Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
If we don't get out hunting for vintage treasures for long periods of time, I start to feel a bit of withdrawal... this was the case over the last week or so. So on Monday, President's Day, we took the first half of the day off to visit one of our favorite antique galleries in Seattle. We hadn't been in several months, and honestly the last time we were there, nothing grabbed our attention which was strange and disappointing. This trip however, there were probably 50 pieces that called out to us as we strolled the aisles. Alas, only two came home with us (thanks to our Modern Cottage mantra- Always Be Editing :) Anyhoo, thought you'd like to see some of the items that wooed us.
First up is a lovely graphic sign, black with a slight yellow-y twinge which makes it irresistible! And below, a nice wide-mouth Canadian jar with a glass-top lid.
Love the twisty metal detail on the corners of this wire in/out basket.
These lamps! Oh, how I wanted to bring them home... but the price for the pair was quite steep.
This little metal stool in white boasted good form and function (it's adjustable!).
Overall it was a successful journey! Definitely enough to satisfy my treasure hunting impulses ... at least for the time being :) We'll reveal which pieces made the cut in a future post!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Now these special books are stars in our black display cabinet. A perfect way to add some zest to your decor! And the best part is, there are so many fabulous printed papers out there, you can easily change it up if the mood strikes.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
This Valentine's Day we express our profound gratitude and admiration for my grandparents, Wayne and Millie. Reading a recently discovered letter between the two from 1949 (and these hilarious clippings my grandma had sentimentally saved from their high school paper) reminds us that while times change, true love is a constant.
simple photo collection or other special memorabilia) you will undoubtedly bring soul and spirit into your home.
(I love the first clipping, "Hold your breath! Anything can happen." Turns out that was a lifetime together resulting in five kids, fifteen grand kids, and (so far) fifteen great-grand kids. Thanks, W + M for starting the family tree off right :) We miss you a ton.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Weathered wood is one of the great components of Modern Cottage design - ideally weathered to a soft silvery grey or even a greyish brown, it adds warmth and texture as well as a rustic flavor which really honors the cottage aesthetic and casual/comfortable style that goes along with it. Weathered wood furniture and accents pieces can often be found inexpensively at antique shops. Sometimes it is an unusual piece and half the fun is cooking up a creative way to repurpose it for modern living! The key to incorporating this material into a Modern Cottage space is to go for pieces that are clean-lined and very simple in their shape and construction. Above, a versatile bench-slash-coffee table and and an old bulb crate we used as wall art. Below, a pair of rickety old folding chairs (major score by the husband more than ten years ago); a bin to catch desktop items; our fabulous driftwood sphere.