Monthly Archives: January 2010

Shop Your Closet #12

My friends Margot and Hope are joining me in a series of posts called ‘Shop Your Closet.’  The idea is to take pieces of clothing from our three separate wardrobes and put them together in fresh, creative ways. We hope you’ll enjoy these and feel inspired to..shop your own closet!

About Hope

Hope is a wonderful asset to this series. And not just because she does all the modeling. She is young, inquisitive, funny, enthusiastic; and she has her own quirky sense of style. While going through her closet, Margot and I were amazed at her take on fashion. She loves shopping- whether it’s at H&M or at a vintage clothing store. She often reworks things to create her own designs. For this post, Hope wanted to wear her brown jacket and funky orange hat. There were several ideas that the three of us discussed but Hope loved the mix of this one. Take a look-

It’s a Mod World!

Fashion Details-

Brown jacket, orange hat, hoop earrings, and hair extension- from Hope’s closet

Striped Gap sweater, floral DKNY skirt, handbag, hosiery and Sam & Libby shoes- from my closet

Ring- from Margot’s closet

Note- After we took these pictures Margot’s ring became part of Hope’s closet. :)

(Photos- Martha B.)

Related Nibs posts-

Shop Your Closet #11, #10


Another Page From ‘Vogue- More Dash Than Cash’

“…How you wear the classics is as important as what you wear. Classic clothes have a neutral quality which does not impose on your character, so you have to take the initiative to create your own style from the perfect ingredients. Their charm is versatility, they look right in any place or situation. It is as if all the classics speak the same language and have an instant rapport with each other- even if one is an exquisite tailored shirt and the other is faded jeans, they still look good together…”

- the fashion resource guide ‘Vogue- More Dash Than Cash’ by Kate Hogg, first published in 1982.

(Photo of book and accessories- Martha B.)

Related Nibs posts-

A Page From ‘Vogue- More Dash Than Cash’

The Return Of  ‘More Dash Than Cash

Get The Look #4: Living/Dining Room

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Inspiration

A bright and cheerful living/dining room from the pages of House & Garden, 1972.

Get the look!


Interior details-

1. Plexi glass coffee table- John Lewis

2. Floral fabric- Kravet

3. & 4. Striped blue and red fabrics- Texas Susannie’s

5. Rush seat chairs (custom stained)- Pottery Barn

6. Wicker cabana chair- Hollyhock

7. White lamp- Lamps Plus

8. Roses dhurrie rug- Anthropologie

(Collage- Martha B.)

Related Nibs posts-

Get The Look #1, #2, #3


KidFile #25: Wheatgrass

Growing wheatgrass is an easy project to do with kids and a nice way to have something green in your home during the cold winter months.

Here’s what to do-

1. Purchase seeds online or at a garden center.

2. Select a clay pot or other container with draining holes.

3. Fill with potting soil and sprinkle seeds evenly on top. Cover lightly with more soil.

4. Water thoroughly. Cover with plastic until seeds sprout.

5. Move to a sunny location.

(Photo- Martha B.)

Fun With Adobe Photoshop

colored pencil

ink outlines

graphic pen

original print

(Photos- Martha B.)

Early Photography

Photos by Frederick Wendt for St. Nicholas Illustrated Magazine, 1903.

Ewa iWalla Clothing

” The feel of fabric is everything to me. The tactile experience is what inspires me. My clothes are nothing but perception…”

- Swedish clothing designer Ewa iWalla.

(Bottom photo- Selvedge Magazine)