Wrong Chairs by Norman Kelley

Nice corruptions of Windsor chair forms from Norman Kelley


Volo Classic Auto Museum (part 1)

I spent a good bit of time this past Saturday checking out classic American cars at the Volo Auto Museum. Here are a few things that caught my eye- I got a lot of good stuff so I’ll break this up into two posts, more next week.


Several pendants from Trainspotters


Circuit Board Boxes

Circuit board boxes, available here.

Specimen Horn Speakers

Specimen horn speakers- made in Chicago.



Black Transformer Lights

These pendants are available here.

General Curtiss Lemay’s Silver Wing Box

From the Wilson History & Research Center:

“This silver box featuring pilot’s wings belonged to United States Air Force General Curtis Emerson LeMay (1906-1990). LeMay organized the strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII (1939-1945), organized the Berlin Airlift (1948) and restructured the Strategic Air Command of the United States.”

I think LeMay had an eye- this box is great. I hope the polish stays away because this patina is beautiful. It’s worth clicking on these photos for a closer look.

Crazy Quilt, 1885

American, from NY, 1885, via the Met

Vintage: A Home

I may be the last person to know about the blog, Vintage, but when I stumbeled upon it, I spent almost an hour browsing.  Although I can’t read any of it, I gather a majority of it is the blogger’s own beautiful home.. which is pretty amazing.

Chicken Point Cabin, Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig is among maybe my top 2 or 3 favorite architects. My lovely wife introduced me to his work  by giving me a great book on him, Tom Kundig: Houses. Among many others, this book covers the “Chicken Point Cabin” project, one of my favorites.  There is definitely something very warm about his work, while having a spacial severity at the same time. If I ever have the chance to design and build my own place, I am going to steal ideas from him shamelessly.

Colonial American Joined Chests

Abandoned Farmhouse Interior, Turner County Georgia

This time of year (with it’s chunks of nasty unbreakable snow-ice) always makes me a little wistful for my home state, though Georgia has had it’s fair share of cold this year too. I go on a little online roadtrip with the always excellent Vanishing South Georgia.  Doesn’t this set look like an interior?

5 Mirrors from Modern 50 (and a few other ideas)

I never can get enough of Modern 50, not just for their great mix of old stuff, but also their parade of nice photography. Plus I love the slate colored walls..  how did they do that, anyway? Makes me want to paint our place slate gray and get out big sponge for the texture, though that has an even chance of ending up like a bad home improvement show.

But here is something you can do: create a mirror.  More about that after these five:

One thing that we have noticed is the vast majority of our readers are artists & designers, so many of you know what you want and do not shy away from making it yourself.

So, where do you buy a mirror?  Make it.  If you are in Brooklyn, get antique mirror from Bear Glass.  They have good antique mirror, and it really isn’t that expensive.  Make a frame, or design it and find a woodworker to craft it for you, and if you are looking for a woodworker, I know a few.

One more resource-  If you are in Manhattan & have a Manhattan budget, go to Sundial Schwartz- they make their own mirror, and can do pretty much any sort of type of antiquing you can imagine.

Hey, if you do end up making your mirror, send us pictures!

I Want to Live Here

The home of our dear friends, Courtney Wotherspoon and Trevor Byrne has recently been featured on practically every inspiring design/ interior site known to man..  This makes us once again late to the game, but isn’t it an amazing place?

Courtney bought, renovated, filled, and decorated their Toronto home all in less than a year, making Wes and I feel like we’re a couple of kids living in clubhouse.  This year, I vow to grow up!  And then hire Courtney as my decorator..

See more HERE

all images via Apartment Therapy

Wood Stoves

It’s not that cold in Brooklyn today, but it is pretty damp from the melting heaps of snow, and generally chilly. No matter how high I set our forced air natural gas heater, it never seems warm, it is either chilly or hot. Our cat knows what I am talking about, he is painted to my lap this time of year. So, some wood stoves, which are always warm.

Images via Flickr

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