Friday, January 30, 2009

eBay Friday 11

1. I found some lovely butterfly collections on eBay this week.

I was inspired by a photo of Kate Spade's kitchen. She has two framed butterfly collections hanging above the banquette.

2. I was browsing an eBay store called Capital Salvage when I found this table made from reclaimed columns and wood. I love it!

I had saved this photo several months ago. It features a similar table!

photo via PointClickHome
3. This shell encrusted mirror is especially pretty because of the blue coral that was used on the top and bottom.

4. A pair of oak Hollywood regency tables...nice.

5 . This is a pretty gilded lily table.

6. I have always liked elephant garden stools.

7. This vintage bronze easel would elevate the status of any framed photo or small painting.

8. This is a beautiful pair of baroque candlesticks.

9. An antique, German horn table...

10. An antique, German horn cane (or umbrella) stand...

11. This pair of huge wooden finials are beautiful and simple.

Here, a wooden finial is used as a decorative table item.

photo via Southern Accents
Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Paintings!

After three painting classes with master painter, Ros Farbush, I have finished two paintings. (I ended up painting over my first painting.) Keep in mind that the only art lessons I have had were back in 5th grade, so I am very proud of these two paintings. Both buildings are local landmarks.

Ros is teaching me to paint quickly so that I will paint more freely and less controlled. Each painting was complete within the four hour "class" period. We painted on site which made it even more enjoyable. I can't wait for my next class. We will be painting on the beach!

Friday, January 23, 2009

eBay Friday 10

Ooooh, it has been a short week. I have not had time for another post other than this one this week. My art classes suck up huge chunks of time and then I have to get my regular chores done, so my schedule is off track. Oh well, I DID have time to scout out a few things on eBay.

1. I love these antique garden gates. They would look great on a big blank patio wall or used as actual gates. I like the color, too.

2. These antique columns are wonderful. They could be displayed indoors or out.

3. This little wooden capital is perfect for display or as a riser on a tablescape.

Another gorgeous architectural piece with endless possibilities...

4. I like this Mexican retalbo. The colors are beautiful.

5. This marble top antique table is versatile and useful.

A more modern marble top table...

This antique, marble top table could be used as an island in a small kitchen.

My mom uses one in her kitchen for serving as well as extra counter space.

6. I like this brass coat rack. It would be perfect in a mudroom for coats or a bathroom for towels.

7. Ever since I found my vintage concrete foo dogs, I have been looking for more vintage statuary. I found this vintage garden statue...

as well as this foo dog statue.

8. A metal finial...great in the garden, patio, or inside the house.

9. This toleware fountain is nice and would go with my collection. I could hang it in my kitchen and use it for apple and orange storage.

10. This seahorse fountain is beautiful.

11. I would like to have a real water fountain somewhere in my home. No more glass washing, cold water would always be available, no more disposable water cooler cups. How handy! I would put it on my back porch or in my laundry room near the garage.

I am off to run errands. Have a great day!

Friday, January 16, 2009

eBay Friday 9

Since it is the new year, I began my eBay search with storage solution items...

1. These wire vintage gym lockers make great storage for pantry items. I have also seen them hung on the wall in bathrooms for extra storage.

2. I like this vintage grocery scale. Remember when people weighed their produce? Isn't it strange that no one weighs produce anymore? I would like to see this scale hanging from the ceiling in the corner of a kitchen.

3. I have been seeing these vintage deli/meat scales in many antique shops. It would be wonderful in a country kitchen or a really modern kitchen. I would use it to corral spices, oils, cooking wines, etc.

4. Country Living magazine featured these metal picnic baskets a few months ago.

In antique shops they can get pricey, but they are still reasonable on eBay.

5. I have a set of these vintage canisters. They dress up my pantry and are handy for storage. I try not to store anything in ugly paper boxes.

more canisters...

6. An antique bottle dryer...a great way to show off your antique bottle collection.

I have seen this French version in magazines lately. Many people are using them for glass or mug storage on the counter.

7. These vintage art posters are from the 1960's. They are a little less expensive option for the collector who does not want to spend thousands. You have to start somewhere, in 30 years these will be priced at a premium.

I like this Johnny Cash one...

8. Not long ago Visual Vamp blogged about the taxidermy trend in decorating. It really isn't anything new. Stuffed peacocks were presented to kings as gifts as far back as 2000 years ago. More recently, they were popular in Victorian decorating. Now we are seeing them again. Did you see the December issue of Veranda magazine? If not, check out the fabulous peacocks in that issue.

photos via visual vamp

I found two taxidermied peacocks on eBay.

If peacocks ruffle your feathers, what about this turtle shell?

I ran across a gorgeous 1960's lion hide rug in a local antiques shop a few weeks ago. I found two on eBay.

I personally wouldn't want to kill a lion, but I do not find them offensive in decor, either.

Moving on to antlers and deer mount...These photos are courtesy of YOSSAWAT. I like them. I am glad there is finally an acceptable place to display trophy deer other than the basement. Now I can have mine sent to me from Texas.

I found this impala mount on eBay.

How about a wild boar mount? I met one of these at a shop in Savannah a few weeks ago and fell in love.

Would a stuffed bat be too much? I would do it in a boys' room or mixed in with a bunch of frou frou stuff in a ladies boudoir just to throw things off a little.
Signing out. Have a great weekend!