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I just got back from a little excursion to Vancouver, B.C., with a mission to hit the shops on Main, in the heart of Mt. Pleasant neighborhood – (I usually hit that stretch of Fourth St., Robson or Granville.) Main’s got less flair than those other commercial stretches but there are a few gems in the rough – (which I’ll be blogging about here).

Vancouver Special is a retail store offering a carefully curated selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. I’m regretting now not picking up an art book I saw, thinking: oh, I’ll see if I can’t find it cheaper on ebay or Amazon. Now I can’t find it at all. That’s what I get!

Discovered these beautiful stackable candlesticks designed by Danish designer Christian Uldall. Each piece is sold separately ($32), and can be mixed and matched to make various combinations. The pink is a actually bright pink (not so muted in this photo), as is the yellow and kelly green – all choice colors, plus a lovely grey, white (all lacquered to high hell) and an all natural. Really, really wanted to buy some, more like 10! But I held my ground. For another time, when I have a greater surplus.


I just discovered Pinterest – ‘a place to catalog the things you love.’

Also this from their About page: Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.

People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.

We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.

And isn’t that what we’re trying to do with this blog (except more for ourselves)? I find it to more than just a masked google image search but one done with a discriminating eye. Hence, the reason to be invited to Pinterest I would guess. Some of the categories are a little broad but there’s a search option. It’s like community-shared mood boards from like-minded creative, DIY types – (I can tell just by the quality of photography they pin up). It was a great place to find some likeable type snippets for our logo. And as a tipping-off point to find other such treasures, especially for this blog – where sometimes I really don’t know what the hell to write or share.

Hopefully catchy and not annoying, The Thermals remind me of Ted Leo and Frank Black :

After listening to an NPR Fresh Air interview with James Bond composer John Barry, I had an immediate hankering to hear the full-length version of this classic delivery from Shirley Bassey with tantalizing trumpets! :

Funky fresh and excellent peripheral work music from Toro y Moi:

After watching a Bee Gees biopic, Cory wouldn’t let me get this out of my head :

Oh, Erykah :

Jens Lekman, kind of sweet from the Whip It soundtrack :

Speaking of bad wall art (see Shrooms post), let’s talk lovely wall art. That of C. Jeré. I didn’t know this until a wiki search that Curtis Jere is a compound nom-de-plume of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. The two founders combined pieces of their own names to create the C. Jeré signature. Vintage C. Jeré works are highly collectible and can sell for thousands of dollars. I’m smitten with the sunbursts that have birds on them, especially the one with the black v shaped birds.

Do you have one of his sculptures above your sofa, Miss Kathy?

This sunburst mirror from Crate & Barrel at an affordable price of $200:

In an exclusive partnership with Jonathan Adler, the C. Jeré studio has reissued their most iconic mid-century designs. This one for a mere $1,100.

This guy’s work needs no explanation.

This print of Stevie is most excellent.


Today’s trend of the week: mushrooms

On my quest to find raw materials at 2 Goodwills and 1 St. Vincent de Paul today (President’s Day sale, y’all! – with apologies, Mr. Presidents), I came across four or five  mushroom plaques from the 70s. Most of them were not the pretty kind, grime-y with oranges and yellows. Also happened upon a lot of unfinished wood plaques. I left the plaques because I wasn’t sure what I would paint on them. (I think it was the low blood sugar that left my brain feeling slow.) It just hit me that I could modernize them with uber Sevi-like cuteness, a re-up on the old 70s decor.

Love the leaves too on this needlepoint pillow.

Crowded Teeth phone cover.

Bidding up to $26. on these guys – worth every penny.

I think this Santa has smoked one too many.

TV trays on ebay

Oh my. The pixelated world of Christian Zuzunaga! If only one had the sparse open space to decorate with… These pieces are so fun, I’m not sure how a huge sofa would do in the small spaces we inhabit, but I could totes see one of these rugs in my office (which run 3,318 € or $4,520). Like, now. Or one of these chairs as a focal point or accent piece. And, hello, pillows! A whole row of them in variant color patterns. Can you picture it? Um, we may have to borrow this idea. Can we pull it off using a few of our colors? (His pillows run 80 € or $110.) He also designed a line of beautiful scarves (about $100) exclusively for the Tate Gallery in Liverpool.

This chair looks so comfy and reminds me of my papazan chair in college.

From industrial designers Mike & Maaike. They google-searched famous jewelry, doctored the ultra low rez images then transferred them onto leather.

It’s a Pixel Art Coaster that can be attached to your dining table or any other furniture. They’re made from a resilient paper fiber that should hold up to the condensation you might get on the bottom of your cup, or the occasional spill.