Globes Globes Everywhere Globes

8 May

Breaking up the scenery blowing my mind.

Well, maybe not blowing my mind but certainly vintage globes have become the new vintage suitcase for display in retail stores. While out shopping with my friend A, we were enamored with the display at Athropologie but we couldn’t find a price.

Then I was walking down Hicks St. and they had them in the window at J. McLaughlin:

So I did a little checking and found some on line-cheap.

My friend A has asked for some help-sorry A it took so long.


Vintage “World Globe”-Pre-1974 | eBay.

Both for around $20 including shipping. Of course you can find some for over $100 but it depends on what you’re looking for. I bought mine for around $17. I love it because it has the U.S.S.R on it and now I can belt out Back in the U.S.S.R and I will be able to tell my daughter what I’m singing about. It’s bad enough that I’ll have to explain what an album, 8 track and cassette is. She knows what a CD is because she has an Elmo cd. Every morning “Elmo cd, Elmo cd, Elmo cd” like a broken record. Oh the irony!

Another great source: Etsy. A little home-grown Brooklyn site.

SALE was 4000 Vintage Crams Earth Profile by blueflowervintage.

I used my globe as a book end to my daughter’s book. Plus she loves to pull it down and spin it.


Next: The story of how I was robbed.


Pouf update. Look out Serena & Lily, Target is on your tail.

7 May

Poufs have arrived at Target. In silver and gold and they are super cheap.

Of course it’s out of stock on line because it’s been in every magazine, including Family Circle but I did a check and it’s available in some stores in Brooklyn.

Discovering the perfect “mommy necklace.”

14 Apr

When I was a little girl, my mother wore a locket around her neck with a picture of my sister and brother.  I would sit on her lap and play with the locket while she told me about the pictures and how they were taken before I had been born.  It’s a nice memory for me. After I had my daughter I became enamored with the current “mommy necklace” trend. I pointed them out to Andy, thinking he might buy me one for Mother’s Day, but all he said was, “if you want one buy one.”  So….

 Sundance Catalog. Chain Link Necklace

Crazy expensive. Why do I continue to look at the catalog?

 Stella & Dot

It looks a little cheesy to me. But the price is great!

And Uncommon Goods has really cleaver options.

Nest Egg NecklaceSuper cute!

There are so many choices. If you are looking, I would google mommy necklace or mommy charms. Even with all the choices, I always find myself asking, Why? Why  do I want this? What am I trying to say about myself? That I’m a mom, okay, but who cares. Do I think that wearing a necklace will somehow bring me closer to my daughter when we are not together? In the end the idea always seemed insincere.

And then I made this.

Mommy necklace

I had been looking for something to put on, but just the one pendant seemed small so I started to add more from the loose pendants in my jewelry drawer.  After a few different combo’s I thought the three pendants looked interesting. Later that day my daughter was sitting on my lap and playing with my necklace. I started to explain what each stone was, the diamond was an earring that belonged to her great-grandmother, the aquamarine was from her Gaga (my mother) and the garnet was mommy’s birthstone.  There it was, my  “mommy necklace.” When I showed Andy he looked at it and said, “Now that’s Mash-up life design!”

Now all I need is a peridot pendant to add.



Pouf This!

1 Apr

For any new mom out there who has stumbled upon Serena & Lily and fantasized about decorating their nursery with their bedding and one of their whimsical poufs, have I got good news for you.  I too was lured into the beauty of Serena & Lily and I’m ashamed to say I purchased my daughter’s crib bedding from them. But at $450 for a small leather ottoman, otherwise known as a Moroccan Pouf, the S&L style was too extravagant even for me.

But since I started my quest for a Moroccan inspired foyer I just couldn’t live without a pouf and so started my internet search for a more reasonable pouf.  Say it, “Pouf”, so fun.

And here it is, Tazi. The poufs are half the price and I would wager that S&L purchases their poufs from this source. But that’s only a guess.

My beautiful pouf:

Bronze Pouf

And my S&L bedding? The crib bumper and dust ruffle, both of which was no longer usable after we lowered her crib the first time, is stuffed in the top of the closet while I rack my brain on how to reuse them. Damn if I’ll throw them away! I plan to frame the sheets when she moves to a big girl bed.

The Hunt Never Stops

29 Mar

My husband, Andy, and I were in Savannah Georgia over the weekend.  It was beautiful! Neither one of us had been there before, which rarely happens, because Andy’s been everywhere.  I won’t lie to you, ever since I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I have wanted to go to Savannah. Now that I have, it makes me feel a little cheesy to say that. It seemed like everyone there had the same idea. And if they weren’t there to see where Jim held his huge Christmas parties they were waiting in line to eat at Lady and Sons. And guess what? All the locals make fun of you. It’s true. But don’t worry, not to your face. I have to say that by the time we left, we were enchanted. Andy was wondering what the school system was like, and I was already hunting for real estate on

Besides the beautiful homes and 22 park like squares there are an abundance of antique and furniture stores. We did manage to stumble into 24e Furniture, because of this beautiful MOROCCAN LAMP!

Alas, it’s still too big, and it only has one bulb so the lighting is more for ambience than actual illumination.  However, while we were there the gentlemen helping us pulled out a couple of catalogs, and I spotted another lamp! But the baby started to have a meltdown, which basically means, “We gotta go!” And we never made it back to the store to find out the maker or get a tear sheet.

I was not looking forward to many hours of googling to find that lamp or at least something similar. And then I got this email on Monday:

“When we were in SAV, and saw that lighting, they pulled out catalogs for us from these 2 manufacturers. I made a note of it, in case it would be helpful.



Global views.”

My husband is a rock star!

My latest obsession and why it must come to an end.

22 Mar

Oly Jenny Chandelier

Oly Jenny Chandelier. $2722.50

I saw this and thought, I really, really, really want this for my office, but it was crazy expensive. So I talked it over with my husband (Andy), and he pointed out that no one sees my office but me and should I really spend that kind of money on something that no one else will get to enjoy? YES! I’m worth it. But a few minutes later, a tiny no, escaped my lips. That’s too much money. Unfortunately, the obsession didn’t stop there. Oly has amazing lighting and I found this…

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Not for my office but for my Moroccan Inspired entryway. I know what you’re saying, “That’s not Moroccan!” Even so, in my mind, it would work perfectly with what I’ve already got going on. But if you thought the first one was expensive, you will shit your pants on the price of this one. Oly Serena Rustic Shell Chandelier. $3,308.00. I’ve seen it in person an it is gorgeous.
Luckily it’s too big. My ceilings are only 10′ 2″ high and this chandelier hangs 42.5″ not really a problem for me or Andy, but Andy refuses to make our friends duck when they enter our house. So, the hunt begins.
Here are some less expensive options…..
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Z Gallerie. Not sure the square shape will work and I’m not lovin’ the color but it’s only $399.00.
Long Hanging Capiz Pendant Lamp
West Elm.  I do like this, but it’s way too long. However, I went to the store and saw this in person and I think I can trim off the last tier but, I run the risk of loosing it’s fullness. $269.00
I’ve spent days looking, I even found capiz chandeliers at Target. It seems like everyone is offering their own version of this style. Which got me thinking, maybe this won’t be unique enough? I need it to be a statement piece. And the final nail in the coffin for this idea, Andy, “I don’t really like it but it’s fine if that’s what you want.” It’s fine! Ugh. I don’t want fine. I want, WOW!  So, it’s back to the drawing board.

Lemons into Lemonade or just more lemons?

17 Mar

Before yesterday, I haven’t even thought about Mod Podge (the link is for my husband who wasn’t familiar with Mod Podge) since the seventies, when my sister and her friends would make collages with magazine pictures for each other.  The truth is I was too little to play with Mod Podge back then, so yesterday was my first attempt.

Let me begin by saying that in my mind this craft project looked much cuter. But I did learn a few things that I think you would find helpful if you were to take on this challenge.

Materials I used:

Scissors, tissue paper, glass vase, Mod Podge (gloss), small paint brush, and Christmas tree lights.

Check out for the “how to’s”.

Materials I wish I had and why:

All of the above, plus:

Diamond drill bit, decorative paper hole punchers and/or a paper trimmer.

It is possible to drill a hole in the bottom of the vase for the cord. If you order a diamond drill bit from the above company they will even send you directions on how to do it. And it would look nicer, but because that seemed messy and time-consuming I figured I’d just let the cord hang out the top.  I really wanted the vase to look like a collage of butterflies but not even I can tell they are butterflies and I made them. So, if you want a really crisp pattern, I would use a decorative paper hole punch. I’m sure Martha Stewart sells them. She probably invented them. And if I had a paper trimmer I might have tried to make another one in a plaid pattern with some flowers peeking out here and there.

But, it was fun and a great project for kids, so I think I’ll hold on to those vases a little longer. Sorry honey.


P.S. My latest obsession in my next post and why it’s time to move on.

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