Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lil’Pix #100: Dynamic Duo

I’ve always been impressed with the interiors done by the talented team of  William Diamond and Anthony Baratta. They make decorating seem effortless and downright cheerful by their fearless use of colors, patterns and repurposed antiques. An early example of their work is this bedroom from an apartment in New York City. The bed was purchased as an old sofa which they had cut and fashioned into a bed. Pure genius! The graphic bed linens are a clever counterpoint to the playful hanging quilt done by the yet unknown artist Denyse Schmidt.

(New York Times design supplement- 1990’s)

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Photo-A-Day

Photo-A-Day started out as a series of daily emails and photographs to my family in North Carolina. I thought it would fun to occasionally post some for the readers of ‘Nibs.’

Mom, Dad & Sarah,

I passed this old well covered in wild wisteria the other day but I didn’t have my camera with me. So I purposely went back there this morning to get pictures. I rang the door bell of the house to ask permission and the owner couldn’t have been more obliging. She told me if my shots didn’t come out she would gladly give me some of hers. :)  The wisteria had completely encased the well…branches twisting around the support columns and covering the roof.

Always,

M

(Photo- Martha B.)

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Vocabulary #44: Sleuth

sleuth- a detective who follows a trail.

If you’ve been enjoying these segments on Nancy Drew, be sure to check Stephanie’s posts!

(Artwork from Even*Cleveland)

Nancy Drew Marries Ned Nickerson

Special Wedding In River Heights- On Saturday April 7, Miss Nancy Drew, daughter of lawyer Carson Drew and the late Mary Drew, wed Mister Ned Nickerson, son of James and Edith Nickerson of Mapleton. The ceremony was held at the River Heights Community Church. Miss Drew wore a short white sheath dress with tiered ruffles, a vintage locket and carried a bouquet of lilacs. The bridesmaids were Miss Drew’s close friends Miss Bess Marvin and Miss Georgia Fayne. Mister Nickerson’s groomsmen were Mister Dave Evans and Mister Burt Eddelton from Emerson College. After the ceremony the couple invited family and friends for a small reception at the Drew home. Miss Hannah Gruen, their longtime housekeeper, prepared the wedding feast and cake. Mr. and Mrs. Ned Nickerson were later surprised by an awaiting police car driven by Chief McGinnis to take them to the airport. The couple plan to honeymoon in Paris, France.

Fashion Details-

1.White (or ivory) bridal  dress- Red Valentino

2. Straw cloche hat- Berkeley Hat Co.

3. Locket and garnet glass flower necklace.

4. Fresh lilacs- Chelsea

5. Spectator shoes- Steven Madden

(Collage- Martha B.)

Nancy Goes To Hollywood

The Nancy Drew mystery books inspired Hollywood to produce several movies starring the actress Bonita Granville.

‘Nancy Drew, Reporter’- 1938.

Fashion Classics- Nancy Drew

‘The Hidden Staircase’ written by Carolyn Keene, 1930.

Fashion Details-

1. Wool and tweed cloche hat

2. Metal flashlight

3. Blue linen with pleat detail dress- Yves Saint Laurent

4. ‘The Hidden Stair Case‘ was the second book in the mystery series written by Carolyn Keene.

5. Leather shoes- Urban Outfitters

6. Orange cotton blend coat- Yves Saint Laurent

7. Earrings- 1928 Jewelry

(Collage- Martha B.)

Nancy Drew Endpapers

I love these endpapers inside a vintage 1961 Nancy Drew book. They’re quick sketches depicting many of the original front covers. Talk about fun! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see this print on a scarf or shirt? Or maybe as wallpaper to use in a girl’s bedroom?

Book- ‘Nancy Drew’ Turns Eighty

What girl hasn’t read at least one Nancy Drew mystery?! Nancy was the brain child of creator Edward Stratemeyer who started with just her name and some simple plot ideas. But it wasn’t until Mildred A. Wirt Benson (Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym) gave Nancy the feisty spirit and zeal for solving crimes that the books took a life of their own. Great illustrations by Russell H. Tandy added to the appeal. For girls growing up in the 1930’s, they were an instant hit. This year marks the eightieth anniversary of the enduring classic series.

Without an instant’s hesitation, Nancy headed straight for the building and drove in.

” There’s a clock in front of you.” Isabel told Nancy pointedly.

” Not much you don’t! ” he snarled at her.

As Nancy flashed her light about, she saw that she had made no mistake.

(Photos of original cover and illustrations from first edition ‘The Secret Of The Old Clock, 1930)

Budget Bride #12

A series of posts showcasing bridal dresses under $700.

Budget Bride #12. The perfect dress for a garden wedding from designer Alice Temperley.

Available at Alice by Temperley- $575.

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Excerpts From Our House

Don’t you find before and after photos interesting? Here’s one from our house.

Before- This is a portion of our living room during demolition. For weeks my husband and I carried buckets filled with debris to an outside dumpster. What a nightmare! By the time we were done, we could see through the joists into both the basement and second floor. Then came the long and arduous task of putting the room back together. Sometimes I wonder what ever possessed us to undertake the renovation of such an old and needy house. But love is blind, right?

After- It’s hard to believe, even for me, that this is the same room.

I’ll share more details about our living room in future posts.

Note- Yes, I left my book pages garland up from Christmas. :)

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(Photos- Martha B.)