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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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

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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

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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.


I adore Anthropologie.  And not just for their cute clothes.

Truth be told, I love their kitchen, dining, and home decorating items the most.  I probably have 1/3 of their kitchen stuff (yes, I have a problem).  And don’t get me started on their massive selection of door knobs, dresser knobs and light switch plates.

This week, Anthropologie revealed that on March 24th, it will launch a Decorator Concept to twelve of its stores: London, UK; Atlanta, GA; Beverly Hills, CA; Chicago, IL; Corte Madera, CA; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; Nashville, TX; New York City, NY; Wayne, PA and Westport, CT.

The Decorator Concept will be a workshop-style space, similar to a design studio, inside these select stores where you will be able to browse products such as rugs, curtains, wallpaper swatches, textiles, etc. to help generate your own design ideas for the decor of your own home (and feel like a professional designer while you’re at it).   Design experts and design books will also be available at each store to help you gather your ideas, answer your questions, and provide you with information and inspiration for your own space.  The Decorator Concept will also host regular workshops with design experts.

If you don’t live near one of these twelve stores, the decorator concept will also be accessible to everyone online under the new “For the Decorator” section listed under Features on Anthropologie’s web site. This new feature will become available on March 17th. This section will provide tips and tools for you to design your home. Some of the featured tools will be a wallpaper calculator, glossary of common home terms, and upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatch requests.

This makes me want to buy a house …