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Weekend Show and Tell

22 Jan

We are finally climbing out of snow and slush here in the Northwest. While I had spent all of December bemoaning the fact that we had unseasonably warm temperatures and no holiday white stuff, let’s just say I am ready for it all to melt and go away. And despite the fact that we did not have any internet access for a lot of the time, I still have some goodies for you.

As many of you know, I dream of a wall of books in our living room, our own little library with real books. Made from paper. Remember those? And in my fantasy library, we would have a George Nelson built-in wall unit, but alas those are hard to come by and pricey. Even more pricey, but a gorgeous head-nod to George are these furniture systems by Atlas Industries. Sigh, maybe someday.

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This photo from Houzz has one of my favorite mid-century items, a flokati rug or ‘a big white shaggy carpet thing’ as Maeve said. Flokati rugs are handmade shag wool rugs. The natural color of a flokati rug is off-white, but they may be dyed different colors. After the rug is woven, it is placed in the cold water of a river (or a mountain waterfall as some Greek import sites will claim) to fluff the shag. They continue to be handmade in the mountains of Greece. They aren’t cheap, but then they aren’t prohibitively expensive either. A 7×10′ averages about $600-700, which is less than what you’d pay for a machine-made wool rug from West Elm.  (Apparently IKEA sells a 6×4′ flokati for $79.99.  Of course.)

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The other thing in the photo above that I love is the Arne Jacobsen womb chair. It is a classic mid-century piece and I see it everywhere in a variety of colors and fabrics, including leather below.

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Okay, so I am still a little obsessed with having a pool. Folly in the Northwest, I know. But I grew up with pools and there is something to be said for having one in the backyard to jump into. However, I am noticing a trend lately for narrow reflecting-type pools, like this one in Adelaide, Australia courtesy of Dwell Magazine.

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Or this one with the in-ground firepit that makes me drool (courtesy of Pursuitist), the Wissioming Residence designed by Robert Gurney Architects.

And finally because I am a total nerd and can’t wait for the new season of Mad Men (or of Downton Abbey…yes, we cheated and watched all of Season 2 already), I took the ‘Which Mad Men Character Are You?’ quiz. Guess which one I am?  Take it and tell me who YOU are!

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3 Responses to “Weekend Show and Tell”

  1. Nancy Mingis February 2, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Hi Brandy,
    Just checking in after being ‘absent’ for awhile, forgot to check. I’ve signed up on your e-mail list, I think, for notifications about posts now.
    Just had a comment about the ‘reflecting pool’ popularity – they are beautiful as a design feature. But I think their best use is as a lap pool. Common back yard swim pools are not very useful for swimming exercise, the lap pool is the good alternative. I sure wouldn’t mind having one, especially in M.I. I need a straight line painted on the bottom to follow for my workout!
    I’m so jealous of your snow there. We seem to be skipping winter here in Raleigh. I rarely put on a jacket when I go out and the heavy winter coat not at all.
    Also was reading your post on Pyrex dishes. They were great. We still have one or two of the original pieces in the M.I. house.

  2. Margaret Groening January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow, its amazing what you can do with such a small area. Looks Beautiful! Thanks for the pictures.

    • Brandy January 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      You’re welcome!

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