Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall Walk

A fall walk in Pacific Grove and Monterey, California.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Inspiration: The Maysles on The Selby

...and there's another fantastic post on The Selby featuring the Maysles in their fabulous surroundings. Lots of color mixed with tons of vintage treasures... (Al Maysles is probably best known for filming the cult classic Grey Gardens.) I'm off to start contructing a reading nook like this.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vintage Photos: Erwin Blumenfeld


Expressionist photography by German-American Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969). 
Nothing is new.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Masters: Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720 –1778) gained fame for his fantastical etchings of atmospheric "prisons" (Carceri d'Invenzione). Looks like he was an early proponent of the steampunk genre...


Thursday, September 9, 2010


I want to live like this when I get older. Vitality and creativity pure. (Found via The Selby.)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Masters: Frits Henningsen

Be still, my beating heart. Another god of design has appeared in my starry skies.
Frits Henningsen (Denmark, 189?-1965). Can you believe the designs below are from the 1920s and 30s?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Monsieur Costeau.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Vintage Finds: The Girls

Lovely mugs made in Ireland by Arklow. Each features a well-known cutie from a nursery rhyme. Available in the shop. : )


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage Music: France Gall

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vintage Photos: Dresden. Germany


Erich Kaestner's autobiography When I Was a Little Boy begins with a lament for Dresden: "I was born in the most beautiful city in the world. Even if your father, child, was the richest man in the world, he could not take you to see it, because it does not exist any more. (...) In a thousand years was her beauty built, in one night was it utterly destroyed".

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jette Viby

Not too long ago, I came across the most adorable little bib while thrifting. It features a little toy soldier that can be stored away in his own little guard house...

Turns out it was designed by Jette Viby, a prolific designer from Denmark (1930-1999) who was very active in the 1970s and 1980s and gained recognition for fabric-based educational toys.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Old Love

Old Love Haunts me in the Morning - Marissa Nadler

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vintage photos: New York girls

Glimpses of the past from New York Library's digital collection.

The Witch Girl (cinema 1915)

Contests - Beauty - Television Girl - Winner and Runner-Up
(Two guesses who is who... )

Country Girl

New York World's Fair, 1940

New York World's Fair, 1940

Girl and calf, ca. 1920s

Teresa Trull with dog, 1975

Woman with dogs on bridge, ca. 1939

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Etsy Artists: Alice

Going to see Alice today, and searched through all the Etsy Alice coolness in honor of this movie. : )

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wanderlust: Himeji Castle

Growing up in Europe, I visited a lot of castles. I love them. But there is something almost otherworldly about Japanese castles.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Masters: Fiep Westendorp

I recently found a little melamine bowl that opened my eyes to the world of Fiep Westendorp (1916-2004). Besides having a most excellent first name, she was a talented and beloved Dutch illustrator.



Fiep Westendorp, via duvekot

The Fiep Westendorp webshop still has amazingly cute items for sale.