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Should I buy this Antique Secretary?

For fear of jinxing my New Year’s Resolution, I won’t type it out explicitly – but okay yes I will type it out explicitly cause I’m already jinxed. It had something to do with putting an end to spending money on my home and/or clothing for 3-4 months and focusing instead on the Vintage Shasta Camper, a Fence for Pollock, a vehicle with which to pull my Vintage Shasta Camper, or uh… oh yeah – federal and state taxes (geez!!).

Yet – the forces of ANTI RESOLUTION have already started their work on me by introducing me to this Secretary at the Antique Market here in Hickory, NC.

The Estate of Things chooses Secretary Desk

I was just reviewing the Eddie Ross site today and saw his Secretary Desk Before/After shots from his year in review post. There I commented – asking how much he might say was the minimum to maximum that you would want to pay for this piece.  But I have no patience? How much would you pay for this thing and should I even do it!? Help Me!!

The Estate of Things chooses Eddie Ross' Secretary Desk The Estate of Things chooses Eddie Ross' Secretary Desk

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Collections Atop Shelves

Sarah, is this you!? Do you likey? It made me think of the Collection of Globes that you liked from Sharilyn’s Studio and my little birdhouses that I’ve been crafting…

The Estate of Things chooses Design*Sponge Sneak Peak Jill Bliss

From yesterdays Design*Sponge Sneak Peak for Jill Bliss

The Estate of Things chooses Sharilyn's Studio

From Sarah’s previous post about Sharilyn’s Studio (from AT)

I wanted to include a pic of a collection of white bowls from the Eddie Ross site – they were stacked atop his apartment cabinets in his personal NY home…. but I can’t find the post anywhere.

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COLOR: What’s your prediction for 2009?

The Estate of Things chooses Purple - Color Trend

Today I read this article:
http://lasvegasmarket.com/wmc/press_room/feb-1-2008-trend-guru-mic.shtml

Purple. It snuck its way into my wardrobe here and there throughout the year and the jury was still out on why it was popping back up in my life. Sometimes its hard to tell if you intuitively pick up on trends merely b/c they pop up in the world, if they are force-fed to your sub-conscious, misleading you to believe that it was your own original idea. Either way – I do have love affairs with colors and like most of my relationships they sneak up on me and last way longer than they should. Does this mean that its time to break up with Turquoise? I’m just not sure I’m ready for that.

Pantone 18-3943 Blue Iris

Pantone Selects Color of the Year for 2008:
PANTONE® 18-3943 BLUE IRIS

Blue Iris was Pantone’s color of the year for 2008 – I am preferring a more pure purple myself… they’re almost there. I think in 2009 we’ll be seeing more and more and more on the purple side. What I am interested to see is what the market will provide in terms of color palettes. I think that purple can be all wrong if not paired appropriately. I’ll be thinking about this while you check out this collection of fun Purple Inspired Designery.

The Estate of Things chooses Purple

Also, If you are a color nut like me

Use this totally Kool Tool to help you come up with your own palettes. http://kuler.adobe.com/

or – Rate your Color IQ with this fun test !

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Do you remember Flip Dolls?

Mine was Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandmother AND the Big Bad Wolf. The flip doll usually came as a fabled friend/foe combo. They were story-telling dolls and I remember the joy of sitting at the librarian Mrs. Spuller’s plump feet as she spun me into fantasy land with these at her lap.

The doll is double bodied and separated by a long skirt so you need merely to turn the skirt upside down for a brand new character. Some may come with an additional accessory, for example – it was the bonnet that turned Grandma into the BBW with my childhood doll.

I’m totally interested in these as a come-back kitsch item. I’m looking around for them and I did stumble upon a cute little seller called “UmbrellaPrints ” with something similar. It’s not quite the same thing – but the concept is there. Not to mention, their fabrics are desirable and I was thrilled to learn that they are screen-printing them themselves.

So, now I’m thinking and dreaming of a DIY flip-doll project. I went out and bought the stuffing and some fabrics. We’ll see how it goes.

The Estate of Things chooses UmbrellaPrints Flip Dolls

UmbrellaPrints makes a similar concept doll – flip over a flat piece of fabric for a new facial expression and different outfit.

The Estate of Things chooses Kiki Smith - Owl and the Pussycat Flip Doll

See Kiki Smith ‘s “Owl and the PussyCat” Flip Doll that she made while she was acting as Artist-in-Resdence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

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The Holga Cult

A great solution for decorating your space with photography without it feeling like a Freshman Girl’s Dorm Room.

Holga Camera

The Holga Camera emerged from the early 1980’s as a toy camera. Manufactured in China, its appeal comes mostly from the quality (or lack thereof) of the prints it produces. I was first introduced to the Holga Camera when visiting a little camera shop in Los Angeles. There was this gaudy display case filled with silly toy camera’s all decorated, painted and pimped out. My photographer friend explained to me the virtue of this plastic body camera and its massive underground appeal. I’ve since noticed its appearance at Urban Outfitters and several books have stuck out to me when perusing the little coolio bookstores about town. Suffice to say, it has a cult appreciation in the photography world and appears to have become decisively hip among the hippest of hipsters. (whatev!)

Purchase this inexpensive camera from your local camera shop or online. Urban Outfitters sells the Holga Camera as well as other fun cameras that produce fantastic frame worthy results. The Holga is a Medium Format camera and takes 120 size film which can be purchased at most any photo store.

If you aren’t the DIY type, Etsy features tons of great samples of the photography style.

This is the result from the Holga by my Photographer Friend who loves Eagle Rock.

The Estate of Things chooses Christopher Alabada

“Eagle Rock”

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