"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer


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Friday, November 29, 2013

Flea Circus Friday!


Accessories on parade. Love the hat -and the layers of texture & pattern. 

Important to note, the spiked socks were not worn by the same person, but I thought the tough, unexpected look was equally cool on this lady.

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Ready to shop off some turkey?

 Here's what's happening this weekend:


(The largest antiques show in Northern California)
1st Sunday of every Month! Next show, Dec.1.
6:00 AM to 7:30 am $15.00
7:30 am to 9:00 am $10.00
9:00 am to 3:00 pm $ 5.00 


The Groves Antique Market
Irvine, CA inside Great Park
1st Sunday of every month
7a.m.-2p.m, free! Food trucks too!

Canton, Texas -Nov. 28-Dec.1
An indoor-outdoor market open "sun-up 'til sundown". Bring walking shoes and wheelie cart!
Friendly dogs on leashes allowed. Scooter rental available. Free admission.

Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn, NY
On the move...
"As always, this winter we move indoors, but with a big change: Having outgrown _from the Brooklyn Flea blog Skylight One Hanson (we bid you a fond adieu, old bank!), the Flea is moving to mammoth new digs in Williamsburg every weekend starting Nov. 30/Dec. 1: a 50,000 sf space at 80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) with room for 200 vendors, including 75 food vendors. That means for the first time ever, Smorgasburg will operate year-round, and you'll be able to shop and chow your way through a proper giant market for the holidays and colder months. We can't wait to share our new space with everyone.

We'll be open 10am-7pm through Dec. 21/22, and 10am-6pm for the rest of the winter (through March, 2014)."

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Coming up...

Rosebowl Flea Market
Pasadena, CA
2nd Sunday of every month
coming up: Sunday, Dec. 8






Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude, xo


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Tradition: Apple Pie


Don't forget to have a little turkey with the pie...

According to the American Pie Council apple is the favored flavor of more than 36 million Americans! (Pumpkin and pecan are voted second and third favorite respectively).



I'm not surprised. It's mine too.


 Perfect Apple Pie (a.k.a. Mom's Apple Pie!)
(Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook)

6 to 8 tart apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 Tablespoons butter


If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust, cutting slits (if not doing lattice) for escape of steam; seal. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.

*Mom told me to finish the crust by dipping fingers in milk and smoothing/pinching the outer sides.

*Also, I like to cover the edges of the crust with tin foil so they don't over-brown. Take it off for the last 10-15 minutes of baking. Nicely browned crust -it works!

What dessert will you be having?


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Table: Rustic Napkin Ring


 I have always had a preference for easy, inexpensive DIY napkin rings. (Although don't get me wrong, I love a beautifully designed table accessory!)

In the past I have used raffia or ribbon, this year, however I found something new: bulky twine!

I was browsing at the craft store when I came across a giant ball of big brown twine. It was love at first sight!

Paired with a sprig of rosemary from the back garden I think it completes the rustic look of the tabletop -and it took about a minute! Schwing!

What are you doing with the napkins this year?

Let me know in the comments below -because I'm already thinking about the Christmas table...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Table: Sweet Favors!


Several years ago we were invited to a special Thanksgiving dinner with good friends. When we sat down at a beautiful table every place setting boasted a little chocolate turkey and a holiday popper.

It immediately felt like a party.

The simple addition of a special treat (even for the grown ups!) -was a thoughtful and unexpected touch!

Although we prudently waited until after dinner to devour the treats (along with an amazing dessert...more about dieting later..) -our little tabletop friends had set the mood from the start: fun, festive & special.

After the meal had finished we cracked open the poppers and it really felt like the holiday season had begun.



The foil-wrapped chocolate turkey is from See's Candy and the frosted sugar cookie is from Parchment Cookies (and yes, they ship!). The idea would also be cute with a single truffle in a gold box (i.e.,Godiva Chocolates); a striped candy stick with colors that match your table decor; or Hershey Kisses in autumn-colored foil. Since many of my friends will also be celebrating "Thanksgivukkah" this year, chocolate coins wrapped in gold would also look festive.

If you have other favor ideas, or table top traditions of your own -please share in the comment section below!

And don't forget to follow me on Pinterest @Bonhome!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Flea Circus Friday!


  If it's Friday, it must be fashion.

I had a lot of fun scouting for style last weekend at the Long Beach Antiques and Collectibles Market -and even managed to get in a little shopping of my own.

 
 

This weekend, (the 4th Saturday/Sunday of the Month) here's what's happening:

(a favorite of Tinsel Town's celebs!)
(this show happens the 1st and 4th Sunday of every month so pencil it in!)
Sunday 6a.m.-8a.m., $7; 8a.m.-3p.m. $5
Dogs on leashes welcome! 

Randolph Street Flea Market 
Chicago, IL
Holiday Markets Nov. 23-24; Dec. 14-15
10a.m.-5p.m. both days
Admission $10 at the gate; $8 pre-sale/online; Seniors $5; student specials
Show organizer here go all out, look for special kid's club activities and special "packages" such as this month's Four Girlfriend Ticket Package for $30 which includes: 
Arrive between 11am-2pm on Nov 23 or 24. Ticket Includes:
- 1 complimentary Market Bar mimosa each (4 total, receive a blue drink ticket at check in, redeem at Market Bar)
- 1 complimentary relaxation massage or holiday hair touch up at the Floyd's 99 Booth (per each girlfriend)
- 1 complimentary customized lipstick color consultation at the Finding Ferdinand Booth and a $4 OFF discount on your customized lip color tube (per each girlfriend)
- 1 photo op at the Randolph Market Photobooth (group photo)


Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn, NY
The last (Brooklyn Flea) outdoor market of the year!
"The approach of Thanksgiving (and, this year, Hanukkah) means the Flea and Smorgasburg prepare for their outdoor finale in Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. This weekend, November 23+24 will be the last markets of the season..."_Brooklyn Flea blog

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Last week, a reader wisely suggested I also provide info on upcoming shows to allow folks time to plan! Great idea! Here's what should be on your radar:

(The largest antiques show in Northern California)
1st Sunday of every Month! Next show, Dec.1.
6:00 AM to 7:30 am $15.00
7:30 am to 9:00 am $10.00
9:00 am to 3:00 pm $ 5.00 


The Groves Antique Market
Irvine, CA inside Great Park
1st Sunday of every month
7a.m.-2p.m, free! Food trucks too!

Canton, Texas -Nov. 28-Dec.1
An indoor-outdoor market open "sun-up 'til sundown". Bring walking shoes and wheelie cart!
Friendly dogs on leashes allowed. Scooter rental available. Free admission.

Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn, NY
On the move...
"As always, this winter we move indoors, but with a big change: Having outgrown _from the Brooklyn Flea blog Skylight One Hanson (we bid you a fond adieu, old bank!), the Flea is moving to mammoth new digs in Williamsburg every weekend starting Nov. 30/Dec. 1: a 50,000 sf space at 80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) with room for 200 vendors, including 75 food vendors. That means for the first time ever, Smorgasburg will operate year-round, and you'll be able to shop and chow your way through a proper giant market for the holidays and colder months. We can't wait to share our new space with everyone.

We'll be open 10am-7pm through Dec. 21/22, and 10am-6pm for the rest of the winter (through March, 2014)."

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There are so many cool cities across America - I know I am missing key vintage markets! If there's a great antiques & collectible market in your neck of the woods -please let me know! Share the love -and the dates and info! Leave me a message in the comments below! Thanks!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cheap & Chic: Tablecloth!


I felt like a modern-day Scarlet O'Hara as I trolled the aisles at my local Home Depot and eyed the drop cloths in the "paint" section with a gleam in my eye.

Inspired by a clever idea from Country Living Magazine on Pinterest in which they used a narrow drop cloth as a table runner (very cute!) -I decided this year's Thanksgiving table would be dressed similarly.

What I love about the idea is that drop cloths are cheap, come in a variety of sizes and feature a very cool, rustic canvas look. Better still -the edges of these drop cloths are finished. 

Okay, it's not grandma's heirloom Damask, but frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

The rustic look is one of my favorites for the fall season and goes well with simple, seasonal colors and decor.

I think the cloths would be also be a terrific, cheap and easy solution for draping over multiple buffet tables. If there's a spill (and there always is!) -no harm, no fowl (heehee...).


Before heading off to the local hardware store, be sure to measure your table and get an idea of how long you want the cloth to hang.

When choosing your drop cloths (I used two) be sure  to feel samples of the material before you buy (most of the packages had a small sample swatch attached). Do NOT buy the ones that feel more like vinyl than cloth.

When I told friends about my idea, they were a tad skeptical that the cloth would be soft enough for a holiday table.

For this reason, I recommend washing and ironing (yes, it is necessary...) the cloths before sewing them up or putting them on your table.


Since I like a tablecloth that drapes close to the floor, I created 3 panels (going lengthwise across the width of my table) and sewed them together.

I figured out the "measurements" for my panels by draping them over the table until I had the effect I wanted, taking measurements, marking with a pencil, cutting then sewing the panels together. If my college sewing professor were dead she would be turning in her grave. I'm quite sure the poor woman never imagined I would one day be dispensing sewing advice, but I digress. Also, she tried, she really did.

Depending on the size of the cloth and how it fits your table, however, you may not need to sew anything at all! Cha-ching!

Full disclosure about the cloths: they are not perfect. The ones I bought had some sort of little rust marks (?) along one edge, and although the edges are finished, it's definitely a rough, very basic job.

The good news: you can always re-use them for their original purpose when you're done!

I expect this one will see a few holidays -and hopefully more than a few friends!


Follow me on Pinterest @Bonhome.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Inside Design: Elegant & Eclectic


Have you ever walked into a room and felt immediately at home?

Suzanne Furst of Suzanne Furst Interiors and her daughter-in-law, Estee Stanley  of Estee Stanley Interiors create that kind of space.

The real-life inspiration for the re-designed library currently on display at the Greystone Mansion Showcase House is  Stanley's client, Discovery Land Company founder, Michael S. Meldman.

Since Meldman's passion is establishing eco-friendly, indigenous luxury residences and resorts, the designers sought to create a room utilizing elements both new and old.

A 1980's lucite backgammon table looks at home beside vintage leather chairs, found objects, antiques and mid-century wall sconces.

Iconic black and white photographs from Los Angeles' Fahey/Klein Gallery of Bobby Kennedy, Steve McQueen, and Muhammad Ali (to name a few) -line the walls -with one of my favorites shown here. Now, that's a headline...


  
"When most people do a design house they want everything to look fresh and cutting edge, but design is not just about new," says Furst. "It's about putting together eclectic pieces that work and make the room feel comfortable, warm and livable. That's the design I've always done and I think Estee does the same...we want people to visit, hang out, feel comfortable and spend time with friends."


This room's got soul; warmth and personality. I think it's interesting that even when money's no object -like in the case of a successful developer's decorating budget or a designer showcase house, that a beat up wooden stool and worn leather chairs can make such an elegant statement. It simply looks like the decor of  a truly rich man -and by that I mean someone who lives life to the fullest.

 So, if the leather upholstery looks like it's seen a few parties -all the better.





The Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House is open  in Beverly Hills, CA through November 24.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Advanced DIY: Flower Chest


Designer showcase houses, like the one currently running at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, are meant to inspire more than lottery ticket sales. The number one way to get the most value for the price of admission is to look for ideas that can be re-created at home. Mansion sold separately.

Walking into the dramatic living room designed by Francois Jantzen of Modoomodoo Interior Design I was reminded of exactly that. 

No, I couldn't copy the 20-ft-high windows, cathedral-like ceilings or sweeping hot-pink floor-to-vaulted-ceiling draperies --I could, however, breathe new life into an old dresser with decorative hand-painted detail (either by optimistically summoning my own artistic skills-such-as-they-are, hiring those of a local artisan or bartering talents with a creative friend!). The possibilities are endless.

 It's the kind of piece that pulls a room together, acts as a focal point, and provides direction for the other design elements in the space.

The dresser in this room was professionally painted with cabbage roses and garden blooms designed to compliment Jantzen's floral theme. Silver door-pulls and decorative trim add to the heart-stopping romance.

Pretty is as pretty does.


The Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House will be open for tours through November 24.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Castle Couture: Maya Williams Design

If you owned a haunted mansion, how would you decorate it?  Fractured Fairytale? Urban Dungeon?

Who might be your inspiration?

Interior designer, Maya Williams answered that question beautifully as one of this year's contributor's to the Beverly Hills Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House.




Taking cues from two of her favorite fashion designers, Coco Chanel and Alexander McQueen, Williams and her team at Maya Williams Design used elements from Egg & Dart Home to transform the Grand Reception Hall into castle couture.

Custom-designed single-armed chairs are turned invitingly outwards to welcome guests while a glittering crystal chandelier drapes from the ceiling like one of Chanel's favorite pearl necklaces.



Details such as boucle-tweed pillows, curved chair legs, bustle-backed chairs, a photograph by Mark Shaw from a fashion house-rival and a runway-esque swath of carpet have the thematic approach completely sewn up.

The softly shimmering, glamorous wallcovering from Parisian studio, Arte, is reminiscent of McQueens' elaborate embroidery pieces and created with metal and glass. The paper carries an equally impressive price tag: It took $20,000-worth to line the hallway. Sometimes there's a fee for fabulous.


"I think anyone can take the person they love most and create [their style] in a room. Take a look at what they're known for, and what they're best at and apply it --whether it's in the fabric, or the colors or the wall covering and just get creative and have fun."

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The Designer Showcase House will be open through November 24, 2013.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Introducing: Flea Circus Friday!


I was considering starting an entirely new blog devoted to flea market style when I realized I could incorporate the idea right here!

Welcome to the Flea Circus!

All the world's a stage.


This weekend, head to:

Southern California: Long Beach Antiques and Collectibles Market , Sunday 'til 3:30 (check out their website for a coupon!)

Brooklyn, NY: Fort Greene Flea, Saturday 10-5
Williamsburg Flea, Sunday 10-5
Park Slope P.S. Flea, Sat. & Sun. 10-5

Boston: SoWa Vintage Market, Sunday 10-4

Sat. & Sun. 9-5

Due to the bohemian nature of many of the best flea markets it can be difficult to find them on the web! So in the comment section below, please let me know which ones I am missing! I'll try to include them on the list in the future!

(Is it my imaginations or does one of these lovlies look like Boy George...)
Happy Hunting!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday Musing: Maximizing Potential

Somehow Thursday snuck up on me and still no blog post. The blog fairies are M.I.A. Damn them. It's not that I haven't been thinking about writing, I have. 

Unfortunately, that's as far as I've gotten.

It seems I might have developed a mild case of existential-blog-itis Who am I? What should I be doing differently? Should my blog topics be more narrow? Completely different?

I want to make some changes around here, but dusting and almost anything else I can think of doing seems to be getting in the way.

Where to start? Have you ever had that problem?

I was trolling on Pinterest (number one favorite procrastination technique! "Follow" me, by-the-way at Pinterest.com/bonhome) -when I came across this inspirational quote from Bill Cosby:

It was pinned from an interesting blog called, Brain Pickings, and an inspiring post entitled How to Make Your Own Luck by Maria Popova.

Since I am a zealous fan of motivational quotes, the post drew me in immediately. She had me at Maximize Your Potential...

This paragraph also resonated:

Citing their research into the journals of more than two hundred creative professionals, the authors point to a pattern that reveals the single most important motivator: palpable progress on meaningful work:

On the days when these professionals saw themselves moving forward on something they cared about — even if the progress was a seemingly incremental “small win” — they were more likely to be happy and deeply engaged in their work. And, being happier and more deeply engaged, they were more likely to come up with new ideas and solve problems creatively.

So today, I'm going for the "small win". I'm back in the race.

I actually have lots of great new material to share and new ideas waiting in the wings...it's getting it onto the blog that has been a problem. In the days ahead, look for changes big and small -and if possible, add your feedback in the comment section below. (I know signing in for comments can be tricky -another thing I want to change-- but looking for deep thoughts on things like: font, too big? too small? More photos? Less photos? Less text? More DIY?, etc...). I am even contemplating actually hiring a professional to help make the site more functional. Imagine that.

Let's call it an experimentation phase, and with your input, your patience -and your very valuable two-cents, I think we can do this. 

Who's in?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mug Shots


It's that time of year again, the nights are getting longer and there's a hint of chill in the air (yes, even in Los Angeles!)-the cozy season is upon us.

 Whip up the hot chocolate, brew the tea and start mulling those spices! Here come the mugs. (And may I suggest a great gift idea with homemade marshmallows!)

Your mission if you choose to accept it:
 curl up with a good book and relax! 

(Making those marshmallows can wait...)




Top photo: Cuppa This, Cuppa That, Camera mug by Ore Originals discovered at one of my favorite shops, Blue Windows; Bottom photo: 1. In honor of Movember! the Great Moustache Mug, $10.51 at Amazon; 2. Marimekko dotted mug at Crate and Barrel, $20; 3. Stacked Teacup at CB2, $1.95; 4. Shutter bug inspired! Thermo Lenscup with stainless steel insulated tumbler at Amazon, $13.95.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Character Building: ReInhabit (part two in a series)


The first thing you notice about the cheerful 1941 home for sale ($649k) at 3147 Atwater in Los Angeles is the sweet, scalloped fence out front.

Built to mimic the original fencing that still encloses the back yard, it's the kind of detail that sets a fixer (restored by the ReInhabit team) apart from the rest.

Unofficially dubbed the hipster flippers of Los Angeles, the princes of preservation, aka Rudy Dvorak, John Douglas and Zerik Scales, trade on their passion for restoration and re-use to renovate old homes for modern lifestyles.

In a city famous for its facelifts, why not?

Nip. Tuck. It's all in the details.


The wallpaper stays in the picture.


Walking through the 1164 square-foot cottage (previously owned by a lady named Eunice), it's the little things -a horse shoe hung over the front door, an antique telephone in the hallway and a milk-delivery chute off the kitchen--that conjur up vintage charm. 

Original wood floors, vintage (working!) kitchen appliances, built-in cabinets, paneled doors, decorative window ledges with potted flowers, and a built-in ironing board --happily coexist with updates (electrical wiring) and improvements such as a checkerboard kitchen floor, new drought-tolerant landscape and a stylin' master bath addition.  

The original house plans along with Eunice's old travel notes from family vacations were found in the garage (now alternate living space) and are framed in shadow boxes on the living room wall.

The furnishings and decor, staged by sister company, L.A. Salvage, are also available for negotiation if you can't imagine living without them!


Mickey Rapkin in Bloomberg Businessweek wrote about the trend, "The hipster-flipper aesthetic, in addition to kitschy, semi-ironic d├ęcor, is more about stripping away than adding square footage."

It's an interesting approach to thinking about what we value and where and how we live.

It strikes me that maybe I haven't been appreciating the quirks around my own fixer-upper as much as I should. Maybe I'm hipper than I think? (fyi, Magic 8 Ball says: No...)

 If the ingredients for Dwell-worthy, soulful style are, authenticity and integrity with a dash of DIY creativity and old-fashioned ingenuity, we stand on the shoulders of those before us. 

Go, Eunice. 



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