Showing posts from May, 2011

From the Archives - The Found Portrait

Originally published January 12, 2009

With the barrage of social networking, virtual communities and urban densification brought on by the latter 20th century, the comfort of anonymity is developing into a romantic ideology fit for the 21st century.
French artist, Magdalena Gerber, explores anonymity in her work Tellerstories, British creative consultant to Swarovski, Graham Hollick, exhibits his anonymous portraits in his home, American musicians Fleet Foxes, pen lyrics such as Tiger Mountain Peasant Song and New Yorker, Chris Gallagher, shares his collection of anonymous portraits with the world. I discovered Gallagher's collection of anonymous portraits while reading the Brooklyn Flea blog. Being a collector of anonymous pet portraits [and now all anonymous photos] I was inspired to track him down and explore the lure of anonymity further.
The interview that follows transpired over email the week of January 5th 2009. I began by asking Gallagher some background questions which dev…

The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

After watching Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Féminin you will look back to a certain time in your youth and finally be able to appreciate it. Although the film may come across as painfully pretentious at first, you'll get used to it. I will admit, however, that every now and then Chantal Goya's indie pop goddessness sent me into a ptsd induced tirade.

Design Lover - Bisazza Bagno Hayon Collection

Art Deco inspiration ✔
Bisazza Bagno ✔
Nordic touch ✔
feminine feel ✔
Spanish superstar
marble ✔
copper ✔
chrome ✔
more here

Did you know...

The imitation punchings that decorate today's brogues were once actual holes/slashings made to let the water drain out of these early Scotish shoes that were often worn while treading across marshy land.

Vintage Guy Laroche


My Top Five Unfounded Fears

Goya - from Disasters of War
getting bed bugs from a movie theatredying from eating bad mayoplague ridden bus handshantavirus finding an eye in an egg yolk
I thought I'd let you know since apparently we're all supposed to die tomorrow. I guess 2012 will take care of those of us who don't kick the bucket Saturday.

Quote of the Week - Federico Fellini

Experience is what you get while looking for something else.

The Gift I Made My Mom - Easy and Inexpensive I love You Gift

I adapted this gift idea from a column by interior decorator Barb Lunter that was in the North Shore News a few weeks back.

What you need:
2 vases - this isn't as easy as you think. One vase must fit inside the other with enough room around it to put some goodies yet it has to be large enough to hold a few bunches of flowers. I found both of my vases at a local thrift shop.a couple bunches of flowers. I used five bunches of tulips.a whole lot of goodies. Be creative. I opted for chocolate loonies* over the simpler jelly beans. I bought these from the bulk section at our local grocer but you can also find some unique stuff at sweet shops like Sugar & elastic or string
place the small vase inside the large onedistribute your goodies around the inside of the large vase so you can no longer see the small oneput a little room temperature water in the small vasehold the bunch of flowers in your right hand. With your left hand take one flower one at a time until …

Thanks for a Wonderful 3 Years!

From the bottom of my heart - I couldn't have done it without you.Who knows what will happen over the next three.

Here's Bijou Living's very first post, May 17, 2008.

'Raccoons and cats become a little bit boring...'
About a year ago I came across Grey Gardens. A beautiful film that gave me nightmares. The Cult's song Ciao Baby is about Edie Sedgwick not Little Edie. It would be nice if Little Edie had a song.

There's a great fan site dedicated to Grey Gardens and you can view it here.

Mens Sandals

The only way I can interpret men's sandals as being sexy is by imagining it's a hot August afternoon in the 70s and I'm on the beach at Osoyoos Lake spying on my older cousins as they hit on long haired, tanned, shirtless skinny rocker guys in tight worn out frayed Levi's and hurache sandals. Oh, and it smells like Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil.

These might work:

1. Ann Demeulemeester although these somewhat remind me of Tevas and I'm not a fan of any item of clothing or footwear that uses Velcro.
2. Lanvin a little dressier
3. Dolce & Gabbana second choice
4. Pachuco Huarache my favourite

The Scent of Spring

It would be wonderful if I could send this smell to you.

Design Lover - Torcan Fan

circa late 1960s

I'm not one to tell you how to spend your money



but if you have it in you to spend $290 on either of these go right ahead. I won't ask why.

My Current Fix

Vintage Matisse Renoir Copper and Enamel Bracelets

(l) HHDollhouse (c) Coronetweedsvintage (r) Timeraveler
(l) overlookjulie (c) 123hollybee (r) luvintage

Happy Mother's Day

Michael, me, Mom

From the Archives - How to Transform a Boring Room - Wallpaper with Newspaper

Originally published April 2, 2009

Ace Hotel - Portland using player piano paper

The Ace has drawn attention to boring walls by using a material not usually associated with wallcoverings. The look is achieved by using common papers such as comics, sheet music, maps, blueprints, magazines cuttings, newspaper, paper doilies, or heavy foil. The more creative the better.

newspaper How to wallpaper with newspaper and other stuff.

* glossy polymer medium
* sponge brush
* scissors
* your selection of magazines, newspapers, or other ephemera
* (optional) glossy water-based polyurethane (clear or tinted)
* paintbrush

The polyurethane can be omitted. However, it gives a protective glossy coating. **If you do decide to use polyurethane make sure it's water-based or it will smear and ruin the print. Also, the picture from the other side will show through.

The polymer medium can be used as an undercoat and as a final coat.

magazine pages Steps:
1. Cut the strips of paper you wa…

Good things come to those who wait

Remember my outing to the junkyard a few weekends ago? I'd mentioned a little number we picked up that was much cooler to use as a table top than an old door. Well yes, Mr. Junkyard Dog I will take that old lucite and alabaster countertop off your hands.

After a trip to Rona for some concrete blocks and jaunt to Opus for some Montana Gold chrome spray paint, voilà - new patio table!

Home Sense still might have a chance with me if they have these Morrocan lanternsleft.

Simple Inspiration

Leather Photo Album
Vintage Army Officer's Bag

The most irritating thing I read last weekend,

"Our culture has become obsessed with everything being available in one place, but carrying my straw basket around to neighborhood specialty shops is essential to entertaining." says Morrell, who is known to work the kitchen in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent top and polka-dot apron.

LaCava, S. 2011. Dinner at 8. The New York Times Style Magazine. May 1, 2011

Quote of the Week - Confidence

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
Michel de Montaigne