When You Collect Portraits of People You Don’t Know

When You Collect Portraits of People You Don’t Know

I am a collector of many things.  MANY, MANY things. One of my favorite collections is that of vintage portraits. My favorites are ladies from the 1950s and 1960s. My latest find is this lovely woman, circa 1952: vintage portrait from EBTH Currently, I have about 15...
Decoration Restoration with a Common Sharpie Marker

Decoration Restoration with a Common Sharpie Marker

Earlier this week, my friend Elizabeth took me antique shopping for my birthday. I bought this pair of vintage bookends for $11 for the shelves in my home office.   They were a great deal, partly because of the chipping of the surface of both bookends. The damage...
How to Clean Second-Hand Upholstery

How to Clean Second-Hand Upholstery

I have a little weakness for chairs. Vintage chairs. In their original upholstery. I wouldn’t consider myself a clean freak, but it does concern me that I sometimes bring home a 50-year-old chair that could be dirty. I don’t buy any upholstery from...
My Lamps Are Cooler Than Your Lamps

My Lamps Are Cooler Than Your Lamps

I have a secret place to get the coolest lamps. Do you wanna know where???   Nondescript stick lamps, be gone! Lamps are a great opportunity to add interest, color, and (well, duh) light to every room. There are so many great lamp styles and colors to choose from...