Friday, July 29, 2011



One of the first things we fell in love with when we first looked at our home in NH was the fireplace in our kitchen. Located in the 1790's portion of the house, it provided a cozy, warm space to entertain and a place of quiet on a chilly day. But as of this week, our fireplace is being dismantled after becoming unsafe within a matter of months. We're very sad, but we're glad we didn't burn the house down. Next step? Stay tuned!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

A 30's Autumnal Palette

We love autumnal russets, blacks, reds and creams used well- they've never been used better than in the 1930's.

Roseville bowl via Liveauctioneers

French gouache from Heritage Auctions

Lillia Torrance Newton, Self Portrait via the wonderful Wet Canvas

Moderne Wing Chair via Liveauctioneers

California Tile table sold at Treadway Toomey

Weller Pumilla Centerpiece

Lillia Torrance Newton, Portrait of the brilliant Edwin Holgate

Vintage Pendleton Shawl

California Tile Lamp at Revival Antiques

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Curves of Light

Our online stroll last night led us to Obsolete, a digital land filled with some of the beautiful and unique antique objects we've seen in a long while. We explored the lighting section first and knew we had to share it today. Each light is amazingly intricate and complex...a work of art unto themselves. We paired them below with sections of the city that feel similar once deconstructed from the whole.

Vintage lighting at Obsolete

Barbed wire, West Village


Industrial mixers, Chinatown NYC


Fence, Tribeca


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New York "Street Art"

Last weekend in China Town

Installation in the Flat Iron Building by Miles Neidinger

Bike repair shop via Alfredo Louro on Picassa

Pennat String sculpture via No Place But

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finds of the Week

We had fun this weekend finding a few objects with a sculptural presence only achieved through obsolescence...metal dental molds look torturous, a vintage aquarium with thick wavy glass makes the nets it came with look as if they are floating in a murky river bottom. Beautiful.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Rural "Snapshots"

We found David Lenz's work in an old issue of American Art Review last night. We were struck by the beauty of Dairyland (below), and had to look twice before realizing it's an oil on linen. Lenz's hyperrealistic portraits capture the emotion and spirit of what's typically burned on film, but the medium seems to make the moment that much more special...

David Lenz Erv's Haven, oil on linen 2003

The peak of our barn

David Lenz Dairyland, oil on linen 2003

Old clothesline in our backyard

David Lenz Cold Front, oil on board 2002

Unity, NH

David Lenz Thistles, oil on linen 2001

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Walking the Line

A walk through the Lower East Side last weekend had us snapping photos of storefronts and graphics, aging ephemera and graffiti- it was a glimpse of the grittier, old New York that we fell in love so many years ago. That said, we happened upon an eraseable board in the middle of the sidewalk advertising reupholstering services- the gorgeous, uneasy line put a smile on our face and a blog in our heads.

Josef Hoffman for Thonet & Sons

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sense Titol via Ill Literacy

Florence Knoll sofa from the 50's sold at Treadway Toomey

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pegasus

Ron Gilad dinning table via Wright Now

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Truck, Japan and the WPA

Illegibly signed WPA portrait sold at Vallot Auctions

We recently found the Truck Furniture catalog online and really liked the styling and the product offerings. Very WPA era, vintage looking with an updated edge...inspired, we coupled a few catalog pages with some actual WPA artwork and loved the result.

Truck Dining Table and Chairs

Siporin's Fusion of Agriculture and Industry Mural at the Decatur, Illinois Post Office

Office Chair at Truck Furniture

Walter Sinz bust via Liveauctioneers

Still Life by Sidney Laufman, Cleveland WPA

Office at Truck

Arthur Lidov, Discus Thrower

Arthur Lidov, Railroading mural at the Chillicothe, Illinois Post Office

Kitchen at Truck