Oct 12, 2015

~ one last patio post

What a fantastical weekend of weather in Omaha, Nebraska! I am such a fan of fall. I love the change of seasons, and summer to fall is definitely one of my favorite times of year. 

I have a pillow update. LOL! I know I'm ridiculous. I had this fabric saved from an eBay purchase from a couple years ago when I was obsessed with making table toppers in gorgeous fabrics. I never used this classic Schumacher, Chiang Mai Dragon. Although I'm sure it would make a fabulous table topper, when it arrived, it seemed too luxurious and substantial to use for the table. So I tucked it away. 

Then, this summer I got all excited about blue and orange. I fantasized about adding this blue fabric to the patio with the existing orange pillows...  

I got eight pillows out of that blue fabric! My husband officially thinks I am a well-travelled traveller on the crazy train. 

I mean he's right. I don't need this many pillows! Except, I had a little mold problem come up this summer. One rainy day, we covered our chairs with damp cushions and pillows, and it continued to rain for an extended period of time. After returning from a short trip, we took off the covers to reveal a bunch of wet, moldy pillows. SO SAD!! 

I did the best I could to recover, but we definitely lost a few...  So eight new pillows didn't seem quite as extravagant.

But I don't really need eight, so if you are interested in buying a couple or a few, let me know!

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Oct 9, 2015

~ trace mayer museum bees

As I have reported before, several times, Trace Mayer hit the jackpot with his Museum Bees.

This was his "bee wall" during the 2013 Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show I chaired with my friend Kyle Robino...

If you have not heard about Museum Bees, here's what people are buzzing about: Trace uses antique frame fragments to form charming and interesting shapes. In the center, he places a Museum Bee. What has transpired over the years is a phenomenon anyone and everyone can get exited about and be a part of. Bees have expanded to include a plethora of other gems including horses, dragonflies, dogs, turtles, frogs, lions, and most recently, personal items such as an earring, a medal, or a special family heirloom. Oh! I just thought of a shell! Small antiques are my favorites including horse brass, pre-columbian pottery, or small bronze medallion.

If you are interested in spending several hours looking at Museum Bee specimens, visit the Museum Bee Inspiration page on Pinterest. A remarkable collection of images and inspiration! here

Here is one of my favorite posts on #tracemayermuseumbees. here

I have picked up a few bees at every show since he started carrying them. I love incorporating them in vignettes around the home...

This is my favorite ~ I love the cameo!

Love the horse brass on red!

And here is my collection I have been saving. I have an idea for a large collection, but it will take time... This project has required a lot of patience!

If you have a collection of bees, please send photos. (here) Trace likes to see how people display their Museum Bees, and I'd love to do a post showing Museum Bee display inspiration!

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Oct 5, 2015

~ cote jardin washington dc

More shopping in DC!

I have purchased several of my favorite things from this favorite antique shop of mine. Nothing extraordinary about that except that I have done so without ever having stepped foot in the shop! 

I found my first pieces of aptware online which initially lead me to Cote Jardin...

As is often the case, I become fast friends with people I buy things from. Allyson periodically sends me photos of things she thinks I might be interested in. My favorite story is when she sent me a photo of an interesting piece of aptware, and I noticed an amazing blue chest in the background of the photo. It is one of my favorite things!

I happened upon this architectural fragment on 1st Dibs, and lo and behold it was from Cote Jardin!

What a treat it was to finally visit the shop in person!

Fell in love with this pair of snails!

My only regret? Not meeting Allyson in person! I happened in on a day she was not working. I will be back. 

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Visit this post from 2013 to learn more about aptware. I am delighted to be your resource for this highly sought after and elusive product straight from France. My vendor's pieces are shown below. Her aptware is the prettiest I've seen and certainly matches the quality I was looking for. If you are interested in ordering aptware, please email me for details. Keep in mind, this is a special order. Depending on the size of the order and the time of year, timing for delivery can range dramatically. Of course I will keep you informed and updated throughout the order process. It's a journey, but one worth travelling :)

Happy birthday to my mother.

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