At Your Leisure

November 4th, 2010

Jon (of Happy Mundane and other fame) sent over a fresh copy of J3 Productions second issue of At Your Leisure. I’ve never seen a zine so well produced (and with a special dream catching gift – hello!). Zines at my high school were ramshackle stapled together ventures of poor photography and worse writing.

There are two great house tours included in the second issue. Firstly, Tracy Wilkinson’s Mount Washington pad shot by the super talented/fanciest/busiest lady I know, Laure Joliet. I’m destroying Laure’s great photos with my horrible scans.

The trend that caught my eye was wood in the bathroom. I want wood. I want it in my bathroom.

Is wood impractical? I don’t care. I want it.

Cheryl and Josh Brubaker’s mid century place in Orange, CA is equally cool. Love love love a hanging egg chair and walls of glass.

Check out this and much more, including sexy models, ephemera and geometry in At Your Leisure’s second issue: Vision. Get your own limited edition print version HERE.


November 2nd, 2010

I picked up a pair of butterfly chair frames off of Craigslist to help round out the growing collection of sexy Hardoy bad boys living at the house.

These two make six total (not counting the two vintage folding ones I bought a while back, but those are for camping). The Boy was a little confused as to why I want more exterior chairs. I just can’t get enough! I’m a butterfly addict.

Too bad they came with the most ill-fitting slings ever…which also happen to be F-to the-UGLY. All the non-matching slings are destroying my aesthetic sensibilities.

Oh well, all the covers will eventually be replaced with some sort of exterior mesh babies like these Indoor/outdoor Vinyl Weave covers from Circa 50, I’m thinking the black slings will look ultra swanky. At $50 – $60 a pop I’m going to need to save up some cash (or sell some vintage stuff floating around) to support my butterfly habit.

Sorry for the less than exciting unstyled fire pit photos. I’m trying to hide a top secret ultra cool project that we have been working on outside. Hopefully it will be revealed soon. Ohhhh, the tension, the anxiety, do you feel it? It’s killing me.

Butterfly Chair Photos. ACTIVATE.

Yeah, middle age white guys like them. So should you.

Side Yard Fence

October 27th, 2010

The side yard fence is continuing to slowly disintegrate. Hello neighbor! Who still refuses to contribute funds for the fixing.

It’s been a major agenda item to fix the side yard fence for some time, but first there was a heat wave, so working outside = yuck. Then it rained and drizzled for weeks on end, so again = yuck.

A side effect from all the rain is all this unwanted grass. I like my yard dead and dusty. The weeds are going nuts everywhere else. Gotta get planting…at least a little.

I have been taking the dogs out to play on the new lawn, since it will probably die or be dug up by the time we get landscaping. Iggy loves the lawn but refused to get within ten feet of Number Three (who we are tentatively calling Bowie). Wuss, that dog weighs like one pound!

I want to replace and move forward (towards the street) the fence that connects the side fence to the house. A good solution to keep costs down, keep it private and break up the front profile of the house would be to do a wide plank slat fence. While looking around for  inspiration on wide plank fences, I recalled Stephanie Bartron’s work and really liked this take on the wide plank fence above. Problem is, I couldn’t get a very good image of it so I included three angles of the same project.

Now I just need Carpenter Craig to come out and help with some fence building. If you are reading this, I think next week works for me…