August 31st, 2010

Maya, of Maya’s fabulous east coast home, sent me some images to show off her freshly procured vintage Tomado-Holland wall shelf that she’s been hunting for, for what seems like forever. These Dutch manufactured cuties are usually made with wood or enamel shelves and have thin edged metal supports. They remind lots of folks of a similar modular shelving unit called the String System created by Swedish designer Nils Strinning. I absolutely go bonkers for String units which are still manufactured today, but can get very pricey.

Delicious stringy storage.

I have to admit that I was never a huge fan of the little Tomado shelves and might have argued their merits with Maya at length. Honestly, I probably didn’t really give them a chance…and now they’ve kind of grown on me. So, Maya is right – they are awesome. Both useful and cute they add a great bit of floating storage to all sorts of spaces. String or Tomado? Both please.

I’ve seen these little shelves pop up all over, but if you desperately need some Tomado I know Amsterdam Modern carries a variety and they can almost always be found on Ebay. Sometimes they show up in vintage stores and on occasion at flea markets. Keep your eyes peeled!


August 29th, 2010

You can now enjoy The Brick House via social networking. It’s what all the kids are doing, right?

Check out The Brick House on FACEBOOK, it’s a networked blog thing.

Or Twitter it up with @The_Brick_House

I’m still figuring out all the complicated @things and tweets with # and tiny URL’s and fancy internet lingo. Madness!


August 26th, 2010

A few inspired readers mentioned that a bullet planter on the patio might be mighty cool. And…


We are nothing if not responsive here at ye’ old brick. Well, I had a bullet planter laying around in the dining room that was getting no love. It works much better on the patio and most importantly it was a free fix.

It’s really starting to look like something! I just want to remind you of THIS horror show to explain why I’m feeling a bit giddy. Yeah, tin foil in the windows – that’s how the previous owners rolled.

I know the front patio has been covered on the blog a whole bunch recently. Sorry about that, all my psychic energy is focused on the entrance to the homestead. It will probably have to wait till the foreseeable future but painting the porch a darker gray and getting the planter in order is the next step. Maybe one day we will be able to throw some Mexican feathergrass in there. No more feral kitty litter box!

Oh, and I want one of THESE (desperately) as the crowning touch. Lets see the feral cats try and spray that.


Thank you all for your kind words and helpful suggestions yesterday, I’m still a bit wobbly and working on a plan of action. Your support means everything when I feel so uncertain. Hugs and kisses all over you. I mean it. You are all the best.