In the world of interior design online, it's easy to find rooms that have been carefully staged by professional designers. Spend some time on Apartment Therapy or Design Sponge and you'll see wonderful spaces full of the latest trendy objects and ideas - places you'd feel at home in.
The Valentine Bathroom, at my friend Eve's mother Helen's house, is another type of design. It's a thematic vintage time capsule of love. On the far wall, vintage candy boxes.
Notice, the pink paper roll. Not even manufactured anymore, but it's perfect. Helen said she's held back a stash just for this room. I forgot to ask when the room was finished, but by the wall clock I'm guessing some time in the mid 70s.The wallpaper is pale pink moire.
Are candy companies using lace and flower decorated heart boxes anymore? I can't remember seeing any recently. Helen's is an impressive collection.
On the window shelf, another collection: red glassware.
In the front corner, the original pink porcelain tub. With kooky stick-on fish.
Spring is just around the corner, and in anticipation I've been doing quite a bit of planting. It feels wonderful to get my fingers into the dirt and make things grow. My yard is still a big, raw space full of possibility, and I'm looking forward to planning paths, sitting areas, outdoor rooms, and making our yard feel like home.
I've just created an etsy treasury inspired by the first photo - a mid-century wire-look patio setee. Cool, watery colors, greenery, and a glass of lemonade.
There's an art/craft magazine I used to subscribe to (I won't name names) that at first seemed wonderfully original. Geared toward the new DIY movement, it included wonderful projects on a small scale that could be made easily at home. Shadow boxes, art cards, altered books, assemblage, etc. As an artist who had limited space in which to work, I looked forward to each issue to offer inspiration and new ideas. However, in issue after issue I began to notice a pattern. The photographs of the artwork all began to look eerily similar. Something was emerging. Apparently, all one needed to do to make something "art" was to include one of these images:
1. face or figure with conical birthday hat 2. window 3. bird
Needless to say, when my subscription ran out it was not renewed.
Fast forward a few years, and now there are websites like etsy, a wonderful marketplace through which thousands of kitchen table artists sell their wares. The craft movement has also hit the main street, with small shops in hipster college towns carrying local artists wares.
Independent Film Channel's Portlandia celebrates one such town and the tendency of its hipster inhabitants to be just a little more hip than the rest of us. My favorite sketch? This one:
Let's look at some vintage items that "Put A Bird On It," from the talented sellers of the Vintage Fashion Guild.