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pinnable picks: bits n’ bobs

Here’s some favorites that my itchy pinning finger captured on Pinterest this week.  I’m loving all of these wares, handmade and otherwise- their colors and graphic, organic look. I’m dreaming of a cluster of these Esther pots on my patio as I type. What new things did you discover this week?

embroidered wooden spools by artist, Susan Lenz.

Reclaimed timber side tables by realwoodworks1 on etsy.

Found Battani Stripe Rug from West Elm.

Esther pots by Steve Siegrist and his wife, sculptor Renée Lotenero.

Scandanavian designer, Stig Lindberg.

Blocked Planter by Anthropologie.

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pinnable picks: art in the ordinary.

This week I’m letting the images do the talking, which is appropriate since they have all been culled from Pinterest.  A nicely staged arrangement of anything makes the ordinary or mundane, spectacular, as is evidenced from these photos.  When did your bills ever look so aesthetically pleasing?

What do you collect?  How do you display them?

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pinnable picks: ‘architectural’ garden details

With the balmy weather and blooming daffodils this week, on the heels of an inspired visit to the wonder that is Terrain last week, I’ve had gardening on the brain. When I look around my decrepit yard in desperate need of debris cleanup and some serious fertilizing however, I can’t escape the reality of the present.

That’s where Pinterest comes in. I can pin scores of images of thriving, verdant green on my ‘bountiful garden‘ board and let my imagination sow the seeds, so to speak.

Hidden amongst the plethora of planters bursting with color and immaculately manicured beds of the internet, I found what was inspiring me most were the more ‘architectural’ accents and details that really make your garden unique.

If I had the time and patience for meticulous placement, I would so create one of these in my yard (in a completely secret place).

Love this repurposed door as the garden ‘entrance,’ but it’s the red that seals the deal for me.

I don’t imagine this to be the most comfortable seat, but the those slabs are incredible! The selectively growing vines and puzzle-like design is fantastic.  Give me some colorful pillows and I’m in.

This ‘beehive’ looking compost bin is so much more aesthetically pleasing than the black, plastic one I currently have. It completely pops amongst the vegetation. It’s garden art with a purpose.

I  love anything ‘stone mushroom’ and have amassed a nice collection- but I don’t have one that’s a mini-birdbath too. Need this.

Perfectly rusted assemblage of cogs and wheels as garden sculpture/edging. Love the contrast of rust and yellow/orange colors. Wish I knew how to weld.

What kind of plans do you have for your garden this year?  Do you have any unique garden details or art?

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hunting and gathering.

Spring is a few weeks away and with that comes the spring shows.  I have been diligently hoarding unique finds for the new year’s collection of joeys.  Most recently, I went in and around NYC with my friends Chelsea, from a lovely little shop and Samantha, from T8 Designs where we spent the day searching for treasures. It was quite interesting to go with fellow jewelry designers. We all employ different materials and aesthetics so I loved seeing what the others were gravitating towards and sniffing out.  We had so much fun, it didn’t even matter that we repeatedly got lost (!).

Here’s some of my finds from the past few months:

These spectacular vintage findings I got in NYC, including celluloid elephants (all with trunks up for luck- I made sure), wee glass flowers and the coolest little brass and copper clusters that I had to have.  Actually, this is the one thing that Chelsea and I both went crazy for so we counted out all that they had and split the lot!

Assorted examples of exemplary vintage chains from a local flea- they’re all so unique, I just like staring at them.

Vintage raw brass findings from NY- I have more that will look great worked into vintage gold tone chains like the ones here scored from a local flea.

Chunky geometric beaded vintage chain from a local flea- love anything with wooden beads.

Now comes the fun part- breaking down, assembling, modifying and adding the joeys.  I’ll keep you updated on what they become before April 15th, which is the date of my first spring show, Clover Market!

pinnable picks: vintage oil portraits

As promised, here’s my Pinterest picks/obsessions of the week.  Vintage oil portraits are something I have coveted since I first saw them displayed in a grouping years ago at the Fishs Eddy store in New York.  I love them almost as much as I love found photos. In fact, it was one of the first boards that I created on Pinterest. The more amateur the artist and unusual the pose, the better.  Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:

Love this vignette from Scissors and Spice with the orange chair and the Elizabeth Taylor-like lady posing with her book.

The vast expanse of bare neck on this 80’s portrait draws you in. Love the bareness of it all.  Great color combination of aqua and red.

This painting is unusual because of the subjects’ side view rather than the more common head on or three-quarter view.  Not sure where it is from, feels like the 40’s. I love everything about it including the fantastic frame.So much in here:  the painting within a painting, the props on the table and her slightly worrisome look.  The vivid colors are almost garish.

Of course, this little one just makes the room. Even better, it is a picture of the homeowner’s mother from the 60’s.  Works so well with the awesome green couch.  The rest of their amazing house is featured here on Design Sponge.

Do you have any oil portraits in your own collection? On your pinboards? Check out the rest of my pins on my ‘Vintage Oil Portraits’ board and be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

pinnable picks: home

As I waxed on about in my previous post, I’ve immersed myself in the likes of pinterest and haven’t come up for air.  I don’t do much with this blog on a consistently regular basis, but I’m so inclined to begin a Friday series inspired by my new obsession.  It’s nothing more than a smaller gathering of themed images that caught my eye during the week or gave me visual pause.  Here goes:

I can’t get enough of this room. It’s the modern day salon of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas with the funky clusters of prints and paintings. Love it and that yellow lamp.

Flowered wallpaper is not usually my style.  But the combination of chippy, shuttered rustic doors, a singular keystone-shaped mirror and an amazing irregularly tiled floor – I can’t look away.

BOLD combination of colors, mid-century accents (heads!) and a killer couch. Nuff said.

If you’ve perused my pin boards, you know I have an affinity for vintage oil portraits.  This little room view is all about that yellow sweater and her adorable slouch.

I love this bedroom corner, the color palette, the abstract painting, the curtains and the awesome lamp. If only my wood floors looked so good.

Little Shop…

of Horrors!  Right now, Peach Girl Flowers has an incredible handmade Halloween display in front of their shop in Lambertville, NJ.  The entire display was created by the store’s owner, Hanna, who has an amazing eye for detail and imagination.  Check them out if you’re strolling down N. Union from the center of town.  Then, go inside and check out her gorgeous flowers and gifts and (of course) the latest selection of joeyfivecents for sale!  Happy Halloween!