Tuesday, May 29, 2012

{MADE} :: Craigslist Mood Board- Bedroom 1

Hey lovely readers! I've been meaning to do something like this for a while and I finally got around to it. It should come as no surprise to you that I love to shop. Not only do I love to shop, but I love a great bargain. I spend countless hours scouring craigslist, etsy, ebay, thrift stores and estate sales. This has gotten worse since we are house hunting and putting offers on homes. I am naturally a dreamer so I can't help but plan for our future home. Also, since I can't buy everything I like, I would love to share with you some of the lovely pieces I find.

While I wish I could do this on a weekly basis, it takes quite a bit of time to photoshop the items. I'll just say I'll do these when the mood strikes. However, if these posts gain popularity, I may make it a regular feature. Just leave me a lovely comment if the mood strikes you. :)

Alas, this is my first vignette. If you have any constructive feedback, I am all ears!

I feel this set has a balance between feminine and masculine items. Most of these items can be found in my local craigslist ads except for the paint color (Sherwin Williams' Reflection), white wood floor and the lovely woodblock print. (The woodblock print is a thrift find that I have yet to share with you... sshhhhh)

Brass Double Bed Frame: $75
Painted Dresser: $100
Pottery Barn Dhurrie Rug: $450
Wood Chest: $150
Tripod Lamp: $85
2 zGallerie Ikat Pillows: $45
Horseshoe Planter : $40
Brass Mirror: $250
Total: $1195

I know the rug and mirror aren't total bargains, but you get the idea right?  There are a couple of new Ikea rugs that could be swapped with this one and would be half the price!

While my home currently has a lot of Danish Modern items. I do love a warm, cozy and eclectic room. I was inspired when I saw the brass double bed. One thing led to another and I couldn't stop picturing all of these items together for a room. I have other pieces that didn't make the cut for a bedroom but they may work for an office/ craft room. I think that the brass bed and the lamp are total bargains. Don't you agree?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 05/27/12

Hey all! It's time for me to catch-up on the ol' bloggeroo. I've neglected it for too long and I feel guilty for doing so! This week I didn't do much thrifting, the boy and I are operating on one car for the time being which makes things a bit difficult. We're also spending a lot of time house hunting and just put in an offer on our second house. Hopefully this one will go through.

So since I didn't really go thrifting this week, I'll be sharing finds from the past couple of weeks (some of these items are already in the shop, that's how behind I am!)

I happen to love all of these letter holder critters. I'm not sure what this one is, but it looks like a worm attached to a 4 legged animal!


I loved this owl. It has a nice white glaze and a rough earthenware texture. He's quite heavy for his size!

I've been on a fabric kick lately. I couldn't resist these fun fabrics, especially at their prices. I love them all but the gray one with the little hearts captures my heart. Now if only I had a sewing machine...

I got a good laugh out of this tray! It's made by Villeroy and Boch and it has a Naif wedding scene by Gerard LaPlau. The Design Naif (naive) line consisted of folk art representations of country life. Let's just say this one depicts a scene of a runaway groom.


Lastly, is this lovely set of dishes with whimsical illustrations by Rowland Emett. He was an English cartoonist who also designed and constructed whimsical kinetic sculptures. He designed the inventions of Caractacus Potts for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Many of his sculptures are in museums. I would really love to see some in person, wouldn't you?

Come share with us at Her Library Adventures and Apron Thrift Girl and have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 05/13/12

First and Foremost, I'd like to wish a Happy Mother's day to all of the lovely mothers reading this. You are truly appreciated each and every day!

This week I continued to not have much luck at the thrifts but I did manage to swing by some antique malls that had fairly priced items. Thanks to some #thriftbreak folks I pulled the trigger on some of the antique store items despite the higher than usual (for me that is) price tags.

This beautiful set of china was my only thrift find this week. It has a really nice detail and looks very  much like op art porcelain bisque items. This is the Arcta pattern designed by Richard Scharrer for Thomas Germany. These are in the shop already.

I picked up these mod style candle holders at a local estate sale. I love their atomic shape!

This is one of the items I picked up at an antique mall. I took a picture with my phone because I was captivated with the color of the glaze. I left it behind along with another ikebana because of the price tags.

Later in the day when I was at home I decided to start doing some research on the items. These pieces were done by notable Chicago potter Edna Arnow. I started chatting with fellow #thriftbreak-ers who knew more about the artist. Since I had already decided I was going to trek back to the antique store I knew I had to take another look and see if the price was right.

The reason I had decided that I was going to go back to the antique store was because of these beauties. This was the first time I've come across birds by Oiva Toikka. The one on the left is the Common Bullfinch and has a beautiful subtle orange sheen on the red chest. The one on the right is the Baby Crow. The price was a bit steep for my taste but once again the #thriftbreak folks on twitter saved the day and convinced me that the price was definitely right.

All in all I spent a little more than I usually do but I think the items were well worth it. I'll be linking up with Sophie and Selena on this beautiful Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 05/06/12

Unsolved Mysteries

This week I had a hard time finding small collectibles which is what I tend to look for. I searched high and low to no avail, sort of. However, when one door closes another opens and this door happened to be accessories.

I am always drawn to fun little bags and this was no exception. It could be used as a clutch or a small portfolio. If an accessory has hot pink I am very likely to pick it up.

I thought this bag was nice too. I love the color of the leather and the inlay of a silk persian rug/ tapestry. It's small and bohemian and tugs at my bohemian heartstrings.

Pink + Kilim, how can you go wrong? The last two bags came from the same estate and are in pretty good condition except for that vintage smell. Anyone know how to make it go away? I have a little pouch of baking soda in them but it's not doing much...

This next piece I picked up because I had a gut reaction to it. From memory I thought it looked incredibly similar to some Zeisel ceramic pitchers and so I decided to take a gamble. I've searched the internet but have not found one exactly like it. It could be vintage, it could be new, I really have no idea. It looks similar to some Blenko pitchers but not quite. However, in the process I know a little more about Zeisel's work for Heisey.

This piece is another mystery. I was drawn to the earthy tones and textures and it must have come from a donor who liked earthenware/ stoneware because there were a few pieces at this particular thrift. 

It's a mystery because this is the mark I have to go off of. It has led me to discover Sturt Pottery from Australia but I don't think that's what this is. It could be British because they have similar stamps from what I've seen but I really have no idea. I would appreciate ANY help.

This is my last mystery. This was at the same thrift as the previous piece of pottery and I was drawn to it as well. It has a little bit of a purple-ish hue which I find to be nice.

If there are any Japanese or Chinese readers, can you tell me what this mark says? I don't even know what kind of characters they are. In trying to search for similar pieces I came across a Japanese potter that worked for Sturt pottery. I don't think it is one of his pieces but it's as far as I've gotten with the research. These pieces may give me a few new gray hairs!

Last week I said I would catch up with my Liebster award but I failed, I had a deadline this week that was stressing me out but now that it's done and over with I'm going to dedicate a post to the Liebster this week.

If you like any of the items that you see feel free to contact me, many of them will be put in the shop!

I'll be linking up with the usual suspects Selena and Sophie.

Have a great week!