I recently went to Massachusetts to be with my son while he had wrist surgery (!) and only had a few moments to thrift and thank goodness I did!  I only had one carry-on size piece of luggage to get things home in so I had to restrain myself, but I am super happy with these three  things. 

What I got:                                                                   Where it went:

Paint on canvas, Whitney Hill Antiques, $11.

Paint on canvas, Whitney Hill Antiques, $11.

Ceramic ring holder, Whitney Hill Antiques, $5.

Ceramic ring holder, Whitney Hill Antiques, $5.

Small Flokati rug, Savers, $4.99. Not smelly! Clean!

Small Flokati rug, Savers, $4.99. Not smelly! Clean!

In office, next to the dressing room.

In office, next to the dressing room.

Dining room bookcase. I officially have a hand collection.

Dining room bookcase. I officially have a hand collection.

Office coffee table.

Office coffee table.

All of the things.

All of the things.

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Remember Christy, my fearless comrade in the battle against the Tyranny of the Original Trim?

Her living room is coming together, slowly but surely (waiting for couches for 6-8 weeks is unpleasant!). I've been traveling a bunch so I haven't been able to get over there for a while but yesterday I did, just as she was getting home with a new rug and coffee table. She and I are like design soul mates; I would live in her space without question. 

These pictures are un-styled, not finished at all, messy, and in-the-moment iPhone shots, so don't get all worried that I don't know what I'm doing. I DO. Promise.

This is how we started.

This is how we started.

Quick and dirty Photoshop rendering of what could be.

Quick and dirty Photoshop rendering of what could be.

We will play around to find the perfect places for all these gorgeous things!

We will play around to find the perfect places for all these gorgeous things!

Perfect neutral palette to begin with. 

Perfect neutral palette to begin with. 

I mean, I'm dying.

I mean, I'm dying.

This is after the paint.

This is after the paint.

Where we are now! Den black out on purpose!

Where we are now! Den black out on purpose!

Coffee table feels small. She's gonna live with it, build it in a bit, and see how she feels in a week.

Coffee table feels small. She's gonna live with it, build it in a bit, and see how she feels in a week.

She went plant crazy. I love that.

She went plant crazy. I love that.

Leo likes it too.

Leo likes it too.

Obviously, this is a PROCESS shot. New sconces are going in and everything will be played with until it's RIGHT.

Obviously, this is a PROCESS shot. New sconces are going in and everything will be played with until it's RIGHT.

We're doing a healthy mix of vintage and new. The rug, coffee table, and chevron side table are West Elm, couches are EQ3, and most of the rest is vintage. My favorite rooms always have old and new, cheap and expensive, and something totally quirky to elevate the mood. That amazing carved deer head is the quirk and I am in LOVE with it. This room makes me so happy I might burst. 

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I love Alameda. It's a small island off of Oakland, accessible by a bridge, an underwater tunnel, and a ferry, which automatically makes it pretty charming, no? It feels like a town that was put into a time capsule in 1958; they could have filmed Back to the Future there. And like all time capsule island towns, it has a faint air of intriguing creepiness - what could its isolation have wrought? What evolved there, separated by water, independent of the cultural largesse of Oakland and San Francisco? I'll let you know when I make Matthew move there.

Until then, we visit our friends Kevin and Michelle and their toddler, affectionately named House Baby (by me). They are lucky enough to live on a main drag, blocks from all the stores and restaurants, the awesome old movie theater and decent bars. Yesterday I babysat House Baby at my house and returned her to the island after lunch. As we drove over the "tiny bridge" we sang a song about Alameda and how happy we were to be there. On our right, I noticed an antique store that looked as if its innards were throwing up all over the sidewalk; it was clearly owned by one of those collector/hoarder types who gave up on organization long ago and who now sits amidst piles of indiscernible objects and paper all day, every day. I resolved to check it out once House Baby was back at home.

To be honest, I've mostly given up on antique stores. I am well past my shabby chic phase, unwilling to pay $50 for a glass plate, and totally done with dark oak furniture. But the antique stores owned by collector/hoarders are occasionally worth perusing if you have the patience and time. Often, buried in the expensive rubble are cheap gems that would cost much more in thrift stores owned by people who are keeping track of what they have and know it's worth. Here are some things I found yesterday at Pauline's!

30" runner, perfect condition. $8.

30" runner, perfect condition. $8.

I have a basket problem. $6.

I have a basket problem. $6.

I also have a tray problem. And a cream and gold problem. $1.

I also have a tray problem. And a cream and gold problem. $1.

Big and gorgeous. 15" tall. Totally in love. $6.

Big and gorgeous. 15" tall. Totally in love. $6.

I never pass up a vintage clipboard. $1.

I never pass up a vintage clipboard. $1.

I love looking at what used to be stylish for interiors. $1.

I love looking at what used to be stylish for interiors. $1.

Love these colors!

Love these colors!

See? I can't stop. $5.

See? I can't stop. $5.

You just can't have too many trays though. It's a fact. $1.

You just can't have too many trays though. It's a fact. $1.

I have a wood and brass problem too. Ice bucket. $7.

I have a wood and brass problem too. Ice bucket. $7.

It's always good to have little coffee table games. $1.

It's always good to have little coffee table games. $1.

Small rug with pink. $12.  For dressing room vanity. Yes.

Small rug with pink. $12.  For dressing room vanity. Yes.

All of the things!

All of the things!



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Last week we had a strange and random opportunity to combine a couple of events we had been invited to into a week long southern California adventure, a first for us. We went from Monterey to Paso Robles to Palm Springs to Los Angeles and it did not suck.

You hear about Palm Springs as a mecca for midcentury architecture and housewares and it is, however, it is also UNBEARABLY, PHENOMENALLY, UNBELIEVABLY hot in mid-summer (the off-season). It is supposed to be a dry desert heat, the kind you can actually function in if you take care of yourself, but when we got there last week it was humid and over 100 degrees and every local we met was complaining that the over 100 golf courses in the region are changing the eco-system with their greedy and grotesque water usage, creating a new breed of desert, a humid kind. Personally, I don't think irrigating the sidewalks (all of them) with misting tubes is helping keep the humidity down much either.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Restaurant patios are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Empty bleachers are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Sidewalks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

Whole baseball parks are misted.

In any case, while we may have stayed in a Sarah's-Personal-Heaven-Come-To-Jesus-Mecca-Of-Design kind of town and hotel, we were much too hot to do any serious shopping or touring, giving up after 1/2 an hour in the car, retreating back to the pool at our hotel. I know, so sad for us.

I did manage to go out one day to three thrift stores and picked up a few things before I turned into a slumpy pile of melted human, but nothing I couldn't live without. In general, if I like something and it's cheap I will buy it and then figure out what to do with it later. So here is what I bought. Meh.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

Vintage belt, $2, too big for me.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$1. I have a basket problem. There are worse things.

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$3. Enormous vintage floor pillow. 2' x 2'. Clean and not smelly!

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$5. Vintage inlaid wood bowl with top. 

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$.10 each. Hot plates. Lovely and nostalgic.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$1 each. Vintage clutch and wallet.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

$.50. This is my favorite kind of toy to have in the living room. Nostalgic, engaging, funny, forgettable, unimportant.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

Common tin, $1. Now holding sugar on my kitchen counter.

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

$8. 12 inches tall, vintage, adorable. 

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

You know what? I also have a bowl problem. $5.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$3. Trio of vintage vases, of which I always need more.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

$2. Large vintage glass pitcher. Whatever.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

I can't pass up a plastic coin compartment.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

$1 for both. Piano player rolls. This Land is Your Land and Oh My Darling Clementine. Too cool to pass up.

All of the things:


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