Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday was opening day of the Kingston Farmers’ Market. Justin and I had been anxiously awaiting it since we moved in and it did not disappoint. Lots of local fruits, vegetables, flowers, artisanal cheeses, breads, and delicious baked goods. We walked away with strawberries, swiss chard, russian kale, chives (with purple flowers!), snap peas, arugula, easter egg radishes (so beautiful!), honey crisp apples, broccoli, cilantro, fromage blanc, fresh mozzarella, rhubarb bread, pane rustica, and two bouquets of dried flowers. That's a picture of our haul above. And below a close-up of the world's prettiest radishes.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
While looking for possible wallpaper patterns for my bedroom I stumbled upon Trustworth Studios, which makes reproductions of designs by C.F.A. Voysey. I absolutely LOVE his textile designs. Lots of birds and animals and flowers...all beautifully stylized. He started designing wallpaper in 1883 and worked until the 1920s...so his patterns were influenced by both the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Justin and I have accumulated an unbelievable amount of books. When we packed up our old apartment we ended up with about 40 boxes of them. And since we moved in to our new house we have acquired about 10 MORE boxes. So, one of the first things we have to do to get this place in shape is build bookshelves. LOTS of them.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The cages above are all from North Fork Pets and Antiques. They have by far the biggest and best selection of antique cages online....but, unfortunately, they are all totally out of my price range.
Monday, May 17, 2010
About a week after we moved in I noticed a robin building her nest right outside our dining room window. I'm trying not to bother her...but when she's not around I peek in to see if there are any little blue eggs. None yet...but my fingers are crossed.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Hornsea studio line was made in England from the 1950s to the 1980s and was popular there...but unfortunately, it's not that easy to find in the US. If you're willing to pay a pretty penny you can get pieces on ebay and etsy (mostly from overseas)...but the chances of stumbling upon some while thrifting aren't great. Unless, of course, you are lucky enough to live in the UK.
Most of my favorite pieces were designed by John Clappison. I kind of want to get this book on his life and work. From amazon UK, of course.
Monday, May 10, 2010
A few weeks ago Tina and I went to the Metropolitan Museum to see Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage. I had read a few things about it beforehand...and it sounded like it was right up my alley...but seriously?...it turned out to be one of the most inspiring exhibits I've been to in a while!