Friday, May 29, 2009

Over and Out

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

P.S. If you're local, don't forget:

* Last chance to take advantage of the exclusive discount at Atomic Garden.

* Saturday is the final day at Mignonne Oakland, with 30 percent off almost everything.

* Maker Faire!

Etsy Find of the Day: Pigeon Toe Ceramics

As far as I'm concerned, you can never have enough white ceramics. And white ceramics with flashes of glossy, saturated color inside? Yes, please.

So of course I immediately fell in love with the work of Portland, Oregon potter Lisa Hough, aka Etsy seller Pigeon Toe Ceramics. My faves:

Small Tripod Pot, $28

Mini Creamer in Peacock, $6

Small Tripod Pot in Espresso Stoneware, $28

Porcelain Bud Vase in Lemon, $18

Mini Pleat Cup, $18

Small Tripod Pot in Cinder, $28

See all of Pigeon Toe's Etsy offerings right here -- and check out more of Hough's creations here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cool Stuff: Blossom Creations

Fresh and pretty papergoods and textiles from Australia's eco-minded Blossom Creations. The paper is 100-percent recycled and printed with soy-based inks, while the linens are made with hemp, organic cotton, and non-toxic dyes. Clockwise from top left: Fig Napkins, two for $60 AUD (about $47 U.S.); Sprig Kitchen Towel, $40 AUD ($31 U.S.); Fig Notebook, $8 AUD ($6 U.S.); Branch Cushion Cover, $40 AUD ($31 U.S.); Gingko Apron, $20 AUD ($16 U.S.)

Sigh -- I want it all.

If you sew, Blossom Creations also sells lovely hand-screenprinted hemp fabric by the yard.

See all of the company's eco-chic offerings right here.

Real Estate Envy: Ferris Bueller House for Sale

Well, not actually Ferris's house, but the house where his best friend, Cameron, lived in that cinematic opus, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (C'mon -- you know you saw it, like, six times.)

The house -- all cold, sleek glass, steel, and hard edges -- was meant to symbolize poor, chronically depressed Cameron's lonely, loveless family life (as opposed to Ferris's own cluttered, cozy, love-filled traditional abode).

But looking at these photos of the 5,300-square-foot Highland Park, Illinois home -- which just went up for sale -- today, I don't find it cold at all. There's a lot more warm wood than I remember from the movie, and being nestled amidst the trees like that? Dreamy.

Anyway, the house is currently listed with Sotheby's International Realty at the bargain price of just $2.3 million.

So, who's gonna grab it? Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Anyone?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Artful Home: Scott Parry Prints

Oooh -- mesmerizing new prints from Portland's Scott Parry. Above: Starscape Glacier

Mountain Starscape

The 10-by-13-inch prints are just $20 each from Little Paper Planes. See more of Parry's trippy work here, here, and here.

eBay Finds

Vintage Bauman Dress Form

George Nelson Drafting Desk

Hollywood Regency Golden Mirror

Yellow Planet Lamp

Four Original Nicos Zographos CH-66 Chairs

Paul McCobb Fiberglass Chair

Peacock Blue Lamp

Vintage Coat/Hat Rack

Vintage Scoop Chair (pick up in Los Angeles)

Moss Terrarium With Handmade Mushrooms

Pair X Benches Hot Pink

Vintage Metal Dental Cabinet (pick up in New York City)

Hollywood Regency Chair

Suck UK Come In/Go Away Doormat

Maris Art Pottery Bowl

60s Danish Modern Teak Credenza

Vintage Stiffel Lamp

Danish Modern Studio Pottery Vase Collection

Milo Baughman Lounge Chair

Blanc de Chine Pierced Lamp

Pierrot Harlequin Jester Lamp

Italian Tole Floral and Murano Glass Lamp

Herman Miller Wire Chair With Eiffel Base

Antique Cage Lamp

French Santos Doll

Note: These auctions end between today and Monday morning, June 1.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cool Stuff: IKEA Maskros Pendant

I know -- you're getting whiplash trying to keep track of my ever-changing stance on IKEA. Let's just say that my feelings about the Swedish superstore are ... complicated.

Right now, I'm edging toward a "love" phase in my cyclical love-hate relationship. And all because of the Maskros Lamp -- part of IKEA's long-awaited PS 2009 Collection, which was shown at New York's recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The collection has been available in Europe for months, but it's finally headed stateside, and should be available at select U.S. IKEA outposts in August.

The dandelion-like pendant measures a generous 31.5 inches across and retails in the U.K. for £65 (about $103), so my guess is that it'll be among the more expensive lighting options at the blue giant this summer. But wow -- what impact.

P.S. You can get a sneak peek of the entire PS Collection here.


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