During the first week of my month long stay in Palm Beach, Florida, I attended the monthly West Palm Beach Vintage/Antiques Fair. There were well over 1,000 vendors present, in both indoor and outdoor locations. Quite massive indeed. I spent 4 hours there, checking out each and every seller's wares. I must say, most of the items were either not my thing (too 'granny'), too expensive (what's the fun in that), or too large to even consider lugging home to Canada.
Here are some photos of what caught my eye but were not practical to purchase, obviously. In my next post I will reveal the 2 minor but lovely treasures I DID end up purchasing.
3 stools from the NY School of Art & Design circa 1950- $95. each
the OLIVER Standard Visible Writer- $250.
Cathrineholm at non-bargain prices
Stunning Vintage Buttons at non-bargain prices
Rare 7 piece Salterini Set
Interesting Swivel Patio Chairs
Lots of Vintage Signage Letters
Pair of Interesting Photo Lampshades
Really loved the delicate lines of this single chair
I have posted about my grandmother, Emme Frankenberg, before. She was a huge influence in my life and I'm sure the reason I pursued the arts. The top painting is a self portrait. It has always been one of my favorite paintings. Of anyone's. I adore the assured gaze in her eyes, the robust hollyhocks surrounding her, the blush in her cheeks... ************** the painting below is another favorite. this is of a model who posed for her. I love the economy of detail. She was able to distill the light and dark down to it's essence thus avoiding any distractions. the coloration of seamless neutrals allows the viewer to look into the soul of the subject...
Well, it's finally done; our brand new bathroom, revealed! Overall, I'm am extremely pleased with the result. The look embodies the sleek calm I was after. Nothing trendy or showy; just quality materials with a simple level of detail keeping the look classic & contemporary. I am very proud of my husband and I as a team. I chose all the finishes and fixtures. He did all the labour except for the tiling.
Since this bathroom was created from scratch in a different location than the old bathroom everything needed to be done. Plumbing, electrical, walls and even a new ceiling were done by my husband with a little bit of assist at times from our 2 daughters, aged 22 & 25. They learned a lot in the process as well which was great!
My starting point was the Duravit sink/vanity and cabinet. Once I saw them in a photo on their website I knew that was the look I was after. I could have kept looking; after all, these had to come from Germany with a wait time of 2-3 months. Knowing however, that the options would be endless and I would become more confused the more I looked; I just went for my first choice.
From there I sourced floor tile and found the perfect porcelain that had the same warm grey tones in it. Done. I was quite sure the feature wall would be a mosaic tile and found the right watery colourway I was after. Done. To merge the floor and feature wall tile I went with a basic white subway tile; affordable and you can't go wrong with a classic was my rationale...
Chosen wall colour is the lovely 'Cloud White' from Benjamin Moore. It creates a nice subtle depth and warm contrast to the stark white in the subway tiles and fixtures.
The print on the wall by the door is by the fabulous Toronto shop, Field Guided. It has the airy, non-distinct quality I was after. It creates a subtle focal point for the eye to rest on. There are a few details yet to come. I've sourced a fabulous Braun wall clock in white & grey that I want to hang over the door. As well, some more new towels and bath products to adorn the space and create a luxurious feel will be added. We gradually will have to 'believe' this new space... funny but the other night went my husband got up to use the bathroom he went down the hall to the old one! (it will be dis-mantled in the near future and be merged with a back bedroom to create one big office for me). Stay tuned!
I was extremely happy yesterday when I came across this vase at a Goodwill store that I had not bothered to visit for a couple of months.
It was one of those Saturdays when I had to nudge myself out the door. Time after time in recent months I had, I felt, wasted gas driving around to thrift stores to only come across the same old tired junk in place after place. There is however the awareness that this business is inherently random and to succeed you have to be consistent and forge ahead. Whenever I have come across a great find it has always taken me off-guard; coming out of the blue in a sense. The usual outcome is to find nothing. That becomes your default expectation. That's a good thing too because otherwise you would be constantly disappointed.
Back to this vase. It was starting to snow; did I really want to drive the extra 10 minutes to the far flung Goodwill to see more cheap brass lamps with pleated shades, old computer keyboards, shelves of clear glass florist's vases, worn teflon pans... yup, 95% of thrift store inventory. Luckily my instincts said, "go for it". After wandering up and down a few isles this beauty caught my eye. Standing proud in it's quality porcelain and striking colours I knew what it was. A mint, 12" Rosenthal Studio-Linie Vase.
In the 1950's Rosenthal and some other German porcelain manufacturers decided to take on modernizing the existing ceramics market. Looking beyond the conservative English ceramics and influenced by the Bauhaus Movement and Modernism, they hired designers such as Raymond Loewy who, from 1952-1961 designed dinnerware for the company.
In 1961 they introduced Studio-Linie and commissioned a series of world famous & influential designers to redefine the shape, form and decoration of it's porcelain. The slogan was and is, "Uniquely of Our Time" and allows for an ongoing definition of contemporary style. This vase looks to me to be from the early 1980's although I have not been able to officially date it.
I love the colours in this piece. Although I am not "a collector" I feel somewhat tempted to add to this vase and create a grouping with other Studio-Linie pieces. The generous white field creates an airiness that allows for combining additional vessels...
I will keep up the good search and hopefully serendipitously find another piece or two...
This is a post on my favorite vintage furnishings shop in Toronto: Eclectisaurus. The owner, Leslie, has an amazing eye and doesn't compromise. If she doesn't personally like and believe in a piece it will not end up on her shelves.
She acquires her stock from varied sources and as she becomes more and more known in the design community some excellent pieces are brought directly to her. She is passionate about her work and the never ending quest for finding the best of the best for her shop.
In the bleak grey light of winter, walking into this vintage store is positively uplifting; color, texture, shape and form, whimsy and elegance are all on show as your eyes rest on one lovely vignette after another.
She is a master of display and of course has great material to work with. This space is not static; you can go in on a weekly basis and always have something new to behold. Her prices being exceedingly fair, stock moves quickly.
If you live in, or are visiting Toronto be sure to check out this very special Cabbagetown Shop...
Along with my Etsy vintage textile jewelry shop greavesdesign, in September 2008 I opened FoundVintageStyle, to reflect my growing awareness of the quality, beauty, economic and environmental value of vintage goods. I am loving every minute.
Formerly a painter, printmaker, graphic designer. I also currently work in the film business, in the set decoration department. It can be boring, exciting, exhausting and exhilarating...