Circa 1950's Palizzio Lizard Stiletto Heels
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
From the archive of New York City photographer, Richard C. Bray
From the study "Found" Found Kiss on a Napkin, NYC 1979
For more photographs visit the archive website Richard C. Bray
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Made for a Christmas play at an African American church
Monday, December 22, 2008
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE BELOW!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
We recently discovered this vintage pigeon barn on a old porch along the Tennessee River in West Tennessee. It brought back so many memories from Mrs. Brown's class. Made of zinc, the piece has a wonderful aged patina. I haven't seen one of these in years, and on the way home my mind was swirling with all kinds of ways to "rescript" the home of the carrier pigeon into my own home. It was very simple in fact, we cut some boughs from a couple of pine trees, pulled some grapevine from the fence down the road, added a couple of early 20th century cement pigeons from a collection that I have - for warmth and charm we threw in a few candles in vintage tin tart cups - sprinkled in a little snow for the season - and in a matter of minutes we had a fabulous redesign for the holidays! Later it can become a great sculptural piece on a table.
If you're digging this pigeon barn as much as we do, it's available for sale on our website - rescripted and don't forget to check our blog update on Monday night - our Christmas tree is a must see!!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Blanket boxes of various forms and sizes have been a part of American design since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. In its simplest form, the box, (or chest as they are often referred), was a large wooden box with a hinged lid. It's function was primarily for the storage of clothing, linens and valuables but in harder times the piece served as seating as well. Many blanket boxes were constructed with the ability to move around easily - and not just within the home. The boxes seen here are often referred to as a "squatters box" - earning its name from the squatters who often loaded their wagons and moved clear across country. Most chests of this type are flat, and have handles for lifting or moving. They were easily loaded onto wagons with the belongings inside.
Over the past few decades, the blanket box has become a favorite form of furniture among designers looking for a transitional design element for the home. These versatile pieces are often seen as stylish coffee tables, bathroom pieces, and side tables as well as fulfilling their original function as a storage piece at the end of a bed.
It's stylish, simple form lends the use of the blanket box to many decors, from country, to modern, and even as a nice design element in a contemporary home.
The white box pictured here is circa 1880-90's and has dove-tailing and square nail construction. The white paint was likely added in the early part of the 19th century. It has the perfect worn patina.
A smaller example of a blanket chest likely made for a child. Circa 1900, original blue paint.
I love this in a bathroom. It's small size is perfect for a smaller space.
"Rescript" these blanket boxes into your home. The two boxes shown here will be available for purchase on our website for the Friday night update (12-19-08) at 8 p.m. c.s.t. rescripted
Monday, December 15, 2008
WE DID IT!!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Today the 98 acre woods is a beautifully manicured golf course and the home, which overlooks the playing field has undergone a major transformation. We knew when we bought the house we would have tons of work to do, but we didn't mind. We had fallen in love with it even before it was for sale. We drove by the house everyday on our way into town and often commented on how it would be a dream come true to live there. David always laughed and said we could never afford it even if it was for sale. Then one day while driving into town, I noticed a bright orange sign sticking up in the yard as we approached the house - FOR SALE - I could hardly contain myself! I immediately called and arranged an appointment to see the house that afternoon.
Fast forward 3 years - NO, three long, hard years - that's how long it took to do the renovation. We had to "rescript" this house to fit a 20th century lifestyle and design. And, we had no "real" idea of the condition when we purchased the house - the very nature of old houses, they have many hidden secrets. The house has gone from, literally, falling apart to the return of its grandeur in 1890. David did most of the work alone - spending 14 + hours a day, his work lovingly and meticulously executed. If one were to uncover these walls and floors I'm sure you would find evidence of hard labor sweat stains on every inch. The transformation included opening up rooms to create a flow for maximum light and space. The color palette is neutral white walls with a sparse use of objectified color. The plank floors have been ebonized giving the look and feel of being in a metropolitan city.
A 1950's bad design project of the side/back porch yielded unsightly results. Glad this is gone!!MUCH, MUCH, MUCH BETTER - DON'T YOU THINK!
The grand stone fireplace. We LOVE IT! We can't wait for the Carolina Jasmine to start climbing the post and cover the top!
View of the golf course lawn from the pavilion. And, we don't even play golf!!
Out back the view of the golf course was so lovely that we constructed a 30 x 30 tin covered pavilion with a grand stone fireplace. This outdoor living space has been one of our favorite places for entertaining or just relaxing on hot summer days and especially this past fall season with the warmth of the fire. After a year the blooming plants finally took off and we are "almost" finished (is anything ever really finished) with the exterior of the house - not counting furnishing the porches and pavilion, of course - that's another design project that we will tackle this spring.
For now, it's time to go inside to design and "rescript" each room. With the color palette in place, our blank canvas is ready to become a masterpiece. We hope that you will be a part of this transformation. We'll take it room by room and ask for your suggestions on style, objects, placement, etc - all things that make a room a home. We'll post a "blank" room when we are ready to begin. So, keep watching. In the meantime, we'll post design tips for "rescripting" old or vintage things into your own home - included mixing styles and periods, interviews with collectors and dealers, show and shopping reviews, posts on some of our favorite things to collect, along with cool vintage stuff to wear, and sometimes just how our own life is "rescripted" from day to day.
We will post 3 days a week, faithfully - Monday, Wednesday, & Friday evenings. We are also very excited about our new website that will go up tomorrow night (Sun., Dec. 7). Be sure to check it out - here is the link - http://www.rescripted.com/ we think you'll enjoy shopping there. It's still a new beginning so don't get discouraged because we don't have lots of things on there yet. We have lots to add and will update the website each Friday evening and will have it full soon. If you want to get reminders of the blog and website updates just let us know.