Transitioning from a 700 sq ft apartment to a house in the burbs has been a series of trial and error, start and stop furniture decisions (and a major time suck- sorry for my bouts of radio silence on the internets). I have started to furnish our home with a mix of antiques via Skinner, my family farm in NH and eBay, to new items from West Elm, CB2, and Restoration Hardware. Champagne taste, everyday salary, means you need to get creative. I plan to feature some more projects from the new house over the coming weeks, since they are *finally* nearing completion. I actually have a kitchen! No really, try living in a house for a month and a half without one. Exercise in patience and creative cooking with a microwave.
My latest fun purchase? I finally found the perfect glass case for my 'shoe as art' project (originally posted about here and inspired by The Selby feature on Michael Haney and Brooke Cundiff).
I bought this ode to the seventies faux bamboo vitrine via Skinner's last Discovery sale. Seriously, Skinner Disovery sales, best way to furnish a new house on a budget with unique, uncookie cutter items. It's like a well edited flea market in the hands of the department's new director, Cara Elmslie, who selects the quirky, historical and stately items that make up the monthly Marlborough based sale. Skinner's next Discovery auction, June 13-14 will feature silver, jewelry and couture items- fashionistas with a budget rejoice!
Back to the last Skinner sale and this vitrine though, which has been cleaned and successfully installed in the bedroom. I am pretty excited with the final result. It blends the haphazard design elements I have in there perfectly and is a fun way to display my favourite pairs. Some people collect china, I collect shoes. Why not display them in a manner fitting of their beauty and artistic expression?
Exciting plans for the holiday weekend readers? We have a long weekend packed with renovation projects, painting and landscaping, my new obsession. I attempt to single handedly answer the age old question, why is the grass always greener in the neighbors yard? Stay tuned for my latest fashionista series, garden chic.....