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I can’t make this stuff up.

There are several reasons that this sign is disturbing, other than the obvious.

This was another house find – but *D couldn’t recall whether he picked this up along his journeys, or if it was his parents’.

Either way, I’m sure you can guess which pile this went into.
And no, I will not have a man cave in the home I reside in.  It will be a proper basement pub, and despite the wishes of some – women will most certainly be allowed.

Now to sharpie in “WO” before men…

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So far, the What The ? posts have been a mix of funny yet possibly usable retro accents that may actually find a place in the house post construction.

This is different, at least to me.

This post could also be called “The Living Museum,” as the Prophet Himself often calls our house.

Here’s why:

Forgive the low quality photo – but you are looking at a section of a book case in our dining room, a village of tiny figurines.  Though looking sparse above, kind friends and family have been pilfering items from here for years.

hey bull dog

As you can kind of see in the above picture, the village was constructed of books stacked in varied heights with an old linen fabric draped for the setting.

It’s actually kind of sweet, and filled with whimsy, but it had to go.

So as we pack up the house, into a box these all went.  Wrapped safely in newspaper, I tried to keep the animals grouped together as they have been for so long.


No, I never dusted this little village.
I have to give *D’s mom credit for assembling this sweet little vignette.

what’s up, Mallard

I’m still debating what to do with all these little guys after we move back in.

Do we recreate this little village of tiny figurines?

Or randomly scatter throughout the house – a sort of “Where’s Waldo” of kitsch?

Where is the Smoking Caterpillar this week?

Creepy Owl, how did you get here?

I’m not a big fan of the color orange.  I never thought it would be a color that *D would ever even think of for our house design.

Lately, though, he has been flagging orange items every where – as his preferred pop of color in the family room, a guest room, and possibly the basement pub.

I wasn’t as enthusiastic about bringing in orange as *D, but we’ve both vowed to only veto things we truly hate – and to approve things we may not personally love, if the other is smitten.  So I figured a throw pillow or two would be it for the orange category.

And then I saw this advertisement for Kyle Bunting in a recent issue of Luxe. Interiors & Design Magazine.

Kyle Bunting Rug – Room Design Eric Roseff

Yes it is stunning – and that rug makes me want to nuzzle my cheek against it – but it is not the rug that stopped me.

It may be hard to see in this shot – but check out those tall, orange bud vases.

The gentle ombre effect – the bright orange color.  Where have I seen that before…

Orange Glass Bowl

Of course!  I found this very solid glass vase/bowl just last week!  Ombre orange?  Check!

Don’t worry – this went into the “Keep” pile.

Firstly, I must apologize for the lack of posts this year.  Long story short – Fall 2011 was pretty lame.  So now we’re in the midst of Summer 2012, and things are starting to move along again!  I hope to begin sharing actual progress photos soon of the house renovation, which is supposed to start this Fall.  Until then, I’m still sifting through goodies in our crazy, never-ending house.
Including the Black Poodle.

The Black Poodle

This little guy was actually the motivation to start this blog in the first place.
Why would such an unassuming little trinket motivate a blog?
Look closer.

That’s right – This is no ordinary crocheted animal.  This not-so-innocent poodle is a ruse for someone’s secret drinking.  Of course this was in my house!

This secret was unearthed a few months back when our super tall friend The Prophet saw the poodle and let his curiosity get the better of him.  We are all better off now because of this.
And what sort of bottle was hidden inside this little friend?

Old Grand Dad, of course.  Are you really that surprised?

Needed to show you one last close up of that bottle.  I bet it has aged wonderfully.

I will try my best to keep this going better and document all the wacky finds more.  It’s been a crazy year – but I’m back!
Did you miss these wacky house finds?  Find anything fun yourself?

Nails + Wood = Ring Holder

What:  A very manly ring stand, jewelry holder, whatever you call it

Where: The small front room

Keep or Sell?

This is actually pretty awesome.

And as you can see, *D has already approved this piece and hung his ring on it.  It’s official.

Getting Blasted Area

 

What:  Getting Blasted Area – Caution Men Drinking sign

Where:  *D actually spent money on this.

 

I’m noticing that more and more of the “What The ?!” posts are pretty self explanatory.  I just had to include this, though.

Oh, and despite all the decanters and bourbon bottles, I swear we’re not alcoholics.

 

We’re obviously keeping this, to proudly display in *D’s basement bar.

Whenever *D and I travel, we make it a point to purchase a piece of local art, try some off the beaten track restaurant, and overall try to take something away from every experience.  This has brought us to fun places throughout the years that continue to inspire us now as we set about designing our house.

On our recent anniversary trip to Baltimore, MD, we were lucky to experience one of our Top 5 Meals ever – at the Woodberry Kitchen.

We loved every single detail of the restaurant and every single bite of food.  I seriously cannot recommend this place enough.

While there, *D said it would be tacky to take pictures of every single thing I loved (which was a lot) but I did sneak this pic in the bathroom.

Woodberry Kitchen - Bathroom

Yes, I was a creep in the bathroom with a camera.

But check it out!  White penny round tiles on the floor.  Deep navy subway tiles – which, although I thought I was over subway tiles, I am totally smitten by.

Wondering about the walls?  They papered all the bathrooms with recipe pages from back issues of old cooking magazines, such as Gourmet.

Woodberry Kitchen - Bathroom Sink

And can the sink be any more perfect?  A simple bowl and a single spigot, because that is all you need.

I also loved that they use actual hand towels instead of paper towels.  So green.

*D and I have both always loved the look of papered walls, so it was no surprise when we both blurted out that we loved the bathrooms.  After sitting outside after dinner, at the lovely fire pit, we talked it over and have now decided to replicate this in our house renovation next year.

But instead of papering a bathroom, we are thinking of doing one wall like this in our kitchen.  For years we’ve been saving menus from our favorite restaurants, as most of our favorites are local, farm to table venues that change the menus frequently.  So we already have a stash to start with!

Are we crazy?

I guess sitting outside in a beautiful spot like this, on a beautiful summer night, will bring out the crazy in you.  That, or the Whiskey Smash I started the meal with.

Woodberry Kitchen's Fire Pit