Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For the Home: Home Anthology

One of my best kept secrets is no more, but I'm okay with it. You see, one of my favorite sources for home furnishings and groovy sculptural objects was featured in the Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore.

Years before we were homeowners, I stumbled upon a mecca of mid-century home goods. The shop was Home Anthology and it began in a gorgeous loft space in Oella Mill. Time has passed, the mill has filled with fancy condominiums, and Home Anthology has moved closer to that house of mine that I always dreamed of filling with a mix of mid-century & traditional wares.
photo courtesy of Home Anthology

Tucked back in an unassuming warehouse-esque strip mall, Home Anthology is located in Catonsville. Opened only on weekends, the shop owners spend the rest of their week scouring estate sales and yard sales all over the country. Sounds to me like the perfect life to lead!

I have a history here, as the quiet girl who comes in to browse, measure furniture, and dream. Once, I spotted a 12 piece place setting of the famed Eva Zeisel Hallcraft for a song. Being the sensible person that I am (a white lie when it comes to antiques, I'm afraid), I went home to 'think about it' and called my mom to tell her that I found the perfect wedding gift for her to purchase for my husband and I. I got the a-ok and frankly, my heart stopped until the collection was in my hands. Ironically, that wedding day was 4 years ago today!

Home Anthology is filled with clean mid-century designs, from furniture and lamps to art objects. If you can't make it into the store, check out their website. It's filled with beautiful things, just promise to leave me a few of them!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back to School

Ready or not, the school year is just around the corner. As an art teacher, my dress tends to have a funky flair. I was tickled pink to find Thief & Bandit, a super hip etsy site filled with hand printed necklaces and clothing. Based in Richmond, we're almost neighbors!

Here are a few pieces that I just adore:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Autumn in New York

How I love autumn in New York! This time of year I crave the city and get my annual fix of "When Harry Met Sally". I become dreamy and inspired by all that the Big Apple has to offer. My perfect day would most definitely include.....
A stroll in Central park with a hot cup of joe and my sketchbook.
A trip to the Museum of Art & Design where I could gaze at beautiful objects like this lace teapot by Edyta Cieloch.

My day would not be complete without popping into Anthropologie's flagship store at Rockefeller Plaza. I especially love the little gallery right as you walk in. Last time I visited, they featured the work of Vera Neumann, best know for her colorful silk scarves that she began producing in the 1940's.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Collections: Everyone's got one. What is yours?

So as I jump back into this blog, I will focus on pretty things, inspirational things, and things that make me happy. I love to collect. I've always been a collector. I've collected worms (which always squirmed away when I wasn't looking), stickers, Strawberry Shortcake paraphernalia, rainbows, books, music, milk glass, dishes, pin-ups, maps, postcards, anything to do with Manhattan. The list goes on. My intention is not to end up on A&E's Hoarders (this chargins my husband) but rather rescue and curate lovely (often old and worn) things. So tell me. What do you collect?