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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Piero Fornasetti and A Pair of Rain Boots

For a while now I have been fascinated by the painter, sculptor, craftsman and decorator, Piero Fornasetti.  (bio here)  I don't know if it's because he's Italian, like me, or that many of his pieces are in black and white.  I've been accused of wearing only black and white, but I have made an effort lately to add some yellow, orange, and green.   Or, that many of his works have architectural themes.  I love and buy architectural engravings and representations whenever I can.

I think what he is best known for are his porcelain plates with unique variations of the same woman's face.  This was how I first discovered him.
Here she is depicted on a wallpaper sample.



And another selection of a unique variation of her image on plates.



All the following images in this post are from 1stdibs.  The items on this site are totally out of my price range, but the selection of items is amazing.  You should go there just to get a feel for how prolific, unique, and eclectic he was.

 Below are some of my favorites from this site.

Architectural Fornasetti Folding Screen


Arm Chair with Fornasetti Fabric

Teapot with Part of That Famous Face

Zigzag Table



Lamp Base.









Whimsical Tray





Umbrella Stand


Sea Life Tray
Corinthian Column Chair

Fornasetti Poster
This is the piece I'm lusting for:  A Fornasetti Cabinet


And after all that, you're probably asking, what do the boots have to do with this?  Well, the post was inspired by these rain boots I found while visiting my sister in Annapolis.  I call them my Fornasetti- style rain boots and like them even better than my leopard rain boots.  Here they are in my garden.


The only  Fornasetti items I own are a book, purchased on Amazon (filled with illustrations)


and this Swatch Watch, from eBay.  I found that the prices on eBay are very reasonable, but not quite the selection of 1stdibs.   They even have knock off pillow covers on eBay.  I'm tempted to buy them.  Has anyone purchased them and liked them?


In my dreams I go to an estate sale full of Fornasetti that I can afford.

Kathy

Some non-Fornasetti info:  If you're in Annapolis, MD, on one street you'll find Target, Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, Arhaus Furniture, and a Latin restaurant with the best Happy Hour ever, Palador.

I haven't forgotten about the screened porch.  I'm working on it and will post about some landscaping next.  Stay tuned  by subscribing by email in my side bar.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Screened Porch Redo

(Link to post of completed porch:  click here.)

I was in love with the idea of having a screened porch when we bought our home.  But, the first time it rained, the gutters overflowed and the porch was flooded.  The previous owners had butted the roof of the porch up against the existing gutters .  There were no gutters on the outside and the roof was flat.  We tried so many band aids until we'd finally had it and started from scratch.  Here's the very very embarrassing before. 



I really liked the floor, but it too had to go .  They had used interior plywood for the floor.  I painted it with the diamond pattern, but with repeated water exposure, it didn't hold up.



After a significant snowstorm when the snow melted and then froze so that we had a skating rink on the porch, we knew it had to come down.




The results were amazing.


Definitely some landscaping needed, but the change is dramatic.  I'm so glad I decided to have a Chippendale railing done instead of straight slats.  And, porch steps with a railing and no more moldy lattice.  We love it.  Unfortunately, the week after it was completed the cold weather arrived and it's been empty, just waiting for me to fill it up.


Don't the floors look great!  There was one warm weekend before the cold snap when I stained the floors. We used an exterior oil -based stain on the porch flooring.   I was on my hands and knees for hours, applying the stain with a rag.  I could hardly walk the next day.    
Another semi heat wave came on Halloween weekend and I was able to finish painting the inside wall.  That also was the same weekend I published my first blog post.  I can't believe there wasn't more paint on the computer.

Link to post of completed porch:  click here.

Completed Porch


Kathy



If you live in the DC area and are interested in some home styling, please contact me.
I'd love to work with you.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sandy's Vignettes

I recently posted about my friend's house here.   I had mentioned that her home had been selected to be one of the homes on the Bethany Beach Cottage House Tour.  Out of all the entries, her home was chosen as the one to be featured in the July issue of "Beach Life Magazine".
I had shared the rooms in her home, now I want to share all the vignettes she has created with her vintage treasures.
Bamboo and covered suitcase in the foyer.

Walking sticks and umbrellas with fancy handles.


Vintage desk and chair.  Notice the unique pedestal and cloche on the small table.



Her grandfather, father and husband are all athletes.
She created a gallery wall with their sports photos.


She sewed her father's sports letters onto the pillow.


A collection of trophies, vintage books, and a rare wicker mannequin.


Framed shell prints.


Silver plate bowls with compacts and Santos' hands.






Even her laundry has her special touch.


















Another corner of the laundry.























Fabulous bamboo cabinet.


















Another bamboo shelf.




A built-in cabinet in one of the bathrooms.


Stairwell view.




And the room that I covet, her workroom.


















The other side of the work room.















A final image of the workroom.














What do you think?  Pretty amazing.

Kathy


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