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I Hit the 100 Mark!

Hey there!

It’s Monday and I’m totally recuperating from the weekend.  Sometimes I just let out a huge sigh of relief when I drop the kids off at school – I can’t be the only one!  Then I can actually straighten up without having someone mess it all up 10 seconds later.  But this Monday I’ve got a little something extra… I’ve got a sniffle.  A FREAKING sniffy.  How dare that germ!!

So, I’m going to take it a bit easy on this Monday and tell you about something great!  Last week I (drum roll please) hit the 100th sale mark on Chairish!  And I all I can say is YASS QUEEN!  Go me, with my bad self!

It all started out as a fun little experiment, a way for me to be able to buy the treasures that I couldn’t buy before (since I didn’t really need them).  I thought to myself, “This is like therapy for me.  I’ll sleep better knowing that I didn’t let that amazing whatever get away.”  And you know what?  It’s totally worked.

I’m having a lot of fun.

Yes, my garage is crazy full and yes, I store things all over the house in the weirdest of spots, but I’m happy and I’m enjoying it and I don’t think I’m going to stop anytime soon.

I thought it might be fun to count down my favorite 10 pieces that I’ve sold.  It’s SO hard to decide, since I seriously LOVE everything that I buy, but here it goes!!

10.  Asian Lanterns

I actually bought these for myself about 5 years ago and just couldn’t find the right spot to hang them in.  I adore these.

9.  Brass Floral Chandelier

Why can’t I keep everything?!  Never seen another one like this and probably never will.  Although if you watch The Handmaid’s Tale, they totally have something similar in their formal room – it’s much bigger, but wow, it’s sooooo pretty.

8.  White Ming Side Chairs

Another piece that I had and enjoyed for years!  You really can’t go wrong adding some Ming Chairs to a room.

7.  Mid-Century Dresser on Tapered Legs

This was such a find!  But it did need a lot of cleaning and polishing and a coat of white on the top.  In the end, she was gorgeous!  And she sold so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to change my mind!!

6.  Americana Baker Cane Coffee Table

I almost got into a brawl over this beauty, but I’m so happy that I stuck to my guns!!  It’s really large and would be perfection in massive living room.  Gah, those brass wheels are all kinds of goodness!  And the colonial vibe of this makes me want to sip on a Singapore Sling!

5.  20th Century Japanese Coat Rack

This was HARD to let go.  I just didn’t have the right spot for it… but looking at it now, I’m totally sad and regretting that decision.  It did spark a bit of a bid war, and ultimately a woman who kept emailing me about it, just straight out bought it.  I guess it called out to her too.

4.  1970’s Highboy Dresser

‘Cummon this one is just so wonderful!  That wood grain and the almost brutalist look of the handles is such a striking combination.  Needless to say, this old lady went quickly and for full price.

3.  Faux Bamboo Settee

Oh boy, this list is kinda filling me with all kinds of emotions.  When I sold this one, my husband said that I should have kept it.  The nerve of him making me all panicked because he loved it too… which is pretty rare considering all the stuff I buy.  And I’ll admit, this would be AMAZING in front of a bed, reupholstered in a rich velvet.  Oh well.

2.  Solid Wood Custom Kitchen Island

If you’re a reader, then you knew this piece was coming!!  I wrote an entire post about her and literally screamed in the car when I brought her home.  Never, never again will there be another.  If I were redoing my kitchen I would have happily made it the centerpiece of the room.  Amazing piece and one-of-a-kind.

1.  1960’s Cane and Bamboo Bookcase

And my favorite piece… at least for today she is!  This was one that I wanted to keep in the family room with the big blue sofa, but alas she went to a wonderful home in the Hollywood Hills.  I even got to see the place and meet the new owner, which is the only reason I’m not bawling right now – the home was WONDERFUL and the bookcase really looked perfect there.

Runners up… of course I’m going to go there, ’cause these were too good not to be on this post somewhere!

If I lived in Palm Springs, the Chinoiserie Cabinet would be perfection!  A little girl’s room would be extra lovely with that embroidered art piece and how could you even resist an antique carved footstool if you owned a Colonial gem?  Happily, each of them also went to fabulous new owners who loved them.

I have done my job.

And yet, I have so many new goodies to add!  I can’t wait to reach the next 100 and I’ll be shopping like it’s my job in the meantime.  Wurk, wurk, wurk!  Fun, fun, fun!!

My New Favorite Show

Hi there!

Let me start this off by apologizing.  After scouring the internet for photos, I quickly realized that this show is on A LOT of people’s favorite list… and one that has been written about pretty extensively.  Sorry world.  I guess I’m just one of the sheep.  Sigh.  And sorry to all of you who may have already seen these photos before… ’cause apparently the peeps over on Amazon only want to release like 5 total pictures.

So there you have it.  I’m being a copy cat.

But I just couldn’t help myself.  This show is THAT good.  What’s the show?!  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!!  The story of a witty Jewish wife and mother, who after being left by her douchey husband, decides to become a stand-up comic.  All set in the 1950’s.  Intrigued?

A wonderful storyline, with a SMART, STRONG HEROINE, hilarious comedy scenes, and just plain great writing and acting.  All being delivered to my brain in the prettiest package imaginable – FABULOUS sets and to die for hats.

Yup, I said hats.  I’ve become a hat addict.  Dear friends, I am now a weirdo obsessed with hats and have a problem buying hats, wearing hats and wanting more hats.  I think it’s a thing.

See?  So, good.

And I know there are great period shows out there that kill it in the set department.  But yo, this one is my absolute favorite.

Chinoiserie wallpaper?!  Like WTF.  IN PPPPPIIIIINNNKKKKK!!!

Maybe this living room was worth the douche bag??

And color!!  So much yummy, delicious color that my eyes can’t. even.

I want those lamps.  And that hat.  Just sayin.

Anyway, you all should check it out!  I literally laugh out loud.  And when I turn it off, I’m just very thankful that there are bright people in the world that create shows like this.  This show is saying something…. it’s delivering a powerful message, in the prettiest of packages.  Martini, anyone?

Time After Time thoughts…

Hi Friends!

Wow, it’s been a hectic last few weeks.  Isn’t summertime supposed to be relaxing?!

My sister got married, which was INCREDIBLE and I did her shower/bachelorette locally three weeks ago and then headed up a week later, super north, to Eureka for the vows.  There just something so delicious about young love!  Some days it feels like only yesterday that I was in her shoes… 27, fun as hell, traveling the world, being spontaneous (like what even is that word anymore?!), with soooo many less grey hairs and wrinkles and self-doubt and daily struggles.  10+ years have passed and yes, I’m still kind of that person, but I’m also not.  Do you ever feel that way?  It’s gotta be a mom struggle because so much of our lives are spent taking care of other people (who usually don’t appreciate us and don’t think we’re the coolest for enforcing teeth brushing or any kind of hygiene, for that matter.)

My friend lent me What Alice Forgot, a book about a woman who loses her memories from the last 10 years.  GF, doesn’t even remember her kids.  I devoured this during the whole wedding fun weeks, and it really struck a cord.

And then, just this week someone close to me lost their lovely mother to a long struggle with cancer.  They knew the time was near and the immediate family was there to say good-bye and sing her into her next adventure.  My own mother-in-law has been battling breast cancer for almost 2 years now… and it’s all just a bit scary, right?

In the midst of all this, (my non-stop mind swirl) was Cyndi Lauper.  I had gotten tickets to see Rod Stewart for my mom’s 60th birthday way back in January, not realizing we’d be knee deep in my sister’s wedding prep at the time of the concert.  We were SO exhausted from her bachelorette, that honestly, I didn’t expect much.  But once Cyndi opened the show, it was inspiring.  She’s inspiring and it was just what my little heart needed.

She was so f-ing incredible.  I teared up listening to Time After Time.  We love and we lose, we grow and change and reminisce and it’s beautiful and painful.  And yet, do we really have any other choice?  That one song brought out the little girl in me, the carefree 20 year old and me of today.  Who will the me of tomorrow be?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.  In fact, she’s kinda my new hero.  Cyndi is Cyndi, whether you like her or not.  I’ve decided that I want to be like her VERY MUCH.  I want to live boldly and unapologetically, in COLOR!  With an arm full of bangles, or a console full of treasures, baubles galore, with sets that don’t match and a sorrynotsorry attitude.

Cyndi is an inspiration as a person, as a performer, as a woman and icon.  I’M OBSESSED with her style!!  In a world of vanilla, she is rainbow sherbet.

Color is finally coming back and I hope with it, comes fun and whimsy and uniqueness and maybe just a little nostalgia.

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I thought these were some rooms she might have fun in.

Dare to be bold.