Thursday, December 29, 2011

Add This to the Permanent Collection: Dealer's Choice


How was your Christmas/Hanukkah haul this year? So that question is probably in bad taste, but I'd just like to share with you how over the moon I am with one gift I received in particular. My ever-prescient sister really hit the nail on the head when she gave me Michael Bruno and Craig Kellogg's new-ish coffee table book, Dealer's Choice: At Home With Purveyors of Antique and Vintage Furnishings. This book is - very un-ironically - the dream I've been waiting to come true. It profiles in 384 big, bold, beautifully executed pages the homes and apartments of 32 of the world's top dealers and shop owners specializing in antique and vintage furnishings. Even as I write this I'm thinking they can definitely do a second volume since there are SO MANY great shops out there, but these 32 interiors are truly the best of the best. If you like Apartment Therapy house tours, take note - this book is undoubtedly the heroin of house tours.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thank You For Being a Friend

STUDY Booth at Broadway Antique Market Chicago

Well there she is... the STUDY booth at Broadway Antique Market is officially live as of last Thursday and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out to help me celebrate this milestone. Not to get all sappy on you, but I've got a lot of personal reasons (don't we all) for being excited about this particular space, and it really meant a lot to see so many friends and longtime fans of STUDY show up; we even got a visit from the cutest lesbian couple ever who've been followers and customers of STUDY's since way back when we exhibited at the DANK Haus during the first Vintage Bazaar

So let it be known... if STUDY can win over the elusive design-minded lesbian crowd, we can do anything. Today Portia and Ellen, tomorrow the WORLD!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Season of Sales: Vintage Bounty 12/8 - 12/11

In case I haven't blasted you via twitter, instagram or facebook, may I take this opportunity to remind you that STUDY has officially moved into Broadway Antique Market as of today! We "soft opened" on Sunday (I know, so insidery) but we're getting ready to put our big boy pants on tonight when BAM has their annual Holiday Party and Sale from 6-9pm. STUDY is offering 20% off all merchandise, the vast majority of which is brand new since we haven't done as show since Dose Market in August! It's been too long people... seriously, STUDY misses you, and hopefully you miss STUDY.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



BIG BIG news here at STUDY HQ! I know I've been a little, uh, remiss in updating this blog, but it's all gonna be worth it once you hear what we've got in store for you (hint, painfully obvious hint... STORE being the operative word).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sofa Table Time

Add this to the long list of items I buy for the explicit purpose of reselling, but end up putting in my house because, a. I love them, and b. when is the next time I'm going to come across a 6 ft long Parsons sofa table? Seriously folks, things are about to get out of hand if I don't do another market soon... Papa needs to unload some merch. But for the time being, ye old sofa table is staying put. I'd been toying with the idea of purchasing one for approximately the last four years, but I've never lived in a place that would exactly accommodate a floating sofa/table combo with 33" clearance on both sides. You heard it here first... STUDY thinks about ADA guidelines all the time... it's just how we roll (no pun intended).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bisqueheads, Bisqueheads

Bisque 1960s Male Busts

This past weekend was the first in almost a month I've been able to hit up any estate sales or do any thrifting - more on that later - but I also took the chance to check out the second annual Design Harvest festival on Grand Avenue. There were more of the same excellent vendors from last year (Revision Home and Furniture Revival to name a few) and some welcome new blood from up north (Andersonville's Room Service). Also, the turnout was huge. Huge as in, the tent needs to be widened next year to allow for more foot traffic. But if you're going to have a problem, then it's a good one to have I suppose. Still, my real jesusmaryandjoseph moment came when I realized The Find had opened a location on Grand Avenue in the old Urban Remains space. As soon as I walked in, I immediately fell in love with this pair of equal parts creepy and amazing bisque busts. They're from the 60s and remind me of a pivotal scene from one of my favorite childhood movies.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Stripping Paul McCobb Planner Group Occasional Chair

It's been in the 60s and raining off and on since Saturday here in Chicago which is an all too early slap in the face from Mother Nature. Normally we get at least a little reprieve before tumbling into eternal winter, but not so much this year. At least cooler weather is good for two things: excuses to buy new clothes (note to self: buy ridiculously comfortable wool socks this year) and excuses to start laborious and time-intensive projects. I'm doing the latter right now since embarking on a rehab of a Planner Group by Paul McCobb for Winchendon occasional chair that I picked up a couple of weeks ago off of Craigslist. Considering that I just moved, I was really in no position to be shelling out more money on furniture that may or may not make into the permanent collection, but the price was right and when I arrived to pick it up from the seller I was able to talk her down just a little bit more... at least enough to cover supplies to strip off this captains chair's very, VERY brown finish.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

You Had Me At iPhone


I've been using Instagram (the photo sharing app) since I first ponied up for an iPhone about four months ago and have been a steady user ever since. It's charms were instantly recognizable: responsive, reliable, incredibly easy to use AND compatible with Flickr, tumblr and facebook. I'd used Hipstamatic and Camera+'s image filtering services before, but ultimately left both behind since they left a lot to be desired in the way of filtering quality and the essential ability not to shut down in the middle of using them.
Not so with Instagram! It's the perfect example of an app being social, well designed and basically idiot-proof. Call me smitten.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Faster than you can say Grant-Achatz-made-me-a-cocktail-of-farmers-market-strawberries-Thai-basil-long-pepper-simple-syrup-and-Domaine-Chandon-sparkling-wine-at-the-last-Dose-Market, we turn around and here it is again. This will be our third Dose and if the poster color change up is any indication (green is our favorite color), this market may just turn out to be the best. Expect more quality vintage furnishings and accessories from STUDY, with a few surprises thrown in since last time around you lovely customers cleaned us out! And oh do we love it when that happens.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

This Room Could Use a Little Music

via Elle Decor

Katherine and Libby over at the Vintage Bazaar wrote a post last week about how music can be a great jumping off point for inspiration when designing a room. Well, sweet baby Jesus grant me some music since both Andrew and I have been absolutely zapped by our 9 to 5s of late. Luckily we've found Lykke Li's new album Wounded Rhymes to be a huge inspiration.

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm only trying to do what I can't do. - Lucian Freud


Just as we were starting our week in review post, news came that Lucian Freud had died. I think it's safe to say you can't be shocked when someone well into their eighties passes away, but I was. Freud was one of those incredibly talented people with soaring personal faults who managed to have a long and extremely successful career. And he left behind a huge bulk of work. You'd think Freud would've been creatively drained by his gambling problems and the upwards of 20 - some say 40 - children he had, but in Freud's own words, "debt stimulates me." There's much not to be admired about Freud, but his work isn't one.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trending: Bears

This bear serves you cocktails, my bear serves me my keys.
via rockingham.prints

Lately we've had bears on the brain. And, no, not that kind. We're talking real-life, honest to goodness bears that you find in the wild. You know, the kind that kill documentary filmmakers and ravage your campsite while you sleep. In reality, I would never want to encounter an actual bear in the wild... admiring bears as depicted in art and artifacts is much more my speed.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Black and Gold: STUDY's Week in Review 7/15

It's been such a busy (in a good way) week that, would you believe, we haven't had any time to catch up on our blog reading. Well all that's certainly gonna change this weekend when Andrew and I engage in a marathon blog reading race. That, or we'll check "Mark all as read" in Google Reader and do something much more productive with our time. Yeah, that's probably the better option. But just so you don't feel short-changed because of the lack of a Friday round-up, here's a song that's sure to set your weekend off just right:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Trip Report: Providence


This trip report is an entire month late, but I had to share it with you since it was during this trip that I picked up the summer tote that dreams are made of. First off, Providence, RI sounds incredibly unassuming until you actually get there. I managed to squirrel away a few hours late one afternoon to explore Providence's historic city center and completely fell in love with College Hill, the shops along Westminster Street and The Rhode Island School of Design's store, RISD Works. There I bought my one and only Providence purchase which I've since been carrying around with me everywhere I go.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 7/8

OMG, it's Friday and we haven't had a single post all week! Sad for us and sad for you too, but we have our reasons: Monday was 4th of July; we joined the biggest/most enjoyable time-suck known to man, Instagram; and we've been running around getting ready for the second installment of Dose Market. Oh yeah, that's right... you can see us in person on Sunday at 10am when we drop by the River Easy Arts Center. Also, a word to the wise: Grantz Achatz dropped by last time and he liked it so much that his much ballyhooed gin-joint Aviary will be offering Dose attendees a complimentary cocktail between 10 and noon (i.e. that more than covers the cost of admission). So come get tossed at Dose with STUDY! Our prices will look even better than they already are.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 7/1

STUDY Logo Variation

Happy prelude to your 4th of July weekend everyone! Or maybe you've already started celebrating. Personally it's everything we can do not to run outside right now and start grilling. But judging by the skies over Chicago and the epic-sized hail we had last night, that's not gonna be happening today. Oh, to get away to some place far off and exotic... or maybe to some place way more drivable like Minneapolis: Land of Mary Tyler Moore and Joe Sinness!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

To Market, To Market

Set of Two Brutalist Quist Taper Candle Holders

Quick update today... {shop} STUDY is filling out nicely since we've been filling it up with some recent finds in prep for Dose Market on Sunday, July 10th. You'll be able to get a look at these beauties in person then. Or you could just head on over to the store and snatch them up before anyone else can get their grubby mitts on 'em. More previews after the jump.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 6/24


It's been a very exciting week here in STUDY-land thanks in large part to our Apartment Therapy house tour. At last count, our tour had over 180 likes on facebook which is truly amazing and totally gratifying seeing as how we measure our self-worth in anonymous social adulation. Gee guys... you really know how to make a couple of boys feel proud. But seriously, we strongly suggest you contact Apartment Therapy for your own house tour since it's super fun and a great excuse to clean. Who knows, if you don't offer up your own place we may just submit pictures for you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome to Our Home

Jason Loper via Apartment Therapy

After a year of work, our home finally had its debut via an Apartment Therapy house tour! When we were contacted by photographer Jason Loper a couple of months ago about doing a tour we weren't sure if the place was ready for primetime seeing as how, uh, the kitchen is still under construction, but we think Jason did a great job of emphasizing the home's strong points and kindly ignoring the kitchen. A few previews after the jump...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 6/17


Got your perfect weekend in order yet? Good... us neither. But as long as it doesn't involve rioting over a hockey team (oy) or tweeting half nekkie photos to the world (vey), we think we're all in for a pretty good time. Here in Chicago there's lots to check out this weekend like Taste of Randolph Street - the non-disgusting food fest that isn't Taste of Chicago - and of course the BackGarage + Cushion Chicago Vintage Warehouse Sale. Those two events are actually pretty close to each other so after you're done stuffing your face you can pop on over to the sale. And be sure to bring them some corn dogs, will ya...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Backgarage + Cushion Chicago Vintage Warehouse Sale

via Backgarage

Another week, another great sale. This time around the forces behind Backgarage and Cushion Chicago team up on Sunday in their west side loft space to bring you vintage furnishings at 30-50% off, which is pretty unbelievable considering that they typically have excellent prices to begin with. In case you don't know, Backgarage is headed up by Vintage Bazaar co-founder Katherine Raz and Cushion Chicago is brought to you by vintage dealer and Vintage Bazaar vendor, Sarah Polster. We made it to the last sale these two had in early 2011 and were blown away most everything offered, but most of all we were more than a little envious of their new workspace.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Post of a Thousand Exclamation Marks

via Michigan Avenue Magazine

If you follow us on twitter or facebook you no doubt already heard that STUDY was in Michigan Avenue Magazine! We promise we'll shut up about it already, but we wanted to share this through every possible media outlet with our readers since it's the first time we've been in print! We love the picture Michigan Avenue chose and we can't thank the team over at Dose Market enough for the shout out. More shameless self-promotion after the jump.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 6/10

Los Angeles Cathedral Entry
Robert Graham's The Virgin Mary
via ken mccown

Our Friday roundup may have been MIA last week, but that's because Andrew and I were busy with respective trips to Los Angeles and Rhode Island. You couldn't get two more dissimilar destinations. While I was busy roaming the ridiculously quaint College Hill neighborhood, Andrew was visiting Rafael Moneo's postmodern Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. Then we managed to make it back to Chicago for Sunday's Dose Market. Somewhere in the middle we perused a blog or two.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Amazing Sales

Weekends in Chicago were made for sales and this one coming up promises to be an absolutely stellar excuse to drop a few bills on vintage furnishings. We're forgoing our usual weekend estate sale route in favor of hitting up these markets and sales starting with the not to be missed Amazing Space Sale in Oak Park.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

STUDY Goes Dose


If you were anywhere near the River East Arts Center last Sunday you'll know what we've been up to. STUDY was lucky enough to be one of the inaugural exhibitors at Dose Market - a brand new monthly market that brings together Chicago's artisan food, fashion and design communities into one fantastic space right on the lake. Full disclosure: we had no idea what to expect since the majority of vendors were either in the food or fashion categories, but well, well, WELL... after hour one at Dose we were complete and total converts.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Better Than an Oprah Finale

Classical Modern Room
Not our room, but I wish it were.

We've been a little light with the posting (read: no posts) this week, but that's only because there's lots a brewin' here at STUDY. Here's the short version: We've been scouring the greater Chicago area for new finds to bring you at Dose Market, finishing up about a million tiny house projects that have been neglected for the better part of the last year AND we'll be playing host to four humans and one canine this week (the real reason those house projects got finished). So for the time being, let's hope the photo above tides you over. It's perfect, no? I can't remember where I saw this originally - I'm thinking Elle Decor UK? - and if anyone has an idea please post in the comments. Needless to say, this was in an inspiration folder filed under rooms that will make you cry big sweaty Oprah tears. Really... you should start your own.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 5/20

Heurtley House by Frank Lloyd Wright (1902)
Frank Lloyd Wright's Arthur B. Heurtley House
via ihynz7

What. A. Week. You may have noticed we didn't check in with a round-up last week because, oh yeah, we we're prepping for the best Vintage Bazaar to date and the internet fell apart. Well now everything is back up and running and so are we. We've soft-launched our store and have already picked up a few odds and ends to show off when we hit Dose Market on June 5th. Tonight - however - is all about Wright Plus preview night.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

STUDY at Dose Market


Just when we caught our breath from the flurry of excitement that was last weekend... wouldn't you know we'd turn right around and do it all over again. We're very excited to announce that STUDY will be participating in Dose Market on Sunday, June 5th from 10am - 4pm. Held at the River East Art Center, Dose is a new European-style market celebrating "Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative fashion, artisan food, and high design." Well, well... it's nice to be in such esteemed company.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A New Year, A New Vintage Bazaar

STUDY at The Vintage Bazaar in Pilsen

We'll always have a place in our heart for the frenzy of the DANK Haus, the grittiness of the Congress and the vendor clubhouse that was the Logan Square pop-up shop, but we think The Vintage Bazaar has really hit its stride this time around when it set up shop in Pilsen this past Saturday. It's brighter, the aisles are larger and most of all, its way more shopable. Once again Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander (and a lot of fantastic volunteers) did an amazing job of making 50 vendors and hordes of happy shoppers feel right at home in the expansive loft space above Architectural Anarchy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Big Easy Lonny

Best of Lonny Magazine May/June 2011 Issue
via Lonny

We continue our love/hate relationship with online magazines today as Lonny releases its third issue of 2011. We love them since they provide an opportunity to get a look at spaces that aren't on the radar of major shelter mags, but we hate them in toto because browsing a magazine online and "flipping" through pages is awkward beyond belief. And $34.85 for a print version!?!? No thank you. So in the interest of public service and general do-goodism, we've pulled a few of our favorite spaces from the current issue... just in case your the type who still buys periodicals from a newsstand.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Design Digest: The Sullivan's Oak Park Tudor

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Last week STUDY was thrilled to be a part the Oak Park and River Forest Kitchen Walk for a third time. We're beginning to feel like veteran stylists for this much anticipated event, benefiting the Parenthesis Family and Child Center. Almost a year ago we got a call to assist interior designer Julie Sullivan select paint colors for her newly renovated English Tudor. We were immediately struck with her and husband Noah's amazing space, with a kitchen designed by our friend Jobeth Halpin of Figg-Halpin Design. Selecting paint colors is about my favorite thing in the world, and to add to the fun Julie and kitchen designer JoBeth Halpin asked me to style the entire first floor, including placing Julie's amazing collection of paintings, sculpture, and accessories. This was an incredible collaboration and we were thrilled to be contribute to this remarkable home.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 5/6

Congress Theater ceiling
Congress Theater

Does that ceiling conjure up any dimly lit vintage memories for you? It does for us since the Congress played mothership to The Vintage Bazaar way back in August '10. And wouldn't you know, we're now a week out from the next bazaar in Pilsen. We promise to bring everything you've come to expect from STUDY with a few twists thrown in just for good measure. Also, we paid for electricity so no unexpected brown outs this time around.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Killing It at One King's Lane

Paul McCobb Suede and Brass Stools
via One King's Lane

I never thought I'd be typing these words, but One King's Lane has seriously been bringing the heat lately. Once the discount purveyor of tacky frames and deals on ProFlowers orders - okay, they still offer both of these - One King's Lane has amped up the design-power in recent months with "Tastemaker Tag Sales" curated by designers and shop owners from all walks of the design community. Sure we've been impressed with the offerings lately, but our jaws hit the floor when last night's sale from designer Adam Bram Straus went live.

It's like STUDY on steroids... or STUDY with a sugar daddy... either way, it's pretty damn amazing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where Are They Now: Vintage Slipper Chairs

Vintage Slipper/Bergere Chair

Who knew we'd have another Where Are They Now post up so soon? You never know when you're going to run into a piece of furniture you've sold, but we had a hunch that these chairs would pop up in some new and amazing incarnation since we sold them to our friend Karen Morava, owner of the Careful Peach Boutique in Oak Park. Part slipper chair, part bergère, Karen had grand plans when she saw these chairs in our inventory. Astounding results after the jump.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 4/29

Vintage Canadian Flag Plate

What with all this royal wedding madness going on today, we thought we'd give you at least one little spot on the internet where you didn't have a British flag flapping in your face. Though if you want to get technical I suppose there is still a "Queen of Canada" whose name just so happens to be Elizabeth II.

Hmmm... Queen of Canada. The visions of glamour and majesty that title conjures up might just make your head explode.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dream Kitchen, Come Rescue Me

Figg-Halpin kitchen styled by STUDY for 2010 Parenthesis Kitchen Walk - Oak Park
Parenthesis 25th Annual Kitchen Walk home styled by STUDY

I went through a college photo album trying to find a photo of the first kitchen I ever called mine - a sloppily painted lime green affair where I painted fruit on all of the cabinets. The triumphs in my journey as a domestic savant (and designer) are often measured in this room. John and I have both had our own share of kitchen successes and failures, and we are about to embark on another culinary-induced renovation which we will, no doubt, tell you all about soon enough. Suffice it to say that right now there's a hole in ceiling so we'll just hold off for now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chesterfield of Dreams

snappy chappy
via Snappy Chappy

The past few months have been marked by an on-again, off-again manic hunt to find the holy grail of furniture on craigslist: A vintage chesterfield sofa upholstered in green leather. I know... why don't you make your life more difficult, but we figured if we could find a sheaf table for next to nothing, then how hard could this be? Things only amped up when we got word from a customer that he was also in the market for a chesterfield (presumably one in a normal color though). So far the search has been pretty futile, but we're keeping our heads held high since today's a special day here at STUDY: it's our 100th post!

That's right... almost two years and countless em dashes and ellipses later, we're still here, but now we're obsessing over an elusive green monster of a couch.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We're Obsessed: Albini's Ottoman

Franco Albini Rattan Ottoman - Caned Poof Detail

This past weekend's trip to Minneapolis was, as usual, all too brief. Between visiting the home and studio of local artist Joe Sinness, chatting with old friends at Bev's, and feeling nostalgic for the Foshay tower, I hardly had any time to acquire stuff. A venture from my mom's house to the nearest Target to replace a Mac power cord was fruitless, so instead I headed to the downtown of Northfield, MN, past the Ragstock and coffee shops of my teen years. Instead of smoking cloves and trying on Military surplus jackets, I decided to stop by a couple of home stores.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Where Are They Now: STUDY's Loot

STUDY's booth at the first Vintage Bazaar at the DANK Haus
The first Vintage Bazaar at the DANK Haus.

One of the great things about buying vintage furnishings is that every piece has a story and we think it's our job as dealers to let the customer know as much as possible about the history of the piece. Sometimes you've got tons of information and sometimes its something along the lines of, "It's old and cool," or "I found it in a dumpster. Isn't it great?" Either way, it can be pretty easy to become attached to an item you're selling, which is why it's nice when you've find out something you've sold has gone to a good home.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 4/22

Giant Statue in Brooklyn, New York

Happy Friday everyone! It happens to be both Good Friday and Earth Day which means that you're not allowed to cut down any old growth trees to makes crosses for  your crucifixion reenactments. It's really unfortunate too since old growth lumber is the strongest and there's nothing more embarrassing than having the guy playing Dimas break his cross before you can even hoist him up. Awkward.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Smart Home 2011: Don't dream it, be it...

Museum of Science and Industry's Smart Home 2011: Green and Wired, designed by Scout Chicago
via Museum of Science and Industry

It's that time of year when temporary "design" homes start popping up all over Chicago. Last week saw the debut of this year's Dream Home at the Merchandise Mart with rooms designed by some of Chicago's top firms, but what's really got us excited is tomorrow's opening of the Museum of Science and Industry's Smart Home with interiors designed by Andersonville-based boutique, Scout. Billed as "the greenest home in Chicago," each year the Smart Home gets a redo by a Chicago designer - which doesn't sound incredibly green, but let's not split hairs here - and this year marks the first that the Smart Home will feature all vintage furnishings. Also, tomorrow is Earth Day - see how they did that - and what better way to celebrate it than by not killing mother earth with highly unsustainable and toxic new furniture?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shade Swap

Hollywood Glam Monumental Vintage Brass Orb Lamp

Last weekend Andrew and I hit up an estate sale in Glencoe. Our mood was very, estate sales have been sucking lately and this will be the same. Well just like your mother always said, when you stop looking is when it happens. We didn't come away with much except a couple of books and a lamp, but oh what a lamp it is. Now the real dilemma begins... to refurb or not to refurb.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reading is Fundamental

Methane Studios "Don Quixote"

Everyone wants a smart kid... so why not give yours a leg up by surrounding them by books from the get-go? And while you're at it, why not upgrade your kids room decor by filling the walls with posters inspired by classic novels? Sophisticated child's room is what we immediately thought when we first saw these prints from Gallery 1988's show, Required Reading. They're graphic enough to keep your toddler engaged, and grown up enough that they won't embarrass your tweens. But by that point you'll  have given up trying to redo your child's bedroom as you soon realize that decorating skills are no match for the powers of Robert Pattinson.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 4/15

Bonnie's Cafe Vintage Sign - Minneaplois, MN

Is it just us or have things been especially quiet around the internet for the last week or so? I blame it on Spring and people having lives and junk like that. Thankfully there's still a whole lot of exciting content out there for those of us who go directly from our work computers, to our smartphones, to our home computers. Oh god, did I just write that? Strike it from the record... we also enjoy long walks in the park and sunshine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

TRAD Home: I'm beginning to like the sound of that.

via TRAD Home

Not to be a complete luddite, but there are two things I'm typically not a fan of: e-readers and online magazines. That's not to say that my mind can't be changed which is was happened yesterday when TRAD Home came out. It's the love child of regular mag, Traditional Home, and new fangled space age mag, Lonny. In a word, it's lovely and you should check it out. Previews after the jump...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We're Obsessed: Badass Basalt

Truth time. The estate sale/thrifting/general vintage hunting as of late has been pretty dismal. Who knows why? The market's saturated... vintage-loving hipsters have taken over the planet... your great-grandmother finally decided to start selling on Craigslist... as with most fundamentally depressing topics, there are a million reasons for this and there are none. But every once in a while a single find can restore your faith in the whole effort.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 4/8

Sputnik Lamp Chandelier from Below

Dear design blogging gods, please forgive us for writing about the weather for a moment, but it’s supposed to reach almost 80 degrees in Chicago on Sunday! After February’s snow-pocalypse/snOprah/snow-mageddon, we thought we’d been doomed to eternal winter, but now it’s that time of year when everyone remembers why they love it here and start making plans to cancel timeshares in Fort Lauderdale. After all, there’s so much to look forward to: Midsommarfest, The Vintage Bazaar, Renegade, Printer's Row... but while you're waiting to break out your jellies and denim cutoffs (we know you own them), here's our weekly round-up:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mark Your Calendars: The Vintage Bazaar in Pilsen

The Vintage Bazaar's new red carpet backdrop?

Can you believe it's been over a year since the first Vintage Bazaar rolled through Lincoln Square way back in February 2010? In that time we did the Dank, the Congress, the boutique... now there's a new logo and a locale. Come visit STUDY when we join over 40 other vendors on May 14th at 2229 South Halsted in Pilsen.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Best of the Blogs: STUDY's Week in Review - 4/1

Happy April Fools Day everyone! Personally, I feel like a cruel joke is being played on me since it also happens to be the opening day for a certain Northside baseball team, and everywhere you turn people are blasting Don Henley's Boys of Summer and John Fogerty's nails-on-chalkboard-classic, Centerfield. I will take this opportunity to once again thank Apple for the invention of the iPod. But no matter what sort of malicious prank the universe has dealt you today, at least we can brighten things up a bit around here by sharing what's kept us going the past week.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chateau Redux

Late last year you may have read a post we wrote bemoaning the fact that the brand new archival pigment-inked print on 100% cotton rag paper we bought from 20x200 was being featured on USA Network's Characters Approved blog. Upon realizing that nothing is sacred and one cathartic blog post later... we were over it. Cut to FIVE MONTHS later and we've finally gotten around to framing this beauty.