Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Nook

With the upstairs almost complete and a whole house repaint indefinitely postponed, my attention has turned to one particular trouble spot in the living room.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Trip Loot: Part 2 (Give Me Some Sugar)

You've seen the thrifts, the Brutalist Harlow Town Center, the Mid-Century Modern Christmas presents, and the collection of West German pottery brought home from the last of my semi-annual UK excursions, but there's still one last piece of trip loot to share.

Granted, it isn't anything mind-blowing, but this vintage ceramic sugar pot was my favorite antique mall purchase of the lot.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Trip Loot: Part 1

I've dragged this out far enough.  It's time to get to the rest of the MCM souvenirs brought home from my biannual UK excursion.

This trip turned out to be all about the ceramics, with a healthy addition to my collection of West German pottery and a few other pieces that I'll share later on.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The last of the winter vacation photos are here.  Just look at all that gorgeous modernist stuff.  Oh, and there's another super cheap teak Danish credenza (tear).  Looking through these makes me want to jump back on that plane and find a way to haul it all over here (including the cider).  Until next year...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

3.4 fluid ounces or less

Just because I've nearly given up on the thrift shops, it doesn't mean that there's nothing out there to find. 

Take this American Airlines travel bag, gifted to me by a friend and fellow thrift enthusiast, as an example.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Let the Wookie Win

If you've been in the Mid-Century Modern blog reading/writing game for any amount of time, you've surely heard of The Brick House.  If not, head over and give it a good, long look.  The author, Morgan Satterfield, is one of those design-minded people who can seemingly effortlessly pick out all the best combinations of pieces, creating absolutely gorgeous rooms and vignettes.  It's a real shame that she's gone MIA, as she was a big influence on my own decorating style (though there were many others as well).

One thing that rubbed off was the affinity for Don Freedman-style fiber wall art.  Love it or hate it, she's in possession of quite an impressive collection and I was, for years, stricken with jealously as my own Don Freedman hunt had turned up nary a fiber of the good stuff.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thift UK

As always, I had a really great time visiting my girlfriend and her family in the UK, but due to the brevity of my stay, there wasn't as many opportunities to hit the thrifts as usual.  Oh well.  It isn't like there's an economical way that I could bring much back anyway (though I did cram a surprising amount into my case).  If there was, you know that I'd have packed up all of those teak credenzas and drug them back with me.

This is just one outing, so there's more coming shortly.