Tag Archives: vintage

Retro cameras

12 Sep

I really love my Diana F+ camera.  I don’t use it as often as I should but I love the unpredictability of the shots I take on it.  I’m also totally in love with my digital camera (to the point that I even think of it as a friend when I take it out with me on walks) but using a digital camera takes a little of the romance out of photography.  You pretty much know what a particular shot will look like when you take it and if you don’t, you only have to look at the back of the camera to see for yourself. 

Here’s a shot I took last Spring with my Diana F+ looking up into the trees.  I love the dreamy look the shot has and, not only did I not know how this was going to turn out, I didn’t know whether it would turn out at all.

Another thing I love about retro cameras like the Diana is that not only are they fun to play with but I think they look pretty snazzy just sitting on a shelf, too.   Do you agree?

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Vintage screen doors

4 Sep

I’ve seen a number of articles over the years about using screen doors internally for a pantry or other ways to create separation without completely closing off the room.  I had been saving the image to the right from an old magazine but I did a bit of a trawl on the interweb and found some other good examples…

Good examples of how either adding an accent color can really add to the room or, alternatively, painting the screen door to match cabinets, walls, etc. to create a more unified look.  If you see one of these at Brimfield, grab it for me?

Vintage aqua chairs

13 Aug

How cute is this chair? I was in the Mespil hotel in Dublin the other day for a meeting and I was waiting for this lady to finish reading her newspaper and leave so that I could take a picture of this chair.  I love the shape and color of it.  I don’t actually know if it’s new or if it’s vintage but I think it’s nice not to see the same leather suites of furniture like you do in most hotels around here.  If anyone knows where I can find a chair like this, let me know — otherwise, I might have to enter in negotiations with the Mespil…

Salvage finds

7 Aug

I will never bash IKEA. I love IKEA and I think it’s done so much to give everyone access to great design.  With that said, one of the worst things I could think of is a house full of furniture and decor  that could be lifted directly out of the IKEA catalog.  In fact, I think it’s probably one of the worst things that even the IKEA designers could imagine.

The best way to use IKEA furniture is to save money so that you can add your own personality and touches with other, perhaps slightly more expensive, accessories.  One of the greatest sources for unique looking things is the local salvage yard. While I’ve yet to find my local salvage yard here in Dubln, I have friends in Massachusetts who’ve found lots of great finds at their local “dump”.  I particularly like the idea of a real focal point piece like the clock in the image above.   This particular piece is from a website in the UK called Trainspotters which specializes in vintage transit pieces.  I’m not sure if I can afford it yet, but with the help of IKEA savings, I’m hoping I might be able to snatch up a piece or two:  http://www.trainspotters.uk.com/

A passion for patchwork

31 Jul

I pretty much like all things  patchwork. While I wouldn’t want to go too over the top with it, I think this eclectic mix of quilted wallpaper looks great and seems to match the quirky nature of this house.  The homeowners used wallpaper samples  to create this look — a clever way to create a unique wallpaper look without the big expense (but perhaps requiring a bit more work).  It works well in this space with the high ceilings and the sort of, cottage-y look they’ve gone for.