Haus Obsessed… Favorite Things For Fall

A new season means a change in weather, daylight, and a time of transition in our souls. Fall is usually when we start to nest and prepare for winter. Even in California where the weather is nice year round, the desire to stay home is just as strong. It starts getting darker earlier, a little colder at night, and the leaves do at some point start to change. Though we still have a month till Daylight Savings Time, I thought it would be appropriate to post about my favorite things this year for this fall. Most of them are quite romantic, as I seem to be embracing that emotional and sometimes dark side of my soul.


Beaded Everything:

I am having an embellished moment. I want anything and everything that is littered with beads, rhinestones and sequins. The more the better and the heavier the piece the more desirable. There is something about the way that these items drape on a figure. My closet is becoming filled with jackets, long gowns and cropped tops that sparkle like its 1972. Maybe I am drawn to all that jazz is because I started singing cabaret and need eye-catching vintage outfits to complete my look, or maybe it is because I have been watching too many old movies lately. Whatever it is, I want to sparkle like Rita Hayworth in Gilda.

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This red tunic on Etsy:


This dress on Ebay:


And this 1920’s flapper dress on Etsy:


Dark Textured Walls

There is something so moody about dark textured walls, and that feel is perfect for a new season. Wiki How has a great article on how to get that texture. Then, once you have it, you paint right over it. Think of this as a DIY project for a weekend. You don’t need to do every wall in a room, even a dark accent wall can add character and depth.

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Dried Red Roses

Looks like I am becoming quite a moody romantic on this post, but doesn’t that just scream fall. Halloween is the perfect time to display old roses, or make new dried ones. It is quite easy. Just take a bouquet and hang it upside down in a dark, dry closet for a few weeks. You will know when they are done, and they will last forever.

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Antique Portraits

To add to the moody walls, why not choose a cool portrait. These pieces are easy to find online, or if you frequent estate sales or auction houses, they always seem to have a ton of them they are just begging to get rid of. Sometimes local thrift shops have them for really cheap, but this is always hit or miss. Whatever you find, it adds a bit of masculinity and heritage to any room.

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This innocent one of a girl on eBay:


Or this one of the Duke of Wellington also on eBay:


Milk Thistle

Let’s be honest, this fall is going to be full of parties, champagne cocktails and scotch nightcaps. So we might as well nip our hangovers in the bud by taking Milk Thistle before a night out. I swear by this stuff. If I know I am going to have a boozy one, I pop two pills. When I wake up in the morning, I feel like I had a relaxing night instead of a raging party. The bottle at Trader Joes is the one I use, and the cost doesn’t break the bank either.


Deep Burgundy and Purple Lips

Though I am quite loyal to MakeUp Forever, I find myself straying now that I found YSL Rouge Volupte. Even though it is $10 more per stick, which is so expensive, the lipstick is so hydrating that you don’t need a gloss or chapstick to go over it. The Forbidden Burgundy color is all I want to wear for fall and Violet Incognito. These dark red and purple hues are so enticing and exotic. YSL-2439-RVShine-3-1000x1000-v1tumblr_mcdm0rlYtj1qejkq4o1_500 tumblr_mc4m2lbBEa1qhy2xro1_500 af2e5a3d3a4ffee89eb10941872d7f8a burgundy and dark lips (7)

Arnold Newman

A couple days ago, a friend asked to photograph me in my home for her school project. She wanted to channel Arnold Newman and his portraits of artists in their homes. His shots of Picasso and Capote were always two of my favorites. I can’t wait to see all of the shots that she took. Two that she sent me are previewed below.

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As the weather cools down, the necessity of layering is becoming a reality. I have been gravitating towards men’s baggy wool pants and tweed vests. I still need to find some vintage suspenders and three piece suits. Let the search begin. dfddd24979f0095e4aad774ab8554fc8 866525c02a23ab4e1e330faa01ce185f 68d44c5c282c41d22ead2835407cf575 470f3aadc0fff05a7b22a2b9f9eec421 a22ccee2704f1da601855f1ff711808c


The Civil Wars

Though the band is no longer together (my heart is broken), I find myself with this album on repeat. The depth of every song is heart wrenching and yet so lovely. They make the pain of every lyric sounds like a beautiful journey that you want to tumble down.


Round Ice Cubes

There is something so mature about having round ice cubes, and these from Amazon aren’t expensive and easy to make. I want to sit in my room with dark walls, drinking scotch on my one round cube and listening to The Civil Wars. How perfect does that sound for fall?





Fall is the perfect time to pick up a long book and get deeply engrossed it. Days of rain and a cup of good tea is all you need to fill the time. This novel was recommended to me by two different people with the promise that I would find myself saying “Ok, just one more chapter.” I was so excited by that promise that I bought it and intend to finish all 900 plus pages once I finish Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald which I am rereading for the second time.

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Today the junk haus Bought… A Vintage Wedding Dress

Most little girls dream of their wedding day. They make plans of getting all dolled up and walking down the aisle to their Prince Charming. They fantasize about their wedding dress, which they will wear only one day of their life. I however was not one of those girls. There were no thoughts of marriage and kids in my mind ever. I never wanted to walk down an aisle, and I never wanted to spend a ton of money on a dress. To this day, the thought of marriage makes me a little uneasy. But the other day while I was out thrifting, I saw this beauty. This very Victorian, Marie Antoinette, beautiful silk off the shoulder gown called to me from the rack of discarded wedding dresses. I looked at the tag to see “Priscilla of Boston” which I knew from working one of their fashion shows in New York years ago, that this dress was worth a pretty penny. Better yet was the fact that it was in flawless condition. I didn’t care that it would probably be too small for me. I would make every effort to contort my ribcage until the zipper was fully up. The gem went home with me, and an hour later, I found that even if I removed some ribs, and lost 20 pounds, I would never be small enough to wear this dress. So now it is available on the shop here. If you are getting married and are a size 0-2, this piece is a one of a kind gem, made even more special by the fact that Priscilla of Boston closed their doors in 2011. No more custom silk dresses from them. This might be the last chance you have to own one of their pieces.

A Peek in the Attic

2640 Broad St

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


Mon – Sat: 10 Am – 5:30 Pm

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Haus Obsessed – Polaroid Walls

Over the years, my Polaroid camera has been put to good use. So much so that I have stacks of these pictures. The only problem is that they are buried deep in drawers and not on display where they should be. Walls of Polaroids are perfect for showing off the great memories that you had over the years, and on top of that they just look plain cool with their grainy nature and vintage appeal. What I would do is try to find a giant frame, something simple and not too expensive (maybe Ikea), It would also be smart to have something with fade resistant glass. This way the shots will be able to last for years. Put the photos in rows in the frame and hang that or lean it on a wall. If you don’t have the money, it is always easy to just double stick tape them up. Because why not!

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Today the junk haus Bought… A Vintage Doll


There are some things that you spot and you just are drawn to them. You don’t know why, but you love them and you have to have them. While antiquing around New York last week, this little doll caught my eye, and I couldn’t stop staring at her. With her bright red hair and her beautifully vacant eyes, she intrigued me. Then I picked her up and flipped her over. What stood out to me the most was her white leather legs and the stitching. There was something so delicate about her construction, yet something so haunting. Right now she sits on the back of my antique settee, thoroughly creeping out every visitor that dares to walk through my front door. Expect to see the two of us on Antiques Roadshow next year! I get this feeling that she might be worth a little something.

Housing Works West Village

245 W 10th St (At Hudson St)

New York, NY 10014


Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM, Sun: 11 AM – 5 PM

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Haus Obsessed – Wall Moulding

At some points in our lives, we buy or rent boring apartment or homes with plain white walls. We stare at these blank canvases everyday and then at some point we cover them with frames filled with art or photographs and we smile and think we are done. What we don’t realize is that there is another option for that wall instead of just hanging things to fill the space. Any boring wall can be made into its own artistic piece with the addition of ornate plaster moulding and or picture frame moulding. Crown moulding, plaster moulding and picture frame moulding are not complicated to install, and the added effort changes a room entirely. They just take a little bit of extra elbow grease, a steady hand, and some paint before or after. This added feature can add so much polish and glamour to the space, just check out those chic Parisian apartments that we drool over on Pinterest daily. Most of these moulding pieces can be purchased at Home Depot. So before you start hanging a bunch of frames, take a quick trip to the hardware store and check out your other options. You might fall in love and turn your home into quite the glamour pad.


My quick tips:

If you want the look that they blend in a little with the wall, paint the entire wall and the moulding after the installation.

If you want different colors, paint the moulding pieces and the wall before installation. Gold or an off cream is always a chic option for a colored or plain white wall. Also think about the glassiness of the moulding. A glossier crown moulding looks better next to a eggshell wall. If you are going for flats, Keep the wall flat and the moulding eggshell.

Don’t forget the crown moulding. If you have a beautiful wall and the transition from the wall to ceiling is nonexistent, this void will be an eyesore.

Keep the scale. You don’t want an ornately large crown moulding in a house with normal ceiling heights. It will just make your room look shorter and oddly proportioned.

Floor transitions are not necessary whatever a designer will tell you. Baseboard is not necessary.


Check out these installation guides for a more in depth procedure.

How to install picture frame moulding, thanks to Southern Hospitality.

How to install wall panels and crown moulding, thanks to HGTV.

How to install specialty plaster bits, thanks to AA Plaster Ornaments.



the play haus was Featured in Altered Couture Magazine

It is always an honor when small pet projects that I do are featured anywhere. This month Altered Couture chose our shoes, a side project called the play haus, to be featured in their magazine. Through this article you learn a little bit about the process, the inspiration, and what cute options these shoes are for baby shower gifts, kid’s birthdays, and back to school presents. I want to thank Stampington and Company for coming to me with the desire to showcase these cute works of art. Adult sizes are available as well. Check out the magazine here. The article is written up on page 82 with a two page spread! The shoes are available for purchase at this Etsy shop.

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Haus Obsessed – Firework Lights

In the spirit of this holiday, I am dedicating this post to fireworks, and these beautiful pendant lights that they inspire. Their starburst design makes them ideal candidates for living rooms with tall ceilings, dining rooms, retail and restaurants. The way that they shine is magical and even if you don’t want to spend the money on an expensive one, they are just as easy to DIY using a strand of white christmas tree lightings and a round wire frame. Some of the ones for sale online are made with glass and beyond spectacular, but they are quite pricey and unless you have a grand enough home, these lights can overtake the room. This one of a kind fixture can go with any decor. A breezy seaside cottage with exposed buttresses is a great place to hang a trio. Decorating a glamorous bedroom or even a bathroom, stick one there, providing there is enough ceiling height. These are such fun whimsical pieces for any space, reminding us of the TNT filled poppers that we will be lighting off tomorrow night! Happy Freedom Day everyone!

For more lighting DIYs check out this great post or this one.

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the junk haus is… Making a Theatre Debut!


This is the year I get out of my comfort zone and try all of the things that scared me in the past. Being on stage was always one of them. It has been my dream to audition for a musical, and when the email came about a Beauty and the Beast production, I had to jump at the opportunity. I will be playing  member of the ensemble which is a great honor. So if you want to come see me dancing around as a French Aristocrat, an enchanted fork, an angry mobster, and a drunken bar fly, purchase a ticket. If you can’t purchase a ticket and want to support, click below and donate to the production. Even $10 would be a huge help! This should be a jolly good time!

For tickets click here.

To donate to the production, click here.

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Friday July 11th: 7 PM

Friday July 12th: 7 PM

Friday July 13th: 2 PM

Friday July 18th: 7 PM

Friday July 19th: 7 PM

Friday July 20th: 2 PM,.



Today the junk haus Bought… A Seltzer Bottle, Railroad Ties, and a Basket

Today I was reminded about this post from a couple weeks ago that I hadn’t yet completed. I was planning on heading out to Pozo Saloon later to go see Darius Rutger and the Eli Young Band when I remembered this shop and the amazing things I found there! Santa Margarita is a very small town with one itty bitty main drag. There is one wine tasting venue a couple coffee spots, a lunch place and three antique shops. One Saturday a few weeks ago after volunteering, I decided to take the back roads home and pop into the village. The main antique shop, The Barn, is chocked full of all sorts of random stuff. All of the different vendors really make the two story store eclectic and if you are looking for something, I guarantee it is in this building. The prices are quite steep for most things, but as with most antique shops, if you hunt, you can find deals and gems. I lucked out with these railroad ties, this vintage soda bottle, and a wire basket. You can find them on our shop. Overall, my visit was worth the trip, but I would only recommend going if you are in the area and have a lot of time to kill.

“The Barn” Antique & Unique Mall

22390 El Camino Real

Santa Margarita, CA


Mon-Fri 10AM – 5:30PM, Sat-Sun 10AM – 5PM



the junk haus went to… Lake Tahoe

This last week, I decided to take three days in beautiful Lake Tahoe to get away.  One day was spent driving up, one day driving around the lake and over to Genoa, and the last day was filled with the drive home, down the very long and windy Route 49. The 30 hours that I spent in the car those three days were worth all of the beautiful sights Lake Tahoe and the open road had to offer. Check below for some of the shops that kept me busy, and filled my car. Most of these finds are available on the shop.

Merced Antiques Mall – Merced, CA 209.722.6894

This antique shop is really unlike any others. It is filled with most of your typical antiques, but then there are a ton of really interesting gems that are worth the time spent perusing around. They have beautiful wall artwork, and the prices are not out of this world like most antique shops. Check each booth”s sales because most of them are 20% off and sometimes the front desk doesn’t have this information.

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Judies 2 – Jamestown, CA 209.984.0507

Jametown is packed full of antique shops, but most of them are completely overpriced like other tourist attraction towns. Then there is Judies. The prices are beyond reasonable and their selection is abundant and diverse. You will have to dig as they have quite a lot of things. This one shop is worth the trip through the old Gold Rush wild wild west town.



Hartwick House – El Dorado, CA 530.622.2840

This upscale antique shop is curated beautifully, and everything is displayed with style and appeal. The shop has a back garden, a children’s cottage and a men’s outhouse. Most of the prices are moderate, and some things are underpriced. Their furniture selection is impressive, though I didn’t have the room in my car or in my apartment for the giant trunk that I really wanted.

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Antiques Plus – Genoa, NV 775.782.4951

Genoa was a disappointment considering none of the stores opened on time and I wasn’t going to wait around to see when the shop owners were going to feel the need to come to work. Then on my way out of town, I saw the sign for this shop. I thought why not give it a try, so I pulled into the driveway. The house was an old Victorian home that was supposedly haunted. The prices were reasonable considering their inventory was quite high end and of exquisite taste. I looked through the home and headed to the back house. There I found him, the penny farthing that I had been searching for all my my life, well maybe just the last year. This vintage piece was not an 1800s original, but still it was a 40 year old replica. I said I would take it! After all, exactly what my home needs is a giant novelty bicycle. Pictures of the bike to come!



Lucky Dawg Thrift Shop, South Lake Tahoe, CA 775.671.0142

This shop is small and they do not have an incredible selection of stuff, but what they lack in abundance, they make up for in quality. It is worth a quick look. I found a pair of vintage leather Harley Davidson chaps and some old Levi’s

Bargains Galore – South Lake Tahoe, CA 530.541.0444

Another great thrift shop. They lured me in with a beautiful antique pram in the window that just happened to be “Not For Sale.” But I managed to find a funky jacket, and some old Guess jeans that made it worth the visit.

Tahoe Family Solutions – Incline Village, NV

I wish I could go back and purchase what I decided I didn’t need. They had three large room full of clothing at beyond cheap prices. What went home with me was a pink blouse, a silk shirt and some vintage Levi’s. What I left? A beautiful off white wedding cocktail dress, some vintage shears and some other fun vintage clothes. Next time!

Chocolate Soup – Mariposa, CA 209.966.5683

I stumbled upon this shop after driving for 8 hours, and I almost didn’t go inside. It was the barks of my puppy that forced me to turn down their driveway. Someone wanted out, and I wanted antiques. The old house is a lovely mix of old and new. In between all their antiques are handmade local soaps and salts, spices and flatware. They even had a great selection of jewelry. Between their four small but beautiful buildings, there is something for everyone. The icing on the cake, upstairs is an art gallery.

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Here are some of the more scenic shots from the trip. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place.

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