrying small loads, with a wheel at the front and two handles.

Bride wears ruffle dress from Delphine Manivet. Groom’s suit by Hackett.

Have a great weekend!

(Photo- British Cosmopolitan Bride)

Elena Garcia Studio- Wedding Jacket

I love Elena Garcia‘s eco-friendly designs including this beautiful loose fitting jacket that’s perfect for a  bride. Check out the rest of her fall 2008 line here.

(Found through Selvedge Magazine)

StyleFile #49: Apartment Therapy In 1954

Like most young married couples in the 1950’s, artist Bob Wood and his wife Joani were overjoyed at the prospect of renting an apartment that they could afford and being able to fix it up the way they liked. They decided to redo the kitchen by replacing the appliances and then doing most of the remodeling themselves. You can see that many of their ideas are still applicable for today.

Before- When the couple moved in, the kitchen had nothing in it but a stove. No refrigerator! And a thin strip of linoleum only partially covered the wood floor.

After-Here Bob and Joani are celebrating their new DIY kitchen in 1954. The freshly painted walls are red in the eating area and a soft gray in the kitchen. Black painted rope secured to the ceiling divides the kitchen from the dining area. Bob installed a faux black-marble linoleum to cover the entire room’s floor.

After- He also extended cabinets all the way to the ceiling and fitted them with black sliding doors. The counter top was covered in solid black linoleum (not Formica). And check out the light fixture- one of three bubble lights by George Nelson!

After- Bob designed the curtain and chair cushion fabric. Taking heavy unbleached muslin, he took a whisk broom and brushed on the background colors then overprinted a second design by silk screen.

(Photos- McCall’s Magazine, 1954)

Garden Note #35: Woolly Worm

The fall is when Curtis and I start looking for woolly worms in the yard. According to folklore, if a woolly worm has a wider black band than brown, be forewarned- a tough winter lies ahead!

(Photo-  Martha B.)