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Monday, July 25, 2011

I Love This Mix of 50s Decor With Modern - So Cute!

Get the Look Decor: Old Charm

This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the 1940s bungalow of Amy Burkhart, her husband and two cats. They’ve worked hard to preserve and restore their San Diego home’s architectural details while maintaining a modern feel. Visit Amy on Flickr for more photos of her home renovation.

How would you describe your home decorating style?
We live in a old area of central San Diego surrounded by 1920s Craftsman and Spanish houses. Although we both have very modern taste, we love old houses and the wonderful details that accompany them. Our goal has been to preserve and/or restore the original architecture and details of our house, but to also let our modern side come out in the decorating. Our home decor is a mixture of vintage and modern, neutrals with pops of vibrant colors and a lot of natural woods and plants.

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I love the clean lines and beautiful wood of mid-century modern furniture. We already had a few pieces before we moved into the house,  but there was no real plan. We have decorated around the pieces we already had collected and it continually evolves as we fix up the space. We just go with what feels right and what we are attracted to.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I have found some awesome deals on Craigslist and eBay, but I also like to shop on Etsy for items like linens, pillows, vintage items and artwork. I love unique handmade items and knowing where they come from! When we have time, we like to look for items at swap meets; we have found some really great treasures, like our old Polaroid land camera, which not only works but looks great on display!

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?I have such a huge passion for decorating and design! I have had so much fun transforming this house from something with good bones into a rich, warm space filled with our personality.

What is your favorite part of your home?
My favorite thing is that’s ours and we can do anything we want to it! I also love that we now have room to work — me on my handmade housewares and my husband on his music and electronics. We also have our very own backyard that we plan to makeover in the next few months. Before we purchased this house we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment with no outside space, so we really appreciate what we have now.
Wanting to make her first home feel like her own, Amy decided to combine her love for art, graphic design, sewing and photography within a collection of pillow covers, tea towels, placemats and napkins. Visit her shop, TangerineHome for handmade decor for the modern home and stop by her blog for home projects, renovation updates and inspirations.

Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I want RYAN to be the new Bachelor! Sob!

I was so heart-broken last night when Ashley (stupid girl!) let Ryan go on The Bachelorette!  She didn't even give him 1/2 a chance.  He never got a 1 on 1 until last night, and then she didn't even keep him until evening and give him time.  She interrupted him in mid-sentence to say "Ya know, I'm not feeling it". 
He was stunned and sad, to say the least.  He couldn't finish a sentence when they were trying to do the post-interview.  I wanted to reach into the TV screen and hug him.  Mom & I were yelling, "Make him the new Bachelor!" and I hope others were feeling the same way.

I don't understand why all the guys in the house disliked Ryan so much.  Is it annoying to be happy and optimistic?  Well, then I guess I must get on a few people's nerves, because that's how I try to be.  Who wants to be a lifeless dud who never shows emotions and never tries to look on the bright side?  Not me.

I hope the producers like Ryan as much as we do and invite him back.  He's intelligent, passionate about his job and environment, fun and loving....the perfect Bachelor!  You Go, Ryan!  So what if Ashley didn't appreciate you.  There are plenty of smarter fish in the sea - fish that don't cry and say "I don't know" all the time.  Talk about annoying...

Great Idea...Don't Buy It - Borrow or Trade it!

Noted: Collaborative Consumption

I was recently hit with the insatiable desire to revisit my childhood through the eyes of Nancy Drew. Knowing that the series sits dormant on bookshelves across the country, I refused to plunk down my hard-earned money for a new copy at a book store. I walked to the local library to quell my nostalgia, only to be met by locked doors. (Ah, Sunday!) I found myself wishing there was a tool or app that would show people in my area who have Nancy Drew books available for borrowing. After doing a little research, I discovered I wasn’t the only person yearning for a simple method for efficiently and sustainably locating the goods I want.

Collaborative consumption, a movement recently highlighted by Morgan Clendaniel for Co.Design, encourages communities to monetize their unused goods through a system of borrowing. Zip Car and bike sharing programs are excellent examples of rethinking consumption, enabling people to borrow a method of transportation for the few hours it’s needed. “You might own some tools that you never use, or perhaps you have a backyard that you just don’t have the time to do anything interesting with,” explains Clendaniel. “Today, they can look like revenue streams, not wastes of money.”

Yet more important than making some extra money, collaborative consumption might just free us from the burdens that come along with ownership. “What’s truly important about collaborative consumption is much more world-altering than just supplementing incomes,” says Clendaniel. “If you don’t need to buy a circular saw or a leaf blower just to use them once a year, but can use one when you need it, it could fundamentally impact how we consume.”

Sharing is one of the first lessons taught to children. Can it continue to remain a fundamental tenet in our adult lives?