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.