Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just my type of website

Lets talk about letters. Fonts. X-heights (that's a thing, right?)I like old-school text. Text like this:
Magnalite Roasterette
Back when people wrote in cursive
That's why I've been drooling over this lovely site: Vernacular Typography. From a time when people would choose bold and daring and funky typefaces for their businesses.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Put that record back on!

I know nothing about LPs. But I've gone out and bought a bunch of them for one reason and one reason only:
They're so pretty.

I can appreciate that being able to listen to the music actually does matter, and I'm trying to buy records that aren't totally beat up. And as it turns out, people who buy classical albums are pretty gentle with them.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bad art bad art, what you gonna do?

This art print is in time out. He's been very naughty.

He used to be in the bar area, leaning up against my fridge. If anyone can see the problem of having a large and heavy unsecured thing sit above a bunch of glass, come forth and collect your prize, because you're clearly a lot smarter than me.

I was retrieving something from the fridge, and I knocked it over. There was that OHNO moment. Then there was the breaking glass sound. Full-on panic.
I was afraid I'd gone and broken any number of things on that "bar" area. Maybe even all of the things. So I guess I'm really lucky that I only lost one of these glasses.

Womp womp.

TGIF, readers: has anything in your house misbehaved recently?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What is this thing??!

I'm learning about antiques by trolling the goodwills in the area and looking up stuff on the internet with my phone. It's easy if there are words or marks on it. Ebay, alibris and amazon.com have been useful in my hunts. And every once in a while, I have to go to google images with a series of nouns and adjectives. 'retro glass black gold sunburst' etc.

Every once in a while I get stumped. Things that I cannot find any information on. Like, I understand that if I can't find a certain pattern of glasses on the internet, that they're still drinking glasses so price them appropriately.

But what I am about to show you, I have no information on. It's swans on a black metal base with that protective velvety fabric on the bottom. It's about six and a quarter inches tall, nine inches long and 4 inches wide, and it's HEAVY - maybe around 10 pounds. It's also got screws on the top, so I'm thinking there's a top part to it, but I don't know what that part looks like.

Who else wants to join in my mystery hunt?


The swans even have tails

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Coming soon to an internet near you

First of all, a HUGE thank you to everybody who voted for me in the Small, Cool 2012 contest. I'm doing way better than I expected to do. Seriously, you all rock.

And now, onto the other cool part. The Etsy is coming soon, and here are some of the things you can expect to find in the store when it launches, only photographed better. I'm debating between calling the store "Shameless Money-grubbery" and "Nick's Rent Payment". Any other title suggestions you can come up with are always appreciated.

This is a... box. with a drawer. Okay, I have no clue what it is.

Perfect for syrup

80s nostalgia carafe

Pair of obscenely large ashtrays, made in Japan

Oval candle holder, silver colored, with box

Kitchen Scrapbook: unused and pretty cool.

Circa 1894 and 1902 respectively

Restaurant ware bowls dated Oct. 1976

1st edition kids books.

Tennis rackets from Japan, probably from early 1960s

Cookie jar attributed to McCoy
Set of 4 snowflake/Eskimo figure glasses

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dreamspaces 2

It's time for another edition of dreamspaces, where I point out a space that I think speaks to that subconscious experience you can only really get while dreaming.

You're walking down a long, curving hallway that seems to go on forever. You can't see where it ends, but you can feel yourself descending lower and lower into the earth. Even standing in the middle of the passageway, the cool of the stone walls on either side can be felt, like the walls are reaching out to touch you.

The space opens up into a large atrium, dotted with candles, and off in the distance down another long hallway, a great light.

This is the Memorial of the Victims of Communism in Estonia,  the winning proposal by Armin Valter and Joel Kopli. The driving factor behind the memorial's form was instilling senses of unease and an unending tension not unlike those experienced under communist rule.


Via ArchDaily

Monday, April 2, 2012

It's GO Time!

So my apartment is on Apartment Therapy now.

These are some cute puppies.
You cannot resist their cuteness. You are under their spell. Vote for me you must

Win or lose, I'm still getting a free book out of the deal. And I don't think I really want to win. But wouldn't it be cool if I did?