Friday, November 30, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Robert Peluce

Has anyone ever asked you what was the BEST birthday present you ever received? I always know my answer. It is my "Horseless Rider" painting by surrealist Robert Peluce. My husband gave it to me just after we moved into our first house in 2003. It was my favorite of Peluce's works, but I never thought it would be mine considering it was about the cost of 1/2 a small car. Plus, the one my husband really wanted was the "Magic Apple," which was as much as an entire small car.

I took these photos, but they don't do the painting justice. Currently, it's hanging in my dining room. In every house we've ever lived in, it always hangs in a spot of prominence. People either love it or hate it!

This is Peluce's "Magic Apple," which my husband really, really wanted. In hindsight, we should have just bought it right then and there. I did try to buy it a few years ago for my husband's 40th birthday from its current owner, Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), but he said he'd never sell it. You can see why.

Peluce's series of "Mask" paintings are amazing. I can't remember how many he did, but it had to be at least a dozen. These were my favorites.

We had the pleasure of meeting Peluce and his wife Gyorgyi before his death. They were living/working at the Los Angeles Brewery artist colony. She used to be a colorist for "The Simpsons." The two of them collaborated on a series of GYRO paintings (GYorgyi + RObert) for kids. We bought 4 of them for our (future) children. I will have to upload a photo of those paintings soon!

For more information on Robert Peluce, check out the Glass Garage Gallery in West Hollywood, CA. They represent several other artists who paint in the same genre, including Steven Kenny & Margo Selski. Stunning works!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Slice of Velvet

It was a cool morning a few days ago, so I threw on my rust-colored vintage velvet blazer for a meeting. I love it and have been wearing it for 20 years. It occurred to me that when you're living in California, you really don't see velvet very often. I guess it's just too heavy of a fabric to use (or wear) when you've got beautiful weather nearly year-round (case in point: I have a gorgeous midnight blue velvet sofa sitting in my garage...leftover from my East Coast days). However, I don't see the harm in throwing in a little velvet here and there!

OMG. How beautiful is this delicate little glass and brass display box from 1stdibs ($795) from 1875?

You could fit this Etsy find ($395) in just about any little corner of your house.

My favorite color combination: black & gold! The gilt detail is so pretty. Found it on Etsy ($325).

Call me crazy, but I actually really like this 1970s velvet dress from Etsy ($185)! I'd probably cut it short above the knee if I bought it.

This embellished velvet belt isn't old, but I love it! I am a bit of a hippie at heart. $58 at Free People.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Letter F

We had a truly wonderful week spending time with family & friends in Louisiana for Thanksgiving. My sister and I spent the better part of a day hanging family photos on her upstairs landing in a collage style. I decided that the only thing missing was a vintage letter "F," to represent her last name, and, co-incidentally, the word "family."

I love that this letter from Etsy ($40) is deep enough to also serve as a shelf.

Another Etsy ($20) find! The gold paint would work perfectly with her brass fixtures.

Frame this baby and hang it up with the rest of the photos! Found on Etsy ($15).

This eBay letter F ($24.95) has a gorgeous color & texture.

Put a scrap of black velvet behind this brass stencil from eBay ($2.29!) and hang it on the wall from a pretty piece of ribbon. Done!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Taking the Week Off

Hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving! See you back on Monday when I return from Louisiana.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inspired by Tic-Tac-Toe

I didn't want to talk about Christmas yet, but I have been doing some online shopping. While I was looking for a vintage tic-tac-toe set for my son (he LOVES playing it), I came across these interesting vintage items inspired by the classic game.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Antique King of the Jungle

I realize that owls are all the rage right now, but I thought I'd post about lions. My 3-year-old son, who at times thinks he actually IS a lion, is obsessed with the animal...which kinda screws up my plans for his robot-themed bedroom. My daughter and husband are both Leos, so we have a fair share of lions in our house, including the aforementioned kid who enjoys ROARING like one if you tell him to go brush his teeth.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Thanksgiving Table

Lucky for me, I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but if I were, here's how I'd set my festive table. Enjoy!

John Robshaw "Atavi" Tablecloth

I'd start with John Robshaw's Atavi tablecloth (starts at $95).

Next, I'd layer on a rustic table runner, like this one from Etsy ($21).

Then, I'd add a couple of these naturally shed deer antlers from Etsy ($65) and...

...arrange several of these mason jar candles (Etsy -- $35.99 for four) with split peas & corn kernels along the center of the table.

For the food, I would serve them on white platters, such as this one I found on Etsy ($85).

For the place settings, I would start with a wooden charger, like this one from Pier1 ($6.95) with its antiqued finish.

Then, I'd layer on a rustic ceramic dinner plate from sheilsart on Etsy ($135 for four).

On top of that, I'd add this lacy Merletto salad plate from Arte Italica ($28).

To complement the lace pattern of the salad plate, I'd roll up a vintage crochet-edge napkin from eBay ($21.99 for five) and place it in a custom napkin ring.

DIY Napkin Ring: Leather Bracelet    ///    Spray-Painted Feathers

First, I'd slide one of these brown multi-strand leather bracelets (Etsy -- $18.50) over the napkin. Then, as a nod to Native Americans, I'd spray paint a couple feathers in a metallic gold or bronze (check out The Letter 4), and prop the bottom ends just inside the bracelet.

The pilgrims drank out of wooden cups, so why can't we? I'd buy a set of these wooden goblets from Salvage Woodworks ($85 each), and fill them up with red wine.

Finally, depending on how much room I had left on the table, I'd add a white pumpkin or two wrapped in a twisted garland of bittersweet for a small pop of autumnal color, like this from BHG.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Headed Home to Louisiana

It's been nearly 15 years since I moved away from my home state of Louisiana. I'm so excited to be heading home for a whole week for Thanksgiving! These items represent just a handful of things I love about Louisiana.

St. Louis Cathedral Watercolor

I found this beautiful watercolor of New Orleans' St. Louis Cathedral on Ruby Lane ($195).

Forget curds & whey. UhOhMama from Etsy embroiders this adorable pattern ($20) on T-shirts. I might ask her to do one on a tea towel for my kitchen...crawfish etouffee is my FAVORITE food!

Painted Cypress Knees: Halloween Ghosts    ///    Santa Countdown

When people think of Louisiana, they most certainly think of swamps full of cypress trees. I love how these sellers on Etsy created art from cypress knees. Halloween ghosts ($95) and Santa Countdown ($52).

Love these skinny French doors from New Orleans that I found on eBay ($600).

A vintage college pin from my (first) alma mater (eBay -- $15). I'd rather it use the word "LOVE."

John Folse Cookbook

My Bible. The only cookbook I keep displayed on my kitchen counter. It can also be yours from eBay ($40).