Decor: Vintage Classroom Maps & Diagrams

Photo by Ethanollie via flickr.

We have an absolutely giant, blank white wall in our kitchen.  Since it’s a wall we share with our neighbors it has no windows or doors to break it up.  For awhile now I’m been on the hunt for the right piece to help scale down that wall.  It needs something large, interesting and cheap (I am a sucker for decor deals).

I would love to find a vintage classroom map or diagram at an estate sale or tag sale for this space.  I saw one in a magazine (Domino perhaps? RIP) a while back and ever since I have been on the hunt.  Here are some of my favorites I’ve found around the web:

  1. Illustrated German Biology Chart from Hello Victory –  $250
  2. Large 2 Sided Wall Map from 1971 from Jawaddel – $75
  3. South America Pull Down School Map from Hello Victory – $125
  4. Vintage School Map, Science Series from Ladies & Gentlemen – $225

These are pretty out of my price range but if you weren’t up for the hunt, they would be just lovely and worth the price.  I think they look charming just hung as they would over a chalkboard.

Vintage Find: Glass Baby Bottles

I recently came across and bunch of vintage glass baby bottles and found myself drawn to them for some reason.  Perhaps it was the increments of measurement in red.  Regardless, I took them home and right now I have one on my table filled with daffodils from Jared’s mom’s garden.  It’s adorable and is just the right size for a hand cut garden bouquet.  It makes me wish I had a baby shower coming up.  I think these would be the perfect vase for fresh flowers in a nursery.

Want your own vintage glass baby bottle?  I have a few listed in my home shop.  Want more than one?  Send me a convo!  I have 3 I’m willing to part with.

Accessorize Me: My Picks

So here are my picks for the Target bistro set in red enamel.  I think a grass green would be a great way compliment the red.

For special occasions I would probably put up some bunting in shades of green and put a festive vintage tablecloth on the table.  I have the most perfect little vintage 1970’s goblets in green glass that would look so lovely on the table as well.

Accessorize Me: Target Bistro Set in Red

We have a tiny little front porch on our apartment and since the weather is getting nicer we wanted to find a little dining set so we could have dinners outside, sit and read or just hang out with a drink.  I found this bistro set from Target online that I think would be perfect!  Compact, easy to fold and store or move, on SALE and has some pop (and a cute perforated design in the enameled metal top!).

So, how would you accessorize it?  What plants, lanterns, etc?  I’ll show you my picks later.

PS:  It also comes in white, yellow and blue.  I’m still kind of considering the white, but something about that red…

Practical Painting Tips from Apartment Therapy

Since my dad worked for companies like Sherwin Williams and Glidden I’ve been house painting since I could hold a paintbrush.  He taught me to paint like a pro and it’s something I’ll always cherish (I know it’s not a typical fond childhood memory, but it’s useful right?).  I know quite a few tips and tricks of my own but I am loving the article today on Apartment Therapy on practical painting tips.  Using a nail hole to drain paint from the lip is particularly clever but was one of those palm-to-forehead/”why didn’t I think of that” moments.

Check out the full article here for more tips and tricks.

The Real Madmen of Design 1961

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom Playboy Magazine, July 1961.

How is it possible I have never run across this photo?  I must have been living under a rock.  When I saw this on vinta9e I had to pass it on.

What is not to love about this collection of talented designers, in their prime, with their iconic work looking super dapper?  The only thing that could make this spread from a 1961 issue of playboy is if Rae Eames and/or Florence Knoll was also included.