Instagram Roundup

Are you following @AlexandraDesignFinds on Instagram? If not, here’s a bit of what you’ve missed:

Giant chandeliers…

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Pink vintage clocks…

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Funky side tables…

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Midcentury flea market finds…

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Vintage Bicentennial fun…

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Repurposed license plates…

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Over-the-top architectural detail…

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Cool counter-weighted table lamps…

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Eye catching accent chairs…

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Colorful retro turntables…

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An enormous stash of blue mason jars spotted in Tennessee…

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Tiled doorways…

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The occasional rhino…

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And me playing tourist close to home at Mount Vernon…

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Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the house, but this photo is the inside of George Washington’s 16 sided barn. Isn’t it stunning?

Spotted at: Giant chandelier, Restoration Hardware. Pink clock, Galleria, Culpeper, VA. Side table, HomeGoods. Midcentury vignette, DC Big Flea. Bicentennial can and license plates, Made, Staunton, VA. The ornamented doorway is a bank located in Staunton, VA, and the tiled doorway was another building located nearby. Table Lamp, Arhaus. Chair, Z Gallerie. Record players, Urban Outfitters. Rhinos, West Elm. Last 3 photos, Mount Vernon.

 

 

A Week of Design Finds: Functional Fun

When a functional object is also nice to look at, it’s a beautiful thing. When it’s silly and it makes you smile, that’s even better.

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We bought this for my daughter last weekend. She’s ten and excited about learning to cook, but the oven is a little bit scary because, well,  it’s hot. This handy tool helps pull out the oven rack and also push it back in, making her feel more confident about doing it on her own. She named him Bob. They made chicken nuggets together the other day and it went great!

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I love this tool not only because it gives my daughter independence, but also because it’s handmade in the USA of cherry wood. We found it at a local art festival, and I think I would have bought several more of their wide variety of gorgeous and smart kitchen tools if we hadn’t been in a hurry. They had lovely wooden tongs that folded flat for storage and flipped open for use  and toast tongs with a magnet in them so you can keep them right there on the toaster. (Another great tool for kids.)  There were also ingenious wooden spoons designed with a special notch so they rest right on the edge of the cooking pot – in both right and left handed versions.  Awesome gift idea! (Especially if that gift is for yourself!)

Jonathan’s Spoons, www.woodspoon.com

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We interrupt this week of Design Finds because this just arrived at my door:

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That is a serious stack of paper – the 2014 Restoration Hardware source books. Apparently RH is moving to a model where they only do one mailing a year  – sort of like IKEA. Except this is thirteen catalogs, not one. (Which is funny considering that IKEA is a way bigger store than any RH I’ve ever been to.) It’s actually not even a mailing – this stack was so heavy it arrived by UPS!

In any case, it looks like I have some reading to do. Back tomorrow with more Design Finds!

On second thought, since we’re loving on Restoration Hardware, I’ll show you my favorite RH purchase so you won’t be completely without Design Finds today – our ship’s light:

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I think they actually call it the Royal Master Sealight. Regardless, it looks awesome in our living room.

A Week of Design Finds: More Lucite Love

I was totally smitten with this vintage wall unit – what’s not to love about lucite and white lacquer?

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If James Bond (in his Sean Connery incarnation) were to stop by, you would be totally set, because this mirrored flip down bar cabinet is the ideal place to pour him a drink.

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Spotted at: Modern Mobler, Kensington, MD, www.modernmobler.com

 

A Week of Design Finds

My apologies for a paucity of posts recently. I will make it up to you with a new Design Find every day this week!

I spotted these this weekend and loved not only the colorful prints, but also the fabulous 3D lucite frames:

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I love the chunky hardware and how they can sit on a table or hang on the wall.

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Spotted at: The Nest Egg, Fairfax, VA.

Chairspotting

My love of chairs is well documented on this blog! Here are a few more fun ones I’ve spotted recently:

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This is quite possibly the coolest vinyl chair I’ve ever seen!

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Some fun color for the patio this summer. Would you mix and match or go with all one color?

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Although I think I’d change the upholstery to something more eye-catching, I love the lines on this vintage midcentury piece.

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While we’re talking upholstery, I love the bird detail on this one!

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Here’s another fantastic made-over chair – neon paint paired with simple but lovely linen upholstery, making a classic shape look wonderfully modern.

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And speaking of modern, I’m loving this square barstool with the red seat pad and the super thin frame. It catches your attention without being visually heavy.

Spotted at:

Vinyl Chair, Bird Chair: Sage Style, Kensington, MD

Midcentury Chair: Modern Mobler, Kensington, MD

Metal Outdoor Chairs: World Market

Neon Chair: Yves Delorme, Charlottesville, VA

Steelcase Barstool: Staunton Antiques Center, Staunton, VA

It’s a Sign

I’m going to hang it right over the spot where we charge our cell phones.

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The sign itself is double sided with a flange that will make it super easy to hang on the wall. It’s porcelain enamel, and although I should have given it a quick clean before I photographed it, it’s in great shape. It came out of a bar in Brooklyn, New York. (I picked it up at the DC Big Flea this weekend.)

My 7 year old daughter thinks the sign is totally hilarious. She’s never even heard of a Public Telephone.

 

It’s Not Exactly Home Decor…

…but when my husband comes home from work, I’m just as happy to see his beautiful briefcase as I am to see him.

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It really does make the room look better. It’s made of the thickest, most beautiful leather and it gets better looking the longer he uses it. I actually get sad when he leaves in the morning because the briefcase is leaving too. When he retires, it’s going on permanent display somewhere in the house – I can see it hanging by that gorgeous strap on a hook somewhere. If only retirement were sooner! At least it does give me a bit of time to find the perfect spot – and right now I’m (wishfully) thinking my modern barn dream house might just be it.

Large Tobacco Briefcase, Saddlebackleather.com

Knoxville

On our Spring Break road trip, we spent one beautiful morning in Knoxville, Tennessee – a lovely little city. I found a great little shop on Market Square called Bliss Home. There was so much to see in every inch of the shop – all of it fun and also well priced.

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I am a huge fan of the mismatched throw pillows trend. A wild mix like this one is wonderful.

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This huge chalkboard with the architectural black frame was amazing. Whimsical and sophisticated all at the same time. It was a little big to fit in the car with all our road trip gear, so I bought this fabulous orange Moroccan patterned mug instead:

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I’m almost positive that my coffee tastes better in it.

Outside the shop, there were some other fun Design Finds:

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Building numbers in tile.

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A dismantled radiator becomes railing supports.

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Orange Panton chairs brighten up an outdoor restaurant patio.

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And then there’s this crazy thing – the giant Sunsphere, built here for the 1982 World’s Fair. The sphere itself  is 75 feet across, but unfortunately it was closed when we were there, so we didn’t get to go up into it. I was dying to look out through the gold glass -it’s layered in 24 karat gold dust! The world must look pretty glam from there.

 

Give Handmade

Mother’s Day is coming up. Give handmade! I’m quite a few years past bringing home artwork from school for my mom, so this year I’m substituting lovely things handmade by someone with actual talent.

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Above are beautiful hand printed note cards I recently gave a friend as a birthday gift. They are, of course, from Etsy – my favorite source for handmade goods and gift giving. My mom reads this blog, so I can’t reveal what she’s getting until after Mother’s Day!

Note Cards: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopKatharineWatson