I am a pretty sarcastic, no-nonsense type of girl. But nothing puts a twinkle in my eye like good, honest, smart design. General Merriment is my happy place – where I share modern and sustainable design news.
Other things that make my happy, in no particular order:
- Cardigans. I tend to freak out when I’m too hot or cold. We’re all in better company when I dress in layers.
- Coffee. Particularly La Columbe - it’s local and delicious. And I feel smarter with a hot drink in my hand.
- Vases and vessels. I own more than I know what to do with, yet still accumulate more.
- Prep bowls. Everything is better mise en place.
- Rock concerts. Because nothing compares to the energy of a crowd belting out the lyrics together.
I currently live in New Jersey (thisclose to Philadelphia) with my husband, Tom, our daughter, Lucy, and our cats, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
Last year I heard so many wonderful things about Clover Market but had conflicts with almost every date. So yesterday I fought my way through the traffic of Philadelphia to get to Ardmore and see things for myself. It was a lovely day to be out and about, so lovely that I made it a family affair with Tom and Lucy. I met some new local vendors with handmade and vintage wares, including Made by Liddy, whose paper Kusadama balls made me want to get an early start to Christmas shopping (I’ve done it before).
I even loved her signage, which was the nailhead-and-string effect that I’ve been noticing a lot lately. Nevertheless, Liddy’s booth was simple and inspiring - I’m looking forward to what she cooks up in the future!
Pendleton + Jacobsen - what a pair! And what a better way to keep that tush warm as the cold weather creeps in. The Good Mod in Portland, OR, is responsible for this limited edition release (with free shipping!), taking vintage Swan chairs and reupholstering them with Pendleton textiles for a graphic refresher on a mid-century classic.
Speaking of Portland and Pendleton, have you seen their Pendleton’s Portland Collection Fall 2011 Look Book? Rich in color and pattern, it will make you want to curl up by the fire with some hot cocoa.
This week I’ve been doing a bit of antiquing…online. Not as fun as scouring a dusty old attic, but cleaner and easier. Here is an Early Deco quilt from 1stDibs - cream background with brown airplanes make this contrasting quilt the perfect backdrop for a crib (secured firmly until he or she starts yanking on it, of course). Check out some of my other finds below the belt:
Sparrow & Co.'s new pillows put a spotlight on the beautiful color and pattern of vintage Welsh tapestry… probably because they are made with 40-yr-old authentic woven fabric. These down-filled cushions are limited, so snap one up before they’re gone. (Though my crystal ball sees a spin-off in West Elm’s future…)
Today’s holiday guide features vintage items and DIY projects, because we’re all broke around this time of year. It’s also a time where we can get away with handmade gifts because “it’s the thought that counts.” So grab some glue and Popsicle sticks and go to town. Or be lazy - buy vintage or handmade by someone else.
Letter fun with Shelf: I don’t really understand the obsession with vintage letters myself, but I’m drawn to them. Shelf has a fun, interactive site where you can create words of your own with their letters. Or have fun like I did and mix and match at a store (or online).
Bottle Brush by Nellie Loves Vintage: This DIY awesome-ness from last year made me think of introducing color to my holiday palette. I normally stick to the cream-brown-green theme with pops of red, but this little gathering makes me want to create a fun decor-theme for Lucy.
Felt Tree DIY from Scissor Variations: Another find from last season - this is a DIY craft for any age and requires few materials. Make a tree, an ornament, anything you can attach to Styrofoam. It reminds me of my mom’s old sequin ornaments.
I FINALLY got myself over to Three Potato Four yesterday. I could have spent hours in there if I didn’t have a tired and hungry toddler… but then I would have spent a lot more money (so thanks, Lucy). I managed to pick a few “necessities” like these letters, a few flower drying trays for my jewels, and some lead shot bags for gifts of wine this holiday season, but I could have easily taken home a blanket or two. There better be one left when I go back!