office tour

Comin’ atchya live from my home office today! 

As a part time blogger and full time work from homer, I spend no less than 80% of my waking hours in this little yellow room so it is important that I get it just right.  Althought I still have a few projects on the horizon for this room it is close enough for a reveal so come on in.  Let me show you around.

I’ve had this little table for years.  A past roommate left it behind.  I can’t tell you how many times I considered selling it.  I’m so glad I didn’t!  The table is perfect for crafting and I don’t care how much paint/ink/glue I get on it plus it takes up minimal space. 

The vintage area rug was found at an estate sale in the spring.  I knew then that I wanted the color scheme for this room to be orange, green & yellow.  The rug seemed to be a heavy, dark anchor for this otherwise light, bright room.  Plus it was hand hooked and in great shape!

This might just me my favorite vintage little nook in the whole house.  It is a close second to the sunroom anyway.  Remember the orange bench?  I have to tell you that I get the most feedback on that find.  What a score! 

The bench looks even better surrounded by these textiles.  The only splurge and only brand new items in the entire room are the yellow rosette throw pillows.  I found them at Target on my Missoni mission by another designer.

Let’s move over here and take a peek at the few modern pieces in the room.  I found this armoire on sale a few years back and it now hides most of my craft supplies. 

I like having a few dark espresso accents in the room like the coordinating frame that displays my print of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss that I got on a trip to Vienna after graduating college.  Who knew Gustav’s colors would go so well with my office?  Oh and as you pass by, high five the antique glove mold that I found at the Brooklyn Flea.

Meet the girls.  The grey antique dressform is Cecilia.  She is a big boned girl who is adjustable in size.  Did you spy the old wine rack down there on the floor?  It holds fabric scraps.

Isabelle is our petite dressform.  She’s a Singer made mold that replicates an actual (skinny) woman’s measurements.  The original model’s name is in the mold.  Cree-py.  But these girls make great props.

Ok, reversing sides of the room now.  Remember the dyed coffee filter wreath?  Here she is again.

The reality is that I spend the majority of my time at this little built in desk.  I love the architectural charm that is original to our 1949 house.

The desk is adjacent to the printing station which is housed in the vintage green cabinet.  Don’t you love how I hide all of the office clutter?

And how could I not mention the pulldown school map of Pennsylvania?  This map has influenced and shaped the color pallet of the entire room.   

I am not sure which feature I love more.  The orange & green school map or the orange bench on the opposite wall.  What do you think?

Ok well thanks for visiting my office!  I will keep you posted on upcoming projects in here.

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me lucky wreath

Hello there!

You may have seen the coffee filter wreath craze all over the blog world.  Basically every home and DIY blogger has tried their hand at making their very own big fluffy cream wreath out of a million coffee filters over the last year.  I finally tried it too.

With a spin of course.

You thought I lost my mind when I made a wreath of plastic spoons.  Now, not only have I made a wreath out of coffee filters but I dyed them first.  My logic?  I really wanted a greenish coffee filter wreath and well they just don’t sell them in green.

All of the materials were just a dollar except the filters.  I got a floral foam wreath at the dollar store and wrapped it in a roll of satin dollar store ribbon to start.  The wreath form is only about 6-8 inches so this project didn’t take forever to complete.

Actually days before I did that, I dyed some of my coffee filters with Rit kelly green dye that was also just a dollar at the fabric store.  This dye is meant for dying clothes in a washer which actually sounds really scary to me so I made up my own rules.  I heated up a pot of water and put a splash or two of kelly green dye in the pot. 

Then I dunked groups of filters in the water.  I left them in for anywhere from 1-4 minutes to get various shades of green. 

Here’s where I started to feel like a total wacko.  Picture this.  I am standing in my kitchen over a pot of green water with a camera around my neck and soggy coffee filters in hand.  I felt like the lucky charms leprechaun.  Magically delicious.  Thankfully I was home alone for this portion because I am afraid Ryan would have had me committed if he saw this scene.

Anyway, I laid the dyed stacks of coffee filters out on a cookie sheet to dry.

Several days later the filters were ready.

I folded each individual filter into quarters.

Then I hot glued the point of the filter to the wreath form leaving the ruffly side out.  I did this in a line around the front of the wreath alternating between green and white. 

I repeated another row on the side of the wreath to create a full fluffy colorful coffee filter wreath.

There you have it. 

I hung it in the office but I am feeling the color combo for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day.  Expect to see this again in my future decor.

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back to school

I spent the better part of my summer in search of the perfect vintage pulldown school map.  Ok, that’s not all I did but the darn map was always on my list of “Must Finds”.  Yes, I have one of those lists.

Lo and behold, I found not one, not two but three old school maps.  They only date back to the early 90s but technically that’s vintage.  Yes people, the early 1990s was 20 years ago.  I know I can’t believe it either.

With that said, I settled on this oversized map of Pennsylvania to display in my office.  Here’s how my mind works:   Kids learn about their home state in 5th grade as I recall.  (They did in my day anyway.)  The map is circa 1990.  I learned about PA in 1990 on a map just like this.  Could I have been introduced to the Delaware River and Appalachian Mountains on this very same map 20 years ago?? Whoa.

Ok and the real reason I chose this map for the office decor is the fabulous colors.  I had a vision of the orange, green and yellow maps of yesteryear because that is the exact color palette of the office.  I think its perfect.

I can’t reveal the whole office yet but here’s a preview of the palette…

I think I’m in love with geography now.  Are you smitten?

P.S. If you are local and in the market for a World or US pulldown school map just like this, you can find my other 2 maps for sale at Deconstructed Living in Wayne, PA

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early bird gets the worm

Last week I was off from work which afforded me the rare opportunity to hit some Friday estate sales.  I always, always wanted to go to the Friday sales! 

I made it to them!  Let me tell you that the Friday early birds are INtense.  I got to the first sale just 10 minutes after it started and it was swarming with buyers.  Serious buyers who already had piles set aside.  I grabbed a vintage green bench just as soon as I could get my hands on it and found it was already claimed.  If only I woke up 10 minutes earlier.  That chippy bench would be mine!  Good thing I managed to find some other sweet vintage items.

I tried to shake off the bench loss when I found these old gardening hand tools buried in the back of the sale.  The horticulturist in me was ecstatic with the wooden handled wonders.

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.  Check out how the metal curves around on this cultivator.  Love.

And these orange tools are so retro.  I didn’t even clean the 50-year-old dirt off yet.  Note to self.  Anyway…the color!

And another old school trowel…

like the ones we hung in the sunroom to use as hooks.

Enough of the gardening tools.  Let’s talk enamelware.  Like last week, I found some!  This time it is a 7 piece set of pots and pans.  I’m not even sure that they were ever used.

The stripes are just too fun!

Oh but these little lotus dishes are A-door-bell!

How can you not love?

By this point in the morning, I was moving right along from sale to sale.  Long forgotten about the chippy bench.  I swear.  Aqua planter? Yes, please.

A few Victorian inspired repros…

The old soap sign is perfect for a bathroom or laundry room.  It is circa 1974 so still vintage in my book.  Plus the rusty goodness gives this sign some character.

These hooks are going to be put to work in one of my shutter re-do’s.  I actually had a set of these in an old house of mine but left them behind.  I was happy to see them!  They look sooo old but are probably only 1950’s or 60’s.

A lil’ vintage candy jar! Always a love of mine so difficult to pass up.

I also took home some pint-sized furniture.  This white stool folds up. 

It’s a whole lotta shabby and a little bitta chic.  Check the faded stenciling. Mmm hmmm.

Now this mini folding chair might just be a dud.  I think I’m allowed one in all of these finds, right?  It’s pretty far gone but hopefully I can recover one way or another.

I’m thrilled with all of my mentioned finds but despite my Friday efforts and my attempt at being some sort of early bird, the gem of the weekend came Saturday morning when I wasn’t looking.  I drove by a Church sale, that wasn’t on my agenda, and hit the brakes.  Boy, am I glad I did because I rolled out this treasure…

Drumroll please.

Whatcha think of my industrial office chair?  I’ll say it again – They just don’t make ’em like this anymore!

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my fix

Due to the extreme heat that I keep complaining about, I didn’t go junking at all this weekend.  I pretty much went directly from air conditioning to air conditioning as much as possible.  I considered flea marketing this morning but slept in instead.  I still had to get my vintage fix some where.  I took to some antique shops instead.

I picked up a few caddys from Not Just Antiques in Glenside, PA.  They gave me a good price because they’re packing up and moving into Mainly Shoes and More in Mt. Airy.  Can’t wait to check out the new location.

I really like the shape of the low one.  It is great for corralling and displaying things.  Currently my vintage mother of pearl silverware is on display in the dining room built ins.

I found the others at a new shop in North Wales, PA called Bowman’s Emporium.  This was the third visit I’ve made to this shop and I’ve never left empty handed.  The prices are really great.  I got the following 3 items for my evolving home office for just over $20.

I love this chippy yellow old school wine rack.  I’m not using it for wine though. 

Turns out that it makes the perfect fabric rack.

Here it is in its new home in the office near the vintage dress forms. 

I picked up this wirey magazine rack for my design magazines that are always on hand.  It makes me really happy.

And the fabulous retro Birch Beer glass is now a pen holder on my desk.  I love love love the aqua & pink!

That sums up my buys for this week.  What vintage treasures did you find?

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