Monday inspiration from an old copy of House & Garden I picked up while securing the linen press. Snagged a whole stack at $.50 a piece. Such a beautiful home on the canal in Amsterdam. This artwall is located in the bathroom of the gorgeous home of Heather Jeltes-Davis. Happy Monday!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Yesterday I was driving by heading home when I spotted the corner of an interesting piece through the open door. Hit the brakes and ...you know the rest.
This 1920's mahogany linen press just made it out of a container from Europe. Its going to house the new flat screen TV for our wing back room. Its low enough that we could serve from it during a party and has 2 drawers and movable shelves. Its perfect for us. Can't wait to bring it home!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I consider LondonHIM my personal Renaissance man. At home in an Antique store (he worked in them during college years), a museum (former assistant curator) or on a quest for vintage Volkswagens or Vespas (real junking) to fix. Aside: He can easily understand a decor obsession as a guy with a few of his own.
So for our holiday dinner, LondonHIM's brother and girlfriend trekked down to the Liberty Bar in his 1961 Volkswagen Westfalia and we took the TV repair bus. Needless to say the buses garnered a lot of attention. I had no idea it would be such fun to ride in the rusty old box on wheels!
Picture from the Liberty Bar website.
The Liberty Bar has been described as an engineering marvel. While structurally sound the restaurant leans drastically and has crooked floors. It also serves some of the best food in San Antonio. Their motto is "Liberty Bar: Serious Food." Check out the menu. Some great dining is done here. It's a favorite for us.
LondonBrother and his girlfriend.
LondonHIM and I. It's too cold to be outside! (And camera phone's stink.)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
About 30 miles north of San Antonio lies the charming town of Boerne, Texas. Settled originally by German immigrants Boerne is picturesque and beyond lovely with the main street bi-sected by a meandering river. The banks of which are perfect picnic location material.
More Main Street-my favorite building,bought my first antique here in College.
New bedding store
That buffet is calling to me!
Last shot is of the front of the store on my way out. Thank you to Good & Co. for indulging me in letting me capture the store in photos. Stop by if you make it to Boerne. It's such a treat.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Just one image in a completely covetable backyard overhauled by homeowner Mark Robert. This is an outdoor room done right! (I'm thinking off the master bedroom!) Featured in the March issue of Canadian House & Home magazine in an article by Laura Muir. The entire backyard is supremely elegant while remaining livable and unstuffy. This is my first purchase of the Canadian magazine. It's wonderful. You should check it out if you haven't already!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
The day has finally arrived! Exterior paint is making an appearance! It has been a long time coming. When purchased the house had tranzite shingles over the original wooden shingles from 1928. Those were removed. Then the process of abating the lead paint off the original wood began. Professionals taking time and incredible care removing ALL the paint and then caulking all the nail holes and between each of the boards, tedious to be sure. And between weather setbacks and scheduling issues, a process that took far longer than we anticipated.
But now time for some frosting! We have chosen Behr colors for this exterior project. The body of the house will be Hiking Trail. A creamy lighter color called Canoe for the stucco fireplace, fascia, and eaves. Red Hawk for the doors and screens and Chaparral for the Tudor trim and other secondary trim.
I think it will be such a good feeling to see some paint go up and see this Tudor bungalow begin to shine!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Yesterday during a Sci-Fi program my sweetie was very into (and I not so much), I found this pair of Biedermeier chaise lounges while surfing Craigslist. They were listed as being in downtown Austin near the capitol. The listing wasn't recent so LondonHIM was SURE they already sold. Ever the optimist, I endeavored to prove "Nothing ventured, nothing gained!" is a worthwhile motto. And he invited me to prove him wrong.
Sooo ... we just got back from a road trip to Austin.
The pictures don't do them justice. (We'll take our own pictures soon.) They have amazing marquetry details. The professor we purchased them from found them at an estate sale in Tarrytown. I'm so glad he did!
P.S. Below is the detail picture I promised.
Image via BMW
2008 Mini Cooper Clubman arrived on the scene this Febuary. More room in the back. Extra door on the right.
Barn doors in the back. Plenty of room to bring home treasures! My favorite car just got more practical. I'll take one in pepper white, please. Let's Motor!