I spy with my little eye. . .

Shawn's house

I'm working on a story about this Tacoma MCM collector's carefully curated home. Stay tuned.

This is my friend's Shawn's house. 

He's been collecting for 30 years. In this photo you'll spot:

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  • Blenko glass
  • George Nelson omni unit
  • Bitossi ceramics
  • Bertoia wire chairs


Design Tip

Repetition of color contributes to a cohesive look in this open-concept mid-century modern home.

Posted on July 7, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

I just went to the George Nakashima exhibit today and really enjoyed it. It's small, which makes it easy to take it all in and appreciate each piece without being overwhelmed. Afterwards, my husband and I had a phenomenal lunch at  Phnom Penh Noodle House just down the street. The exhibit only runs until the end of January so get there before it's gone!Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

1979 George Nakashima Plank Daybed from Adam Edelsberg

1979 George Nakashima Plank Daybed from Adam Edelsberg

Posted on January 17, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

Before & After Chairs

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I thought it would be fun to kick off this blog with a few chair transformations.

I.  This pair of chairs had nice frames, which is why I bought them, but the fabric was a mottled pink paisley and they looked like someone had spilled bleach on them. The cushions unzipped so I dyed them red so the color would at least be uniform.

It was an improvement, but they still needed help. I decided they were the perfect candidates for reupholstering with a nubby green vintage fabric I had purchased a few months back at an estate sale.

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The green really complements the lighter Danish frames nicely. Next time I'll take a better photo. (Sold)

II. The next project is a classic Eames-style chair and ottoman that was covered in cheap purple velvet when I acquired it. (I'm guessing this is a vintage version by Plycraft.)

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Once I started ripping the fabric off, I could see that there was nice leather underneath but that all of the buttons were missing. I took the chair to locally owned Durobilt and they put some new buttons on for me.

Once I'd oiled the wood and cleaned the chrome, the chair looked presentable again. ($375)

III. The last piece is a Milo Baughman (one of my favorite designers) swivel/tilt tub chair on a walnut base. When I bought it it was dirty, had a cigarette burn on the back, and the fabric was really dated looking.

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Again I used a vintage fabric I had been saving for the perfect project and had Durobilt work their magic.

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The result is a very refined and comfortable chair that would work great in a smaller space due to its more modest scale. ($750)

Posted on April 30, 2012 and filed under Uncategorized.