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Thursday
Aug272015

on this day in history...

1912:
Gloria Guinness was born in
Veracruz, Mexico.

(Photo by Richard Avedon)

Thursday
Aug202015

on this day in history... 

1910:
Euro Saarinen, the man behind the Saint Louis Arch (and the famed tulip table),
was born in Kirkkonummi, Finland.

(image via)

Monday
Apr272015

the unswept floor

I could not believe my eyes when my professor showed my art history class this Roman mosaic circa the 2nd century B.C.E. Located in Pompeii, the decorative piece remains only because it was preserved by the same volcanic ash that destroyed the city.

The mosaic was inspired by the aftermath of a wild upper class dinner party, where it was de riguer to throw remnants of food onto the floor. I’ve always been fascinated by trompe l'oeil – one of my all-time favorite pieces of furniture is Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe in her White House dressing room (see here, too). Apparently, the Romans loved trompe l’oeil as well. It’s strange to think that those of ancient civilizations were just like us.

When I buy my dream home, I’m going to commission an artist to paint this on my kitchen floor. I’ll keep you posted.  

Monday
Mar022015

on this day in history...

March 2, 1903:
The Martha Washtington Hotel, the first hotel exclusively for women, 
opens its doors in New York City.  

Thursday
Apr102014

a lovely being + etsy



Sometimes, I go a little overboard when I go antiqueing. And by a little, I mean a lot. I'd like to blame it on Kansas City for being such a thrifting goldmine, but the truth is that I've been doing this for years! My little studio apartment is practically bursting at the seams with vintage goods and so I've decided to start an Etsy shop to pass these treasures onto you. Above are a few choice offerings from a lovely being boutique. Each item listed on the site was hand-selected simply because I was drawn to it. I had a lot of fun with styling and setting up the store front, and I can only hope that you take a peek. I'll be adding more pieces (lord knows my apartment needs it) in the next few weeks. If you'd like, drop a line - I'd love to hear what you think! 

above: vintage dalmation figurine, yellow and cream striped vintage vase, vintage needlepoint accent pillow, pair of heavy brass vintage pelican bookends, vintage basketweave ceramic pitcher, painted malachite and brass jewelry box