Tuesday, April 01, 2008

State of the House Post, or Vintage Budget Living 101

Living Room

Now that I've just completed my spring cleaning, thrown open the windows to the fresh air and allergies, I thought it might be nice to post some photographic updates (especially given the high praise lavished on my house by certain good friends at the Shakespeare conference). It's pretty much the same but there's quite a bit more stuff: I've finally got my stereo system and vintage KLH-17 speakers up and working- the stereo is on a yellow enamel 1950s kitchen cart (neighborhood salvage shop) in the living room; the speakers are in the dining room (the wire runs along the baseboards and up around the doorway). You can also see some fresh new bed linens, a fabulous hall light (ebay purchase), loads more sunlight, a funky 1970s yellow desk chair (also ebay) and the vintage turquoise pottery collection I've started.

Best of all, very little is new- most comes from salvage, ebay and craigslist.

Living Room: Tea and Sugar posters are reproduction "lecons des choses" from Deyrolle. The coffee table is from 1959, teak with rosewood veneer, a salvage find. The glass side table is vintage Design Research and belonged to my parents in the 70s. Over the fireplace is an old printer's case and a Chinese calligraphy brush. In front of the fireplace are a vintage Chinese basket and rice caddy. Chair on the right was found in the trash.

Dining Room: The dining table is a vintage Heywood Wakefield junior dining table, a craigslist find. The chairs are vintage Thonet from local salvage.

Hallway, Bath, Bedroom entry with vintage Chinese elm bench and art deco dresser.

My desk is an unfinished wood parsons table that I sanded and painted high gloss white. Bookcases are the ever-dependable Ikea Billy. The Kevi chair I found on ebay for $30.

The kitchen table is the "Odyssey" from CB2, a cheap knock-off Saarinen. Chairs are vintage Thonet from the local Habitat for Humanity Re-store salvage shop.

It's really difficult to photograph the guest bedroom/den. The walls are a chocolatey eggplant or a very blue brown. The daybed is vintage '60s Design Research, belonged to my parents when they were in grad school. The carpet is possibly a Bakhtiar, and is from ebay. It's huge and garish and I love it.


Marcelle Proust said...

SO gorgeous. Thank you. We just have furniture, and we sit on it. Some of it is nice, but we don't do anything to maximize the effect. You're inspiring.

Hilaire said...

That is one beatiful house, my dear. Wow.

Pantagruelle said...

Beautiful! And so, well, professorial, which is exactly the look I will soon be going for too. Where's the bed frame from? I'm going to be looking for one in a few months... I want my new place to look like yours!

Pandora said...

Did you hear that Deyrolle had a terrible fire in February?

I cried a little when I saw the pictures of the devastation.

muse said...

Oh no, I didn't know about the fire! That's terrible. I'm sure David Sedaris is really sad, too- all those poor taxidermy kittens lost inside.

muse said...

PS thanks for all the positive compliments! The bed frame is from Room and Board. They are online. Their prices are extremely reasonable given the good quality of their furniture. It's a steel platform bed too- no need for a boxspring. And it comes apart and reassembles quite easily (I've moved it three times now- it's the same frame I had in Montreal). I'm fairly sure they don't make this style any more, but there are many from which to choose.