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Redesigned Ditties: Legs

She’s got legs, she knows how to use them
Hot for turned legs, I can’t stop cruisin’ them
So good it’s no wonder someone made them

Would you get five of them if you could only find them
From victorian, to the fifties
Vintage shines bright

She’s walnut down to her nails
She’s got burl wood right up to her dovetail
Every time I’m plannin’ to put her to use

Everybody comes to me, to see if they can mooch
She’s so fine, she’s all mine
Go get your own tonight

She’s got legs, she knows how to use them
Hot for turned legs, I can’t stop cruising them
Cost more than a dime plus half of my mind

Stayed out all night thriftin’ through time
Oh, I want her, said I got to have her

That chair is all right, she’s all right

Click to play the original version.

[Marie Olsson Nylander, Darryl carter, Babington Hotel, Skona Hem, Jessica Helgerson, Desire to Inspire]

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Erin’s Dining Room Drama

In case you haven’t already figured it out, I am a serial re-doer. No matter how good a job I do the first time around, I am always convinced that — given one more shot — I could do better. Problem is, one more shot turns into twenty really, really fast. I’ve repainted the guest bathroom three times, endlessly rearranged the living room, second fifth guessed myself while renovating the kitchen, and now I’m itching to redo my already redone dining room. Good thing paint is relatively cheap and I am the wizard of Craigslist, otherwise the Hunny would have divorced me long ago. Still, I’m a busy lady with a new baby and can’t afford the time or expense of redecorating 500 hundred times. And so, friends, I am calling on you to help me make this one count.

Problem: The table/chair combo is making me lose my appetite. And the chandelier ain’t helping, either. I am like the furniture collecting equivalent of the quintessential crazy old cat lady. Mid century mod just keeps multiplying at my house… And while the hodegpodge kind of worked in our old dining room because it looks like a crazy old cat lady lived there:

erin's dining room

I am not loving it with the new, more understated paint job that went in when we redid the kitchen:

erin williamson dining room

So, I like the things on the black wall. The Karl Springer style console, benches and antique painting are a-ok by me. I’d like to add some sconces, but that’s not a big deal right now. However, I think the table sticks out like a sore thumb. Or is the problem the chairs? I only have four of the Burke chairs, and I have six of the Danish chairs, but most are broken or need to be restrung. And does that chandelier make my ass look big, or is it just me? Help?!

If I move the table to the back office, I could replace it with something different. Something… longer? More oval? Glass or not glass? I actually own this table with an oval glass top, but it’s kind of on the small side:

drexel base

And this awesome set is currently available on Craigslist, but I’m afraid the proportions are wrong for my room:


Great pic, I know! I love the set, but my room is small and narrow, making me think I need a long, dark table and small chairs flanking the sides. Am I crazy to pass this up?

baughman table

Oh, and please tell me that burlwood table wasn’t the perfect thing for my room, since I found it and passed it on to a friend…

And here is where I paste in some random dining room eye candy to inspire you to leave witty comments and savvy advice for your old pal, Erin:


via the now defunct Domino. Love love love the chairs!

met home

via Met Home. I like the idea of a long table with chairs on the sides, only. I also like the look of a legless table. Plinths please me.

dining room

via Living Etc. Hey all your breeders out there: is glass kid friendly?

dining room

Can’t remember where this came from… one of the above sources. Mostly I just like the groovy mood in this one.

Ok, dear readers. Today I live for your comments. Thursday I shall follow up with more dining room pornspiration. Don’t worry. It will be prettier than it sounds.

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Things Made From Things

I love things en masse.  Take something small and insignificant and multiply it by 100, suddenly you have an interesting collection.  Take something small and kinda cool, then multiply that by 1,000 and shape it into something awesome then, well, then you have a blog post. 

Scott Jarvie Recycled Straw Clutch Chair

Nendo Designed Fabric Scrap Cabbage Chair

Fully Loaded Chair made from shotgun shells by Alexander Reh (yes, I’ve blogged about this before here)

balloona stool confetti by natalie kruch for umbra made from 500 balloons

Tide Chandelier made from collection of man made debris washed up on Kent coastline by Stuart Haygarth

Tail Light Chandelier Also by Stuart Haygarth

Mr. Haygarth is pretty much the king of making things out of things, view his entire site here

Volivik 347, Bic Pen Chandelier by en Pieza

#2 Pencil Chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa Gallery via inhabitat


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Czech It Out: The Bohemia Glass Region

Last summer I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Ajeto Glassworks in the Northern Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. This region, specifically Novy Bor, is world-famous for its glassworks. Ajeto officially opened in 1994 by the world-renowned trio of Borek Sipek, Petr Novotny and Libor Fafala. Their current location is housed in the remnants of an old German textile factory in the city of Lindava.

If you can’t take the heat of the studio, get into the kitchen. The facility includes a restaurant that allows visitors to dine while viewing a team of artists at work. The Ajeto restaurant was a ridiculously awesome feature to the facility, in my opinion and the food was some of the best I had while in the Czech Republic.


Although Borek Sipek was not present during my visit (I wish), it was his work I was most impressed with. His resume leaves me green with envy. It’s not just anyone who can add Royal Court Architect in Prague by Presidential appointment to their list of accomplishments. Than again, it’s not that hard to believe. His postmodernist furniture, tableware and chandeliers are hard to overlook. Most impressive however, are his laundry list of architectural achievements. Whether it’s his work on Prague Castle, the Kyoto Opera House or Karl Lagerfeld’s boutique in Paris (pictured below), the man is a multi-aesthetic genius of the first degree.

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Happy Weekend Homies!

This weekend I will be climbing every mountain and forging every stream until I reach the rainbow that is the complete office of my dreams.  Did that work?  Did you get that I will be gutting the pile of boxes that is my office space this weekend to make it look like a real life room.  In honor of my mountainous task, I give you the waterfall sofa by Gaetano Pesce 

image via the world’s best ever

See you dudes Monday

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