Friday, September 28, 2012


Have you ever pondered buying something you would never actually want to have because of the label?  I was at the liquor store {or the packy if you're from Massachusetts, but I happened to be in another state at the time} in search of pure sugar cane rum and found this.

Spiced rum reminds me of some college housemates I had that always seemed to have a gallon-sized jar of Captain Morgan's on top of the fridge, replaced often I assume, and I can't drink it now but I really was tempted by the illustration on the bottle.

Are there any products you buy, or want to buy, specifically for the packaging?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thrifting :: End of the Summer Edition

My wrist is still healing but it's doing a bit better now so I thought I'd do a quick post on my latest thrifting finds.  A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite thrift shops and found a few things I would have loved to take home with me. Two things did come with me, and I'll post about them later, but here's what stayed behind.

The first is an inexpensive solution to the strangely popular "boob light" you find in new houses everywhere {and sadly, a lot of my apartments}.   The faceted glass makes it look fancier than it actually is.  There were two similar fixtures there, but this one had a dangly bit on the end.

 This headboard caught my eye and would be great for a kid's room.  I would paint it since the wood color is a bit 50s {or perhaps that more gross 70s shade with the black flecks added, I forget} but in the right place it could go as is with a bit of a tung oil polish.

This rattan rocker was so great but it was broken.  If I could have found a reason to take this home with me I would have, so it's a good thing it felt like it was going to flop over when I sat in it.

There were two dressers there that I liked, the first one, in dark wood was really nicely made - something you don't find around much.  With some new hardware it would be nice as is.  I'd paint the white one below to keep it from being so "french country" or whatever it is now.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Now For A Dance Intervention

My right wrist has gone on strike so, although I have a billion window display photos to post {probably enough for two weeks straight}, I am trying to be nice to my wrist until it's back to normal.

I thought I'd leave you something fun to watch though. I actually broke this out as a secret weapon the other night. Work has been on the crazy side lately, so to relieve some stress I held a dance intervention for those staying late.

Dance off anyone?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Os Gemeos

Recently, this mural sprung up in Boston by Brazilian artists Os Gemeos in partnership with the ICA.  I think it's supposed to be a small child with a sweatshirt wrapped around his head.

People seem to have mixed feelings about it but I actually am happy it's there.  It's a nice backdrop for the food trucks and farmers market that live right about where I was standing to take the photo {the plants in front are a teaching garden}.  I spend time in neighboring buildings and find it nice how bright it is peeking though the windows of the buildings.  It's definitely not a very typical "Boston" thing but perhaps that's why I like to see it.

What do you think?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Neiman Marcus Paint by Numbers Windows

It is very rare that I post window displays of stores I actually shop at. While I don't often shop at Neiman Marcus, I do sometimes go in and try to shop there. I've never actually found anything I wanted to buy despite my attempts {like the time I went in for jeans thinking that they may have more than boot cut or skinny, no such luck there} also, I'm pretty careful which "luxury brands" I spend my hard earned money on.  I'd prefer to purchase from the little guys.

With all that rambling and nonsense out of the way, I like Neiman Marcus's current, okay July, window display with it's paint by numbers concept.  They created the paint by numbers drawings out of the photographs in the same window.

And do I spy a dress with the elusive short sleeves?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Louis Vuitton Windows with Yayoi Kusama

I try to post window displays in a timely fashion but this Louis Vuitton / Yayoi Kusama window is a bit late.  However, it is just in time for the last days of the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney Museum in New York

Her work is quite interesting if you have never seen it, it's worth a look.  It's slightly surreal with polka dots and flowers that look like something out of Little Shop of Horrors - man-eating flowers.  The window displays capture this quite well.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hermes Summer Window Display

A while back, when I saw the Hermes store on Madison Avenue did a great job with their windows I complained a bit about their lack of attention to all their shops {specifically Boston}. I was right and I was wrong.  I actually did take a walk down at lunch a few months ago to check things out - I mentioned it last week in a post but then realized I had never posted the photos.

These windows are a bit cutesy, not as simple as the ones in New York.  That's not to say it's bad, just different and a bit more cluttered.

I do like Mr. Squid.

What I was remembering about the windows were these tiny ones.  They are a bit cluttered and I'm not sure what kid's toys have to do with ties or pottery.  Any ideas?

A local jewelry store, Shreve Crump & Low, used to do amazing things with their tiny window displays, I wish I had taken some photos back then since they've moved and no longer have the same type of windows.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

or Labour Day {if you're Canadian}!  It's a day to celebrate work by not working.  I will be spending some of the day working on the Etsy store I have finally decided to open.  I've been thinking about starting one for years and now that I'm almost there, I'm really excited about it.  This is probably the first time ever I've been excited about working on a holiday.

In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with some home office designs I've been enjoying recently.

Martha Stewart Living

Rue Mag

British Vogue - September 2011

Lonny Mag - design by Brad Ford

Lonny Mag - design by Betsy Burnham

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