Tuesday, September 22, 2015

new etsy items

I have slowly been stocking up the new and improved brand*eye etsy shop. Here are a couple of new pieces.

This vintage Hull planter works great store anything. It worked especially well to hold make-up brushes.  
This is a super cute planter that would work for storage. And of course as all planters do, would work as a planter. :-)

And this basket is super rad. It looks teeny tiny in this pic, because this plant is huge. It is on the smaller side, but has a hook for hanging and would look divine mixed with some other art work and objects.

This vintage wall hanging is my favorite. It is a linen screen printed panel of the Chrysler Building in NYC. I contemplated keeping it, but I am already keeping the only other very cool thing that I found that day (a brass vintage star burst planter).


Thursday, September 17, 2015

winnie cooper

So remember when I told you that we started fostering? Well we have already failed at that and this little lady is now our winnie cooper

She was found last summer as a stray with her puppies. All of her puppies were adopted last year and she had been waiting for her home. It's now with us.

She is my #1 cuddler and we love her so much.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

re-opened brand*eye esty shop

I have been thinking about re-opening the brand*eye etsy shop for some time now and finally decided to just do it. I have some big plans for it, but am starting small and with just some vintage that I have found over the years. Look for more vintage awesomeness to be added soon!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

the first apartment

There is nothing quite like your first apartment. It's the beginning of something great, which is your life, and is exciting, and scary and, most importantly, fun! I had the awesome opportunity to drive with my niece to the beginning of her new adventure. She now lives in the super cool state of Colo-RAD-o.

Believe it or not, my niece already had all of this sweet art work and the bedspread (duvet cover for the fancy folks). All we had to buy were some necessities like a bed, and dresser and night stand, etc.

The artwork is from Hailey's collection (we just had to buy some frames) and the bedspread is from Deny Designs, which is a great website to find unique artist designed home furnishings.
"kids these days" have a great thing called tapestries. In my day we had a thing call "posters" which were very easily bent and ruined. I still may or may not have many, framed, bent posters in my home. Also, if they are lucky, have talented roommates, who are artists, and make very cool paintings of libraries. This is the living room of the house she lives in. 
I have to admire the gigantic closet in her bedroom. My first apartment had a small closet, which was shared, and my second closet in my second apartment/house had the smallest closet. It could not even fit a hanger hanging perpendicular to the wall.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mirror Art Wall

I am a fan of using random art work and items to fill a wall space. If you went to the Barnes they would call it an "ensemble." We are trying to finish the dining room on the smallest budget possible so we used what we had lying around. Admittedly I have more just "lying around" than most, but it's due to lots of hard work and picking through flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores.  ;-)

go outside

Last week we spent a few days in the Poconos with friends. We were looking for a place to hike with waterfalls nearby and landed at this place after a google search and a couple of tries with phone based maps.

Glen Onoko Falls

It starts with a graffiti covered bridge.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dining Room Wallpaper

Remember the wallpaper that I talked about? It's installed! And it looks AMAZING!

Now what to do with the other side of the long, narrow dining room?

 Look how perfectly it matches Dave's Grandma Lucille's chair and bar.
 The wallpaper is from York Wallcoverings and is the Lotus paper. It is so gorgeous and bold. I love it!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

planting climbers

This year I am forgetting about trying to grow vegetables and sticking to easy plants. We never get enough sun for vegetable plants and I am terrible at the upkeep. I picked up some climbers so I am envisioning this being an amazing paradise this summer. It already sort of is.

Lots and lots of coleus. It is my favorite plant.

I started some moonflower and morning glory from seed and am hoping that they last and thrive. We shall see.


 The plant to the right is a very cool looking climber called Cardinal Climber. I first saw this last summer in my neighbor hood. A house had this planted along with Hyacinth Bean and it looked stunning. I picked up some of that too.

 I love this planter. I picked it up at a craft show in NYC last year (Renegade perhaps?), but can't remember the seller. Anyone know?
What did you plant this spring?