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Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor, once said that pink was the navy blue of India. From buildings to clothing, the country is washed with many shades of pink. When I lived in the UK, which has a large Indian population, I made a point of visiting Indian shops and picked up a 20-foot long sari in the most lush pinks. I haven't a clue how to wrap it, and haven't figured out what to do with it, but love it all the same!
From the palest of blush pinks to the hottest of fuschia pinks, there is a shade for everyone and everything. Some pinks are more blue-based and others have more of a red tone. Still more, along the coral range have yellows along with the reds. Pink is flattering to most skin tones, which is a "good thing".
What's your favourite shade of pink? Why?
Click on the picture above for another view of Jamie Drake's Pink Kips Bay Room and others.
April 24, 2007
The piece I use for a desk is an old stainless steel commercial kitchen counter, which is about five feet long and three feet deep. It's got a shelf under it, which is a great place to rest my feet and for Connor to sleep while I am working. It also has a low backsplash to prevent things from falling off. It was the only piece of furniture I kept when I moved to Wales.
When we founded Second Chance about six years ago, we thought one of the ways we could enhance our services was providing examples of adaptive re-use of our salvage items. Old floors could be re-used as wall paneling... Clawfeet from bathtubs could be re-purposed as wall sconces for candles... An old fireplace surround (mantelpiece) used as a headboard... Beautiful old damask linen tablecloths are recut to make linen pillowcases... There are so many options as long as you open your mind.What can you re-imagine?
April 22, 2007
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Jamie Drake's Babe Paley-inspired bedroom
Egg chairs in silvered leather.
April 18, 2007
April 15, 2007
My understanding was when the fruit boats came into Baltimore's Inner Harbour, which until the last 30 years was a working port, the Arabbers bought the over-ripe fruit from the ships and sold it thoughout the city. I can remember when I was a child and lived on the northern edge of Baltimore, you would hear the Arabbers calling "Straaaaaaaaawberries, Waterrrrrrrrrmelon, Straaaaaaaaaaaawberries, Waterrrrrrrrmelon". It was always so exciting the see the ponies and their carts.
The Arabbers' carts are generally either yellow or red. They are loaded with fresh produce and have a scale to weigh the produce. I always try and get something from the Arabbers, because if I, and everyone else, don't support them, this venerable and vulnerable tradition will die out.
There are stables for the ponies and some of the Arabbers also live there, but I've never visited them. By the way, Arabbers is pronounced with a long "a" at the beginning.
P.S. I got a comment that this isn't politically correct. Please follow the Arabber link to learn more about the history of the Arabbers in Baltimore. I admire these people and buy produce from them when I see them. I am not being derogatory in calling them Arabbers, it's simply what they're historically called. I am trying to introduce people to Baltimore in general, and Pigtown specifically. This is part of life here.
April 12, 2007
Try this... It's really fun to Rasterbate!
April 11, 2007
April 10, 2007
Are you a print and pattern person, or plain?