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Mid Century Modern Wow

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My daughter goes to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. After their first year of school, they’re required to spend 5 months externing at a business where they can practice their craft. Since she’s taking Baking and Pastry, she’s working at a bakery – Wild Flour, in Rocky River, Ohio. We’ve been there over 2 weekends – first to meet the owner and then to move her in.

This city is amazing. Wonderful neighborhoods full of gorgeous homes from Tudor cottages to elegant Victorians. The urban architecture is so fun to look at – loads of mid century modern buildings with strong lines, zig zag roof structures – you name it, this city has it.

There is a building at 20800 Center Ridge Rd, the Suburban West Building. The first time we drove past, I noticed the concrete slabs and deep teal panels over the windows. Just beautiful and a simple, clean design. If I needed an office, and I lived in Rocky River, it would be in this building.

Love the simple lettering over the entrance
Love the simple lettering over the entrance

 

Left corner of building
Left corner of building

Only after a couple of days of driving by it did I notice the artwork on the front of the building – a gorgeous atomic mini mural.

We think this looks like stacked MCM monsters
We think this looks like stacked MCM monsters

 

Closer view

Closer view

The pictures were taken with a camera phone. Next visit with my daughter, I plan on taking my camera and documenting some of the delicious architecture that Rocky River & surrounding areas have to offer. I also plan on going into this building to see if I can find any info on the designer or mural artist. I love both.

 

 

Thrift Shop finds…

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For the past several months, I’ve been hitting the thrifts quite frequently. Unfortunately for me, it’s been to make donations. For a woman who used to shop a circuit of stores 3 days a week, it’s been a sad, sad thing. My previous habit had been in support of my eBay store, where I sell LeSportsac bags, homegoods and vintage kitsch. I also liked to find fun stuff for the house as well.

Due to our move, the eBay store will focus primarily on LeSportsac bags with some new homegoods thrown in for good measure. This is partly due to storage space at the new house but also has to do with the fact that I will be rejoining the work force in the near future. With full time employment as well as two shops on Etsy, I really don’t have time to run a fully stocked eBay store and keep up with the changes they make every other day. This is in part why I have been making so many thrift shop runs – donations of outgrown kid stuff, old eBay stock, stuff that we simply had no more use for.

So, yesterday I was making a donation of stuff to a shop in Maryland. This was a combination of things that moved from my mother’s house and things Steve used in the apartment where he lived for the 9 months we were still in Georgia. I dropped off the boxes and bags, got my receipt and proceeded to maneuver the car through the parking lot, fully intending to drive home. “No, go in”, said a voice in my head.

I quickly agreed with the voice (it’s always better to not argue with the voices in your head) and pulled into a parking spot. Walked into the front door and noticed the display cabinets of glass and tchotchkes to my right. I proceeded over. Through my years of being on eBay, I have learned an appreciation for glassware and dinnerware from the Depression through the 70’s. Ahhhhhhhhh, the joy of seeing glassware that I recognized.

There’s some Anchor Hocking Wexford and some Indiana Glass Whitehall (trying so hard to be Fostoria American). Most of what I saw was utilitarian in style, until I turned my head to what was obviously the feature cabinet.  A small glass vase had me joyous. I knew it was Seneca Driftwood in yellow. I asked to see it and it was perfect and blemish free and priced at $4.90. Not a color I’m really fond of but I have a thing for this pattern, as well as Morgantown’s Crinkle and Bryce’s El Rancho so knew I had to buy it.

Seneca Driftwood Flowerlite vase in Buttercup Yellow

Seneca Driftwood Flowerlite vase in Buttercup Yellow

Then my eyes scanned the dinnerware. Aqua blue starbursts on cream caught my eye. A large set with plates, cups, saucers and bowls sat on the lowest shelf. I asked to see the butter dish. Unmarked, as was the saucer and cup. The dinner plate was finally handed over – Royal China Celeste. Awesome. A lovely Mid-Century Modern set, waiting to be used and loved again. I asked the price – $19.90. SOLD.

A full set for 6, it has 8 of the bowls and small plates.

A full set for 6, it has 8 of the bowls and small plates.

 

This pattern is on the Suburbia design. I love the shape of the bowls.

This pattern is on the Suburbia design. I love the shape of the bowls.

 

A lovely mark to see. It dates the set to the 50's through early 60's.

A lovely mark to see. It dates the set to the 50's through early 60's.

Went to checkout with the vase & tag from the set. $16 and change was the total. I never argue with a lower price. As I left the store, I saw the sign that said 33% off Monday. It really did pay to to listen to the voice in my head.

Dining Room decor

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For the past 13 years, my dining room in every house we’ve lived in has been filled with stuff from my mother-in-law. She collected crystal and delicate china and left it all to my husband. Nothing against that but really not my taste. Now that we’re in the process of moving from GA to MD, I have decided that the dining room will finally get to be mine. I will have a corner cabinet filled with tea cup sets but that’s it. The rest is mine.

Since the dining room was an easy to pack thing, that was the first room after the master bedroom that got unpacked here. Now, since I inherited all my grandparent’s stuff and my mother’s stuff, I had alot of boxes to go through. First, boxes that had been packed in Florida, 3 years ago. We have a collection of depression glass plates, fine china and my great grandmother’s awesome handmade pottery. (Really, she made lovely stuff – good form, great colors.) Then there’s the Passover dinnerware from my MIL. Yeah, that’s gonna go inside the hutch, along with all the glass, Waterford Crystal and china from my grandparents.

Ahhhh, now we get to the good stuff. Mid Century Modern dinner and glassware. My collection of vintage creamers and pitchers, my MCM stainless serving pieces. It’s all so lovely. I have a thing for aqua and amethyst glass due to the Hazel Atlas Capri Blue and Amethyst lines. I like the simple shapes with geometric bases. I haven’t brought everything with me. I have some stuff still in the kitchen, and more in the basement, but this is a good start.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked.

Some of my favorite stuff as it's being unpacked. (And some stuff that is already hidden away - steins, really?)

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

And another view. I love the lines of the Metlox dinnerware.

The hutch, as a work in progress.

The hutch, as a work in progress.