Posted: January 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Art, Shoppin' and Junkin' | Tags: Horse art, Walasse Ting Blue Horse | 6 Comments »
Only upon reviewing the year, did I realize that 2012 was a bumper year for acquiring vintage art! Mostly large in scale. The horse over my bed, the wall hanging in the dining room, Chinese Girl in the bathroom and the Red Horse in the living room….except that I never told you about him, only here on instagram.
When I brought him home, I also learned that I might need a horse intervention. I don’t really understand how it happened, but it became apparent that I had been subconsciously horse-hoarding. I enjoyed riding at summer camp as a kid, but I was never one of those “horsey people”. What happened?! Look around my house and you’ll see, I’m not just the crazy bird lady, fawner of fawns, but now I’m prone to horse-hoarding. Let’s call it chronic equestrian assemblage, shall we? Sounds less creepy….or maybe not.
Exhibit A is the aforementioned red horse in all its textural yumminess.
The girl at Pre to Post Modern told me that the peeps who do the sets for Nashville were really interested in it, and had taken several pictures. Maybe for the Juliette Barnes house I posted about when it first went on the market?! Sorry….you snooze, you lose.
Then, there’s the others……
Posted: June 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Art, Travel | Tags: Treehouses at Cheekwood | 3 Comments »
Seeing as we’re a bit partial to treehouses, we were really excited to go and see the Treehouse exhibit at Cheekwood Botanic Gardens Thursday night. There was a competition held among local designers and architects, and the best seven submissions were chosen to be built. Each treehouse is designed to represent one great work of literature.
All of them are extremely well done, and they are a joy to visit. I had three that I gravitated to more than the others. I’m betting you can guess which ones.
There is a full explanation of each work represented by each treehouse here.
First up is The Giver
The Rainbow Fish
The Jolly Roger
Up and Down Again, A Hobbit’s Tale
Ocean of Notions
If you are a local, or coming to the area…check it out. They will remain on the property until September 3rd 2012.
Posted: April 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Art, Shoppin' and Junkin' | Tags: green lady, nashville flea market, The Chinese Girl, vladimir tretchikoff | 8 Comments »
I know, I’m posting it on a Saturday, but I have my reasons. I’ve been running a bit behind schedule ever since my car started giving me attitude. Right as I hop in the car to go hook up with Kathy and Bri at the Flea, I discover that the battery is dead, so no flea for me! Luckily, After failed jumpings, towings and battery replacing, I was back in business by early afternoon so I made it in the end. You’re welcome.
I saw Rae there and introduced myself, which is always weird because you feel like a stalker when you meet someone whose blog you read, but there it is!
OK, I’ll shut up now and let you preview the flea. It’s April, which is one of the biggest markets all year…both the Swine Barn and the Mule Shed were packed with vendors.
OK, we might have to discuss this one. It was rubbery and bizarre. It was in the same booth as this guy, so…. ’nuff said.
Kathy, I’m sure you saw these…but in case you didn’t…
I loved that dress. I tried it on over my clothes and it was hard to tell if it would work or not without a mirror or anything. Kinda wishing I had gotten it anyway.
There was a vendor there who only comes once a year, and she had some of the most beautiful textiles. Turkish woven rugs and suzanis….I wish she would come more often.
There was also a Japanese Maple vendor I hadn’t seen before…beautiful selection.
There were 11 of those chairs earlier in the day.
Did I get anything? Well, I did some shopping for others, which was my main goal, so I can’t reveal those yet just in case the recipients are reading.
However, I did decide I would join the millions who have owned and admired the most famous Chinese lady in the world. I KNOW, but I’ve always loved her, always wanted an old one…. and yesterday was my chance. This Vladimir Tretchikoff is The Chinese Girl aka The Green Lady. I loved reading about how the model and VT met up again 40 years later.
Her frame needs cleaning up, but I’ll get her back in shape and placed somewhere soon. Have a great weekend!
Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Filed under: Art, DIY, Treehouse | Tags: godzilla, minecraft, vintage godzilla posters | 7 Comments »
Not exactly an update, as much as an update on plans. We had a family “meeting” in the treehouse this weekend to discuss next steps with the interior painting etc.. and some fun and interesting requests emerged.
1) Zip line access – We have a zip line in the front yard that we can move…this will be tricky to keep it safe, but we think it’s possible…
2) A chalkboard inside - Easy Peasy! We can paint a few of the panels in the chalkboard paint.
3) A refrigerator – Um, no…this is a treehouse, not your college dorm room….next?
4) A TV – See #3….DUH.
5) The bottom bunker built – This is actually top of their wish list. We really wanted our big outdoor project to involve a deer proof vegetable garden this year, but we’re feeling some pressure here. Our answer was: “We’ll think about it.” Still thinking.
6) A poster/collage depicting Godzilla destroying a Minecraft city – COOL!!!! We are a family who geeks out over old 50′s-60′s Godzilla movies…we love them. The boys are also completely obsessed with Minecraft, so this marries their passions on what should be a super fun art project for us…
We’ll be looking to create a combination of these two.
via koyaanisqatsi degauss
image via godzilla2012
While looking for images, I can across these great vintage Polish and Czech Godzilla movie posters from the 70′s, I love these and I can’t wait to show the boys and see what they think of them.
images via Monsterbrains
We concluded our planning session up there with snacks and a round of Life, and I’m so happy that it is only in this game that I would have 3 weddings and both a set of twins AND a set of triplets…phew!
Oh, I almost forgot! I made a mini-tour of the treehouse so far so that new readers don’t have to slog through all those treehouse posts to see the progress of the building.
Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Art, Shoppin' and Junkin' | Tags: Green Willow barkcloth wall hanging Breton Fabrics NYC, nashville flea market | 10 Comments »
Ran into Kathy at Gen’s sale (I got some really cute stuff, and YES, her house IS as fab as it looks in pictures) and we decided to hit the flea together! Here’s what we saw….
These bookends were supposed to be cheaper, or they’d have been mine. Couldn’t confirm that they were Ben Seibel or not as they had felted the bottoms, but I think they are. The dealer didn’t know anything about them, but she knew they were awesome enough to be $95.
Ben…you should have come home with me at half the price. I wanted these peachy tables too, but at $135 with chipped laminate all over…I don’t think so.
I had no plans to get anything..I’m up to my ears in projects, but then I saw it…..
What have we here? A vintage barkcloth wall hanging in pristine condition, destined for my dining room. It had 2 labels still on it….
…..and I LOVE it.
I oiled up the wood and hung her immediately. Here’s some detail…
As I walked through the market, several people asked to see what I had rolled up over my shoulder, they all thought it might be a vintage map, but it was SO much better!
I also got these brass tulip candle holders, I don’t know where they are going yet, I’ll have to shuffle some things.
Have a great weekend!!!
Posted: January 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Art | Tags: brass cobra, master bedroom, Walasse Ting Blue Horse | 12 Comments »
Those following on other outlets got a sneak peek of this already.
As you know, I find cool stuff on Craigslist from time to time, but this weekend I found something with serious BLAMMO impact.
I’m sure this is going to be one of those love it or hate it things, but I’m loving. Behold the new wall adornment in the bedroom.
$10 for a handsome sized framed Walasse Ting “Blue Horse” Poster. I found the exact same one selling online here:
I was all pleased and smug with my bargain, enjoying the splash of color, when Thing One said it creeped him out. REALLY?! Why? It seemed a friendly horse….”NO. It stares at you when it’s dark and you’re leaving the room.”
Who knew?! Must I now call him the One Eyed Blue Menace?!?
“But the cobra that sits on the bedside table doesn’t bother you?”
Kids these days.