I was just up at Brimfield (post to come) and though I wasn’t in the market for them, I found my eyes drawn to the beautiful antique rugs that were all over the place. Some of the booths were filled with rugs upon rugs upon rugs. As overwhelming as that sounds, the look that created was actually inspirational. It made me think about how much depth the layers could add to a room without adding much clutter. Here are some shots I found on the web to verify my epiphany. You can layer a Persian rug over a Moroccan rug over a printed rug and it can still look chic. The photographs show a dining room, an artist’s studio, a living room, and a hallway. Even adding bright colors, like a bright yellow wall or table, doesn’t clutter up the space. So don’t be afraid to pull out your rugs that are in storage. They can make a room feel cozy and elegant at the same time and layering them just adds to the elegance. Just make sure that you think about the look you are going for and really choose some nice patterns. Bright pink polka dots might look great over some yellow stripes in a playroom, but you wouldn’t put either in your rustic living room next to your Eames recliner. Choose wisely, but be adventurous when you are decorating with rugs on rugs on rugs.
Yesterday an item in my shop was featured in the Etsy Newsletter. I didn’t even know about it until a fellow Etsy seller congratulated me. A shout out to IndieStyleSociety for the love! It was a great honor to be featured, especially with the punk rock theme. Punk is in the getting some attention lately. As the them to the Met Ball, the song of the LES and almost the core of New York, I was excited that Etsy considered my item cool enough to be a part of it.
If you would like to sign up for the Etsy Newsletter, which I didn’t even know existed until now, under you account preferences, change your email settings to be “On” for Newsletters (See pictures below). Then maybe you can find some interesting things to add to your home, or know when you have been featured. It’s worth it.
Last week, I killed a lot of time with season 5 of Mad Men and eBay. I had the one week library loan to finish, and a need to keep out of trouble. Mix that with the black hole known as eBay, and I produced a watch list enough to style the entire set of Bewitched. But, who doesn’t love the 60s? They attempted to be modern with clean lines and simple design. They were chic, glamorous, and the people had elegance. At least that’s what is portrayed on the show. Watching Joan waltz around that office owning herself and her body is an inspiration to women of all shapes and sizes. It even inspired me to buy a vintage girdle. Why not? But what really caught my eye were the small round silver rimmed glasses that Don always drank out of. They looked elegant and eye catching, something I would want in my own space. A quick google search led me to the name. Apparently, other viewers wanted to know what they were called too. The Dorothy Thorpe Roly Poly glasses! Then came eBay and a list that never ended. There are pages upon pages of these glasses, some fake, some real, some damaged… You just have to weed through the junk if you want to channel your inner sixties ad exec. Instead of some mid century store ripping you off with ridiculously expensive authentic ones, or worse fakes, check out the search on eBay. Then next time you have guests, you can entertain like Don Draper did, drinks always flowing and Alka-Seltzer always at hand for the morning after.
These taller options, 6 of them for $25 or $32 with shipping.
This set of differing sizes, 3 pairs of small, medium and large for about $53 with shipping.
Then these were the nicest set of 4 for $70 with shipping:
This pair of mint Roly Poly glasses, 1 day and 21 hours to get the bidding starting at $10 going.
When stores go out of business or move locations it makes me nostalgic for the past and the comfort of what I once knew. When those stores are antique shops that I have been frequenting for four and a half years, that make me even sadder. Knowing that some new frou frou restaurant will replace these mom and pop gems is disappointing but something one gets accustomed to on this island. Leases end, prices go up and the old gets exchanged with the latest trend. So here is another of my favorites moving out of the area. But, I am happy to spread that they are having a sale to celebrate offering 50% off their inventory with the hopes of cleaning house before they go. Then, luckily for all of us, when they do go, they will still have a shop on 1stdibs.com and maybe another storefront coming soon.
The Lively Set
33 Bedford St (Btw Carmine and Downing St)
New York, 10014
Mon – Fri 11 Am – 7 Pm, Sat 11 Am – 6 Pm, Sun 12 Pm – 6 Pm
Vanity Fair to me is the epitome of classic and sophisticated elegance. So it wouldn’t be to any surprise that for their events they hire a design company that remains true to their aesthetic. This year BW Architects lit up the New York State Supreme Court Building building with 1600 LED lights as flowers attached to thin metal rods. These pink and blue lit blossoms swayed beautifully in the wind; just watch the video here. After looking at how peaceful and eye catching this installation was, I am fascinated by the idea of using LED lights elsewhere. These mini sparks are ideal for holidays, weddings, and any other special occasion when you need something bright to catch your eye. Imagine a front lawn covered in a sea of dancing lights for a Christmas party, providing no snow is in the forecast. Or think about walking down the aisle and surrounding the ceremony is a lawn of floating white lights. It all sounds very romantic, simple and elegant. That little extra effort could make an event memorable and unique. These lights require no electricity and last for quite a while considering they do not have a source of power. They also come in a variety of colors for any occasion. Way to go BW Architects for being innovative and creating a beautiful backdrop for the thousands of photographs taken that night. Vote for their design by liking the post on MOCOVote here.
Another thing that is always overpriced in New York City are flowers. Whether you are buying plants or cut stems, local delis and grocery stores rape you. When is a bunch of roses $25? And that will last 3 days max. If you brave Dean and Deluca or Whole Foods, you will at least be purchasing something beautiful but your credit card will be dented about $50. So what do you do when you want some reasonably priced spring accessories to add life to the tiny apartment you call home? Easy, you go to Joy’s Flowers and Gifts. It’s a joy . They have ranunculus, daffodils, hydrangeas, tulips, pussy willow branches, hyacinths, ivy… I could bore you for a while. The lady and her daughter behind the counter are so helpful and sweet that you almost want to pop in everyday just to say hi. I spent $30 on a bundle of branches, and two giant potted flowering plants. The icing on the cake, they accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover so when you run out of cash at the Hester St market filling up on lamb meatballs, you can put that plastic to good use.
40 Hester St
(between Essex St & Ludlow St)
New York, NY 10002
The Hester St Fair is back on Saturday April 27th! Stop by for amazing food, vintage shopping, and other cool shit. Go to the Donut Plant first to get your sugar buzz rolling, then hit up this outdoor market for a couple amazing mini quiches, an ice cream sandwich, and the perfect vintage purse. Summer Saturdays in the LES are back!