For those of you who follow design blogs you may already know
about the tragic situation that Valarie and Alberto of *Visual*Vamp* have been
in for the past week or so. For those of
you who have not had the pleasure of visiting *Visual*Vamp*, I invite you to stop
by and feast your eyes on her beautiful blog and learn about their current tragedy.
To assist them, an online auction has been set up to raise funds
to cover Alberto’s medical expenses and medical flight home.
I am happily signing on to this auction as a bidder but will also add this
handmade, Swedish winter hat to the auction in hopes that my contribution will
be exponential. (The red reminds me of Valarie's beautiful hair.)
This hat is named "Norsjo", after the creator’s
township as well as the name of a hand woven pattern found in Norsjo long, long
ago. It is handmade of 100% wool that
has been hand dyed and machine knitted in a traditional red and black.
"Norsjo" is insulated with synthetic wool, lined in black cotton
tricot, and trimmed in black sheep leather. The retail price of the hat is $150. We will happily ship it to the winning bidder
at no cost.
To bid simple leave your bid amount as a comment to this blog post. Be sure to leave your email address or link to your own blog in the
comments so that if you are the lucky bidder we can reach you when the auction
If you're not in a position to offer an item or place a bid, please
spread the word to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, blog, or to your
friends and neighbors via email. Every
little bit will be a huge help.
I had the great pleasure of meeting new clients at the warehouse today thanks to my friend and interior designer Debbie Chatfield of Chatfield Design. While waiting for the clients to arrive I was thrilled to get a few 'house keeping' tasks completed in the warehouse and my trusty assistant didn't disappoint.
Gus offered to help by using his ever wagging tail to dust but I thought the crystal stemware might be better preserved if he simply kept me company. His friendly demeanor, frequent 'Berner bumps', and eagerness to please made spending the afternoon at the warehouse so much more enjoyable than usual.
The next time you find yourself coming to Scarborough, Maine please make an appointment to come by and visit the warehouse. If Gus's schedule is open he might even join us.
IIt has been several months since I posted to this blog and I have no excuse other than I needed a bit of a break. Now that the break is over I am happy to be
back again and sharing some images of beautiful design.
As always I will talk about and share the magical balance
between old and new…it has become a bit of a passion of mine and I hope to impart a bit
of that passion to you.
To start things off I wanted to share a few images that
represent the beauty of combining time
tested antiques and traditional design with new, contemporary pieces ….maybe we
should call this style ‘Antiquemporary’.
This style always resonates with me.
The balance that is created by blending different periods of time is fundamentally
‘correct’ in my opinion and I will never tire of it.
(Oh, and while we're at it...let's use a beautiful, stunning pink as the backdrop for today.)
So, 'antiquemporary'...what do you think?
Will it stick? Have I coined a new phrase? Time will surely tell.
Wishing you a very happy Friday...It's good to be back!