Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Soaking Away the Winter Chill

 Photo: Decorator Inside

I'm sure missing my deep old clawfoot soaking tub from my former old house.  Wouldn't mind a nice little set up like this one.  ~Sparky

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Dogs Gone

These two dog portraits are complete and in the hands of their loving masters!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The BKF Butterfly Chair


The summer of my fifth year,  an architect and his family moved next door to our family in suburban Atlanta.  Besides their having a young daughter near my age to play with, there were other things facinating to me about these new neighbors:  The father (architect) drew "pictures" for a living! They had the most intriguing furniture in their house.  I was smitten the first time I laid my eyes on the two butterfly chairs in their living room.  I haven't changed my mind about this chair and especially since acquiring one myself many years ago.   I still love the chair and consider it very comfortable for sitting.  A couple of people I know dislike the chair because they have a hard time getting out of it.  I don't believe that's a reason to dislike a chair.  Maybe they are just out of shape, but I think a comfortable chair is a comfortable chair.  Let's see if I still feel that way when I'm 95! I've been in love with this chair ever since.

Flash forward to 1990, I was living in a downtown apartment in the (lively bohemian) Capital Hill neighborhood in Seattle finishing up my masters degree in architecture. In the corner of the apartment building common laundry room was a sign "take it or leave it" for disposing of unwanted items. I walked past the pile of sturdy black bent rods at least three laundry days before my subconscious spoke to me in my apartment one day and said: "Hey, that's a disassembled butter fly chair down there in the laundry room!" My heart thumping, I ran downstairs and grabbed all the unclaimed rods---I'm sure no one else had recognized the object that was a pile of bent rods, either! I assembled the pieces on my living room floor. It took me an hour to figure it out! I had a local sail maker sew a canvas sling for it. Butterfly chair: a simple beautifully designed object that holds my affection.

I ran across several photos of the classic butterfly chair as I was compiling a recent post about sheepskin rugs.   I'm going to post a bit about the Butterfly Chair origin pulled from Wikipedia.
 from Wikipedia:

tripolina inglesa, siglo XIX

tripolina italiana, años 30
The BKF chair  is a modern update of the Paragon chair which was first made for use as campaign furniture in the 1870s. A later version of the design was known as the Tripolina chair, a portable chair introduced in the early 20th century. Jorge Ferrari Hardoy along with Antonio Bonet and Juan Kurchan developed the BKF in 1938 for an apartment building they designed in Buenos Aires. On July 24, 1940, the chair was shown at the 3rd Salon de Artistas Decoradores exhibition where it was discovered by the Museum of Modern Art. At the request of MoMA design director Edgar Kaufmann Jr., Hardoy sent 3 pre-production chairs to New York. One is in the MoMA collection and one is at the Frank Lloyd Wright house Fallingwater, but no one knows where the third chair went. Naming the BKF as one of the "best efforts of modern chair design," Kaufmann accurately predicted that it would become extremely popular here. Likewise, Hans Knoll recognized its commercial potential and added it to the Knoll line in 1947.

Click on the photos for a larger view...


 Hannah Austenfeld

Monday, January 14, 2013


It is winter here  and our temperatures the last few weeks have been very low---Single digit Fahrenheit.  Downtown, received nearly a foot of snow over the weekend and it's likely to stay awhile without warmer temperatures to melt it. Sheepskin keeps coming to mind as a warming thought.  I've pulled mine out of storage and intend to place it on my sun room chair.  I collected several photos of sheepskins used on furniture and floors in spaces to give a casual classic sense of snug comforting warmth .  Do you have favorites of the photos or do you use sheepskin in your home?  CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW...

(from French by Design via Glossy & Glam)

Friday, January 11, 2013

The other new Pet Portrait

Now I've drawn  the second dog on canvas for this family's pet portrait painting commissions and I'll begin painting both.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Beginning: New Pet Portrait

I'm beginning two new pet portraits for a family. This is what the drawing stage looks like for the first dog. What a bright happy pup face! This painting will have a background of the Wasatch Mountains pulled from a different photo of the dog. This pose of the pup was their favorite and the background of the other photo was their preference for context. We can do! :o) 

Australian Shepherd
The Australian shepherd, or Aussie, is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, was not developed in Australia and is American. Wikipedia 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Clothes Swap Party

I attended my second clothes swapping party this afternoon.  These events are always so much fun, giving gals a chance to bond and to return home with "new" clothes for their wardrobes.  What follows is one description of what a clothes swapping party can be.  It's fun and practical and another way to recycle and reuse.

How to Throw a Clothing Swap Party

by Alejandra Ramos from Always Order Dessert

A Clothing Swap Party is a fantastic way to get a bunch of friends together and revitalize your wardrobe...all without spending very much money! With Earth Day right around the corner, it's also a really great reminder that being green (by choosing to reuse) does not have to be boring or sacrificing; it can actually be a heck of a lot of fun!

There are as many ways to run a swap party as there are outfits to swap, but below are a few tips and suggestions that will help you throw your own swap party without a hitch!

Creating the Guest List
With any party you throw, the guest list is key. But it's particularly important to plan carefully when throwing a clothing swap to ensure a successful mix of girls AND clothing.
  • Invite the friends who like to shop (perhaps a bit TOO much!), the ones who have a great (or eclectic!) fashion sense, and the ones you know take good care of their clothing.
  • Don’t feel restricted by age or styles; at my party, my fiance’s 15-year-old cousin ended up taking home a purse and a cute romper that belonged to my 56-year-old mother. My mom also passed on a pair of (very sexy!) dresses to one of my best friends. I nabbed a couple great sweaters from my future mother-in-law (and she, in turn, found a cute shirt that used to belong to her niece).
  • Be considerate about sizing. While it doesn't have to be exact, try to invite girls in a range of sizes, and make sure that there is at least one other woman with a similar size for everyone you invite. That means, don't invite five girls who are a size 6 and one who is a 14; that's not fair to her. Also encourage everyone to bring shoes and accessories since regardless of size, anyone can enjoy a great purse or a gorgeous new shawl.
  • Invite new friends! A clothing swap is a natural ice breaker (you’ll be surprised how quickly women who just met will start sharing body issue!), so if you know a couple girls that you’ve been wanting to get to know better, go ahead and invite them!

No need for fancy printed invitations for this kind of party. A nice email or evite (I actually swear by Pingg) will be perfect. Just make sure you include all the relevant information. Some things to consider:
  • Depending on the size of your apartment, plan for no more than 10-15 girls so that everyone can comfortably shop and try things on. Remember that the unspoken rule about party planning is that no matter how many people you invite, only about 60% will accept and only 80% of those will actually show (annoying but true!) Plan accordingly.
  • Clothing swaps require some preparation on the part of your guests since they need time through sort through their closets. Make sure you give them at least 3 weeks of advanced notice. If you know even earlier, send out a “Save the date” email so they can start mentally setting things aside.
  • State the purpose of the party clearly on your invitations and note what time you’d like everyone to arrive. A clothing swap might be a new (or weird) concept to some so begin by explaining briefly what it is and what you’d like them to bring.
  • I think it’s best to suggest a minimum number of items (say about 5) but to encourage them to bring as many as they’d like. You can also say things like “any season” or “spring/summer items only.”
  • Be sure to also specify what is NOT ok (e.g. “Items should be clean and free of stains or tears. All seasons are OK, but no used bathing suits, socks, or lingerie, please.”)
  • If you’re planning on serving food or if you would prefer people to bring something, state that on the invite. (e.g. “Lunch and champagne will be provided. All you need to bring is your clothing you’d like to swap!” or “I’m making guacamole and hummus; feel free to bring anything else you’d like to snack on!”)

The day after the party, the host takes the leftover clothing to a women's shelter or other charity for donation.



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