vintage & decor

Sometimes I start seeing a certain item or idea over and over again within a short period of time, and I wonder if my mind and eyes have a subconsious magnetic pull towards a new obsession of mine.  Well, whatever it is, it seems to happen quite often.

Currently, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of finding a vintage card catalog for my apartment to use as a side console or nightstand, and lately, I seem to see vintage card catalogs being repurposed as furniture pieces all over the place.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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I spent this past weekend in my favorite city — San Francisco.  I love the people, atmosphere, culture, shops, and food there.  Too bad I live on the opposite coast, which makes visiting more difficult.

Most of the weekend was actually spent in Monterey, a few hours south of San Francisco.   Although it was cold there, it was a nice getaway.  Plus, the clam chowder was amazing there.

There were some nice vintage finds:

We had brunch at First Awakenings, which was a great.  No wonder there was a 30-minute wait.  They had a huge menu full of different breakfast options, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.  The portions were big and everything was delicious.

Their hot sauce was amazing!  We literally finished half this bottle during our meal.  There was only four of us.

I got the Bombero Burrito (ham, bacon, sausage, onions, and mushrooms) and home fries – all for less than $10.

The potatoes were my favorite part.  I want some now.

Even though we were completely stuffed from brunch, we could not say no to some candy/caramel apples.  We had passed by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory a few times before brunch and had been eyeing their massive selection of candy apples.  I got the caramel apple with almonds.  Sooo good!  It had the perfect amount of sweetness, tartness, and nuttyness.

Their assortment of peppermint bark was also amazing.

After all the food, naps were in order.

While we slept, Fleecie, my friend’s [child] lamb, entertained herself with the meditation box in our hotel room.  Looks like she’s spelling out her name.  So clever.  (She’s not even 11 yet!)

Oh, and she knows she’s cute.

Back in San Francisco, we had a nice relaxing picnic in the Alamo Square park.  You can see the beautiful SF skyline, as well as the iconic “Painted Ladies,” a number of distinctive Victorian-style mansions along Steiner Street.  The “Painted Ladies” may look familiar to you — they were featured in the opening sequence of the 1980s-90s show, Full House.

I also got a chance to visit Miette, a famous pastry shop in SF.  I had been eyeing Miette’s Recipe Book on Amazon for weeks.  Now that I know it’s good, I’m definitely getting it soon.  :)

All in all, a great weekend full of great friends, memories, and food.  :)


Aside from my giddiness over vintage typewriters and vintage pyrexes, my heart gives a little jump when I see vintage suitcases.

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I love seeing all the things people do with their vintage suitcases.

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Some suitcases are decoratively stacked.

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I’ve also seen some creative ways to make vintage suitcases functional while still adding character to a home.

Isn’t this just adorable and ingenous?  With some wheels and plywood shelves, you have a vintage suitcase turned rolling bar cart.

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Here’s a creative twist to using vintage suitcases for its original purpose of storage.

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Cat (and small dogs) get the royal vintage treatment with these adorable suitcase beds.  Maybe I should make Tigger one.

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Tin Obsession

April 25, 2011 · 2 comments

in decor

I just love the look of flowers and plants in old tins, especially tea tins.  I don’t know what it is, but they just make me smile. 

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This weekend, I was in New York City visiting some friends and decided to get some tea tins while shopping in SoHo. 

Originally we were only going to stop at Mariebelle Sweets, which is an adorable chocolate and cafe shop.  Their hot chocolates and teas come in pretty tins.  

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We got some hot chocolate and tea here, for the tins of course (the chocolate and tea are just added bonuses, haha).  I mean, how can you resist?

We also stopped at Harney & Sons because their tea tin selection is amazing.

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 So many to choose from!  Ahhh.   It took awhile to decide. 

And I admit, my decision was based almost solely on the tin, not the tea. 

I also got distracted by their displays.  That seafoam green chest under the teapot set was adorable.

I ended up picking these two. 

Although I bought these for the tins, the tea itself smelled amazing.  And they come in these individually packaged sachets — love it!


Maps as Art

April 21, 2011 · 2 comments

in arts & crafts,decor

Recently, I’ve been looking for a new condo/house/apartment, and along with that search comes the numerous possibilities and ideas to decorate this new potential place.  That’s the exciting part. 
While browsing for ideas, I’ve noticed a lot of framed maps being used as wall art decor.  I think this is such a creative and affordable way to decorate.  Maps are an easily portable souvenir to bring back from vacation/traveling, and makes a great way to personalize your home.
Here were some random ones I saw that were great in their own way: 

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This first one is my favorite.  I like that it’s all in one color (coral red/pink) and the off-white paper gives it a vintage feel.  (I also like the rotary phone.)

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 I like how this one is divided between four frames.  It makes a boring map look more interesting.

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This one is more bold and manly, which fits the asthetic of this living room.