Thursday, June 30, 2011

pleased to meet you: Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley (1931-) grew up and studied art in London. She developed her signature Op art style in the early 60s, using only white, black and gray. She introduced color in 1967 (also the year she did her first stripe painting).

"For me, drawing is an inquiry, a way of finding out – the first thing that I discover is that I do not know. This is alarming even to the point of momentary panic. Only experience reassures me that this encounter with my own ignorance – with the unknown – is my chosen and particular task, and provided I can make the required effort the rewards may reach the unimaginable." - Riley, 2009 via

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

kanye's inspiration?


twice as nice

wardrobe wednesdays

an outfit for a weekday trip to the market, perhaps? 

3. Spanish espadrilles, my guess is 1970s or 80s..

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

afternoon coffee time's just one of those days...

on the bookshelf


Monday, June 27, 2011


Herbert Bayer, 1939
from P.M. Magazine

I found this old label on the backside of one of our swatches. real pretty.
It makes me wonder what the store looked like...

Friday, June 24, 2011

speaking of...

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I couldn't resist. how great are these? my heart can barely handle the last one...
pom poms! fringe! oh my.

happy Friday!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

around the studio

leftover fabric = coffee cozy
much more attractive than the Starbucks logo, no? 

under my umbrella

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I have a weird thing for pretty beach umbrellas, especially the ones with fringe!
the last one is my favorite. the fabric top detaches and you can wear it as a cape (yes, please) or a skirt. 

stoplight sunbathers

promotional photo, Cypress Gardens, Florida

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

bbq bash

photos from here

one of my favorite things to do is eat outside in the summer time. it feels festive!
(...and it helps there aren't that many mosquitoes in Southern California)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

summertime sips

outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes

coconut for two

Palm Beach, FL

lovely ladies and gent, photographed by Slim Aarons

time to get sandy

photos from here and here

today is officially the first day of summer. what does summertime look like to you? we'd love to hear.
I'll finish out the week with summer inspired posts. stay tuned!



Salvador Dali (left) with friends at Port Lligat, 1931

Monday, June 20, 2011


a solar system start to the week.

happy Monday!

Friday, June 17, 2011

questioning color

The colors of this Alvin Lustig fabric are pretty great. It seems unexpected.
What do you think, yes or yuck?

image from Cathy of California (another great site for vintage inspiration)
see our first post about Alvin here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

swedish pattern inspiration

a beautiful collection of Swedish rugs from the 1940-1960s. such inspiring patterns! 
doesn't the very first one look like pencil shavings? I'll take the last one for my house. it's tough to resist ombre. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


the Rosebowl was a success! not super sunny, but no rain either. lots of people out and about. 
here's some cool things we saw...

1. a Pendelton blanket in blue-y hues
2. a handsome plaid blanket in stripes. nice idea
3. tooled leather purses
4. great colors in this painting

Monday, June 13, 2011

cover design


Ceramics Monthly covers, 1953-54

Friday, June 10, 2011

weekend festivities

the Rosebowl flea market is this Sunday. we're hoping for sunny weather and lots of treasures to add to our collection. enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

gathered: today, it's about macramé


Missi posted about macramé a while back (here), but I couldn't resist gathering a few more images. 
It really kills me that one of the books is called "Practical Macramé"... her dress is oh so practical.
 still, I really want to try making a wall hanging and these pictures give me all sorts of ideas.
Don't you worry, I'll leave the macramé shirts to the 1970s. Have you ever tried your hand at it? 


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


the site I found this image from says it was a valentine. not very suave!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

america, 1920s-30s

women's archery class

girls posing in front of apple display, West Virginia

a Texan farmer washes carrots

Native American children in Montana

group of Mississippi State College dancers

Monday, June 6, 2011

bird's eye view

issue 4 is almost ready!  subscribe here, if you'd like

check out past issues here

the devil's toy

a short film from the early '60s featuring stylish skateboarders.  the music is pretty rad too.
sharing is caring!
happy monday y'all.

Friday, June 3, 2011

pretty place for pattern


inside an 1930s envelope

Thursday, June 2, 2011

art deco


pretty Art Deco book bindings

Wednesday, June 1, 2011