Thursday, March 27, 2008

eBay today - the beauty of vintage clock faces

I have always loved clocks. There is really something appealing about the face of a 1920's Big Ben clock. I think I am drawn to these vintage alarm clocks because my late father, whom I miss terribly, always used a wind up Big Ben clock. My father was 40 when I was born and was therefore an "older dad"... very old school. I loved to hear him winding that clock up and even now the clear ringing of a vintage alarm clock makes me think of him.

And the vintage gold Hermes wristwatch above... how cool is that? It's definitely not something everyone will be wearing. (I don't want to offend Rolex wearers, but I generally tend to stay away from anything I can buy a knockoff of on a New York street... not that I could afford a Rolex anyway. But I digress.)

So start a collection yourself by checking eBay out here and here. Don't worry about whether or not they work, but wouldn't it be cool if they did? I could imagine a whole bunch of them on a mantle at a New Year's party and all going off a midnight... or as a New Year's centerpiece? Or how about as a centerpiece for a retirement party or an "over the hill"/milestone birthday party?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

eBay today - Old Paris porcelain sets

You know how crazy I am over Old Paris. Check out listings here, here and here on eBay. These sets are definitely splurges, but they really are worth it. Eat rice and beans for a month to pay for them.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

eBay today - mottoes

I have always wanted to have a collection of these Victorian punched paper mottoes. I think they would be fabulous in a kitchen since they are usually really homey sayings. You can find a sampling here and here.

However, perusing the antiques section of eBay, one will find lots of unique items emblazoned with mottoes. I am particularly fond of the pink German luster cup with the pig and the saying "nothing too good for me" on the front.

An eBay tip: Search any alternative ways to define the item you are searching for - even popular misspellings. You might know that the needlepoints above are called "punched paper" mottoes, but the eBay seller might just list them as "punch paper" mottoes. They turn up under both searches.

BTW - It's great to be back online. Over spring break, we visited the aquarium in Chattanooga, saw Horton Hears a Who (a great movie), dyed Easter eggs (sorry, I know plastic is easier, but I just can't go there) and deviled a couple of dozen eggs. It was a great holiday. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Oops! Vacay announcement

I forgot to let you guys know that I'm taking a little time off. This week is Spring Break for my boys and we have several little day trips planned.
See you early this coming week!

Friday, March 14, 2008

eBay today - Easter centerpiece decorations

I know, I know. I really do love Target. It's great for yoga pants and the occasional lamp. But when it comes to holiday decorations, it really pays to invest in vintage pieces that you really really love.

Like the bunnies above. Check them out on eBay here, here and here. Notice the milk glass egg in the bunny with the basket over his shoulder. You won't find a milk glass egg at Target. At $99, the bidding is starting out high, but this piece is worth it. And besides... I can spend that on one binge at my local super center!

Wouldn't any of these little guys be at home in Martha's arrangement? She's still the gold standard for holiday decorating.

And if you are worried about all the money you are spending, remember that all these sweet antique bunnies and chicks would be perfect as the centerpiece of a christening or baptism brunch table. That's what I used for Overton's baptism. Here's an old post about it.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

my dream house - two of two favorite architects: Ken Tate

Ken Tate is a one-time Mississippian (which is nice as I'm a native of Mississippi) and an incredible architect. He is the master of the "new old" house. I found a few photos above at, but the best ones can be found on his web site... You just can't copy them, so I couldn't paste them into this post. I love his work and his wife, Charme, is an interior designer whose style really matches mine.

BTW - The white house above is, I believe, in Nashville. I pass it quite a bit and it's incredible.

Monday, March 10, 2008

eBay today - fashion and interiors

There is so much crossover between fashion and interiors. Take, for instance, these suede Gucci pumps I found on eBay. They are so lovely and can serve as a jumping-off point for interior spaces. Don't you find that most people dress themselves the way they dress their home?

The shoes remind me of a post over on Domino that features leather items ... like the chair above.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

my dream house - one of two favorite architects, Bobby McAlpine

Bobby McAlpine is a genius. I love his work. I love that he's able to incorporate historical architectural elements and make them modern. He also has a decorator's eye and designs a lot of his own furnishings. That helps a lot, too. If money were no object, Bobby would be in my top two for dream house architect (Ken Tate would be the other... more on him later).

Bobby lives part time in Nashville and has designed a lot of houses here and I've had the pleasure of visiting a few of them. A few photos of my favorite designs are above. I tend to gravitate toward a softer, more Albert Hadley look, but his work is so striking, I think I could find a balance. The photos are on Bobby's web site and are from features in House Beautiful Sep. '07 and Southern Accents May '06. Bobby and Ken have different points of view, but their styles are both rooted in real architecture and attention to details. Notice that ceilings are not overlooked in a McAlpine design.

Also, please forgive the spotty posts. I've been sick and so have the boys. Ear infections, flu, stomach bugs... we've had it all. I think we're all on the mend now, though

Monday, March 3, 2008

my dream house - house numbers

Over the past few years, I've become totally fixated on every aspect of my dream house and what I would create if money were no object... the architect I'd choose, the style, the hinges, the lighting... it really goes on forever in my mind. I found a great web site called House Number Connection that has lots of great house numbers. One of them should be right for you.

(For those of you who are rolling your eyes, I would like to remind you that Martha Stewart did a whole spread on house numbers a few years back. She featured them painted, etched in stone, tiled, etc., etc. It must have taken up 5 - 6 pages. Someone must remember it. I'm so glad Martha is out there to validate my illness.)