Archive for June, 2009

sofa hunting

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We’ve been looking for a new couch forever, and always had a secret wish for the right Eames sofa compact to happen along eBay or Craigslist. Today, it just might have. Pictured above is what we will hopefully spend a road-trippy Friday getting from Hudsonville, Michigan (right near Zeeland, home of Herman Miller!).
Updates to follow…

Seven Saints

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Before I left for my week in Elgin, we went to Seven Saints to try their famous sweet potato fries and variety of ‘sliders.’ (Brandon should appreciate that.)
I must say they have perfected the art of sweet potato -> fry transformation. The sliders were un-amazing but maybe I just ordered the wrong ones. There was a salmon one I was curious about, so maybe for round 2.

I am in Elgin for the week house- and dog-sitting with my brother, combing the Chicago Craigslist for any cool mid century items that show up. I will do a post in the near future about our Craigslist finds, we have been really fortunate. One of my Craiglist idols is Jenn Ski, who scored a womb chair and an arc lamp for nearly nothing (the womb chair had been described as a “disco chair”… that’s the kind of creative search that scores you the awesome stuff).

Mizmo shares our interests

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Mizmo is developing great taste in furniture; lately his main hangout in the living room is underneath our LCM. Good kitty.

dinner and optimism

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

I had a great time at my parents’ house this weekend. Sunday, my dad made a great dinner of grilled asparagus, scallops and salmon, with naan and whole wheat couscous on the side. We saw two movies over the course of my stay (The Hangover, awesome, and Land of the Lost, amazingly bad), and attended my sister’s 6th grade recognition ceremony. My MacBook Pro is working out extremely well, too; I’m a happy convert so far. Work is hectic but I had a good meeting with my boss today and I feel better about things. I’m still getting used to having my thesis finished and over with, it’s a crazy feeling to finally shed the last of the well-known grad student guilt. It didn’t lift all at once for me, and my mental habits from it are still hanging around a little.

flea marketing

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I only make it to the Kane County Flea Market a few times a year, but it’s held monthly and it’s huge. I always enjoy it. Today wasn’t very mid-century-ish but I did get a few things; two Tillandsia bulbosa plants (soil-free bromeliads some call ‘air plants’), a fish fossil, and a vintage Oshkosh suitcase ($6!).

Caputo’s Fresh Market

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I visited my first Caputo’s Fresh Market yesterday, which is produce heaven. I walked around with my camera, and it was like free art! Today I’m headed to the Kane County Flea Market.

eamesy mac

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I’ve finally made the switch to the dark side/light side (depending on your views) and acquired myself a MacBook Pro (15″), on which I type this very entry. I had the opportunity to request one as my work computer, and I just got it today (a serious perk of working for a software company.) Here it is on my dining room table — more on this furniture later, but this picture includes an Eames table and four side shell chairs and a Nelson saucer bubble lamp, all of which is vintage. All that’s left is to replace the art on the wall there; nebulas are nice but I think we can do better.

the bookcase-top

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The short bookcase in my living room contains, among other things:

Margot the betta, a gregarious female that most enjoys freeze-dried bloodworms.

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My two largest shiva lingams, the largest one a gift from my father. I have several more of these that are 1.75″ and smaller. They are visually and texturally intriguing. My dad collects them two and has some really great ones. The type of quartz these stones are comprised of is only found in the Narmada river in India.