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

805.544.0720

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

212,352.1618

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.

 

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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!

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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.

Cal Poly Spanos Theatre

Dates:

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,.

 

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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

805.438.5329

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

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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.

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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!

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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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Haus Obsessed – Instruments

When I left New York for warmer pastures, the hardest decision I made was getting rid of my baby grand piano. Though I barely played it, and it was used more as a coffee table then an instrument, there was something comforting in the fact that if I ever needed to, I could open it up and bang on the keys. This happened relatively frequently when some surge of musical creativity would pass through my veins. Usually my laptop was the sheet music playing youtube videos of the song of the moment that I wanted to learn. For a couple hours keys would be pushed and singing would accompany some pretty terrible playing. Then the cover would close on the keys until the next time a song truly inspired me to attempt to learn it. I wasn’t talented but having the option to, anytime I felt like it, play the piano was the most amazing creative freedom. The best part was when my more musically inclined musician friends would come over and play and play, really putting the piano to good use.

Due to the 3000 miles move, exorbitant moving fees, and the fact that the antique soundboard would most likely break in the process, a big decision to sell the piano happened. It went fast, and soon my piano was in the home of a concert pianist on the Upper East Side. I swore at that moment when I settled down again that I would get a new model, maybe even a white one. This is all still a dream, but since I have moved, two guitars, a hand harp, an old brass french horn, a ukulele and other fun instruments have found their way into my small two bedroom apartment.

This has made me realize how much I love decorating with instruments. Not only are they beautiful works of art to look at, but providing you keep them in working condition, they are great to pick up and play when you feel so inclined. And if you have an antique piece that doesn’t work, there is so much other stuff you can do with it. Check out the light fixture of white painted antique french horns below. I am selling a horn just like these in my shop. Add a pair of cool old bongos to your living room. Then, when you have people over, just wait and see what happens. If you need an extra table, you can use them as well. Tambourines, violins, guitars, and so many other instruments can be mounted on the wall taking up no floor space, and putting them at eye level for easy examination. Feel the need to classy up your space, add a beautiful harp, or a baby grand piano. These pieces can get mighty expensive but they are so beautiful and will be lifetime investment pieces, providing you do not end up moving across the country.

Whatever instrument you are drawn to, keep in your home. Though they might collect dust, you never know when you are going to want to just pick it up and begin a new musical journey. And if you never do, at least you have something beautiful that everyone can admire.

 

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