Thursday, April 19, 2007

Blue Plate Special

Bring the diner to your kitchen with this set of four melamine plates. Each plate has a photograph by Martin Yeeles that is sure to remind you of your favorite greasy spoon. The photos feature everything from the counter with a dome-covered pie to a cup of Joe with the paper. Dish up some grub and enjoy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Love shag!

I would like to say that this didn't catch my eye because of the basset, but that would be a big fat lie. I love bassets, and shag.

MagranaSink your toes into the Magrana and you won't want to fetch anything. Handmade and hand loomed of 100% New Zealand wool, the pile hieght on the rug is just under 1". Small: 5.6' x 7.9'. Large: 6.6' x 9.8'.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Painted Shades

gt042_paintlamp1_s.jpgThe right lampshade can transform a room -- all you have to do is find it. Here's a simple way to make one instead. Start with an opaque white paper shade, and add paint, trim, or silver leaf.

High-gloss oil-base paint gives the best results; thin it if necessary, and apply two or three coats to the outside of the shade, letting it dry after each. To add ribbon trim, cut ribbon to the circumference of shade, paint the edges of shade with craft glue, and lay the ribbon over the glue with the ends meeting at the shade's seam. The wide silver trim shown here is self-adhesive but stiff, so it can only be used on drum shades; it was scoured gently with steel wool to give it a matte look. Silver leaf can be applied inside a shade before you paint the outside.

1. Use a paintbrush to spread a thin coat of gilders' adhesive. Pick up a sheet of silver leaf with a static brush to transfer it to the shade; add sheets one at a time, starting at the bottom and overlapping slightly, until the interior is covered.

2. Use a soft cloth to rub the silver leaf gently, removing bits that don't adhere. Coat the silver leaf with acrylic spray to keep it from tarnishing.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Vintage Ruler Chair

Vintage Ruler Chair

Nostalgia may not be what it used to be. It may be better than we remember, as in these chairs that elevate one-of-a-kind rare, vintage advertising rulers to an art form. An imaginative designer attaches her authentic rulers to comfortable, solidly constructed chairs and secures them under a durable finish that won't splinter, fade or stain. We suggest that you group them for casual dining or display one as a chair of honor or as functional art.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Recycled Aluminum Bark Candlesticks

These stately recycled aluminum candlesticks, molded to resemble tree branches, provide all the reason you need to dine by candlelight every night. Providing extra stability, the flared-branch base adds secure footing to accommodate taper or dinner candles.
7"D x 20"H, 6"D x 16"H

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thai Threshold

Rescued from Thai houses, these antique thresholds served the families of their homes in many ways. The structural base for the door, these architectural pieces served to prevent water in nearby rivers from entering the homes. Most importantly, the threshold - or "Goddess Protector" - was installed as a means to protect the family from spirits and evil. The antique structures, 50-150 years old, will be a compelling addition to any room and, possibly, bring their protective powers into your home.