Thursday, February 17, 2011

Patti Was a Crossmaker Vintage Bookseller


So Borders went belly up yesterday and we'd be lying if we weren't experiencing a little bit of schadenfreude. Don't get us wrong, it's incredibly sad that so many people will be out of work because of this, but in the immortal words of our favorite bookstore, "while the loss of jobs to Chicago, and to the United States is saddening, we feel this is a direct result of a book-retailer business model that just does not work."

Wow. Truer words were never e-mailed. Viva vintage and independent booksellers everywhere!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dining with STUDY

Growing up in split level suburbia really squelched any desire to ever have an open-plan living space. Our kitchen opened up to a linoleumed eating area, which opened up to a plushly carpeted living room. I coveted the formal layouts I saw on TV, with elegant rooms separated by actual walls. That combined with a love of entertaining makes the dining room pretty much the most important room in the house. Our realtor thought I was crazy when upon seeing a home with no dining room, I suggested tearing out an existing bedroom to create one, thus making said property a one bedroom house. I then told her I didn't care to see anything without a dining room, even though my house budget already pretty much narrowed my options to anything with four walls and a roof. Ultimately we found a place with a bonafide dining room just large enough to accommodate my table, arguably my most prized possession when it comes to furniture. See the space in more detail after the jump.