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Fresh Friday

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy to get the holiday decorations back in their boxes. It’s all so pretty when you put them out but when they come down you really appreciate your home just as it was — clean, simple, uncluttered. Okay, that made it sound like I’m the queen of keeping things clean and organized which couldn’t be further from the truth. But it does feel good to get back to “normal” (whatever that is).

Of course that meant moving things around again and freshening up our space. The large glass dome (cloche) I pulled out ….

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Latest Finds

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With all the work going on around the house we haven’t had much luck with our thrift finds lately.  There’s been no $20.00 barcelona chairs or $5.00 faberge eggs. (giggle)  That doesn’t mean we don’t get out when we can and find a few things worth picking up.  I do believe the days of scoring big every weekend with designer mid-century furniture is over.

My husband is a hoot!  I don’t talk much about him except to tell you how awesome he is at home renovation but he’s also one of the best story tellers I’ve ever known.  He’s an avid ….

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Design “Anatomy”

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Progress in my work-out room is happening. I’ve got all the walls, ceiling and windows done and now we’re working on hanging sheetrock on the only wall that needed it. I’ll definitely give an update on all this progress as we approach the finish line. When I get close to finishing a room I always start to put things together in my head and then eventually begin gathering, purchasing, or making the things I need. Decorating a room is by far my most favorite part. DUHHH, isn’t it everyone’s!! The work sucks… but the decorating makes up for it all.

This ….

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Nice Legs!

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When something doesn’t go the way you planned… just put some hair-pin legs on it… and everything is alright! Nothing beats a nice pair of legs, right? Long, short, skinny, thick… metal, wood, or concrete…. there are so many kinds to love. Of course I’m talking about furniture and particularly the little tables we planned for our bed side.

These pretty legs arrived a week ago after I realized the little “box” tables that Richie built for our last platform bed would not work in our new master bedroom. The tables are suppose to hang and “float” on the wall but ….

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Thrifty Finds – Estate Sale Scores

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Just a couple of things to share from this weeks estate sale stops.   If we’re anything… we’re persistent!  We never miss a chance to find something beautiful or useful.

As you may already know we have been collecting Russel Wright dishes for many many years.  (See some of our collection >> HERE.)  At one point I had so much that it was overflowing into other rooms and bordered on hoarding.  The madness had to stop… so we sold lots of it on ebay or to friends.  We do use it every day and unless it’s a really special ….

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Thrifty Finds – how’s your memory?

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My last post was pictures of the moon and to be honest I feel like I’ve been on the moon these past 2 1/2 weeks. I’ve been absent from all the things I love and I’m feeling out of sorts. But things are about to improve, as I am FINALLY off the air and our fundraising is over and now I just have to get through the jazz concert we’re hosting this weekend. I’m sure many of you feel the same when I say “I work to live”… never “live to work”. It is a necessity but I’m ready to ….

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Designer: Jens Risom

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Renovation is S-L-O-W. At least it is at my house. My father-in-law told me over the Easter weekend that I could have built a new house by now. (sigh) Of course he was joking and he loves to tease me because I’m a perfectionist. I enjoy his teasing… it’s love in the most fun way! Here’s the thing, though…. slow is not really a good thing in the blogging world. But who cares, right! So lets just say screw the renovation talk for now and lets talk about a designer we love – Jens Risom.

Jens Risom, who designed the first ….

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Estate Sale: Photography Books

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Another week goes by and more fun stuff is found. Estate sales are a weekly venture. Lists of addresses are made, maps are brought out, certain neighborhoods are sought after and all the information is gathered in hopes of a score. This time Richie brought home some really fun photography books from the late 50′s. I think they are super cool so I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures with you. I wish the internet had “smells”… you’d just love the old smell of these books. The pictures probably give you a “sniff”.

I love the ….

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This weeks finds

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I’ve been a little too quiet this week…sorry. My “real job” is sucking the life out of me and taking me away from the fun stuff I enjoy. I always try to make time for the fun stuff, rest assured! So I thought I’d do a quick little update on some cool things Richie found this week. He always manages to come home with something, even if it’s small enough to fit in his hand… there’s always a little something.

Richie has many talents. One of course is renovation, the other is his musical abilities, another is his annoying ability to ….

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Art Find: Emil Bisttram

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Yes, I’m still working like crazy on the master bedroom and making great progress… but lets face it taking pictures of paint drying is not so fantastic. For you or me. HA!HA!
It has always been my intention to share more than just renovation work on this blog as we are hunters and collectors of many cool and funky finds and love to share. Ten years ago it was much easier to find something FANTASTIC but it’s getting more and more difficult. I think blogs, television, ebay, and the internet in general has made people think twice about the things they ….

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Estate Sale Finds – Part 2

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I can’t really remember the last time I “shopped”. Unless it’s for groceries or something from the fabric/craft store I’m really not that great of a consumer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for lovely things but just don’t like the idea of having the same things that every neighbor on my street has. Having unique items… collected items… whether they be clothing, home decor, or just little metal pieces of junk are much more exciting to me. Richie feels the same way. So naturally estate sales are part of our life and have ….

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Estate Sale Finds – Part I

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I’ll spare you another boring post about how slow things are going in the Master Bedroom.  Yes Stacey, we get it… things are moving SLOW!  We really are working like crazy but even renovation slaves need a break for estate sale treasure hunts. You never know what you’ll find.   It’s always a fun mix of things…..

Richie found this great Organic Structure Set.

We had fun putting a few together.  I found them so colorful and decorative that I think I’ll keep a couple around the house. They really remind me of the Eames Hang-It-All racks.

We love old black and ….

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Design: Russel Wright

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Living in this house is such a joy but I sometimes take for granted what a wonderful collection of many things modern that have flowed in and out of our lives and homes. We buy, sell and trade, we make our lists and often find what’s on them, we reupholster and refinish, we sometimes spend the night on strangers porches to be the first in line at estate sales…. and with much luck and persistence we have a pretty wonderful collection that is not only beautiful but functions perfectly in our every day lives.

We have collected Russel Wright dishes ….

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