Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hail Bohemia...

A diversion from Skona Hem.
Off to see Spring Awakening at the Opera House.
Happy Sunday, everyone.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Little Halloween Eeriness...

Two vintage photographs — found at different times and
in different states. On top of that, he even looks a little
like Ichabod Crane.

Legitimate Original: Federico de Vera...

Legendary curator of all things beautiful, Federico de Vera
has appointed his home with a curious eye and
and an expert hand. Here, a 1940's military cabinet
becomes a functional storage chest.
Growing up in the Philippines in a Catholic family has
definitely influenced his aesthetic. Watching over a steel
cabinet filled with glass, stands a handsome Spanish saint (c. 1700).
Diego, Federico's pet Chihuahua, perches in the living room.
The iron daybed is covered in silk velvet and vintage ikats.
Federico created this stunning light fixture from
Tibetan altar cloths.
A wooden statue haunts the entryway.
An antique mirror beautifully devours the wall above
the master bathtub. A Tanzu chest sits beneath
the sink for added storage.
To view more of this amazing home, visit the

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vogue Living Australia Nov/Dec 2010...

Has anyone else seen this issue yet?
Where to begin? Features on Ilse Crawford
and Anna Spiro of Absolutely Beautiful Things
are just a couple of highlights. Then there is the
Bucks County, Pennsylvania home of
Richard Ferretti and James Gager.
Last, but certainly not least, is Axel Vervoordt's
Swiss chalet. Much more is packed into this
fantastic issue. I'm gonna go get busy
with some scanning so I can share some of
my favorite images. How will I ever narrow
it all down to a single post?

Thursday, October 28, 2010



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NVR vignette...

One of my favorite nooks in the shop
includes this wonderful collection of
NVR finds. The vintage osteology chart
just sold, so now I am trying to decide
what should take its place above that
functional little factory table (notice
the jute twine laced up the leg). On top,
an ariculated lamp clamps onto the corner,
a cloche collects a group of antique shoe forms,
and an abacus is ready to perform some arithmetic.
Below, a burlap covered trunk holds a vintage
file box and a boxed collection of correspondence
between Mr. Justice Holmes and Sir Frederick Pollock
(1874-1932). Linen curtains accented with
quilted chocolate velvet frame the scene.
(click on the photo to view the details)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh Little Edie, I've got so much love...

Ahhh, the story of clutter and beauty via photographer
Mark Seliger for Vogue Spain. Seliger has captured
the spirit of Grey Gardens and Little Edie for this
inspired editorial. If you have never had the
privelege to watch Grey Gardens and view
Little Edie in all of her glamour and tragic grandeur —
I beg you to click here now and enjoy every moment.
"There's a fine line between the past and the present."
— Little Edie
images via Glamourai

Just a peek...

Everyone is always asking about my own living space.
Well, here is a little peek into our bedroom. An ebonized
Mandarin sofa sits at the foot of our iron bed. A pair
of reclaimed wood cocktail tables hold whatever we're
reading at the moment. Beneath it all,
a houndstooth-patterned sisal rug sits on
Saddle Leather painted floors. The bedding is
Belgian Linen from Restoration Hardware, and
the Ikat window panels are from West Elm. The bedside
tables were once a farmhouse breakfast table.
We simply just cut in half to create the two tables.
(click on the images for their larger versions)
Our den is all about simplicity and comfort. I love the
unexpected details like the vintage boat anchor resting
on the reclaimed wood table. On the mantle we have
displayed a collection of vintage shoe forms — and antique
ship blueprints hang over the linen tufted sofa.
The wooden balustrade lamps are from Arteriors.
The wall color in both spaces is Raccoon Hollow
by Benjamin Moore.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cool Vintage Finds...

Check out this vintage handpainted Indian Motorcycle
advertisement. Pretty cool, huh? I think the antique
boxing gloves are a nice touch as well. This could take
some lucky gentleman's "man cave" to a whole new level.
Both available at Finderskeepers Market
(859.499.4200 or 859.913.0611)
sign, $275 / boxing gloves, $139

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ralph Tags...

Anyone else save these?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recent Finderskeepers Market Photos...

Here are a few recent photographs taken by Lauren Flaherty.
Make sure you click on the images to see the larger versions
with more details. Everything is currently changing for
the upcoming holiday events here at the shop.
These sweeping views of room vignettes are so hard to capture.
Lauren did a stellar job!
More photos to come! I look forward to sharing them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

West Elm's Bengal Tiger Dhurrie...

Talking about a lot of bang for you buck —
West Elm's Bengal Tiger Dhurrie certainly
fits the bill. Here, my friend Pam has used
the rug in her sitting room/study.
Another view of Pam's space shows how talented she
is with mixing patterns and textures.
Rug details available at West Elm.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Unstructured Slipcovers...

Loose slipcovers are my latest obsession.
Here, stylist Peter Frank used vintage
French linen sheets to create his unstructured
masterpiece. Canvas painter's drop cloths
are a budget-friendly alternative that work
like a dream.
image via House Beautiful

Monday, October 18, 2010

Just Around the Corner...

Here are a few upcoming finds headed to
Finderskeepers Market. This hemp-textured linen
Jersey Wide Club Chair is a favorite of mine.
Based on its exposure to the elements, our unfinished
Ash Table will take on the look of an antique
potting table found at a flea market.
I love the simplicity of this reclaimed wood
and metal console.
Rustic in every way, the Plzen Chest is an eclectic find.
Recycled wood + industrial elements = The Luca Dining Table.
I love those casters!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Billy Reid...

Whether it is his home, his clothing, or his
retail spaces — fashion designer Billy Reid is a
classic through and through. With a laid-back mix
of new and vintage items, the Reids have put their
own spin on true Southern style. Here, a 19th-century
English sideboard holds a collection of plates
in their Alabama home.
The Reids repurposed salvage from the renovation
of their house to put their unique trademark
on the kitchen's details. Bricks from the basement
are now a backsplash — and the sink rests comfortably
in an old gardening table.
A collection of teacups are displayed inside
an old bun warmer.
Antique linens, a barley table, and an old
shaving bowl create a fantastic sink in one
of the home's bathrooms.
The extra-long tub is original to the house,
and the plates above it are from Billy's grandmother.
Some have described Reid's classic American design
aesthetic as "southern luxury." He describes it as
"Southern preppy meets workwear junkie meets
East Village folk." However you describe it, the
point of the matter is that Reid knows his clothes.
In fact, Reid was was recently awarded the 2010
GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer in America.
A few of my favorites include these black Kentwood Loggers.
Distressed cordovan is the highlight of the Airy Hat.
100% Camel Hair Carcoat — a classic indeed.
Billy Reid simply defines easy, classic menswear.
An interior shot of Reid's Florence, Alabama store.
Home photographs via Country Living.
Retail interior photograph via Deep Fried Kudzu.