Table Refresh: Emerald Green

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I don’t have a before of this, except in the old living room post. It was a dark brown, mission style desk we picked up at a yard sale in Berkeley. Not the best thing, but works for now and we had this Benjamin Moore Irish Moss paint left over from the door. The brass knob is from House of Antique Hardware. Painting it bright green has really helped make the room feel a lot more deliberate and bright, which is nice.

The living room, by the way, has changed a lot and we’re working on putting in a built in bench in place of a sofa – to thwart cat scratching, and to serve as a bed for the boys if they stay over. We haven’t prioritized fixing the house up, but we MUST get more done before winter or I might lose my mind. Some rooms feel like we just moved in, and it’s been 2 and a half years since we bought the house!

ebay Shop Re-Opening (& the ebay vs Etsy debate)

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Well! After 4 years of putting it off for various reasons (primarily inertia) I managed to finally start listing things on eBay this weekend. It feels good. I’m going to try to keep listing pretty consistently, with more going up on the weekends. The mobile app eBay has now makes listing go pretty quickly. I actually have an entire room (technically, it’s our very large laundry room) of vintage clothes and shoes and have been trying to figure out how to deal with it – I’ve been asking around about trying to get a space in a local “antique mall” to sell from a storefront!

If anyone is looking for anything in particular, please ask – there is so much. So much. I’m a little ashamed of my hoarding habit right now. Ok, a lot ashamed.

Also, the eBay world has definitely changed in the time I’ve been on hiatus, so I’d love to hear from anyone who’s been selling consistently with any tips on how to get back in the game. For a long time i preferred Etsy’s “curated shop” feel, but I wonder if that’s how people are shopping these days. Are you? I feel like I just grab my phone and search when I think of an item I want, or see something I feel like I could find for a better deal on eBay. I would love to hear people’s experiences – are the big “vintage sellers” still going strong? Do you need models? Does an Etsy shop make more sense than eBay’s short term auctions?

First Weekend of Summer

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Last weekend seemed like the first proper summer weekend. Not by any calendar, but warmth & sunshine. The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Shipyard, Lake Fairlee – rock skipping, meandering walks, jumping off the boat, picnic baskets, lazy brunching.

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The Prince of Cats

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I’ve talked a bit on here about Huey and his special magic. I’m beyond heartbroken to let you all know that we lost him to another bad blood clot a week and a half ago. He made it 1 year 10 months from his first bad clot, when they gave him 3-6 months tops. He was only 6 and a half years old, still young in kitten years. It wasn’t enough time, but he was still a miracle kitty to us. And yes, lost, because I am wandering from room to room looking for him. He was one in a million in a world of cats, that extra-magic, extra-conscious knowing kind of cat. I will miss him forever.  

The Freer Gallery: DC Inspiration

freer1Hello friends. I’ve been working crazy hours and haven’t really had the mental space to stop and think about blogging here, but I’m trying to force myself to create a better work/life balance. Since I last posted one million years ago, I’ve headed out to California twice and spent a really incredible 3 days in Washington, DC for work. The entire trip was just phenomenally inspiring – a brief meeting with Senator Gillibrand had me politically starry eyed, boggling at her intelligence, poise, graciousness, and really, really amazing office. New life goal?

While in DC, I grabbed a few hours to myself (after a 14 hour whirlwind day of working!) and headed to the Freer Gallery and the botanical gardens for a spiritual pick me up. I left wanting to surround myself with the palest blues & softest sands, with golden touches. freer4freer3freer2freer_inspirationBenjamin Moore Glass Slipper // Faux bois table // Astier de Villatte tea set   // AERIN pendant lamp // Silk pillow //  Mata Hari fragrance // Celadon jars // Elephant salt & pepper shaker // Stone urn // Fermob Bench // Benjamin Moore Alexandria Beige